Ayatul Kursi is the 255th verse of Surah Baqarah (The Cow) in the Holy Quran. It is considered the ‘Greatest ayat’ in the book of Allah in view of the fact that it asserts the might and power of Allah. It describes in what great ways Allah’s everlasting competence is spread throughout the heavens and the earth. This verse is a manifestation of Allah’s glory, power and might.
The prominence of this verse is disclosed in the hadeeth narrated by Ubayy ibn Kab in which, Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: O Abu’ al-Mundhir, do you know the verse from the Book of Allah which, according to you, is the greatest? I said: Allah and His Apostle (ﷺ) know best. He again said: Abu’l-Mundhir, do you know the verse from the Book of Allah which, according to you, is the greatest? I said: Allah, there is no god but He, the Living, the Eternal. Thereupon he struck me on my breast and said: May knowledge be pleasant for you, O Abu’l-Mundhir! – Sahih Muslim 810
A Pathway to Paradise
Humankind aspires to make progress in reaching Paradise and one such step forward towards that headway is to recite Ayatul Kursi after offering the obligatory Salah (prayer). This is given proof in the hadeeth narrated by Abu Umarnah in which Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: “Whoever recites Ayat al-Kursi at the end of every obligatory prayer, nothing but death will prevent him from entering Paradise.” [An-Nasa’i reported it, and Ibn Hibban graded it Sahih (authentic) – Bulugh al-Maram Book 2, Hadith 220
For Protection from Shaitaan
The recital of Ayatul Kursi before going to sleep will bring upon a guardian from Allah, to protect us all night long and shelter us from the Satan till dawn.
This is displayed from the story of Abu Huraira and Satan. It was narrated by Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him); Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) ordered me to guard the Zakat revenue of Ramadan. 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 Abu Huraira described the whole narration and said: That person said (to me), “Please don’t take me to Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) and I will tell you a few words by which Allah will benefit you. When you go to your bed, recite Ayat-al-Kursi, (2:255) for then there will be a guard from Allah who will protect you all night long and 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 Satan.” Sahih al-Bukhari 5010
For Protection from Evil Eye
The ‘evil eye’ is harm caused by a person to another person, with the former’s eyes. To put simply, it is to envy something with or without an evil intention. As a cure or prevention from the evil eye, one should recite al-Mu’awwadhatayn [the last two Surahs of the Quran – Surat al-Falaq and Surat an-Nas], Surat al-Ikhlas, Surat al-Fatihah, and Ayatul Kursi. IslamQA
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