Benefits of reciting Surah az-Zukhruf
This surah was revealed in Makkah and it has 89 ayaat.
It is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) that whoever recites this surah will be saved from the vermin (e.g. insects, scorpions etc.) in the grave and will not undergo the squeezing (Fishar) in the grave.
The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) said that drinking water in which this surah was dissolved acts as a cure and a relief from pain.
General Overview of Surah az-Zukhruf
Ornaments of Gold, or Surat Az-Zukhruf, is the 43rd sura of the Qur’an containing a total of 89 verses. Named after the golden ornaments recognized in verse 35 and again in verse 53, this sura dates back to the Second Meccan Period before the Prophet Muhammad’s migration to Medina. According to the Nöldeke Chronology of suras, the Ornaments of Gold was the 61st sura revealed. The Standard Egyptian chronology, however, acknowledges this as the 63rd sura revealed. Regardless of the exact position in which this sura was revealed, it is clear that the sura was revealed during the Second Meccan Period, a time in which Muhammad and his followers were increasingly subject to opposition from the Quraysh tribe.
Ornaments of Gold is a sura that acts as a reminder to believers that the goodness of God cannot be found within wealth and material power. The sura rejects the claim of disbelievers that prophets, leaders and worthy figures should be marked by their riches and thereby empowers them to refrain from temptations, indulgences and distractions. The sura warns disbelievers who succumb to the “mere enjoyments of this life” (43:17) of a terrible and tormented afterlife and it encourages believers to relish not in riches but in their faith and love of God. The sura also repeatedly addresses the fact that the angels are not God’s daughters but his faithful servants (43:19).The possibility of Jesus being the literal son of God is also rejected within the sura (43:63-64).Haleem, M.A.S. Abdel. The Qur’an (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005) 319.
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