Surah al-Inshirah: Peace and Solace for Troubled Hearts

Surah al-Inshirah, meaning “Solace” or “Comfort”, is the 94th Surah of The Quran. It is also known as Surah ash-Sharh, literally, “The Opening-up of the Heart”.

As the name suggests, Surah al-Inshirah thematically deals with comforting and offering solace to believers. It is believed to have been revealed in Mecca, during the early days of Islam — that was a period of great difficulty, as people were still hostile to the Message of Islam, and to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in particular. As such, Surah al-Inshirah came as a Word of Encouragement from Allah (SWT) to the Prophet (PBUH) and his Ummah.

This Surah repeats the verse “Verily, with hardship, comes ease.” twice, effectively implying that for each difficulty faced by us, Allah sends us twice the relief or reward.

Surah al-Inshirah in Arabic

It is a small Surah, consisting of just eight Ayahs. Here is the full Arabic text of Surah al-Inshirah:

Surah al-Inshirah in Arabic

English Translation

And now, the English translation of Surah al-Inshirah (by Sahih International):

  1. Did We not expand for you, (O Muhammad), your breast?
  2. And We removed from you your burden
  3. Which had weighed upon your back
  4. And raised high for you your repute.
  5. For indeed, with hardship (will be) ease.
  6. Indeed, with hardship (will be) ease.
  7. So when you have finished (your duties), then stand up (for worship).
  8. And to your Lord direct (your) longing.

Surah al-Inshirah in Pictures

Now, we are presenting each verse of Surah al-Inshirah as a separate image. Feel free to share these with your family and friends.

Ayah 01

Surah al-Inshirah / Surah ash-Sharh

Ayah 02

Surah al-Inshirah / Surah ash-Sharh

Ayah 03

Surah al-Inshirah / Surah ash-Sharh

Ayah 04

Surah al-Inshirah / Surah ash-Sharh

Ayah 05

Surah al-Inshirah / Surah ash-Sharh

Ayah 06

Surah al-Inshirah / Surah ash-Sharh

Ayah 07

Surah al-Inshirah / Surah ash-Sharh

Ayah 08

Surah al-Inshirah / Surah ash-Sharh


The verse “With difficulty comes relief” is quite popular among younger Muslims, especially in the light of the depressing and trying times of today’s world. The Quran in itself is the single biggest source of motivation for any believer, and Surah al-Inshirah is one such example.

Considering the fact that this particular Surah is comparatively smaller in size, it can easily be memorized, especially by those who have recently reverted to Islam and Arabic may not be their first language.

You can find more images based on this Surah on this page.

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Text by Sufyan bin Uzayr / Images by Tarannum Afrin


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