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Surah al Ikhlas [Sincerety] - Miracle Dream Tafseer - Nouman Ali Khan
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Surah al Ikhlas [Sincerety] -
Miracle Dream Tafseer - Nouman Ali Khan
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This Surah's connection with the Previous surah (Lahab):
1 - Similar Style [saj'] - the syllables by which the words end are the
same = a similar rhyming pattern continues.
(i.e. Tabat ya-daa abee Lahabin wa Tab.
Rhymes with; Qul huwa Allahuw ahad.)
This similar rhyming pattern continues for the aayaat of the rest of the surah.
2 - Shift of Focus in Attention
This surah has a relation to the previous surah Lahab because Abu
Lahab was continuously on the focus of Allah's Messenger due to his
acts of insults and abuse.
But Allah told in the previous surah that He would gradually destroy [tabb]
Abu Lahab and his efforts against the message.
Now that Allah will deal with Abu Lahab, now you (O Muhammad) should
focus on Allah's Oneness alone, and the conveying of it to others.
When people have a long conflict, people forget the agenda of the conflict.
So we come back to the main message which caused these disputes
between disbelievers and believers - it is the legacy of Ibraheem -
the Tawheed (Oneness of Allah).
Allah's Messenger would pair many surahs together in salaah, i.e. It
was his sunnah (example) to pray surah al A'la and Ghashiyah together,
or surah al Falaq and an-Naas. And this is why these surahs' are - by
Allah's will - placed next to each other in the mus-haf (copies of the
He would recite one in one raka'ah, and the other in the next raka'ah.
It was also the practise of Allah's Messenger to recite surah Kafiroon
and surah al Ikhlas in the prayers in Hajj and 'Umrah time.
So there is something unique about this because these surahs' are not
paired in the Mus-haf (copies of the Qur'an).
This deserves attention:
What is the Relationship between surah al Ikhlas, and surah al Kafiroon:
1 - At the end of surah Kafiroon, it is clear that the disbelievers
have their own religion, and Allah's Messenger has his own religion.
-Even though they worship at the same place of worship - the Ka'ba.
-Even though they all believe Allah is the Creator of everything
وَلَئِن سَأَلْتَهُم مَّنْ خَلَقَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ لَيَقُولُنَّ اللَّهُ ۚ قُلِ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ ۚ بَلْ أَكْثَرُهُمْ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ-
and surely if you ask them who created the skies andthe earth - they will say Allah... -
[Surah Luqman 31:25]
So it seems they are similar in beliefs and practise, however - by the end of surah Kafiroon
it becomes clear that this is not the case.
That distinction is explained in surah Kafiroon , it is further
supported in surah Nasr  when Allah shows that His victory will come
and defeat the religion of Abu Lahab (surah Lahab ).
2 - Surah Kafiroon begins with Qul[Say!], and surah Ikhlas begins with Qul (say).
The surahs' in between these two surahs' do not, so it shows these surahs' have a relation.
3 - Same Nicknames;
The companions of Allah's Messenger would give nicknames to surahs'
they liked and recited alot. I.e. They called surah al Ikhlas many
nicknames, it has over 20.
One of those names is; al Mukashkish - that which removes diseases.
Taksheesh al Mareed - removing the illness of the ill so he is totally cured.
Ironically, this is the exact same name given to al Kafiroon too.
Because both surahs are defeating Shirk (association of partners - with Allah).
A few other nicknames of surah al Ikhlas:
2 - surah at-Tafreed - Fard [Individual] - the surah that Allah is
Unique, with none is like Him.
3 - surah at-Tajreed - the surah which removes all false
misconceptions about Allah.
4 - surah at-TaWheed - the surah which Unifies (wahhada) all of
Allah's attributes. Allah is the One.
5 - surah al Ma'rifah - meaning, to know, recognise and be well
acquainted with someone/thing. So if you do not know this surah, you
do not really recognise Allah.
