Differing Levels of Merits for Certain Surahs and Ayaat: al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah

The Permanent Committee for Islamic Research and Fataawaa of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia [al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah] received the following question:

سؤال : هل صحيح أن قراءة وتلاوة بعض سور القرآن وتدبرها لها أجر وفضل كثير ومميزات عن السور الأخرى، كسورة يس؟ وما هي هذه الفضائل؟ ـ

Question: Is it true that some surahs of the Qur’an, such as surah Yaasin, have greater reward and more merits and distinction for reading, reciting, and contemplating them than others? And what are these virtues?

 جواب : التفاضل بين آيات القرآن الكريم وسوره ثابت في السنة المطهرة، كفضل الفاتحة وآية الكرسي وسورة الإخلاص وغيرها، مع اعتقاد أن الجميع كلام الله حقيقة، وهذا التفاضل لما تشتمل عليه بعض السور والآيات من المعاني التي اختصت بها، ومع ورود السنة أيضًا ببيان هذه الأفضلية، فإن هذا التفضيل سبيله التوقيف ولا مجال فيه للاجتهاد، وأما سورة ( يس ) على الخصوص فلا نعلم حديثًا صحيحًا عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يخصها بشيء من الفضائل. والله أعلم. وبالله التوفيق، وصلى الله على نبينا محمد وآله وصحبه وسلم. ـ

Response: Differing levels of virtues among the ayaat and surahs of the Qur’an is something authentically verified in the pure Sunnah, such as the merits of surah al-Fatihah, ayah al-Kursi, surah al-Ikhlaas, and others, while still believing that all of it is the literal speech of Allah. 

These differing levels of virtue are due to certain meanings which some of the surahs and ayaat are distinguished by, along with what has been transmitted in the Sunnah clarifying their virtues as well. For holding a virtuous status is something determined by the textual evidences; it is not an area of personal judgement.

As for surah Yaasin in particular, we do not know of any authentic hadeeth from the Prophet (ﷺ) singling it out for any special virtue or merit. And Allah knows best.

Success is from Allah, and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our prophet Muhammad, and upon his family and companions.

 اللجنة الدائمة للبحوث العلمية والإِفتاء
The Permanent Committee for Islamic Research and Fataawaa

عضو            نائب رئيس اللجنة                 الرئيس
بكر أبو زيد     عبد العزيز آل الشيخ     عبد العزيز بن عبد الله بن باز

Signed by: Bakr Abu Zayd (member), ‘Abd al-‘Aziz Aal al-Sheikh (Deputy Director of the Committee), and ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abdullah bin Baaz (Director)

[al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, Fatwaa #20414, (Vol. 3, pages 130). See here.]

See also: Inauthentic Narrations regarding the Virtues of Certain Surahs: Sheikh ibn ‘Uthaymeen

See also: Reciting Surah al-Baqarah in One’s Home: al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah

See also: The Virtues of Surah al-Ikhlaas: Sheikh Saalih al-Fawzan

See also: Regularly Reciting Specific Surahs: al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah

See also: Reciting Surah al-Mulk: Sheikh bin Baaz

See also: Merits of Surah al-Nisaa’: Tafsir ibn Kathir

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