Surah al-Bayyinah is the 98th Surat, by no coincidence composed of 98 words, with both structural and thematic symmetries more characteristic of the Meccan period.
The sura opens by addressing the polytheists of Arabia, as well as those amongst the People of the Book who had fallen into disbelief. Allowing that they may be restored only by a “clear sign” from God who speaks holy and untainted words — the Prophet Muhammad bringing the Qur’an, which lays down proper laws and morality. The fifth ayah is pivotal and explains that all God asks of mankind is “To praise God by offering Him devotion being true, to pray the Salat, and to give charity. And that is the Religion of Truth.”
Those who cling to these simple practices of faith in Allah, praye, and charity will be offered the Gardens of Paradise, “underneath which rivers flow”, as their prize; for God is pleased with them for being the best of possible creations. Those who turn away, however, shall meet the fires of Hell.
Benefits of reciting Surah al-Bayyinah
- The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) said that if people knew the benefits of reciting this surah, they would leave their work in order to learn it.
- If a person recites this surah at night, then Allah (s.w.t.) sends angels to protect the reciter and his faith is also secure. The angels seek forgiveness for him.
- The reward for reciting this surah is equal to all those things on this Earth upon which the sun shines.