Sūrat al-Mulk

Sūrah No. 67. Revealed in Makkah, 30 verses.

Merits of reciting the Sūrah

The Sūrah is also known as al-Māni‘ (the shield) or al-Munjiyah (the savior) as the many hadith about this Sūrah say it protects and saves from punishment after death. The Holy Prophet a says: I would love for this Sūrah to be in the heart of every believer.

Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (a) says: Sūrat al-Mulk is the shield that prevents punishment in the grave and it is written in the Tawrāt as Sūrat al-Mulk, and whoever recites it on a night has recited a lot and has done well and will not be considered from the heedless ones.

Note: Quranic Scholars say that the reward is connected to the contents of the Sūrah and requires that recitation be done with awareness, comprehension, reflection and having an intention of implementation.

General synopsis of contents

The Sūrah talks about many subjects which can be summarized under three main topics:

1) Creation, the qualities of the Creator, and the wonders of creation.

2) The Hereafter and the recompense for actions in the world.

3) Warnings to those who reject faith.

Selected Lessons

1) Kingdom and authority belong only to Allah.

2) Human beings were created to be tested for good actions.

3) There are signs of Allah in all we see around us.

4) There will be accountability and a lot of regret in the Hereafter.

5) Allah is aware of all things, even that which we try to conceal from others.

Suggested verses for reflection and memorization.

1) 67:1 – Blessed is He in Whose hand is the kingdom and He has power over all things.

2) 67:19 – Have they not regarded the birds above them spreading and closing their wings? No one sustains them except the All-beneficent. Indeed, He watches all things

Activities for self-study

List the different names of Allah mentioned in this Sūrah. What do you notice? Connect these names to the contents of the Sūrah. Try to memorize the entire Sūrah in Holy Ramadan.