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  Sura 67 of the Quran  
سورة الملك
The Sovereignty

Arabic text · English translation

Classification Meccan

al-Mulk (Arabic: سورة الملك‎) (meaning 'sovereignty','kingdom') is the 67th chapter (sura) of the Quran, comprising 30 verses.[1]

The sura emphasizes that no individual can impose his will on another; he may only guide and set an example (67:26).[2]


1 "Blessed is He, in whose hand is the Kingdom, and He is able to do all things."

2 "Who created death and life that He might try you which of you is best in deeds, and He is the mighty, the forgiving."

3 "Who created the seven heavens alike, you see no imperfection in the creation of the merciful, and then look again, Can you see any disorder?"

4 "Then turn your eyes again and yet again, your gaze turns back dazed and tired."

5 "And verily We have beautified the world's heaven with lamps, and We have made them missiles for the devils, and for them We have prepared the doom of flame."

6 "And for those who disbelieve in their Lord is the torment of hell, and the most terrible place to return."

7 "When they are cast therein, they will hear a loud moaning of it as it heaves."

8 "Almost bursting in rage, whenever a group is thrown into it, its keepers ask them: did not a warner come to you?"

9 "They say: yes, a warner came to us, but we denied and said God has revealed nothing you are only in great error."

10 "And they say: if we had listened or pondered, we would not have been among the inmates of the burning fire."

11 "Thus they will confess their sins, but far removed (from mercy) are the dwellers in the flames."

12 "Those who fear their Lord in secret, for them is surely forgiveness and a great reward."

13 "And hide your word or manifest it, He knows what is in the hearts."

14 "Does the one who created all things not know all about them? and He is the knower of subtleties, the aware."

15 "He it is who made the earth subservient to you, so go about in the spacious sides thereof, and eat of His sustenance, and to Him is the rising (after death)."

16 "Do you feel secure that He who is in the heaven will not make the earth to swallow you up, the while it shakes?"

17 "Or do you feel secure that He who is in the Heaven will not send on you a violent wind? Then you shall know how (truthful) was My warning."

18 "And those before them denied, then how (terrible) was the retribution."

19 "Do they not see the birds above them spreading and contracting (their wings)? No one upholds them save the beneficent, surely He is seer of all things."

20 "Or who is it that will be a host for you to help you against the beneficent? The unbelievers are only in delusion."

21 "Or who is this who will provide for you if He withholds His provision? No, but they persist in disdain and aversion."

22 "Is, then, he who goes prone upon his face better guided or he who walks upright on a straight path?"

23 "Say: it is He who brought you into being and made for you ears and eyes and hearts, little thanks you give."

24 "Say: it is He who scattered you in the earth and to Him you will be returned."

25 "And they say: when will this promise take place, if you are truthful?"

26 "Say: the knowledge is with God only, and I am only a plain warner."

27 "When they see the torment approaching, the faces of the unbelievers will blacken and they will be told: this is what you wanted."

28 "Say: Have ye considered, whether God destroy me and those with me, or whether we obtain mercy, yet who will protect the unbelievers from painful torment."

29 "Say: He is the beneficent, we believe in Him and on Him do we rely, you will soon know who is in clear error."

30 "Say: have you considered if your water should dry up, who then could bring you flowing water?"

Hadith about surah al-Mulk[edit]

Surah al-Mulk is mentioned in a number of hadith a few of which are as follows.

