Encouragement for Reading al-Kahf on Fridays

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,[1] what is between the two Fridays is illuminated for him by the Light.»[2]

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.»[3] 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.

[1] Friday Islamically begins after sunset on Thursday night and ends sunset on Friday.

[2] Authentic.

[3] Weak.


About Rasheed Gonzales
My name is Rasheed Gonzales. I’m a Muslim convert of Filipino descent. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, I was guided to Islam through one of my younger brothers and a couple of friends, all of whom had converted to Islam sometime before me (may Allah reward them greatly). I am married with four children (and the praise is Allah’s) and also a volunteer for the Qur'an & Sunnah Society of Canada, based in Toronto.

4 Responses to Encouragement for Reading al-Kahf on Fridays

  1. Umm Junayd says:

    JazaakAllaahu khairan for this reminder.

    Some are under the notion that reading a portion of the soorah is sufficient, is this the case? Also, is there anything which states that it must be recited before salaatul-jumu’ah?

  2. Wa iyyaki sister.

    There isn’t anything specifically mentioned in the book I got these narrations from. However, from what I know (and Allah is more knowledgeable), the whole chapter must be read as this is what is implied from the wordings of the narrations i.e., “whoever read al-kahf on Friday”). As well, of the three narrations mentioned here, two mention the day of Friday (yawm al-jumu’ah) and one mentions the eve of Friday (i.e., what we know as Thursday night). The Friday prayer is not mentioned at all. So, you should be able to read it anytime between sunset on Thursday and sunset on Friday. And Allah is more knowledgeable.

    If I have some time to do so, I’ll try to search for more info on it, Allah willing.

  3. Umm Junayd says:

    BaarakAllaahu feeka.

    Any further help is appreciated.

  4. Bint Amina says:

    Here are some additional narrations confirming what has been stated:

    Al-Mannaawi said:

    Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar said in his Amaali: “In some reports it says ‘the day of Jumu’ah’ and in some reports it says ‘the night of Jumu’ah’. They may be reconciled by saying that what is meant is the day which includes the night and vice versa.” (Fayd al-Qadeer, 6/199)

    Al-Mannaawi also said:

    “It is recommended to read it during the day or night of Jumu’ah, as al-Shaafa’i (may Allaah have mercy on him) stated.” (Fayd al-Qadeer, 6/198)

    Therefore, from sunset on Thursday to sunset on Friday, inshaaAllah, is when the soorah should be read.

    Wa Salamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatu

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