Surah Al-Ikhlas: “…it is equal to a third of the Quran.” (Hadith from Sahih Bukhari)

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Surah Al-Ikhas is a very special Surah as we learn that it is equal to a third of the Holy Qur’an. We read in a hadith:

Abu Sa’id al-Khudri reported: A man heard another man reciting, “Say, He is Allah, the One,” (112:1) again and again. The next morning he came to the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, and told him about it, as if he thought it was not enough to recite. The Prophet said, “By the one in whose hand is my soul, it is equal to a third of the Quran.” (Sahih Bukhari)

This is also mentioned in another hadith, where we learn that the Prophet (SAW) asked his companions if it was difficult for them to recite a third of Qur’an in one night. He went on to teach them that Surah Al-Ikhlas is equal to a third of the Quran:

Abu Sa’id al-Khudri reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said to his companions, “Is it difficult for one of you to recite a third of the Quran in a single night?” That was difficult for them, so they said, “Which one of us can do that, O Messenger of Allah?” The Prophet said, “The chapter, ‘Allah, the One, the Refuge’ (112:1) is worth one-third of the Quran.” (Sahih Bukhari)

The Prophet (SAW) said that if a person recites Surah Al-Ikhlas ten times, the reward they will be given by Allah is a palace in Paradise. We read in a hadith:

Mu’adh ibn Anas reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever recites the chapter ten times completely, ‘He is Allah, the One’ (112:1), Allah will build a palace for him in Paradise.” (Musnad Ahmad)

Fostering a deep appreciation and love in our hearts for the things that are pleasing to Allah will greatly help us on our journey of this life. The Prophet (SAW) told a man who had said he loved Surah Al-Ikhlas that his love for it will take him to Jannah. We read:

Anas ibn Malik reported: A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, I love this chapter, ‘Say: He is Allah, the One,’” (112:1). The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Your love for it will admit you into Paradise.” (Sahih Bukhari)

In another hadith we read that the Prophet (SAW) said that we should recite Surah Al-Ikhlas, Surah Al-Falaq and Surah An-Nas three times every morning, and the same every evening, as it will be a protection for us. Abdullah ibn Khubayb reported:

“The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, ‘Speak.’ I said, ‘What should I say?’ The Prophet said, ‘Say: He is Allah, the One, (112:1) and the two chapters of refuge every evening and morning three times. They will be enough for you against everything.’” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi)

May Allah enable us to reflect on the Surahs we recite so that we can really try to appreciate the meaning of the words. Aameen. Indeed, we know that reciting the Qur’an heals our hearts:

“O mankind! There hath come to you an admonition from your Lord and a healing for the (diseases) in your hearts and for those who believe a Guidance and Mercy.” (Qur’an 10:57)