6 - surah as-Samad - this word (and it's root) is exclusively used in
this surah in the Qur'an. And none other. So it is called as-Samad.
7 - surah al Assaas - the Essence/Core. The core mission of Allah's
Messenger is this surah - the Tawheed of Allah.
« أسست السموات السبع والأرضون السبع على قل هو الله أحد »
ussisat as-samaawaat as-sab'u wal arddoona sab' 'ala qul huwwa
The heavens and earth are founded upon Qul Huwwa Allahu ahad - Say, He is Allah, One. (Tawheed
- the Oneness of Allah).
Tafseer/sharh of the Hadeeth: As long as there are people on thisEarth who are declaring Tawheed,
Allah allows the heavens and Earth tocontinue.
- Allah says in the Qur'an that the heavens/skies would tear, the
mountains collapse (surah maryam) - when the people say lies about
Allah i.e. that He has a son etc.
تَكَادُ السَّمَاوَاتُ يَتَفَطَّرْنَ مِنْهُ وَتَنشَقُّ الْأَرْضُ وَتَخِرُّ الْجِبَالُ هَدّاًThe heavens are all but rent apart and the earth split asunder and the mountains brought
crashing down. (Maryam 19: 90)
Kaada is used to express that the verb it qualifies was on the brink of happening but didn't.
We realise from the hadith quoted above that the reason why this doesnot occur is due to there
being followers of Tawheed (Oneness ofAllah) on the Earth who enslave themselves to Allah alone.
When we study the End Times, one of the signs is that anyone whobelieves in;
Laa illaha illAllah, Muhammadun RasoolAllah (there is nogod but Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah) -
they die when asoft wind comes and takes their souls away.
Then only disbelievers remain on the Earth, and it is upon them that the destruction of the
Earth occurs before Judgment Day.
This is because there are no believers of Tawheed at that time.
If there were Multiple gods:
لَوْ كَانَ فِيهِمَا آلِهَةٌ إِلَّا اللَّهُ لَفَسَدَتَا ۚ فَسُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَرْشِ عَمَّا يَصِفُونَ
If there were therein gods beside Allah, then verily both (the heavens and the earth) had been
disordered. Glorified be Allah, the Lord of the Throne, from all that
they ascribe (unto Him). [Anbiya 21:22]
If there had beenamong them gods except Allah, surely there would be corruption.
Multiple gods - brings corruption and disruption. Since two equals in power - compete
for that power. And there are many Mythological stories amongst Hindu
and Greek and other Polytheistic scriptures which show their gods'
fighting with each other for power.
Surah an-Noor 24:35 -
اللَّهُ نُورُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ
Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth...
< ف هو المنور ل السماوات و الأرض و سورة تنور قلبك >
fa huwwa al-munawwir lis-samaawaati wal ardd wa sooratutunnawir qalbak
(so He is the light of the Heavens and the Earth, and this surah alightens your heart)
إن علي كل شيع نور و نور القرآن قل هو الله أحد
inna 'ala kuli shay'in noor , wa noor-ul Qur'ani; Qul huwwaAllahu ahad.
(surely, for every thing is light, and the light of theQur'an is; Say, He is Allah, the One [surah al Ikhlas]).
Allah's Messenger said about surah al Baqarah;
ل كل شيعن سنام و سنام القرآن سوره البقرة
li kulli shay'in sanaam, wa sanaam al Qur'an al Baqarah -
foreverything there is a peak, and the peak of the Qur'an is surah alBaqarah.
This is amazing gift because this surah of the Qur'an is one of the
shortest surahs, yet it is the Light of the Qur'an. And we can easily
The scholars disputed whether it was a Makki, or Madani surah. Both
had strong legitimate proofs for their opinions.
The polytheist arabs would use the word Allah for God, but what they
associated with Him was not correct.
So when Allah's Messenger came with the correct teachings on who Allah
was, the polytheists would be confused. 'We believe in Allah, and you
believe in Allah, so why do we dispute?'
