Al-Baqara 255 (Throne Verse)
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The Throne Verse (Arabic: آية الكرسي ʾāyatu-l-kursī), or Ayatul Kursi, is 255th verse (ayah) of the second chapter (sura) Al-Baqara. It is the most famous verse of the Qur'an and is widely memorized and displayed in the Islamic world due to its emphatic description of God's power over the entire universe.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 Symmetry of verses in Ayatul Kursi
- 3 Virtues of Ayatul Kursi
- 4 English translation
- 5 Arabic text and translation
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
While not all verses in the Quran carry a specific name, this one was given the name 'Ayat Al-Kursi' (Kursi: literally a footstool or chair, and sometimes translated as the Throne.) The Kursi mentioned in this Verse should be distinguished from the 'Arsh (Throne) mentioned in V 7:52, 10:3, 85:15 and elsewhere. Muhammad said: "The Kursi compared to the 'Arsh is nothing but like a ring thrown out upon open space of the desert." If the Kursi extends over the entire universe, then how much greater is the 'Arsh. It is narrated from Muhammad bin 'Abdullah and from other religious scholars that the Kursi is in front of the 'Arsh (Throne) and it is the at the level of the Feet." Another opinion preferred by Tabari, Sufyan al-Thawri in their exegesis, in the Mufradat by Raghib and narrated by Bukhari as the opinion of Saeed ibn Jubayr, interprets Kursi as "Allah's Knowledge (Ilm)". Islamic religious belief holds that anyone who recites the verse enters the protection and security of God. Commonly, it is recited by Muslims before they go to sleep.
Symmetry of verses in Ayatul Kursi
Ayat Al-Kursi displays a perfect internal symmetry comprising concentric looping verses surrounding a pivotal chiasm 'x' of the type A B C D X D' C' B' A'. The reciter imagines him or herself walking through Ayat Al-Kursi until reaching the centre, seeing what is in front and what is behind, and finds they represent a perfect reflection of each other. The central chiasm is represented by "Ya'lamu ma baina aidihim wa ma khalfahum = He knows what is before them and what is behind them". This is flanked symmetrically outwards so that A corresponds to A', B corresponds to B', and so forth. For example, line 3 "he is the lord of the heavens and the earth" corresponds exactly to line 7 "his throne extends over heavens and earth".
There is a slight difference of opinion as to whether to follow Ayatul Kursi with verses 256 and 257 though this is not usually performed.
Sura Al-Baqara itself provides a broader internal concentricity which approximates Ayat Al-Kursi to verses of 29-31 relating the glorification of the angels and Allah's eternal will to bestow His names upon Adam.
Virtues of Ayatul Kursi
Authentic, or Sahih
- Imam Ahmad recorded that Ubayy bin Ka`b said that;
The Prophet asked him about the greatest Ayah in the Book of Allah, and Ubayy answered, "Allah and His Messenger know better. When the Prophet repeated his question several times, Ubayy said, "Ayat Al-Kursi. The Prophet commented, Congratulations for having knowledge, O Abu Al-Mundhir! By He in Whose Hand is my soul! This Ayah has a tongue and two lips with which it praises Allah next to the Throne. [Imam Ahmad , Muslim] This Hadith was also collected by Muslim, but he did not include the part that starts with, "By He in Whose Hand".
