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 last 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 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)

78.6 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)


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