Surah Al-Baqarah: “…Recite Surah Al-Baqarah as there is blessing in it, there is sorrow in leaving it…” (Hadith of Sahih Muslim)
Surah Al-Baqarah is described in a hadith as one of the two illuminated Surahs. Abu Umamah reported:
“The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, ‘Recite the Quran, for on the Day of Resurrection it will come as an intercessor for its reciters. Recite the two illuminated chapters, Surat al-Baqarah and Ali Imran, for on the Day of Resurrection they will come as two clouds, or two shades, or two flocks of birds pleading for their companions. Recite Surat al-Baqarah as there is blessing in it, there is sorrow in leaving it, and the sorcerers cannot defeat it.’” (Sahih Muslim)
We learn from this how beneficial it is for us to recite Surah Al-Baqarah and that there is certainly a blessing in it. We should try to recite the Surah when we can, remembering that indeed Allah has made our recitation of it a protection for us.
Our recitation of the Surah will also help us greatly on the Day of Resurrection. Al-Nawwas ibn Sam’an reported:
“The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, ‘On the Day of Resurrection, the Quran and its people who acted upon it will be brought forth, preceded by Surat al-Baqarah and Ali Imran..’” (Sahih Muslim)
When we reflect on this, we realise just how much our recitation of the Surah will aid us when we will need it the most. On the Day of Resurrection we will be desperate and hopeful that our good deeds will be enough, so trying to recite this Surah when we can will indeed help us to prepare for that Day.
Reciting the last two verses of Surah Al-Baqarah in the night is another good way to gain great rewards. Abu Mas’ud reported:
“The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, ‘Whoever recites the last two verses of Surat al-Baqarah in the night, it is enough for him.’” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)
Even if we are not able to recite the Surah every night, we can make an effort to do so on the nights that can. Indeed, Allah sees our efforts.
There are many lessons and virtues of Surah Al-Baqarah, one of which we read in a hadith when the Prophet (SAW) quoted part of the Surah when explaining to a person. He was emphasising how important it is for us to not only ask Allah for goodness in the Aakhirah (Hereafter), but also for goodness in this life. This teaches us that we should not be neglectful of our life in this Dunya. We read in the hadith:
“Anas reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, visited a sick man among the Muslims and he was so emaciated that he was like thin bird. The Prophet said to him, ‘Have you supplicated for anything or asked from Allah?’ The man said, ‘Yes. I said: O Allah, as long as I am safe in the Hereafter, hasten my punishment in this world.’ The Prophet said, ‘Glory be to Allah! You cannot withstand it. Why did you not say: O Allah, give us goodness in the world and goodness in the Hereafter and save us from the punishment of the Hellfire (2:201)?’ Then, the man supplicated to Allah for it and he was healed.” (Sahih Muslim)
May Allah enable us to recite Surah Al-Baqarah often and may He help us to reflect on the meaning of the words. May He also make our recitation of the Surah a means for us to be successful on the Day of Resurrection. Aameen.