Surah al-Qari’ah (Arabic: سورة القارعة) is the 101st chapter (sura) of the Quran with 11 verses. This chapter takes its name from its first word “qariah“, referring to the Quranic view of the end time and eschatology. “Qariah” has been translated to calamity, striking, catastrophe, clatterer, etc According to Ibn Kathir, a traditional exegete, Al-Qariah is one of the names of the Day of Judgement, like Al-Haaqqa, At-Tammah, As-Sakhkhah and others. After a picturesque depiction of judgement day in first 5 ayaat, next 4 ayat describe that Allah’s Court will be established and the people will be called upon to account for their deeds. The people whose good deeds will be heavier will be blessed with bliss and happiness, and the people whose good deeds will be lighter will be cast into the burning fire of hell. The last 2 ayaat describe Háwíyah in a similar emphatic way as Al-Qariah was emphasized in the beginning.
Benefits of reciting Surah al-Qari’ah
- Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (a.s.) has said that the person who frequently recites this surah will be saved from the heat of hellfire.
- If a businessman or a person in financial difficulties keep this surah in his possession, Insha’Allah the doors of sustenance will be opened to him.
- Recitation of this surah in prayers also increases in one’s sustenance.
- Water in which this surah has been dissolved is useful in keeping away unwanted pests (eg. Insects and rodents).
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