Virtues of Ayât al-Kursî

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Allah! La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists. Neither slumber, nor sleep overtake Him. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on earth. Who is he that can intercede with Him except with His Permission? He knows what happens to them (His creatures) in this world, and what will happen to them in the Hereafter. And they will never compass anything of His Knowledge except that which He wills. His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them. And He is the Most High, the Most Great. [This Verse 2:255 is called Ayat-ul-Kursi.]
  • The greatest verse from the Book of Allâh

عَنْ أُبَىِّ بْنِ كَعْبٍ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏”‏ يَا أَبَا الْمُنْذِرِ أَتَدْرِي أَىُّ آيَةٍ مِنْ كِتَابِ اللَّهِ مَعَكَ أَعْظَمُ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ قَالَ قُلْتُ اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ أَعْلَمُ ‏.‏ قَالَ ‏”‏ يَا أَبَا الْمُنْذِرِ أَتَدْرِي أَىُّ آيَةٍ مِنْ كِتَابِ اللَّهِ مَعَكَ أَعْظَمُ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ قَالَ قُلْتُ اللَّهُ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ الْحَىُّ الْقَيُّومُ ‏.‏ قَالَ فَضَرَبَ فِي صَدْرِي وَقَالَ ‏”‏ وَاللَّهِ لِيَهْنِكَ الْعِلْمُ أَبَا الْمُنْذِرِ ‏

It was narrated from Ubay ibn Ka’b that Allâh’s messenger (ﷺ) said: “O Abû Al-Mundhir, do you know which verse from the Book of Allâh that you have learned is greatest?’ I said: ‘Allâh and His Messenger know best.’ He said:’O Abû Al-Mundhir, do you know which verse from the Book of Allâh that you have learned is greatest?’. I said:” ‘Allâhu! Lâ ilâha illa Huwa, Al-Hayyul-Qayyûm [2:255]”‘. He struck me on the chest and said: ‘I congratulate you on your knowledge, O Abû Al-Mundhir.’ “

Sahîh Muslim 810


  • A protection for the night

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ قَالَ وَكَّلَنِي رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم بِحِفْظِ زَكَاةِ رَمَضَانَ فَأَتَانِي آتٍ فَجَعَلَ يَحْثُو مِنَ الطَّعَامِ فَأَخَذْتُهُ فَقُلْتُ لأَرْفَعَنَّكَ إِلَى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَقَصَّ الْحَدِيثَ فَقَالَ إِذَا أَوَيْتَ إِلَى فِرَاشِكَ فَاقْرَأْ آيَةَ الْكُرْسِيِّ لَنْ يَزَالَ مَعَكَ مِنَ اللَّهِ حَافِظٌ وَلاَ يَقْرَبُكَ شَيْطَانٌ حَتَّى تُصْبِحَ‏.‏ وَقَالَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ صَدَقَكَ وَهْوَ كَذُوبٌ ذَاكَ شَيْطَانٌ ‏”

It was narrated by Abû Hurairah: “Allâh’s Messenger (ﷺ) ordered me to guard the Zakât of Ramadân. Then somebody came to me and started stealing from the foodstuff. I caught him and said, “I will take you to Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)!” Then Abû Hurairah described the whole narration and said: That person said (to me), “(Please don’t take me to Allâh’s Messenger (ﷺ) and I will tell you a few words by which Allâh will benefit you.) When you go to your bed, recite Ayât-al-Kursî, (2:255) for then there will be a guard from Allâh who will protect you all night long, and Shaytân (Satan) will not be able to come near you till dawn.” (When the Prophet (ﷺ) heard the story) he said (to me), “He (who came to you at night) told you the truth although he is a liar; and it was Shaytân (Satan).”

Sahîh Bukharî 5010


  • Nothing prevents one from entering Paradise except death


عَنْ أَبِي أُمَامَةَ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ مَنْ قَرَأَ آيَةَ الْكُرْسِيِّ دُبُرَ كُلِّ صَلَاةٍ مَكْتُوبَةٍ لَمْ يَمْنَعْهُ مِنْ دُخُولِ الْجَنَّةِ إِلَّا أَنْ يَمُوتَ

Narrated from Abû Umâmah: The Messenger of Allâh (ﷺ) said: “Whoever recites Ayât Al-Kursî [2:255) after each prescribed prayer, nothing will prevent him from entering Paradise except death.”

Mu’jam Al-Kabîr. As-Sahîhah 972 of Shaykh Al-Albânî.


  • Protection for the morning and evening

عن أُبيِّ بنِ كَعْبٍ رضِي اللهُ عنه أنَّه كان له جُرْنٌ من تَمْرٍ فكان يَنقُصُ فحرسَه ذاتَ ليلةٍ فإذا هو بدابَّةٍ شِبْه الغُلامِ المُحتَلِمِ فسلَّمَ عليه فرَدَّ عليه السلامَ فقال ما أنت جِنِّيٌ أمْ إنْسيٌ قال جِنِّيٌ قال فناوِلْنِي يدَك قال فناوَلَه يدَه فإذا يدُه يدُ كلبٍ وشَعرُه شَعرُ كلبٍ قال هذا خَلْقُ الجِنِّ قال قدْ عَلِمتِ الجِنُّ أنَّ ما فيِهم رجلًا أشدَ مِنِّي قال فما جاء بِكَ قال بلَغَنَا أنَّكَ تُحِبُّ الصَّدقةَ فجِئْنا نُصيبُ من طعامِك قال فما يُنَجِّينَا مِنكُم قال هذه الآيةُ التِي في سورةِ البقرةِ اللَّهُ لا إِلَهَ إِلَّا هو الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ مَنْ قالَها حِينَ يُمسِي أُجِيرَ مِنَّا حتَى يُصْبِحَ ومَن قالَها حينَ يصبحُ أُجِيرَ مِنَّا حتى يُمسِي فلَمَّا أصبحَ أتَى رسولُ اللهِ صلَّى اللهُ عليِه وسلَّمَ فذكر ذلكَ له فقال : صَدَقَ الخبيثُ

Narrated by Ubayy Ibn Ka’b that he had a drying place for dates, and he found that they began disappearing, so he guarded it one night and found a creature resembling a boy at the age of puberty. So he gave him the greeting of Salâm and he replied with the greeting of Salâm. So he said: “Who are you: a jinn or a human?” He said: “No, rather I am a Jinn.” He said: “Give me your hand” and he found that it was the paw of a dog and the hair of a dog. He said: “Is this the physique of the Jinn?” He said: “The Jinn know that there is not amongst them a male stronger than me.” He said: “What have you been doing?” He said: “I was informed that you are a man who loves to give in charity, so we wished to take a share from your food.” He said: “What will safeguard us from you?”He said: “This verse which is in Sûrah Al-Baqarah: [Ayât Al-Kursî]. If you say it when you enter the morning you will be safeguarded from us until you enter the evening and if you say it when you enter the evening you will be safeguarded from us until you enter the morning.” So in the morning he went to the Prophet (ﷺ) and informed him for his news. He (ﷺ)said: ‘ The foul one has spoken the truth.'”

Sahîh At-Targhîb 662. Declared Sahîh by Al-Albânî

Published by أبو زكريا عيسى الألباني

BSc (Hons) Microbiology | Qur'ān | Sunnah |

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