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    When is the correct time to recite surat Al Kahf on

    Question:


    According to the Sunna, when is the correct time to recite surat Al Kahf on
    Friday? Should be recited after Fajr and before Jumaa Prayer or anytime on
    Friday? Also, is it from the Sunna to recite Surat Al-Imran on Friday? And
    if so, when is the correct time to do so?

    Answer:

    Praise be to Allaah.

    There are saheeh ahaadeeth from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah
    be upon him) concerning the virtues of reciting Soorat al-Kahf during the
    day or night of Jumu'ah (Friday). These include:

    (a) From Abu Sa'eed al-Khudri, who said: "Whoever reads Soorat al-Kahf on
    the night of Jumu'ah, will have a light that will stretch between him and
    the Ancient House (the Ka'bah)."

    (Narrated by al-Daarimi, 3407. This hadeeth was classed as saheeh by Shaykh
    al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami, 6471)

    (b) "Whoever reads Soorat al-Kahf on the day of Jumu'ah, will have a light
    that will shine from him from one Friday to the next."

    (Narrated by al-Haakim, 2/399; al-Bayhaqi, 3/249. Ibn Hajar said in Takhreej
    al-Adhkaar that this is a hasan hadeeth, and he said, this is the strongest
    report that has been narrated concerning reading Soorat al-Kahf. See: Fayd
    al-Qadeer, 6/198. It was classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh
    al-Jaami', 6470)

    (c) It was narrated that Ibn 'Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) said:
    "The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
    'Whoever reads Soorat al-Kahf on the day of Jumu'ah, a light will shine for
    him from beneath his feet to the clouds of the sky, which will shine for him
    on the Day of Resurrection, and he will be forgiven (his sins) between the
    two Fridays.'"

    Al-Mundhiri said, this was narrated by Abu Bakr ibn Mardawayh in his
    Tafseer, with an isnaad with which there was nothing wrong.

    (al-Targheeb wa'l-Tarheeb, 1/298)

    The soorah may be read during the night or the day of Jumu'ah. The night of
    Jumu'ah starts from sunset on Thursday, and the day of Jumu'ah ends at
    sunset. Therefore the time for reading this soorah extends from sunset on
    Thursday to sunset on Friday.

    Al-Mannaawi said:

    Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar said in his Amaali: "In some reports it says 'the day of
    Jumu'ah' and in some reports it says 'the night of Jumu'ah'. They may be
    reconciled by saying that what is meant is the day which includes the night
    and vice versa." (Fayd al-Qadeer, 6/199)

    Al-Mannaawi also said:

    "It is recommended to read it during the day or night of Jumu'ah, as
    al-Shaafa'i (may Allaah have mercy on him) stated." (Fayd al-Qadeer, 6/198)

    There are no saheeh ahaadeeth concerning reading Soorat Aal 'Imraan on
    Friday. All the reports that have been narrated concerning that are either
    da'eef jiddan (very weak) or mawdoo' (fabricated).

    It was narrated that Ibn 'Abbaas said: "The Prophet (peace and blessings of
    Allaah be upon him) said: 'Whoever recites the soorah in which the family of
    'Imraan (Aal 'Imraan) are mentioned on Fridays, Allaah and His angels will
    send blessings upon him until the sun sets.'"

    (Narrated by al-Tabaraani in al-Mu'jam al-Awsat, 6/191; and al-Kabeer,
    11/48. This hadeeth is da'eef jiddan (very weak) or mawdoo' (fabricated)).

    Al-Haythami said, "This was narrated by al-Tabaraani in al-Awsat or
    al-Kabeer, and it [its isnaad] includes Talhah ibn Zayd al-Riqqi, who is
    da'eef (jiddan) ((very) weak)." (Majma' al-Zawaa'id, 2/168).

    Ibn Hajar said: Talhah is very weak, and Ahmad and Abu Dawood accused him of
    fabricating reports. (See Fayd al-Qadeer, 6/199)

    Shaykh al-Albaani said: (it is) mawdoo' (fabricated). See hadeeth no. 5759
    in Da'eef al-Jaami'.

    And al-Taymi narrated in al-Targheeb that "Whoever recites Soorat al-Baqarah
    and Soorat Aal 'Imraan on the night of Jumu'ah will have reward like that
    which is between the seventh earth and the seventh heaven."

    Al-Mannaawi said, it is ghareeb da'eef jiddan (strange and very weak).(Fayd
    al-Qadeer, 6/199)

    And Allaah knows best.


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