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What to recite after reading the Quran

Question

I have received a message which I would like to have verified. It pertains to the recitation of a particular du’a after reading the Quran.

It is preferred, on finishing the recitation of the Quran to say:

سُبْحَانَكَ اللَّهُمَّ وَبِحَمْدِكَ، أشهد أن لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ، أَسْتَغْفِرُكَ وَأَتُوبُ إِلَيْكَ

The evidence for this is as follows:

‘Aaishah (radiyallahu ‘anha) mentioned that:

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) was never in a sitting, never recited the Quran, nor did he ever offer a prayer, except that he ended them all with certain words. She added: ‘So I said to him, O Messenger of Allah, I noticed that you never are in a sitting, nor do you ever recite the Quran, nor observe a salah, except that you end off with these words”.

He replied by saying, ”Yes. Whoever has said good [words] would have them placed as a seal over the good he has done and whoever has said evil [words] would have them used as an expiation for the evil he uttered”.

[They are]:

سُبْحَانَكَ اللَّهُمَّ وَبِحَمْدِكَ، أشهد أن لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ، أَسْتَغْفِرُكَ وَأَتُوبُ إِلَيْكَ

 

Answer

I haven’t seen other Hadith authors (besides Imam Nasai rahimahullah) citing this du’a for after Quran recital.

There is no harm in practicing such, however the following should also be borne in mind:

a) The recital in this narration is commonly reported as what to be said at the end of any gathering.

b) The version you have cited also mentions this. In addition to that it states that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) would also recite this at the end of all gatherings, including gatherings in which Quran was recited.

Hence in the view of this writer, this du’a is not specifically for recital after Quran tilawah. Rather it is a recital that should indeed be said by everyone at the end of that gathering, irrespective who recited the Quran. Just as is the case at the end of any other gathering, irrespective of who spoke in that gathering.

 

Note: The fact that Imam Nasai cited this as a recital for after Quran tilawah (recital), does not deem the common practice of ‘Sadaqallahul ‘Azim’ wrong in any way.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar