Surah Waqiah – Benefits and History

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We all go through tough times during our lives, and many times we don’t even know what to do. Fortunately for us, the Holy Quran along with the teachings of Nabi SAW has a solution for everything. Surah Waqiah is the 56th chapter of the Quran and comes in the 27th Juz. It contains 96 verses and was revealed before the migration of Muhammed SAW to Madinah. It only takes 5 minutes to read and reading it every night will keep us away from poverty.

Abdullah Ibn Masood (RA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah SAW said, “Whoever recites Surah Waqiah every night, he will never be afflicted by poverty. And Ibn Masood (RA) used to order his daughters to read it every night.” 

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What is Surah Waqiah about?

This surah, being revealed before hijrah, focuses on the oneness of Allah, the hereafter, and opposing the suspicions and doubts of the disbelievers of Makkah. The kuffar and polytheists found it hard to believe that there is a heaven and hell, and a judgement day where everyone will be taken into account for their actions done in the world. They found it surprising that the entire universe, or what they knew of it, was to be destroyed soon and that there will be an eternal life after this one.

VersesTheme and Subject Matter
1-6Description of the beginning of the end of time. How the earth will be destroyed.
7-56All people will be divided into three classes: (1) The foremost in rank and position; (2) the common righteous people and (3) those who denied the Hereafter and persisted in disbelief and polytheism and major sins till the last. How these three classes of the people will be rewarded and punished has been described in detail
57-74Arguments to prove tawheed (oneness of Allah) and the akhirah (hereafter). Allah uses the example of the creation of the human body to question the disbelievers.
75-82Any suspicions the polytheists had are refuted in these verses. Then the disbelievers have been told that this Book is inscribed in that Book of Destiny, which is beyond the reach of the creatures.
83-96Humans have been warned that if they want they can reject the truth and disbelieve, but when death comes, you will be helpless.

Reciting Al-Waqiah every night

One should try to read as much Quran as possible every single day. Although it is good that you recite Al-Waqiah regularly, the entire Quran should be read. The more you read, the more rewards you will gain. Don’t limit and restrict yourself to only one surah.

Narrated by Abdullah ibn Mas’ud:

Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said, “If anyone recites a letter from Allah’s Book he will be credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a tenfold reward. I do not say that Alif-Lam-Mim are one letter, but alif is a letter, lam is a letter and mim is a letter.”


Benefits of Surah Waqiah

  • Protects you from financial problems
  • Saves you from reaching poverty
  • Reciting Quran brings barakah into your life
  • Increases your success and wealth

Remember, Allah is the one who provides for us. Along with reciting this surah, you have to continuously make dua to Allah and seek His help. There are no authentic narrations where we can clearly find the virtues and benefits of surah waqiah. The hadith mentioned earlier in this article is through a reliable source, however, there aren’t any supporting hadith. Weak hadith can also be taken when it comes to virtues and doing good deeds. The entire Quran is a form of bringing barakah so make the most of it.