Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Assalamu Aleikum,
Inshallah this finds you well and may Allah reward you for your efforts, Ameen.
I hear that if one recites Ayat al Kursi after every fard salah, then only death is keeping him/her from entering Jannah! Meaning, one can have an easier time attaining Jannah with this simple act of ibadah alone.
I am curious, what are the benefits of reciting Ayat al Kursi? Can you please narrate some of the Sahih and Hasan hadith that speak of such benefits?
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I hope you are in the best of health and spirits, insha’Allah.
The narrations (hadith) that speak of the virtues, and benefits, of the verse of the Throne (ayat al-kursi) are numerous.
The Greatest Verse
Abu Huraira narrated that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Everything has its splendor, and the splendor of the Qur’an is Surah al-Baqara. In it is a verse which is the greatest verse of the Qur’an: Ayat al-Kursi.” [Tirmidhi]
The nobility, and superiority, of certain verses are due to that which they are indicating and pointing towards; and there is no doubt that the being of Allah, and His glorious attributes, is the greatest of meanings that can be pointed to.
Moreover, it tells us that Allah is One, Living, Self-sustaining, the King of kings, the Owner of the universe, supreme in dominion, and might, and absolutely exalted, beyond comparison. [Munawi, Fayd al-Qadir Sharh al-Jami` al-Saghir]
In addition, Imam Razi mentions in his Lawami` al-Bayyinat that some regarded al-Hayy al-Qayyum to be the supreme name of Allah.
Some of the Benefits of the Verse of the Throne (ayat al-kursi)
Amongst the benefits, which have been related, of reciting this verse include that which has been recorded by Imam Bukhari and Imam Tirmidhi, in their respective collections.
It is related that Abu Hurayra said, “The Messenger of God (Allah bless him and give him peace) put me in charge of guarding the alms (zakat) of Ramadan. Someone came to me and began to take handfuls of food. I grabbed him and said, ‘By Allah, I will take you to the Messenger of God!’ – and he mentioned the narration – “He said, ‘When you go to bed, recite the Throne verse (ayat al-kursi), and you will have someone guarding over you from Allah and Satan will not come near you until morning.’ The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘He told you the truth even though he is a liar. That was Satan.'” [Bukhari]
It is also related that Abu Huraira said, “The Messenger of God (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, ‘Whoever recites, when he wakes up, the chapter Ha Mim until [t: the verse ending] ilayhi al-masir and the Throne verse (ayat al-kursi) is protected, through them, until the evening; and whoever recites them at evening time is protected, through them, until morning.’” [Tirmidhi]
And Allah alone gives success.
Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani