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Reciting Surah Mulk has more benefits than you could believe.

It not only provides protection in this life and hereafter but will protect you in-between.

In a hadith, it was mentioned that the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) recommended to read Surah Muk every night before going to bed. By doing so, it is said that you would be protected from the torment in the grave.

This was narrated by Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood,

Whoever reads Tabaarak allaahi bi yadihi’l-mulk [i.e., Soorat al-Mulk] every night, Allah will protect him from the torment of the grave. At the time of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) we used to call it al-maani’ah (that which protects). In the Book of Allaah it is a soorah which, whoever recites it every night has done very well. 

Narrated by Al-Nasa’i, 6/179; classified as Hasan (meaning ‘good’ authenticity) by Al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb, 1475.

Imagine being able to understand the meaning of this Surah deeply and recite this every night before going to bed. You would be closer to Allah SWT and would begin your night with the purest intentions with your heart being in the right place.

Whenever a passage of the Quran is recommended to be read for a specific reason or at a specific time we should follow that command as an obedient servant of Allah.

The other option is we don’t.

But know, every ayat or every verse of the Quran is coupled with some miraculous virtue to it. We will be rewarded for every letter that we speak. Every verse has so much cure and spirituality that it will only be beneficial to us should we follow the command.

In another hadith,

Hadith On Surah Mulk:

Narrated Abu Hurairah
that the Prophet (ﷺ) said: “Indeed there is a Surah in the Qur’an of thirty Ayat, which intercedes for a man until he is forgiven. It is [Surah] Tabarak Alladhi Biyadihil-Mulk.”

Abu Dawud 1400 and At Tirmidhi 2891
Grade: Hasan (Darussalam)
English reference: Vol. 5, Book 42, Hadith 289

From this Hadees it’s says the benefit of reciting Surah Mulk is likened to a companion. These these thirty verses will serve us like a intimate relationship of a friend which will vouch for your (intercede) and ask for forgiveness on your behalf. 

Surah Mulk At Night

As we discussed already, recitation of Surah Mulk at night is beneficial. However, an important distinction, it should not only be constrained for the night. Reciting in the morning versus night will not result in some extra benefit to the reader.

What we do know regarding Mulk is that the surah will intercede for him before Allah and it will save him from the punishment of the grave.

Narrated Jabir:
The Prophet (ﷺ) would not sleep until he recited Alif Lam Mim Tanzil and: Tabarak Alladhi Biyadihil-Mulk.” This Hadith was reported similarly by more than one from Laith bin Abi Sulaim. Mughirah bin Muslim reported it from Abu Az-Zubair, from Jabir from the Prophet (ﷺ) and it is similar to this. Zuhair reported it and said: “I said to Abu Az-Zubair: ‘Did you hear Jabir mentioning this Hadith?’ He said: ‘Safwan or Ibn Safwan informed me of it.'” It is as if Zuhair rejected the idea that this Hadith was from Abu Az-Zubair from Jabir. (Another chain) with similar in meaning. (Another chain) that Tawus said: “They are seventy good merits more of virtue in it than every Surah in the Qur’an.”

Grade: Da’if (Darussalam)
English reference: Vol. 5, Book 42, Hadith 2892

Why the night may have been recommended:

The issue I believe many Muslims struggle with is they try something they’ve heard and may have stuck with it for a few weeks but eventually the momentum falters and the streak of the habit breaks.

Scientifically, if you’re looking to form a new habit that will be repeated effortlessly, it has been shown that it helps to stack the new routine with an existing so the action can be easily repeated. If you strive to read at night, this is a good thing and here’s an effective tip that will help you.

Have the Quran placed by your bedside with a bookmark on Surah Mulk. After making your bed, place the Quran ontop of your pillow. When you return to your bed at night it will require no additional will power to remember to read Surah Mulk, the task of reciting at night just became exponentially easier.

The beauty is also, Surah Mulk is a fairly short surah with 30 ayat or verses. This would not take a long time to finish. We also recommend learning the translation of Surah Mulk if you do plan on making it a habit to recite daily.

In the end we will be held accountable for the things we did and the things we did not. Inshallah our discipline and faith in Allah SWT will be rewarded and through reciting Surah Mulk in this world will serve as our salvation in the hereafter. Ameen.