Surah Al-Waqiah is a Makki Surah that was revealed in Makkah. It has 96 verses and is the 56th chapter of the Holy Quran.
The meaning of the Arabic word Al-Waqiah means “Inevitable”.
|Surah Name||Surah Al-Waqiah|
|No. of Verses||96|
|No. of Rukus||3|
Summary of Surah Al-Waqiah:
This Surah tells about three types of people.
- The highest in rank and position.
- The ordinary people who followed the right path.
- Non believers.
About these types of people are rewards and punishments described in detail. Arguments on the truths of the two basic doctrines of Islam have been done. These arguments draw the attention of man to himself, which makes him realize whatever he eats, drinks and cook is only possible because Allah wills.
If Allah has the power to create something once, then why cannot he do it again if He wills.
In this Surah, those people are mentioned who had a doubt about the Holy Quran. They were made to realize that everything is created by Allah. There are two sentences that are mentioned in the Holy Quran which proves the fact the Allah is the only creator and there is no partner associated with him.
Theme of Surah Al-Waqiah:
The theme of this Surah is related to the Hereafter, the concept of Tauheed and the suspicion of the disbelievers about the Holy Quran.
They had a doubt of being resurrected again after their death. They also regarded the Day Of Judgment as an imaginary aspect of the Muslims in which the one who follows the right path shall be rewarded with Paradise and the one who does not, shall be thrown into the fire of Hell. They thought this can never happen.
Lessons, Guides and Major Issues:
On the Day Of Judgment, there will be the following situation:
- The scenario will be Doomsday.
- Earth will shake.
- The mountains will be crushed and will turn into dust.
- The mankind will be divided into three classes.
Before the day this will happen, Allah will give death to all the believers and will let the non believers live to face the hardship and pain in this life. Then the dead will be resurrected and their decision will be made about whether they deserve Heaven or not.
Those who never believed in Allah shall never be forgiven and will be directly sent to the Hell.
Quranic Verses That Describe the Three Types of People:
There are two Quranic verses of this Surah that describe the three types of people mentioned. They are as follows:
“And you become [of] three kinds: Then the companions of the right – what are the companions of the right? And the companions of the left – what are the companions of the left? And the forerunners, the forerunners – Those are the ones brought near [to Allah]. In the Gardens of Pleasure, A [large] company of the former peoples. And a few of the later peoples,” (56:7-14).
” And if the deceased was of those brought near to Allah, Then [for him is] rest and bounty and a garden of pleasure. And if he was of the companions of the right, Then [the angels will say], “Peace for you; [you are] from the companions of the right.” But if he was of the deniers [who were] astray, Then [for him is] accommodation of scalding water. And burning in Hellfire.” (56:88-94).
Benefits of Surah Al-Waqiah:
There are many benefits of reciting Surah Al-Waqiah and they are as follows:
- Protection from poverty: The one who recites this Surah every night once, he/she will never face poverty.
- Source of wealth: If it is read 14 times after Asr prayer, the person who reads it, will gain a lot of wealth.
- Source to become a rich: If you read this Surah three times after Fajr prayer and three times after Isha prayer, then you will become rich within a year.
- Success in business: If this Surah is read 41 times in a single sitting, then Allah will increase his business.
- Sick person: If this Surah is read on the side of the sick person then it reveals him from pain.
Hadith about Surah Al-Waqiah:
This was one of the Surah that aged the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H). This happened because of the intensity and pressure of this Surah. The Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) is reported to have said that:
“I have become old [due to] [Surah] Hud, al-Waqiah , al-Murasalat , Amma yatasailoon [an-Naba 78] and Waidha ash-Shamsu kuwirat [at-Takweer 81].”(Tirmizi)
Jabir Ibn-e-Samra is reported to have said:
“The Prophet [saw] prayed like [how ] you prayed today but he prayed lighter. He would recite in Fajr, Surah al-Waqiah or similar [sized] Surahs.”
Surah Al-Waqiah is a Surah that should be recited if one wants to get wealthy. It is also a warning to the non believers that they will not get a chance once again after this life. Then they will be helpless and there will be no mercy shown on them.
Moreover, it contains a lesson for mankind that death is enough for them to keep them on the right path as there is always an end to everything that is created by Allah expect from the Life After Death which is ever living.