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Surah Qariah

What Is The Message Of Surah Qariah? All of us know that there will be consequences for our actions. “What comes around, goes around.”, for this sake, we have to behave well in this life to get rewarded in the afterlife.

Surah Qariah ( Arabic: سورة القارعة ) awesomely delivers this message; when we are resurrected to be judged by Allah on the Day Of Judgement, we will feel lost, going here and there for fear of meeting Allah by carrying our sins above our shoulders.

So if you were good in this life, you will be rewarded by Allah with his prize of entering his paradise. But if you behave badly, Allah forbids, you will be punished forever after judgment in the hellfire.

Al Qariah meaning

The concept behind Al Qariah’s significance lies in its unique linguistic depth within the Holy Quran. At the time of Islam’s revelation, the Arab populace, renowned for their mastery of language, engaged in frequent poetic competitions to showcase their linguistic prowess.

Allah, in His infinite wisdom, presented challenges to various communities, tailored to their areas of expertise, as a means of validating the authenticity of the messages conveyed by His prophets.

In the case of the Arabs, Allah utilized the Holy Quran to introduce linguistic intricacies, previously unfamiliar even to the most erudite of their poets and scholars. This deliberate complexity served as incontrovertible evidence of Prophet Muhammed’s (PBUH) divine mission, especially considering his illiteracy. How could he, unaided, have produced such linguistically sophisticated content?

The term “Qariah,” a prime example of these linguistic complexities, denotes “Calamity,” “Catastrophe,” or “Striking.” It stands as a linguistic challenge, synonymous with “Doomsday” or the “Resurrection Day,” designed to test the depths of their linguistic comprehension and expertise.

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Surah Qariah meaning

According to our actions, we will be judged after escalation from death. Many of us always forget this fact because we are deeply immersed in this life and its affairs.

Surah Al Qariahal qariah mal qariah ) is giving us a clear warning to remember Judgement Day to be Judged by Allah as the justest.

Allah has sworn by Qariah 3 times in the 1st 3 Verses (Ayat) in Al Qariah surah, and when Allah swears by something in the Holy Quran, his oath indicates the importance of what he had sworn by.

Qariah” means the “Calamity” or the “Striking” in Arabic and it is an indication of “The DoomsDay” or “The Day Of Resurrection”, as Allah had given the doomsday many names in the Holy Quran. “Qariah” is one of them.

After swearing with the doomsday 3 times, Allah is giving us a picture of how we will look after being resurrected from our graves; we “Humans” will look like the “Lost Butterflies”, going here and there aimlessly. Our fear will take control of us on this horrible day.

Allah continues to describe the picture of this heavy day and how the great strong “Mountains” will be like “Fluffy Wool” that wind will blow it away.

Everybody will be on his own, thinking of himself and how his end will be, forgetting anything about his family, friends, and even his children.

Allah is saying that in the “Qariah”, there will be a fair scale that will precisely weigh Man’s work, actions, and deeds.

If the accumulation of your work results is heavy on this scale, you will get an endlessly happy life dwelling in paradise.

But if the accumulation of your work results is lite on the scale, the hellfire will claim you as the mother claims her own child, and it will be an extremely hot hellfire.

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Where was Surah Qariah revealed?

According to the contextual background studied by the Muslim scholars, Sura Qariah was revealed in Mecca. Scholars identified this because of its composition characteristics and structure. Suras of this period are characterized by being short with short verses. In addition to Al Qariah’s structure, scholars were certain that Qariah was revealed in Mecca because of the meaning and the message it conveyed. Like most Meccan surahs, it gives a warning to Quraysh leaders and people of doomsday and what it will look like.

When was Surah Qariah revealed?

Regarding the revelation time, Most Muslim scholars have agreed on the certain chronological order of revelation of Quran Surahs.

From studying the structure of “Qariah”, they identified that it was revealed in periods ranging from 613 to 615 AD. approximately due to the characteristics of its shortness, shortness of its verses, meaning, and that it had been named after the 1st word in its 1st Verse “Qariah” as many Meccan suras.

Why was surah qariah revealed?

