Surah an-Naba (Arabic: سورة النبأ, “The Tidings”, “The Announcement”) is the seventy-eighth chapter (sura) of the Quran with 40 verses. Its forty verses are divided into two equal parts of twenty verses each. The first twenty are filled with the wonders of the worldly creation (the earth, plants, the peace of night shared by loving couples, the mountains, and rain). The latter twenty are filled with the eternal wonders and horrors of the next world with raging sinner (the Arabic root TGY “tageena” is used) being punished starkly opposed with the rewarding of dutiful believers (the Arabic root WQY “mutaqeena” is employed as a poetic parataxis to TGY) in paradise.
Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that whoever recites this surah every day will be fortunate enough to visit Masjidul Haraam in the same year by the will of Allah.
The Holy Prophet (a.s.) said that memorization of this surah carries a great reward.
If this surah is recited with the intention of staying awake, then the reciter will not fall asleep and if it is recited before traveling then the journey will become easy with the help of Allah Almighty.