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Sura al-Waqi'a

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This article is an introduction to the Sura al-Waqi'a; to read its text see text:Sura al-Waqi'a.
Sura al-Waqi'a
al-Rahman← →al-Hadid
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Sura Number 56
Juz' 27
Revelation Number 46
Makki/Madani Makki
Verse Count 96
Word Count 370
Letter Count 1756

Sūra al-Wāqiʿa, (Arabic: سورة الواقعه) is the fifty sixth sura of the Qur'an. It is a Makki sura located in juz' twenty seven. Al-Waqi'a is one of the names of resurrection and is mentioned in the first verse of this sura.

Sura al-Waqi'a is about the resurrection and its events. It divides people to the three groups of People of the Right Hand (Ashab al-Yamin), People of the Left Hand (Ashab al-Shimal) and the Foremost (al-Sabiqun) and speaks about the position and rewards or punishments of each group. It is mentioned in commentaries that the perfect example of the third group, the Foremost, is Imam Ali (a) who preceded others in believing in the Prophet Muhammad (s).

Many merits are mentioned for recitation of this sura, including that about whoever recites this sura, it will be written that he is not among the ignorant.


  • Naming

This sura is called al-Waqi'a because it is among the names of the Resurrection and mentioned in its first verse.[1]

  • Place and Order of Revelation

Sura al-Waqi'a is a Makki sura. It was the forty sixth sura revealed to the Prophet (s). In the current order of the Qur'an, it is fifty sixth sura