Surah mumtahina (Arabic: الممتحنة,” She that is to be examined”, “Examining Her”), is concerned with women as they are an important cornerstone and basic part of the society with equal rights and responsibilities as men.

As we all know that part of the Holy Quran was revealed in Mecca and the other part was revealed in Medina after Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) migrated with his faithful companions (May Allah Be Pleased With Them) as their new town of residence, accordingly, Muslim scholars was certain that surah al mumtahina was revealed in Medina where Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) was establishing the Muslim community consisting of both women and men equally as stated by Islamic law (Sharia), that there is no difference between people regardless of their origin, color, gender and wealth with no discrimination.

So this is why Medina society succeeded all over history to be a prosperous ruling state that all nations could follow.

Why was surah mumtahina revealed?

Surah mumtahanah was revealed because of two main incidents, one of them that the companion of the prophet “Hatib bin Abi Baltaa” had sent to the people of Quraish informing them that Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) was preparing to conquer Mecca with his army by giving a letter to a woman to deliver his message.

Angel Gabriel warned Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) about Hatib’s act so he sent some of his companions after her where they found the lady, interrogated her and seized the letter, and returned to the prophet.

Prophet Muhammed summoned Hatib and asked him about it so he replied he had a weak family in Mecca with no defender which made him afraid that “Quraish” would harm them if they knew about the intention of the Muslims to conquer so the merciful Prophet pardoned him.

The second incident relates to Muslim women who began to migrate from Mecca to Medina after the Hudaybiyah truce agreement between Muslims and infidels of Quraish when a problem arose regarding whether Muslim women had to be accepted or to be returned to Quraish as well as Muslim men according to the conditions of the agreement.

Also, surah al mumtahanah states that the Prophet (PBUH) had to take a pledge of loyalty from women if they came before him as believers.

What is surah mumtahina about?

Surah e mumtahina as well giving guidelines to Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) and his companions to follow in dealing with new issues they face.

Al-Mumtahanah guidelines:

  1. Don’t make any kind of friendship or alliance with enemies of Allah.
  2. Prophet Abraham, peace be upon him, and his followers are great role models for Muslim believers to follow.
  3. There is an exception to the prohibition of friendship with infidels who did not fight Muslims and did not drive them out of their homes.
  4. Regarding believing women, examine their faith, and if you find them truthful, don’t return them to their infidel husbands.
  5. The pledge of loyalty of women in Islam is based on their commitment to not disbelieve, steal, commit adultery, kill their children, lie or utter slander, and obey the Prophet.

When was surah mumtahina revealed?

Accordingly, Muslim Scholars identified that surah mumtahina was revealed in Medina after the treaty of Hudeybiyah and before the conquest of Mecca and some of the scholars mentioned that 1st verse of surah al mumtahina was revealed during the conquest of Mecca.

surah mumtahina read online

surah mumtahina read online
surah mumtahina read online

Why the surah was named Al-Mumtahanah?

surah mumtahanah was named after a word that describes a topic inside it.
Mumtahana in Arabic means: “She that is to be examined”, referring to any woman that migrates from any infidel society to the Islamic State in Medina declaring belief in Allah The Almighty, Prophet Muhammed, and Islam. Accordingly, Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) has to examine her faith and take her oath to obey Allah’s commandments as a Muslim believer not to steal, commit adultery, or kill her children, and to obey Prophet Muhammed’s teachings and this was mentioned in the Verse number 10 “O you who have believed, when the believing women come to you as emigrants, examine them ….”.

What is the main theme of surah al mumtahina?

surah al mumtahanah’s theme comprises of main topics introducing many messages to Muslim believers.

The first topic is talking about Hatib Bin Abi Baltaa the companion of the prophet who had sent a secret message to Mecca’s infidels warning them about the approaching move of Muslims to conquer Mecca as he was afraid of harming his own weak family by Quraish people and wanted to protect them against dangers of war, despite Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) forgave him but he warned him and all Muslims never to do such a thing again as the Holy Quran stated that Muslims should never make any kind of friendship or cooperation with their enemies from infidels and disbelievers.
However, there is no harm in dealing kindly and justly with disbelievers who are not engaged in any activities against Islam and expelling Muslims out of their homes.

The second topic is talking about the problem that arose after the Hudaybia Truce agreement which states that Muslims has to return any man or woman trying to flee from Mecca to join the Muslim community in Medina during the period of the agreement, but Allah ordered his prophet in surah e mumtahina not to return a Muslim woman if he got to be sure about her faith as the Muslim woman’s bond of marriage to her infidel’s husband was broken due to insisting of her husband not to accept Islam. And this also is applicable as well for men with their disbeliever wives.

The Third Topic of Al-Mumtahanah is telling that Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) had been instructed to examine the faith of women who want to accept Islam and to make an oath about following Allah’s commandments and stick to them.

Is surah al mumtahina makki or madani?

To know if surah mumtahina is a Makki or Madani, we can tell from the topics it carries and the structure of verses (ayat).

