Virtues of Surah Kafirun Benefits (Chapter 109)

Virtues of Surah Kafirun Benefits (Chapter 109)

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ

In The Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful 

(Disbelievers) Number of Verses: 6

This Surah was revealed in Mecca. Both the content and the occasion of revelation of the Surah clearly confirm this idea.

The statements of the Surah show that at the time of its revelation Muslims were in a minority and disbelievers were in the majority, of whom the holy Prophet (S) was under great pressure. They urged him to collude with them, but, he refused all of them and without having any conflict with them, made them completely hopeless.

This is a good example for all Muslims that under no conditions should they collude with the enemies of Islam against the basis of the religion, and if it happens that disbelievers ask them to follow such suggestions they should make them totally hopeless.

The phrase "I worship not what you worship"

is, in particular, repeated twice, in this Surah, for emphasis. This emphasis is made in order to disappoint the enemies.

Again, the verse: "Nor do you worship Whom I worship"

is also another emphasis showing their stubbornness which ends with the conclusion:

"To you be your religion, and to me my religion".

Surah Kafirun Benefits

There are many narrations on the excellence of reciting this Surah which illustrate the extreme importance of its content.

For example, it is narrated in a tradition from the holy Prophet (S) that he said: “The person who recites (the Surah) 'Say: O you disbelievers'

it is as if he has recited a quarter of the Qur'an, and the insolent Satans will recoil from him, and he will be free from polytheism, and he will be saved from the Great Terror (on Doomsday).”

Salvation, on the Day of Judgement, will be attained only through monotheism and the negation of polytheism; it is the theme on which this Surah is based.

A tradition from the holy Prophet (S) says that he asked Jabir-ibn-Mat'am whether he wished to have the best companions and the most amount of provisions with him when he was on a journey, and he said he did, then, the Prophet (S) said:

"Recite these five Suras,: Kafirun, Nasr, Ikhlas, Falaq and Nas, and begin your recitation with /bismillah-ir-rahman-ir-rahim/.”

In another tradition, Imam Sadiq (as) said: "My father has said that Surah Kafirun is one fourth of the Qur'an, and when he recited it he used to say 'I worship only Allah, I worship only Allah".


This Surah is ‘makki’ and has 6 verses. The Holy Prophet (S) said that reciting this Surah carries the reward of reciting a quarter of the Holy Qur’an. The recitation of this Surah drives away Shaitan and keeps one safe from Shirk.

It is also among the five Surahs that have been recommended to be recited during a journey, the others being Surah an-Nasr, at-Tawhid, al-Falaq and an-Naas. Reciting Surah al-Kafirun and at-Tawhid in compulsory prayers is a means for forgiveness of sins for the reciter, his parents and his children. If a person dies after reciting this Surah, it is as if he has died a martyr. Recitation of this Surah before sleeping keeps one safe the whole night.

1) Its recitation brings safety from shirk
2) Reciter earns forgiveness
3) He gets the thawab of shaheed

4) Recite for safety on a journey (with Nasr, Ikhlas, Falaq & Naas)

Al Kafirun is one fourth part of the Quran. After reciting this surah say: “I worship the one and only Allah, and my religion is Islam.”
Whoso recites surah al Ikhlas and this surah before going to sleep, Allah would never let polythism touch him.
Whoso recites this surah and sura al Ikhlas in any of his obligatory salats Allah would forgive his, his parents’ and his children’s sins, and if his name is written in the register of unfortunate and disobedient persons, it would be erased from it and written in the register of virtuous and fortunate people, and on the day of judgement he would be raised with the martyrs.
Teach your children this surah to recite at the time of going to sleep because no harm would come to the reciter while he is sleeping.
Whoso recites this surah, Shaytan does not come near him, and on the day of judgement Allah would dispel his fear and fright.
Whoso recites this surah ten times at daybreak and seeks fulfilment of his legitimate desires in this world or in the hereafter, Allah would hear and give him what he wants.

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