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​The Four Surahs

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(Four Surahs’ Series – Introduction)

“BOOOOOM!!!” It was an explosion of unimaginable proportions and far reaching consequences. It was not a bomb explosion, but a far more powerful explosion – an information explosion.

Today, there is no shortage of literature and reading material. Whether in hard copy (novels, newspapers, magazines, etc.) or soft copy (eBooks, PDF’s, websites, blogs, etc.), we are ‘up to our ears’ in literature. If it is not reading literature that takes our time, it could be listening to nasheeds, or clips, or anything else that we enjoy.

The point, however, is that the more these things increase in abundance, the more we ‘connect’ with them. While some of these things may be beneficial (e.g. listening to a bayaan clip), ‘connecting’ with them has, in most cases, caused us to ‘disconnect’ from the Quraan Majeed. In other words, we spend the bulk of our time with these things and no longer have or make time to recite the Quraan Majeed. Obviously, in doing so, we are depriving ourselves of tremendous rewards and benefits and are leaving a void in our lives which can never be filled by anything else.

The month of Ramadhaan is around the corner, and as we are all well aware, it is “The Month of the Quraan Majeed”. Hence, a special, concerted effort should be made to connect with Allah Ta‘ala through the Quraan Majeed in this month. We should try to free ourselves from all non-essential activities, occupations and engagements, as far as possible, so that we can avail ourselves for the recitation of the Quraan Majeed.

Daily recitation of the Quraan Majeed is the ‘missing’ ingredient in many homes and is vital for happiness, prosperity and peace to prevail in the home. Furthermore, it is highly effective in repelling the shayaateen and evil jinn from the home. Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) says, “The house in which the Quraan Majeed is read, it becomes spacious (comfortable) for the household members, it’s goodness increases, angels come down upon them and the shayaateen run far away from there, but the house in which the Quraan Majeed is not read, life there becomes difficult and empty of goodness, angels leave the house and the shayaateen stay in it.” (Ithaafus Saadatil Muttaqeen vol. 4, pg. 466)

Apart from the general recitation of the Quraan Majeed, which should be a fixed daily feature in our lives, both in and out of Ramadhaan, there are certain surahs which hold special virtues and benefits for the reciter. Hence, we should also make it a point to recite these surahs on a daily basis with punctuality.

In this regard, we will focus on four surahs; Surah Yaseen, Surah Mulk (Tabaarak), Surah Sajdah and Surah Waaqi‘ah. Since there are four weeks in Ramadhaan, it is hoped that we will add one surah a week to our daily recitation. Insha-Allah, in this way, when Ramadhaan comes to an end, we will all be reciting these four surahs on a daily basis.

In the weeks to come, we will insha-Allah mention some of the special virtues and benefits of reciting these surahs.