Surah al-Kawthar: The Shortest Surah in The Quran

Surah al-Kawthar is the 108th Surah of The Quran. There is some difference of opinion among the scholars regarding the time and context of its Revelation. However, according to Ibn Ishaq, Surah al-Kawthar is a Meccan Surah, revealed sometime before the Isra and Mi’raj.

Surah al-Kawthar is the shortest chapter in The Quran, consisting of just three Ayahs or verses – even shorter than Surah al-Asr.

Shortest Surah in Quran

Surah al-Kawthar in Arabic

First, let us look at Surah al-Kawthar in Arabic (image courtesy of Muslim Memo):

Surah al-Kawthar in Arabic

English Translation

English translation of Surah al-Kawthar (by Abdullah Yusuf Ali):

  1. To thee have We granted the Fount (of Abundance).
  2. Therefore to thy Lord turn in Prayer and Sacrifice.
  3. For he who hateth thee, he will be cut off (from Future Hope).

Surah al-Kawthar in Pictures

Here is each verse of Surah al-Kawthar as a separate image. Feel free to share these with your family and friends.

Ayah 01

Surah al-Kawthar Verse 01

Ayah 02

Surah al-Kawthar Verse 02

Ayah 03

Surah al-Kawthar Verse 03


To quote the Tafsir of Surah al-Kawthar from Muslim Memo:

The term “Kawthar” is a descriptive case derived from the word “kathrat” which can be implied to mean ‘abundance’; that is, abundance of goodness, of spiritual benefits and blessings. Such abundance is unbounded and limitless.

Surah al-Kawthar tells us that the Rewards and Mercy of Allah are Limitless. We should remain steadfast in our prayers as Allah SWT is the Only One who can grant such abundance. There is no power greater than Allah, and any abundance of good that comes our way is from Allah Alone.

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Text by Sufyan bin Uzayr / Images by Tarannum Afrin

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