In an era like ours, in which we’ve become prone to insecurity, the following prescription from one of the most knowledgeable Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhum) is very pertinent.
Lets read through the following narrations and be inspired.
Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu’anhu) said:
‘Whoever recites the following ten verses of Surah Baqarah in the morning, (1) will be saved from Shaytan till the evening, and whoever recites it in the evening will be protected from Shaytan till the morning.
(2) Furthermore, he will not experience unpleasant surprises in his family or wealth.
(3) If these verses are recited on an insane person, he will be cured.’
(Sunan Darimi, Hadith: 3382 & Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 2412)
In another narration Ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu’anhu) added:
(4) ‘If they are recited in a home, no Shaytan shall enter it till the morning.’
(Sunan Darimi, Hadith: 3382 & Al-Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 8673. ‘Allamah Suyuti has declared one chain of Darimi as authentic (sahih) refer: Da’il Falah, Hadith: 84)
Those ten verses are:
1-4. The first four verses. (according to some ‘Ulama this ends at the word: ‘Muflihun‘
(Al-Hirzuth Thamin, vol.1 pg.521)
5-7. Ayatul Kursi and the two verses that follow it.
8-10. The last three verses.
View a pdf of these verses here.
Prescription for not forgetting the Quran
Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud’s student; Imam Mughirah ibn Subay’ (rahimahullah) said:
(5) ‘Whoever recites these ten verses before sleeping, will not forget the Quran.’
(Sunan Darimi, Hadith: 3385 & Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 2413)
Note: Mulla ‘Ali Qari (rahimahullah) has written that according to the Hanafi Scholars, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu’anhu) is the most knowledgeable Sahabi after the four Khulafa (radiyallahu’anhum)
Lets implement this simple formula for divine protection and teach it to others. Many of us already know most of these verses too anyway…