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Ayatul Kursi (Aayatul Kursiyy)

The Verse of the Footstool.

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Ayatul Kursi (Aayatul Kursiyy) has been reported in authentic Ahaadeeth to be the greatest Aayah
(verse) in the Holy Qur-aan. This Aayah is found in the longest Suurah (Chapter) of the Holy Qur-aan,
that is, in the second Suurah, Aayah two hundred and fifty five (Suurah 2:255). This verse is one of the
most sublime verses in the Holy Qur-aan and describes in compact and spiritual way, some of the
attributes of Allaah (Subhaanahu Wata'aalaa).

The recitation of Aayatul Kursiyy has been reported in authentic Ahaadeeth being very useful as a
solution to various problems that a man may be facing as far as seeking Allaah’s Bounties, Protection
and Rescue are concerned. This is why it is very important for every Muslim father, mother, brother,
sister and children to try as much as possible to know this verse off hand. In fact, when a Muslim or
Muslimah is asked of the Suwaar (Chapters) and/or Aayaat (Verses) of the Holy Qur-aan that he or she
knows off hand, Aayatul Kursiyy should not be left out.

While it is very important to know this Aayah off hand, it is also very important to be able to recite it
correctly. Therefore, learning the correct recitation of this verse should be taken highly serious. You
will find the Arabic, a recitation, transliteration and interpretation of the meanings of Aayatul Kursiyy
here ==>Ayatul Kursi.

However, it should be specially noted that many people do wrongly translate Aayatul Kursi as the verse
of the Throne while in actual fact, its correct meaning is the verse of the Footstool. The Kursiyy
mentioned in Suurah 2:255 is different from ‘Arsh (Throne) mentioned in Suwaar (Chapters) like
Suurah 7:58, Suurah 10:3, Suurah 85:15 and other places in the Holy Qur-aan. The Last of Allaah’s
Prophets and Messengers – Prophet Muhammad (Sallaallaahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam) made it clear that:

“The seven heavens and the seven earths by the side of al-Kursi are naught but as a ring thrown
down in a desert land, and such is al-Kursi with respect to al-'Arsh (the Throne).”1

The above Hadeeth from the Best of mankind (Prophet Muhammad – Sallaallaahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam)
made it clear that the Kursiyy (Footstool) in comparison to the ‘Arsh (Throne) is nothing but like a ring
thrown out upon open space of the desert. This clearly establishes the difference between the Kursiyy
and the ‘Arsh in terms of vastness.

In a nut shell, imagine, if the Kursiyy extends over the entire universe (as established in Suurah 2:255),
then how much greater is the ‘Arsh? There is no iota of doubt that Allaah (Subhaanahu Wata'aalaa), the
Creator of both the Kursiyy and the ‘Arsh, is the Most Great and He is the only One that has the right
to be worshiped.

Subhaanallaahi wabihamdihi, Subhaanakallaahumma wabihamdik, Ash-hadu anlaa ilaaha illaa Anta,

Astaghfiruka wa atuubu ilayk.

1-Authenticated by Shaykh al-Albaani in As-Silsilah As-Saheehah, no. 109.