Surah Rahman: Translation, Hadith and Benefits

Surah Rahman is the 55th Chapter in the Quran, revealed in Madinah. It has 78 verses (ayah) spread over 3 ruku (parts) and appears in the 27th juz of the Quran.  In a hadith, it has been called the ‘adornment of the Quran’

Benefits of Surah Rahman

Surah Rahman has spiritual benefits such as becoming grateful for what you have and remorseful over your sins. Surah Rahman also gives you hope in the mercy of Allah and fear of His wrath on Judgement Day. Other benefits include:

  • Increasing wealth
  • Relief from physical ailments such as diabetes, kidney disease, heart problems
  • Help with finding a marriage partner
  • Finding a job easily
  • Protection from evil spirits

We could not find any hadith stating that reading this surah will help you with a specific worldly need such as some of those mentioned.   In some printed publications and on the internet, there are claims that it can help with them.

And Allah knows best.

What does Surah Rahman talk about?

Al-Rahman (The Most Compassionate) is one of the names of Allah and in the Surah Allah states some of the things He has created and given to the creatures and still there is very little gratitude from people or jinn.

There is a lot of repetition of the verse: ‘Which of the favours of your Lord will you both deny?’ in reference to mankind and Jinn.  Even worse, there is denial of His favours and even of His existence among many of these two creations.

The second part of the Surah relates to the Hereafter and what the companions of Paradise and those of Hell will each taste.  For one group, favour upon favour with goodness.  With the other, a reminder of what they used to deny and forgot – the existence of Hell.  If you don’t believe it exists, then how will you prepare for it?  One of the favours of Allah is the constant reminder that Hell indeed exists and you must ask and do everything you can to avoid becoming its inhabitant.

Surah Al Rahman

Translation of Surah Rahman.

In the Name of Allâh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
1. The Most Compassionate.
2. Taught the Quran.
3. He created man.
4. He taught him eloquent speech.
5. The sun and the moon run on their fixed courses with precision.

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6. And the stars and the trees both prostrate.

7. And the heaven: He has raised it high, and He has set up the Balance.
8. In order that you do not transgress the balance.
9. And observe the weight with equity and do not make the balance deficient.
10. And the earth: He has put down for the creatures.
11. In it are fruit, palm trees with date stalks,

12. And grain with husks, and aromatic plants.
13. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
14. He created man mankind from sounding clay like the clay of pottery.
15. And the jinn: He created from a smokeless flame of fire.
16. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?

17. He is the Lord of the two Easts and the Lord of the two Wests

18. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
19. He has let loose the two seas, meeting together.
20. Between them is a barrier which none of them can transgress.
21. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
22. Out of them both come out pearl and coral.
23. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
24. And His are the ships going and coming in the seas, like mountains.
25. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
26. Whatsoever is on it (the earth) will perish.
27. And the Face of your Lord full of Majesty and Honour will remain forever.
28. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
29. Whosoever is in the heavens and on earth begs of Him. Every day He is engaged in some matter

30. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
31. We shall attend to you, O you two dependents!
32. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
33. O assembly of jinn and men! If you have power to pass beyond the zones of the heavens and the earth, then pass beyond! But you will never be able to pass them, except with authority
34. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
35. There will be sent against you both, smokeless flames of fire and molten brass, and you will not be able to defend yourselves.
36. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
37. How horrible will it be when the heavens will split apart, becoming rose-red like burnt oil!
38. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
39. On that Day there will be no need for any human or jinn to be asked about their sins.
40. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?

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41. The criminals will be known by their marks and they will be seized by their forelocks and their feet.
42. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
43. This is the Hell which the criminals denied.
44. They will go between it and the fierce boiling water!
45. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
46. But for him who fears the standing before his Lord, there will be two Gardens
47. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
48. With spreading branches.
49. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
50. In them will be two springs flowing free .
51. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
52. In them will be every kind of fruit in pairs.
53. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
54. Reclining upon the couches lined with silk brocade, and the fruits of the two Gardens will be near at hand.
55. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
56. Wherein both will be chaste females restraining their glances, desiring none except their husbands, with whom no man or jinn has touched before them.
57. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
58. They are like rubies and coral.
59. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
60. Is there any reward for good other than good?
61. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
62. And besides these two, there are two other Gardens.
63. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
64. Dark green (in colour).
65. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
66. In them will be two springs gushing forth.
67. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?

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68. In them both will be fruits, and date palms and pomegranates.
69. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
70. Therein (Gardens) will be fair wives; good and beautiful.
71. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
72. Hûr (beautiful, fair females) guarded in pavilions;
73. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
74. With whom no man or jinn has touched before them.
75. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
76. Reclining on green cushions and rich beautiful mattresses.
77. Then which of the Favours of your Lord will you both deny?
78. Blessed be the Name of your Lord, the Owner of Majesty and Honour.

Hadith on Surah Rahman

Abdullah Ibn Masud (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said, ‘Everything has an adornment, and the adornment of the Quran is Surah Al-Rahman.’  (Baihaqi)

‘The Prophet (SAW) went to the companions and recited Surah Rahman but they were all quiet. He told them that he went to the jinn and recited it to them and they were responsive. And when he would recite the verses ‘And which of the favours of the Lord will you deny’ the jinn would respond ‘There is nothing among your bounties that we can deny, all praise belong to Allah’ (Tirmidhi)

When to read Surah Rahman

Surah Rahman can be read anytime and daily reading is encouraged.  Pious people read it after Zuhr salaah as part of their routine of reading specific surahs after each salaah.

Many parents also put their children to sleep using this surah listening on YouTube.  The length of recitation takes up to 15 minutes which seems to help children fall asleep.