Published: 2011-02-03 00:00:00
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Surah al Baqarah
The Prophet said, 'The Qur'an and those who committed themselves to it will be presented on the Day of judgement, preceded by Surah al-Baqarah and Surah al Imran'.
The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, 'Learn how to recite Surah al-Baqarah for there is a blessing in it, and there is sorrow for abandoning it, and it is unbearable for the idle' and that 'al Baqarah and al Imran are like two flowers which will shade their learner on the day of Judgement, as if there were two large clouds or two flocks of birds'.
[Ahmad 21872 & Buraida al-Aslami Muslim 1/553]
The Prophet said, 'Recite Surah al Baqarah in your dwellings and do not keep them as tombs. He also said that whoever recited Surah al Baqarah at night would be crowned with a crown of paradise.'
[Baihaqi in Al-Shuaib]
Abu Huraira reported that the Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, "Do not turn your houses into graves. Shaitan is barred from any house in which Surat al-Baqarah (2) is recited." [Muslim 780, 4: 1707]
The Prophet was asked, 'Which part of the Qur'an is the best?'. He replied, 'The Surah in which the cow is mentioned'. He was then asked 'Which part of that Surah?'. He replied, 'The verse of the Throne and the last pasrt of Surah al Baqarah came down from under the Throne'
The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, 'Al Baqarah is the top (or pinnacle) of the Qur'an. Eighty angels came down with each one of it's verses and extracted the verse of the throne from under the throne, and it was joined to the other verses'
Abu Ummamah (radiAllahu anhu) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "Whoever recites Ayat Al-Kursi immediately after each prescribed Prayer, there will be nothing standing between him and his entering Paradise except death."
[an-Nasa'i, Ibn Hibban, Darimi 3249/A]
Imam Ahmad (rahimullah) said: It was narrated that Asma' bint Yazid ibn As-Sakan (radiAllahu anha) said, I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) say about these two verses— "Allah! There is no god but He, the Ever-Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists..." [Al-Baraqah, 2: 255] and "Alif. Laam. Meem. Allah! None has the right to be worshiped but He, the Ever-Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists" ['Al 'Imran, 3: 1-2]— that they contain the greatest name of Allah.
[abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi, Tafsir of Imam Ibn Kathir]
Ubayy ibn Ka'b reported that the Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, "O Abu'l-Mundhir! Do you know which ayat in the Book of Allah is greatest you have?' I said, 'Allah. there is no god but Him, the Living, the Self-Sustaining.' (W2:253; H2:256) He struck me on the chest and said, 'May knowledge delight you, Abu'l-Mundhir!'"
[Muslim, Riyad as-Salihin by Imam an-Nawawi]
Abdullah ibn Mas'ud (radiAllahu anhu) said, 'Whoever recited ten verses from al-Baqarah in the night, Satan shall not have access to that house, during the night till he wakes in the morning. These are: Four from the first part of the Surah, followed by the verse of the Throne, two verses after the verse of the Throne and three from the last part of the Surah'.
Abu Umamah (radiAllahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, 'Recite Surah al-Baqarah: for to hold on to it is a barakah (blessing), to leave it is a regret'
Abu Hurairah (radiAllahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, 'Everything has a hump, and the hump of the Qur'an is al-Baqarah'
Abu Mas'ud al-Badri (radiAllahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, "If anyone recites the two ayats at the end of Surat al-Baqarah (2) at night, they will be enough for him."
[Sahih al-Bukhari 6:61 #530, Agreed upon]
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Wa Jazakum Allah khayraan.