Benefits and Virtues of Surah 88 Al-Ghashiyah

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88. Al-Ghashiyah

88.1 It was narrated from Ibn ‘Abbas (رضي الله عنه)

That the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) used to recite in the ‘Eid prayer ‘Glorify the Name of your Lord, the Most High.’ [Al-A’la (87)] and ‘Has there come to you the narration of the overwhelming?’ [Al-Ghashiyah (88)]

Sunan Ibn Majah Vol. 1, Book 5, Hadith 1283

88.2 It was narrated that ‘Ubaidullah bin ‘Abdullah (رضي الله عنه) said

Dahhak bin Qais wrote to Nu’man bin Bashir, saying: ‘Tell us what the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) used to recite on Friday along with Surah Al-Jumu’ah.’ He said: ‘He used to recite: ‘Has there come to you the narration of the overwhelming (i.e., the Day of Resurrection)?’ [Al-Ghashiyah (88)]

Sunan Ibn Majah Vol. 1, Book 5, Hadith 1119

88.3 Narrated Samurah ibn Jundub (رضي الله عنه)

The Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) used to recite in the Friday prayer: “Glorify the name of your most high Lord” (Surah 87) and Has the story of the overwhelming event reached you? (Surah 88).

Sunan Abi Dawud 1125

88.4 Nu’man b. Bashir (رضي الله عنه) reported

That the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) used to recite on two ‘Ids and in Friday prayer: “Glorify The name of Thy Lord, the Most High” (Surah 87), and: “Has there come to thee the news of the overwhelming event” (88). And when the ‘Id and Jumu’a combined on a day he recited these two (surahs) in both the prayers.

Sahih Muslim 878 a

88.5 It is narrated on the authority of Jabir (رضي الله عنه)

That the Messenger of Allah said: I have been commanded that I should fight against people till they declare that there is no god but Allah, and when they profess it that there is no god but Allah, their blood and riches are guaranteed protection on my behalf except where it is justified by law, and their affairs rest with Allah, and then he (the Holy Prophet) recited (this verse of the Holy Qur’an):

لست عليهم بمصيطر

Thou art not over them a warden (88:22)

Sahih Muslim 21 c

88.6 Sayyidna Hasan Basri (رحمه الله) reported

That when Sayyidna Umar (رضي الله عنه) went to Syria, a Christian monk came to him. He was an old man, and on account of his religious exercises and great endeavors, his face was exhausted, his body was dry and his dressing was miserable. When Sayyidna Umar (رضي الله عنه) looked at him, he began to weep. People asked him about the cause of his weeping. He replied: “I pity the condition of this old man. This poor soul worked so hard and showed such readiness to lay down his life to achieve a particular purpose (that is, to gain the pleasure of Allah) but, alas! He could not achieve it”. Then he recited the following verse:

وجوه يومئذ خاشعة

Many faces on that day will be humbled

عاملة ناصبة

Working hard, exhausted. (88:2-3)

(Ma’ariful Qur’an)

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