"siflannaa Rabbak" - describe for us the Attributes (sifaat) of your
Lord.' They would say.
A min dhahab, a min fiddah (is He made of gold, is he made of silver?)
- they had these thoughts because they believed these metals were
precious and expensive - so their gods were a source of competition of pride i.e. our god is made of gold.
Ansib hu? - what's his lineage/family descendence?
Hadith: A polytheist once came to Allah's Messenger and said;
Everything was created by Allah, fa man khalaqAllah? - then who created Allah?
Allah's Messenger became extremely angry, so Angel Jibreel calmed him
down and Allah revealed this surah.
The Sahabas' Love for Surah al Ikhlas and it's Virtues;
Allah الله :
A - Ishtiqaaq words (Mushtaq) -
Words which have an origin from another word.
B - Asmaa al-Jamida- words which are
original words without being derived fromother words. Unique by itself.
A - The Mushtaq Opinion - that the word Allah comes from other words;
Allah comes from إله Illaah.
Al أل + Illaah إله (hamza, lam, ha) [due to Hadhf حذف - the hamza is removed] = Allaah.
Alaha/ya'lahu - to worship.
Illaah - one who is worshipped.
Aliha أله- this word is used when a child is thirsty and desperately
seeking his mother for milk.
So Illaah = one who is worshipped, obeyed and who people desperately
turn to [ilha].
This is the origin of Illaah. There is none to turn to except He.
B - Jamid view - the word Allah is an Original Word without a Root word:
1 - Other scholars say Allah is the Universal word for Allah (without
coming from the root word Illah), in every language. So everyMessenger sent by Allah said that Allah is God,
no matter whatlanguage they spoke the message in.
I.e. Even in Aramaic, and Hebrew - the word Eloahאלוהּ [in Hebrew]and Ellah [in Aramaic]
were used for God. Similarly, Elohimis used like we sayAllahumma [Oh Allah] in arabic.
2 - It would be Linguistically Incorrect to say Ya Allah!(O Allah!)
Al + Illaah = Allah.
when you call someone, you place a Yaa before that.
I.e. Ya Raheem (O Especially Merciful (one))
However, you can never place a AL before it. I.e. Ya AL Raheem - since
that is linguistically incorrect.
It can either be; AL Raheem, or YA Raheem.
So they argue that if Allah is made up of the word Al + Illah, then it
does not make linguistic sense to say "Ya Al Illah/Allah!"
No Arab would say this due to wrong grammar, so it is possible that
Allah is not made up of the wordings; Al + Illaah.
3 - Allah is unique in the way it is pronounced.
Normally when Alif and Lam are placed together, they make a light
sound. I.e. Alif and Lam would be pronounced as A-llaa.
However, the word Allah is pronounced with a heavier sound. Ie. as Al-laa.
This is against normal arabic grammatic speech and pronunciation. So
it is possible this word is Universal, and not of an arabic origin.
mamnoo'a min al Sarf - When a word comes from another language and
enters into the Arabic language, you cannot place a; Fat-ha [zabar/A],
Damma [peysh/U], or Kasra [zeyr/I] on it.
However, Allah does place a Kasra on His Name in the ayah;
wa man asdaqu minAllahI qeela - and who is truer in speech than Allah?
- surah an-Nisa'.
So how can this have a Kasra [zeyr/I sound] on it, while not being an
The scholars reply that Allah is recognised in every culture and
nation. So He is recognised, and this is why the word has become
recognised as an Arabic word (mu'rab).
قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَدٌ
Qul huwwa Allahu Ahad
Say, "He is Allah , [who is] One,
Qul - Say.
Command to the Messenger to;
1 - Learn for himself.
2 - Teach it to others.
Message of Tawheed, is connected to Da'wah (inviting to Islam).
Huwwa - He.
This was not required in the ayah because Allah could say; Qul Allahu
ahad - say Allah is One.
