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What is Ayat-e-Karimah?

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Q. What is the Ayat e Karimah and why do people read it? is there any virtue to it?

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A. The last portion of the 87th verse in Surah al-Ambiyaa’ is known as the Ayah Karimah. It is knowns as the Ayah Karimah due to its virtue and benefits. The Ayah Karimah is follows:

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنْتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ

Transliteration: La Ilaaha Illa Anta Subhaanaka Inni Kuntu Minazzhaalimeen

Translation: There is no god but You. Pure are You. Indeed I was among the wrongdoers (Surah al-Ambiyaa’, Verse: 87)

عن سعد قال قال رسول الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم- « دعوة ذى النون إذ دعا وهو فى بطن الحوت لا إله إلا أنت سبحانك إنى كنت من الظالمين. فإنه لم يدع بها رجل مسلم فى شىء قط إلا استجاب الله له ».

Sayyiduna Sa’ad (Radiyallahu Anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “The Du’a that Zunnoon (Yunus Alaihis Salaam) made when he was in the belly of the fish was:

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنْتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ

If a person recites this Dua for any need of his, Allah will answer his need” (Tirmizi, Hadith #: 3845)

And Allah Knows Best

Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed

Fatwa Department

Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)
Council of Muslim Theologians

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