Spirituality

Top Dawah Centers Around Saudi Arabia

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The main concern for many reverts is that they want to a feel a part of the community and want to be accepted and experience Islam for what it really is. It may be difficult sometimes in the beginning because they might not know the right people, or haven’t found the right place. So, here’s a list of centers, usually used for Dawah and helping out with any questions you might have about Islam and its teachings.


1. Jeddah Dawah Center

JDC is a center for teaching Islam to non-Muslims and to teach Islam /Arabic to Muslims who do not speak Arabic in different languages such as; English, French, Tagalog, Urdu, Malayalam, Indonesian, Tamil, Amhari, Napoli, Sinhala, Bengali and many more.

Location: Madinah Rd., Al Salamah Dist. (Near Hiraa’ St., Behind Habitat (Manzil) Hotel), Jeddah
Tel: +966-12-6828888 Ext. 100
Email: mytasneem@gmail.com
Web: jdci.org

2. Islamic Education Foundation Centre

Non-profit organization dedicated to lessons on different topics under the umbrella of Islam, in addition to organizing of Hajj trips.

Location: Ladies Branch – Behind Sabb Bank, Al Zahraa Dist., Jeddah.
Men Branch – Arafat St., Al Andalus Dist.
Tel: 966-12-6656994
Email: info@islamic-ef.org
Web: islamic-ef.org

3. Dar Ul Dhikr

A non-profit private school in Riyadh devoted to teach students Arabic, Quran and the basic teachings of Islam.

Location: Al Hamami St., Al Sulemania Dist., Riyadh.
Tel: +966-1-4163012 / +966-1-4624366
Mob: +966-553764598
Email: darudhikr@yahoo.com
Web: darudhikr.wix.com/daar

4. Al Rabwa Office for Islamic Call and Guidance

Classes about Tawheed, Fiqh and Hadith in several languages.

Location: An Nasim , Ash Sharqi
Tel: +966 (1) 4916065, +966 (1) 4454900
Email: en@islamhouse.com
Web: islamhouse.com

5. Islamic Cultural Center

Islamic Cultural Center is a Dawah center in multi languages. They have multiple resources such as books and Sheikhs from different countries to make Dawah to Muslims and non-Muslims. Classes are for both adults and children.

Location: King Saud Street, besides SEIKO building, Dammam.
Tel: +966-13-8320004
Email: muhalhsm@icc.org.sa
Web: islamic-ef.org

6. Hedayh Center

Cooperative office for call to, guidance and education of communities in Al Khobar.

Location: Southern Corniche, Al Rajhi Towers, Al Khobar
Tel: +966-13-865555
Web: hedayh.org

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Here’s a list of some Ramadan reminders that you can follow during this blessed month. May Allah accept all your efforts!


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Ramadan, Spirituality

An Insight into Tahajjud

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“Nafl” is an Arabic word, which means “to get something extra”. Tahajjud is one of these Nafl prayers, which has even been emphasized in the Quran:

“And from [part of] the night, pray with it as additional [worship] for you; it is expected that your Lord will resurrect you to a praised station.” [Quran, 17: 79]


Meaning:

Tahajjud comes from hujood, which is doing one thing and the opposite, it so the word hajada may mean he slept or it may mean he stayed up at night, which are opposites. Tahajjud means specifically praying at night, and some scholars limited it to prayers that are offered at night after sleeping in the latter portion on the night.tahujjud copy

Timing:

Tahajjud prayer is implemented in the final third of a night after waking up from sleep. It cannot be offered straight away after Isha, but only following one`s sleep.

Conditions:

  • Make a clear intention of performing Tahajjud and arrange to wake up at last part of the night, this does not need to be verbalised.
  • Be in state of cleanliness and perform Wudu.
  • Be in a clean and quiet place in the house, away from distractions
  • Remove all kinds of worldly matters to better concentrate on the prayer and gain the benefits.
  • Offer at least 2 – 12 rakahs depending on your will and energy.
  • Aisha (R) narrated:
    “Allah’s Apostle used to offer eleven Rakahs and that was his prayer. He used to prolong the prostration to such an extent that one could recite fifty verses (of the Quran) before he would lift his head. He used to pray two Rakahs before the Fajr prayer and then used to lie down on his right side till the call-maker came and informed him about the prayer.” (Bukhari)
  • Make excessive Duaa to gain the benefits of this prayer.