However, A pronoun is used when you know who is being spoken about
(this is called Sha'n شأن ).
Allah is so great, He is already known by the people (as the
Originator, Creator, Designer etc.)
So 'He' is an implication that you know this God already, it is not a new God.
2 - It is also a reply to the people who asked Allah's Messenger who
his god was?
Man Huwwa, Maa huwwa - who is he, what is he? These are the questions
the polytheists asked Allah's Messenger about Allah.
So Allah is answering that He is Allah, the One.
3 - Say, He is Allah, Say He is One.
Two sentences have been fused into one ayah.
Say, He is Allah, One.
Ahad - One
The difference between Wahid and Ahad:
Ahad is used exclusively in the Negative sense only.
Wahid is used in the Positive sense only.
i.e. Laysa ahad mawjoodan fee al masjid - there is notOneperson in the Mosque [it is empty].
Laysa wahid mawjoodan fee al masjid - there is not Onein the Mosque [but there are alot (more than one)
people in the Mosque].
وَلَا يُشْرِكْ بِعِبَادَةِ رَبِّهِ أَحَدًا
..wa la yushriku bi 'ibadatihee Ahada-
and no-One should associate partners with Him in worship. [al Kahf 18:110]
However, We notice that Allah uses the word Ahad in ayah 1 of surah al Ikhlas, to describe Himself.
This is strange, because Ahad is usually only used in the negative. This Ahad is used to show that there is a
uniqueness of the useage of this word when describing Allah - now in the positive senseinstead of the negative.
By Allah using Ahad, He is implying affirmation to His Oneness, andthere being none similar to Him in that Oneness.
Amazing: There is no Arabic literature which ever uses the word Ahad by itself in a positive way -except for surah al Ikhlas.
2 - The other form of 'Ahad' is used in Iddaafa form i.e. 'One of..' Ahadal Muslimeen (one of the Muslims) etc.
So this Ahad can only be used in a positive way if another set ofwords are attached to it.
Ahad comes from - Wahd/Wahada.
Wahd وحد (waw, ha, daal) - one who is individual by himself, histribe/lineage/origin is not known.
Allah did not use that word for Himself because He does not want to
make Himself similar to humans in attributes.
Raghib al Isfahani in Mufradaat al Qur'an:
Ahad is a separate word which implies; That Onecannot have any comparison,
a sole unique entity who does not have anequal or competitor in any way. He does not have a 2nd or affiliate.
So Ahad is different to Wahid.
The people of other religions believe in God as One (this is Wahid), but theyalways make the mistake of giving Him
Attributes of the creation. Itis only when you disassociate Allah's attributes from similarity to
the creation that you can believe Allah is Ahad (Unique in HisOneness).
A strong Theme in this surah is that Everything about Allah is Uniquein His Oneness.
This is why all the attributes of Allah in this surahare Unique for Allah Himself.
(i.e. Allah, ahad, as-Samad, lam yaLid,lam yuWlad).
Allah has some attributes which humans might also call themselves.
I.e.Raheem (especially merciful), Ra'oof (compassionate), Baseer [seeing] etc.
If we use one of Allah's attributes, i.e. Allah is 'Aleem - the Knowing.
The Difference between our knowledge and Allah's knowledge is that;
1 - Allah's knowledge is infinite, ours is not.
2 - Allah's knowledge has no limit, ours is.
3 - Our knowledge and attributes are given to us, Allah's attributes -
He owns them, they are His.
Use these 3 steps for any of Allah's attributes, and we see how Allah is unique in His attributes of Perfection.
لَيْسَ كَمِثْلِهِ شَيْءٌ ۖ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْبَصِيرُ
Laysa ka mithlihee shay' wa huwwa as-samee'ul baseer -
there is nosimilarity to Him, and He is the hearer, the Seer. [ash-Shura 42:11]
AhaduN أحدن (taNween - letter Noon نat the end) - this is used to put an exclamation mark, strong
emphasis - He is Allah, One!!
