Ayat Al Kursi is verse no. 255 of Surah Al Baqarah, the second and the longest chapter of the Quran. Ayat Al Kursi means the “Throne Verse” in English. It is an extremely significant passage of the Glorious Quran, as clearly indicated in a good number of authentic Prophetic narrations or the sahih hadith. Thus, many Muslims memorise the ayat since childhood. Many Muslim homes decorate their walls with Ayat Al Kursiwall art such as an Ayat Al Kursi art frames or stickers where the verse is written or painted or etched or printed in a calligraphic font.
Given below are the authentic Prophetic narrations that elucidate the virtues of reciting the Ayat Al Kursi:
- Abu Huraira (RA) narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said, “Everything has its splendor, and the splendor of the Qur’an is Surah al-Baqarah. In it is a verse which is the greatest verse of the Qur’an: Ayat al-Kursi.” [Tirmidhi]
- Abu Huraira (RA) said, “The Prophet (SAW) put me in charge of guarding the alms (zakat) of Ramzan. Someone came to me and began to take handfuls of food. I grabbed him and said, ‘By Allah, I will take you to the Messenger of God!’ – and he mentioned the narration – “He said, ‘When you go to bed, recite the Throne verse (Ayat al-Kursi), and you will have someone guarding over you from Allah and Satan will not come near you until morning.’ The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘He told you the truth even though he is a liar. That was Satan.’” [Bukhari]
- Abu Huraira (RA) said, “The Prophet (SAW) said, ‘Whoever recites, when he wakes up, the chapter Ha Mim until [the verse ending] ilayhi al-masir and the Throne verse (Ayat al-kursi) is protected, through them, until the evening; and whoever recites them at evening time is protected, through them, until morning.’” [Tirmidhi]
- Ayfa’ told of a man who asked the Prophet (SAW) which surah of the Qur’an was greatest and was told that it was “Say, He is Allah, One.” He asked which verse of the Qur’an was greatest and was told that it was the Throne Verse, “Allah, there is no god but He, the Living, the Eternal.” He asked Allah’s Prophet which verse he would like to bring good to him and his people and was told, “The end of Surah Al-Baqarah, for it is one of the treasures of Allah’s mercy from under His throne, which He gave to these people, and there is no good in this world and the next, which it does not include.” (Tirmidhi)
It is pretty much obvious from the narrations mentioned above as to why the Ayat Al Kursiis a very important verse of the Quran, and why so many believers not just recite it and learn it by heart but also display Ayat Al Kursi wall artin their homes and offices like Ayat Al Kursiart stickers or frames or prints, for example.