Surat al-Isra’ and Surat al-Zumar

Aishah (radi Allahu anha) said: “The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) would not go to sleep until he had recited Bani Israa’eel (Surat al-Isra’) and al-Zumar.”

[Narrated by al-Tirmidhi who said: it is a Hasan Hadith, it was classed as Sahih by al-Albaani in Sahih al-Tirmidhi]

Commentary:

We benefit from the above Hadith that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) used to recite these two great surah’s before going to sleep.

The themes and topics of Surat al-Isra’ is a wonderful combination of warning, admonition and instruction, which have been blended together in a balanced proportion.

The themes and topics of Surat al-Zumar is a most eloquent and effective address which was given some time before the emigration to Habash, in an environment filled with tyranny and persecution, ill-will and antagonism, at Makkah. It is a sermon whose addressees mainly are the unbelieving Quraish, although here and there the believers also have been addressed.

And Allah knows best!

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