The seventeenth Surah of the Holy Qur’an is famous as two names. Actually, one of its names is Al-Isra and the other name is well-known as Bani-Israel. I've got 2 queries:

  1. Which one is the main name of this Surah?
  2. Who named it as Bani-Israel? (As it is famous as Bani-Israel as well)

Quoting from Soorat al-Isra’ is also called Soorat Bani Isra’eel (read this full link for better understanding and full details.):

Soorat al-Isra’ is called Soorat Bani Israa’eel in two saheeh mawqoof hadeeths, in which it is the words of the Sahaabah (may Allah be pleased with them):

The first hadeeth was narrated from ‘Abd-Allah ibn Mas‘ood (may Allah be pleased with him), who said concerning (the soorahs) Bani Israa’eel, al-Kahf, Maryam, Ta-Ha and al-Anbiya’: They are among the best and earliest and they are among the first I received. Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4994

The second hadeeth was narrated from ‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) who said: The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) used not to sleep until he had recited Bani Israa’eel and al-Zumar. Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 3402, who said: It is a hasan hadeeth. It was also classed as hasan by al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar in Nataa’ij al-Afkaar, 3/65; and it was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.

The scholars said that this soorah was better known by the name Soorat Bani Isra’eel at the time of the Sahaabah and Taabi’een

I don't think I can add anything or explain anything else.

I hope this answers the question.

Also read Are the names of the surahs a matter of tawqeef?

Allah knows best

  • @DearMartyrSheikhNimr-Al-Nimr I think you are not satisfied yet, i you are than mark this as an answer, otherwise let me know what part of question is not answered. thankyou. – Zia Ul Rehman Mughal Apr 17 '16 at 16:15

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