Short Surahs

Formal prayer is always recited in Arabic, therefore Muslims need to know some surahs for prayer. As a general rule of thumb, the final 20 or so verses in Qur’an are relatively short and therefore good for the new Muslim to start with memorizing. Below are a few to get you started.

Al Fatiha – roman script

Bismillah ir-Rahman-ir-Raheem
Al-hamdu-lillah ir Rabbil `alamin
Ar-Rahman ir-Raheem; Maliki yawmid-deen
Iyyakan’a buduwa ‘iyyaka nust’a`aeen
Siratal ladhina ‘an ‘amta ‘alayhim
Ghayril-maghdubi `alayhim wa la-dhaalleen.

Al Fatiha – Original

Al Fatiha

Al Fatiha – Interpretation

In the name of Allah (God), The Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful.
All praise belongs to Allah, the Lord (Who is the Creator, Sustainer and Guide) of all the worlds.
The Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful; Sovereign of the Day of Judgment.
Thee (alone) do we worship, and from thee (alone) we seek help.
Show us the straight Path, the Path of those (who fear Allah) and on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy blessings.
Not of those (committing wrongs deliberately) On whom Thou art angry, Nor of those who (Having wrong opinions) go astray.

Ayat ‘Al-Kursi’ – roman script

Allahu laa ilaahe illaa huval-hayul-kayuum,laa ta-huthuhu sinatuv- valaa naum, lahu maa fis-samaavaati va maa fil-ard, man thal-lathii yashfa’u ’indahu illaa bi ithnih, ya’lamu maa bayna aydi-him va maa halfahum va laa yuhituna bi sheyim-min ’ilmihi illa bi maa shaa’a, vasi’a kursiyuhu ssamaavati val-ard, va laa yauduhu hifzuhuma va huval-’aliyul-’aziim.

Ayat ‘Al-Kursi’Original

Ayat Al Kursi

Ayat ‘Al-Kursi’ – Interpretation

“Allah (God, the Lord)… There is no god except Him, Hayy al- Qayyum, Existing. He is not to be visited by the dream or the slumber. Everything in the welkin and at the Earth belongs to Him. Who comes to the defense before Him except according to His will!? He knows that has been and is to be. Nobody can know even a particle of His ilm except according to His will. The Welkin and the Earth are embraced by Kursi (Great Awrang) of Him, and He is not troubled with the worry of them [of all that is in our galactic system]. He is Allah [Supreme Being over all according to all characteristics], the Great [His dignity is boundless]!” (see Quran, the surah “Al-Bakara”, the ayat 225 (2:225)).

Al-Asr – roman script

Bismil-laahi rrahmaani rrahiim.
Val-’asr. Innal-insaana lafii husr. Illal-lathiyna aamanu va ’amilu ssaalihaati va tawaasaw bill-hakki va tawasaw bis-sabr.


Al Asr

Al-Asr – Interpretation

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. “I swear by declining day. Indeed everybody is at a loss, except those, who have accepted, carried on godly deeds, (good causes), commanded each other the veracity and maqam of sabr [humility for Allah, taking themselves away from the sin]” (see Quran, 103).

Al-Humaza – roman script

Vaylul-likulli humazatil-lumaza. Allathi djama’a maalav-va ’ad- dadah. Yahsabu anna maalahuu ahladah. Kallaa, layumbathanna fil- hutoma. Va maa adraaka mal-hutoma. Naarul-laahil-muukada. Allatii tattoli’u ’alal-af’ida. Innahaa ’alayhim mu’soda. Fin ’amadim- mumaddada.

Al-Humaza – Original

Al Humaza

Al-Humaza – Interpretation

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

“The recompense [of Jahannam abides] every accuser shooting holes. That, who amasses riches and recounts them. Does he think the riches memorize him?! No! He is to be casted down into “Al- Hutoma”. And do you know what “Al-Hutoma” means? It is a kindled flame of Allah [nethermost fire], which reaches the hearts [gradually burning them away and inflicting them unparalleled pain]. The Jahannam Gates are closed and there are bars at them [which never let them open]” (see Quran, 104).

Al-Fil – roman script

Bismil-laahi rrahmaani rrahiim.

Alyam tara kayfa fa’ala rabbuka bi ashaabil-fiil. Alam yadj’al kay- dahum fii tadliil. Va arsala ’alayhim tayran abaabiil. Tarmiihim bihid- jaratim-min sidjiil. Fa dja’alahum ka’asfim-ma’kuul.

Al-Fil – Original

Al Fil

Al-Fil – Interpretation

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

“Don’t you really see the way Allah treated the elephant owners?! Did not He turn their deception into illusion [Did not their intention end with smashup]?! And [Allah] sent to them [to the Abrahi troop] the birds of Ababil. They [birds] showered them with stones from burnt clay. And [Allah] turned them [soldiers] to the chewed grass”1 (see Quran, 105).

