Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Merits of Surah Kahf

Here is a SaHeeH (Authentic) hadeeth that talks about the great merits we will attain if we were to read Soorah Al-Kahf (18) during Friday night, which is Thursday night for people who use the Gregorian calendar.

في الكافي الحسين بن محمد عن عبد الله بن عامر عن على بن مهزيار عن أيوب بن نوح عن محمد بن أبي حمزة قال: قال أبو عبد الله عليه السلام: مَنْ قَرَأَ الْكَهْفَ فِي كُلِّ لَيْلَةِ جُمُعَةٍ كَانَتْ كَفَّارَةَ مَا بَيْنَ الْجُمُعَةِ إِلَى الْجُمُعَةِ
From Muhammad bin Abee Hamzah said, Aboo `Abd Allaah (عليه السلام) said: “Whoever recited Soorah Al-Kahf on every Friday night (i.e. Thursday night for Gregorian calendars) it will be an atonement (for sins) for what is between Jumu`ah (Friday) to (the next) Jumu`ah (Friday)”
1.     Al-Kulayni, Al-Kaafi, vol. 3, pg. 429, hadeeth # 7
1.       Al-Majlisi said this hadeeth is SaHeeH (Authentic)
à Mir’aat Al-`Uqool, vol. 15, pg. 370

Breakdown of the isnaad (chain of narrators):

الحسين بن محمد (Al-Hussayn bin Muhammad bin Amir) is thiqah (trustworthy) according to:
1.     Al-Najaashee, Rijaal, pg. 66, person # 156
2.     Al-Hillee, Al-KhulaaSah, pg. 52, person # 24

عبد الله بن عامر (`Abd Allaah bin `Aamir Al-`Asharee) is thiqah (trustworthy) according to:
1.     Al-Najaashee, Rijaal, pg. 218, person # 570
2.     Al-Hillee, Al-KhulaaSah, pg. 111, person # 42

على بن مهزيار (`Alee bin Mahziyaar) is thiqah (trustworthy) according to:
1.     Al-Najaashee, Rijaal, pg. 253, person # 664
2.     Al-Toosi, Al-Fihrist, pg. 266, person # 379
3.     Al-Toosi, Rijaal, pg. 388, person # 5708
4.     Ibn Dawood, Rijaal, pg. 251, person # 1071
5.     Al-Hillee, Al-KhulaaSah, pg. 92, person # 6

أيوب بن نوح (Ayyoub bin NooH bin Darraaj) is thiqah (trustworthy) according to:
1.     Al-Najaashee, Rijaal, pg. 102, person # 254
2.     Al-Toosi, Al-Fihrist, pg. 43, person # 59
3.     Al-Toosi, Rijaal, pg. 352, person # 5214
4.     Ibn Dawood, Rijaal, pg. 64, person # 221
5.     Al-Hillee, Al-KhulaaSah, pg. 12, person # 1

مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ أَبِي حَمْزَةَ (Muhammad bin Abee Hamzah) is thiqah (trustworthy) according to:
1.     Al-Kashee, Rijaal, pg. 406, saying # 761
2.     Ibn Dawood, Rijaal, pg. 286, person # 1246
3.     Al-Hillee, Al-KhulaaSah, pg. 152, person # 71


  1. hi bro nader zaveri , i guess this will be for small sins not big one, or it is for both.

  2. Assalaamu `Alaykum Brother Khaalid,

    This hadeeth doesn't specify if it includes major sins or if it is just restricted to minor sins. I do not want to speculate and try to add my opinion on the hadeeth. So I will just take it at face value as it is a كَفَّارَة (kaffaarah - atonement for sins)