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The Great Event: Sura al Waqi’a Explained – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani gives a thematic study of this Sura, its explanation (tafsir), key lessons, and how to grow one’s relationship with Allah through deepening one’s understanding and relationship with this great Sura.

Sura al Waqi’ah is one of the most beloved and most recited Suras of the Qur’an. This is because of the sense of urgency and opportunity it conveys.

This Sura has three main themes:

The Resurrection

The first theme, found in verses 1-56, described the amazing awe-inspiring power of the Resurrection, as well as the various stations which all people will be in.

The resurrection is a reality. It has been said, “If the light of faith were in your heart, the hereafter would be so real that you wouldn’t feel the need to travel to it.” There are two types of disbelief in the Hereafter; the explicit denial, and lesser denial. The latter involves a lifestyle that does not act as if the Hereafter exists. We should nurture a sense of reality of the hereafter, to give us the sense of urgency that we need to ensure that we take this life seriously.

Proofs of the Resurrection

The second theme, found in verses 57-80, speak about the rational proofs of the Resurrection.

Modern science usually argues that there is no Creator, However, we believe that things cannot create themselves, and we have many proofs in the Qur’an and in other places. The human being is like a plant, nurtured by reflection and watered by remembrance. If bereft of these, the faith could shrivel and die. Therefore, we have a duty to learn more about our beliefs. If a society isn’t firmly rooted in their faith, the faith can leave when in testing times.

During and After Death

The third theme, from verses 81-96, speaks about the state of a person during and after death.

After death, there are many types of people. The ones brought near, will have joy and ease in Paradise. There will also be those of the right hand, who will be greeted with good. As for the one who denied, they will be in Hellfire.

All  blessings are from Allah, even life itself. We must respond to these blessings while we still have time. However, Allah asks us why we only look at these blessings when we are close to dying, or when we see someone else die, even though Allah is closer to us than anyone else.  Closeness to Allah is not an issue of distance, but in the sense that He sustains everything, at all times.


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Sincere thanks to the Rhoda Institute of Islamic Learning for this recording.

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Can I Recite the Daily Recommended Surahs in Separate Sittings Without Loosing the Reward?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam ‘aleykum,

Can I recite some of Surah Yasin whilst travelling to the mosque for Fajr and then the rest whilst I travel back?

Would I still receive the reward for reciting Surah Yasin at Fajr time?

Can I recite some of Surah al Waqi’ah after Asr, then interact with my family and then complete it before Magrib enters?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah.

Yes, this would be fine as there is some level of leeway in such matters. However, a complete recitation in a single sitting, when reasonably possible, would be superior.

Please also see: Does Reciting Surah Al-Mulk and Al-Waqi`ah During a Prayer Fulfill the Virtue of Reciting These Chapters in the Evening? and: Can I Recite Surah Al-Waqi’ah and Mulk During the Day to Have the Reward From Reciting Them By Night?

And Allah alone knows best.

wassalam,
Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Does Reciting Surah Al-Mulk and Al-Waqi`ah During a Prayer Fulfill the Virtue of Reciting These Chapters in the Evening?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Assalamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
If I recite, for example, surah Mulk in my ‘Isha prayer, surah Waqiah in my Maghrib prayer or surah Yasin in my Fajr prayer, will I get the same reward/benefit as reciting it after the prayer? Also, what is the benefit of reciting surah Dukhan, as someone once told me to recite it on Thursday evening?
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
Yes, reciting Surah al-Mulk, or Surah al-Waqi`ah for instance, during a prayer will fulfil the virtue of reciting these chapters (surahs) in the evening.
It is not a condition that you recite them outside of the prayer, nor immediately after those prayers. Rather any recitation in the evening before sleep will fulfil the sunna, insha’Allah.
See: Are There Any Chapters of the Qur’an that Should be Recited Daily?
Reciting Surah al-Dukhan on the Eve of Friday
It is reported with a sound chain of transmission that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Whoever recites [Surah] Ha Mim, which mentions the smoke (al-dukhan) within it, on the night of Friday [= between Thursday Maghrib and Friday Fajr] will enter the morning forgiven.” [Abu Ya`la]
This means that you will be forgiven from your minor sins, as major sins require specific repentance. [see: Major vs Minor Sins, and Haram vs. Makruh Tahriman]
And Allah alone gives success.
wassalam,
Tabraze Azam
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.