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surah al muminun
Why was surah al muminun revealed? In this article, we will learn everything we need to know about surah al mu’minun, when it was revealed. Why? Where? In addition to much other information.
What is surah al mu’minun about?
The English name of surah Muminun is “The Believers”.  From the name of the surah “Al-Mu’minun”, the surah discusses how a true believer should be. And here are the major topics discussed in the surah:

  •       A true believer’s attributes and Characteristics.
  •       How Allah created the humans.
  •       The story of the prophet Nuh and the flood.
  •       The story of the Prophet Hud.
  •       Allah won’t put a human to a test that he can’t bear.
  •       Seek Allah’s protection and not follow the Shaitan temptations.

Where was surah al mu’minun revealed?
Muminun surah was revelaed in Mecca. It’s the surah number 23, with 118 verses.
When was surah al mu’minun revealed?
Surah al mukminun was reveled in Mecca around 615 – 619 AD.
Why the surah was named Al-Mu’minun?
The name of surah muminoon is taken from the first verse of the sura where Allah says:

١  قَدْ أَفْلَحَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ

1  Certainly will the believers have succeeded:

The surah talks about the Characteristics of a true believer, but that’s not the only thing discussed in the surah, it’s just a name.
What is the main theme of surah al mu’minun?
Allah tells the people in this Surah to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him). When Umar embraced Islam, he said:

“This Surah was revealed in my presence and I observed the state of the Prophet during its revelation. When the revelation ended, the Prophet remarked, ‘On this occasion, ten such verses have been sent down to me that the one who measures up to them will most surely go to paradise.’ Then he recited the first ten verses of this Surah.”
Is surah al mu’minun makki or madani?
surah al mu minun is a Makki Surah, it was revealed to the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) in Mecca.
In which para is surah al mu’minun?
Surah muminoon is in para number 18.
How to memorize surah al mukminun?
To memorize surah al Mukminun the first thing you should do is to read the full surah slowly. Then take the first verse and repeat it a couple of times, when you finish, try to recite it by heart. When you make it move to the second verse and repeat the process. When you finish memorizing it, try to recite the two verses by heart, and if you succeed go to the next verse, and when you finish the third verse recite the three verses by heart and do the same until you memorize the full surah.
Surah al mukminun benefits
Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq said that when a person recites surah Al Muminoon one time every three days all his sins will be erased.

The Imam also said that reciting this surah on Friday grants the person a great status in the afterlife, and will be in the company of prophets.

When reciting this surah all the souls of prophets and the believers send salutations for you and pray for your forgiveness.

Reciting surah Muminun will heal the person’s heart from illness.

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Hadith on surah al mukminun
When Umar embraced Islam, he said about surah Muminun:

“This Surah was revealed in my presence and I observed the state of the Prophet during its revelation. When the revelation ended, the Prophet remarked, ‘On this occasion, ten such verses have been sent down to me that the one who measures up to them will most surely go to paradise.’ Then he recited the first ten verses of this Surah.”
surah al mu’minun dua
Here are some of the Duas from surah al mumenoon:

1-      39: ”O my Lord! I seek refuge in Thee from the

evil suggestions of the Satans and

I seek refuge in Thee O my Lord,

lest they come near unto me”

رَبِّ أَعوذُ بِكَ مِن هَمَزٰتِ الشَّيٰطينِ ﴿٩٧﴾ وَأَعوذُ بِكَ رَبِّ أَن يَحضُرونِ

Rabbi aaoozubika min hamazaatish shayaateeni

wa aAAoozubika rabbi an yahzuroon

 2- My Lord, let me land at a blessed landing place, and You are the best to accommodate [us].’

رَّبِّ أَنزِلْنِي مُنزَلًا مُّبَارَكًا وَأَنتَ خَيْرُ الْمُنزِلِينَ

rabbi anzilnee munzalan mubarakan waanta khayru almunzileen

 

3-      Rabbi fala tajAAalnee fee alqawmi alththalimeen

رَبِّ فَلَا تَجْعَلْنِي فِي الْقَوْمِ الظَّالِمِينَ

My Lord, then do not place me among the wrongdoing people.”

