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Reciting Sûrah YâSîn collectively on the occasion of moving into a new home

Published: 27/08/2011 06:29:00 PM GMT
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I just recently moved into my new house and my parents are thinking about having a ceremony where your parents, friends, and their children come over and read Sûrah YâSîn together. The purpose of doing this is to spread Allah's words in your house and keep it safe from evil. Is this right or wrong?

Answered by

Sheikh Husayn al-Jabûrî, professor at Umm al-Qurâ University

A Muslim is requested to recite the Qur’ân continuously, for which he will be rewarded. The believer who recites the Qur’ân will be rewarded for every single letter he utters, which is from the infinite grace of Allah which He bestows upon whomever He pleases.

Reciting the Qur’ân is permissible in all legal circumstances and even in some special situations such as the treatment of ailments and seeking protection from the evils of people and Jinn.

However, what you describe is that your father intends to gather together his friends and their sons to recite Sûrah YâSîn because you moved into a new house. I consider such an act to be an unlawful innovation because of the way it is being carried out.

Otherwise, we are permitted to gather together for the remembrance of Allah and to review some part of the Qur’an and Sunnah or some Islamic legal matter. For this everyone will be rewarded.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Any group of people who sit together for the remembrance of Allah will be surrounded by angels, showered with mercy, blessed with tranquility, and Allah will remember them in the company of His angels.”

Mu`âwiyah relates that the Prophet (peace be upon him) passed by a group of the Companions sitting together in a circle and asked: “What made you sit here?” They said: "We sit to remember Allah and praise Him.” The Prophet ( peace be upon him) said: “Gabriel has just came to me and informed me that Allah is speaking highly about you before His angels.”

A Muslim is allowed to protect himself, his money, and his house whenever he enters a temporary or permanent residence. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said : “Whoever resides in a place and says ‘I seek refuge with Allah’s complete words from the evils of everything He created' will not be hurt by anything until he leaves that place.”

Source: Islam Today

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