Benefits and Virtues of Surah 78 An-Naba


78.1 Abu Ishaq (رضي الله عنه) narrated 

From Ikrimah (رضي الله عنه), from Ibn Abbas (رضي الله عنه) who said: “Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه) said: ‘O Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم)! You have become gray.’ He said: ‘I have gone gray from (Surat) Hud (11) , Al-Waqi’ah (56) , Al-Mursalat (77) and `Amma Yatasa’alun (78) and Idhash-Shamsu Kuwwirat (81).’”

Jami` at-Tirmidhi Vol. 5, Book 44, Hadith 3297

78.2 Abdul Aziz bin Qais (رحمه الله) narrated that

He asked Anas (رضي الله عنه) about the length of Salah offered by the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم). So he ordered his son to lead the Zuhr and Asr prayers wherein he recited Al-Mursalat (Surah 77) and Aamma yatasa’aloon (Surah 78).

(Sunan al-Kubra of Bayhaqi in Kitab As-Salah 3/118-19, Dur al-Manthur of Suyuti)

78.3 Ibn Kathir (رحمه الله) related about

يوم ينفخ في الصور فتأتون أفواجا

The Day the Horn is blown and you will come forth in multitudes (78:18)

Al-Bukhari reported Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) said that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم) said, “That which is between the two blowings is forty.” The Prophet went on to say, “Then Allah will send down a rain from the sky and the dead body will sprout just as a green plant sprouts. Every part of the dead person will deteriorate except for one bone, and it is the coccyx bone (tailbone). From it the creation will be assembled on the Day of Judgement.”

(Tafsir Ibn Kathir)

▷ Related: Coccyx or primitive streak in Hadith

78.4 Narrated Ibn Mas’ud (رضي الله عنه)

Alqamah and al-Aswad (رضي الله عنهم) said: A man came to Ibn Mas’ud. He said: I recite the Mufassal surahs in one rak’ah. You might recite it quickly as one recites verse (poetry) quickly, or as the dried dates fall down (from the tree).

But the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم) used to recite two equal surahs in one rak’ah; he would recite (for instance) surahs an-Najm (53) and ar-Rahman (55) in one rak’ah, surahs Iqtarabat (54) and al-Haqqah (69) in one rak’ah, surahs at-Tur (52) and adh-Dhariyat (51) in one rak’ah, surahs al-Waqi’ah (56) and Nun (68) in one rak’ah, surahs al-Ma’arij (70) and an-Nazi’at (79) in one rak’ah, surahs al-Mutaffifin (83) and Abasa (80) in one rak’ah, surahs al-Muddaththir (74) and al-Muzzammil (73) in one rak’ah, surahs al-Insan (76) and al-Qiyamah (75) in one rak’ah, surahs an-Naba’ (78) and al-Mursalat (77) in one rak’ah, and surahs ad-Dukhan (44) and at-Takwir (81) in one rak’ah.

Abu Dawud said: This is the arrangement of Ibn Mas’ud himself

Sunan Abi Dawud 1396

78.5 A tradition from the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم) says:

“He who studies Surah Nabaa and learns it by heart, on the Day of Judgment, his reckoning will be concluded (so quickly) equal to the same length of time it takes to say a single prayer”.

(An Enlightening Commentary Vol. 19)

78.6 It is reported that Imam Sadiq (عليه السلام) said

Whoever recites Surah An-Naba everyday will be fortunate enough to visit Masjidul Haraam in the same year.

(Fawaid-e-Qur’an, Tafsir-e-Burhan)

78.7 Allamah Mahmud al-Alusi (رحمه الله) writes

The Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم)  said that whoever recites Surah An-Naba, he will be served with Sharab-e-Tahoor (Wine of Paradise) on the Day of Resurrection.

Allamah further states that reciting Surah An-Naba after Zuhar increases eyesight and reciting it after ‘Asr will make the person immune to blurred vision.

(Tafsir Ruh al-Ma’ani)

78.8 Sayyid Mustafa Musawi (رحمه الله‎) writes

If Surah An-Naba is recited with the intention of staying awake, then the reciter will not fall asleep and if it is recited before travelling then the journey will become easy. Drinking water in which this Surah has been dissolved cures stomach problems. Memorization of this Surah carries great reward.


78.9 Allama Alam Faqri (رحمه الله‎) writes

If one recites Surah An-Naba 41 times for 41 days, he will be blessed with immense honor and will become the Aamil (spiritual host) of this Surah.

(Majmooa Wazaif p163)

78.10 Allama Alam Faqri (رحمه الله‎) writes

(i) To marry a righteous wife, recite the below Aayat of Surah An-Naba 141 times after Isha for 21 days while pleading to Allah for the same.

ألم نجعل الأرض مهادا

Have We not made the earth a resting place?

والجبال أوتادا

And the mountains as stakes?

وخلقناكم أزواجا

And We created you in pairs

وجعلنا نومكم سباتا

And made your sleep [a means for] rest

وجعلنا الليل لباسا

And made the night as clothing. (78:6-10)

(ii) For ease in Rizq, recite the following verses of Surah An-Naba 101 times after Fajr for 40 days and also make dua for provisions.

وجعلنا النهار معاشا

And made the day for livelihood

وبنينا فوقكم سبعا شدادا

And constructed above you seven strong [heavens]

وجعلنا سراجا وهاجا

And made [therein] a burning lamp

وأنزلنا من المعصرات ماء ثجاجا

And sent down, from the rain clouds, pouring water

لنخرج به حبّا ونباتا

That We may bring forth thereby grain and vegetation

وجنات ألفافا

And gardens of entwined growth. (78:11-16)

If someone desires a successful harvest, he should recite the above verses 141 times for 11 days in his crop field and blow on water. The water should then be sprinkled in the field.

(iii) To request the mercies of Allah for some needs, recite the following Aayat of Surah An-Naba after Asr 113 times daily for 4 months.

رب السماوات والأرض وما بينهما الرحمن لا يملكون منه خطابا

[From] the Lord of the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them, the Most Merciful. They possess not from Him [authority for] speech.

يوم يقوم الروح والملائكة صفّا لا يتكلمون إلا من أذن له الرحمن وقال صوابا

The Day that the Spirit and the angels will stand in rows, they will not speak except for one whom the Most Merciful permits, and he will say what is correct. (78:37-38)

(Aamal-e-Qurani p396-398)


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