Surah 36. Ya-Sin

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Period of Revelation

This Surah was revealed during the last stage of the Prophet's residence at Makkah.

Major Issues, Divine Laws and Guidance
  1. Al-Qur'an is revealed by Allah to warn people and establish a charge-sheet against the disbelievers.
  2. Allah has created all things in pairs.
  3. The day, night, sun and moon; all are being regulated by Allah.
  4. Scenes from the Day of Judgement:
  5. Allah's greetings to the residents of Paradise.
  6. Allah's address to the criminal sinners.
  7. Hands and feet shall bear witness.
  8. All human beings shall be raised back to life again on the Day of Judgement for accountability of their deeds.
Theme

The object of this discourse is to warn the unbelievers about the consequences of not believing in the Prophethood of Muhammad (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) and of resisting and opposing it with tyranny, ridicule and mockery. Arguments are also given about Tawhid (the Oneness of God), Risalat Prophethood) and the Hereafter from the signs of the universe and the use of common sense.

Imam Ahmed, Abu Daud, Nasai, Ibn Majah and Tabarani have related on the authority of Sayyiduna Ma'qil bin Yasar that the Prophet said: "Surah Ya-Sin is the heart of The Qur'an." This is similar to describing the Surah Al-Fatiha as the Umm-al-Qur'an (the essence or core of the Qur'an), because Al-Fatiha contains the sum and substance of the teaching of the whole Qur'an. Surah Ya-Sin has been called the throbbing heart of the Qur'an because it presents the message of the Qur'an in a most forceful manner which breaks the inertness and stirs the spirit of man to action. Imam Ahmed has also related that the Prophet said: "Recite Surah Ya-Sin to the dying ones among you." The objective is to refresh the dying person's memory about Islam and also bring before him a complete picture of the Hereafter so that he may know what stages he will have to pass after crossing the stage of this worldly life. In view of this, it would be desirable that, along with the recitation of the Surah Ya Sin, its translation is also read for the benefit of the person who does not know Arabic so that the purpose of the admonition is duly fulfilled.

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