Benefits:

Because it is difficult to wake up in the middle of sleep, this prayer offers the greatest amount of rewards and a great status from Allah:

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The Prophet (PBUH) used to offer Tahajjud frequently, which increases its importance a Muslim’s routine, as he stated:

“The best of prayers after the prescribed prayers is prayer in the depths of the night, and the best of fasting after the month of Ramadan is fasting the month of Allah, Muharram.”  (Muslim)

Tahajjud is a great way of getting Allah`s closest attention, which is the key towards piety and faithfulness. The Messenger (PBUH) has regarded this Salah as a source of getting rid of negative influence and being able to attain almost all kinds of desires and aspirations.

“Every night when it is the last third of the night, Our Lord, the Superior, the Blessed, descends to the nearest heaven and says, ‘Is there anyone to invoke Me that I may respond to his invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone asking My forgiveness, so that I may forgive him?” (Collected by Bukhari and Muslim)

The benefits of Tahajjud begin with Wudu itself because of the pure intention the believer makes in performing the prayer, all the while eradicating any influence of Shaytaan. It is one of the ultimate ways of getting closer to Allah as He likes this act of worship and speaks to His Angels about it. He tells them that He will grant His believers with whatever they wish for.

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Ramadan, Spirituality, Uncategorized

The Virtue of Sabr in Ramadan

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It is said that patience is a virtue, but, if we were to look at it from the Islamic perspective, we would realize that patience indeed grants us benefits that are unfathomable.


Allah says in the Qur’an,

There are several degrees of Sabr, such as when going through hardship, or having to deal with people you do not particularly like, or simply being hungry and agitated. This brings us to our next point about Sabr in Ramadan. It is one of the main aspects of this Holy month and it is about dealing with everything with patience, may it be not getting angry at situations like traffic or delay of tasks by others, or generally being polite and kind to people around you, no matter how hungry or stressed you are.

Another element that needs to be considered is the treatment of subordinates. It’s easier to treat those you are accountable to with respect, simply because you have to, but if you were to apply the same rule to those who are subordinate to you, THAT is the key to attaining true patience. It is in fact more vital, that you are kind to your staff, and do not use your annoyance on other things against them.victory-come-patience

It may seem difficult to control your anger or your tongue in certain situations, and you may think that you will feel better once you let it out, but the fact of the matter is you won’t and the feeling and reward you get is far greater and worth it.

Verses about patience in the Quran:
In Surah Al Baqarah, Allah states:

“Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere,”

He says in Al Imran,

“But if you remain patient and become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious), not the least harm will their cunning do to you. Surely, Allaah surrounds all that they do”

Allah also states,

“Verily, I have rewarded them this Day for their patience; they are indeed the ones that are successful” [al-Mu’minoon 23:111]

Hadith about patience:
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Food, Foodie Corner

Top Mutabag/Foul/Tamees/Masoub Hotspots in Jeddah

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Ramadan is around the corner and in addition to our spiritual preparations, our stomachs are just in line. There’s a certain taste to ramadan, and knowing the importance of classics in this month, we introduce some of the most loved foul places in Jeddah broken down to their staples:


  1. Tayibat Hijaz: 6/10

Location: Al Wamdah, Al-Khalidiyah Dist.
Price range: SR 7 – 15

They have a great takeout menu, and they take orders on the phone with excellent packaging and timing. Recommended for takeout orders, and mutabag available throughout working hours.

Ratings:

Foul: 6/10

Classic flavor, not much added, with the bean taste overly prominent.

Tamees 7/10

Great texture, dough flavor is well balanced, and perfect to accompany fool.

