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Tafseer / Time for reading surah Al-Kahf

Time for reading surah Al-Kahf

publish date : 2015-12-15 02:06 PM | Views : 3532
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Question

Is there a specific time for reading surah Al-Kahf on Friday or it can be read anytime?

وقت قراءة سورة الكهف

Answer

Praise be to Allah, and may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family and his companions.
As to what follows:
With regards to answering your question we say, success is by Allah Almighty.
There are many ahadith (narrations) mentioned regarding the desirability of reading surah Al-Kahf on Friday. Some narrated by Ibn Umar, Abu Saeed and Ali Ibn Abi Taalib (may Allah be pleased with them all).
From these narrations is what was narrated by Baihaqi and Haakim on the authority of Abu Saeed that:
Whoever reads surah Al-Kahf on Friday, light will shine on him between 2 Fridays.
Al-Nasaai said the hadith is authentic. Ibn Hajar also mentioned in his book Al-Talkhis Al-Habir (2/72) that it was authentic.
Al-Dar Qutni said in his book Al-Ilal that is correct to rely on this hadith.
Ibn Al-Qayyim said in his book Zaad al-Ma’ad (1/379) that it was a preferable hadith.
Ibn al-Mulqin mentioned in his book Al-Badr al-Munir (2/292) that is was authentic.
What seems to be more correct is that nothing of it was directly linked to The Prophet (may Allah’s peace be upon him).
Basing on many ahadith which were narrated regarding the reading of surah Al-Kahf on Friday, Shaafi, Hanafi and Hanbali schools of thought are of the opinion that it is desirable.
Some scholars said that it is desirable relying on that it was narrated by Abu Saeed al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him). They went on to say that there is no room for opinion regarding this hadith, so it is mawquf[1]but takes a ruling of marfu’[2]. And this is a sound opinion.
And Allah knows best.

Your brother,
Dr. Khalid al-Muslih
08 / 04 / 1425 AH

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[1]Mawquf is a hadith that has a chain of narrators ending with a sahabah.

[2]Marfu’ is a hadith with a chain of narrators which go back to The Prophet (may Allah’s peace be on him)

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