In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
All praises are due solely to Allah the Most High and The Most Merciful. We ask Allah to bestow His peace and blessings on Muhammad, His Family and those who follow their path until the Trumpet is blown.
Brothers and Sisters! Do we spend more time of social media reading pointless posts than reading Allah’s Speech? Do we scroll Facebook accounts daily, but avoid turning pages in Allah’s book? You know the answer to those questions yourself. Reading the Quran offers tranquility in our everyday lives, but the question is how many of us read it daily?
Al-Bara’ (RA) narrated: A man was reciting Surah Al-Kahf and his horse was tied with two ropes beside him. A cloud came down and spread over that man, and it kept on coming closer and closer to him till his horse started jumping (as if afraid of something). When it was morning, the man came to the Prophet, and told him of that experience. The Prophet (SAW ) said, “That was As-Sakina (tranquility) which descended because of (the recitation of) the Qur’an.”
It’s through the daily reading of the Quran we are able to find that inner peace of mind and spirit. The Salaf (our pious predecessors) used to focus and spend certain times of their days and nights solely dedicated to the Quran. In this piece I want to mention the authentic narrations of the Prophet ( SAW) and His Companions which focus on certain verses, actions, and chapters that we can read daily to earn protection in this life and in the next, along with rewards from Allah.
I pray this message serves as an important reminder for the slaves travelling in this life back to their Lord. I encourage my brothers and sisters to share this with their children and family. Also I strongly recommend that you choose one of these actions that are easy for you to regularly maintain, then progress by doing other readings as time passes. May Allah protect us in this life and in the grave. Ameen.
1. Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
Ibn Abbass (RA) said: ” Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Raheem ”, is a verse from the Quran and many people are unaware of this.” (See Fawaa’idil Qur’an by Al-Qasim Al-Harwi, 224 H)
It should be said before reading a Surah from the beginning except at At-Taubah
At the beginning of a letter
The Messenger of Allah (SAW ) said: ‘By the One in Whose Hand is my soul! The like of it has neither been revealed in the Tawrah, nor the Injil nor the Zabur, nor in the Furqan. It is the seven oft-repeated, and the Magnificent Qur’an which I was given.’” (At-Tirmidhi)
Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said, “Whoever does not recite Al-Fatiha in his prayer, his prayer is invalid.” (Al-Bukhari)
Allah’s Messenger (SAW ) said: “Recite the Qur’an, for on the Day of Resurrection it will come as an intercessor for those who recite It. Recite the two bright ones, al-Baqara and Surah Ali Imran, for on the Day of Resurrection they will come as two clouds or two shades, or two flocks of birds in ranks, pleading for those who recite them. Recite Surah al-Baqara, for to take recourse to it is a blessing and to give it up is a cause of grief, and the magicians cannot confront it. (Mu’awiya said: It has been conveyed to me that here Batala means magicians).” (Muslim)
It will come as a shape and form so people can see it the same way Allah will do the servants actions so they can weighed on the scales.
“Recite the two bright ones” They are called the bright one as they are full with Allah’s verdicts of Islamic law and His names and Attributes, so the person who reads them is guided in this life and they will serve as a light for him in the next life.” (Faydul Qadir by Imam Al-Munawi)
Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “Do not make your houses as graveyards. Satan runs away from the house in which Surah Baqara is recited.” (Muslim)
The household that remembers Allah is like the living compared to the dead. (Sharh Muslim by Qadhi Iyyad)
Qadi Al- Baydawi said : “The devil flees from the house in a state of despair as he’s unable to seduce the family when he notices them serious about their religion and firm in faith.” (Tuhfatul Abrar Sharh Masabih al-Sunnah)
The Virtues of Ayatul Kursi
The noblest chapter in the Quran is Al-Baqarah and the most honorable verse is Al-Kursi.
Whenever Abdur Rahman ibn Awf entered his house he would read Ayatul Kursi in the four corners of his house.
Nothing prevent anyone reads Ayatul Kursi at the end of each prayer from entering Jannah except death. (Sunan Nisa’i)
It should be read after the Tasleem as reading the Quran before the Tasleem is incorrect. (Sharh Bulugh by Al-Fawzan)
The wisdom behind this is that Satan tries to distract us all throughout our prayers and as soon as we finish he comes to us harder to divert us.
Ayatul Kursi’s strength against the devil when read at bedtime.