Mutabag meat 8/10

pefect texture, not too oily, the filling to dough ratio was perfect. The seasoning needs a little more oomph, but it remains flavorful even when eaten cold.

Mutabag vegetables 6.5/10

The taste of egg overpowered the vegetables that they were unnoticeable, but regardless the texture and overall flavor was impressive.

Masoub 7/10

Great prominent banana flavor, without being too sickly sweet, lacked texture as it became soggy quickly.

  1. Malik Al Falafel: 7.3/10

Falafel-al-malikLocation: Nur Al Yusr, Al-Khalidiyah Dist.
Price range: SR 5 – 10

A town favorite, with a tiny shop that always has a queue around it. May be a greasy choice, but EXTREMELY worth it.

Ratings:

Falafel 10/10

Consistently good, each morsel is filled with flavorful ground vegetables and chickpeas. You can taste a sharp flavor of coriander that lifts up the chickpeas to a whole new level. Even though it is heavy and oily, it does not overpower the green taste. Extremely recommended to eat fresh, otherwise oil will become overpowering and they’ll get soggy.

Falafel sandwiches 8/10

Filled with greens, I recommend you have it with chili in as the tang compliments the flavor of falafel. Very well balanced with the sour tahini against the salty falafel and fries. Extremely filling!

French fries 4/10

Extremely oily, but somehow the mushy saltines is satisfying within the sandwich.

  1. Foul Al Ghamdi: 7.7/10

Location: Hilmi Kutbi, Al Zahra Dist.
Price Range: SR 3 – 9

This place is great value for money, especially in terms of its amazing flavor. Mutabag is served only after Maghreb prayer.

Ratings:

Foul 9/10

Full of flavor, with added tomatoes and a perfect dash of cumin, perfect for one’s who don’t enjoy an overpowering black eyed beans flavor.

Tamees 9/10

Perfect texture, flavorful dough and isn’t too sweet. Tastes best when piping hot.

Masoub 5/10

Overpoweringly sweet with a barely there banana flavorful, it’s not worth the calories.

  1. Foul Fattah: 8.5/10

fool-fatah-2Location: Al Dahab, Al Balad Dist.
Price Range: SR 5 – 15

A favorite around town, considered a historical monument in old Jeddah. Highly recommend eating there after walking around old town. Most dishes there are recommended, so enjoy spreading a feast without burning a hole in your wallet.

Ratings:

Foul 8/10

The flavor is well balanced with its classic flavor, perfectly seasoned.

Tamees 9/10

Recommend having it straight out of the oven, delicious dough, with a perfect texture.

Masoub 8/10

Not too sweet, perfect ratio of ingredients.

Mutabag Meat 9/10

Perfect filling to dough ratio, perfectly seasoned, and the texture is just right.

  1. Foul Abbas: 9.5/10

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Location: Bani Malik St.
Price Range: SR 6 – 10

One of the most famous foul places in Jeddah, it is part of its heritage. It has been run by the same family since its opening 40 years ago, and has been consistent ever since. It is a tiny space, that’s always crowded, with a very small menu that is done very well.

Ratings:

Foul 9.5/10

Mixture of tomato cumin and lemon perfectly balanced, with an extremely luxurious olive oil drizzled on top.

Tamees 9.5/10

It has the right texture, the dough itself is flavorful, which compliments the fool just perfectly.

  1. Foul Al Ameer: 9.5/10

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Photo Credit: sa.jeeran.com

Location: Zahrat Al Aysun, Al-Hindaweyyah Dist.
Price Range: SR 6

One of the oldest monuments of town, this place has been within the family for 70 years since it opened in its initial location. The style of making the foul has been so consistent that a maximum of three pots are made each day. They open from Fajur prayer and close after the foul runs out.

Ratings:

Foul 9.5/10

One of the few places that still maintain to import their beans from Egypt, the flavor is classic and perfectly seasoned and well balanced, with not much additives.

  1. Masoub Al Qadri: 7/10

Location: Al Ruwais Dist., in front of IMC
Price Range: SR 1 – 5

A mainstream favorite, Masoub Al Qadri is a popular spot with different branches around Jeddah, offering some of the best Muttabag in town.