Surah al mumtahina was revealed in Madina between 628 – 629 AD approximately. Some Muslim Scholars mentioned that it was probably revealed after the Sixth Hijri Year ‘The 6th year after Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) migrated from Mecca to Madina’.

In which para is surah al mumtahina?

The 114 Surahs of the Holy Quran are divided into 30 Paras (Ajzaa), each Para is subdivided into 2 Groups (Ahzab) of a total of 60 groups, and each group is subdivided into 4 quarters as well.

Surah mumtahanah is the 60th surah in the Holy Quran located in Para No.28 and comes after (Surah Ahzab) in order, with 13 Verses (Ayat) and its 1st Verse is considered the most extended opening verse through the Holy Quran, and it consists of 352 words.

How to memorize surah al mumtahina?

There are many ways to learn and memorize surah al mumtahanah like joining Quran learning sessions in the mosque and registering for online academies that are teaching Holy Quran on the internet. But if your schedule is tight around the week like most of us these days there is a simple proven way to make you memorize surah e mumtahina on your own in a very short time.

This way is called [Mind Map Method] and all you have to do is to bring a sketch and some drawing markers or crayons and follow these few steps:
a) In an outer paper divide surah mumtahanah’s consecutive verses into consecutive groups where each group holds a series of verses that conveys one full message.

  1. b) Sketch a flow chart and divide this chart into big boxes or circles with the total number of groups you brought out, and give every single box or circle a different color.
  2. c) Inside each box or circle write down the meaning of each group of verses conveying a full meaning and label it with verses numbers.
    d) repeat the previous step until you cover all the groups of verses till the end of al-mumtahanah, then recite it by recalling the meaning of each group inside your mind and you will find that you have memorized it easily.You can follow this division we present you:
    I-Verses from 1-3 [Prohibition of allegiance to the infidels and the disbelivers] II-Verses 4-7 [Prophet Ibraham (PBUH) is our role model regarding faith and his attitude towards disbelievers like his own father] III-Verses 8-9 [Rules governing our relation with infidels and disbelievers are according to their attitude against us] IV-Verses 10-12 [Rules concerning Muslim women immigrants according to various situations] V-Verse 13 [Confirmation about warning from allegiance to enemies from the infidels and the disbelievers].

Surah mumtahina benefits

By reciting Surah Mumtahina, the reward is 10 times for each letter you read and you will be loved by Allah. There is no evidence to prove the virtue of surah al mumtahina for marriage or healing from diseases as spread through Muslim communities, unfortunately, all these are incorrect common mistakes from untrusted sources.

Hadith on surah al mumtahina


As we said above that there is no proof about specific virtues for reciting surah mumtahanah in particular, because we as Muslims have been ordered to follow the instructions given to us by Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) only and not to give any attention to rumors spread by ignorants or Islam enemies who want to destroy our religion. We only take our guidance from the Holy Quran and the true correct Hadith told by our Prophet and transferred by trusted references like Al-Bukhary and Muslims.

There is no existence of any correct true Hadith that assigns specific merit for surah al mumtahanah, on the other hand, there is a trusted Hadith that states the benefit of reciting any surah of the Holy Quran.

Ibn Mas’ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Whoever recites a letter from the Book of Allah, he will be credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a ten-fold reward. I do not say that Alif-Lam-Mim is one letter, but Alif (A) is a letter, Lam (L) is a letter and Mim (M) is a letter.”
[At- Tirmidhi].
Reference: Riyad as-Salihin 999
In-book reference: Book 8, Hadith 9

Surah mumtahina dua

Surah mumtahina dua
Surah mumtahina dua

The Holy Quran is full of blessings that touch our souls, guide us and enlighten our path in life, so every Muslim has to be keen to recite it continuously.
In surah e mumtahina there exist a dua said by Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) which is mentioned at the end of Verse No.4 and Verse No.5.
Muslims used to repeat this dua following a good example of The Father Of The Prophets, Ibraham (PBUH).

End of Verse 4 “Our Lord, upon You we have relied on, and to You we have returned, and to You is the destination.”, Verse 5 “Our Lord, make us not [objects of] torment for the disbelievers and forgive us, our Lord. Indeed, it is You who is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.”[Al-Mumtahanah]

Surah mumtahina summary

The objective of Surah mumtahina could be concluded as follows:

Warning Muslims from the alliance with their enemies from infidels and disbelievers giving an example by Prophet Ibraham and how he dealt with his disbelieving tribe and his infidel father. On the other hand, Muslims can deal freely with disbelievers if they stopped fighting them.

Women are equal to men, so their faith has to be examined and if they succeeded and showed their true deeds to accept Islam they had to be protected from their disbelieving husbands and allowed to join the Muslim community after swearing to follow Allah’s commandments that are telling them not to disbelieve, nor to steal or commit adultery, nor to kill their children or to utter slander, and to obey His Messenger Prophet Muhammed (PBUH).

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