 

4-      42:  ”Our Lord ,we believe ;therefore forgive us

and have mercy on us ,

for Thou art the best of the Merciful”

رَبَّنَا آمَنَّا فَاغْفِرْ لَنَا وَارْحَمْنَا وَأَنْتَ خَيْرُ الرَّاحِمِينَ

Rabbana aamanna faighfirlanaa warhamna

wa anta khayrur raahimeen

5-      43:  ”O my Lord ! forgive and have mercy and

Thou art the best of the Merciful ones”

رَبِّ اغفِر وَارحَم وَأَنتَ خَيرُ الرّٰحِمينَ

Rabbi ighfir warham wa anta khayrur raahimeen
Surah muminun tafseer.
قَدْ أَفْلَحَ ٱلْمُؤْمِنُونَ ١

Successful indeed are the believers

ٱلَّذِينَ هُمْ فِى صَلَاتِهِمْ خَـٰشِعُونَ ٢

those who humble themselves in prayer;

وَٱلَّذِينَ هُمْ عَنِ ٱللَّغْوِ مُعْرِضُونَ ٣

those who avoid idle talk;

وَٱلَّذِينَ هُمْ لِلزَّكَوٰةِ فَـٰعِلُونَ ٤

those who pay alms-tax;

وَٱلَّذِينَ هُمْ لِفُرُوجِهِمْ حَـٰفِظُونَ ٥

those who guard their chastity

إِلَّا عَلَىٰٓ أَزْوَٰجِهِمْ أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَـٰنُهُمْ فَإِنَّهُمْ غَيْرُ مَلُومِينَ ٦

except with their wives or those ˹bondwomen˺ in their possession, for then they are free from blame,

فَمَنِ ٱبْتَغَىٰ وَرَآءَ ذَٰلِكَ فَأُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ هُمُ ٱلْعَادُونَ ٧

but whoever seeks beyond that are the transgressors;

وَٱلَّذِينَ هُمْ لِأَمَـٰنَـٰتِهِمْ وَعَهْدِهِمْ رَٰعُونَ ٨

˹the believers are also˺ those who are true to their trusts and covenants;

وَٱلَّذِينَ هُمْ عَلَىٰ صَلَوَٰتِهِمْ يُحَافِظُونَ ٩

and those who are ˹properly˺ observant of their prayers.

أُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ هُمُ ٱلْوَٰرِثُونَ ١٠

These are the ones who will be awarded.
Tafsir al mu minun surah
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

 The Success is for the believers whose qualities are described here

قَدْ أَفْلَحَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ

(Successful indeed are the believers) means, they have attained victory and are blessed, for they have succeeded. These are the believers who have the following characteristics:

 الَّذِينَ هُمْ فِى صَلاَتِهِمْ خَـشِعُونَ

(Those who with their Salah are Khashi`un.) `Ali bin Abi Talhah reported that Ibn `Abbas said:

 خَـشِعُونَ

“(Khashi`un) means those with fear and with tranquillity.” It was reported from `Ali bin Abi Talib, may Allah be pleased with him, that Khushu` means the Khushu` of the heart. This was also the view of Ibrahim An-Nakha`i. Al-Hasan Al-Basri said, “Their Khushu` was in their hearts.” So they lowered their gaze and were humble towards others. Khushu` in prayer is only attained by the one who has emptied his heart totally, who does not pay attention to anything else besides it, and who prefers it above all else. At that point it becomes a delight and a joy for the eyes, as in the Hadith recorded by Imam Ahmad and An-Nasa’i from Anas, who said that the Messenger of Allah said:

«حُبِّبَ إِلَيَّ الطِّيبُ وَالنِّسَاءُ، وَجُعِلَتْ قُرَّةُ عَيْنِي فِي الصَّلَاة»

(Fragrance and women have been made dear to me, and Salah was made the joy of my eye.)

 وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ عَنِ اللَّغْوِ مُّعْرِضُونَ

(And those who turn away from Al-Laghw.) refers to falsehood, which includes Shirk and sin, and any words or deeds that are of no benefit. As Allah says:

 

وَإِذَا مَرُّواْ بِاللَّغْوِ مَرُّواْ كِراماً

(And if they pass by Al-Laghw, they pass by it with dignity)25:72. Qatadah said: “By Allah, there came to them from Allah that which kept them away from that (evil).”

