I would like to find out about the authenticity of ‘manzil’. I came across this Hadith which indicates the recitation of manzil and wanted to know if this Hadith is infact authentic and if the recitation of manzil daily is beneficial. Here is the Hadith:
Sayyiduna Ubay ibn Ka’b (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that he was once with Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) when a Bedouin came and said,
“O Nabi of Allah! I have a brother who is suffering.”
“What is it that ails him?” Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) asked. When the man explained that his brother was affected by the Jinn, Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) told him to bring his brother to him. (When the man came)
Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) seated the man in front of him and recited the following to secure protection for him (against the Jinn):
Surah Fatihah (chapter 1): verses 1 to 7 Surah Baqarah (chapter 2): verses 1 to 5, 163, 255 to 257, and 284 to 286 Surah Ali Imran (chapter 3): verses 18, 26 and 27 Surah A’araf (chapter 7): verses 54 to 56 Surah Isra (chapter 17): verses 110 and 111 Surah Muminun (chapter 23): verses 115 to 118 Surah Saffat (chapter 37): verses 1 to 11 Surah Rahman (chapter 55): verses 33 to 40 Surah Hashr (chapter 59): verses 21 to 24 Surah Jinn (chapter 72): verses 1 to 4 Surah Kafirun (chapter 109): verses 1 to 6 Surah Ikhlas (chapter 112): verses 1 to 4 Surah Falaq (chapter 113): verses 1 to 5 Surah Nas (chapter 114): verses 1 to 6 (After Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) recited these before him) The man then stood up as if he had never had any ailment whatsoever. (Kanzul Ummal).
The manzil is a collection of verses of the Quran. Like you have learnt, it is found in the Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) as a protection from evil.
I have managed to locate it in the following authentic Hadith sources:
1. Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 3549
2. Mustadrak Hakim, vol.4 pg.412-413
3. Musnad Ahmad, vol.5 pg.128
4. Musnad Abi Ya’la, Hadith: 1594
5. ‘Amalul Yawmi wal laylah of Ibnus Sunni, Hadith: 632
6. Kitabud Du’a of Tabarani, Hadith: 1080
Note : Some of the above sources have cited more verses that were recited than the other references.
Many people, learned and others have found much benefit in the recital of the manzil. One may recite it despite its weak chain.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar