There are a total of 200 verses in Surah Ale-Imran and it was revealed in Madinah.
The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) has said that whoever recites surah Ale-Imran on Friday, then until the setting of the sun, he will be showered by the Mercy of Allah (s.w.t.) and the angels will beg for his forgiveness.
The Prophet (s.a.w.) has also recommended this surah for those women who are not able to conceive.
The surah should be written using saffron and then given to her to wear as a talisman and by the Will of Allah (s.w.t.), she will conceive.
Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that if a person faces hardship in earning his livelihood, he should write this surah and wear it as a talisman and Allah (s.w.t.) will increase his sustenance greatly.
The Imam (a.s.) also said that if anyone recites both surah al-Baqarah and Ale-Imran, then these surahs will come in the shape of clouds on the day of judgement to protect him from the scorching heat.
Thus, we often recite certain verses and phrases without
knowing exactly what they mean.
One clear example is “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un”
You may be wondering what these words mean. And why should
we as Muslims say it and under what circumstances?
As stated in the beginning, “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi
raji’un” means “Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall
Under what circumstance should you say “Inna lillahi wa
inna ilayhi raji’un”
It is recommended to recite this verse whenever one is tested
Everybody on earth faces challenges, losses, trials, adversities, and hardships in one form or the other – sometimes through losses and sometimes through abundance.
If we fail to realize the why and wisdom behind such trials, we can commit such mistakes that not only leave us depressed and dejected in this world but also take away our success in the hereafter.
It is therefore very important to understand the wisdom
behind trials and tests in Islam and how to respond to them in a befitting and
As Muslims, it is expected of us to remain in a positive
state of mind, whatever the circumstances. True believers are those who remain
patient when troubles befall them. That’s called Sabr!
Allah Almighty said in the glorious Quran:
And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to As-Sabirin (the patient). – Quran 2:155
Allah Almighty informs us that He tests and tries His
servants, sometimes with bounty and sometimes with afflictions of fear and
hanger. The important thing is when He said there is good news for those who
are patient (As-Sabirin).
Beware: Some people think that tests only come in the form of hardships. Allah Almighty also tests us with ease. It’s often in the test of ease that we fail most.
However, hardship/suffering is also a very dangerous threat
to our Eeman.
That’s why when in any bad situation, it is very important
to comfort yourself with “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un” and let
Allah handle the rest by His grace.
Allah said in the Quran:
Who when afflicted with calamity, say “Inna lillahi wa
inna ilayhi raji’un” – “Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we
Trials could be health-related, wealth-related, or it could be the life of our loved ones. Whenever calamities like these happen, don’t turn on your heels because you’ll lose out a lot in this world and the next. Never lose faith in Allah just because you’re hurt, rather accept the fact that He brought us to this world, He can do as He pleases, and to Him is our shall return.
True believers recite these words to console themselves in the face of their losses. Because they know that they belong to Allah and that He does what He wills with His servants. They also know that no deed, even if it was the weight of an atom, will be left out on the Day of resurrection.
These facts should give us all the strength to believe that we are Allah’s slaves and that to Allah will be our return.
Virtue of saying “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un”
… but give good tidings to As-Sabirin (the patient),
Who when afflicted with calamity, say “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un” –
“Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.”
What are these good tidings Allah has for the Sabirin (the patient)?
There are several Hadiths that mention the reward of
accepting the fact that we all will return back to Allah by saying “Inna
lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un” – “Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to
Him we shall return.” – when afflicted with adversity.
For instance, quoting from Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Imam Ahmad
reported that Umm Salamah narrated:
Once, Abu Salamah came back after he was with Allah’s Messenger and said:
I heard Allah’s Messenger recite a statement that made me delighted.
No Muslim is struck with an affliction and then recite the Istirja (“Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un”) when the affliction strikes, and then says: ‘O Allah! Reward me for my loss and give me what is better than it,’ but Allah will do just that.
Umm Salamah said: So, I memorized these words.
When Abu Salamah died, I said the Istirja` and then said: “O Allah! Compensate me for my loss and give me what is better than it.”
I then thought about it and said, “Who is better than Abu Salamah?”
When my Iddah (the period of time before the widow or divorced woman can remarry) finished, Allah’s Messenger asked for permission to see me while I was dyeing a skin that I had. I washed my hands, gave him permission to enter and handed him a pillow, and he sat on it.
He then asked me for marriage and when he finished his speech, I said, “O Messenger of Allah! It is not because I do not want you, but I am very jealous and I fear that you might experience some wrong mannerism from me for which Allah would punish me. I am old and have children.”
As for the jealousy that you mentioned, Allah the
Exalted will remove it from you. As for your being old as you mentioned, I have
suffered what you have suffered. And for your having children, they are my
She said, “I have surrendered to Allah’s Messenger.”
Allah’s Messenger married her and Umm Salamah said later,
“Allah compensated me with who is better than Abu
Salamah: Allah’s Messenger.”
Sahih Muslim reported a shorter version of this Hadith.
In another hadith, Abu Sinan said:
“I buried my son Sinan and Abu Talhah Al-Khawlani was sitting on the rim of the grave. When I wanted to leave he took me by my hand and said:
‘Shall I not inform you of some good new O Abu Sinan!’
I said: ‘Of course.’
He said: ‘Ad-Dahhak bin Abdur-Rahman bin Arzab narrated to me, from Abu Musa Al-Ash’ari: “The Messenger of Allah said: ‘When a child of the slave (of Allah) died, Allah says to the angels: “Have you taken the fruits of his work.” They reply: “Yes.”
So He says: “What did My slave say?”
They reply: “He praised you and mentioned that to You is the return.”
So Allah says: “Build a house in Paradise for My slave, and name it ‘the house of praise.'”