Ratings:

Masoub 4/10

Disappointing given that the place is named after it, it could use a lot more flavor.

Foul 6/10

A fulfilling amount of black-eyed peas with great texture. However, the salt levels are a bit on the higher side, almost overpowering the rest of the flavors.

Tamees 8/10

A fresh out-of-the-oven bread that has one of the best textures. It’s impeccable for some cheat bites before reaching home.

Mutabag 9/10

Contains the perfect vegetable to bread ratio with unforgettable taste. One of the best choices out there in terms of taste and packaging. Available after Maghreb Prayer.

  1. Thamarat: 8/10

Location: Tahliya Dist., next to Danube Market
Price Range: SR 10 – 15

More on the luxury pricing side, Thamarat makes its food worth the increased prices.

Ratings:

Masoub 8/10

Very light on the stomach and full of flavor, you can easily devour many unnoticeably.

Tamees 7/10

A bit tasteless in terms of the dough, but the addition of sesame seeds makes up for it.

Foul 8/10

You will NOT be disappointed with its flavor, especially with its array of additives and seasonings.

Mutabag available after Maghrib Prayer.

  1. Al Ayoubi: 10/10

Location: Obhur Al Shamaliya Dist.
Price Range: 5 – 15

A completely different take on traditional breakfasts, Al Ayoubi is the go-to place for some traditional family dining. It has both a single and family section, in addition to a huge variety of Futoor eats that are bound to make you return. The interior design and decorations are the cherry on top.

Ratings:

Tamees 9/10

Cheese tamees is the best thing that has happened since the first rip of tamees fell into the pot of foul of our ancestors.

Foul 10/10
Top dish of the place, Foul consists of two options, one with chili and cheese, and the other with a smoked flavor – both a must-try from the menu.

Mutabag 10/10

There is no need to squeeze lemon on top because of how flavorful the entire Mutabag experience is.

  1. Nakhat Zaman: 8/10

Nakhat-ZamanLocation: Off Falasteen Rd., Al Hamra Dist.
Price Range: SR 5 – 7

Only offers food options after or for Maghreb. Nakhat Zaman is another great choice for some traditional eats.

Ratings:

Masoub 8/10

Light on the stomach, with just the right amount of mushy sweetness.

Tamees 7.5/10

Very soft with the right texture of dough. Could just use a little bit more flavor.

Foul 8/10

Great flavor and combination of tomatoes in the mix, giving the foul an edge.

Mutabag 8.5/10

Both the meat and vegetarian options make sure that the bread doesn’t overpower the filling or vice versa.

  1. Bane’ma: 8/10

Location: Prince Sultan Rd.
Price Range: SR 1 – 6

Their open kitchen is what motivates everyone to stop by, so you can witness the freshly baked goods in the making.

Ratings:

Masoub 8/10

Light on the stomach and just the right amount of soft sweetness.

Tamees 7.5/10

Very soft with the right texture of dough. Could just use a little bit more flavor.

Foul 8/10

Great flavor and combination of tomatoes in the mix, giving the foul an edge.

Mutabag 8.5/10

Both the meat and vegetarian options make sure that the bread doesn’t overpower the filling or vice versa.

  1. Falafel Shamia: 7.5/10

falafel-shamiaLocation: Obhur Al Shamaliya Dist.
Price Range: SR 10

Everything and anything with falafel, Falafel Shamia is the place to go when you’re hanging out in the Northern districts. You can even combine this with a meal from Al Ayoubi, which happens to be right across.

Ratings:

Falafel Sandwich 7.5/10

Fresh, juicy and flavorful falafel wrapped in fresh khubz. Could use more additions of other vegetables and fries.

  1. Abu Zaid: 7.5/10

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Photo Credit: Susie of Arabia

Location: Al Tawbah St., Hera St. / Corniche Rd.
Price Range: 15-30

Downright the city’s favorite, Abu Zaid is pretty much everyone’s go to place when anyone asks for Foul or Mutabag. You shall not be disappointed, may it be the taste, the variety or even the myriad of branches.

