Reading Soorah Al-Baqarah every three days
Fatwa No: 246460

  • Fatwa Date:5-4-2014 - Jumaadaa Al-Aakhir 5, 1435
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Question

Assalamu alaykum I read that it is from the sunny to read surat al baqarah every three days.. Can I read a third every day for three days or should I read the full surah every third day . Jazz allahu khaki run

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

There is no doubt that reciting Soorah Al-Baqarah is a good deed that involves great reward; but we do not know of any evidence in the Quran or the Sunnah explicitly stating that it is recommended to recite it every three days as the questioner mentioned. However, this recommendation may be deduced from some Ahaadeeth. For example, the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “For everything there is a pinnacle, and the pinnacle of the Quran is Soorah Al-Baqarah; if anyone recites it in his house during the day, no devil will come near his house for three days; and if anyone recites it in his house during the night no devil will enter his house for three nights.” [Al-Bayhaqi and Ibn Hibbaan] Al-Albaani  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said that the Hadeeth was weak in one instance and in another, he labeled it Hasan Lighayrih (Hasan due to external corroboration).

What is understood from this Hadeeth is that the devil may enter the house after the three (days or nights); therefore, if someone wishes to keep the devil away from his house all the time, he should recite Soorah Al-Baqarah every three (days or nights).

Among the other Hadeeth reports that mention the merits and virtues of Soorah Al-Baqarah and how it wards off devils and nullifies magic spells is the Hadeeth where the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Recite Soorah Al-Baqarah, for reciting it imparts blessing, abandoning it incurs grief, and the Batalah cannot confront it.” [Muslim] Mu‘aawiyah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him one of the narrators of the Hadeeth commented, “I was informed that the word 'Batalah' in the Hadeeth means sorcerers.

The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) also said: “Do not turn your houses to graveyards. Indeed, the devil runs away from the house in which Soorah Al-Baqarah is recited.” [Muslim]

None of these Ahaadeeth or any of the other ones which we have found mention that one should read Soorah Al-Baqarah in one session in order to realize this benefit. However, if someone is able to recite it all in one session, then that is better than not doing so; otherwise, we do not see any objection in reciting it in more than one session.

Allaah Knows best.

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