- Muhammad said:
“Whoever recites Ayat ul-Kursi immediately after each prescribed Prayer, there will be nothing standing between him and his entering Paradise except death.” [Narrated by an-Nasaaee. Imaam Al-Albaanee authenticated it in Saheeh al Jam i as-Sagheer : 6464]
- Abu Hurayrah said,
"Allah's Messenger assigned me to keep watch over the Sadaqah (charity) of Ramadan. A person sneaked in and started taking handfuls of foodstuff. I caught him and said, `By Allah, I will take you to Allah's Messenger.' He said, `Release me, for I am meek and have many dependents and am in great need.' I released him, and in the morning Allah's Messenger asked me, `What did your prisoner do yesterday, O Abu Hurayrah!' I said, `O Allah's Messenger! He complained of being needy and of having many dependents, so I pitied him and let him go.' Allah's Messenger said, `Indeed, he told you a lie and will be coming again.' I believed that he would show up again, for Allah's Messenger had told me that he would return. So, I watched for him. When he (showed up and) started stealing handfuls of foodstuff, I caught hold of him again and said, `I will definitely take you to Allah's Messenger.' He said, `Leave me, for I am very needy and have many dependents. I promise I will not come back again.' I pitied him and let him go. In the morning Allah's Messenger asked me, `What did your prisoner do last night, O Abu Hurayrah!' I replied, `O Allah's Messenger! He complained of his great need and of too many dependents, so I took pity on him and set him free.' Allah's Messenger said, `Verily, he told you a lie; he will return.' I waited for him attentively for the third time, and when he (came and) started stealing handfuls of the foodstuff, I caught hold of him and said, `I will surely take you to Allah's Messenger as it is the third time you promised not to return, yet you returned.' He said, `Let me teach you some words which Allah will give you benefit from.' I asked, `What are they?' He replied, `Whenever you go to bed, recite Ayat Al-Kursi- Allahu la ilaha illa Huwal-Hayyul-Qayyum, till you finish the whole verse. (If you do so), Allah will appoint a guard for you who will stay with you, and no Satan will come near you until morning.' So, I released him. In the morning, Allah's Messenger asked, `What did your prisoner do yesterday?' I replied, `O Allah's Messenger! He claimed that he would teach me some words by which Allah will grant me some benefit, so I let him go.' Allah's Messenger asked, `What are they?' I replied, `He said to me: Whenever you go to bed, recite Ayat Al-Kursi from the beginning to the end, Allahu la ilaha illa Huwal-Hayyul-Qayyum. He further said to me: (If you do so), Allah will appoint a guard for you who will stay with you, and no Satan will come near you until morning.' (One of the narrators) then commented that they (the Companions) were very keen to do good deeds. The Prophet said, `He spoke the truth, although he is a liar. Do you know whom you were talking to, these three nights, O Abu Hurayrah!' Abu Hurayrah said, `No.' He said, `It was Satan. [AL-Bukhari ; An-Nasa'i also recorded this Hadith in Al-Yawm wa Al-Laylah. ]
- “ The Fatiha (Opening chapter ) of The Book and the Ayaat ul Kursi ; no servant will ever recite them in a house ; except that no evil eye – from a Jinn or human – will ever affect them in that day… ” [Dhaif al Jam i as-Sagheer : 3952 ; weak according to Scholar Albaanee]
- ‘Whosoever recites Surah ad-Dukhaan all of it, and beginning of Hameem Ghaafir [Suraatul Ghaafir] to the verse ‘and to Him is the return.’ And Ayat-ul-Kursi: [when he recites these] in the evening, he is protected until he rises in the morning, and whoever recites them in the morning he is protected until the evening.’ [Dhaif Targheeb wa tarheeb : 390]
These are the Fajilats or stories which the editors have not yet decided whether they are authentic or weak.
1) Hadhrat Ali bin Kaab remarks that Nabi asked him," Which is the most high ranking Aayat in the Qur'an Kareem?" He said, " Allaah and His Rasul know best". Rasulallah repeated this statement very often. Hadhrat Ali stated, "Ayatul Kursi". Nabi said:"Oh Abul Munzar (family name of Abi bin Kaab). May you be blessed by this knowledge. I swear by that Being in whose Hands and Control is my life, that this Ayat has one tongue and two lips. It is by the threshold of Allaah's Arsh, Mentioning His purity".  
2) Hadhrat Ali states that there was a room of dates, which he used to guard. He suspected that some dates were going missing. Thus one night he stood vigil and saw an animal like a young person. Hadhrat Ali said: "I greeted and received a reply". I asked," Who are you? Man or Jinn?" It said, "Jinn. I said, Give me your hand". He outstretched his hand. I noticed that the hand was like that of a dog. Its hair like the hair of the dog. I asked, "Are Jinns created like this?" It said, " the Jinns know there are amongst them more stronger ones". I enquired," Why did you steal?". He replied," I have come to know that you love to give charity so I decided to take a part also." Hadhrat Ali said: " Who will save us from your evil? It said, Aayatul Kursi which is in Surah Baqarah. He who reads it at night will be saved from our evil till the morning and he who reads it in the morning will be saved from our evil till the night." In the morning Hadhrat Ali came to Prophet and narrated the entire event to him. Prophet said,"He has stated the truth although he is a great liar."