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated:
Allah’s Messenger (SAW) ordered me to guard the Zakat revenue of Ramadan. Then somebody came to me and started stealing from the foodstuff. I caught him and said, “I will take you to Allah’s Messenger (SAW)!” Then Abu Hurairah) described the whole narration and said: That person said (to me), “(Please don’t take me to Allah’s Messenger (SAW ) and I will tell you a few words by which Allah will benefit you.) When you go to your bed, recite Ayatul-Kursi, (2:255) for then there will be a guard from Allah who will protect you all night long, and Satan will not be able to come near you till dawn.” (When the Prophet (SAW) heard the story) he said (to me), “He (who came to you at night) told you the truth although he is a liar; and it was Satan.” (Al-Bukhari)
The last 2 verses of Al-Baqarah affect
Abu Mas’ud Al-Badri (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
I heard the Prophet( SAW) saying, “He who recites the two Ayat at the end of Surah Al-Baqarah at night, they will suffice him.” (Ibn Majah)
The Prophet (SAW ) said: “Indeed Allah wrote in a book two thousand years before He created the Heavens and the Earth, and He sent down two ayah from the end of Surah Al-Baqarah. If these verses are recited in home for three nights no Shaytan will come near it.” (At-Tirmidhi)
Jubair ibn Nufair said, I made Hajj and visited Aisha and she said to me, “ Jubair do you read Al-Ma’idah?” I said , “Yes”. She replied , “It’s the last chapter revealed so whatever you find mentioned there as Halal then take it as such and whatever you read as being Haram then treat is as such.”
5. Suratul Ra’d
Jabir ibn Zayd used to read to the dying person Surahtul Ra’d. It was said this makes the departure of the soul easier. (Ibn Abu Shaybah)
6. Suratul Kahf
Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri said:
“Whoever read Al-Khaf as it was revealed when earn a light from his place to Makkah.” (An-Nasa’i)
The prophet ( SAW) said: “If anyone memorizes ten verses from the beginning of surah al-Kahf, he will be protected from the trial of Dajjal (Antichrist).” (Abu Dawud)
7. Read Surah Bani Israil (Al-Isra ) and Az-Zumar before sleeping
Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) said, “The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) wouldn’t go to sleep until he read Az-Zumar and Bani Isra’il.” (At-Tirmidhi, Ibn Khuzaimah, Al-Hakim and Ahmad)
8. Before sleeping read the Musabbihat
Ar-Irbad bin Sariyah narrated that: The Prophet (SAW ) would not sleep until he had recited Al-Musabbihat, and he would say: “In them is an Ayah that is better than a thousand Ayah.” (At-Tirmidhi)
These surahs are, Al-Isra, Al-Hadid, Al-Hashr, As-Saff , Jumu’ah, Al-Taghabun, Al-Ala.
9. Suratul Wa-Qi’ah
Masruq ibn Al-Ajda’ said: “Whoever wants to know about the first and latter generation, the reality of this World and the next , the Jannah and the Fire then let him read Suratul Wa-Qi-ah .”
10. Suratul Mulk
Abdullah ibn Masud said: “A man died and the angel of punishment came to his head and it replied you have no way here. Then the angel goes to his feet and his feet say you have nothing here as he used to stand with us on Suratul Mulk. Then the angel goes to his stomach and it says you have no path here as he used to make me aware of Suratul Mulk, so for that reason it was called the preventer.” (The Musannaf of Abdurrazaq)
Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “There is a chapter in the Quran that has only thirty verses and it intercedes for the man that reads it. It removes him from Hell and enters him into Jannah. It’s Suratul Mulk.” (Al-muntakhab min Musnad Abdi ibn Humayd)
11. Suratul Kafirun
The Prophet (SAW) said to Nawfal’s father: “Recite (the Surah) ‘Say, O you disbelievers!’ and then go to sleep at its end, for it is a declaration of freedom from polytheism.” (Sunan Abi Dawud)
Ibn Rslan (844H) said: “Whoever reads this chapter on his tongue sincerely from his heart will be free of Shirk at that moment and in the future.” (Sharh Sunan Abi Dawud by Ibn Rslan)
12. Suratul Ikhlas
The Prophet (SAW ) said to his companions, “Is it difficult for any of you to recite one third of the Qur’an in one night?” This suggestion was difficult for them so they said, “Who among us has the power to do so, O Allah’s Messenger (SAW)?” Allah Apostle replied: ” Allah (the) One, the Self-Sufficient Master Whom all creatures need.’ (Surah Al-Ikhlas 112.1–to the End) is equal to one third of the Qur’an.” (Al-Bukhari)
The Prophet (SAW )said: “Allah will build a house in Jannah for the person who reads Al-Ikhlas ten times.” (Ahmad)
13. Suratul Falaq and An-Nas
The Messenger of Allah (SAW ) said to me, “Recite Surah Al-Ikhlas and Al- Mu’awwidhatain (Surah Al-Falaq and Surah An-Nas) three times at dawn and dusk. It will suffice you in all respects.” (Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi)
Narrated Aisha that: Whenever Allah’s Messenger (SAW ) went to bed, he used to blow on his hands while reciting the Mu’auwidhat ( i.e. Suratul-Falaq 113 and Surah-an-Nas 114) and then pass his hands over his body.” (Al-Bukhari)
Aisha reported that when any of the members of the household fell ill Allah’s Messenger (SAW) used to blow over him by reciting Mu’awwidhatain, and when he suffered from illness of which he died I used to blow over him and rubbed his body with his hand for his hand had greater healing power than my hand.” (Muslim)
Written by the one in need of Allah’s Mercy,
Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, from Okene Kogi State, Nigeria.