Ratings:

Masoub 9/10

Considered the best Masoub in town. Soft, sweet and well blended.

Tamees 7/10

It is one of those tamees’s that do not become chewy when cold. It is almost like a thick naan, making it a fulfilling experience.

Foul 6/10

Heavy in black eyed peas, the foul’s texture can become too thick sometimes, making the tamees and foul combination a bit too much.

Mutabbag 6/10

The vegetarian Mutabag was better than the meat one. The meat one can be overpowering, almost taking away from the bread’s flavor.

Let us know about some of your top Iftar/futoor hotspots for traditional foul/tamees eats.

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Ramadan

Ramadan – The Key to the Ummah’s Unity

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“When the holy month of Ramadan begins, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of (Hell) Fire are closed and the devils are chained.” – Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)(Bukhari).


Ramadan is a special time for the Muslim ummah. It is a chance for spiritual reflection, prayer, good deeds and aiming to become better versions of ourselves. There’s this motivation to make a distinct effort in everything, which is the highlight of the entire month. Fasting serves as a reminder of what it must be like for the less fortunate for whom going without food or water is not a choice. This reminder brings us together, motivates us to be more charitable, and helps us improve our taqwa and relationship with Allah. Keeping this foundation in mind, the entire concept of Ramadan is oriented towards patience, empathy and understanding, which leads to being grateful and generous.

This empathy, patience and generosity are what make Ramadan stand out in Saudi Arabia. It is an inspirational unified spirit like no other and the reason most people prefer spending Ramadan here. It draws everyone in.

Every act is focused towards some sort of goodness; it may be handing out iftar goody bags on the street near Maghrib time, sending food to neighbors, or even helping someone find a spot to pray in the masjid. If you were to step foot in any masjid in the city, you’d find an entire row of food from the neighborhood for anyone willing to open their fast. Even the timings of work, markets and basically everything are shifted for the convenience of everyone to be able to focus on their spiritual journey, and this is a unique attribute to Ramadan in the kingdom. The compassion is inspiring, the people are patient, and the essence is positive. You can truly tell that Allah has blessed this month with an opportunity we should not take for granted.

All of this is therefore the key to unity in our ummah, regardless of race, country or social status. Showcasing this essence throughout the year is how we can achieve true prosperity.

We, the Destination Team, hope you all have an inspirational Ramadan, and aim to continue the positive habits you develop in this month, and to all those who are spending it here: you shall have no regrets.

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Ramadan, Spirituality

Short Surahs to Remember for Specific Occasions Series 4

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4. The 3 Quls:
Narrated ‘Aisha (R): Whenever the Prophet went to bed every night, he used to cup his hands together and blow over it after reciting Surah Al Ikhlas, Surah Al Falaq and Surah Al Nas, and then rub his hands over whatever parts of his body he was able to rub, starting with his head, face and front of his body. He used to do that three times. (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

Surah Ikhlas:
The 112th Surah of the Quran, Surah Ikhlas has the following benefits:

  • Recitation of this surah equals to the reward of reading one third of the Quran. Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) came out to us and said:

    “I am going to recite before you one-third of the Qur’an. He (the Holy Prophet) then recited:” Say: He is Allah, One Allah, the Eternal,”

    to the end of the Surah

  • One who reads Surah Ikhlas 3 times, gets reward equivalent to the reading of a full Quran.
  • It shields from catastrophe and trouble by acting as a treatment of many ailments. It is a provides safety against misery, pain, problems, hardships, disaster, mishap and tragedy. Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet (PBUH) heard a man reciting Qul huwa Allaahu ahad, and said,

    “It is his right.”

    They asked,‘O Messenger of Allaah, what is his right?’ He said,

    ‘Paradise is his right.’ (Reported by Imaam Ahmad, 7669)

  • The Prophet (PBUH) also said:

    “Whoever recites Qul huwa Allaahu ahadten times, Allaah will build for him a house in Paradise.” (Saheeh al-Jaami’ al-Sagheer, 6472).