Al-Quraysh – roman script

Bismillah irrahman irraheem
La e-lah fee Qooraysh

E-lah fehim rihlatih sheetaahh ey wa sayf
Fell-ya boodoo Rubbaha dhel bayt
Al-ladhee a ta’amahoom min ju’aoo wa ah men-ahoom min khawf

Al-Quraysh Original

Al Quraysh

Al-Quraysh – Interpretation

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
For the covenants (of security and safeguard enjoyed) by the Quraish,
Their covenants (covering) journeys by winter and summer,-
Let them adore the Lord of this House,
Who provides them with food against hunger, and with security against fear (of danger).

Al-Ma’un – roman script

Bismillah irrahman irraheem
Ara aytallathee yukaththibu bi deen
Fathalika allathee yadu Au alyateem
Wala yahuddu AAala taAAami almiskeen
Fawaylun lilmusaleleen
Allatheena hum AAan salatihim sahoon
Allatheena hoom yuraoon
WayemnaAAoona almaAAoon

Al-Ma’un Original

Al Marun

Al-Ma’un – Interpretation

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Have you seen him who denies the Recompense?
That is he who repulses the orphan (harshly),
And urges not on the feeding of Al-Miskin (the poor),
So woe unto those performers of Salat (prayers) (hypocrites),
Those who delay their Salat (prayer from their stated fixed times).
Those who do good deeds only to be seen (of men),
And prevent Al-Ma’un (small kindnesses like salt, sugar, water).

Al-Kafiroon – roman script

Bismillah irrahman irraheem
Qul ya ayyuhal-kaafir-roon.
Laa a’budu maa ta’budoon.
Wa laa antum ‘abiduuna maa a’bood.
Wa laa ana ‘aabidum-maa ‘abadtoom.
Wa laa antum ‘aabiduna maa a’bood.
Lakum dinu kum wa liya dheen.

Al-Kafiroon Original

Al Kafirun

Al-Kafiroon – Interpretation

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Say: O, unbelievers!
I do not worship that you worship,
and you do not worship that which I worship.
I do not worship that you worship,
and you do not worship that which I worship.
You have a faith [religion] of your own, and I have mine.

An-Nasr – roman script

Itha jaa nusru Allahi waalfat-h
Waraayta alnnasa yadkhuloona fee deeni Allahi afwaja
Fasabbih bihamdi rabbika waistaghfirh innahu kana tawwaba

An-Nasr Original

An Nasr

An-Nasr – Interpretation

When comes the Help of God, and Victory,
And thou dost see the people enter God’s Religion in crowds,
Celebrate the praises of thy Lord, and pray for His Forgiveness: For He is Oft-Returning (in Grace and Mercy).

Al-Masad – roman script

Bismillaah irrahmaan irraheem
Tabbat yadaa Abi lahabiu wa tabb
Maa aghna ‘anhu maaluhu wa maa kasab
Sayasla naaran thaata lahab
Wamra atuhu hammaa lata-l-hatab
Fee Jeedihahablum mim masad.

Al-Masad Original

Al Masad

Al-Masad – Interpretation

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
The power of Abu Lahab will perish, and he will perish.
His wealth and gains will not exempt him.
He will be plunged in flaming Fire,
And his wife, the wood-carrier,
Will have upon her neck a halter of palm-fiber.

Al-Ikhlas – roman script

Bismillah Ir-Rahman Ir-Raheem
Qul hoo Allahu ahid
Allahu som-med
Lem yellid wa lem yoo lid
Wa lem yakoon la hoo kufuwun ahid

Al-Ikhlas Original

Al Ikhlas

Al-Ikhlas – Interpretation

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Say: He is Allah, the One and Only!
Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;
He begetteth not nor is He begotten.
And there is none like unto Him.

Al-Falaq – roman script

Bismillaah irrahmaan irraheem
Kul a’uthu bi rabbil-falaq
Min sharri ma khalaq
Wa min sharri ghasiqin ithawaqab
Wa min sharri annaffathatifil ‘auqad
Wa min sharri haasidin ithaa hasad

Al-Falaq Original

Al Falaq

Al-Falaq – Interpretation

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of the Daybreak
From the evil of that which He created;
From the evil of the darkness when it is intense,
And from the evil of malignant witchcraft,
And from the evil of the envier when he envies.

Al-Naas – roman script

Bismillaah irrahmaan irraheem
Qul aAAoothu birabbi naas
Maliki naas
Ilahin naas
Min sharri alwaswasi alkhan-naas
Allathee yuwaswisu fee sudoorin-naas
Mina aljinnati wan-naas

Al-Naas Original

Al Nas

Al-Naas – Interpretation

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind,
The King of mankind,
The God of mankind,
From the evil of the retreating whisperer –
Who whispers in the hearts of mankind,
Of the jinn and of mankind.