Assignment 17- Virtues of Surah Ikhlas

  1. Ahmad reported from Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri that a man said, “O Messenger of Allaah, I have a neighbour who prays at night and he only ever recites ‘Qul huwa Allaahu ahad’” – as if he did not think much of this. The Prophet (saw) said: “By the One in Whose hand is my soul, it is equivalent to one-third of the Qur’aan.” (al-Musnad, 10965)

  2. ‘Aa’ishah reported that when the Prophet (saw) went to bed, he would cup his hands together, blow into them and recite into them Soorat al-Ikhlaas, Soorat al-Falaq and Soorat al-Naas (these are the last 3 soorahs of the Qur’aan – Translator). Then he would wipe as much of his body as he could with his hands, starting with his head and face, and the front of his body. He would do this three times. (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 4630)

  3. ‘Aa’ishah also reported that the Prophet (saw) sent a man in charge of a small military campaign, and when he recited Qur’aan whilst leading his companions in prayer, he would always end with Qul huwa Allaahu ahad. When they came back, (his companions) mentioned that to the Prophet (saw), who told them to ask him why he did that. So they asked him, and he said, “Because it is a description of the Most Merciful, and I love to recite it.” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Tell him that Allaah loves him.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 6827)

  4. ‘Abd al-Rahmaan ibn Abzaa reported that the Messenger of Allaah (saw) used to recite Soorat al-A’laa, #87, Soorat al-Kaafiroon, #109 and Soorat al-Ikhlaas, #112 in his witr prayer, and when he had finished, he would repeat Subhaan al-Malik al-Quddoos (Glory be to the King, the Holy) three times, making the last vowel long on the third recitation. (Reported by al-Nisaa’i, 1721)

  5. ‘Uqbah ibn ‘Aamir said: “I met the Messenger of Allaah (saw)… and he said to me, ‘O ‘Uqbah ibn ‘Aamir, shall I not teach you some Soorahs the like of which have not been revealed in the Tawraat (Torah) or the Zaaboor (Psalms) or the Injeel (Gospel) or in the Qur’aan? There is no night comes but you should not recite (i.e., every night you should recite) Soorat al-Ikhlaas, Soorat al-Falaq and Soorat al-Naas” ‘Uqbah said: “So every night I would recite them. It became my duty to recite them, because the Messenger of Allaah (saw) had commanded me to do so…” (Musnad Ahmad, 16810)

  6. Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet (saw) heard a man reciting Qul huwa Allaahu ahad, and said, “It is his right.’ They asked, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, what is his right?’ He said, ‘Paradise is his right.’ (Reported by Imaam Ahmad, 7669)

  7. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever recites Qul huwa Allaahu ahad ten times, Allaah will build for him a house in Paradise.” (Saheeh al-Jaami’ al-Sagheer, 6472).

    So recite it as many times as you wish, without sticking to a certain number or time or way that is not prescribed by sharee’ah.

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