An-Nawawi on special verses of the Quran

September 5, 2013

Love Surat al-Ikhlas

By Abu Amina Elias

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

An-Nawawi records in his book Riyad us-Saliheen:

Abu Sa’eed Al-Mu’alla reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

أَلَا أُعَلِّمُكَ أَعْظَمَ سُورَةٍ فِي الْقُرْآنِ قَبْلَ أَنْ تَخْرُجَ مِنْ الْمَسْجِدِ

I will teach you the greatest chapter in the Quran before you leave the mosque.

He took hold of my hand and when he intended to leave, I said to him, “Did you not say that you would teach me the greatest chapter in the Quran?” The Prophet said:

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ هِيَ السَّبْعُ الْمَثَانِي وَالْقُرْآنُ الْعَظِيمُ الَّذِي أُوتِيتُهُ

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds (1:1), which are the seven oft-repeated verses and the great recitation which has been given to me.

Source: Sahih Bukhari 4204, Grade: Sahih

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

مَنْ صَلَّى صَلَاةً لَمْ يَقْرَأْ فِيهَا بِأُمِّ الْقُرْآنِ فَهِيَ خِدَاجٌ ثَلَاثًا غَيْرُ تَمَامٍ

A prayer performed by one who has not recited the foundation of the Quran during it is deficient and incomplete.

Source: Sahih Muslim 395, Grade: Sahih

Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

أَيَعْجِزُ أَحَدُكُمْ أَنْ يَقْرَأَ ثُلُثَ الْقُرْآنِ فِي لَيْلَةٍ

Is it difficult for one of you to recite a third of the Quran in a single night?

That was difficult for them, so they said, “Which one of us can do that, O Messenger of Allah?” The Prophet said:

اللَّهُ الْوَاحِدُ الصَّمَدُ ثُلُثُ الْقُرْآنِ

Allah the One, the Master (112:1) is worth one-third of the Quran.

Source: Sahih Bukhari 4727, Grade: Sahih

Anas ibn Malik reported: A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, verily, I love this chapter: Say: He is Allah, the One.” (112:1) The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

حُبُّكَ إِيَّاهَا أَدْخَلَكَ الْجَنَّةَ

Your love for it will admit you into Paradise.

Source: Sahih Bukhari 742, Grade: Sahih

Uqbah ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

قَدْ أَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ عَلَيَّ آيَاتٍ لَمْ يُرَ مِثْلُهُنَّ قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ النَّاسِ إِلَى آخِرِ السُّورَةِ وَ  قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ الْفَلَقِ إِلَى آخِرِ السُّورَةِ

Allah has revealed verses the like of which you have never seen: Say, I seek refuge in the Lord of the people (114:1) and: Say, I seek refuge in the Lord of the daybreak. (113:1)

Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 2902, Grade: Sahih

Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri reported:

كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَتَعَوَّذُ مِنْ الْجَانِّ وَعَيْنِ الْإِنْسَانِ حَتَّى نَزَلَتْ الْمُعَوِّذَتَانِ فَلَمَّا نَزَلَتَا أَخَذَ بِهِمَا وَتَرَكَ مَا سِوَاهُمَا

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would seek refuge from the devils and the evil eye of mankind until the two chapters of refuge (surah al-falaq and surah an-nas) were revealed, so when they were revealed he took both of them and left everything else.

Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 2058, Grade: Hasan

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

سُورَةٌ مِنْ الْقُرْآنِ ثَلَاثُونَ آيَةً تَشْفَعُ لِصَاحِبِهَا حَتَّى يُغْفَرَ لَهُ تَبَارَكَ الَّذِي بِيَدِهِ الْمُلْكُ

There is a chapter in the Quran of thirty verses which will intercede for its companion until he is forgiven. It is: Blessed is He in whose Hand is the kingdom. (67:1)

Source: Sunan Abu Dawud 1400, Grade: Hasan

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

سُورَةٌ مِنَ الْقُرْآنِ مَا هِيَ إِلَّا ثَلَاثُونَ آيَةً خَاصَمَتْ عَنْ صَاحِبِهَا حَتَّى أَدْخَلَتْهُ الْجَنَّةَ وَهِيَ سُورَةُ تَبَارَكَ

There is a chapter in the Quran, not but thirty verses, which will intercede for its companion until he is entered into Paradise. It is the chapter: Blessed is He in whose hand is the dominion. (67:1)

Source: Al-Mu’jam As-Sagheer 463, Grade: Sahih

Abu Mas’ud reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

مَنْ قَرَأَ بِالْآيَتَيْنِ مِنْ آخِرِ سُورَةِ الْبَقَرَةِ فِي لَيْلَةٍ كَفَتَاهُ

Whoever recites the last two verses of the chapter of the cow (surah al-baqarah) in the night will be sufficed by them.

Source: Sahih Bukhari 4723, Grade: Sahih

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

لَا تَجْعَلُوا بُيُوتَكُمْ مَقَابِرَ إِنَّ الشَّيْطَانَ يَنْفِرُ مِنْ الْبَيْتِ الَّذِي تُقْرَأُ فِيهِ سُورَةُ الْبَقَرَةِ

Do not turn your houses into graves. Verily, Satan flees from the house in which is recited the chapter of the cow (surah al-baqarah).

Source: Sahih Muslim 780, Grade: Sahih

Ubayy ibn Ka’b reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

يَا أَبَا الْمُنْذِرِ أَتَدْرِي أَيُّ آيَةٍ مِنْ كِتَابِ اللَّهِ مَعَكَ أَعْظَمُ

O Abu Mundhir, do you know the greatest verse in the book of Allah?

I recited the verse:

اللَّهُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ

Allah, there is no God but Him, the Living, the Sustainer. (2:255)

The Prophet struck me on the chest and he said:

وَاللَّهِ لِيَهْنِكَ الْعِلْمُ أَبَا الْمُنْذِرِ

By Allah, Abu Mundhir, rejoice in this knowledge!

Source: Sahih Muslim 810, Grade: Sahih

Abu Ad-Darda reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

مَنْ حَفِظَ عَشْرَ آيَاتٍ مِنْ أَوَّلِ سُورَةِ الْكَهْف عُصِمَ مِنْ الدَّجَّالِ

Whoever memorizes ten verses from the beginning of the chapter of the cave (surah al-kahf) will be protected from the False Messiah.

In the narration of Shu’bah, the Prophet said:

مِنْ آخِرِ الْكَهْفِ

…from the last ten verses of the chapter of the cave.

Source: Sahih Muslim 809, Grade: Sahih

Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

مَنْ قَرَأَ سُورَةَ الْكَهْفِ فِي يَوْمِ الْجُمُعَةِ أَضَاءَ لَهُ مِنَ النُّورِ مَا بَيْنَ الْجُمُعَتَيْنِ

Whoever recites the chapter of the cave (surah al-kahf) on the day of Friday will have a light for him between this Friday and the next.

Source: Al-Bayhaqi, Sunan Al-Kubra 5856, Grade: Hasan

Success comes from Allah, and Allah knows best.