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Surah Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس Meaning & Benefits

Surah Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس Introduction:

The Quran has 114 surahs, each of which has a different meaning and purpose behind its revelation. In the same way, Surah Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس is associated with protecting the believers from the evils of Shaitan and Jinns as well.

Surah Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس is the last Surah of the Quran, present in para number 30. It is a short surah, which has only 6 verses. Surah al Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس is a Makki Surah, which means that it was revealed in Mecca (Makkah).

In this article, we will discuss in detail the translation and meaning of Surah Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس and the benefits of reciting Surah al Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس.

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Surah Nas English Translation

To understand the Tafseer (Meaning) of Surah Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس, it is important to know the English translation of the Arabic verses. The Surah al Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس verses are translated below:

قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ ٱلنَّاسِ ١
Say, ˹O Prophet,˺ “I seek refuge in the Lord of humankind,

مَلِكِ ٱلنَّاسِ ٢
the Master of humankind,

إِلَـٰهِ ٱلنَّاسِ ٣
the God of humankind,

مِن شَرِّ ٱلْوَسْوَاسِ ٱلْخَنَّاسِ ٤
from the evil of the lurking whisperer—

ٱلَّذِى يُوَسْوِسُ فِى صُدُورِ ٱلنَّاسِ ٥
who whispers into the hearts of humankind—

مِنَ ٱلْجِنَّةِ وَٱلنَّاسِ ٦
from among jinn and humankind.”

Surah Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس Urdu Translation

قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ ٱلنَّاسِ ١

تم کہو: میں تمام لوگوں کے رب کی پناہ لیتا ہوں ۔

مَلِكِ ٱلنَّاسِ ٢

(یعنی) لوگوں کے حقیقی بادشاہ کی

إِلَـٰهِ ٱلنَّاسِ ٣

لوگوں کے معبود برحق کی

مِن شَرِّ ٱلْوَسْوَاسِ ٱلْخَنَّاسِ ٤

(شیطان) وسوسہ انداز کی برائی سے جو (خدا کا نام سن کر) پیچھے ہٹ جاتا ہے

ٱلَّذِى يُوَسْوِسُ فِى صُدُورِ ٱلنَّاسِ ٥

جو لوگوں کے دلوں میں وسوسے ڈالتا ہے

مِنَ ٱلْجِنَّةِ وَٱلنَّاسِ ٦

وہ جنّات میں سے (ہو) یا انسانوں میں سے

Background of Surah Al Nas

Surah Al Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس is present in the 30th para, and it is the last i.e 114th surah of the Quran. The word “Nas” in this surah refers to “The men.” According to the revelation order of surah in the Quran, Surah Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس was the 21st Surah to be revealed. It has only 6 verses.

Why was Surah Naas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس revealed? Many Islamic resources like Hadith from Sahih Bukhari confirm that Surah Al Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس was revealed at the time when the people of Makkah were plotting conspiracies against the Prophet (P.B.U.H) and wanted to kill him with the use of Black magic.

Makkah before Islam was ruled by the people of Quraish, who were the enemies of the World’s best man till today Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) and wanted to prevent Islam from spreading. According to Zayd ibn Arqam, Labeed Ibne Asa cast a magic spell on the Holy Prophet, by using a comb, and the hairs and skin of pollen from male date palms in the well of Dharwaanand after a few days, the Prophet began to suffer, and experience its negative effects.

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Surah Nas Purpose Of Revelation

When the Holy Prophet had fallen seriously ill, because of the black magic spell, Allah revealed the two Surahs. Surah Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس and Surah falaq. Both were revealed to guide the Prophet about his situation and inform him about a way to get rid of the spell.

Both Surah Al Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس and Surah al Falaq were revealed by Hazrat Jabril when he arrived there he said “It was the results of the magic spell by a Jew, and you are feeling bad owing to that magic undoubtedly,” Hazrat Gabriel stated. The holy prophet subsequently instructed Hazrat Ali to visit that location and retrieve the charm. After finishing surah Naas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس, Hazrat Muhammad SAW felt better and active again.

Surah Al Nas Explanation of Verses

“Say, ˹O Prophet,˺ “I seek refuge in the Lord of humankind”

In the first verse of Surah Naas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس, the magnificent attribute of Allah has been discussed. A believer firmly believes that Allah provides for Human needs, he is the sovereign, and only he is worthy of worship. In this verse, there’s a word that translates into “Rabb” Which means Lord. This verse teaches us that only Allah is our Lord and only he can protect us from all hardships, and indeed we seek refuge in him and him only.

Surah Naas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس Verse 2 & 3.

“The King of humankind, (3) the God of humankind.”

In the second and third verses of Surah Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس, The Quran declares that Allah is the world’s king in this verse. Nobody is more powerful or larger than Allah. The earth is entirely under the power of Allah. He created the entire cosmos and oversaw everything in it. He is the manager of everything in the world and is superior to everyone. The two distinct terms that are only associated with Allah are God and King.

Surah Naas Verse 4.

“From the evil of the lurking whisperer.”

In this Surah Al Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس Ayah, we sought help and protection from the evil whispers of Shaitan, that make us go astray. Shaitaan is continuously misguiding the believers, and he will continue to do so till the end of time. However, the only power that can protect us from the curse of shaitan, is none other than Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala. The Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) said that “with each of you there is a devil.” The companions asked, “Is there a devil even with you?” The Prophet said, “Yes, but Allah has granted me protection against him.”

Shaitan waits for the believer to find a way to sin and deludes him towards conducting that sin. If the believers remember Allah and pray to him for protection, they will surely be protected from the foul of shaitan.

Surah Nas Verse 5.