3) It is reported from Hadhrat Askee Baqri that Nabicame to the abode of the Muhajreen when one person asked, "In the Qur'aan Kareem which is the most lofty Ayat?" Nabi repeated "Ayatul Kursi".
4) Hadhrat Hassan reports "Marfoonaan"," I have been given Ayatul Kursi. Nabi said," Surah Fateha, Ayatul Kursi and the two Ayats of Al-Imraan (Shaheedal Allaah – 18th Ayat), and "Qul Allaahumma Malekal mulk til Bi Ghairi Hisaab (Ayat 26/7) are attached to the Arsh and say, "Oh our Rabb, You are sending us onto earth to disobedient ones!!! Allaah says ," I have given you such status, whosoever from amongst my servants recites you after every Salaat, his resting place will be Jannat. And I will make his abode in Jannatul Quddoos and fulfill 70 needs of his daily needs, the least of which is forgiving him and saving him from all enemies of evils.
It is a quarter of the Qur'an Kareem.
5) Hadhrat Anas narrates that Rasulallaah asked one of his companions: " Oh, so and so are you married?" He replied: "No, I do not have enough wealth that I may marry.", Nabi said: "Do you know Surah Qul Huwallaahu Ahad?" The Sahaba replied: "I know". Nabi said: "It is equal to a quarter of the Qur'aan. Nabi asked: "Do you not know Qul Yaa Ayyuhal Kaafiroon?" The Sababi replied "I know". Nabi said " "It is equal to a quarter of the Qur'aan." Nabiasked, "Do you not know Surah "Iza Zul Zilzilaat " ?" The Sahaabi replied, "I Know". Nabi said: "It is a quarter of the Qur'aan". Nabi asked: "Do you not know Surah Iza Jaa a Nasrullaahi Wal Fath" The Sahabi replied "I Know" Nabi said, it is a quarter of the Qur'an. Nabi asked: "Do you know the Ayatul Kursi?" The Sahabi replied "I know". Nabi said, "It is equal to a quarter of the Qur'aan. Marry, Marry, Marry."
Consistency and Ayatul Kursi
6) Hadhrat Anas said that Nabi said, "The one who recites Ayatul Kursi after every fard Salaat will be protected until the next Salaat and this is constantly done by a Nabi or a Siddiq or a martyr.
7) Hadhrat Hassan bin Ali says, "A person once asked: "Oh Rasulallaah what does that person receive who recites Ayatul Kursi after every Fard Salaat ? Nabi said: " That person remains under the protection of Allaah until the next Salaat."
8) Hadhrat Anas says: Rasulallaah asked; "Do you know which Ayat in the Qur'aan is most lofty? " I said, Allaah and his Rasul know more." Nabi read Ayatul Kursi
9) Hadhrat Efai bin Abdullah Kallee said that one person asked."Oh Rasulallaah, which Ayat in the Qur'aan is the most lofty one?" Nabi said: " Ayatul Kursi". The person asked,"Which Ayat has those benefits which you desire for your Ummah, in the Qur'aan?" Nabi said: "The last Ayat of Surah Baqarah, for it is from the treasures of Allaah from underneath the threshold of the Arsh. It encompasses all the good of this world and the Aakhiraat".
10) Hadhrat Muhammad bin al Saumi bin Al Salsal bin Damasc narrates from his father, who in turn, narrates from his father that Rasulallaah said: " Whoever recites Ayatul Kursi after every fard Salaat, there is only death between him and Jannat", he will enter into Jannat immediately when he dies.
11) Hadhrat Ibne Anas says that Rasulallaah said: "The one who recites Ayatul Kursi after every Fard Salaat, Allaah Ta'aala will grant him a gratifying heart, actions of the truthful and reward like the Ambiyaa .Special mercies will descend upon him, and death is the only barrier from his entrance into Jannat. On dying he will enter Janaat".
Blessing in the food
12) Hadhrat Ayesha narrates that one person came to Nabi and said that there was absolutely no "Barakat" (blessings) in the things at home. Nabi replied, "Why are you neglectful of Ayatul Kursi."
Whenever Aayatul Kursi is recited upon food, Allaah Ta'aala will increase the Barakat in that food
13) Hadhrat Ibn Masood says that Allaah the Lofty did not create any thing in the skies or on earth, in Jannat or Jahannam, loftier than Ayatul Kursi.
