Actually i want to share something that is very useful to you all and of course also me =). I've been reading this book called "Tafsir Ibn Kathir" (Abridged) Volume 1.. Which is recommended by one of our (Dentistry student of Al-Azhar) doctor who teach us tafseer for this year =)..
Anyway surah Al-Baqarah is the second surah in the Qur'an after surah Al-Fatihah.. Al-Baqarah mean "The cow", which recall from the story of the golden calf worshipped as an idol by the Israelites during Moses' absence in verses 67-73.
There are 286 verses,and yes it is the longest surah of the Qur'an.. And that is why Prophet (PBUH) once said that :
"Learn Surah Al-Baqarah, because in learning it there is blessing, in ignoring it there is sorrow, and the sorceresses cannot memorize it".
And also surah Al-Baqarah will be one of the lights on the Day of Resurrection..
However, back to the topic that what i actually wanna say is.. There is benefits when you learn, read, or hafaz it.. and....
The benefits are :
1- shaytan will not enter the house that surah al-Baqarah is recited..
In Musnad Ahmad, Sahih Muslim At-Tirmidhi and An-Nasa'i, it is recorded that Abu Hurayrah said that the Prophet (PBUH) said
"Do not turn your houses into graves. Verily, Shaytan does not enter the house where surah Al-Baqarah is recited"
And also Abdullah bin Mas'ud said that
"Shaytan flees from the house where surah Al-Baqarah is heard"
2- for those who recite ten verse from surah Al-Baqarah, Shaytan will not come near him or his family, or he will not be touched by anything that he dislikes.. The ten verse are :
1. Four from the beginning = 4
2. a verse 255 (ayat al-kursi) = 1
3. two verse (256-257) = 2
4. Last three verse = 3
3- Shaytan will not enter the house for three nights/days.
Salh bin Sa'd said that Prophet (PBUH) said
"Everything has a high peek, and Al-Baqarah is the high peek of the Qur'an. Whoever recites Al-Baqarah at night in his house, then shaytan will not enter that house for three nights. Whoever recites it during a day in his house, then shaytan will not enter that house for three days"
4- The angels will come close to hear you reciting surah Al-Baqarah.
Al-Bukhari recorded that Usayd bin Hudayr said that he was once reciting surah Al-Baqarah while his horse was tied next to him. The horse started to make some noice. When he stopped reciting, the horse stopped moving. When he continued reading, the horse started moving again. Then when he stopped, the horse stopped. When he recite it again, the horse moved again. Meanwhile, his son Yahya was close to the horse. He feared that the horse might step on him. So he moved his son back, when he looked up to the sky and saw a cloud with lights.
The next morning he went to Prophet (PBUH) and told him what happened.
Then Prophet (PBUH) asked him "Do you know what that was?"
And he said "No"
The Prophet (PBUH) then said "They were the angels, they came close hearing your voice (reciting surah Al-Baqarah), and if you had kept reading, the people would have been able to see the angels when the morning came, and the angels would not be hidden from their eyes".
5- Surah Al-Baqarah is one of the light and it will shade their people on the Day of Resurrection.. (as i wrote it before =))..
another light is Surah Al-Imran =)
6- On the Day of Resurrection, the Kingship will be given to those who recite it in his right hand, eternal life in his left hand and the crown of grace will be placed on his head.
7- A garments that people can never afford (even the billionaire) will be given to your parents on the Day of Resurrection ..
Your parent will then ask "Why were we granted these garments?"
It will be said " Because your child was carrying the Qur'an"
8- As long as you recites it slowly or quickly you will go on ascending through the levels of Paradise.
Hadith recorded by Ibn Majah
"Read and ascend through the levels of Paradise". " He will go on ascending as long as he recites, whether reciting it slowly or quickly".
9- On the Day of Resurrection the Qur'an and its people who used to implement it will be brought forth, preceded by Surah Al-Baqarah and surah Al-Imran
10- And also on the Day of Resurrection, The two surah (surah Al-Baqarah and surah Al-Imran) will come like two clouds, two dark shades or two lines of birds arguing on behalf of their people..
Well, this is it for now.. =)
p/s - i, myself did not really read it everyday.. since im not really good in reciting it, so it'll take very long time.. but i'll try my best to recite it when i have free time and also if i feel kinda lazy and etc i'll just read the 10 verse that i mentioned above.. =)
How about you?. i can do it, i bet you can do it too =).. Firstly try the 10 verse.. i know you can do it.. =D Chaiyok!