Like many, I have the surah (chapter) Ikhlas on repeat throughout my daily prayers. When I started studying the mysticism behind the Quran, I was amazed to learn the abundant amount of metaphysical benefits this short prayer holds. The Arabic root of the word ikhlas خلاص إ is (kh-l-s) which means, sincerity or purity. This concept of purifying and leaving nothing but the very essence of our being which is, God. To be in a state of purity is to purge your soul of beliefs that tarnish it. This prayer depicts the Oneness of God (tawheed) and His absolute unity. It is the only chapter in the Quran with a title that has no linguistic connection to the chapter itself. This chapter is a means of forgiveness of sins.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) told his companions, “Gather, because I am going to read you a third of the Quran.” (Abu Huraya RA). After they gathered Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) recited, “Say: He is God, the One!” – Quran, Surah Ikhlas, 112:1.
To be in a state of purity is to purge your soul of beliefs that tarnish it.
Upon the death of a man named Muawiyah Al-Mazni (RA), Archangel Gabriel descended and asked Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) if he wanted him to bend the earth so that Prophet Muhammad may pray over his body. After receiving confirmation from the Beloved Prophet, Archangel Gabriel struck the ground with his wing and raised the land for him. Two rows of Angels encompassing 70,000 angels each came down to accompany the prayer. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) asked, “With what has he [Muawiyah Al-Mazni] achieved for this honor?” To which Archangel Gabriel responded, “By his love of Surah Ikhlas, that he recited by going, coming, sitting, standing and all in circumstances.”
Let’s look at the break down of the entire prayer – in it’s best English translation. The first verse of the prayer is an answer to a repeated question from persons and groups who were not Believers.
“Say: He, God, is One.”
The word, huwa (هُوَ) “He” is a pronoun in third person and refers to something that is known to all. It is commanded, He, is Divine Essence. This is the primary basis of Oneness and is not limited to the declaration that there is but one God but nonetheless extends to all realities. I read another person’s interpretation of this concept and found it beautifully profound. I’m not taking credit for the following statement as it was from another blog site. The author believes, the idea of all realities merging into One Reality. This absolute reality can be referred to as, Mono-reality. Therefore, God is Mono-real.
“God is He on Whom all depend.”
The second sentence declares that God is Eternal (i.e., He is beyond the bounds of time and space).
“He begets not, nor is He begotten.”
This ayah reiterates Islam’s testimony of faith, there is No God but He.
“And there is none like unto Him.”
He is the Supreme Being and His infiniteness cannot be comprehended.
In addition, we have two attributes from this prayer; Al-Ahad (the One) and Al-Samad (the Eternal). Al-Ahad indicates the singularity of existence that cannot be compared or shared with another entity. It’s an attribute that if said 1,000 times – secrets of the Universe will be revealed. Al-Ahad is one I use periodically and I recite it 1,000 times with the intention for a resolution to be presented to me or when I am seeking an answer. When the attribute is said in that repetitive manner, your higher self is called down and your desired outcome is revealed. When Al-Samad is recited, spiritual truth will be revealed. Al-Samad is called upon to grant the pleas and is pleaded to make wishes come true.
Recitation and concurrent numeric sequence are as follows:
- Reciting 1 time will get the reward equal to 10 times the number of people who are Believers.
- Reciting 1 time is equal to one third of completed Quran Recitation.
- Reciting 2 times the blessings are showered upon the children of the reciter.
- Reciting 3 times, brings blessings on the entire family of the reciter and compared to completed Quran Recitation.
- Reciting 11 times the reciter will have palaces built for him in heaven.
- Reciting 100 times all his/her [minor] sins for the past 25 years are forgiven, constant recitation of this Surah will help keep the heart sincere.
- Reciting 100 times will grant you entrance to Paradise.
- Reciting 200 times daily gets forgiveness of 50 years of [minor]sins.
- Reciting 1,000 times will not die unless he/she sees his/her place in heaven.
- Reciting 100,000 times God will set his soul free.