Surah Ar-Rehman is one of the distinguished Surah in the Holy Quran. All Surahs have tremendous significance but Surah Ar-Rehman is considered one of the eminent surahs in the Quran. It comprises 55 chapters and 78 verses. Surah Rehman is recognized as the beauty of the Quran. In this Surah, we discuss the importance and the benefits of Surah Ar-Rehman.
Introduction of Surah Ar-Rehman
Controversy exists whether this surah was revealed in Makkah or Madinah. Some scholars say that it is a Makhi surah and some say it is a Madni surah. But according to the content of Surah Rehman, it seems to have been revealed in Makkah. The word ”Rehman” in the title of the surah is the name of ALLAH (SWT).
In Surah Ar-Rehman ALLAH (SWT) explains the countless blessings sent for mankind. In Surah Rehman ALLAH (SWT) repeats the verse (Fabi ayyi ala rabi-Kuma tukaziban) 31 times. This surah explains that everything is finite but ALLAH (SWT) is infinite and that everyone depends on ALLAH.
What are the features/ themes of Surah Ar-Rehman?
In Surah Ar-Rehman ALLAH (SWT) explains that what is the purpose of human beings’ creation? At the start of the Surah ALLAH says that the purpose of human creation is to obtain an understanding of the Quran. According to Islam human beings are superior to other creatures in the world. That’s why human beings must learn the Quran and use the teachings of Islam in their practical life. ALLAH (SWT) says that;
“The most merciful (1). Taught the Quran (2). Created man (3). And taught him eloquence.“
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What are the benefits of Surah Ar-Rehman?
1 Source of Bounties
2 Helpful on the day of resurrection
3 Source of wealth gain
4 Helpful in the matter of marriage
5 Recovery of patients from illness
1) Source of Bounties
If a person wants to gain blessings (barakat) then recite the Surah Ar-Rehman. When a reciter reads Surah Rehman with good intentions(niyat), his/her connection becomes strong with Allah (SWT). The reader feels belief (faith) uplifted and his soul at ease.
2) Helpful on the day of Resurrection
On the day of resurrection, everyone wants to obtain the mercy of the ALLAH (SWT). In this challenging situation, whoever recites Surah Ar-Rehman will be safe. The Quran will intercede for their behalf. Hazrat Ayesha (R.A) said that “the one who is proficient in the recitation of the Quran will be with the honorable and obedient scribes (angels), and he who recites the Quran and finds it difficult to recite, doing his best to recite in the best way possible, will have two rewards”.
3) Source of wealth gain
According to a scholar, whoever recites Surah Ar-Rehman, his income will increase. And if he recites it daily he will never face financial worries or poverty.
4) Helpful in the matter of marriage
Nowadays a lot of parents are worried about the marriage of their children. They are particularly worried about their daughter’s marriage. If a person wants to find a match with a pious and well-settled person then reciting Surah Ar-Rehman daily can be beneficial for getting a suitable proposal. Durood Ibrahimi should be recited before and at the end of the recitation of Surah Ar-Rehman.
5) Patients can recover
According to research, patients who are paralyzed or face some severe illness recover from their condition in days or months when he/she hears the recitation of Surah Ar-Rehman.
Importance and benefits of reciting the Surah Ar-Rehman according to Hadith
1 ) Hazrat Abdullah ibn Masud (R.A) reported that the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) said that “ everything has an adornment, and the adornment of the Quran is Surah Rahaman.”
2) Our Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) went to the companions and recited Surah Rehman but they were all quiet. He told them that he went to the jinn and recited it to them and they were responsive. And when he would recite the verses, and which of the favor of the Lord will you deny, the jinn would respond, there is nothing among your bounties that we can deny, all praises belong to ALLAH (SWT)”
3 ) Hazrat Fatima (R.A) narrated that the Prophet of ALLAH said “ Whoever reads Surahs Hadid, Waqi’ah and Rahman, will be reckoned amongst the dwellers of Jannah Al Firdaus (the highest level of Paradise).”4 Hazrat KAAB (R.A) narrates that the Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) said “ whoever recites Surah Ar-Rehman has thanked ALLAH (SWT) for all his bounties”
Which time is best for the recitation of the Surah Ar-Rehman?
The recitation of the Quran is not to be done at a specific time. But the important thing is to recite Surah Ar-Rehman daily at any time of the day. Abu Said and Abu Huraira reported that the Prophet(PBUH) said; ALLAH waits till when one-third of the first part of the night is over, he descends to the lowest heaven and says: is there any patient? Is there any petitioner( for mercy and favor)? Is there any solicitor? Till it is daybreak (Muslim: 6:205)
The recitation of Surah Ar-Rehman proves beneficial in this life and the hereafter. No doubt the entire Quran is a blessing from ALLAH (SWT), but some surahs have particular significance like Surah Ar-Rehman. People who are facing health issues will recover with the help of Surah Ar- Rehman. Recitation of this surah will keep the reciter safe from the whisperings from Satan.