Surah al-‘Ankabut (Arabic: سورة العنكبوت, “The Spider”) is the 29th sura of the Qur’an with 69 verses. It is a Meccan surah due to the introduction concerning the persecution of the Muslims. The early Muslims were persecuted in Mecca, where Muhammed was not a head of state and not persecuted in Medina, where he was a head of state and had some protection. The surah states that Nuh, Ibrahim, Lut, Shuaib, Hud, Saleh, Musa and Muhammad all were prophets of God. All of them endured hardships. For example, Noah was ridiculed often and Abraham was thrown into the fire. But God destroyed their people who transgressed. As it says in verse 40,
So each We punished for his sin; of them was he on whom We sent down a violent storm, and of them was he whom the rumbling overtook, and of them was he whom We made to be swallowed up by the earth, and of them was he whom We drowned; and it did not beseem Allah that He should be unjust to them, but they were unjust to their own souls.
Benefits of reciting Surah al-‘Ankabut
- In the commentary of Burhan it is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) that whoever recites surah al-‘Ankabut on the 23rd night of the month of Ramadhan, will enter Jannah without any questioning.
- The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) has said that the reward for reciting this Surah can be compared to ten times the number of believing men and women plus ten times the number of hypocrites on Earth.
- Drinking water in which this surah has been dissolved brings one great joy and happiness in his life.
May Allah grant us beneficial Knowledge!