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Ramadan

Taraweeh – Why and How to At home

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Sometimes it becomes difficult for women to go to the Masjid for Taraweeh due to transportation or other commitments. It is also considered, by some, better for a woman to pray in her house than in the Masjid, may it be obligatory prayer or naafil (which includes Taraweeh).


Keeping the above in mind, women can pray Taraweeh at home according to whatever they are able to do, all the while considering the Sunnah as much as possible. According to the scholars of the Standing Committee, Taraweeh is prayed in two by two rakahs, with one or three rakahs in the end for Witr. It is up to her to decide on how much she’ll be able to do.taraweeh

Those who have memorized the Quran and are able to pray longer can do so with 11 or 13 rakahs (including Witr at the end).

The above method is according to the example of the Prophet (PBUH), but if one wishes to pray 20 or more rakahs, they can definitely do so as the Prophet (PBUH) said,

“The night prayers are two (rak‘ahs) by two, then if one of you fears that dawn is about to break, he should pray one rak‘ah, so as to make what he has prayed odd-numbered.” (Signifying no particular number of rakahs). (An-Nisa’i, Saheeh)

Also, it is not necessary for women to have memorized the Quran in order to pray Taraweeh. She can pray with whatever she has memorized and if she hasn’t been able to memorize an enough amount for recitation, she can pray while reading a printed copy of the Quran (Mushaf). This holds true for men as well.

Shaykh Ibn Baaz said,

“If there is a need to read from the Mus-haf, for one who is an imam leading the prayers, or a woman who is praying Tahajjud at night, or a man who has not memorised the Qur’an, there is nothing wrong with that.”

Furthermore, it also okay for women to pray Taraweeh in congregation in the house. The one leading just needs to stand in the middle of the row, and recite whatever she is able to, and if she reads from the Mushaf, again there is nothing incorrect about that.

Although the home is preferable, it does not mean that there is anything wrong with women praying Taraweeh in the Masjid with congregation, especially if that will motivate them to pray them regularly and with more focus.

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Ramadan, Spirituality

Short Surahs to Remember for Specific Occasions Series 3

Surah Kahf


3. Surah Al Kahf:
The 18th Surah in the Qur’an, Surah Al Kahf gives the message that Allah gives those who believe in Allah and ask for protection from Him, the best protection.

  • It is narrated by Abu Saeed al-Khurdi that the Prophet (PBUH) said,

    “Whoever reads Surah al Kahf on the night of Jummah, will have a light that will stretch between him and the Ancient House (Kabah).” (al-Jaami)

  • The Prophet (PBUH) also said,

    “Whoever reads Surah al Kahf on the day of Jummah will have a light that will shine from him from one Friday to the next.” (al-Jaami)

  • Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) also pointed out,

    “One who memorized the first ten verses of Surah al Kahf will be secure against the Dajjal (Anti-Christ).” (Muslim)

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Ramadan, Spirituality

Short Surahs to Remember for Specific Occasions Series 2

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2. Surah Al Baqarah
Surah Al Baqarah is the longest Surah in the Quran and discusses many practical issues.

The Prophet (PBUH) has pointed out the many benefits of Surah Al Baqarah such as:

  • Reciting it at home keeps the Shaitan away and protects it from spiritual ailments, and helps both in the treatment of such conditions.
  • Ayat-ul-Kursi, verse 255 of Surah Al Baqarah, is related to Allah’s throne. It is used for ruqyah treatment, the treatment of evil eye, black magic, and also for general and comprehensive protection.
  • The last 2 verses of the Surah have immense benefits as well, as highlighted by the Prophet (PBUH),

    “Whoever recites the last two verses of Surat al-Baqarah at night, it will suffice him” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4723; Muslim, 807).

  • The Prophet (PBUH) also said the following,

    “Allah inscribed a book two thousand years before He created the heavens and the earth, from which the last two verses of Surat al-Baqarah were revealed. If they are recited for three nights, no Shaytan (devil) will remain in the house.” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2882).

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