112-Surah Al Ikhlas

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Surah Al Ikhlas (Arabic: الإخلاص‎, “The Sincerity” or “The Fidelity”) is the 112th chapter of the Quran. It is a short chapter consisting of only four verses, but it is considered to be one of the most important chapters in the Quran as it declares the oneness of God.

It states that God is the only God, He is eternal and absolute, and He is the only one worthy of worship. The chapter is also known for its repeated emphasis on the unity and singularity of God, and is often recited by Muslims in their daily prayers.

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Surah Al Ikhlas Benefits

Several Hadiths underline the virtues of Surah Al Ikhlas. This Surah offers the same reward as reciting a third of the Quran. Allah is believed to gather all the good of this world and the next one for those who recite this Surah.

It is also believed that all the sins of those who don’t abandon the recitation of this Surah will be forgiven by Allah along with the sins of his/her parents and children. Reciting Surah Al Ikhlas is believed to be the means of earning Allah’s love and attaining paradise. It also banishes poverty and increases sustenance.

In addition, the constant recitation of this Surah makes a person worthy of having the archangel Jibreel participate in his/her funeral prayer.

Surah Al Ikhlas Ayats

Surah Al Ikhlas has four Ayats, all of which support Shahada, one of the pillars of Islam, which emphasizes that there is no true deity besides Allah. Its first Ayat proclaims the oneness of Allah.

The second Ayat declares that Allah is As-Samad, which means he has all the characteristics of perfection. This Ayat proclaims that he is the one who everybody depends on, but he doesn’t depend on anyone. It also indicates that he is unlike his creation.

The Surah’s third Ayat states that neither was he born nor did he ever give birth. And, the fourth and final Ayat declares that he is beyond comparison and that no one is equal to him.

Surah Ikhlas Hadiths

There are numerous Hadiths that underline the significance and virtues of this surah. And, some of these Hadiths are as follows:

Abu Said Al-Khudri narrated, “A man heard another man reciting Surah Al Ikhlas repeatedly. He went to the Prophet and informed him thinking that the recitation of this Surah alone was not enough. Allah’s Apostle replied, “By him in whose hand my life is, it is equal to one-third of the Quran.”

Aisha, peace and blessings, narrated, “The Prophet sent an expedition under the leadership of a man who led his companions in the prayers and finished his recitation with Surah Al Ikhlas. When they returned, they mentioned this to the Prophet. He said, “Ask him why he does so.” When they asked him, he replied, “I do so because this Surah states the qualities of the merciful Allah and I love to recite it.” When the Prophet heard this, he said, “Tell him that Allah loves him.”

Abu Said narrated, “The Prophet asked his companions, “Is it difficult for any of you to recite one-third of the Quran in one night?” They replied, “Who among us has the power to do so?” Allah’s Apostle said, “Allah (the) one, the self-sufficient master whom all creatures need.”

Narrated by Al-Tirmidhi, “Say Surat Al Ikhlas and al-Mu’awwidhatayn three times in the morning and the evening; they will suffice you from everything.”

Aisha narrated, “Whenever the Prophet went to bed every night, he cupped his hands together and blew over them after reciting Surah Al Ikhlas, Surah an-Nas, and Surah al-Falaq. Then, he rubbed his hands over every part of his body he could, starting with his face, head, and front. He did that three times every night.”

Imam Ahmad recorded Ibn ‘Umar saying, “I watched the Prophet reciting twenty-four or twenty-five times in the two Rak’ahs before the morning prayer and the two Rak’ahs after the sunset prayer, say: O ye infidels! (Surah Al-Kafirun) and say: He is Allah, one.”

Imam Malik ibn Anas recorded that Ubayd bin Hunan said that he heard Abu Hurayrah said, “I went out with the Prophet and he heard a man reciting Surah Al Ikhlas. So, the prophet said: It is obligatory. I asked: What is obligatory?” and he replied: Paradise.”

All these hadith highlight that Surah al Ikhlas is an important chapter in the Quran, and Islamic scholars recommend reciting it and understanding its message.

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