14) Hadhrat Ibn Masood says that no space in the sky, or on the earth is loftier than Ayatul Kursi.
To make Satan flee for protection of wealth, property and home
15) Hadhrat Masood states that a person left his home and met a Jinn on the way. The jinn asked him, "Can you drop me down?, If you do so then I will teach you such an Ayat that if you recite it upon entering your home, Satan will not enter." They wrestled and the person dropped the Jinn down. The jinn said:"Read Ayatul Kursi, because that person who recites it upon entering the home, Shaitaan flees like a donkey making a sound from its posterior runs away.
A person mentioned to Hadhrat Ibn Masood that the person (who dropped the Jinn) could only be Hadhrat Umar.
Hadhrat Abu Hurairah narrates this (above) Hadith from Rasulallaah, with the addition that there is an Ayat in Surah Baqara, which is the chief ayat of the Qur'aan. Whosoever recites it in a house wherein Shaitaan is, he (Shaitaan) will leave.
16) Hadhrat Ibne Masood says that a person requested Rasulallaah to teach him something that will benefit him. "Nabi said,"Read Ayatul Kursi, it will protect you, your children, home and even those houses surrounding your house."
17) Hadhrat Ibn Umar narrates that once Hadhrat Umar came to the people and said, "Who amongst you can tell me which is the most lofty Ayat in the Qur'aan, which Ayat directs one most towards justice and fairness, which Ayat creates the most fear and which Ayat creates hope for mercy?" All remained silent. "Hadhrat Ibn Masood said,"I heard Rasulallaah say from the Mimbar (pulpit) that Aayatul Kursi is the Loftiest in the Qur'aan, and the Ayat which encourages justice and fairness is ( Arabic P12) and the Ayat that creates the most fear is ( Arabic P12) of the Ayat that creates the most hope of mercy is ( Arabic P12).
18) Hadhrat Ibn Abbas said that when Rasulallaah recited the last Ayat of Surah Baqarah and Ayatul Kursi then he laughed and said," These have come from the treasures of Allaah." and when he read (May Ya'mal Soo), then he said (Inna li llaah...) and chose humility and meekness.
19) It is reported that when ever Hadhrat Abdur Rahman Bin Auf entered his home, he used to recite Ayatul Kursi in its corners.
20) Hadhrat Hassan narrates from Rasulallaah who said , " Jibraeel came to me and informed me that a rebellious Jinn is plotting against you, so when you retire to your bed, then recite Ayatul Kursi. "
21) Hadhrat Ali says that the chief of the Ayats of the Qur'aan Kareem is Ayatul Kursi.
22) Hadhrat Ali says "I have heard Rasulallaah say that person who recites Ayatul Kursi after every Salaat, only death prevents him from Jannat and who recites it whilst retiring to his sleeping place, Allaah will protect his house, his neighbours and even his surroundings.
23) Hadhrat Ali says that I cannot comprehend that a person who is a born Muslim, or intelligent or one who accepted Islaam in a rational (Arabic) state spending the night without reciting Ayatul Kursi. If you know how lofty this is (you will never discard it), it has been given to your Nabi from under the treasures of the arsh. It has not been given to any Nabi before your Nabi and I have never spent a night without reciting this Ayat thrice. I recite it in the last 2 Rakaats of Witr after Esha and also when I retire to my sleeping place
24) Hadhrat Auf bin Maalik says that Hadhrat Abu Zar who was sitting near Rasulallaah asked: "Oh Rasulallaah which is the most lofty Ayat Allaah revealed to you?" Allaah's Rasul recited Ayatul Kursi.
Hadhrat Ma'aaz bin Jabal says that he stored the dates for charity of Nabi in a room for safe keeping. I sensed that there was a shortage daily therein. I complained to Rasulallaah about this. He said that this was the work of Satan and I must stay alert for him. Thus I sat in the barn that night. When some part of the night passed, Shaitaan came in the shape of an elephant. When he came near the door, he changed his shape and entered through one of the holes of the door, moved towards the dates and began eating. I dragged my cloth near him and said: "I testify that there is no one worthy of worship but Allaah and that Muhammad is his Servant and Rasul. Oh Allaah's enemy you are usurping the dates of charity whereas the poor are more deserving of this than you. I will definitely apprehend you and take you to Rasulallaah who will humiliate you." At this Shaitaan pledged that he will not do this act again.
