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Surah Al-Waqiah: virtues and benefits

The 56th chapter of the Quran is titled Surah Al-Waqi’ah. Containing 96 verses, Al-Waqi’ah is a Makki Surah. It is called “The Inevitable” or “The Event” in English. The word Al- Waqi’ah in the first verse is where the Surah derives its name from. Allah (SWT) says: “Izaa waqa’atil waaqi’ah” (Transliteration from Arabic) which translates to “When the Inevitable Event takes place”. So, what does this term mean? What can we learn and gain from this Surah? This article seeks to answer these questions.

What does Al-Waqiah mean?

The first verse of the chapter is where its name is taken from. In Arabic, Al Waqiah means something is certain to happen, there is no escape. Hence, it refers to the one certain and inevitable event: The Day of Judgment. The following verses describe the resurrection and afterlife.

What does Surah Al-Waqi’ah talk about?

As its name might imply, this chapter indeed discusses mainly the afterlife, Allah’s judgment, His rewards for believers and righteous people as well as His punishments for disbelievers.

Lessons to learn from Surah Al-Waqiah

The Quran is undoubtedly full of enlightening lessons. The following can be learned from this particular Surah:

  • The time of the Day of Judgment is unknown by all but Allah (SWT). Yet, is it
  • People will be classified into 3 groups on that day: those who are highest in rank and
    position, those who are average believers, and those who mocked the Judgment day
    and disobeyed Allah’s commands.
  • The first people to go to heaven are many of the previous generations and a few of the
    later generations.
  • The Quran is the sacred book and it is well preserved.

Benefits of reciting Surah Waqiah

  • Remembering the afterlife and thus doing our best to work for it.
  • Being reassured and motivated by Allah’s rewards and blessings for the righteous
  • Reflecting and learning to be grateful.
  • It is claimed to bring prosperity and money. There is no proof as to this specific
    benefit nonetheless. However, it is always a good idea to read chapters of the Quran.


Resurrection and the afterlife are a heavy theme in this Surah. Thus, reading it would only give us a better picture and a clearer understanding of this scary yet enigmatic day. That is why we should all do our best to comprehend Allah’s words and reflect upon the simple yet astonishing verses of this chapter.

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