What are we supposed to say after we recite verse 8 of Sûrah al-Tîn, verse 40 of Sûrah al-Qiyâmah, and other verses which contain rhetorical questions?
Some commentators on the Qur’ân mention an answer to be read out loud after reciting the rhetorical question that is posed in the final verse of Sûrah al-Tîn. The verse reads: “Is not Allah the wisest of judges?” [Sûrah al-Tîn: 8]
The invocation they recommend is: “Indeed He is, and I am one of those who bear witness to it.” (Arabic: balâ, wa anâ `alâ dhâlika mi al-shâhidîn).
The evidence for this is a hadîth related from Abû Hurayrah that can be found in Sunan Abî Dâwûd (887) and Sunan al-Tirmidhî (3347).
However, this hadîth has a weak chain of transmission. Therefore, we do not recommend a person should to adhere to this wording, since it is not authentically established by the Sunnah. It is alright to do so on occasion, but is should not become a habitual practice.
The same can be said for the final verse of Sûrah al-Qiyâmah: “Is He not, then, able to give life to the dead?” [Sûrah al-Qiyâmah: 40]
It is narrated from one of the Companions used to say upon reading this verse: “Indeed, O Lord, indeed. Glory be to you. (Arabic: balâ, yâ Rabb, balâ, subhânak).
This can also be said on occasion, but should not be adhered to all the time.
And Allah knows best.
Source: Islam Today
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