 

وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِلزَّكَـوةِ فَـعِلُونَ

(And those who pay the Zakah.) Most commentators say that the meaning here is the Zakah that is paid on wealth, even though this Ayah was revealed in Makkah, and Zakah was ordained in Al-Madinah in the year 2 H. The apparent meaning is that the Zakah that was instituted in Al-Madinah is the one based upon the Nusub and the specific amounts, apart from which it seems that the basic principle of Zakah was enjoined in Makkah. As Allah says in Surat Al-An`am, which was also revealed in Makkah:

 

وَءَاتُواْ حَقَّهُ يَوْمَ حَصَادِهِ

(but pay the due thereof on the day of their harvest, ) 6:141 It could be that what is meant here by Zakah is purification of the soul from Shirk and filth, as in the Ayah:

 

قَدْ أَفْلَحَ مَن زَكَّـهَا – وَقَدْ خَابَ مَن دَسَّـهَا

(Indeed he succeeds who purifies himself (Zakkaha). And indeed he fails who corrupts himself.) 91:9-10 It could be that both meanings are intended, purification of the soul and of one’s wealth, because that is part of the purification of the soul, and the true believer is one who pays attention to both matters. And Allah knows best.

 

وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِفُرُوجِهِمْ حَـفِظُونَ – إِلاَّ عَلَى أَزْوَجِهِمْ أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَـنُهُمْ فَإِنَّهُمْ غَيْرُ مَلُومِينَ – فَمَنِ ابْتَغَى وَرَآءَ ذلِكَ فَأُوْلَـئِكَ هُمُ الْعَادُونَ

(And those who guard their private parts. Except from their wives and their right hand possessions, for then, they are free from blame. But whoever seeks beyond that, then those are the transgressors.) means, those who protect their private parts from unlawful actions and do not do that which Allah has forbidden; fornication and homosexuality, and do not approach anyone except the wives whom Allah has made permissible for them or their right hand possessions from the captives. One who seeks what Allah has made permissible for him is not to be blamed and there is no sin on him. Allah says:

 

فَإِنَّهُمْ غَيْرُ مَلُومِينَفَمَنِ ابْتَغَى وَرَآءَ ذلِكَ

(they are free from blame. But whoever seeks beyond that) meaning, other than a wife or slave girl,

 

فَأُوْلَـئِكَ هُمُ الْعَادُونَ

(then those are the transgressors.) meaning , aggressors.

 

وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لاًّمَـنَـتِهِمْ وَعَهْدِهِمْ رَعُونَ

(Those who are faithfully true to their Amanat and to their covenants) When they are entrusted with something, they do not betray that trust, but they fulfill it, and when they make a promise or make a pledge, they are true to their word. This is not like the hypocrites about whom the Messenger of Allah said:

 

«آيَةُ الْمُنَافِقِ ثَلَاثٌ: إِذَا حَدَّثَ كَذَبَ، وَإِذَا وَعَدَ أَخْلَفَ، وَإِذَا اؤْتُمِنَ خَان»

(The signs of the hypocrite are three: when he speaks he lies, when he makes a promise he breaks it, and when he is entrusted with something he betrays that trust.)

 

وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ عَلَى صَلَوَتِهِمْ يُحَـفِظُونَ

(And those who strictly guard their Salawat.) means, they persistently offer their prayers at their appointed times, as Ibn Mas`ud said: “I asked the Messenger of Allah , `O Messenger of Allah, which deed is most beloved to Allah’ He said,

 

«الصَّلَاةُ عَلَى وَقْتِهَا»

(Prayer at the appointed time.) I said, `Then what’ He said,

 

«بِرُّ الْوَالِدَيْن»

(Kindness to one’s parents. ) I said, `Then what’ He said,

 

«الْجِهَادُ فِي سَبِيلِ الله»

(Jihad in the way of Allah.) It was recorded in the Two Sahihs. Qatadah said: “At the fixed times, with the proper bowing and prostration.” Allah begins and ends this list of praiseworthy qualities with Salah, which is indicative of its virtue, as the Prophet said:

 

«اسْتَقِيمُوا وَلَنْ تُحْصُوا، وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ خَيْرَ أَعْمَالِكُمُ الصَّلَاةُ، وَلَا يُحَافِظُ عَلَى الْوُضُوءِ إِلَّا مُؤْمِن»

(Adhere to righteousness, you will never be able encompass it all. Know that the best of your deeds is Salah. None will preserve his Wuddu’ except the believer.) Having described them with these praiseworthy characteristics and righteous deeds, Allah then says:

 

أُوْلَـئِكَ هُمُ الْوَرِثُونَ – الَّذِينَ يَرِثُونَ الْفِرْدَوْسَ هُمْ فِيهَا خَـلِدُونَ

