Benefits and Virtues of Surah 50 Qaf


50. Qaf

50.1 ‘Ubaid Allah b. ‘Abd Allah b. ‘Utbah b. Mas’ud (رضي الله عنه) said:

‘Umar b. al-Khattab asked Abu Waqid al-Laithi (رضی الله عنهم): What did the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) recite during the prayer on the day of sacrifice and on the breaking of the fast ? He replied: He recited at both of them Surah “Qaf, By the Glorious Quran” (50) and the Surah “The Hour is nigh” (54).

(Sunan Abi Dawud 1154)

50.2 Yahya related to me from Malik

from Damra ibn Said al-Mazini from Ubaydullah ibn Abdullah ibn Utba ibn Masud that Umar ibn al-Khattab asked Abu Waqid al-Laythi (رضی الله عنهم) what the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) used to recite in the prayers of Adha and Fitr. He said, “He used to recite Qaf (Sura 50) and al-lnshiqaq (Sura84).”

(Muwatta Malik Book 10, Hadith 8)

50.3 Jabir b. Samura reported:

The Apostle of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) used to recite in the morning prayer “Qaf. By the Glorious Quran.” and his prayer afterward shortened.

(Sahih Muslim 458 a)

50.4 It was narrated that Umm Hisham bint Harithah bin An-Nu’man (رضی الله عنه) said:

“I only learned: ‘Qaf. By the Glorious Quran’ behind the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم); he used to recite it in Subh.

(Sunan an-Nasa’i 949)

50.5 It was narrated from Muhammad bin ‘Abdur-Rahman that:

The daughter of Harithah bin An-Nu’man (رضی الله عنهم) said: “I memorized ‘Qaf. By the Glorious Qur’an.'” From the mouth of the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) when he was on the minbar on Friday.”

(Sunan an-Nasa’i Book 14, Hadith 48)

50.6 Ziyad b. ‘Ilaqa reported it on the authority of his uncle (رضی الله عنهم) that he said the morning prayer with the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and he recited in the first rak’ah:

“And the tall palm trees having flower spikes piled one above another (50:10)” or perhaps Surah Qaf.

(Sahih Muslim 457 c)

50.7 Simak asked Jabir b. Samura (رضی الله عنهم) about the prayer of the Apostle (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). He said:

He (the Holy Prophet) shortened the prayer and he did not pray like these people then, and he informed me that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) used to recite “Qaf. By the (Glorious) Qur’an,” and a passage of similar length.

(Sahih Muslim 458 b)

50.8 Umm Hisham bint Haritha b. Nu’man (رضي الله عنها) said:

Our oven and that of the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) was one for two years, or for one year or for a part of a year; and I learnt” Qaf. By the Glorious Qur’an” from no other source than the tongue of Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) who used to recite it every Friday on the pulpit when he delivered the sermon to the people.

(Sahih Muslim 873 a)

50.9 Narrated by Humaid

Al-Hasan (al-Basri) (رضی الله عنهم) would recite Fatihat al-Kitab in the noon and afternoon prayers while he led in prayer or he was behind the imam and would glorify Allah, and would repeatedly say: “Allah is most great” and “ There is no god but Allah” (i.e Takbir and Tahlil) equal to the amount one recites al-Qaf (Surah 50) and al-Dhariyat (Surah 51).

(Sunan Abi Dawud 834)

50.10 Anas bin Malik and Ibn Hazm (رضی الله عنهم) said:

“The Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) said: ‘Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, enjoined fifty prayers upon my Ummah, and I came back with that until I passed by Musa (عليه السلام) who said: ‘What has your Lord enjoined upon your Ummah?’ I said: ‘He has enjoined fifty prayers on them.’ Musa (عليه السلام) said to me: ‘Go back to your Lord, the Mighty and Sublime, for your Ummah will not be able to do that.’ So I went back to my Lord, the Mighty and Sublime, and He reduced a portion of it. Then I came back to Musa (عليه السلام) and told him, and he said: ‘Go back to you Lord, for your Ummah will not be able to do that.’ So I went back to my Lord, the Mighty and Sublime, and He said: ‘They are five (prayers) but they are fifty (in reward), and the Word that comes from Me cannot be changed.’ [See Surah Qaf 50:29] I came back to Musa (عليه السلام) and he said: ‘Go back to your Lord.’ I said: ‘I feel too shy before my Lord, the Mighty and Sublime.'”.

(Sunan an-Nasa’i 449)

50.11 It was narrated from Qutbah bin Malik (رضی الله عنه) that he heard the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) recite:

“And tall date palms, with ranged clusters” [50:10] in the Subh.

(Sunan Ibn Majah Vol. 1, Book 5, Hadith 816)

50.12 Narrated Ibn ‘Umar (رضی الله عنه):

That the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) said: “And at the setting of the stars (52:49)” (about) the two Rak’ah before Fajr. “And after the prostrations (50:40)”, the two Rak’at after Al-Maghrib.

(Jami` at-Tirmidhi Vol. 5, Book 44, Hadith 3275)

50.13 It is narrated from the Noble Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)

“Whoever recites the Chapter Qaf, Allah shall relieve the difficulties and pain of death for him.”

(Tafsir fi Thialal, 7/547)

50.14 Narrated Abu Hurayrah (رضی الله عنه):

The Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) said: When one of you recites “By the fig and the olive” (Surah 95) and comes to its end “Is not Allah the best judge?” (verse 8), he should say: “Certainly, and I am one of those who testify to that.” When one recites “I swear by the Day of Resurrection” (Surah 75) and comes to “Is not that one able to raise the dead to life? (verse 40), he should say: “Certainly.” And when one recites “By those that are sent” (Surah 77), and comes to “Then in what message after that will they believe? ” (Surah 50), he should say: “We believe in Allah.”

