Surah Mulk is a famous and often recited chapter of the Quran. It is the 67th surah found in the 29th Juz (part) and has 30 verses. Revealed in Makkah, ‘Mulk’ has various translations including Sovereignty and Dominion. Its verses mention the Lord’s power in creation of life and death, the Heavens and the Stars.
Meaning of Surah Mulk
The main focus in this Surah is the great power of Allah who is able to control all things. He created life and death to test which of His creatures are best in deed and who attain forgiveness, differentiating them from those who deserve punishment. If you doubt this, then look at the Heavens and you will see no inconsistencies.
The surah asks us to ponder over how we have been given shelter, security and provision, and if He willed, Allah could take them away and nothing could stop this from happening.
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Translation of Surah Mulk
The following are the translation of key verses of the surah:
1. Blessed is He in Whose Hand is the dominion, and He is Able to do all things.
2. Who has created death and life, that He may test you which of you is best in deed. And He is the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving;
3. Who has created the seven heavens in layers, you can see no fault in the creations of the Most Beneficent. Then look again: “Can you see any breaks?”
6. And for those who disbelieved in their Lord is the punishment of Hell, and wretched is that destination.
9. They will say: “Yes indeed; a warner did come to us, but we denied and said: ‘Allah never sent down anything, you are only in great error.'”
10. And they will say: “Had we but listened or reasoned, we would not have been among the dwellers of the blazing Fire!”
11. Then they will confess their sin. So, away with the dwellers of the blazing Fire.
12. Verily! Those who fear their Lord unseen (i.e. they do not see Him, nor His Punishment in the Hereafter, etc.), theirs will be forgiveness and a great reward (i.e. Paradise).
13. And whether you keep your talk secret or disclose it, verily, He is the All-Knower of what is in the breasts (of men).
17. Or do you feel secure that He, Who is over the heaven (Allah), will not send against you a violent whirlwind? Then you shall know how (terrible) has been My Warning?
21. Who is he that can provide for you if He should withhold His provision? Nay, but they continue to be in pride, and (they) flee (from the truth).
23. Say it is He Who has created you and endowed you with hearing (ears), seeing (eyes), and hearts. Little thanks you give.
29. Say: “He is the Most Beneficent (Allah), in Him we believe, and in Him we put our trust. So you will come to know who is it that is in manifest error.”
Why is Surah Mulk important?
It is an important chapter for both Muslims and non Muslims to take lesson from. Just before the people of Hell are about to be punished, they will be asked whether anyone came to warn them. They will have to say yes but they rejected the message and so can only blame themselves, and the punishment is justified.
Surah Mulk hadith
It was narrated from Abu Hurairah (RA) that the Prophet (SAW) said: “A surah from the Quran containing thirty verses will intercede for a man so that he will be forgiven. It is the Surah Tabaarak Alathi bi yadihi’l-mulk (i.e.Surah al-Mulk).” (Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud; Ibn Maajah)
It was narrated that Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (RA) said: Whoever reads Tabaarak allaahi bi yadihi’l-mulk [i.e. Surah Mulk] every night, Allah will protect him from the torment of the grave. At the time of the Messenger of Allah (SAW) we used to call it al-maani’ah (that which protects). In the Book of Allah is a surah which, whoever recites it every night has done very well. (al-Nasai)
Surah Mulk benefits
It is said surah Mulk is a protector from the punishment of the grave. For someone who recites it every night, or regularly, it will intervene on behalf of its reciter until he is forgiven by Allah and entered into Paradise. The Prophet (SAW) said whoever reads it every night has done very well.
When should Surah Mulk be recited?
In a hadith narrated from Jaabir (RA), the Prophet (SAW) would not go to sleep until he had recited Surah Mulk. (Tirmidhi). Also from the hadith narrated by ibn Mas’ud, the encouragement is to read every night before going to sleep.