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Surah Nas: English Translation, Transliteration& Reason for Revelation

Surat Al-Nas includes an affirmation of the oneness of God Almighty. He is the One and Only Lord, who has no partner in the kingdom. Surah Nas is one of the short stories in the holy Quran located in the 30th chapter, also known as Juz Amma. It’s also the last surah in Quran after surah AL Falaq, and its number is 116.

Surah al nas was revealed in Mecca and consists of only six verses. And it has great significance in Quran as the prophet Mohammed urged his nation to recite it for its great virtues.

In this article, you’ll know the meaning of surah nas, why it was revealed, and its translation in English, besides other important details. Keep reading!

Surah nas
Surah nas

Introduction to Surah An Nas

  • Surah An-Nas is one of the surahs revealed to the Prophet. May God bless him and grant him peace in Makkah Al-Mukarramah. Therefore, Surat An-Nas is considered one of the Meccan surahs.
  • The number of verses in Surat An-Nas is six verses, and it’s ranked 114 in the Ottoman Qur’an and is located at the end of Part 30.
  • Surah An-Nas is also one of the short surahs, which has great virtues that we will mention later.
  • The order of Surat An-Nas according to revelation chronology is 21.
  • This noble Surah was revealed after Surat Al-Falaq. Surah An-Nas and Surat Al-Falaq are called Al-Mawwadhatayn, by which the Muslim seeks refuge with Allah from all evils.
  • Surah al nas guides people on how to fortify themselves in the name of Allah glorious. Also, it’s a great resource for understanding the Qur’an and its teachings in a more comprehensive way.

Surah Nas Translation and Transliteration

Here are the verses of surah nas in English

 Say: “I seek refuge with (Allâh) the Lord of mankind,[1]    “The King of mankind -[2]  The God of mankind [3] From the evil of the retreating whisperer [4] Who whispers [evil] into the breasts of mankind [5]  Say: “I seek refuge with (Allâh) the Lord of mankind,[1]    “The King of mankind -[2]  The God of mankind [3] From the evil of the retreating whisperer [4] Who whispers [evil] into the breasts of mankind From among the jinn and mankind [6] .”

Read also: Surah kahf: why should you read it every Friday?

Surah Nas Transliteration

Qul a’oozu birabbin naas [1]  Malikin naas [2] Ilaahin naas –[3] Min sharril waswaasil khannaas [4] Allazee yuwaswisu fee sudoorin naas [5] Minal jinnati wannaas [6] (End Juz 30)

Listen to surah Al Nas by Mishary:

Why surah al nas is revealed?

Al-Wahadi has narrated, according to Tafseer scholars. Surah nas served as a protection for the prophet Mohammed from the magical spell cast on him by Labid ibn al-A’sam, a Jewish servant. This black magic caused him to feel ill for six months. However, there’s nothing in the books of al-Sihah al-Sittah, that proves this story.
Another story goes like that, people from the Quran harmed the prophet in his eye, so this surah was revealed to protect Mohammed from their evils.

Where surah Al Nas is Revealed?

Muslim Scholars had disputed the time when Surat Al-Nas was revealed. Some people see it’ as Meccan, and some think that, besides surah al Falaq, it was revealed in Al Madinah.

Scholars who think about the revelation of surah al nas in Al Madinah link it to the story of Labid bin Al-A’sam, the Jewish magician, that occurred in Medina.

However, several commentators denied this story, such as Muhammad Al-Tahir bin Ashour who said that it’s Meccan, while Ibn Kathir Al-Dimashqi and Al-Suyuti said it was revealed in Madinah.
surah nas recite it after each prayer

The Virtues of Reciting Surah Al Nas

This surah has great significance in the Quran since it exorcises the devil spirits and purifies Muslims’ souls and bodies. For those reasons, Prophet Mohamed used to recite it along with surah al Dalaq to fortify himself against satan’s whispers. Also, reciting for children is desirable to defend them against any possible harm. Also, it’s a cure for the ill and possessed people.

‘A’isha reported that when Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) fell ill, he recited over his body Mu’awwidhatan and blew over him, and when his sickness was aggravated, I used to recite over him and rub him with his band with the hope that it was more blessed.

