Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) said that a person who recites this surah daily, or at least every Friday, will remain safe from all the dangers of this world and the hereafter by the will and power of Allah Almighty.
If the true value of the Holy Qur’an was understood, don’t you think the Muslims of the world would not be where they are today?
Yet this great living miracle lies abandoned in our libraries, bookshelves, or even in a beautifully created casing; gathering dust from lack of use.
This is why when we will be brought to account for our deeds and misdeeds on the Day of Judgment; we will have no reason to say that we were not adequately guided, because we are the ones who did not take the readily available guidance.
So right now, I want us to look at some of the benefits of reciting Surah Yasin. This surah is ‘makki’ and it has 83 verses. By Makki, it means it was revealed in Mecca.
Forgiveness of Sins
It is written in the commentary of Majma’ul Bayan whoever recites surah Yaseen solely for seeking the pleasure of Allah (s.w.t.), all his sins will be forgiven and he will be given the reward equal to the reward of reciting the whole Qur’an 12 times.
It benefits the dying soul
If this surah is recited near a person on his deathbed, then for each letter recited, 12 angels are sent to pray for his forgiveness and they remain even when the soul is being taken by the Angel of Death. The angels also take part in his funeral rites.
Makes ease for the dying soul
If recited near a person who is on the verge of passing away (Sakarat-ul-Mawt), then an angel brings a drink for the dying person from Jannah and as he drinks of it, he feels greatly eased.
It is a key to all goodness in life and hereafter
In another narration, this surah has been described as the key to all good in this life and in the hereafter and a safety from all evil in this life and in the hereafter. Needs are fulfilled if asked after the recitation of this surah and the reward for its recitation is also compared to performing twenty hajj pilgrimages.
Cures thousand types of illnesses
Drinking the water in which this surah has been dissolved cures one of a thousand types of illnesses. The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) said that everything has its heart and the heart of the Holy Qur’an is Surah Yasin.
Reduces punishment for the dead ones
He (s.a.w.) also said that if this surah is recited in a graveyard then all punishment is lifted, for that day, from all the graves and the reciter gets the reward equal to the sum of all the good actions performed by all those who are buried in that graveyard.
Protection from Satan and all problems
It is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) that whoever recited this surah in the morning will be protected from all calamities and problems during the day and whoever recites it at night will be protected from Shaitan by seventy thousand angels.
Recitation of this surah saves one from the squeezing of the grave and its other torments. Passing the difficult stages in the hereafter will also be made easy for him.
Keeping this surah in one’s possession as a talisman acts as a protection from the jealousy of people. The wearer remains safe from the evil designs of men and Jinn. It also acts as a cure from disease.
This surah has 78 verses and it is ‘makki’. Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that reciting this surah on Friday after the dawn prayers carries great reward. Surah as-Rahman removes hypocrisy from one’s heart.
On the Day of Judgement, this surah will come in the shape of a human being who will be handsome and will have a very nice scent. Allah (s.w.t.) will then tell him to point out those people who used to recite this surah and he will name them. Then he will be allowed to beg pardon for those whom he names and Allah (s.w.t.) will pardon them.
The Imam (a.s.) also said that if a person dies after reciting this surah, then is considered a martyr. Writing this surah and keeping it makes all difficulties and problems vanish and also cures eye ailments. Writing it on the walls of a house keeps away all types of household pests. If recited at night, then Allah (s.w.t.) sends an angel to guard the reciter until he wakes up and if recited in the daytime then an angel guards him until sunset.
This ‘makki’ surah has 28 ayaat. It is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) that frequent recitation of this surah is a protection from Jinn and the reciter will be in the company of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) on the Day of Resurrection. This surah also protects one from the evil actions of an unjust person.
Prisoners secure early release by reciting this surah and those who recite it properly will never face poverty or starvation. Keeping this surah in one’s possession ensures safety from the Jinn, victory in debate or confrontation, and safety of possession and wealth. Debts are also easily paid back.
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Surah al-Muzammil Benefits: There are 20 ayaat in this surah and it was revealed in Makkah. Some scholars say that it was revealed in Madinah.
It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) that a person who recites this surah will never face bad times. The person who recites it in the Isha or Tahajjud prayers always remains pure of heart and even dies while he is in a pure state.
Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) said that a person who recites this surah properly will get a chance to meet the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) and if he prays for something from Allah (s.w.t.) he will get it.
The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) has said that a person who recites this surah will be taken to Jannah without questioning, provided he believes in the Day of Judgement and the Raising of the Dead (from the graves).
Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) said that Allah (s.w.t.) will never send His punishment upon any person who recites this surah every night. The reciter of this surah will also gain a high status in the hereafter. The person who writes this surah and keeps it in his possession will never be harmed by the vermin of this earth.
As a Muslim, you probably know that reading your Quran is very much important, meanwhile, you may be also wondering WHY. As soon as we grow the sense that we “have to,” then the thing we really “have to” ends up feeling like a chore.
Well, I just want to try not to give you some obvious and trite ideas here. As a matter of fact, you have probably heard them all. If not though, I think I should go over the facts Insha-Allah, i.e. some facts about the Holy Quran you should know.
The Holy Quran is literally “God-Spoken”
“Do they not then consider the Qur’an carefully? Had it been from other than Allah, they would surely have found therein much contradiction.” [Quran 4:82]
If we like we can also call it Allah’s very personal love letter directly to those who believe, Masha-Allah.
There is no doubt that Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was the person responsible for transmitting the Qur’an. There are mass historical reports that support this claim, and the Qur’an itself confirms that it was revealed to him (Mohammad, 47:2)
What qualities would you expect to find in a book from God? Wouldn’t you expect it to transcend human works? If the work of God could not be distinguished from human works, then how could we be expected to distinguish truth from falsehood and identify God’s guidance?
