Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal recorded in the Musnad that Abu Sa`id
bin Al-Mu`alla said,
"I was praying when the Prophet called me, so I did not answer
him until I finished the prayer. I then went to him and he said,
What prevented you from coming?
I said, 'O Messenger of Allah! I was praying.'
He said, Didn't Allah say,"O you who believe! Answer Allah (by obeying Him) and
(His) Messenger when he calls you to that which gives
He then said,
"I will teach you the greatest Surah in the Qur'an before
you leave the Masjid (Mosque)."
He held my hand and when he was about to leave the Masjid, I
said, `O Messenger of Allah! You said: I will teach you the
greatest Surah in the Qur'an.'
He said, Yes Al-Hamdu lillahi Rabbil-`Alamin,
It is the seven repeated (verses) and the Glorious Qur'an
that I was given.
Al-Bukhari, Abu Dawud, An-Nasa'i and Ibn Majah also
recorded this Hadith.
Also, Imam Ahmad recorded that Abu Hurayrah said,
"The Messenger of Allah went out while Ubayy bin Ka`b
was praying and said, O Ubayy!
Ubayy did not answer him.
The Prophet said, O Ubayy!
Ubayy prayed faster then went to the Messenger of Allah
saying, `Peace be unto you, O Messenger of Allah!'
He said, Peace be unto you. O Ubayy, what prevented
you from answering me when I called you?
He said, `O Messenger of Allah! I was praying.'
He said, Did you not read among what Allah has sent
down to me,
"Answer Allah (by obeying Him) and (His) Messenger
when he calls you to that which gives you life."
He said, `Yes, O Messenger of Allah! I will not do it
the Prophet said,
By Him in Whose Hand is my soul! Allah has
never revealed in the Tawrah, the Injil, the
Zabur or the Furqan a Surah like it. It is the
seven repeated verses that I was given.''
Also, At-Tirmidhi recorded this Hadith and in his
narration, the Prophet said"It is the seven repeated verses and the Glorious
Qur'an that I was given."
At-Tirmidhi then commented that this Hadith is Hasan
There is a similar Hadith on this subject narrated from
Anas bin Malik.
Further, `Abdullah, the son of Imam Ahmad, recorded this
Hadith from Abu Hurayrah from Ubayy bin Ka`b, and he
mentioned a longer but similar wording for the above Hadith.
In addition, At-Tirmidhi and An-Nasa'i recorded this Hadith from
Abu Hurayrah from Ubayy bin Ka`b who said that the
Messenger of Allah said,
Allah has never revealed in the Tawrah or the Injil
anything similar to Umm Al-Qur'an. It is the seven
repeated verses and it is divided into two halves between
Allah and His servant.
This is the wording reported by An-Nasa'i.
At-Tirmidhi said that this Hadith is Hasan Gharib.
Also, Imam Ahmad recorded that Ibn Jabir said,
"I went to the Messenger of Allah after he had poured
water (for purification) and said, `Peace be unto you, O
Messenger of Allah!'
He did not answer me. So I said again, `Peace be unto
you, O Messenger of Allah!'
Again, he did not answer me, so I said again, `Peace be
unto you, O Messenger of Allah!'
Still he did not answer me.
The Messenger of Allah went while I was following him,
until he arrived at his residence. I went to the Masjid and
sat there sad and depressed. The Messenger of Allah
came out after he performed his purification and said,
Peace and Allah's mercy be unto you,
peace and Allah's mercy be unto you,
peace and Allah's mercy be unto you.
He then said,
O `Abdullah bin Jabir! Should I inform you of the best
Surah in the Qur'an.
I said, `Yes, O Messenger of Allah!'
All praise be to Allah, the Lord of the existence,'
until you finish it. ''
This Hadith has a good chain of narrators.
Some scholars relied on this Hadith as evidence that
some Ayat and Surahs have more virtues than others.
Furthermore, in the chapter about the virtues of the Qur'an, Al-
Bukhari recorded that Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri said,
"Once, we were on a journey when a female servant
came and said, `The leader of this area has been
poisoned and our people are away. Is there a healer
among you' Then a man whose healing expertise did not
interest us stood for her, he read a Ruqyah for him, and
he was healed.
The chief gave him thirty sheep as a gift and some milk.
When he came back to us we said to him,
`You know of a (new) Ruqyah, or did you do this
He said, `I only used Umm Al-Kitab as Ruqyah.'
We said, `Do not do anything further until we ask the
Messenger of Allah.'
When we went back to Al-Madinah we mentioned what
had happened to the Prophet . The Prophet said,"Who told him that it is a Ruqyah. Divide (the
sheep) and reserve a share for me.''
Also, Muslim recorded in his Sahih, and An-Nasa'i in his Sunan
that Ibn `Abbas said,
"While Jibril (Gabriel) was with the Messenger of Allah ,
he heard a noise from above. Jibril lifted his sight to the
sky and said,
`This is a door in heaven being open, and it has
never been opened before now.'
An angel descended from that door and came to the
Prophet and said,
`Receive the glad tidings of two lights that you
have been given, which no other Prophet before
you was given:
- the Opening of the Book and
- the last (three) Ayat of Surat Al-Baqarah.
You will not read a letter of them, but will gain its
This is the wording collected by An-Nasa'i (Al-Kubra
5:12) and Muslim recorded similar wording (1:554).