This sura is unusual in having as its title a term not mentioned in the body of the sura. Ikhlas conveys the meaning of sincerity in one’s religion and total dedication to the One true God. Because of the importance of this theme in Islam, the Prophet said that this sura, despite its brevity, was equal to one-third of the Quran.
In the name of God, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy
1 Say, ‘He is God the One, 2 God the eternal. [a] 3 He begot no one nor was He begotten. 4 No one is comparable to Him.’
a. Samad: other commonly held interpretations include ‘self-sufficient’ and ‘sought by all’ (Razi).
The Qur'an (Oxford World's Classics)
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