Monday, 1 August 2011

Benefits Of Surah Ikhlas

Also Known as Surah at-Tawheed (The Unity)

1.  Recitation of Surah al-ikhlas is equivalent to a third of the quran.   In the hadith, abu hurairah (mabpwh) narrated that the prophet (pbuh) said: "gather around for i will recite to you a third of the quran."   then when people had gathered, the prophet (pbuh) came out and recited surat qul hu-wallaahu 'ahad, and then went back in.   People then said to one another: "it must have been news from heaven which made him go back in."   the prophet (pbuh) then came out again and said: "i have told you that i will recite to you a third of the quran.   Verily, it is equivalent to a third of the quran."   (surat al-ikhlas)   in another hadith abi ad'dardaa (mabpwh) narrated that the prophet (pbuh) said: "would any of you be unable to read a third of the quran in one night?"   the people replied: "how could a person read a third of the quran?"   the prophet (pbuh) said: "surat qul hu-wallaahu 'ahad is equivalent to a third of the quran."   in a hadith narrated by abi sa'eed al-khudri (mabpwh) a man once heard another man recitingsurat qul hu-wallaahu 'ahad, repeating it again and again.   In the morning, the man came to the prophet (pbuh) and mentioned that occurrence.   The man had apparently not appreciated the importance of what he had heard, but the prophet (pbuh) turned to him and said: "by the one who possesses my soul!   It is equivalent to a third of the quran."

2.    The increase of the recitation of surat al-ikhlas is a means of attaining the love of allah   in a hadith narrated by aisha (mabpwh), the prophet (pbuh) once appointed a man in command of a brigade and this man was leading his men in prayer and he used to conclude his prayers by reading surat qul hu-wallaahu 'ahad.   Upon their return, they mentioned this fact to the prophet (pbuh).  He (pbuh) in turn said: "ask him why he did that."   they asked the man, and he replied: "because it contains the attributes of the most compassionate and i love reading it."   the prophet (pbuh) then said: "inform him that allah loves him."

3.   Surat al-ikhlas is a means of entering paradise.   In a hadith abu hurairah (mabpwh) said: "i arrived with the prophet (pbuh) and he heard a man reciting surat qul hu-wallaahu 'ahad, and when he finished reading it, the prophet (pbuh) said: 'inevitable!'   so i asked: 'what is inevitable, o messenger of allah?'  he (pbuh) said: 'paradise!'    i wanted to go and give the man the glad tidings, but i was afraid that i would miss lunch with the prophet (pbuh), and when i returned later, the man had gone."   in another hadith, narrated by anas (mabpwh), a man came to the prophet (pbuh) and said: "i love surat qul hu-wallaahu 'ahad."   the prophet (pbuh) said: "your love of it has granted you paradise."   in another hadith, the prophet (pbuh) said: "whoever goes to bed at to sleep and lies on his right side and he recites surat qul hu-wallaahu 'ahad 100 times, on the day of judgement the lord, praise be to him, will say to him: 'o my servant!   Enter paradise on your right.'"

4.   Whoever recites this surah ten times, allah will build for him a dwelling in paradise.   In a hadith narrated by mu'ad ibn anas (mabpwh), the prophet (pbuh) said: "whoever reads surat qul hu-wallaahu 'ahad ten times, allah will build for him a house in paradise."   omar (mabpwh) then said: "then we will increase our recitation of it."   the prophet (pbuh) said: "allah is more kind and more generous."

5.   Surat al-ikhlas is a means of forgiveness of sins.   In a hadith narrated by anas (mabpwh), the prophet (pbuh) said: "whoever reads surat qul hu-wallaahu 'ahad every day two hundred times, allah will grant him one thousand five hundred rewards and will erase from him the sins of fifty years, unless he has debts."                
6.   Surat al-ikhlas is a means of eradicating poverty.   It was narrated in the hadith that the prophet (pbuh) said: "whoever reads surat qul hu-wallaahu 'ahad when he enters his house, poverty will be eradicated from the family of that household and neighbours."   in another hadith, the prophet (pbuh) said: "whoever forgets to mention the name of allah when he starts his meal, then he should read suratqul hu-wallaahu 'ahad after he finishes his meal."

