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Al-Ikhlas (Arabic: سورة الإخلاص‎) (The Fidelity), aka At-tawhid (سورة التوحيد) (Monotheism) ute unity, consisting of 4 ayat. Al-Ikhlas means "the purity" or "the refining", meaning to remain pure and faithful or a state of purging one's soul of non-Islamic beliefs, such as paganism and polytheism.

It is disputed whether this is a Meccan or Madinan sura. The former seems more probable, particularly since it seems to be have been alluded to by Bilal, who, when he was being tortured by his cruel master, is said to have repeated "Ahad, Ahad!" (unique, referring as here to Allah). It is reported from Ubayy ibn Ka'b that it was revealed after the polytheists asked "O Muhammad! Tell us the lineage of your Lord."

It is also said that whomsoever recites this surah once will receive the reward of reciting one third of the Quran - similarly, if it is recited twice, the person will receive two thirds of the reward of reciting the Quran, and if it is recited thrice, they will receive the amount of sawab of reciting the whole Quran.[1]

It is the norm to recite Sura tul Ikhlaas in the second rak‘at of Maghrib salaat.[2] While reciting a surah in salaat it is permissible to change over from one surah to another as long as more than half of the first surah has not been recited.[3] This, however, is not permissible for Sura tul Ikhlaas: once begun it must be completed.[4] It is also customary to recite Sura tul Ikhlaas 10 times when embarking on a journey-usually when the vehicle begins to move.[5]

Reciting it ten times while seated on the musalla (prayer mat) before sunrise will safe guard one from sins of that day however hard Shaitan may try.[6] Reciting the surah a 100 times after every farizat namaaz gives the reciter immense sawab.[7] On the Day of Judgment, this person will walk across the siraat (path), with Jibrail (Gabriel) leading him.[8] This mumin will look into jahannam (hell) and pick out those people he knows, whatever their sins - excepting the sin of shirk (polytheism).[9] The people he picks out will be admitted to jannah (heaven) because of his intercession.[10]


Introduction and Summary to Surah 112- Al Ikhlas

This early Makkan Surah sums up in a few terse words the divinity and oneness of God - often professed, this is not a word of human being. These are the words of Allah - the Almighty. The whole Quran is the words of Almighty Allah (translated: God).

Surah Ikhlas is known as a Protective Surah.

Arabic Text, Transliteration & Translation

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَدٌ ١
اللَّهُ الصَّمَدُ ٢
لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ ٣
وَلَمْ يَكُن لَّهُ كُفُوًا أَحَدٌ ٤

Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem
1 Qul huwa Allahu ahad
2 Allahus-samad
3 Lam yalid walam yoolad
4 Walam yakun lahu kufuwan ahad

Translation: Surah 112: Al-Ikhlas (The Unity, Sincerity, Oneness Of God)

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

1. Say: He is Allah, the One and Only;

2. Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;

3. He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;

4. And there is none like unto Him.

A hadith about al-Ikhlas

According to a hadith, this sura is an especially important and honored part of the Quran:

  • Imam Malik bin Anas has said that `Ubayd bin Hunayn heard Abu Hurayrah speaking:

"I was walking with the Prophet and we heard a man reciting "Say: He, Allah, is One" The Allah's Apostle said: "It is inevitable" I asked "what?": He responded: "Paradise."

  • Abu Said has narrated that he heard the Prophet saying:

"Isn't every one of you able to recite one third of the Quran during a night?" They thought it was very difficult, so they asked: "Who is able to do that, O Apostle of Allah?" He responded: "He is Allah, the One and Only is one third of the Qur'an."

Listen to Al-Ikhlas

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