The Quran is the living guide for all Muslims. Every Surah of the Quran holds profound wisdom that we can use to better our lives and prepare for the hereafter. One of these Surahs is Ayat ul Kursi. It is considered one of the most profound Surahs of the Quran. Keeping this in mind, this blog will dive into the importance and benefits of Ayat ul Kursi.
The literal meaning of Ayat ul Kursi is The Throne Of God. It is the 255th Surah of Surat al Baqarah, the second and longest chapter of the Holy Quran.
This Surah is considered one of the most powerful verses of the Quran. Ayat ul Kursi describes the greatness of Allah, the exalted, and explains the sovereignty and dominion of Allah SWT over the whole universe.
Abu Hurairah RA narrated that Prophet Muhammad PBUH said that there is an Ayah, the master of Ayat in the Quran and that Ayah is Ayat ul Kursi.
Ayat ul Kursi is regarded as the master of all verses because it describes the various attributes of Allah SWT, such as His power and sovereignty, and serves as a reminder that Allah has knowledge of everything and knows everything that we will do and go through in our worldly lives and the hereafter.
In a Hadith, it is also narrated that Ayat ul Kursi is more magnificent than anything Allah SWT created in the heavens or the earth because it is the speech of Allah SWT.
Although the verse is brief, it still possesses profound meaning. The Ayat ul Kursi translation showcases a rich summary of Allah SWT’s qualities, which adds to its magnificence.
There are countless benefits that we can receive by reciting Ayat ul Kursi. Let’s discuss some of these benefits below.
Abu Hurairah RA narrated that whoever reads Ayat ul Kursi before bed will remain protected from Satan until morning. This proves that reciting Ayat ul Kursi protects us from all kinds of evil, nightmares, and anything bad that might happen at night. This hadith also states that when we recite Ayat ul Kursi at night, Allah appoints a guardian angel who protects us against anything bad.
Therefore, we should all make it a habit to recite Ayat ul Kursi before bed to remain protected by Allah SWT.
Another narration also mentions that whoever recites Ayat ul Kursi, Satan will not be able to enter that person’s house. You can find Ayat ul Kursi in English translation here.
Everyone faces some hurdle or problem in their daily lives. But when we keep our tongue moist with the recitation of Dhikr, Allah, the Exalted, protects us from all problems.
The Holy Prophet PBUH said, “Whoever recites the four first ayahs of Surat ul Baqra, Ayat ul Kursi, and then the last three ayahs of Surat ul Baqra, he will not face any kind of difficulty in his wealth or with him. Shaytan will not come near him, neither will he forget the Quran. “
For this reason, it is a good idea to recite Ayat ul Kursi before bed and in the morning.
Entrance to Jannah is the ultimate goal of every believer. Even though sometimes we get distracted and get involved in sin, Allah SWT is always there to protect us. Moreover, when we continuously do Dhikr, we are protected, and Allah SWT also lessens our sins.
Therefore, even if we forget to do Dhikr every day, we should recite Ayat ul Kursi after every obligatory prayer because Our Prophet Muhammad PBUH said that whoever recites Ayat ul Kursi after every obligatory prayer, there will be nothing standing between him and Jannah.
In Islam, there are five obligatory prayers: Fajr (prayed at dawn), Zuhr (prayed at noon), Asr (prayed in the late afternoon), Maghrib (prayed after sunset), and Isha (prayed at night). These prayers have several rakats in them that are obligatory or fardh rakats.
In performing ruqya (the treatment done on someone affected by the evil eye, magic, or possessing an evil spirit), one of the recommended verses is Ayat ul Kursi.
Once a Bedouin man came to the Prophet PBUH and said he had a sick brother. When Prophet PBUH asked him about the sickness, the man said that his brother struggles with a slight mental derangement.
The Prophet PBUH asked the man to bring his brother, and when he did, the Prophet Muhammad PBUH recited Ayat ul Kursi and other verses for the brother. And by the mercy of Allah SWT, the individual was completely healed.
Although there are other superstitions for warding off evil in many cultures, as Muslims, we should know that our only protector is Allah SWT, and reciting supplications and verses is enough for us.
The Holy Prophet PBUH said that whoever recites a letter from the book of Allah will be given a good deed, and then the good deed that you gained for reciting one word will be increased tenfold. He further said that Alif Lam Mim is not a letter, but all of them are separate letters.
This narration proves how many blessings we can receive from just one word of the Quran. Therefore, we should make it a daily part of our lives to recite Ayat ul Kursi and other words of the Quran.
Whenever we engage in any recitation of the Quran, not only does Allah SWT lessen our sins, but it also helps us to strengthen our faith. When we read Ayat ul Kursi with translation, our minds and hearts become absorbed in the words and better understand the profound message of the Quranic verses.
Another benefit of reading Ayat ul Kursi is that it promotes goodness in our daily lives. When we read Islamic scriptures, we become more inclined towards good deeds and avoid bad things for our faith.
- Read Before Leaving The House: You can recite Ayat ul Kursi before you leave the house so that a guardian angel is with you and Allah SWT protects you.
- Read Before Entering The House: We never know what dangers lurk in the shadows. Therefore, reciting Ayat ul Kursi before entering your house or any other place can protect you from potential danger.
- Recite Before Traveling: Apart from the dua of traveling; you can also recite Ayat ul Kursi whenever you are in a vehicle so that you remain under the protection of Allah at all times.
- Recite Before Doing Something Difficult: Whenever we recite the Quran before doing something difficult, Allah SWT makes it easy. Therefore, recite Ayat ul Kursi before doing anything difficult, like attempting an exam or cooking something new.
- We can recite Ayat ul Kursi when we feel afraid.
- Reciting Ayat ul Kursi when disappointed and sad can help us be more optimistic.
- Reciting or listening to Ayat ul Kursi can help calm the nerves.
- We can recite Ayat ul Kursi when we feel happy to show gratitude.
Learn the Ayat ul Kursi in Arabic, but also focus on the English translation, which will help you understand what every word means, thus granting you wisdom unlike any other.
Ayat ul Kursi holds a significant position in the Islamic scriptures because of its comprehensive description of the attributes of Allah SWT. Reciting this verse has numerous religious and spiritual benefits and allows Muslims to strengthen their relationship with Allah SWT and cultivate a deeper understanding of the Quran.
Muslims should strive to incorporate Ayat ul Kursi into their daily routine to benefit from it and make this Dunya (worldly life) and hereafter easy.