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Sura 67 of the Quran
The Dominion
Other namesKingship
PositionJuzʼ 29 Tabāraka -lladhi
No. of Rukus2
No. of verses30
No. of words337
No. of letters1316

Sūrat al-Mulk (Arabic: سورة الملك‎, "Sovereignty, Kingdom") is the 67th chapter (surah) 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]


The first and foremost exegesis/tafsir of the Qur'an is found in hadith of Muhammad[3][4] and while hadith is literally "speech"; recorded saying or tradition of Muhammadﷺ validated by isnad; with sira these comprise the sunnah and reveal shariah and tafsir. Although scholars including ibn Taymiyyah claim that Muhammadﷺ has commented on the whole of the Qur'an, others including Ghazali cite the limited amount of narratives, thus indicating that he has commented only on a portion of the Qur'an.[5] In either the case, higher count of hadith elevates the importance of the pertinent surah from a certain perspective. This surah holds special place in the sayings as well as practices of Muhammadﷺ, which can be observed by these related ahadith.

  • Imam Ahmad recorded from Abu Hurayrah that Muhammadﷺ 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)'"[6][7][8]
  • Muhammadﷺ 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'[9]
  • Anas ibn Malik reported Muhammadﷺ as saying, "There is a Surah which will plead for its reciter till it causes him to enter paradise."[10]
  • Muhammadﷺ said, 'Surah al Mulk is the protector from the torment of the grave'[11]
  • 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).[12]
  • He used to recite Surah As-Sajdah and Surah Al-Mulk (in Arabic) before sleeping.[13]
  • Abdullah Ibn 'Abbas reported that Muhammadﷺ said, 'It is my desire/love that Surahtul Mulk should be in the heart of every Muslim'[14]
  • Ibn Abbas said that one of Muhammadﷺ'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 Muhammadﷺ who said, 'It is The Defender; it is The Protector which safeguards from Allah Ta'ala's Punishment'[15]
  • 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.'[16]
  • 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.[17][18]
  • Abdullah ibn Masud 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'.'
  • Abdullah ibn Masud further states, 'It is called, 'Al-maani'ah'. For it protects from the punishment of the grave.'[19]
  • Ibn Umar said that once that Muhammadﷺ 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."
  • 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.[20]

Placement & Coherence with other surahs[edit]

The idea of textual relation between the verses of a chapter has been discussed under various titles such as nazm and munasabah in non-English literature and coherence, text relations, intertextuality, and unity in English literature. Hamiduddin Farahi, an Islamic scholar of the Indian subcontinent, is known for his work on the concept of nazm, or coherence, in the Quran. Fakhruddin al-Razi (died 1209 CE), Zarkashi (died 1392) and several other classical as well as contemporary Quranic scholars have contributed to the studies.[21] This surah belongs to the last(7th) group of surahs which starts from Surah Al-Mulk (67) and runs till the end of the Quran. According to Javed Ahmad Ghamidi

The theme of this group is Warning the leadership of the Quraysh of the consequences of the Hereafter, and delivering glad tidings to Muhammad (sws) of the supremacy of the truth in Arabia. This theme gradually reaches its culmination through the arrangement of various surahs in this group.[22][23]

Phase From To Central theme
I Al-Mulk [Quran 67:1] Al-Jinn [Quran 72:1] Indhar (Warning)
II Al-Muzzammil [Quran 73:1] Al-Inshirah [Quran 94:1] Indhar-i ‘am (Augmented Warning)
III At-Tin [Quran 95:1] Quraysh (surah) [Quran 106:1] Itmam al-Hujjah (Conclusive Communication of the Truth)
IV Al-Ma'un [Quran 107:1] Al-Ikhlas [Quran 112:1] Hijrah and Bara’ah (Migration and Acquittal)
V Al-Falaq [Quran 113:1] Al-Nas [Quran 114:1] The Conclusion/The End


  1. ^ Al-Mulk at Sacred Texts
  2. ^ Guppy, Shusha, For the good of Islam The Observer, 15 December 1991
  3. ^ Tafsir#Muhammad
  4. ^ Şatibi, El-muvafakat
  5. ^ Muhsin Demirci, Tefsir Usulü, 120
  6. ^ [This Hadith was collected by At-Tirmidhi and the four Sunan Compilers. At-Tirmidhi said concerning it, "This is a Hasan Hadith.]
  7. ^ (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, p. 67-69 and Al-Mustadrak alaa al-Sahihain vol. 2, p. 498
  8. ^ Abu Dawood, Imam Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi, Riyad as-Salihin by Imam Al-Nawawi Ch.183 #1016
  9. ^ Fath al Qadir 5/257, Sahihul Jamiea 1/680, Tabrani in Al-Awsat & Ibn Mardawaith
  10. ^ Al-Tabarani
  11. ^ Sahihul Jamiea 1/680, Abu Abdullah al-Hakim Nishapuri - Al-Mustadrak alaa al-Sahihain 2/498 & Al-Nasa'i
  12. ^ Ahmad, Tirmidhi and Sunan al-Darimi
  13. ^ At-Tirmithi, An-Nasa'i. See also Al-Albani, Sahihul-Jami As-Saghir 4/255
  14. ^ [Hakim, al-Hisnul Haseen by the classical scholar Muhammadﷺ al-Jazri]
  15. ^ at-Tirmidhi
  16. ^ Mishkat al-Misbah
  17. ^ Al-Nasa'i
  18. ^ [Sahih at-Targhib wat-Tarhib, no. 1475]
  19. ^ (Mustadrak al-Haakim vol.2, p. 498). Abu Abdullah al-Hakim Nishapuri has classified this narration as Saheeh (authentic) and Haafiz Zahabiy has confirmed this.
  20. ^ Imam Malik's Muwatta Chapter No: 15, The Quran, Hadith no: 19 Narrated by Imam Malik
  21. ^ Hamiduddin Farahi, translated by Tariq Mahmood Hashmi (2008). Exordium to coherence in the Quran : an English translation of Fātiḥah Niẓām al-Qurʼān (1st ed.). Lahore: al-Mawrid. ISBN 9698799575.
  22. ^ Javed Ahmad Ghamidi
  23. ^!/quran-home

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