Each Surah in the Holy Quran serves several purposes, some describe an event and its outcome, others specifically tell us about Allah and His attributes. However, most importantly, some have beneficial messages for mankind.
Likewise, there are Surahs reciting which on a regular basis has incredible benefits in this life and Hereafter.
Surah Al Mulk is one such Surah where we learn about Allah and His authority, as well as gain blessings in unimaginable abundance by reciting and memorizing it. The literal meaning of “Mulk” in English is “Kingdom” or “Sovereignty.”
This surah has three objectives: ascertaining Allah’s greatness and His ability to revive and curse, forming evidence of Allah’s oneness as the ultimate power in the world, and describing consequences for those who deny that power and the day of resurrection.
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Origins Of Surah Al Mulk
Surah Al Mulk is the 67th chapter in the Holy Quran, comprising 30 verses, and a Makkan Surah.
The exact origins of Surah Al Mulk are not known according to any authentic source. However, the subject matter of the Surah shows that the verses were likely revealed during the early years of life in Makkah of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) after the first revelation, especially since the Surah deals with the issue of belief.
It emphasizes Allah’s authority and details how the ultimate decision is that of the Almighty. This surah is one of the seven Surahs that appear in consecutive order in the Quran, all of which are based on the same topic—the sovereignty of Allah. The Surah is one of the most well-recognized in the Quran and is memorized by millions of Muslims around the globe.
A Brief Summary Of The Surah
In Surah Al Mulk, Allah addresses mankind, turning their attention to the purpose of their lives. Muslims are reminded of Allah’s supremacy as the creator and the ruler of everything between the Earth and the Heavens.
- This world is a trial for mankind. Those who acknowledge the power of Allah and adhere to His guidance will be rewarded immensely on the Day of Judgment.
- Those who deny the authority of Allah and continue to live a life of disobedience—despite the signs and warnings that the Surah says are often presented to them—will be thrown into Hell.
- No deed is hidden from Allah. He sees all the good and each virtuous deed will be rewarded. He also sees all the evil, and each bad deed, each instance of disobedience will have a fitting punishment.
The Surah describes how the world holds countless pleasures for mankind. However, it also tells us that for each facility and privilege given to us, we will be held accountable in the Hereafter. People unmindful and unappreciative of Allah’s blessings will face consequences, and the Surah cues the readers to recall the past calamities Allah has sent over people who engaged in severe disobedience.
Benefits Of Reciting Surah Al Mulk
Reading Surah Al Mulk not only instills the authority of Allah in the believer, but also inspires them to prepare for the grave, and ask for forgiveness. Reading the Surah itself is one of the ways to ask Allah’s mercy in the Hereafter. The primary benefits of Surah Al Mulk include:
A Plea For Salvation
The Surah is a reminder of what is to come for all of us—the Day of Judgment. The recitation of this Surah means that you ask for Allah’s salvation, and He grants it to those who recite and memorize Surah Al Mulk with true faith and commitment.
Protection From Torment Of Grave
Believers have been told time and again in the Quran and the Ahadith that the grave bears peace or punishment—depending on how one leads their life. Surah Al Mulk is often referred to as the Surah for protection from the chastisement of the grave—which is why is recommended to read it before going to sleep.
Forgiveness For Sins
While the recitation of any chapter in the Quran is a great deed and a way to add to the positive aspect of your scale to prepare for the Day of Judgment, Surah Al Mulk is one of the Surahs that bear immense blessings in terms of easier accountability on the Day of Judgment. Believers are taught to recite the Surah as much as possible for ease in the Hereafter.
An Anchor For The Right Path
Since the Surah has incredible benefits if recited every day before one’s bedtime, it is an excuse to switch the routine of listening to music before bed—thus avoiding sin. The Surah helps end the day on a tranquil note, thus further strengthening our belief and motivating us to remain on the path of righteousness.
Hadith Referencing Surah Al Mulk
There are various instances in the life of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) where emphasis has been laid on Surah Al Mulk, and various companions have narrated Ahadith correlating with these.
The leading virtue of the Surah is its benefit for us when we reach our ultimate destination in this world—the grave. Hazrat Abdullah ibn Masud (R.A.) said that whoever reads Surat al-Mulk every night, Allah will protect him from the torment of the grave. At the time of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), we used to call it Al-Mani (the protector). (Narrated by al-Nasai, 6/179)
The Surah is known as the Surah that will intercede for a person (who recites it regularly) on the Day of Judgment. Hazrat Abu Hurairah (R.A) recounted the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) saying “Verily, there is a Surah in the Holy Qur’an comprising of thirty verses. It pleads for a person until he is forgiven, and that Surah is Surah Al Mulk.” [Jami ‘ At-Tirmidhi]
Questions Asked About The Surah
Amongst the various questions asked about Surah Al Mulk, the top questions are when and how often one should read Surah Al Mulk.
According to authentic sources, our beloved Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) did not sleep before reciting two Surahs, Surah Alif Laam Meem (Surah Sajdah) and Surah Tabbarak (Surah Al Mulk). The best time to recite Surah Al Mulk, as agreed by a vast majority of learned scholars of Islam, is at night before bed, and regularly.
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Surah Al Mulk is the Surah to erase sins and gain protection from torments of the grave. Bearing 30 verses, it is not amongst the lengthy Surahs of the Holy Quran. The verses are relatively easy to recite for beginners. As for memorization, if a person is to learn even one verse a day with complete dedication, they may be able to memorize Surah Al Mulk in a month.
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