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Ayat al-Kursi (2:255)


اللّهُ لاَ إِلَـهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ لاَ تَأْخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَلاَ نَوْمٌ لَّهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الأَرْضِ مَن ذَا الَّذِي يَشْفَعُ عِنْدَهُ إِلاَّ بِإِذْنِهِ يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ وَلاَ يُحِيطُونَ بِشَيْءٍ مِّنْ عِلْمِهِ إِلاَّ بِمَا شَاء وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضَ وَلاَ يَؤُدُهُ حِفْظُهُمَا وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ


Translation: “Allah! There is no god but He – the Living, The Self-subsisting, Eternal. No slumber can seize Him Nor Sleep. His are all things in the heavens and on earth. Who is there can intercede in His presence except as he permitteth? He knoweth what (appeareth to His creatures As) before or after or behind them. Nor shall they compass Aught of his knowledge Except as He willeth. His throne doth extend over the heavens and on earth, and He feeleth No fatigue in guarding and preserving them, For He is the Most High, The Supreme (in glory).” (2:255)

Benefits of this beautiful Aya include:

  1. It is one of the most lofty ayaat of the Quran
  2. The reader is protected from evil
  3. If one reads it in the morning, he is protected until evening, and if he reads it in the evening he is protected until morning
  4. If one reads it over his possessions, they will be protected from Shaytaan
  5. It is equal to a quarter of the Quran
And my personal favourite comes from the following hadith:

Abu Umamah (radi Allahu anhu) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Whoever recites Ayat ul-Kursi immediately after each prescribed Prayer, there will be nothing standing between him and his entering Paradise except death.” [Nasai, Ibn Hibban, Darimi]

This Aya is really important because of its description of the attributes of Allah (swt).

Allah (swt) knows each and every one of us as He is the All-Knowing. He knows what is apparent and what is not. But the only way we can know Him is through his characteristics and attributes which we learn from the Quran. One of the sifaat (characteristics) mentioned in this aya, is that He is always awake and alert. No sleep overtakes Him, nor does He get drowsy. We can feel secure that when we sleep, we have Allah (swt) who will not sleep and will watch over us.  Nobody can be better at this than Allah (swt). SubhanAllah!

This hadith emphasizes the power of this Aya, that if we just read it 5 times a day, once after every Salah, we will InshAllah be granted Jannah, and the only thing stopping us is death. It suddenly makes death seem beautiful and makes us want it! What a heart-warming Aya and hadith SubhanAllah.

Let’s remember to read this Aya 5 times a day!

Source: Benefits of Ayat al-Kursi

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When things are Alhamdulilah going well in our lives, we may get caught up in it and chase after more, but all of a sudden we find ourselves immersed in it and we hang on tightly to it.

We all have aims and goals in life, possibly a vague idea of where we want to be in a few years time, the house we’ll be living in, the car we’ll be driving, and the holidays we can go on. But problems arise when we want things a bit too much.  We start to have an attachment to material things in this world and we place excessive importance on them, when they are actually insignificant in Allah’s view.

A fitting analogy was reported by Jabir b. Abdullah that –

 Rasul Allah (saw) happened to walk through the bazaar coming from the side of ‘Aliya and people were on both sides of him. There he found a dead lamb with very short ears. He took hold of its ear and said: ‘Who amongst you would like to have this for a dirham?’ They said: ‘We would not like to have it even for less than that as it is of no use to us.’ He said: ‘Do you wish to have it free (of any cost)?’. They said: ‘By Allah, even if it were alive (we would not have liked to possess it), for there is defect in it, as its ear is very short; and on top of that its dead now.’ Thereupon, Rasul Allah (saw) said: ‘By Allah, this world is more insignificant in the eyes of Allah than this dead lamb is in your eyes’ (Muslim)

Subhanallah! This just shows how unimportant this life is. It isn’t worth worrying over so much; or worth the anger or the tears.  And there’s no need to hang on so tightly. If you were told you could have a villa in Palm Dubai now for only a few years, or 500 villas in all the countries you wanted equipped with chefs and maids at your service for as long as you lived, which one would you want? Which one would you work towards? It would be silly to ask for the one villa immediately when all you had to do was wait longer for 500, wouldn’t it?

This hadith helps put things in perspective and reminds us that we should be more proportionate in our attitude towards this life. Life is probably on average around 70 years, in comparison to the FOREVER of happiness that we are asking for in Jannah, where we will be given things so much better than anything in this world, the unimaginable. In fact, if you think about it, it isn’t fair on our part to ONLY obey for this short time in relationship to what Allah (swt) will give us in return, yet we make it seem so difficult and we want the more immediate pleasure. So let’s obey Allah for these mere, insignificant years of life on Earth!

May Allah help us all to take this lesson from this hadith InshAllah, and keep our heads down-to-earth, but our eyes on the prize of Paradise, because that is what really matters.

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