Quran is the sea of knowledge and it is the book of guidance for the humans till the end of the world. Each and every Surah of Quran had some hidden message and benefits. Each Surah is enriched with the worldly and everlasting benefits. These Surahs through light on different aspects of the light and also guides one how to live the life in this world to be benefited by it forever in this world and in the world hereafter. Surah Al-Ikhlas is the 112th Surah of Quran which is very important as per to its content. Surah Ikhlas is a Quranic Surah which encloses a very special message and vast benefits in it. The information about this Surah is as under.
Meaning of surah Ikhlas
Ikhlas means purity, sincerity, integrity or truthfulness. Surah Tauheed is the second name of Surah Al Ikhlas as it tells about the oneness of ALLAH Almighty.
Translation of Surah Al Ikhlas
“Say, He is Allah , [who is] One,
Allah , the Eternal Refuge.
He neither begets nor is born,
Nor is there to Him any equivalent.”
Explanation of Surah Al Ikhlas
The first verse of this Surah shows the oneness of Allah.
The attribute of ALLAH “Samad ” is used in this Surah only as this word is not used anywhere else in the whole Quran. The meaning of this attribute of Allah is absolute. Allah is the one who fulfills the needs of everyone. He is the one who is the only hope for everyone and He is the one who have power over everything and independent.
Then this Surah declares that Allah is free from any type of partner or family He is alone. He has no heir and no one gave birth to Him.
The last verse shows that there is no one like Allah. He us unique in each and every way.
Revelation of Surah Al Ikhlas
This is a Makki surah comprising of only four verses.
History of Surah Ikhlas
This surah was one of the first Surahs revealed on our beloved Prophet(P.B.U.H). The idolaters of Mecca once came to Prophet Muhammad and asked him about the lineage of Allah. At this time, surah Al Ikhlas was revealed.
Importance of Surah Al Ikhlas
This surah is recited in every prayer as a necessary part of Salah.
A man heard another man reciting (Surat-Al-Ikhlas) repeatedly. The next morning he came to Allah’s Apostle and informed him about it as if he thought that it was not enough to recite. On that Allah’s Apostle said, By Him in Whose Hand my life is, this Surah is equal to one-third of the Qur’an! Sahih bukhari book of virtues of Quran hadith 5013
This Hadith means that this surah and its benefits are so vast that it is equal to 1/3 of whole Quran.
Secondly this Surah is the greatest Surah on the topic of Tauheed.
Thirdly the name Ikhlas, unlike other Surahs, is not used in this Surah at all but the name is given in accordance with the subject matter of this Surah.
The one who have immense love for this surah will be blessed with the love of Allah.
Essence of Surah Al-Ikhlas
This Surah is actually the extract of the essence of Quran which is Tauheed. This Surah is very small yet it sums up the whole Quran in itself.
Aim of Surah Al-Ikhlas
This Surah aims to purify oneself. This Surah will fills ones heart with love of Allah and Tauheed.
Benefits of Surah Al-Ikhlas
Following are the benefits of reciting this Surah
• Firms the belief of a Muslim in Allah
• Strengthens the Iman
• Enhances wisdom
• Rewards equivalent to reciting 1/3 of Quran
• Purifies oneself
• Provides success
• Brings satisfaction and happiness in ones life
• Protects from calamities
• Protection from darkness of ignorance
• Enlighten ones life with the light of Tauheed
• A way to ask for forgiveness
• A way to gain Allah’s love
• Cause of closeness to Allah
Proof of its benefits from Hadith
Whenever the Prophet (saws) went to bed every night, he used to cup his hands together and blow over it after reciting Surat Al-Ikhlas, Surat Al-Falaq and Surat An-Nas, and then rub his hands over parts of his body. He used to do that three times. Sahih bukhari book. Of virtuesof Quran hadith 5017
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