A Summary of The Verses Being Recited On The 16th Night Of Taraawee

A summary of the verses being recited.

16th of Ramadhaan (Juzz 16)

To be recited Wednesday Night (Aug 25)

Surah 18 – al-Kahf – “The Cave”

Summary: The Surah takes its name after the Sleepers of the Cave mentioned in verses 9 onwards and its central theme is that of purging faith of all deviancy and superstition as well as highlighting the many paradoxes in life that can only be understood through patience and knowledge; it stresses the reward of true and sincere faith in Allah and absolute submission to Him, and explains that it is true faith which is the benchmark of judging ideas and values. The majority of the chapter recounts stories that stress these points: the Sleepers of the Cave, the man with two gardens, the creation of Adam and Satan’s fall, Moses and Khadir, and Dhu’l-Qarnain.

Verses Description
18:60-82 Story of Moses and Khadir
18:83-98 Story of Dhu’l-Qarnain
18:99-110 The Last Day, hell brought forth; The Greatest losers; the Winners; Human Nature of the Prophet

Surah 19 – Maryam – “Mary”

Summary: The Surah takes its name after the story of Mary mentioned therein and her giving birth to the Prophet, Jesus. The central theme of the chapter is Tawhid and this is explored through the narration of several stories of grace given by Allah to the Prophets; it also discusses the Day of Judgment and mentions some arguments against those who deny the resurrection thereby reinforcing its central theme.

Verses Description
19:1-15 Story of Zachariah and Mary, the birth of John
19:16-40 The birth of Jesus, his miracles in infancy; Allah has no son; warning of holding such beliefs
19:41-50 Story of Abraham arguing with his father and people, his disavowal of his people and their worship
19:51-72 Mention of Moses, Ismail, Idris, the Prophets in general; Description of Paradise; Mans argument for rejecting the Resurrection
19:73-98 Guidance and Misguidance; Idol worshippers will soon realise the futility of their belief; Evil of believing Allah has taken a son; Destruction of previous nations

Surah 20 – Ta Ha – “Ta Ha”

Summary: Taking its name from the first verse, this Surah deals with the nature of revelation vis-a-vis the Prophet; it commences by addressing the Prophet and ends by addressing him, outlining his mission and duties. Stories are related showing how Allah supported and aided His Prophets and the chapter as whole lends a sense of reassurance in Allah’s divine will and submission to Him.

Verses Description
20:1-8 Revelation; Tawhid
20:9-98 The Story of Moses at Tuwa, his Signs, his being sent to Pharaoh, his fears, his being supported by his brother, Aaron; Moses, his birth and his being cast into the river; Moses and Pharaoh debate; Moses and the magicians; the Exodus; the Calf
20:99-114 The Last Day, state of the believers and disbelievers; Revelation of the Qur’an
20:115-129 The Story of Adam; Satan’s deception and the Fall; Disbelievers shall be raised blind; Destruction of previous nations
20:130-135 Glorifying Allah; Do not lust after the world; Prayer; Wait steadfastly for the Decree of Allah

Compiled by Ustaadh Abu Rumaysah


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