Surah Al Baqarah (256-257)
Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem
256 La ikraha fee addeeniqad tabayyana arrushdu mina alghayyi faman yakfur bittaghootiwayu/min billahi faqadi istamsaka bilAAurwatialwuthqa la infisama laha wallahusameeAAun Aaaleem.
257. Allahu waliyyu allatheena amanooyukhrijuhum mina aththulumati ilaannoori wallatheena kafaroo awliyaohumuattaghootu yukhrijoonahum mina annoori ilaaththulumati ola-ika as-habuannari hum feeha khalidoon.
When to Read
ONCE Between Asr to Magrib
256. There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.
257. Allah is the ally of those who believe. He brings them out from darknesses into the light. And those who disbelieve – their allies are Taghut. They take them out of the light into darknesses. Those are the companions of the Fire; they will abide eternally therein.
Hadith or Benefit
Ad-Darimi recorded that Ash-Sha`bi said that `Abdullah bin Mas`ud (R.A) (R.A) said, “Whoever recites verses (001, 002, 003, 004, 005, 255, 256, 257, 284, 285 & 286) from Surat Al-Baqarah in a night, then Shaytan will not enter his house that night. In another narration, Ibn Mas`ud (R.A) (R.A) said, “Then Shaytan will not come near him or his family, nor will he be touched by anything that he dislikes. Also, if these verses were to be recited over a senile person, they would wake him up.”