  • Imam Ahmad recorded from Abu Hurayrah that Muhammad said,"Verily, there is a chapter in the Qur’an which contains thirty Ayat that will intercede on behalf of its reciter until he is forgiven. (It is): ‘Blessed be He in Whose Hand is the dominion. (Surat Al-Mulk 67)’"[3][4][5]
  • Muhammad said, ‘There is a surah in the Qur’an which is only thirty verses. It defends whoever recites it until it puts him into Jannah[6]
  • Anas ibn Malik reported Muhammad as saying, “There is a Surah which will plead for its reciter till it causes him to enter paradise.”[7]
  • Muhammad said, ‘Surah al Mulk is the protector from the torment of the grave’[8]
  • Jabir said it was the custom of not to go to sleep until he had read Tabarakalladhi Biyadihil Mulk(Al-Mulk) and Alif Laam Meem Tanzeel(As-Sajda).[9]
  • He used to recite Surah As-Sajdah and Surah Al-Mulk (in Arabic) before sleeping.[10]
  • Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbas reported that Muhammad said, ‘It is my desire/love that Surahtul Mulk should be in the heart of every Muslim’[11]
  • Ibn Abbas said that one of Muhammad’s companions set up his tent over a grave without realising that it was a grave and it contained a man who was reciting the Surah Tabarakalladhi Biyadihil Mulk up to the end. He went and told the Prophet Muhammad Swallallah o Alaih e Wasallam who said, ‘It is The Defender; it is The Protector which safeguards from Allah Ta’ala’s Punishment’[12]
  • Khalid bin Madam said about surat Al Mulk and As-Sajda that these two surahs will fight for their reciter in the grave and will say, ‘O Allah! If we belong to Your book, accept our intercession in his favour. In case we do not, get us obliterated. These surahs will spread their wings like birds and will save the person from the torment of the grave.’[13]
  • It was narrated that Abd Allah ibn Mas'ud said: Whoever reads Tabarakalladhi Biyadihil Mulk [i.e. Surah al-Mulk] every night, Allah will protect him from the torment of the grave. At the time of the Messenger of Allah, we used to call it al-mani’ah (that which protects). In the Book of Allah it is a surah which, whoever recites it every night has done very well.[14][15]
  • Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood is reported to have said, 'A man will be approached in his grave from his legs and from his chest and then from his head. And each time this Surah will defend him by saying, 'You cannot do anything to him, he used to recite Surah Mulk'.'
  • Ibn Umar said that once that Muhammad recited verse 2 (the One Who created death and life so that He may test you as to which of you is better in deeds) and when he reached the words "better in deeds", he stopped and explained that 'better in deeds' is the person who abstains most from the things Allah has forbidden and is always ready to obey Him."[17]
  • Yahya related to me from Malik from Ibn Shihab that Humayd ibn Abd ar-Rahman ibn Awf had told him that Surat al-Ikhlas (Sura 112) was equal to a third of the Qur'an, and that Surat al-mulk (Sura 67) pleaded for its owner.[18]


  1. ^ Al-Mulk at Sacred Texts
  2. ^ Guppy, Shusha, For the good of Islam The Observer, 15 December 1991
  3. ^ [This Hadith was collected by At-Tirmidhi and the four Sunan Compilers. At-Tirmidhi said concerning it, “This is a Hasan Hadith.”]
  4. ^ (Jami` at-Tirmidhi Hadith 2891) Imaam at-Tirmidhi has classified this narration as Hasan (sound) and Imaam Ibn Hibban and Abu Abdullah al-Hakim Nishapuri regarded it as Sahih (authentic). See Saheeh ibn Hibbaan vol.3 pg.67-69 and Al-Mustadrak alaa al-Sahihain vol.2 pg.498
  5. ^ Abu Dawood, Imam Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi, Riyad as-Salihin by Imam Al-Nawawi Ch.183 #1016
  6. ^ Fath al Qadir 5/257, Sahihul Jamiea 1/680, Tabrani in Al-Awsat & Ibn Mardawaith
  7. ^ Al-Tabarani
  8. ^ Sahihul Jamiea 1/680, Abu Abdullah al-Hakim Nishapuri - Al-Mustadrak alaa al-Sahihain 2/498 & Al-Nasa'i
  9. ^ Ahmad, Tirmidhi and Sunan al-Darimi
  10. ^ At-Tirmithi, An-Nasa’i. See also Al-Albani, Sahihul-Jami ’ As-Saghir 4/255]
  11. ^ [Hakim, al-Hisnul Haseen by the cassical scholar Muhammad al-Jazri
  12. ^ at-Tirmidhi
  13. ^ Mishkat al-Misbah
  14. ^ Al-Nasa'i
  15. ^ [Sahih at-Targhib wat-Tarhib, no. 1475]
  16. ^ (Mustadrak al-Haakim vol.2 pg.498). Abu Abdullah al-Hakim Nishapuri has classified this narration as Saheeh (authentic) and Haafiz Zahabiy has confirmed this.
  17. ^ Qurtubi
  18. ^ Imam Malik's Muwatta Chapter No: 15, The Quran, Hadith no: 19 Narrated by Imam Malik

External links[edit]

  • Surah Al-Mulk (Complete text in Arabic with English and French translations)

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