“Who whispers into the hearts of humankind.”

Once more, it is said that Shaytaan whispers in people’s hearts, suggesting that he stealthily deceives us rather than pursuing us openly the attractions of this world, are already distracting for the believers. However, it’s the shaitan that makes them look more tempting to the believers by continuously whispering in their hearts. As if they need it, and desire it.

Surah Al Nas Verse 6.

“From among jinn and humankind.”

The last verse of Surah Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس tells us that the evils of shaitan are not limited to any certain class of believers. The devil exists everywhere and he is always ready to mislead the believers to the wrong path. Not just that, another interpretation of this verse is that shaitan can also confront us in the form of other men and jinns.

Difference Between Surah Nas And Surah Falaq

As we saw earlier in Surah Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس the believers are advised to seek the protection of Allah from the evils of shaitan. Surah Falaq and Surah Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس are closely related in their interpretation, as both of them were revealed together and conveyed the same message as well. However, there’s a slight difference in the meaning of both.

The translation of Surah Falaq is:

قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ الْفَلَقِ
Say, ‘I seek the protection of the Lord of the daybreak
مِن شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ
from the evil of what He has created,
وَمِن شَرِّ غَاسِقٍ إِذَا وَقَبَ
and from the evil of the dark night when it falls,
وَمِن شَرِّ النَّفَّاثَاتِ فِي الْعُقَدِ
and from the evil of the witches, who blow on knots,
وَمِن شَرِّ حَاسِدٍ إِذَا حَسَدَ
and from the evil of the envious one when he envies.”

Contrary to Surah Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس, If one carefully considers the verses of Surah al Falaq, it is clear that these ayahs pertain to asking Allah Almighty for protection, first and foremost from any kind of evil that occurs during the day or at night. Protection from individuals who perform magic is the second priority, followed by the defense against jealous people and those who engage in envious behavior.

Surah Falaq is Madni Surah, which means it was revealed in Madina. It is the 113th Surah of the Quran and it has 5 verses, and it is in para number 30.

Importance of Surah Nas

Uqbah Bin Amr (R.A) a companion of the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) reported that: “I followed the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) while he was riding, and I asked him to teach me Surah Hud and Surah Yusuf. To which the Prophet said “you will never recite anything greater before Allah than

“Say: I seek refuge with (Allah), the Lord of the daybreak.”

And

“Say: I seek refuge with (Allah) the Lord of mankind.”

Hazrat Aisha (RA) reported that:

“Before sleeping Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) would recite the last three Surahs of Quran and then would blow it onto His hands and then wipe the hands all over His body.” (Bukhari)

It is evident from these Sunnah and Hadith that the Surah Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس and Surah Falaq both possess great importance and it provides the believers with immeasurable benefits. What significant value Surah Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس possessed was that the Prophet used to recite it before sleeping at night and blow it all over his body. Which is why he believed that he was protected from the evils of shaitan.

The modern Muslims who follow the Sunnah of the Prophet repeat the same ritual every night, before bed.

Benefits of Surah Al Nas

The foremost benefit of reciting Surah Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس is that it guarantees you Allah’s protection against the shaitan. This means that the evil whispers of shaitan can no longer mislead you. It is the Sunnah of the Prophet (P.B.U.H) to recite the Surah Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس every night before bed. Whenever the Prophet got sick, he recited Surah Al Nas and Falaq to protect himself.

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (عليه السلام) said that “Whoever recites Surah Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس in his house every night, will be kept safe from Jinns and the evil plans of Shaitan.”

According to our beloved Imam Muhammad Baqir (R.A), “Those who recite Surahs Falaq, Nas, and Ikhlas during their Watr prayers would hear the words “O servants of Allah, rejoice that Allah accepted your Watr prayer.”

All the hadith and sunnah of the Holy Prophet have proven the significance and beneficial value of reciting Surah Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس every day. If you recite it every night before bed, you will be protected from jinns and nightmares all night long. Surah Naas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس can also be recited and blown on children to protect them from Jinns, as they cannot recite it themself.

Surah Naas FAQS

Q1. What is the main benefit of reciting Surah Naas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس?

The main benefit of reciting Surah Naas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس is protection from the evil whispers of Shaitan that misleads the believers.

Q2. In which para Surah Al Nas is present?

Surah Al Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس is present in the 30th Para of the Quran, and it is the last Surah of the Quran.

Q3. When was Surah Nas revealed?

According to the order of revelation, Surah Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس was the 21st Surah and it was revealed when the Holy Prophet ( P.B.U.H) was gravely ill because of a magic spell done on him.

Q4. what was the purpose of the revelation of Surah Nas?

When the Holy Prophet had fallen seriously ill, because of the black magic spell. Surah Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس and Surah falaq both were revealed to guide the Prophet about his situation and inform him about a way to get rid of the spell. Because these surahs seek protection from the evils of shaitan.

Q5. How many verses are there in Surah Nas and what is its order of revelation?

Surah Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس has 6 verses and it was the 21st surah according to the order of revelation.

Q6. what is the difference between Surah Falaq and Surah Naas?

Both the Surahs are closely related, however, in Surah Naas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس the protection from fouls of Shaitan is sought whereas, in Surah Falaq a believer seeks protection from the envious people.

Q7. What is the Sunnah of the Prophet regarding the Surah Al Nas?

“Before sleeping Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) would recite the last three Surahs of Quran and then would blow it onto His hands and then wipe the hands all over His body.” (Bukhari)

Q8. What is the meaning of “Nas” in the Surah al Nas?

The word “Nas” refers to “Mankind” in the Surah al Nas سورۃ ٱلنَّاس.

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