Reciting Surah al-Baqarah in One’s Home: 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:

قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: لا تجعلوا بيوتكم قبورًا، فإن البيت الذي تقرأ فيه سورة البقرة لا يدخله شيطان . هل المقصود بقراءة سورة البقرة مرة واحدة في البيت عندما يسكن فيه صاحبه ، أو كل عام، أو كل ليلة؟ وهل تكفي القراءة من المسجل ويحصل بها المقصود، أم لا؟

Question: The Prophet said, “Do not make your houses into graves, for the house in which surah al-Baqarah is recited – the shaytaan does not enter it.” Is the meaning of reciting surah al-Baqarah that a person recites it once in his home during the time that he is living there, or is it every year, or every night? And would a recitation from a cassette tape suffice and achieve the objective here or not?

The Committee responded with the following:

ليس لقراءة سورة البقرة حد معين، وإنما يدل الحديث على شرعية عمارة البيوت بالصلاة وقراءة القرآن، كما يدل على أن الشيطان يفر من البيت الذي تُقرأ فيه سورة البقرة، وليس في ذلك تحديد، فيدل على استحباب الإكثار من قراءتها دائمًا لطرد الشيطان، ولما في ذلك من الفضل العظيم؛ لأن كل حرف بحسنة والحسنة بعشر أمثالها كما جاء في الحديث الآخر. وبالله التوفيق، وصلى الله على نبينا محمد وآله وصحبه وسلم . ـ

Response: There is no specific amount when it comes to reciting surah al-Baqarah. What this hadith indicates is that the desired nature of regularly engaging in salah and reciting the Qur’an in one’s home. It also shows that the shaytaan flees from a house in which surah al-Baqarah is recited. But there is no specific amount or frequency given for that, which points to it being desirable to regularly and frequently recite it in order to repel the shaytaan and due to the great virtue in doing so. For every letter is a hasanah, and each hasanah is the likes of ten good deeds, as is mentioned in another hadith.

Success is with Allah, and may Allah grant His peace and blessings to our Prophet, Muhammad, as well as to his family and his companions.

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

عضو             عضو                    عضو                   عضو                         الرئيس
بكر أبو زيد     صالح الفوزان     عبد العزيز آل الشيخ     عبد الله بن غديان     عبد العزيز بن عبد الله بن باز

Signed by: Bakr Abu Zayd (member), Saalih al-Fawzan (member), ‘Abd al-‘Aziz Aal al-Sheikh (member), ‘Abdullah ibn Ghudayyaan (member), and ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abdullah bin Baaz (Director)

[al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, Fatwaa #18072. See here.]

Click here to read explanations of surah al-Baqarah from the well-known books of tafsir.

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

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

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

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

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