In the morning I came to Rasulallaah who asked me about my prisoner. I stated that he had vowed not to steal again. Nabi said that he (Satan) will come again so be alert. The next night also I sat alert. The same thing occurred and once again he (Satan) pledged not to steal. I left him. In the morning, I narrated the whole event to Nabi who said that he (Satan) will come again. On the third night the same thing happened once again. I apprehended him and this time I said,"Oh Allaah's enemy, you have pledged twice and this is the third time (now I will not leave you). He (Satan) said," I have children and have come from Nasabeen ( a place between Masool and Syria). If I receive anything less in status than this (dates), then I would not have come here. We left this city of yours when your Nabi was sent together with two Ayats which removed us from here to Nasabeen. Shaitaan does not enter any home when these two Ayats have been recited in it". He said this thrice. "If you leave me, I will show you these two Ayats". I agreed. He said," Ayatul Kursi and the last Ayat of Surah Baqarah (Amanas Rasul....)."Thus I let him go. In the morning I came to Rasulallaah and told him what had transpired. Nabi said, "He has spoken the truth even though he is a liar."
Hadhrat Ma'aaz says after that he used to recite this and blow on the dates and there were no shortages in the room.
26) Hadhrat Abu Asaad Saeedee narrates that he plucked the fruits from his orchard and kept them in a room. Jinns used to come to this room and steal the fruit. This put them in difficulty and they complained to Nabi about it. He said,"This is (the work of) a Jinn. Oh Abu Asaad, listen attentively, when he (the Jinn) has entered, then say. "I take the name of Allaah" and say "accept Rasulallaah sayings". The Jinn said, "Oh Abu Asaad, do not take me to Rasulallaah. I vow by Allaah that I will not set foot in your home, nor steal your fruit. Also I will show you such an Ayat that if you recite it on your house then you will think I have died. If you read it on your utensils then no one will be able open its lid." I promised to leave him. He became happy and said. " The Ayat, is Ayatul Kursi. This Sahabi came to Nabi and related the entire event to him, upon which Nabi said: " He spoke the truth although he is a liar."
27) Hadhrat Abu Amama Sadi bin Ijlaan says that Nabi said," Whosoever recites Ayatul Kursi after every fard Salaat, the only thing preventing his entry into Janaat is death.
Ism Azam is in Ayatul Kursi
28) Hadhrat Abu Amama says that Rasulallaah stated, that the Isme Azam (blessed Name of Allaah Jalle Jalaalahu), through which the invoker's desire is definitely fulfilled appears in 3 Surahs of the Qur'an. Surah Baqarah, Al-Imraan and Ta Haa. Hadhrat Abu Amama says that he searched for it and found it in Ayatul Kursi of Surah Baqarah, and "La illaha illah Huwal haya ....." in Al-Imraan and "Wa Anatil wujuhu....." in Surah Ta Haa.
29) Hadhrat Ibn Abbas says that Rasulallaah was staying in a room at Hadhrat Abu Ayoob. Food provisions were kept in a small basket. A cat used to enter from the air vent and take the food away. Hadhrat Abu Ayoob complained to Nabi who said that it was a Jinn. Thus when he comes, tell him that Nabi said that he should not come back. The Jinn said, "Oh, Abu Ayoob leave me this time, by Allaah I will definitely never return. Thus Abu Ayoob left him and came to Nabi and narrated the event. This event occurred twice. On the third occasion the Jinn said, "Shall I reveal to you such words, which when recited at night will prevent Shaitaan from coming near your house that night and day and the next day. Abu Ayoob said, "Sure". The Jinn said,"Recite Ayatul Kursi". This Sahabi came and related this event to Nabi, who said 'he has spoken the truth even though he is a liar'
30) Hadhrat Abu Ayoob narrates that he was in the front room of his home. Jinns used to take goods from there. He complained about this to Nabi who said:"When you see him then take the name of Allaah and tell him to accept the call of Rasulallaah. When the Jinn came, Abu Ayoob told him this, and the Jinn pledged not to come again. Abu Ayoob left him. Abu Ayoob came to Nabi who asked him how was his thief. Abu Ayoob replied, "I caught him but left him after he pledged that he will not return". Nabi stated that he (the Jinn) will definitely return. Abu Ayoob apprehended the Jinn twice or thrice and each time he released him on the pledge of not returning. Abu Ayoob came to Nabi who asked him about his prisoner. Abu Ayoob replied," I caught him but released him on the pledge that he will not return. Nabi stated that he(the Jinn) will surely return. Abu Ayoob thereafter apprehended the Jinn who said ,"If you leave me, I will show such a thing, that when read, the Shaitaan will not come near you. That is Ayatul Kursi". Abu Ayoob narrated this entire event to Nabi who said,"He has spoken the truth although he is a great liar.
