Sūrat al-Bayyinah

Sūrah No. 98. Revealed in Madīnah, 8 verses.

Merits of reciting the Sūrah

The Prophet a has said: Whoever recites it at night, Allah sends angels who protect his religion and his worldly affairs, and they seek forgiveness and mercy for him. And when he recites it during the day, he will be rewarded as much as what the day sheds light upon and what the night darkens.

Note: According to scholars such a reward is for the one who understands and implements the message of the Sūrah in daily life.

General synopsis of contents

1) The coming of the Prophet a distinguished those who had true faith among the people of the Book, who accepted him as they recognised the signs (vv. 1-4)

2) The basic doctrines and principles brought by the Prophets are unchangeable in all Divine religions (v. 5)

3) The status of those who reject faith (v. 6)

4) The status of those who believe and do good deeds (vv. 7-8)

Selected Lessons

1) People can reject very clear truth when it is not in line with their desires.

2) All Divine religions emphasize the principles of worship, of performing prayer and giving charity.

3) When human beings use their free will to reject faith, they become the most lowly

of created beings. And when they use it to worship and obey Allah, they become the best of creation.

4) The pleasure of Allah is one of the biggest rewards of Heaven.

Suggested verses for reflection and memorization.

1) 98:5 – And they were not enjoined anything except that they should serve Allah, being sincere to

Him in obedience, upright, and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, and that is the right religion.

2) 98:7 – Indeed those who have faith and do righteous deeds—it is they who are the best of


3) 98:8 – Their reward, near their Lord, is the Gardens of Eden, with streams running in them, to

remain in them forever. Allah is pleased with them, and they are pleased with Him. That is for those who fear their Lord.

Activities for self-study

The rejection of the Prophet a by the people of the Book who recognised the signs in him has been mentioned in other places in the Quran. Check 2:89-90 and 2:101. What could be some reasons behind this rejection?