Surah Muzammil is one of the most beneficent Surah of the Holy Quran. It has been recited widely in prayers, after the prayers, and to receive spiritual benefits.
“The revelation of the Qur’an is from Allah, the Exalted in Might, the Wise.” (Az-Zumar 39: Verse 1)
The Quran is indeed the Book of Allah and there are multiple verses that signifies its importance as a guidance. Each and every Surah, verse, and letter of the Quran is filled with knowledge and guidance for all. And such is the Surah Muzammil! It is filled with lots of knowledge that moves the heart of believers and benefits them in this world and Hereafter.
“Seek (beneficial) knowledge, because seeking it for the sake of Allah is a worship. And knowing it makes you more God-fearing; and searching for it is jihad, teaching it to those who do not know is charity, reviewing and learning it more is like tasbeeh. Through knowledge Allah will be known and worshiped.” -Ibn Taymiyyah
Hence, let’s learn the virtues and benefits of Surah Muzammil to gain more and more rewards.
Surah Muzammil in the Holy Quran
Surah Muzammil is the 73rd Surah (chapter) of the Holy Quran. This Surah is a part of 29th Juz or Para. The meaning of the title is “The Enshrouded One” or “The Enfolded One”. There are 20 verses in Surah Muzammil and a total of 200 words.
Revelation of Surah Muzammil
The revelation of Surah Muzammil as agreed upon by prominent scholars is around the 610 – 615 A.D. Many scholars agree that it was revealed into two parts. First part consists of verses from 1st to 19th. Almost all the scholars agree on denoting the verses from 1st to 19th to be Makki (Meccan). While the 20th verse is considered Makki by some and Medinan by others.
Reasons for the 20th verse to be revealed to Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) in Medina:-
- Mention of fighting for the Cause of Allah
- Mention of Zakat along with the Nisab was urged at Madina.
Hadith mentioned in Abu Dawud (1305) states that:
Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas:
When the opening verses of Surah Al-muzammil was revealed, the Companions would pray as long as they would pray during Ramadan until its last verses were revealed. The period between the revelation of its opening and the last verses was one year.
Understanding Surah Muzammil
This beautiful Surah teaches us the importance of praying in the hours of night. It depicts the importance of reciting little or more of the Quran in the night as the day is mostly for work and occupation. Allah SWT also talks about the Heavy word or the responsibility that will be put on and that responsibility should be handled with more focus by disconnecting any distraction. The verses also depict the outcome for the disbelievers who will be in chains, in fire,and will have food that will choke them.
The verse further says about the Day of Judgement when mountains will become mere heaps of sand. And also that Muhammad (pbuh) has been sent as a Messenger just like Moses (Musa) was sent to Pharoah (Firaun). But Pharaoh was disobedient and Allah seized him with Seizure. The intensity of Last Day is defined by the severity that will turn children’s hair white. The reminder is clear by Allah so that believers can make way towards their Lord.
In the Last verse of Surah Muzammil it is mentioned that the believers should pray at night and can do so in groups. Allah is so Merciful that he only wants us to do it by our capacity and we should not labour ourselves much. Indeed, Allah is most Forgiving and Merciful.
Learning Lessons from Surah Muzammil
Whole of the Quran is a wonderful guidance for all. The Surah Muzammil is also a treasure of Hikmah, blessings, and lessons that can make our lives wonderful. Some lessons that we learn from Surah Muzammil are:
- Praying in night is beneficial and should be done to our capacity
Note: Allah is the Most Merciful that’s why He did not order us to stand in prayer for the whole night. Hence, one must pray at night to their own capacity. One can pray Tahajjud, Witr, or do Dhikr of Allah at night.
- Recite from the Quran what is easy for you.
- The Quran is a way of guidance. Hence, we must recite it more and more to find the right path.
- Surah Muzammil also tells about the Last Day and its attributes that must be paid attention to.
- The disbelievers will be in shackles and blazing fire.
- The lesson should be learnt from Pharaoh who was disobedient and was ruined with seizure.
Benefits of Surah Muzammil
The deep meaning of Surah Muzammil makes us realize the benefits of this great Surah. Some amazing benefits are:
- Surah Muzammil helps in gaining more and more rewards when recited after offering Isha prayers and Tahajjud.
We realize the great importance of praying in the Night through this beautiful Surah. Hence, we must recite it during the night time so as to gain maximum rewards from Allah SWT spiritually, mentally, and physically.
- Surah Muzammil helps in overcoming problems and difficulties in our lives.
Recite Surah Muzammil daily and include it into your daily Dhikr list to gain maximum benefits from it. This Surah has a miraculous effect on our lives and works wonders by removing difficulties and problems.
- Reciting Surah Muzammil helps in keeping our heart pure and enlightened with remembrance of Allah SWT
Surah Muzammil will help in keeping us reminded of Last Day and keep our heart humble and gratified towards Allah SWT.
- Surah Muzammil is a great Surah to get your Dua accepted
Recite this Surah for any purpose like getting married or choosing a career keeping full faith. Indeed, Allah makes a way for the ones who rely on him.
- Surah Muzammil helps you in getting your 100 sins forgiven
Recite this Surah on Thursday for 100 times to get your 100 sins forgiven. It is a great way to attain Allah’s forgiveness and receive His Mercy.
- Surah Muzammil act as a complete protector for its reciter
Reciting this Surah will help you in gaining protection for your wealth and health.
- Surah Muzammil helps you in meeting our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him)
Isn’t it the earnest desire of every believer to meet Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him)? Accomplish your dream by Reciting Surah Muzammil more and more.
- Surah Muzammil is beneficial in this world as well as Hereafter.
Reciting Surah Muzammil is a kind of Ibadaah (worship). Hence, a believer gets benefitted by its recitation in this world as as well Hereafter.
- Surah Muzammil helps us in living and following a healthy lifestyles.
Everybody knows the importance of waking up early. It is also seen that Hormones are mostly active in the early part of the Dawn and it nears to the time of Tahajjud. Hence, reciting Surah Muzammil at Tahajjud helps in keeping ourselves active and healthy.
Tips to memorize Surah Muzammil
Surah Muzammil comprises 20 verses out of which the 20th verse is the longest. Here are some tips that can help you in memorizing Surah Muzammil.
- Make strong intention and always start with Bismillah.
- Dedicate time for memorization in the morning after Fajr or before sleeping. You can choose any time slot but keep yourself focused and refreshed during your learning process.
- You can Focus on learning 3-5 verses each day till you reach 20th verse.
- For the 20th verse, you can divide it itno 3 small parts each comprising of 5 lines roughly. Hence, it will take you 3 days to learn the last verse by heart.
- Focus on meaning while learning and understand it completely.
- You can enroll in Academy or hire a Quran tutor online to learn Surah Muzammil in a disciplined way.
Surah Muzammil in Arabic
قُمِ ٱلَّيْلَ إِلَّا قَلِيلًۭا
نِّصْفَهُۥٓ أَوِ ٱنقُصْ مِنْهُ قَلِيلًا
أَوْ زِدْ عَلَيْهِ وَرَتِّلِ ٱلْقُرْءَانَ تَرْتِيلًا
إِنَّا سَنُلْقِى عَلَيْكَ قَوْلًۭا ثَقِيلًا
إِنَّ نَاشِئَةَ ٱلَّيْلِ هِىَ أَشَدُّ وَطْـًۭٔا وَأَقْوَمُ قِيلًا
إِنَّ لَكَ فِى ٱلنَّهَارِ سَبْحًۭا طَوِيلًۭا
وَٱذْكُرِ ٱسْمَ رَبِّكَ وَتَبَتَّلْ إِلَيْهِ تَبْتِيلًۭا
رَّبُّ ٱلْمَشْرِقِ وَٱلْمَغْرِبِ لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ فَٱتَّخِذْهُ وَكِيلًۭا
وَٱصْبِرْ عَلَىٰ مَا يَقُولُونَ وَٱهْجُرْهُمْ هَجْرًۭا جَمِيلًۭا
وَذَرْنِى وَٱلْمُكَذِّبِينَ أُو۟لِى ٱلنَّعْمَةِ وَمَهِّلْهُمْ قَلِيلًا
إِنَّ لَدَيْنَآ أَنكَالًۭا وَجَحِيمًۭا
وَطَعَامًۭا ذَا غُصَّةٍۢ وَعَذَابًا أَلِيمًۭا
يَوْمَ تَرْجُفُ ٱلْأَرْضُ وَٱلْجِبَالُ وَكَانَتِ ٱلْجِبَالُ كَثِيبًۭا مَّهِيلًا
إِنَّآ أَرْسَلْنَآ إِلَيْكُمْ رَسُولًۭا شَـٰهِدًا عَلَيْكُمْ كَمَآ أَرْسَلْنَآ إِلَىٰ فِرْعَوْنَ رَسُولًۭا
فَعَصَىٰ فِرْعَوْنُ ٱلرَّسُولَ فَأَخَذْنَـٰهُ أَخْذًۭا وَبِيلًۭا
فَكَيْفَ تَتَّقُونَ إِن كَفَرْتُمْ يَوْمًۭا يَجْعَلُ ٱلْوِلْدَٰنَ شِيبًا
ٱلسَّمَآءُ مُنفَطِرٌۢ بِهِۦ ۚ كَانَ وَعْدُهُۥ مَفْعُولًا
إِنَّ هَـٰذِهِۦ تَذْكِرَةٌۭ ۖ فَمَن شَآءَ ٱتَّخَذَ إِلَىٰ رَبِّهِۦ سَبِيلًا
إِنَّ رَبَّكَ يَعْلَمُ أَنَّكَ تَقُومُ أَدْنَىٰ مِن ثُلُثَىِ ٱلَّيْلِ وَنِصْفَهُۥ وَثُلُثَهُۥ وَطَآئِفَةٌۭ مِّنَ ٱلَّذِينَ مَعَكَ ۚ وَٱللَّهُ يُقَدِّرُ ٱلَّيْلَ وَٱلنَّهَارَ ۚ عَلِمَ أَن لَّن تُحْصُوهُ فَتَابَ عَلَيْكُمْ ۖ فَٱقْرَءُوا۟ مَا تَيَسَّرَ مِنَ ٱلْقُرْءَانِ ۚ عَلِمَ أَن سَيَكُونُ مِنكُم مَّرْضَىٰ ۙ وَءَاخَرُونَ يَضْرِبُونَ فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ يَبْتَغُونَ مِن فَضْلِ ٱللَّهِ ۙ وَءَاخَرُونَ يُقَـٰتِلُونَ فِى سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ ۖ فَٱقْرَءُوا۟ مَا تَيَسَّرَ مِنْهُ ۚ وَأَقِيمُوا۟ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ وَءَاتُوا۟ ٱلزَّكَوٰةَ وَأَقْرِضُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ قَرْضًا حَسَنًۭا ۚ وَمَا تُقَدِّمُوا۟ لِأَنفُسِكُم مِّنْ خَيْرٍۢ تَجِدُوهُ عِندَ ٱللَّهِ هُوَ خَيْرًۭا وَأَعْظَمَ أَجْرًۭا ۚ وَٱسْتَغْفِرُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ ۖ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ غَفُورٌۭ رَّحِيمٌۢ
Surah Muzammil in English (Transliteration and translation)
Ya aiyuhal muzzammil
O you who wraps himself [in clothing],
Qumil laila illaa qaleelaa
Arise [to pray] the night, except for a little
Nisfahooo awinqus minhu qaleelaa
Half of it – or subtract from it a little
Aw zid ‘alaihi wa rattilil Qur’aana tarteela
Or add to it, and recite the Qur’an with measured recitation.
Innaa sanulqee ‘alaika qawlan saqeelaa
Indeed, We will cast upon you a heavy word.
Inn naashi’atal laili hiya ashadddu wat anw wa aqwamu qeelaa
Indeed, the hours of the night are more effective for concurrence [of heart and tongue] and more suitable for words.
Inna laka fin nahaari sabhan taweelaa
Indeed, for you by day is prolonged occupation.
Wazkuris ma rabbika wa tabattal ilaihi tabteelaa
And remember the name of your Lord and devote yourself to Him with [complete] devotion.
Rabbul mashriqi wal maghriibi laaa ilaaha illaa Huwa fattakhizhu wakeelaa
[He is] the Lord of the East and the West; there is no deity except Him, so take Him as Disposer of [your] affairs.
Wasbir ‘alaa maa yaqoo loona wahjurhum hajran jameelaa
And be patient over what they say and avoid them with gracious avoidance.
Wa zarnee walmukaz zibeena ulin na’mati wa mahhilhum qaleelaa
And leave Me with [the matter of] the deniers, those of ease [in life], and allow them respite a little.
Inna ladainaaa ankaalanw wa jaheemaa
Indeed, with Us [for them] are shackles and burning fire
Wa ta’aaman zaa ghussa tinw wa’azaaban aleemaa
And food that chokes and a painful punishment –
Yawma tarjuful ardu waljibaalu wa kaanatil jibaalu kaseebam maheelaa
On the Day the earth and the mountains will convulse and the mountains will become a heap of sand pouring down.
Innaa arsalnaaa ilaikum rasoolan shaahidan ‘aleykum kamaaa arsalnaaa ilaa Fir’awna rasoolaa
Indeed, We have sent to you a Messenger as a witness upon you just as We sent to Pharaoh a messenger.
Fa’asaa Fir’awnur Rasoola fa akhaznaahu akhzanw wabeelaa
But Pharaoh disobeyed the messenger, so We seized him with a ruinous seizure.
Fakaifa tattaqoona in kafartum yawmany yaj’alul wildaana sheeba
Then how can you fear, if you disbelieve, a Day that will make the children white- haired?
Assamaaa’u munfatirum bih; kaana wa’duhoo maf’oola
The heaven will break apart therefrom; ever is His promise fulfilled.
Inna haazihee tazkiratun fa man shaaa’at takhaza ilaa Rabbihee sabeelaa
Indeed, this is a reminder, so whoever wills may take to his Lord a way.
Inna Rabbaka ya’lamu annaka taqoomu adnaa min sulusa yil laili wa nisfahoo wa sulusahoo wa taaa’ifatum minal lazeena ma’ak; wal laahu yuqaddirul laila wanna haar; ‘alima al lan tuhsoohu fataaba ‘alaikum faqra’oo maa tayassara minal quraan; ‘alima an sa yakoonu minkum mardaa wa aakharoona yadriboona fil ardi yabtaghoona min fadlil laahi wa aakharoona yuqaatiloona fee sabeelil laahi faqra’oo ma tayassara minhu wa aqeemus salaata wa aatuz zakaata wa aqridul laaha qardan hasanaa; wa maa tuqadimoo li anfusikum min khairin tajidoohu ‘indal laahi huwa khayranw wa a’zama ajraa; wastaghfirul laahaa innal laaha ghafoorur raheem.
Indeed, your Lord knows, [O Muhammad], that you stand [in prayer] almost two thirds of the night or half of it or a third of it, and [so do] a group of those with you. And Allah determines [the extent of] the night and the day. He has known that you [Muslims] will not be able to do it and has turned to you in forgiveness, so recite what is easy [for you] of the Qur’an. He has known that there will be among you those who are ill and others traveling throughout the land seeking [something] of the bounty of Allah and others fighting for the cause of Allah. So recite what is easy from it and establish prayer and give zakah and loan Allah a goodly loan. And whatever good you put forward for yourselves – you will find it with Allah. It is better and greater in reward. And seek forgiveness of Allah. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.
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Question 1: How many times should we recite Surah Muzammil in a day?
Answer 1: There is no specific number mentioned in any Hadith. You can recite it as many times as you like.
Question 2: Can I write Surah Muzammil and stick it on my wall to receive benefits?
Answer 2: There is no Hadith that specifies the benefits of writing any Surah and sticking on wall. Hence, one must always recite the Surahs verbally to attain benefits.
Question 3: Does reciting Surah Muzammil 11 times for 11 days guarantee attaining proposals for marriage?
Answer 3: There is no Hadith that mentions about this matter. However we should have strong faith in Allah SWT as well as in the Book of Allah as it is filled with lots of rewards and benefits.