In the tradition of Tabrani it is stated "My dates were kept in a room.". Nabi said,"Tomorrow you will find a cat therein then it will become a wolf." At the end of the tradition it is stated, "Satan said that whenever he hears it ( Ayatul Kursi) he will runaway. Via another chain of narrations it is stated in Tabrani. "I should have difficulty in my back," and at the end of the tradition it is recorded "no Jinn or thief will come near".
31. Hadhrat Abu Zar says that he asked Rasulallaah which was the most (Arabic) (lofty, respectable) Ayat revealed to you? Nabi replied, "Ayatul Kursi".
Aid at the time difficulty and Angels Stipulated it for Protection
32) Hadhrat Abu Qatada narrates that Nabi said."Whoever reads Ayatul Kursi and the last Ayat of Surah Baqarah when in difficulty, then Allaah listens to that plea."
Hadhrat Qatadah says,"Whoever recites Ayatul Kursi on his sleeping bed, Allaah Ta'aala nominates 2 angels to protect him until morning.
A grateful heart, a remembering tongue, the reward of a martyr and the reward of a Siddique
33) Hadhrat Abu Musa Al Ashari narrates that Nabi said that Allaah Ta'aala sent "Wahy"-(divine revelation) to Hadhrat Musa bin Imraan to read Ayatul Kursi after every Fard Salaat and that whosoever recites Ayatul Kursi every Fard Salaat, will be granted the heart of the grateful, the tongue of those who remember, the rewards like the Ambiyaa and his actions will become like those of the Siddiques and on this practise the Nabi or Siddique is regular whose heart I have tested for Imaan and who has been chosen to be martyred in My Way.
34)Hadhrat Abu Amama says he asked Rasulallaah,"Which is the most respectable, lofty Ayat, which has descended upon you". He said, "Ayatul Kursi".
35) Hadhrat Fatima Zahra narrates,"When the time approached for her delivery, then Nabi ordered Hadhrat Umme Salama and Hadhrat Zainab to go to Fatima and recite Ayatul Kursi and "Inna Rabba Kumullaah" (the whole Ayat) and the last two Quls and blow on her.
Best Means of Protection
36) Hadhrat Ali narrates,"I cannot understand how a person, who is a Muslim, and owner of reason (intellect) can spend the night without reading Ayatul Kursi. If you knew the benefits of it, then you will never discard it under any condition". Rasulallaah stated, "I have been given Aayatul Kursi from the treasures under the Arsh of Allaah and it was not given to anyone before me".
Hadhrat Ali says, "From the time I have heard this, I have never passed a night without reading it".
37) Hadhrat Abu Huraira says that Nabi made me the guardian of the Zakaat of Ramadaan. One thief began to steal from it. I caught him and told him that I am definitely going to take him to Rasulallaah. He said,"Leave me, I am destitute and have a family". I (Abu Huraira) left him. In the morning Rasulallaah asked, "What did your prisoner do last night.?" I (Abu Huraira) said, He spoke of his great need and family for which I felt pity on him and left him." Nabi said,"He has spoken a lie and will definitely come again." I (Abu harraira) understood that the (the thief) will definitely come again because Nabi said so. Thus I kept watch at that same barn. He (the thief) came and began stealing in handfuls. I caught him and threatened to take him to Rasulallaah. The thief pleaded with me to leave him as he was needy and had a family and that he will not repeat this. I (Abu Huraiah) felt pity and left him. In the morning Rasulallaah asked him the same question as before and his answer was the same. When the same thing happened for the third time, Abu Hurairah said to the thief,"This is the third time. Each time you say that you will not steal again and each time you steal again." The thief said,"Leave me, and I will teach you such words through which Allaah will benefit you.". I (Abu Huraira) inquired about those words and the thief said,"When you go to your sleeping place, then recite Ayatul Kursi completely. Allaah will stipulate a guardian for you and Shaitaan will not come near you until the morning. I released him. In the morning Rasulallaah asked,"What did your thief do last night?" Abu Hurairah narrated what had transpired. The Sahabah were most enthusiastic to gain virtues. Nabi said,"He has spoken the truth although he is a liar. Oh Abu Huraira, do you know with whom you were talking to for the past three nights." I said "No". Nabi said that it was Satan.