Thus, the Holy Qur’an is the last revealed Word of Allah. It deals with all the subjects that concern us as human beings: wisdom, doctrine, worship, and law, but its basic theme is the relationship between God and His creatures. At the same time it provides guidelines for a just society, proper human conduct and an equitable economic system.
The Holy Quran Stands up to Tests
Without doubt, Allah’s word is different from other so-called “Holy Books” in that it does not just present to us a set of rules that we must blindly follow. Instead, it present itself so as we can test its accuracy by examining the bunch of specific prophecies, comparing scientific facts it relates to, and checking the historical accounts it states.
For instance, the scientific community adopts the following approach. Many people come up with new theories but the scientific community does not even bother to listen to them. Scientists have a reason for doing so – they say, “if you have a theory, do not bother me with it unless you bring with that theory a way to prove that you and the theory are wrong’. This is called as a Falsification test.
This is the same reason why they paid attention to Albert Einstein towards the beginning of the century. He came up with the new theory and said, ‘I think the universe works like this and these are three ways to prove me wrong’. Scientists subjected his theory to tests and within 6 years it passed the tests, which he offered.
This does not prove that he is great but it proves that he deserves to be paid attention to, because of the falsification tests, which accompanied his theory.
I have not come across this unique falsification test presented in any other religious scriptures said Dr Zakir Naik. The next time you discuss with anyone regarding religion, ask them, ‘Is there anything in your religion which throws up a challenge and says that if I could do this or that I prove that your religion and the scripture wrong? I doubt if anyone else would have anything such as a falsification test to offer.
A person should not only present his belief but should also offer the other person a chance to prove the belief wrong.
The Holy Quran is Trustworthy and does not Contain Errors
Many other Books have found verses that appear to contradict each other, there are just differences in the styles of writing and phraseology when compared to the Holy Quran. There are errors that lead to absolute confusion in their Books.
If Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was indeed the author of the Qur’an and he merely copied from other sources as they say, how did he manage to avoid the factual and scientific errors that other books contain?
The Qur’an does not contain any statements, which are incompatible with some facts discovered today. That’s why when one reads the Qur’an, you find a distinct characteristic. The descriptions of the natural world in the Qur’an seem remarkably timeless. The Qur’an addresses various levels of intellect, at various times, and has a whole host of meanings for a particular word that it uses to describe the natural world. These words can relate to the past and present understanding of the physical world, and they can relate to non-scientific meanings too, they can be spiritual and moral insights Masha Allah.
The Holy Quran still Applies to our Lives Today
Before the coming of Islam, the world was in a state of oppression and injustice. Pre-Islamic Arabia was a dreadful place to live in. The Arabs were an immoral people. Slavery was an economic institution. Male and female slaves were bought and sold like animals. They were the most depressed class of the Arabian society. Illiteracy was common among the tribes, as were alcoholism and adultery.
Can you imagine being tasked with reforming such a society? Have a think about how long it would take one person to cure all these social ills. A lifetime? Perhaps several generations? You may even view it as an impossible task.
Well, the Quran managed to completely reform all the social ills of Arabian society and humanity as a whole in a single generation. It took just 23 years! This was a revolution, the likes of which the world has never witnessed.
If the Qur’an had never been revealed, then what would be the likely state of the world today? Let’s think this through step by step. From the Qur’an emerged the justice of Islamic law; from that justice came peace and co-existence; with that peaceful co-existence came free intellectual activity in Muslim lands and from this freedom of literacy originate the knowledge that took many countries out of the Dark Ages and ushered in the Renaissance.
Thus, isn’t it reasonable to conclude that the modern world, with all of its advanced technology like the internet and mobile phones, is a direct consequence of the revelation of the Qur’an?
Reason to Read the Holy Quran
What benefit will we get from reading the Holy Quran? What kind of satisfaction we can get from Allah’s Word? With all the important things that distract us and demand our attention every hour of every day, why should we spend some time with God’s Word, The Holy Quran?
“Because the Quran got Answers”
One thing is sure in today’s world; it’s a lot easier to ask questions than it is to find answers. Yet, a life without explanation is exhausting. Therefore, we demand explanation, and fortunately, the Holy Quran plus the Islam worldview comes nicely furnished with explanation.
Insha-Allah, this should give us hope. It also means that now is not the time to throw in the towel. As believers, we may not become spatially disoriented, but we do become spiritually disoriented when we are racked with doubts, the Quran got answers for us.
The Holy Quran is a measuring tape for truth
In the world we live contain many lies and false teachers, even within the Islamic Communities. Being familiar with Allah’s word helps us discern truth from lies. Reading the Quran thus provides a beneficial opportunity to know truths for ourselves rather than only leaning from a specific scholar.
Reading the Quran stuff ours our minds and our hearts to face the world every day.
The Holy Quran basically serves our Manual for Humanity, our Guide to Life and everything else. The words within those pages can surely equip it readers for daily living.
The Quran empowers us to fight temptation.
Knowing from the Quran the status of committing sins and its ultimate consequence in the sight of Allah empowers us to fight it. As a practicing Muslim, with the aid of the Quran, you no longer must follow the sinful way. The Quran keeps us from wasting our precious lives on matters which does not matter and will never last.
The Holy Quran isn’t just a book of pages and lines to be memorized. It is much more alive, much more useful and practical than you may think. To leave it on the shelf is to leave out an opportunity for a fuller, more satisfying and joyful life.
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“.