For its great virtues, Prophet Mohammed urged his nation to recite it three times in the morning and likewise in the evening as this hadith below narrates:

Abdullah b. Khubaib said: We went out one rainy and intensely dark night to look for God’s messenger, and when we caught up on him he said to me, “Say.” I asked him what I was to say, and he replied, “If you recite ‘Say, He is God, One’ and al-Mu’awidhatān (The last 3 sūras of the Qur’ān) three times morning and evening, they will serve you for every purpose.”

There is no hadith about reciting surah al Ikhlas al Falaq & An Nas 100 times or a specific number of times. However, in sunna, surah nas, and surah Falaq were read for fortifying the soul and asking Allah for refuge away from the devils of people and jinn.

Read also: Surah Asr: Translation, Meaning, Importance & Time of Revelation

surah nas a fortification of all devils
surah nas a fortification of all devils

Surah Al Nas Meaning

  • Surat Al-Nas includes an affirmation of the oneness of God Almighty, and He is the One and Only Lord, who has no partner in his kingdom.
  • God, Glory be to Him, is the Lord of people, their Creator, their King who plans and governs all of their affairs.
  • Since God, Glory be to Him, is our God, our Master, and the Controller of our affairs, we should seek refuge in him to secure us from any evil or harm, and don’t seek out anyone else, for he alone can protect us from all evils.
  • This surah includes seeking refuge from the demons from mankind or the jinn. The demons of the jinn are casting whispers into the chest of a person and tempting him to disobey Allah’s teachings and commit sins.
  • As for human demons, they are the ones who incite the good Muslim, seducing him to fall into sins and disobedience.

surah al nas in Arabic

  Aya-6.pngقُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ النَّاسِ Aya-1.png مَلِكِ النَّاسِ Aya-2.png إِلَهِ النَّاسِ Aya-3.png مِنْ شَرِّ الْوَسْوَاسِ الْخَنَّاسِ Aya-4.png الَّذِي يُوَسْوِسُ فِي صُدُورِ النَّاسِ Aya-5.png مِنَ الْجِنَّةِ وَالنَّاسِ 

When to read al nas surah?

Surah An-Nas and Surat Al-Falaq are the two surahs Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace, had urged people to read. But there’re specific times when it’s preferable to read them.

Before sleeping

when getting up in the morning, as well as in the evening

after the afternoon prayer and before sunset. (Azkar)

After prayer
 (‘Uqba b. ‘Amir said that God’s Messenger ordered him to recite al-Mu’awwidhat* after every prayer. and al-Mu’awwidhat is surah al Falaq and Al Nas).

 Muslims should fortify themselves and their children by reading it any time.

Also, you can read it for the sick and the bewitched people.

Surah nas Tafseer

here is the tasfeer of surah nas verse by verse.

Verse 1:

Surah nas

In this verse, Allah addresses his prophet Mohammed and orders him to fortify himself and seek refuge in Allah, the creator of the universe and the lord of all the people.

Verse 2:

Surah nas 2

In this verse, Allah describes himself as the king of the people, the ruler of all the world who initiates and maps out everything. No one is mightier nor bigger than him.

Verse 3:

Surah nas 3

In this verse, the Quran says that Allah is the mighty God who has no partner in his kingdom and to whom all creatures glorify his name.

Verse 4:

Surah nas 4

In this verse, Allah ordered Mohammed – and all Muslims – to fortify themselves by seeking Allah’s refuge and protection from all harms of the devils. And the devil is described in two words:

الوسواس: meaning he whispers to the Muslim and incites them to commit sins and disobey the orders of Allah

الخنّاس: an adjective derived from the verb خنس to describe the one who’s late always, and in the context of the devil, it indicates he disappears or hides away when he hears the name of Allah.

Verse 5:

Surah nas 5

It continues the same meaning as the devil’s whispers and tempts the Muslims to deviate from the right course.

Verse 6:

Surah nas 6

The diabolical whispers might be from jinn or people. الجنّة means jinn, and they come before the people as they’re the origin of all whispers.

Al Hassan Al Basri differentiates between the whispers of jinn and people as jinn’s whispers are hidden and felt by heart (they’s are the evil ideas that hit Muslim’s minds with no alarm. But people’s whispers are obvious and explicit as people, contrary to jinn, are seen.


Surah nas is one of the Quranic surahs with many virtues for Muslims. It consists of only six verses that imply a confirmation of the power of Allah, the lord of all creatures, the ruler of everything, and the one who should seek his protection from all the harms of people and jinn.

So, Recite surah al nas each morning and evening to secure yourself from the whispers of the devils and people.

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