It is mentioned in Kitaabul Dalaalil from Hadhrat Buraidah that he had wheat (crops). He said, "I sensed that there was a shortage in it. While sitting quietly in the night I saw a female Jinn sitting on the crops . I caught hold of her and said that I will not let her go until I had taken her to Rasulallaah. She said that she had a family and swore on oath that she will not do so again. I released her. I came to Rasulallaah and informed him about this. He said that she was a liar. When the same thing happened on the second night, she (the female jinn) asked me to release her. She said,"I will, in exchange teach you such a duaa that from amongst us none will ever come near your crops. When you retire to your sleeping place then read and blow Ayatul Kursi on your goods. I left her. When I informed Nabi about this he said that she had spoken the truth although she was a liar.
38) Hadhrat Abu Huraia said that Rasulallaah stated that whosoever reads "Haa meem al Mu'minoon" up to "al maseer" and Ayatul Kursi in the morning, will be protected until the evening and whoever reads both of these in the night will be protected until the morning.
39) Hadhrat Ibne Abbass arrated that the Bani Israeel asked Musa(A.S.), "Does your Rabb sleep?" Musa said, "Fear Allaah". Allaah ordered," Oh Musa, your nation has asked you whether your Rabb sleeps? Take two glasses in your hand and stand with it for the whole night." Hadhrat Musa did as he was ordered. When on third of the night passed, he fell on his knees but stood up immediately. During the latter part of the night, sleep overcame him and the glasses fell and broke. Allaah Jala Shanahu said, "Oh Musa, if I sleep then the sky will fall on the earth and destroy it just as the two glasses fell from your hands and broke. " Then Allaah Ta'aala revealed unto Nabi Ayatul Kursi.
Fulfilling 70 needs and the Ayat which gives Jannat
40) Hadhrat Ali narrates that Surah Fatiha, Ayatul Kursi and two Ayats of Al Imraan (Shahidallaahu Anahu la...... Azzizul Hakeem) and (Qul Allahumma...bi Ghairi Hisaab) are linked to the arch of Allaah and between them and Allaah there are no veils. These Ayats said to Allaah "You are sending us unto earth and amongst those who become disobedient." Allaah said,"By my Being, I say, that whoever of my servants reads you (addressing the Ayats) after every fard Salaat, I will make his resting place Jannat, irrespective of what action he may be involved in and will make him stay in "Blessed Peace" and view him with my hidden eye daily seventy times and fulfil seventy of his needs daily, amongst which the smallest is forgiveness and I will protect him from every enemy and assist him against the enemies".
41) Imam Muslim writes that Ubayy bin Ka‘b narrated that one day, the Prophet asked “O Ubayy! What is the most excellent verse of the Quran?” Ubayy replied, “Allah and His Messenger know best.” The Prophet said, “In your opinion, what is the most excellent verse of the Quran?” Ubayy bin Ka‘b replied, “Allah – There is no god but He”(i.e. Ayat al-Kursi). The Prophet placed his hand on his chest and said, “O Ubayy bin Ka‘b! May your knowledge be pleasant for you.” from Sahih Muslim.
