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Sura al-'Adiyat

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Sura al-'Adiyat
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Sura Number 100
Juz' 30
Revelation Number 14
Makki/Madani ?
Verse Count 11
Word Count 40
Letter Count 169
This article is an introduction to the Sura al-'Adiyat; to read its text see text:Sura al-'Adiyat.

Sura al-ʿAdīyāt (Arabic: سورة العادیات, the chargers) or Wa l-'Adiyat (Arabic: سورة والعادیات) is 100th sura and among short suras of the Qur'an which has 11 verses and begins with oath. The name of the sura is adopted from its first verse and means "chargers". There is a disagreement on whether this sura is Makki or Madani. It is located in juz' 30 of the Qur'an.

Sura al-'Adiyat speaks about those who strive, resurrection on the Judgement Day and ingratitude of human being. About the merits of recitation, it has been mentioned that whoever recites the Sura al-'Adiyat and makes a habit of reciting it, God will resurrect him to accompany Imam Ali (a) on the Judgment Day and he will be among the companions and friends of Imam Ali (a).


Names and the Cause of Naming

This sura is called al-'Adiyat (chargers); because in its first verse, God has sworn upon them and has spoken about them. This sura is also called "Wa l-'Adiyat", because the sura begins with it. Al-'Adiyat is the plural form of the word "'adiya" from the root of "'adw" originally meaning "passing and separating". Here, it means "charging and quick running".

Order and Place of Revelation

There is a disagreement on whether this sura is Makki or Madani. Tafsir-i nimuna has regarded it Madani and Muhammad Hadi Ma'rifat has considered it Makki. According to Ayatullah Ma'rifat, this is the 14th sura revealed to the Prophet (s), i.e. after the Sura al-'Asr (Qur'an 103) and before Sura al-Kawthar (Qur'an 108). Sura al-'Adiyat is now 100th sura in the compilation of the Qur'an, located in juz' 30.

Number of Verses and Words

Sura al-'Adiyat has 11 verses, 40 words, and 169 letters and regarding size, it is among mufassalat suras which are short suras of the Qur'an. Sura al-'Adiyat is among suras which begin with oaths.


This sura begins with describing those who strive on the way of God. It then illustrates the battle field and mentions human's ingratitude against his Lord and his stinginess due to his excessive desire for property and affiliation to the world. It also reminds about the events on the Judgment Day.

Content of Sura al-'Adiyat[1]
Ways of the treatment of human's indolence in servitude of God
First solution: verses 1-8
Observation of the strivers on the way of God and their efforts
Second solution: verses 9-11
Mentioning the revelation of inner reality of human being in the hereafter
First point: verses 1-5
Swearing to the strivers on the way of God
First point: verses 9-10
Disclosing the inner reality of human being in the hereafter
Second point: verses 6-8
Intentional delay on the way of servitude of God
Second point: verse 11
God's knowledge about human's heart

Occasion of Revelation

It is narrated that this sura was revealed after the battle of Dhat al-Salasil. In 8/629-30, the Prophet (s) was informed that 12 thousand mounted soldiers were gathered in the land of Yabis and made a covenant not to give up efforts until they kill the Prophet (s) and Imam Ali (a) and disunite the Muslim community. The noble Prophet (s) sent many of his companions to them, but they returned with no result after some discussions. Finally, the Prophet (s) sent Ali (a) with a great group of the Immigrants and the Helpers to fight them. The army of Muslims quickly moved toward the enemy. They walked the night and in the morning besieged the enemy. They first offered Islam to them, but they did not accept it, so they attacked them, defeated them and took some of them as captives and took great amount of booties.

Before Imam Ali (a) and soldiers return to Medina, the Sura al-'Adiyat was revealed to the Prophet (s). The Prophet (s) recited this sura in the morning prayer that day. After the prayer, companions said, "we had not heard this sura before!" The Prophet (s) said, "Yes, Ali (a) won the enemies and Jibra'il (Gabriel) brought this sura to me last night as the good news." Some days later, Ali (a) entered Medina with great booties and captives.

Merits and Benefits

About the merits of its recitation, it was narrated from the Prophet (s) that whoever recites it, will be rewarded ten rewards for each one of the hajj pilgrims who stay (the night of Eid al-Adha) in Muzdalifa. It is narrated from Imam al-Sadiq (a) that whoever recites the Sura al-'Adiyat and makes a habit of reciting it, God will resurrect him to accompany Imam Ali (a) on the Judgment Day and he will be among Imam Ali's (a) companions and friends.

In the instruction of Ja'far al-Tayyar prayer, it is mentioned to recite Sura al-'Adiyat in the second rak'a after recitation of Sura al-Fatiha (Qur'an 2).


  1. Khamagar, Muhammad, Sakhtar-i suraha-yi Qur'an-i karim, Mu'assisa-yi Farhangi-yi Qur'an wa 'Itrat-i Nur al-Thaqalayn, Qom: Nashra, ed.1, 1392 Sh.