Muslim scholars narrated that Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) hadn’t mentioned the reason for the revelation of Qariah Surah, but they had introduced a probable reason according to the meanings contained inside it. The probable reason mentioned that Suratul Qariah was revealed is to remind “Quraish” and the whole of mankind of doomsday and how horrible it will be, how they will look like and act after being resurrected, how weak they will be in front of Allah’s great power. It is a warning for those who have sight and hearing to be rational and repent to Allah, ask his forgiveness, and do good deeds before it is too late.

Is Surah Al Qariah Makki or Madani?

Surah Alqariah (Arabic: القارعة), (English: The Shocker, The Catastrophe, The Calamity), is the 101st chapter in the Holy Quran, with 11 Verses (Ayat) and 36 Words and is located in Part No.30 (The Last Part) of the Holy Quran.

Surah Qariah is a Makki surah, revealed in the early ages of receiving the message of Allah by Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) when he was sent to his people in Mecca, a long time before he migrated to Madina with his companions.

What is the main theme of Surah Al Qariah?

The Holy Quran is composed of 114 Chapters (Surah), and every surah is introduced uniquely according to its structure and the meanings it holds.

Surah Qariah has its theme that differs it from other surahs of the Quran.

First of all, Surah Al Qariah opens with an oath from Allah swearing by The “Qariah” which is a name given to The Day Of Resurrection meaning The Catastrophe or The Shocker. Allah swears by The “Qariah” 3 times in the 1st 3 Verses (Ayat), to warn Mankind about the importance of this day so they can take it seriously.

Allah goes on through Al Qariah Surah describing how people will look like facing this horrible day. All people will be like lost butterflies floundering aimlessly from fear. Allah continues addressing mankind saying that the strong mountains will be like fluffy wool and that the wind will blow it away, so how about you weak people? Try to think wisely before taking your actions.

But Allah is calming his servants of the believers, reassuring them that if they come with good deeds and their scales are heavy, they will be living in endless bliss in Paradise.

On the contrary, the wrongdoers and the disbelievers whose scales are very light will face a terrifying end. The Abyss, which is the nickname of the Hellfire, will claim them for endless great torment, like the way a mother claims her children, for what they have done in their lives.

Suratul Qariah  Tafseer

In The Name Of Allah The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.


1- The Striking Calamity. (Allah is swearing by Al Qariah, which is a given name for the doomsday meaning)

مَا الْقَارِعَةُ 

2- “ What is the Striking Calamity?” (Allah is repeating his oath asking).

وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا الْقَارِعَةُ 

3-And what can make you know what the Striking Calamity is? (The repetition here is for highlighting its importance).

يَوْمَ يَكُونُ النَّاسُ كَالْفَرَاشِ الْمَبْثُوثِ 

4-It is the Day when people will be like dispersed moths.

وَتَكُونُ الْجِبَالُ كَالْعِهْنِ الْمَنْفُوشِ 

5-And the mountains will be like fluffed up wool.

فَأَمَّا مَنْ ثَقُلَتْ مَوَازِينُهُ 

6-Then as for one whose scales are heavy (with good deeds),

فَهُوَ فِي عِيشَةٍ رَاضِيَةٍ 

7-He will be in a pleasant life.

وَأَمَّا مَنْ خَفَّتْ مَوَازِينُهُ 

8-But as for one whose scales are light, 

فَأُمُّهُ هَاوِيَةٌ 

9-His refuge will be an abyss.

وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا هِيَهْ 

10-And what can make you know what that is?

نَارٌ حَامِيَةٌ 

11-It is a Fire, intensely hot.

Hadith on Surah Al Qariah

No certain Hadith was said by our beloved Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) about Surah Qariah, but by reading it, you will be rewarded by Allah like reading all other surahs of the Holy Quran.

Our Prophet Muhammed warned us to behave badly in this life to avoid the terrible destiny facing the wrongdoers and the disbelievers.

He once said:

“Guard yourselves against the Hellfire even if it is only with half a date fruit (given in charity); and if you cannot afford even that, you should at least say a good word.”

Al-Bukhari and Muslim.

  • Reference : Riyad As Salihin 692
  • Book No.1, Hadith 13

Surah qariah benefits

The Holy Quran is full of benefits and virtues. There are general benefits of reading the Quran that Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) told us about to make us keen on reading daily.

By reading the Holy Quran your soul will be enlightened, you will get closer to Allah, and be loved by Him. The more you read the more raise of rank you will get among Allah’s servants in life and the afterlife.

You will be rewarded 10 times and more for each letter you read.

It will prevent you from being punished and it will be your intercessor in front of Allah.

Al Qariah reciting in particular has its benefits:
A 1-A reminder of doomsday and what it will look like, and this will make us think a lot before taking any action and prevent us from behaving badly.

2-It mentions that the day of resurrection will be a terrifying day for mankind, so every individual has to increase his good deeds as much as he can.

3-Mountains will be like fluffed-up wool, so we the weak have to think a lot about our weakness in front of Allah’s greatness.

4-Our Judgement will be based on our scales, if our scales are heavy we will be rewarded, and if not we will be punished.

5-Believers and good-doers have to calm down when they know that Allah is the most merciful.

6-We have to trust Allah’s Judgement because He is the fairest.

surah al qariah in english

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
1. The Striking!
2. What is the Striking?
3. What shall Make thee know that which the Striking is?
4. A Day whereon mankind shall become as moths scattered,
5. And the mountains shall become as wool carded,
6. Then as for him whose balances are heavy,
7. He shall be in a life well-pleasing.
8. And as for him whose balances are light,
9. His dwelling shall be the Abyss.
10. And what shall make thee know that which she is?
11. A Fire is vehemently hot!

surah al qariah in roman english

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem

  1. Al qaari’ah

  2. Mal qaariah

  3. Wa maa adraaka mal qaari’ah

  4. Yauma ya koonun naasu kal farashil mabthooth

  5. Wa ta koonul jibalu kal ‘ihnil manfoosh

  6. Fa-amma man thaqulat mawa zeenuh

  7. Fahuwa fee ‘ishatir raadiyah

  8. Wa amma man khaffat mawa zeenuh

  9. Fa-ummuhu haawiyah

  10. Wa maa adraaka maa hiyah

  11. Naarun hamiyah

surah al qariah in Arabic 


بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
1. الْقَارِعَةُ
2. مَا الْقَارِعَةُ
3. وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا الْقَارِعَةُ
4. يَوْمَ يَكُونُ النَّاسُ كَالْفَرَاشِ الْمَبْثُوثِ
5. وَتَكُونُ الْجِبَالُ كَالْعِهْنِ الْمَنْفُوشِ
6. فَأَمَّا مَنْ ثَقُلَتْ مَوَازِينُهُ
7. فَهُوَ فِي عِيشَةٍ رَاضِيَةٍ
8. وَأَمَّا مَنْ خَفَّتْ مَوَازِينُهُ
9. فَأُمُّهُ هَاوِيَةٌ
10. وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا هِيَهْ
11. نَارٌ حَامِيَةٌ

memorizing surah al qariah

You can memorize surah al qariah using these simple steps:

  • Begin by reciting ayah (verse) after ayah. 

You read it carefully until you grasp what it means, then repeat it until you have caught all of the sentences.

Ayahs are frequently learned in a 20-minute session.

Then, try to get a sense of the rhythm. Pay close attention and then recite the entire text aloud.

  • Pronunciation may be improved by using an audio aid. 

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  • Revise daily

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Surah Qariah summary

Surah e Al-Qariah is a Makki surah sent by Allah to his Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) to deliver it and its meaning to Quraish leaders and Mecca residents to warn them about the Judgement Day when everyone will be on his own, no wealth, tribe, rank nor children will be useful. Only scales and how much they weigh will be the determinator of how your end shall be, either to heaven or in hell. You poor weak man have to think a lot when you know that even strong mountains will be blown up like dust. Nothing will protect you from Allah’s punishment if you come to Allah being an infidel, disbeliever, or wrongdoer.

But believers with good deeds have to trust Allah as he promised them to reassure them that they will live a pleasant life in paradise, unlike the disbelievers who will dwell in the hellfire suffering from pain, distress, and agony.

All these meanings are introduced through Verses (Ayat) of Qariah Surah

Verses 1-5 The Day Of Judgement is a Shocking Striking Day.

Verses 6-9 The doers and The Wrongdoers will be Judged according to how heavy their scales will weigh.

Verses 10,11 Description of the Abyss (The Hellfire) and how intensely hot it will be, claiming for the wrongdoers and the disbelievers.

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