Encouragement for Reading al-Kahf on Fridays
May 4, 2007 4 Comments
From Abî Sa’îd al-Khudrî, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Prophet, may Allah send salutations and peace upon him, said, «Whoever read sūrah al-Kahf (ch.18 of the Qur’an) on Friday, what is between the two Fridays is illuminated for him by the Light.»
It was narrated by an-Nasâ’î, al-Baihaqî in marfū’ (raised) form, al-Hâkim in marfū’ and mawqūf (stopped) forms also; and he said, “The chain is authentic.”
It was narrated by ad-Dârimî in his Musnad in mawqūf form on Abî Sa’îd, and its wording is, «Whoever read sūrah al-Kahf on the eve of Friday, what is between him and the Ancient House is illuminated for him by the Light.»
In all of their chains [of transmission], with the exception of al-Hâkim’s, is Abū Hâshim Yahyâ bin Dînâr ar-Rummânî. The majority are upon his certification, while the rest of the chain [of transmission] are reliable [narrators]. In al-Hâkim’s chain [of transmission], which he authenticated, is Nu’aim bin Hammâd; and the speech concerning him and concerning Abî Hâshim will come [elsewhere in the book].
And from Ibn ‘Umar, may Allah be pleased with him [and his father]; [that] he said, “Allah’s messenger, may Allah send salutations and peace upon him, said, «Whoever read sūrah al-Kahf on Friday, a light spreads out from under his feet upto the highest heaven, and is illuminated for him until Judgement day, and what is between the two Fridays is forgiven for him.» It was narrated by Abū Bakr bin Mardawaih in his Tafsîr with a chain [of narration] with which there is no harm.
al-Mundhirî, ‘Abdul-‘Adhîm bin ‘Abdil-Qawî. at-Targhîb wat-Tarhîb (with commentary and gradings for the hadîths and narrations by Muhammad Nâsir ad-Dîn al-Albânî). Riyâd, Saudi Arabia: Maktabah al-Ma’ârif (Tended to by Abū ‘Ubaidah Mash·hūr bin Hasan Âl Salmân), 1424H. pgs. 332-333.
 Friday Islamically begins after sunset on Thursday night and ends sunset on Friday.