Surah al-Ikhlas and Monotheism in Islam

Surah al-Ikhlas is the 112th Surah of the Quran. It gives the concept of Monotheism in Islam. Surah al-Ikhlas asserts the fact that Allah is the Only One truly worthy of worship. This Surah further stresses the concept of Oneness of Allah, as well as His Being and His Attributes.

This post provides English translation of Surah al-Ikhlas in the form of images, along with a short summary and Tafsir of the Surah.

Surah al-Ikhlas and Monotheism in Islam

Virtues and Importance of Surah al-Ikhlas

Numerous narrations from Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) are cited in Ahadith which refer to the extraordinary greatness of Surah al-Ikhlas.  In fact, the importance of this Surah is such that on different occasions, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) stated that recitation of this Surah is equivalent to the one-third of the Quran.

Reciting Surah al-Ikhlas is a medium for attaining the Love of Allah. Also, the recitation of this Surah carries numerous other rewards for the believers, and it can serve as a means for seeking the Forgiveness of Allah.

Thus, this Surah is loaded with immense reward, merit, status and importance.

Surah al-Ikhlas — in Pictures

It is a very short Surah, consisting of just four verses. The following section offers the English translation of the Surah, verse by verse.

Ayah 01

The Quran Surah al-Ikhlas Verse 01

Ayah 02

The Quran Surah al-Ikhlas Verse 02

Ayah 03

The Quran Surah al-Ikhlas Verse 03

Ayah 04

The Quran Surah al-Ikhlas Verse 04


The first verse of Surah al-Ikhlas negates partnership with Allah in every sense, whether it concerns His Self or Attributes. Being Unique is a fundamental Attribute of Allah. He is One, He has no equal.

The second verse signifies that Allah is the One on Whom all depend. It is Him on Whom the whole world is dependent for fulfillment of its needs, while He is in need of no one.

The third verse states that Allah was not born, nor did He give birth. This verse is an answer to those polytheists and idolaters who wrongfully ascribe partners and even propose children for Him (may Allah forgive us all). No offspring came out of Him nor did He come out of anything. There is no other deity that can be ascribed as a partner to Him.

The final verse proclaims the Uniqueness of Allah and His Attributes. He has no equal, and there is nothing like Him or similar to Him. There is none in the entire universe, nor ever was, nor ever can be, that is similar to Allah. Nothing and no one can even remotely resemble Him in His Attributes in any manner.

Even though Surah al-Ikhlas is one of the shortest Surahs of the Quran, it is still one of the most profound! To sum it up, this Surah outlines the foundations of Faith and Monotheism in Islam.


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