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I like to know if the prophet (SAW) recited the surah iklas in every prayer?


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

We begin with Allah’s blessed name, we praise him and we glorify him, seek his forgiveness and ask him to guide us. Whoever Allah guides, None can lead astray and whoever he misguides, None can guide. There is no power and no strength except from Allah, The most high, the Most great, the most powerful. We bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers. We pray for peace and blessings on all the noble messengers and in particular on the last of them all “the blessed prophet Mohammad (pbuh)”

Dear brother, reciting ‘surah al-Ikhlas’ in every rakah was neither the practice of the blessed prophet nor of the companions, however there are narrations which show that one or two companions used to recite ‘surah al-Ikhlas’ in every.

Narrated 'Aisha: The Prophet sent (an army unit) under the command of a man who used to lead his companions in the prayers and would finish his recitation with (the Sura 112): 'Say (O Muhammad): "He is Allah, the One." ' (112.1) When they returned (from the battle), they mentioned that to the Prophet. He said (to them), "Ask him why he does so." They asked him and he said, "I do so because it mentions the qualities of the Beneficent and I love to recite it (in my prayer)." The Prophet; said (to them), "Tell him that Allah loves him" Sahil Al-Bukhari [ Volume 9:: Book 93:: Hadith 472]

In another authentic narration the blessed prophet allowed one of the ansar to recite surah ikhlas in every rakah.

Ubaidullah ibn Thabit related that Anas said, "One of the helpers (Ansar) led the people in prayer at (the mosque) of Quba'. Before he began his recitation he would always recite Surah 112 Al-Ikhlaas until he finished that Surah, and then he would recite another surah. He did that in every rakah. They said to him, 'You begin with that Surah (Al-Ikhlaas), but we don't find it sufficient until you add another Surah to it?' He said, 'I will not stop doing so. I like to lead you in the prayer with that. If you don't like it, I will leave (leading you in the prayers).' They thought that he was the best among them, so they didn't want someone else to lead them. They referred the matter to the Prophet (saws) and he said, 'O so and so, what has kept you from doing what your companions have asked you? Why do you keep reciting that Surah (Al-Ikhlaas) in every rak'ah?' He said, 'I love that Surah.' The Prophet (saws) said, 'Your love for that Surah (Al-Ikhlaas) will cause you to enter Paradise."

Dear brother, it is evident from the above narrations that the blessed prophet allowed the man to recite ‘surah al-Ikhlas’ in every rakah of his prayer, and it is indeed true that ‘surah Ikhlas’ has much merits, and thus any one could claim that it is acceptable and permissible to recite the surah al-ikhlas in every rakah of one’s prayer, but, dear brother, before making any such claim one should also remember and understand that reciting ‘surah al-Ikhlas’ in every rakah was neither the practice of the blessed prophet nor of the companions. And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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