7.   The constant recitation of surat al-ikhlas increases the presence of the angels at the time of death.   In a hadith narrated by abu ummamah (mabpwh), the angel gibrael came to the prophet (pbuh) whilst in tabuk and said: "o mohamed!   Go and attend the funeral of mu-a'weyah al-muzani (mabpwh)."   the prophet (pbuh) went and the angel gibrael came down amongst 70,000 angels.   Then the angel gibrael stretched his right wing over the mountains and they lowered themselves in humbleness, and he stretched his left wing over the earth and it lowered itself in humbleness to the point where he could see mecca and medina.  Then the prophet (pbuh), gibrael and the angels offered prayer on that companion and when the prophet (pbuh) finished the prayer, he said: 'o gibrael!   How did mu-a'weyah reach this status?'  and angel gibrael replied: 'by reading surat qul hu-wallaahu 'ahad whilst sitting, walking and riding.'"

8.   There are many benefits in reading surat al-ikhlas ten times at the end of every compulsory prayer    in the hadith, the prophet (pbuh) said: "whoever accomplishes three things with a sound iman will enter paradise from any of its gates, and will be married to the pure wives of his choice.   He who forgives a murderer of kin;  he who settles debts on another person secretly;  and he who recites ten times after every compulsory prayer surat qul hu-wallaahu 'ahad."   abu bakr (mabpwh) said: "or even doing any of these, o messenger of allah?"   the prophet (pbuh) then said: "or one of them."

9.   Whoever reads surat al-ikhlas one hundred thousand times, allah will set him free   it was narrated by anas (mabpwh) that the prophet (pbuh) said: "whoever reads surat qul hu-wallaahu 'ahad one hundred thousand times would have bought himself from allah, and a caller from allah will announce in heaven and on earth: 'verily, so-and-so has been set free by allah, so whoever owes him anything, let him claim it from allah.'"

10. When a person recites this Surah 100 times, all his past sins for the past 25years are forgiven (except killing an innocent person or unsurping the property of people).

11. Whoever recites this Surah 1000 times, will not die unless he sees his place in Jannah.

12. The Holy prophet (S.A.W) once advised a poor person to always say 'Salaam' when entering his house even if there was nobody there and then recite Surah At Tawheed, after a little while the man became abundantly wealthy.

13. It is Makruh to recite this Surah in one breath.This Surah has numerous benefits and is a cure of many ailments. It should be recited when travelling of facing a tyrant ruler.

14. Whoever recites this Surah 100 times before going to sleep Allah would forgive his sins comited  in forty years.

15. If this Surah is recited for a dead person the reward is like of reciting the whole Quran.

16. If this Surah is recited over the eyes of a man suffering eye sore he would be cured.

17. It is a fortess of protection against every kind of affliction and calamity.

18. Allah likes very much those who recite this Surah regularly.

19. Whoever recites this Surah over the grave of believing men and women earns great rewards.

20.Whoever recites this Surah before dawn all that frightens him would disappear.

21. Who recites Surah Al  Fatihah once and this Surah 30 times in each of the first two rakkat of tahajjud, all the sins he might have commited would inshallah be forgiven.

22. Recitation of this Surah 10 times at the time of going out of the house, the house remains in the protection of Allah till he comes back.

23. When a person goes to see a unjust man in authority, he should recite this Surah 3 times and close the fist and opne the fist when the interview is finished.

24. Whoever recites this Surah in his obligatory prayers Allah grants him good in this world as well as in the next life and forgives him, his parents and children.

25.It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) that whoever recites this surah once will get the reward equal to ten times the number of people who have believed in the Islamic teachings.