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Surah Kafirun | Meaning, History, Facts, And Benefits

By September 10, 2022No Comments

Surah Kafirun (سورة الكافرون)

Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) has sent Holy Quran for the guidance of the whole of humanity. This is a divine message from Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala). It has different 30 sections, which are called Paras, and 114 surahs. Surah Al Kafirun has 109 numbers in Quran. It includes six ayaat, 27 letters, and 98 letters. This surah especially cautions his followers against worshipping idols.

The Holy Quran is structured in the form of an invocation across several of its chapters, including the Surah Al-Kafirun. This chapter, like many others in the Holy Quran, provides believers with instructions on what they should do or what they should ask properly for so that they might continue to walk the road that has been ordained for them by the Supreme Being.

The literal meaning of “Kafirun”

The term is often translated as “infidel”, “pagan”, “rejecter”, “denier”, “disbeliever”, “unbeliever”, “nonbeliever”, and “non-Muslim”. According to the Quran, the word signifies “ungratefulness”.

Surah Kafirun (الکافِرون), meaning disbelievers, is one of the short surahs of the Quran located in Para number 30 that Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) revealed to Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ).Mecca’s pagans persecuted the Muslims when it was revealed.

“If you worship your God for a period of time, we will worship your god for a period of time”, said a group of individuals in Mecca who did not believe in one deity but worshipped numerously. The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) received the Surah Kafirun from God as a warning that these people would never adore him and would never fulfill the actions he has just recounted.

This Surah provides guidance on how to interact with those who reject our Islamic doctrines. There can be no space for bargaining when it comes to matters of worship and religion.

History or Background of Revelation of Surah Al Kafirun

“They were called fools and asked whether they wanted the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) to submit to someone other than Allah Almighty”, according to Ibn Abbas, a companion of the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ). It continued by saying that your efforts would be in vain if you “identify [anything] with Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) and that you would be included among the fools. Obey just Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) as an alternative, and you will be among the grateful.”

Muslims hold that Makkah is where the Surah of the Unbelievers was revealed when the leaders were pleading with the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) for help. The Quraish would offer the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) all of their wealth, prestige, power, and women if he really would decide to stop preaching about Allah Almighty. After this one failed, they came up with another.

The alternative proposal called for the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) to agree to pray to the Quraish idols in return for the Quraish people making a one-year commitment to worship only Allah Almighty. They said that if what he brought was better, they would share the good with the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) and if it was inferior, the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) would be required to do the same. They also demanded that he stop making a mockery of their gods. The revelation of Surah Al-Kafirun serves as a condemnation of such compromise.

Surah Al Kafirun in Arabic

Surah al Kafirun  in Arabic

Surah Kafirun Translation In Urdu 

Surah Kafirun translation in Urdu

Surah Kafirun in English

Surah al Kafirun  in english

Tafseer of Surah Kafirun

The Tafseer or explanation of this surah is quoted in detail in different books of Tafseer but here is ayah by ayah short explanation:

However, it was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) of Allah Hazrat Muhammad (ﷺ) in answer to the Quraish pagan’s request that he worship their idols for a year in return for their worshipping Allah Almighty the next year. The first ayah, “Say: O ye that deny Faith!” may be applied to all unbelievers worldwide. At that time, Surah al-Kafirun was revealed to denounce polytheistic religion and such false gods. Because of this, this Surah serves as a reminder to all Muslims to purge their hearts of any traces of Shirk that may still be there.

This Surah’s second through fifth Ayahs commands us to inform disbelievers that we alone worship Allah Almighty. As Muslims, we despise the worship of any other gods and believe in just one.

The sixth Ayah of Surah al-Kafirun provides evidence of Islamic unity. Islam is the highest form of oneness since it does not draw analogies to deities other than Allah Almighty. Also in the last Ayah, it is said, “For you is your religion, and for me is my religion,” reinforcing the divide between believers and nonbelievers.

Facts about Surah Al Kafirun

A revelation from Allah Almighty was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) telling him he would never do such a thing which those disbelievers wanted and they would never worship Allah Almighty.

Here are certain facts regarding Surah Kafirun:

Present in Para Number30
Surah Number in Holy Quran109
Order of Revelation of Surah18
Number of Verses06
Number of Words27
Number of Letters99
Revelation PlaceMakka
Surah al-Kafirun and Surah al-Ikhlas are together referred to asAl-Ikhlasayn.
Main Purpose or Theme of SurahTo teach Muslims how to treat non-Muslims with respect

Benefits of Surah Al Kafirun

●     If this prayer is spoken over precious things or treasures, it will be protected from theft and loss forever.

●     One who recites this Surah will be able to pay off all of their obligations or debts, no matter how many people are owed money.

●     When a frightened person reads or recites this Surah at a time of danger, they will find comfort and protection.

●     Someone who is hungry may get food by reciting this Surah.

●     If a thirsty person reads this, their thirst will be quenched.

Virtues Reciting of Surah Al Kafirun

There are special virtues in reciting Surah Al-Kafirun. Several virtues of this Surah have been described in various hadiths. Let’s not know.

★     Before going to sleep if you read Surah Kafirun, it will make you avoid shrik.

★     Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) will bless him peace who will read or recite two surahs, Surah Kafirun and Surah Ikhlas, at least ten or twenty times before Fajr Prayer or after Maghrib Prayer.

★     Surah Kafirun is considered a quarter of the Holy Quran. So, one who recites it four times may get the reward of finishing one Quran.

Surah Al Kafirun Wazifa

  1. After the Fajr or Isha prayers, recite Surah Kafirun 11 times to put a stop to your feelings of envy and to deepen your feelings of love for other people.
  1. To avoid lying, recite Surah Kafirun 11 times.
  1. Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) would pardon all of your sins if you recite Surah Kafirun every day.

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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1: Define Shirk in Islam?

Answer: Its literal meaning is making a partner and according to Islam making any other partner of Allah Almighty is Shirk.

Q2: What is polytheism?

Answer: Polytheism means to worship more than one God

Q3: What is the lesson taught in this Surah?

Answer: Surah Al-Kafirun teaches trust. It instructs that sincere Muslims shouldn’t compromise their beliefs or allow anybody to impair their relationship with Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala).

Q4: What is the true benefit of reciting Surah Kafirun?

Answer: By reciting this Surah someone can protect himself from Shrik.

Q5: Do reciting of Surah Al Kafirun fulfill legit desires?

Answer: Yes, by making the habit of reciting Surah Al Kafirun will surely fulfill your legit desires.

Winding Up

The Surah was revealed, when there were few Muslims, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) was likely under pressure from a majority who did not believe. Every time they asked him to speak to them, he gently denied it, leaving them thoroughly defeated yet never truly engaging in conflict.

As a result, all Muslims should use this as an ideal and genuine example and never, ever come to an agreement with their enemies or interact with them in a way that contradicts their beliefs. If disbelievers happen to encourage them to follow these specific recommendations, they should repeatedly render them hopeless.

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