Allah created us into this world for a short while. Even if
you manage to leave up to a hundred years, one day you will have to face death
and return to your lord. Unlike this short worldly life, the life of the
hereafter will never end.
Allah prepares us for the hereafter by testing our Eeman day
in and day out.
Thus, calamities and disasters are nothing but tests which are also signs of Allah’s love for a person. Allah’s test and trials are like medicine – even though it tastes bitter, despite its taste you give it to heal the one whom you love.
In a Sahih hadith, it is said that:
“The greatest reward comes with the greatest trial. When Allah loves a people, He tests them. Whoever accepts that wins His pleasure but whoever is discontent with that earns His wrath.”
So, when you are tested with any hardship or discomfort,
recite “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un” to console yourself in the
face of your calamities. Insha’Allah, with this state of faith, Allah will
compensate you with something better.
Indeed the Holiest Prophet (SAW) summarized this Religion with his statement:
“The Religion is naseehah (sincerity)!” So then Tameem ibn Aws(as) then said, “We asked, ‘To whom?’” He said: “To Allah, His Book (the Quran), His Messenger, the leaders of the people, and their common folk.”
The sincerity that is due when it comes to the Book of Allah includes its regular recitation, studying the rules of tajweed and reciting it beautifully, learning its Tafseer and the reasons for its revelation, acknowledging that it is the Truth, the perfect Speech of Allah and not product of the human brain, honoring it and defending it, abiding by the orders and prohibitions that come with it, calling to it and teaching it.
Therefore, by reciting and reflecting over the Qur’an, one fulfills an obligation and is fully rewarded for that. Upon fulfilling this obligation, the Qur’an then becomes a proof for him on the Day of Judgment.
A proof for us on the Day of Judgment.
This is due to the statement of the Messenger that is stated in Sahih Muslim:
“And the Qur’an is a proof for you or against you.”
Meaning, one of two things is to be proved. It will either be in your favour, that’s a proof for you on the Day when you will need every single good deed, or it will be something standing against you.
Just imagine the Holy Book of Allah, standing as proof against you. Who will find peace on that Day, if the Holy Quran stood against him?
Think carefully, dear Muslim brother or sister, about your relationship with the Qur’an! Are you neglecting it, contradicting it, being heedless of its orders and prohibitions, are you thinking deeply about it? Will it be on your side on the Day of Judgment?
O Allah! We ask you, by Your Glorious Speech and the rest of your beautiful Names and Attributes, to make the Qur’an a proof for us! O Allah! Don’t make the Qur’an a proof against us on that Day, and save us from the hellfire! For if Allah makes the Qur’an a proof in our favor on that Day, then it would also be an intercessor for us when NO intercession will take place except by His Permission.
You will be from the best of people.
In Sahih Muslim, we find a lovely story, about how a man from the people of Jannah, ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattab, understood this principle.
Some men came to question him during his Khilafah about the leadership of Makah, they asked, “Who do you use to govern Makah?”
He said, “Ibn Abzaa.”
They asked, “And who is Ibn Abzaa?”
Umar replied, “A freed slave from those we freed.”
They remarked, “You left a freed slave in charge of the people of the Valley (the noble tribes of the Quraysh)?”
So he answered them, “Verily he is a reader of the Book of Allah and is knowledgeable about the obligations of the Muslims. Haven’t you heard the statement of your Messenger: “Verily Allah raises some people by this Book and lowers others by it.”?
O Allah! We ask you, by Your Glorious Speech and the rest of your beautiful Names and Attributes, to make reading the Qur’an our habit so that our status shall be raised! O Allah! Don’t make us forget the Qur’an because that will lower our status, and save us from all the suffering both in this world and the hereafter!
You will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels.
‘Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, relates that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have TWICE that reward.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
Dear Islamic Brothers and Sisters, do not let Satan give you false excuses, such as “I am not an ‘Arab,” or “It’s not my language.” This hadith is a firm proof against those whisperings. Dedicate yourself to the Book of Allah. An ‘Arab or not, we are all struggling for the same Jannah!
The excuses should be eliminated and the pathway needs to be cleared for us to embrace the Book of Allah. And surely you will not hesitate to seek a teacher or a study circle for the Qur’an once you hear the last and perhaps greatest benefits of reading and contemplating over the It.
There are ten rewards for each letter you recite from the Qur’an.
As an authentic hadith in At-Tirmithee proves: “Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah, he will have a reward. And that reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that “Alif, Laam, Meem” is a letter, rather I am saying that “Alif” is a letter, “laam” is a letter and “meem” is a letter.” So increase your recitation of the Qur’an to gain these merits.
The Qur’an will lead you to Paradise! What else?
The Prophet said:
“The Qur’an is an intercessor, something given permission to intercede, and it is rightfully believed in. Whoever puts it in front of him, it will lead him to Paradise; whoever puts it behind him, it will steer him to the Hellfire.” [An authentic hadith found in At-Tabaraanee, on the authority of ‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood].
Dear Muslims, know that all these benefits from the many benefits available can only be attained by a sincere commitment to the Quran, not by a person’s mere statement, “I love the Qur’an, it’s beautiful.” Rather the heart must be sincerely attached to it and the limbs and tongue will follow in this attachment.
You must also know that I only mentioned a few of the numerous benefits of reading and reflecting over the Qur’an. There are many benefits involved, like the chapter of the Qur’an that will argue on your behalf in the grave, and that it is physical healing, a source of rest and relaxation for your heart, among many other things.
Upon all these wonders of the Quran, lots of us fail to read it. Let’s say maybe you didn’t know about its tremendous benefits. But if you do know about these benefits without making efforts to achieve it, then you are missing something very important. Something that others use to get closer to their Maker (Allah), that’s “being a GoodMuslim“.