Surah al-Inshiqaq is the eighty-fourth chapter (sura) of the Qur’an with 25 ayat. It mentions details of the Day of Judgment when, according to the chapter, everyone will receive reckoning over their deeds in this world.
The name of the chapter, Al-Inshiqaq, is a noun variously translated as “The Sundering”, “The Bursting Asunder”, “The Splitting Open”, among others. This name comes from the first verse of the chapter which reads When the sky is rent asunder. The verse does not contain the word al-inshiqaq verbatim, but rather it contains a word of the same root. It is a reference to the destruction of the world at the end of days, which the chapter portend. Thematically, the chapter follows a day-of-judgment theme that is present in the preceding chapters, including Al-Infitar (the 82nd chapter) and Al-Mutaffifin (83rd).
The chapter begins (verses 1 to 5) by mentioning events that will happen on the Day of Judgment, including the sundering of the sky and the flattening of all that is on earth. Verses 6 to 15 talk about the disparity between those who in that day will be “given [their] book in [their] right hand” and have a joyful reckoning, and those who will not. A series of oaths (verses 16—18) followed, and then another contrast between the fate of the believers and the unbelievers in the day of judgment.
Benefits of reciting Surah al-Inshiqaq
- The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) has said that the one who recites this surah will not get his book of deeds from his back on the Day of Reckoning.
- If written and worn by a pregnant woman, the delivery of the baby becomes easy by the will of Allah. However, it is important that after delivery, this surah should be kept away from her.
- If this surah is tied to any animal (eg. camels or horses) then Insha’Allah it keeps them safe.
May Allah increase us in knowledge!