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17 October 2018 CE | 06 Safar 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation


Surah Waqiah Shields Against Starvation


Abdullah bin Masood (radi Allahu anhu) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Whoever recites Surah Waqiah every night will never be afflicted with starvation.” [Tafseer Ibn Katheer]

When Abdullah bin Masood (radi Allahu anhu) was on his deathbed, Uthman bin Affan (radi Allahu anhu), who was the Khalifa at that time, came to visit him and enquire about his health.

He asked, “What is ailing you?”
Abdullah bin Masood (radi Allahu anhu) replied, “My sins.”

Uthman (radi Allahu anhu) asked, “Is there anything you wish for?”
Abdullah bin Masood (radi Allahu anhu) replied, “The mercy of my Lord.”

Uthman (radi Allahu anhu) persisted, “Should I send a doctor for you?”
Abdullah bin Masood (radi Allahu anhu) replied, “It is the doctor (Allah) Who has made me sick.”

Uthman (radi Allahu anhu) asked, “Then should I send some money for your expenses.”
Abdullah bin Masood (radi Allahu anhu) said, “No, I don’t need it.”

Uthman (radi Allahu anhu) suggested, “This money will be of use to your daughters after you are gone.”
Abdullah bin Masood (radi Allahu anhu) said, “Do you fear poverty and starvation for my daughters? I have already taught them to recite Surah Waqiah every night because I heard the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) say, ‘Whoever recites Surah Waqiah every night will never be afflicted with starvation.’” [Tafseer Ibn Katheer]

May Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) give us the belief (Eeman) and sufficiency (Qana’at) of the Sahabah. Indeed, they are our role models as their behaviour was the best behaviour of any generation and Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) promised them His Pleasure and reward.

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