Gems from the Holy Quran



The holy Quran is a complete guideline for all matters of life. ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala declared it to be a light towards the path of righteousness for those who believe in it. Not only the holy book is a means of communication to the Muslim ummah, at numerous places ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala addressed the whole of mankind by using Al-Nas, meaning people.

ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala calls people towards the path of virtue and sinlessness by

“O humankind (al-Nās), worship your Lord, who created you and those before you, that you may become righteous” [Quran, 2:21]

All surahs of the Holy book invite people to the noble religion of Islam and show the power no one else possesses other than HIM. Each verse of the Holy Quran is perfect and covers all the life subjects that humankind needs guidance. Quran guided the Arabs about the code of life they were unaware of. Pardah (Covering), Masawaat (equality), and Ukhuwwat (brotherhood) are among the first fundamental notions of a good life presented to the Arabs by Islam. Whereas before Islam, they led a life of ignorance with no such concepts.

Each Surah is equally beautiful and carries its particular message. However, here are some names that particularly touch a Muslim’s heart.

The five gems of the holy Quran are the following Surahs

  1. Al-Fateha
  2. Al-Baqarah
  3. Al-Rahman
  4. Yaseen
  5. Al-Kahf

Surah Al-Fateha

As soon as you open the holy Quran, Surah Al-Fateha is the first Surah you see. Although Surah Al-Fateha was not the first verse revealed to Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. The Surah is a short dua consisting of 7 verses and an essential part of namaz as well. It tells us that ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala is the most beneficial and the most merciful. And he is the master of the day of judgment. In this dua, we look up to ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala for his guidance and pray to him to bestow his blessings. Surah Al-Fateha is a prayer to ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala, asking to be blessed with the path of those he loved and not those who welcomed his anger. May ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala keep all of us on the right way! (Ameen)

Surah Al-Baqarah

Surah Al-Baqarah is the second Surah of the Holy Quran and the longest one with 286 verses. The Surah holds significant importance as it showed how ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala is aware of all our intentions. The Surah begins with Verses translating to “This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah.” ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala explained about the three types of people in this Surah:

  • Those who believe in the unseen and trust Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and the holy scripture. They are the true believers.
  • Those who do not believe in ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala’s message and what HIS messengers tell them. They deny them and carry on with their ill-faiths. They will be in loss in the world and hereafter.
  • Lastly, the third group that acts just like the group of people they sit with. They act like believers while sitting with Muslims and curse them when seated with the non-believers. They try to be on both sides and are hypocrites. There is no space for Hypocrites in Islam, and they will not benefit either.

Various subjects like Fasting, Hajj, charity, divorce, and other prophets are also discussed in the Surah. It gives quite a detailed insight into several crucial topics of life.

Surah Al-Rahman

Rahman, meaning the most gracious, is one of the attributes of ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala, and that is also explained in this 78-versed surah.

Surah Al-Rahman, called the Bride of the Quran, depicts that the power of ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala is endless and how HE created the whole of this universe.

HE tells how enormous the world is and how intricate are the details of everything made. And then asks, “Fabi’ayyi Aalayi Rabbikum’a Tukazziba’an (And which of the favors of your Lord will you deny). While reciting the Surah, you realize how you are just a little part of this enormous galaxy and many others.

Listening to this beautiful Surah brings peace of mind and is also shifa (healing).

ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala promised rewards for the pious and indicated that Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam is the last Prophet of ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala for all the humans and jinns, too.

Surah Yaseen

Just like everything has a heart, the heart of Quran Kareem is Surah Yaseen. It compiles all the essential factors and beliefs as a Muslim. Surah Yaseen explains the truth of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the holy Quran, and the messengers of ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala sent to people in different eras.

It also carries details about the day of judgment and death and the matters of virtue.

Martyrdom and Jihad are also the main subjects of this Surah. Reciting the Surah gives us a conclusion of all the basic subjects of Islam and the Quran.

Reciting Surah Yaseen holds a lot of rewards as expressed in this hadith

“Whoever recites Yaseen once, Allah will record the reward of reciting the Quran ten times.” [Tirmidhi 2812/A].

Surah Al-Kahf

Surah Al-Kahf is the 69th Surah in the Holy Quran by order of the revelation of verses. A few years before Hijrah to Madina, in order to answer the reservations of Mushrikeen-e-Makkah (non-believers in Makkah), Prophet Muhammad SAW recited the first ayyats of Surah Al-Kahf.

The Surah has a few stories to clear the doubts of Mushrikeen and the allegations they put. It shows that ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala helps those who ask for help and protection, in a way no one has ever seen.

Surah Al-Kahf has a special significance on Friday.

That said, the person who recites Surah Al-Kahf will have a Holy Light until next friday.

Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said,

“Whoever reads Surah al-Kahf as it was revealed, there will be a light for him on the Day of Resurrection.” [al-Sunan al-Kubrá 5856]


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