8 Surahs You Should Recite Often

{قُلْ هُوَ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا هُدًى وَشِفَاءٌ}

Say, “It (The Qur’an) is, for those who believe, a guidance and cure.” (Qur’an 41:44)

The entire Qur’an is a source of guidance and cure for the believers. However, some Surahs have benefits that others don’t. Perks like protection from the punishment of the grave, protection from the shaytan, and intercession on the Day of Judgement can be found in certain Surahs. In this post I list eight Surahs that Muslims can really benefit from. 

Suratul Mulk (Chapter 67)

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The 67th chapter of the Qur’an is known as Al-Maani’ah (The Protector). It serves as a protection from the punishment of the grave and an intercessor on the Day of Judgement. To experience the benefit of this Surah, one must read it every night, understand it, believe in the information mentioned in it, and live in accordance with its rulings.

Suratul Ikhlas (Chapter 112)

Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
A man said: “O Messenger of Allah! I love Surat-Al-Ikhlas [Say: He is Allah, (the) One].” He (Peace be upon him) said, “Your love for it will admit you to Jannah.[At-Tirmidhi].

Whoever recites this Surah gets reward equivalent to the reward of one who recites one-third of the Qur’an. Among the many virtues of this Surah is the significance of its meaning. No one can describe Allah better than He describes Himself. In Suratul Ikhlas Allah explains Himself in a very short but concise manner.

Suratul Falaq and Surat anNaas (Chapters 113 & 114)

Narrated ‘Aisha: Whenever Allah’s Apostle went to bed, he used to recite Surat-al-Ikhlas, Surat-al-Falaq and Surat-an-Nas and then blow on his palms and pass them over his face and those parts of his body that his hands could reach. And when he fell ill, he used to order me to do like that for him.

When the Prophet was afflicted by magic, Suratul Falaq and Surat anNaas were revealed as the Muawidhatayn (Verses of Refuge). They can be used as a cure for sickness, magic, and the evil eye.

Suratul Baqarah and Surah Aali Imran (Chapters 2 & 3)

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) saying: “Do not turn your houses into graveyards. Satan runs away from the house in which Surat Al-Baqarah is recited.”

The Shaytan runs away from a house in which Suratul Baqarah has been recited. Suratul Baqarah is a source of protection from afflictions of the evil eye, magic, and waswas. It also contains the greatest verse in the Qur’an: Ayatul Kursi. Both Baqarah and Aali Imran are known as the two bright ones. They serve as intercessors on the Day of Judgement for those who recite them.

Suratul Kahf (Chapter 18)

 

“ONE WHO MEMORIZED THE FIRST TEN VERSES OF SURAH AL KAHF WILL BE SECURE AGAINST THE DAJJAL (ANTI-CHRIST).” (MUSLIM)

There are many gems one can extract from Suratul Kahf. Besides the lessons one can learn from the stories told in this Surah, it serves as a protection from the Dajjaal for whoever memorizes the first ten Ayaat. Every Muslim should strive to memorize this Surah and read it every Friday.

Suratul Fatihah (Chapter 1)

Abu Huraira reported: The Apostle of Allah (Peace be upon him) said: If anyone observes prayer in which he does not recite Umm al-Qur’an, It is deficient [he said this three times] and not complete. It was said to Abu Huraira: At times we are behind the Imam. He said: Recite it inwardly, for he had heard the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) declare that Allah the Exalted had said: I have divided the prayer into two halves between Me and My servant, and My servant will receive what he asks. When the servant says: Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the universe, Allah the Most High says: My servant has praised Me. And when he (the servant) says: The Most Compassionate, the Merciful, Allah the Most High says: My servant has lauded Me. And when he (the servant) says: Master of the Day of judgment, He remarks: My servant has glorified Me. and sometimes He would say: My servant entrusted (his affairs) to Me. And when he (the worshipper) says: Thee do we worship and of Thee do we ask help, He (Allah) says: This is between Me and My servant, and My servant will receive what he asks for. Then, when he (the worshipper) says: Guide us to the straight path, the path of those to whom Thou hast been Gracious not of those who have incurred Thy displeasure, nor of those who have gone astray, He (Allah) says: This is for My servant, and My servant will receive what he asks for. Sufyan said: ‘Ala b. ‘Abd al-Rahman b. Ya’qub narrated it to me when I went to him and he was confined to his home on account of illness, and I asked him about it.

Some scholars say the entire Qur’an is a tafsir of Suratul Fatihah. This Surah is so important that your Salah is invalid without it. Among the virtues of this Surah is that it can be used as a cure.

It might not be easy to recite all of these Surahs at once, especially the big ones like Suratul Baqarah, but there is a way to recite them often. If you recite four pages a day, you can finish Suratul Baqarah in about twelve days. If you recite four pages after every Salah, you can finish it in about three days. If you apply reciting a few pages a day to your routine, you can recite Suratul Baqarah and Surah Aali Imran on the first five days of every month. With this in mind, make a plan and stick to it.

Let me know what works for you in the comments!

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