Reflection on Surah Al-Ikhlas
“Say Allah is (the) one
Allah the eternal the absolute (The Self sufficient, The master, who all creatures need , he neither eats or drinks)
He Begets not, nor was He begotten
And there is none co-equal or comparable unto him”
Hadith 1 – on the authority of Hazrat Abu Saeed Al Kudri (Razi ALLAH Taala Anhu) a man heard another man reciting surah Ikhlas. And he recited it repeatedly. When it was morning he went to the Prophet () and informed him about that as if he considered that the recitation of that surah by itself was not enough. Allah’s messenger () said “By him in whose hand my soul is, it is equal to one third of the Quran”. (Sahih al Bukhari).
Hadith 2 – on the authority of Hazart Aaishah (may Allah be pleased with her): the Prophet () sent an army unit under the command of a man who used to lead his companions in the prayers and would finish his recitation with Surah Ikhlas. When they returned from the battle, they (the companions) mentioned that to the Prophet (), and the Prophet () asked them to question the man why he does so. The companions asked the man and he replied “I do so because it mentions the qualities of the most gracious and I love to recite it in my prayer”. The Prophet () said: “tell him that Allah loves him” (Sahih al Bukhari).
Hadith 3 – on the authority of Hazrat Aaishah (may Allah be pleased with her): whenever the Prophet () went to bed, he used to recite surah Al Ikhlas, along with Surah Al Falaq and Surah An Nas, and then blow on his palms and pass them over his face and those body parts that his hands could reach. And when he used to fall ill, he used to order me to do like that for him. (Sahih al Bukhari).
Hadith 4 - on the authority of Hazrat Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with) The Prophet () said “on the day of resurrection Allah will grasp the entire earth by His Hand and shall roll up the heaven with His right Hand and say “I am the king, where are the kings of the Earth?” (Sahih Al Bukhari)
This hadith refers to the ayah in Surah Ikhlas which is: “The king of mankind”.