Surah Al Asr

Pronunciation

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem

  1. Wal’ asr
  2. Innal insaana lafee khusr
  3. Il lal lazeena aamanu wa ‘amilus saali haati wa tawa saw bil haqqi wa tawa saw bis sabr

When to Read

Recite before leaving a gathering.

Translation

  1. By (the Token of) Time (through the ages),
  2. Verily Man is in loss,
  3. Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy.

Hadith or Benefit

With regard to reciting Surah al-‘Asr before leaving a gathering, there is a report which indicates that this was the practice of the Sahabah (may Allah be pleased with them). It was narrated that Abu Madeenah al-Darimi said: When two men among the companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) met, they did not part until one of them recited to the other: 1. “By al‑‘Asr (the time). 2. Verily, man is in loss” [i.e., Surah al-‘Asr], then one would say salam to (greet) the other. Narrated by Abu Dawood (no. 417); al-Tabarani in al-Mu’jam al-Awsat (5/215); al-Bayhaqi in Shu’ab al-Eeman (6/501), via Hammad ibn Salamah, from Thabit al-Banani, from Abu Madeenah al-Darimi. Classed as saheeh by al-Albani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah (2648)