42) Hasan ibn Ali narrates that the Prophet stated: "He who recites Ayatul Kursi after obligatory salat, is in the protection of Allah til the next salat." from Tabarani, Majma uz-Zuwaid
43) Hazrat Muhammad ibn Hanafiyyah rahmatullahi alaihe reports that when the Verse of the Throne was revealed all the idols in the world fell to the ground. Likewise every king of the world went into prostration, and their crowns fell off from their heads and the satans fled toppling over each other until they came to Iblees and informed him of the strange happenings. Iblees ordered them to go in search for this. So they came to Madinah and discovered the revelation of Aayatul Kursi. (Qurtubi) 
Authentic or Sahih
- Hazrat Muhammad ibn Hanafiyyah (rahmatullahi alaih) reports that when the Verse of the Throne was revealed, all the idols in the world fell to the ground. Likewise, every king of the world went into prostration, and their crowns fell off from their heads and satans fled toppling over each other until they came to Iblees and informed him of the strange happenings. Iblees ordered them to go in search for this. So they came to Madinah and discovered the revelation of Aayatul Kursi. (Qurtubi) 
- This practise is known as the practice of Aayatul Kursi. After fajr prayer, maghrib prayer and before retiring to bed, read thrice Surah Fatihah including Bismillah, Aayatul Kursi, Surah Falaq (chapter 113) and Surah Naas (chapter 114). Read any Durood Shareef thrice in the beginning as well as at the end. If the affected one recites himself it is better, otherwise someone else should recite and blow in such a manner that some part of his lips touch the affected person. Also keep a bottle of water and whatever you read blow in the water at the end and make the affected one drink from that water each morning before doing anything else. When the bottle is halved, fill it up with fresh water. And if some signs of affect are seen within the house, then a portion of that water should be sprinkled in the four corners of the house in such a manner that the water does not fall on the floor. 
- The Holy Prophet (SAW) said, "Nothing daunts wild Jinns more than these verses in Sura Baqara (The Cow): Two verses following, ‘Wa Ilahukum Ilahun Wahid.’" (Al-Daylami from Anas) Meaning there are bad jinns, and they bother people. This verse and the Ayatul Kursi daunts them.
Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Raheem: In the Name of Allâh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
Allahu la ilaha illa Huwal Haiyul-Qaiyum: Allah — there is no God but He, the Living, the Self-Subsisting and All-Sustaining.
La ta'khudhuhu sinatun wa la nawm: No slumber can seize Him nor sleep.
lahu ma fis-samawati wa ma fil-'ard: To Him belongs whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth.
Man dhal-ladhi yashfa'u 'indahu illa bi-idhnih: Who is he that will intercede with Him except by His permission?
Ya'lamu ma baina aidihim wa ma khalfahum: He knows what is before them and what is behind them;
wa la yuhituna bi shai'im-min 'ilmihi illa bima sha'a: and they encompass nothing of His knowledge except what He pleases.
Wasi'a kursiyuhus-samawati wal ard: His throne extends over the heavens and the earth;
wa la ya'uduhu hifdhuhuma Wa Huwal 'Aliyul-Adheem: and he feeleth No fatigue in guarding And preserving them, For He is the Most High. The Supreme (in glory). (This Verse 2:255 is called Ayat al-Kursi)
Arabic text and translation
2:26 Translation: There shall be no compulsion in accepting the religion, for the right path (to salvation) has been clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut (the Devil?) and believes in Allah it is as if he has grasped the most reliable handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing. 2:27 Translation: Allah is the ally of those who believe. He brings them out from darkness into the light. And those who disbelieve – their allies are Taghut. They take them out of the light into darkness. Those are the companions of the Fire; Therein they abide eternally.
اللّهُ لاَ إِلَـهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ لاَ تَأْخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَلاَ نَوْمٌ لَّهُ مَا فِي السَّمَوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الأَرْضِ مَن ذَا الَّذِي يَشْفَعُ عِنْدَهُ إِلاَّ بِإِذْنِهِ يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ وَلاَ يُحِيطُونَ بِشَيْءٍ مِّنْ عِلْمِهِ إِلاَّ بِمَا شَاء وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالأَرْضَ وَلاَ يَؤُودُهُ حِفْظُهُمَا وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ
Allah - there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great.
Transliteration of Arabic
Here is a normal phonological transcription: al-lāhu lā ilāha illā huwa l-ḥayyu l-qayyūmu lā taʾḫuḏuhu sinätu-n wa lā nawmu-n lahu mā fī s-samawāti wa mā fī l-arḍi man ḏā llaḏī yašfaʿu ʿindahu illā bi iḏnihi yaʿlamu mā bayna aydīhim wa mā ḫalfahum walā yuḥīṭūna bi šayʾi-n min ʿilmihi illā bi mā šāʾa wasiʿa kursīyuhu s-samawāti wa l-arḍa walā yaʾūduhu ḥifẓuhumā wa huwa l-ʿaliyyu l-ʿaẓīm.
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