Reading the Quran regularly is an obligation that every Muslim should strive to establish. The creator of the universe, Allah, has given this book to mankind for its many beneficial uses. The beginning of many surahs (or chapters) contain reasons for why the book has been brought down. Here is one such ayah (or verse):

This is the Book! There is no doubt about it—a guide for those mindful [of Allah].

(Quran 2:2)

Here Allah states that the Quran is a guide, which means it helps Muslims stay on the right path.

In another verse, Allah says it can heal:

We send down the Quran as a healing and mercy for the believers, but it only increases the wrongdoers in loss.

(Quran 17:82)

There are many reasons to read the Quran and that in itself could be a discussion since that list is pretty long. InshaAllah this article will present surahs and ayahs that one can incorporate into their daily and weekly life based on the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh). 

The Four Quls

These four surahs are grouped because they all start with the word قل , which translates to “Say!” In which Allah told his messenger(pbuh) to recite these words. These surahs are contained within the last two pages of the Quran and are short, yet potent.

Al-Kafirun

Say [O Prophet], “O you disbelievers!

I do not worship what you worship.

Nor do you worship what I worship.

I will never worship what you worship.

nor will you ever worship what I worship.

You have your way, and I have my Way.”

(Quran 109:1-6)

This surah’s message is to remind the believer not to worship anyone else besides Allah in the face of outside pressure. There will always be people wanting to lead others to the wrong path. Reciting this surah helps one remember and stay grounded in what’s truly important. The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said:

“’Idha Zulzilat’ is equal to half of the Quran, Qul Huwa Allahu Ahad is equal to a third of the Quran, and Qul Ya Ayyuhal-Kafirun is equal to a fourth of the Quran.”

(Jami’ at-Tirmidhi 2894)

This hadith mentions the great reward of reciting Zalzalah, Kafirun, and Ikhlas. Allah through his mercy gives the reward of reciting one-fourth of the Quran just from reciting Kafirun. Make the habit to recite it a couple of times a day!

Al-Ikhlas

Say [O Prophet], “He is Allah—One [and Indivisible];

Allah—the Sustainer [needed by all].

He has never had offspring, nor was He born.

And there is none comparable to Him.”

(Quran 112:1-4)

A truly powerful surah as it provides a concise explanation of who Allah is. Although it is short, it holds a great reward. Looking at the hadith from above, it states that Allah will reward one for reciting one-third of the Quran just from reciting Ikhlas. The Messenger (pbuh) regularly recited Kafirun and Ikhlas in the optional prayer before Fajr and also in Witr (last prayer of the night).

The Prophet (pbuh) would recite in the two (supererogatory) rak’ahs of the dawn prayer: “Say, O unbelievers” {Surat al-Kafiroon} and “Say: He is Allah, the one” {Surat al-Ikhlas}.

[Sunan Abi Dawud 1256]

Al-Mu’awwidhatain:

Surah Al-Falaq

Say, [O Prophet], “I seek refuge in the Lord of the daybreak,

From the evil of whatever He has created,

And from the evil of the night when it grows dark,

And from the evil of those [witches casting spells by] blowing onto knots,

And from the evil of an envier when they envy.”

(Quran 113:1-5)

Surah An-Nas

Say [O Prophet], “I seek refuge in the Lord of humankind,

the Master of humankind,

the God of humankind,

From the evil of the lurking whisperer,

Who whispers into the hearts of humankind,

From among jinn and humankind.”

(Quran 114:1-6)

Surah Al-Falaq and An-Nas are known as the Al-Mu’awwidhatain or ‘the verses of refuge’. Allah provides protection from a specific evil when one recites them. Surah Falaq provides protection from three things:

  • Evil creatures (people, animals, jinn, etc.) that come out at night
  • any sort of magic
  • enviers 

Surah Nas provides protection from humans and jinn that try to lead believers away from the right path.

Recite Ikhlas and Ma’awwidhatain regularly – after prayer, waking up, and before sleeping – so a shield from Allah can be cast on you. The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) spoke of its benefits in various hadiths. Here is one of them:

‘Abdullah bin Khubaib reported: The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said to me, “Recite Surat Al-Ikhlas and Al- Mu’awwidhatain (Surat Al-Falaq and Surat An-Nas) three times at dawn and dusk. It will suffice you in all respects.”

