Surah Al-Mulk has great importance
This Surah is ‘Blessed is He (Allah) in Whose Hand (there is nothing like him) is the dominion, And He is capable of everything. This Surah only benefits you by reciting it, then acting upon it, but if he recites it, and does not act; do not benefit him. Because the Prophet (peace, and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: The Qur’an is a proof for you or proof against you.
Then if he recites the Qur’an, or he recites Surah as Al-Kahf or Al-Mulk and can’t enjoin the correct and forbidding of what Allah Almighty said in the surah. So the Qur’an will not be a proof for him, but rather proof against him for what he lost.
The believer is obligated to strive in obedience to Allah and His Messenger while doing what Allah has legislated of reciting the Qur’an while hastening to good and supererogatory deeds, but he strives to fulfill his duty and abandon disobedience.
It had a hadith indicating its virtue, as follows:
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying, “There is a Surah in the Qur’an which contains thirty Ayat which keep interceding for a man until his sins are forgiven. This Surah is ‘Blessed is He in Whose Hand(there is nothing like him) is the dominion.’ (Surah Al-Mulk 67).”
[At-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud].
What is meant by this is that a person recites it every night, acts according to its rulings, and believes in what it says. The true believer is the one who tries to understand and reflect on the Qur’an and act upon what is in the surah so that he benefits from the Qur’an. The Qur’an will be his intercessor on the Day of Resurrection. As much as the believer strives to recite the Qur’an, the reward will be.
‘Abdallah b. ‘Amr reported Allah’s Messenger as saying, “Fasting and the Qur’an intercede for a man. Fasting says, ‘O my Lord, I have kept him away from his food and his passions by day, so accept my intercession for him.’ The Qur’an says, ‘I have kept him away from sleep by night, so accept my intercession for him.’ Then their intercession is accepted.”
Baihaqi transmitted it in Shu’ab al-iman.
Surah Al-Mulk is one of the Makkan surahs [i.e., revealed during the Makkan period, before the Hijrah].
And the surah opens with what indicates the ultimate perfection of Allah, which the polytheists have fabricated when they attributed to Allah Almighty partners.
So, Surah Al-Mulk can teach us:
- Meditation and contemplation of the kingdom of Allah Almighty. “ Blessed is He in whose hand(there is nothing like him) is the dominion, and He is over all things competent”
- The world is a place of testing. “ He is the One who created life and death”
- What matters is the best in deeds, not the most. “ to test which of you is best in deeds”
- That Allah Almighty does not punish anyone with fire except after warning him in this world. “ Every time a group is cast into it, its keepers will ask them,” Did a warner not come to you?”
- That bad endings begin with a person surrendering his mind to others without thinking. “ And they will say, “If only we had been listening or reasoning, we would not be among the companions of the Blaze.”
- Confessing guilt in this world benefits the one who commits it, but in the hereafter, it is not. “ And so they will confess their sins. So away with the residents of the Blaze!”
- What you hide in yourself, even if it is a thought; Allah knows her. “ He surely knows best what is ˹hidden˺ in the heart.”
- We think and contemplate the birds and they’re not falling. “ the birds above them with wings outspread”
- If Allah withholds a blessing from you, no one can give it but Him. “ Say, “Consider this: if your water were to sink ˹into the earth˺, then who ˹else˺ could bring you flowing water?”