The narrator Isma’il (ibn Umayyah) said: I beg to repeat (this tradition) before the Bedouin (who reported this tradition) so that I might see whether he (was mistaken).

He said: My nephew, do you think that I did not remember it? I performed sixty Hajj (pilgrimages); there is no Hajj but I recognize the camel on which I performed it.

Sunan Abi Dawud 887

50.15 Abu Mulayka related

That when it rained, Ibn ‘Abbas (رضی الله عنهم) said, “Slave girl! Bring out my saddle and bring my garment. Allah says, ‘We sent down blessed water from the sky.’ (50:9)”

Al-Adab Al-Mufrad Book 50, Hadith 1228

50.16 It is narrated that Imam al-Baqir (عليه السلام) said:

“Whoever has been reciting Surah Qaaf in his obligatory and supererogatory prayers Allah would grant addition and increase in his livelihood, his record of Deeds would be in his right hand and (on the Day of Judgment) his accounting would be in an easy and peaceful way.”

(Sawabul Aamal p158)

50.17 According to Tafsir al-Burhan,

The recitation of the Surah Qaf has effects such as the (i) healing epilepsy,  (ii) increase in Rizq and (iii) removing fears and anxiety.

(Al-Burhan fi Tafsir al-Quran 5/125)

50.18 According to Fawaid-e-Quran

(i) If Surah Qaf is written (with saffron) then dissolved in water and drunk, by the leave of Allah (جل جلاله), it cures acute diseases.

(ii) The verse

(٢٢) لقد كنت في غفلة من هذا فكشفنا عنك غطاءك فبصرك اليوم حديد

[It will be said], “You were certainly in un-mindfulness of this, and We have removed from you your cover, so your sight, this Day, is sharp.” (50:22)

of Surah Qaf is especially good for the cure of eye ailments. One can recite this verse and blow into some water and then drink it, and by the will of Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) any problem with eyes will be cured.


50.19 Ashraf Ali Thanvi (رحمه الله‎) writes

For strengthening  the eyesight, recite the verse

(٢٢) فكشفنا عنك غطاءك فبصرك اليوم حديد

Now have We removed your veil, and sharp is your sight this Day!” (50:22)

3 times after each prayer. Blow on the fingers and rub them on the eyes. By doing this the eyesight will never weaken, In fact, any weakness will also disappear.

(Remedies from the Holy Quran p91-92)

50.20 According to Majmua Wazaif

(i) Reciting Surah Qaf in field/on seeds protects and increases the agricultural yield.

(ii) Reciting Surah Qaf 3 times on antimony (surma) and using it on eyes keeps the sight clear.

(iii) To make new/unfriendly associates compliant, recite Surah Qaf 11 times daily for 11 days.

(iv) To get rid of enemies and protection against troubles, keep a copy of Surah Qaf in your pocket for 40 days.

(Majmua Wazaif p85)

50.21 According to Aamal-e-Qurani

(i) To make new/unfriendly associates compliant, recite the verses

ق والقرآن المجيد (١) بل عجبوا أن جاءهم منذر منهم فقال الكافرون هذا شيء عجيب (٢) أإذا متنا وكنا ترابا ذلك رجع بعيد (٣) قد علمنا ما تنقص الأرض منهم وعندنا كتاب حفيظ (٤)

Qaf. By the Glorious Qur’an (Thou art Allah’s Messenger). (1) But they wonder that there has come to them a Warner from among themselves. So the Unbelievers say: “This is a wonderful thing! (2) “What! when we die and become dust, (shall we live again?). That is a (sort of) Return far (from our understanding).” (3) We already know how much of them the earth takes away: with Us is a Record guarding (the full account). (4) (50:1-4)

of Surah Qaf 11 times after Isha daily for 11 days. On the last day blow on water then mix some saffron and with it write the above verses and keep them with yourself.

(ii) For clear eyesight, recite the verse

(٢٢) لقد كنت في غفلة من هذا فكشفنا عنك غطاءك فبصرك اليوم حديد

(It will be said:) “Thou wast heedless of this; now have We removed thy veil, and sharp is thy sight this Day!” (50:22)

of Surah Qaf 7 times after Fardh prayers then blow on fingers and rub on the eyes

To cure blurred vision, recite the above ayah 141 times on Fennel seeds (saunf) extract and mix it with antimony (surma) for use on the eyes.

(iii) To rid fever, write the ayah

يوم نقول لجهنم هل امتلأت وتقول هل من مزيد (٣٠)

One Day We will ask Hell “art thou filled to the full?” It will say “Are there any more (to come)?” (50:30)

of Surah Qaf with your finger on the patient’s forehead. Besides, recite this ayah 107 times daily for 3 days on water and let it be drunk by the patient.

(iv) To relieve physical/mental tiredness after hard work, recite the ayah

ولقد خلقنا السماوات والأرض وما بينهما في ستة أيام وما مسنا من لغوب (٣٨)

We created the heavens and the earth and all between them in Six Days nor did any sense of weariness touch Us. (50:38)

of Surah Qaf 33 times before sleep.

(v) To remain firm on the path of inviting people to Islam (Dawah), recite the ayah

نحن أعلم بما يقولون وما أنت عليهم بجبار فذكر بالقرآن من يخاف وعيد (٤٥)

We know best what they say; and thou art not one to overawe them by force. So admonish with the Qur’an such as fear My Warning! (50:45)

121 times after Fajr daily for 40 days.

(Aamal-e-Qurani 326-329)

﴾ بإذن الله ﴿

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