We face stressful situations every day, some small and easily solvable, others quite challenging and requiring religious intervention. The beauty of the Quran is that it has solutions for all kinds of troubles, and when you raise your hands in supplication to wish away your stress, reciting Surah Alam Nashrah alongside is one of the best things you can do.

Also known as Surah Alam Nashrah and Surah Al-Sharh, this Surah is the Holy Quran’s 94th chapter, a Makkan Surah in the 30th Para comprising 8 verses. The name of the Surah translates to “comfort” or “solace”.

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Origins Of Surah Alam Nashrah

Surah Alam Nashrah was revealed to our beloved Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) in a time of despair. The spread of Islam in the early years of Prophethood was incredibly challenging for the last Messenger of Allah. He faced constant rejection from most people around him, including his own relatives and the people who once respected him.

This was when Allah revealed Surah Alam Nashrah along with Surah Duha—as confirmed by Abdullah bin Abbas (R.A). Allah showers his blessing on the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) in both Surahs and comforts him.

Lessons In Surah Alam Nashrah

Surah Alam Nashrah was not only revealed to comfort Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) in his time of trial but bears general lessons and blessings of comfort and good tidings for anyone who recites and learns it. The Surah features three parts: In the first part, Allah Almighty grants three blessings to Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him). The first is expanding his chest, a metaphor for relieving him of his stress. The second blessing is eliminating his burdens, and the third is praising him. This Surah is a source of these very three blessings for anyone who reads it, which is why it is aptly named the Surah of Solace. The second part assures that challenges are followed by rewards. “So, surely with hardship comes ease” (Quran 94:5) This verse from the Quran is well-known by believers, often read as a tasbeeh (a repeated phrase for blessing). The second part of Surah Alam Nashrah is a source of comfort for those who go through constant, seemingly endless worries. Allah promises an end to difficulties and satisfied tidings at the end of those. The third part of Surah Alam Nashrah commands believers to stand for prayer and ask for ease in hardships from Allah. In this part, Allah tells mankind to maintain their faith in Him and trust that He is the one who can provide true relief. Hardships are a part of this life, and Allah is with us. Surah Alam Nashrah is nothing short of a miracle when it comes to ending troubles and gaining good tidings. But one should have true belief in Allah’s authority and plan and the belief that everything happens for the best.

Benefits of Surah Alam Nashrah

One of the shortest Surahs in the Holy Book, Surah Alam Nashrah bears significant morals and has a valuable impact on the life of one who recites and learns it with complete faith and dedication. It has a plethora of benefits:

Spiritual Growth

One of the shortest Surahs in the Holy Book, Surah Alam Nashrah bears significant morals and has a valuable impact on the life of one who recites and learns it with complete faith and dedication. It has a plethora of benefits:

Gratitude & Obligation

The biggest challenge in the face of hardship is to stick to good principles. Anger, rage, jealousy, and despair are all sins—and these come forth easily when we face distressing situations. By reminding us that Allah is with us, the Surah motivates us to remain good despite the extremity of dire situations.

Maintaining One’s Composure

The Surah is also beneficial for people who have a constant habit of cursing. Reciting the Surah 41 times and blowing it onto water drunk by the person in question can help get rid of poor language and behavior.

(Majmooa Wazaif p173)

Seek Refuge For Hereafter

Hardships are often tests by Allah. The Day of Judgment is the ultimate ending for all, and a part of the preparation for that end is the difficulties put before us. How we come out at the end of each trial contributes to the scale by which our destination, Heaven or Hell, will be decided. Therefore, Surah Alam Nashrah is a way for us to seek refuge in Allah for the difficulties of both this life and the Hereafter as well.  

Health Benefits

In addition to the above-mentioned gains, recitation of Surah Alam Nashrah also helps with:

  • Relief of heart and chest pain;
  • Protection when traveling seaways;
  • Ease in labor and childbirth.

Hadith Referencing The Surah

There are many virtues of reciting Surah Alam Nashrah.

The Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said: “One who recites Surah Inshirah (Surah Alam Nashrah) is similar to the one who has met Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), and if in a state of grief, Allah will remove his sorrows.” (Majma’ al-Bayan, vol. 10, p. 387)

By reciting the verses of Surah Alam Nashrah in troubling times, one’s hardships are also associated with those who fight in the way of Allah, and their blessings will resemble the martyrs’ rewards.

Additionally, Imam Sadiq (AS) said: “He who repeatedly recites Surah Inshirah during the day and night, all his body parts and will testify in his favor on the Last Day.” (Thawab al-‘Amal, p. 123)

Reciting Surah Alam Nashrah

As it is believed that Surah Alam Nashrah was revealed alongside (soon after) Surah Duha, both have to be recited together if recited after Surah Fatihah during prayers. Most scholars consider Surah Inshirah (Surah Alam Nashrah) and Duha as one complete Surah together.

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