Surah Yaseen, the 36th chapter of the Qur’an, is undoubtedly one of the most important surahs. Often referred to as the heart of the Qur’an, it deals with important concepts and beliefs of Islam; it speaks of divine signs in the universe and nature, phenomena of death and resurrection and final reckoning. Because of its vivid descriptions of these and other matters, its reading is highly recommended, even more than other surahs of the Qur’an at certain times and circumstances.
As stated in a report by Abu Ya’la on the authority of Abu Hurayah, the Prophet, peace be upon him, is reported to have said, “Whoever reads Yaseen at night (before retiring to bed) will be waking up while being forgiven of their sins.” In another report by Imam Ahmad on the authority of Ma’qal b. Yasar, the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, “Read it (i.e. Yaseen) on those among you who are nearing death.”
In light of the above and similar reports, scholars have said that one of the salient characteristics of Surah Yaseen is that its reading helps ease hardships and difficulties; its recital by the bedside of those in the throes of death is hoped to be a source of descent of Allah’s mercy and blessings upon them, thus eventually aiding in the easy release of the soul from body.
Imam Ahmad, upon be Allah’s mercy said, “Great scholars/teachers used to say that reading Yaseen will help ease the difficulties that a dying person experiences. And finally, al-Hafiz al-Bazzar reports on the authority of Ibn Abbas that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, “I wish that it (Yaseen) is fully retained in the heart of every member of my Ummah (community).”
In conclusion: Yaseen is undoubtedly one of the great surahs of the Qur’an; its reading is considered to be highly beneficial and spiritually rewarding. It is important to memorize the entire surah; it is also important to read it as often as one can, and more especially, while attending those who are nearing death.
May Allah, the most Exalted and Glorious, fill our hearts with the love of the Glorious Qur’an; may the Infinitely Merciful One make the Qur’an the spring of our hearts, a soothing balm and healer of all our spiritual ailments and worries, our guide and light in our earthly life, and a companion and source of comfort for us in our graves, and finally our escort to the jannah, the eternal realm of bliss that Allah has promised His righteous servants-aameen.