(Riyad as-Salihin 1456)

Ayat Al-Kursi

Ayat al-Kursi is one verse from Surah Baqarah that is said to be the greatest verse in the entire Quran. It is a verse that Muslims are encouraged to memorize and recite frequently. Here is the verse itself:

Allah! There is no god [worthy of worship] except Him, the Ever-Living, All-Sustaining. Neither drowsiness nor sleep overtakes Him. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who could possibly intercede with Him without His permission? He [fully] knows what is ahead of them and what is behind them, but no one can grasp any of His knowledge—except what He wills [to reveal]. His Seat encompasses the heavens and the earth, and the preservation of both does not tire Him. For He is the Most High, the Greatest.

(Quran 2:255)

The verse itself describes Allah and his magnificence as the one and only God. When one understands the meaning of these words, their trust in their creator increases as the reader learns that Allah knows the past and future, and he controls everything in space and beyond. There are many hadiths speaking of this verse’s virtue, yet this hadith showcases its amazing power:

Narrated Abu Umamah (RA): Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said: “Whoever recites Ayat al-Kursi at the end of every obligatory prayer, nothing but death will prevent him from entering Paradise.”

(al-Mu’jam al-Kabīr 7406)

Recite this after every prayer, morning, night, or whenever one wants to be reminded of what Allah does effortlessly.

The Last Ten Verses of Ali-‘Imran

Many sections of surahs can have a stand-alone meaning and recited by themselves. There are many supplications taken straight from verses in different surahs. One such case is the last ten verses of Surah Imran. Here is a hadith stating how Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) recited it: 

(One night) I stayed overnight in the house of my aunt Maimuna, and said to myself, “I will watch the prayer of Allah’s Messenger (pbuh).” My aunt placed a cushion for Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) and he slept on it in its length-wise direction and (woke-up) rubbing the traces of sleep off his face and then he recited the last ten Verses of Surah Ali-‘Imran until he finished it. Then he went to a hanging water skin and took it, performed the ablution and then stood up to offer the prayer….

(Sahih al-Bukhari 4570)

As one can see from the hadith, the messenger of Allah (pbuh) started his day with these verses. Here are the first and last ayah in this surah:

[They are] those who remember Allah while standing, sitting, and lying on their sides, and reflect on the creation of the heavens and the earth [and pray], “Our Lord! You have not created [all of] this without purpose. Glory be to You! Protect us from the torment of the Fire…….O believers! Patiently endure, persevere, stand on guard, and be mindful of Allah, so you may be successful. 

(Quran 3:191,200)

Although only two of the verses are shown here, all ten together have the theme of being mindful of Allah and not being deceived by the desires of this world so one can obtain from Allah’s infinite bounty. It is a strong way to start any day.

Al-Mulk

Surah Al-Mulk is a slightly longer read than the surahs previously mentioned. It is a five to ten minute read that provides protection and intercession in the Hereafter.

Abu Hurairah (Allah be pleased with him) that the beloved Holy Prophet (peace be upon him, his family and companions) said “Verily, there is a Surah in the Holy Quran comprising of thirty verses. It intercedes for a person until he is forgiven, and that Surah is Tabaara kallazee biyadi hil mulk (i.e Surah Mulk).”

(Jami ‘ At-Tirmidhi 2891)

Intercession means the surah itself will speak on the frequent reciter’s behalf in the Hereafter. Allah speaks of many topics in this surah such as the purpose and perfection of the creation, and the reward and punishment of the hereafter. It will allow the reader to be mindful of the true purpose of this life and stay focused on what’s genuinely important. Recite this once a day with translation or commentary to fully obtain its benefits.

Al-Kahf

This is the longest surah on this list and one that is recommended to recite weekly. It was sent down to the messenger of Allah (pbuh) when his community was trying to confirm his Prophethood. It is a surah that one should strive to read every Friday, as there is great virtue in it according to this hadith:

Whoever reads Surah al-Kahf on the day of Jumu’ah, will have a light that will shine from him from one Friday to the next.

(Saheeh al-Jaami’, 6470)

This surah details four stories for the believer to reflect on:

  • People of the Cave
  • A man and his Two Gardens
  • Musa and Khidr
  • Dhul Qarnain’s Journey

 The themes, respectively, are belief, gratitude, knowledge, and power. One should read commentary on this surah to learn and apply the lessons that these stories provide. The day of Jumu’ah begins Thursday evening and ends on Friday evening, so one can try to break up their recitation based on that.

Takeaway

The Quran is filled with infinite wonders and it is important for mankind to include it in their lives if they want to get closer with Allah. Start with the surahs on this list and once that is established, try to slowly add more. Even if it’s one new ayah a day, taking small steps will allow one to reach higher and higher inshaAllah.

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