The tanween ن is also used in a Khabr/information - to answer a question. The
question posed was - who/what do you worship? This news/khabr is
informing and answering the people - that our Master is Ahad - the
This is what Bilal bin Rabbah got tortured for, and he would
continuously say "Ahadun Ahad".
Dr. Rafee'uddeen from Pakistan - Allah created the human with
knowledge of Himself. The greatest honor the human can have is to be
the perfect slave of Him.
But if you do not strive to achieve that goal, you will still be
hungry. If you do not fulfill that hunger with obedience to Allah, you
will fulfill that hunger through something else. Even if that food of
disobedience is disgusting and harmful to your body.
So you are either a slave to Allah, or a slave to the worthless creation.
You might know He is One, but is He the One you dedicate your life to?
Do you worry that He might not talk to you on Judgment Day out of
displeasure? Do you do action so that He will be pleased with you?
Allamah Iqbal poetry on Allah's Oneness/Tawheed:
What used to be something that burned inside the hearts of men, has now turned into something of abstract,
Tawheed has now become theological debates, whereas there were people
before us who would have a strong, practical connection with Allah.
Hoping that He will have Mercy on them. So they struggled for His
O Allah, make us the true people of Tawheed, and who implement it with
their wealth, and lives, and die in a state that you are pleased with.
Allah is He on Whom all depend.
as-Samad - the one who is enough, whenever they turn to Him,
Hefulfills and answers all their needs and questions in times of need.
When you use the word Samad as a verb - it implies that you turn to
them to ask them to fulfill a need.
Masmood - the one to whom people turn to in times of need.
2 - When you make someone your goal, to attain them, to win them, the
This is one of the reasons this surah is called surah al Ikhlas - we
are seeking the pleasure of Allah.
3 - The One who is not in need of anyone else, and he is always above
them, none can overpower him or be above him in status or any
4 - The One who is free from blemishes or faults.
5 - From the People are those who cannot be overcome in battle, or
eloquence, or business etc. They are called as-Samad.
6 - He is incredible and great in His glory. Everlasting. The One who
people turn to in times of need.
7 - Samad is used as an adjective - something that is solid with no
holes or emptiness inside.
Something Absolute without any flaws.
This shows that Allah's Names are not lacking or empty, rather - He
has perfect Names, and these Names and Attributes are fulfilled
I.e. Someone might be called Jameel/Beautiful, but they might not be beautiful.
However, Allah is Perfect in His Names and fulfills them properly -without anything missing in their perfection.
Allah is as-Samad, and He fulfills that role perfectly.
Allah the Absolute is the Only One. This ayah emphasises what has been
mentioned in ayah 1.
The reason why these words are mentioned is because the polytheists
would describe Allah as the Creator, and the Merciful, but they would
not say He is Ahad, or as-Samad.
AL samad - The AL ألsignifies Absoluteness.
as-Samad - the one who everyone needs and He needs none Himself.
al Bica'i: Surah Lahab spoke about someone (Abu Lahab) who thought he
did not need anyone, and that he had none equal in wealth and riches.
So Allah is telling us now that Allah has destroyed him, then you
should know that the only One who truly needs no-one else is Allah,
and that He alone is rich and free of need (Ghaniy).
لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ
Lam yaLid wa Lam yuWlad
He did not give birth, nor was He fathered.
Lam - past tense negation - forces a verb to become past tense.
Lan - future tense Negation.
Lam is used - Past tense removes all forms of birth associated to Allah in the past,
and all these ideas of Allah having daughters who are angels (as the
polytheists said), or that He has sons [Jesus, or Uzayr/Ezra] (as
christians and some jewish sects in Medinah said) - removes their
Removal of past tense doubts removes all doubts - because the present
doubts we have today have been repeated throughout history, so even if someone
claims Allah has a son today - this had already been said in the past.
