The Wisdom in Reciting Surah al-‘Aalaa and al-Ghaashiyah in the Friday Prayer: Sheikh al-Fawzan

In his response to a question posed about surah al-‘Aalaa [87], sheikh Saalih al-Fawzaan mentioned the following point of benefit:

شرع الله قِرَاءة (سَبِّحْ اسْمَ رَبِّكَ الأَعْلَى) و(هَلْ أَتَاكَ حَدِيثُ الْغَاشِيَةِ) في صلاة الجُمعة لأن في هاتين السورتين تذكيرًا للناس، وتنبيهًا للناس على ما أمامهم من الحِسابِ والجزاءِ والبعثِ والنُشور، ليستعدوا لذلك ولا يَنْسَاقوا مع الحياة الدُنيا وإنما ينتبهُون لآخرتهم ويستعدون لما أمامهم من الدار الباقية وعدم الانشغال بالدار الفانية وهذا مِن فضل الله علينا وعلى الناس أن الله يُنبِهُنا بما فيهِ خيرنا وصلاحنا وينهانا عما يضرنا هذا من رحمتهِ بنا وإحسانه إلينا فلهُ الحمد والمِنة وَصَلَّى الله وَسَلَمَ عَلَى نَبِينَا مُحَمد وَعَلَى آلِهِ وَصَحْبِهِ أَجْمَعِين .ـ

Allah legislated reciting surah al-‘Aalaa [87] along with surah al-Ghaashiyah [88] in the Friday prayer because these two surahs contain a reminder for the people and alert them to what lies ahead of them – that is, that they will be taken to account and recompensed for their deeds, and that they will be brought forth from the graves and raised up – in order that they might prepare themselves for it and not get carried away with this worldly life. All of this is so that they would be mindful of their hereafter and prepare for what lies ahead of them in that enduring life ahead, and so that they will not be distracted and busied by this current passing life.

This is all part of Allah’s favors towards us and towards mankind at large that He alerts us to what brings about good and rectification and forbids us from what will harm us. This comes from His mercy and goodness towards us – and all praise belongs to Him, and may Allah bestow His blessings and salutations upon our prophet, Muhammad, and upon his family and all of his companions.

[Taken from a Q&A on the sheikh’s website here]

See also: The Themes of Surah Qaaf and When to Recite it: Tafsir ibn Kathir

See also: The Arrangement of the Final Chapters of the Qur’an: Ibn Taymiyah

See also: Surahs Recited on Friday and Their Themes: Ibn al-Qayyim [Forthcoming, inshaAllaah]

See also: Regularly Reciting Specific Surahs: al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah

See also: What to Recite in the Prayers: Sheikh bin Baaz

See also: Overview of Surah al-Insaan: Ibn Taymiyah

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3 thoughts on “The Wisdom in Reciting Surah al-‘Aalaa and al-Ghaashiyah in the Friday Prayer: Sheikh al-Fawzan

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