(These are indeed the heirs. Who shall inherit Firdaws. They shall dwell therein forever.) It was recorded in the Two Sahihs that the Messenger of Allah said:

 

«إِذَا سَأَلْتُمُ اللهَ الْجَنَّةَ فَاسْأَلُوهُ الْفِرْدَوْسَ، فَإِنَّهُ أَعْلَى الْجَنَّةِ وَأَوْسَطُ الْجَنَّةِ، وَمِنْهُ تَفَجَّرُ أَنْهَارُ الْجَنَّةِ، وَفَوْقَهُ عَرْشُ الرَّحْمن»

(If you ask Allah for Paradise, then ask him for Al-Firdaws, for it is the highest part of Paradise, in the middle of Paradise, and from it spring the rivers of Paradise, and above it is the (Mighty) Throne of the Most Merciful.) Ibn Abi Hatim recorded that Abu Hurayrah said, “The Messenger of Allah said:

 

«مَا مِنْكُمْ مِنْ أَحَدٍ إِلَّا وَلَهُ مَنْزِلَانِ: مَنْزِلٌ فِي الْجَنَّةِ، وَمَنْزِلٌ فِي النَّارِ، فَإِنْ مَاتَ فَدَخَلَ النَّارَ وَرِثَ أَهْلُ الْجَنَّةِ مَنْزِلَهُ، فَذَلِكَ قَوْلُهُ:

أُوْلَـئِكَ هُمُ الْوَرِثُونَ

»

(There is not one among you who does not have two homes, a home in Paradise and a home in Hell. If he dies and enters Hell, the people of Paradise will inherit his home, and this is what Allah said: (These are indeed the heirs.) Ibn Jurayj narrated from Layth from Mujahid:

 

أُوْلَـئِكَ هُمُ الْوَرِثُونَ

(These are indeed the heirs.) “The believers will inherit the homes of the disbelievers because they were created to worship Allah Alone with no partner or associate. So when these believers did what was enjoined on them of worship, and the disbelievers neglected to do that which they were commanded to do and for which they had been created, the believers gained the share that they would have been given if they had obeyed their Lord. Indeed, they will be given more than that as well.” This is what was reported in Sahih Muslim from Abu Burdah, from his father, from the Prophet who said:

 

«يَجِيءُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ نَاسٌ مِنَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ بِذُنُوبٍ أَمْثَالِ الْجِبَالِ،فَيَغْفِرُهَا اللهُ لَهُمْ وَيَضَعُهَا عَلَى الْيَهُودِ وَالنَّصَارَى»

(Some of the Muslims will come on the Day of Resurrection with sins like mountains, but Allah will forgive them and put (their burden of sin) on the Jews and Christians.) According to another version: the Messenger of Allah said:

 

«إِذَا كَانَ يَوْمُ الْقِيَامَةِ دَفَعَ اللهُ لِكُلِّ مُسْلِمٍ يَهُودِيًّا أَوْ نَصْرَانِيًّا، فَيُقَالُ: هَذَا فِكَاكُكَ مِنَ النَّار»

(When the Day of Resurrection comes, Allah will appoint for every Muslim a Jew or Christian, and it will be said, “This is your ransom from the Fire.”) `Umar bin `Abd Al-`Aziz asked Abu Burdah to swear by Allah besides Whom there is no other God, three times, that his father told him that from the Prophet , and he swore that oath. I say: this Ayah is like Allah’s saying:

 

تِلْكَ الْجَنَّةُ الَّتِى نُورِثُ مِنْ عِبَادِنَا مَن كَانَ تَقِيّاً

(Such is the Paradise which We shall give as an inheritance to those of Our servants who have had Taqwa.) 19:63

 

وَتِلْكَ الْجَنَّةُ الَّتِى أُورِثْتُمُوهَا بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ

(This is the Paradise which you have been made to inherit because of your deeds which you used to do.) 43:72
Surah al mukminun summary
Here’s the summary of the topics discussed in al mukminun surah:

  •       A true believer’s attributes and Characteristics.
  •       How Allah created the humans.
  •       The story of the prophet Nuh and the flood.
  •       The story of the Prophet Hud.
  •       Allah won’t put a human to a test that he can’t bear.
  •       Seek Allah’s protection and not follow the Shaitan temptations.

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