So Allah has refuted such a claim by saying that it has never happened
- He has never had a son.
Having a son implies you will have an equal, and that is not possible for Allah.
بَدِيعُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۖ أَنَّىٰ يَكُونُ لَهُ وَلَدٌ وَلَمْ تَكُن لَّهُ صَاحِبَةٌ ۖ وَخَلَقَ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ ۖ وَهُوَ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ
[He is] Originator of the heavens and the earth. How could He have a son
when He does not have a companion [sahibah] and He created all things? And He is,
of all things, Knowing.
[al An'am 6:101]
How can Allah have a son when He does not have a Sahiba(wife, Spouse, Associate)?
One word for wife is Sahibah, and another word is Kufuw. And this word
is mentioned in ayah 4 of this surah.
Allah does not share attributes with His creation.
If you are born - you had a beginning. Which mean's you are not eternal, so you are notDivine/God.
Reasons why people commit Shirk [association of Partners with Allah]
Argument: Even if a judgement did occur, we have intercessors (angels, saints etc)
to hide behind between us and Allah.
This is the psychology of Shirk (associating partners [with Allah])
because a person may do whatever he wants of disobedience to Allah, but
then he wants to hide behind someone close to Allah to protect him from
Allah's anger. This person will even try to please and overpraise that
intercessor, so that the intercessor will intercede in favour of his
case in the court of Allah. Little do these people know that Allah will
forgive who He wills on that Day, and this is the sin that Allah does
not forgive (of shirk).
The One who everyone turns to, as-Samad. So you do not need to place a
'son' or idol between you and Allah.
Turn to Him alone, because He is as-Samad - the absolute One to be turned to.
This removes people's need to turn to anyone else besides Him.
وَلَمْ يَكُن لَّهُ كُفُوًا أَحَدٌ
wa Lam yakun lahu kufuwwan ahad
And Nor was there to Him any equivalent."
Kufuw - your partner, it can also be your equal opposition in battle.
Someone who is equal to you in rank, compatible with you, similar in
your level. This is why it is used for marriage partners.
So Allah is saying He had no Kufuw - equal in His Ahad (Uniqueness).
In Normal Arabic Grammar Sentence; -
wa lam ya kun ahadun kufuwwan lahu (and there is not any equivalent to Him).
This is thegrammatically normal sequence.
ahad is at the end
Lahu is in the beginning.
Kufuw is in the middle.
The normal grammatical sentence would have placed Allah in the end.
But Allah switches the normal phrase, and instead mentions Himself first.
Lahu - for Him [Allah], this is Taqdeem - placed earlier in the sentence,
showing specificness. There is none La Hu (For Him) an equal
competitor (kufuw) ahad - anyOne.
Ahad is awwal - the One for whom there is no 2nd. And the One who is First.
He has no counterpart, there is none higher than Him. Yet everything
of the creation has an equal competitor or one better than him, but
there is none competing with Allah in His Uniqueness.
Benefits of this Surah:
Fakhrud-deen ar-Razi: The first part of the surah shows Allah's Oneness.
The second part of surah show's Allah's grace and Mercy upon us -
because He turns to us to help us.
The 3rd ayah shows that Allah is free from weakness. Because having
children can be a sign of weakness because you want your name to live
on. (Even if you don't feel this now, you might at the age of 40
because you wonder what you have left behind in this world).
The honoring of humans is them having children, because they will require them for strength in old age.
The honoring of Allah is that He has no children, because He is always free of need.
This surah in conclusion is probably the most important surah for our
children to internalise. What does it mean that He is; Ahad, as-Samad?
Lam yaLid, wa lam yuWlad, wa lam ya kun Lahu kufuwan Ahad.
We learn that Allah helps us in all times because He has no competitor
(kufuw) in preventing Him from helping us and answering our prayers.
Surah an-Najaat - it Rescues you from; sadness and hardships, and
hellfire, and this is why the companions of Allah's Messenger loved it
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