Reciting Soorah al-Faatihah at night after the Witr for certain times

Question 161: Please, your honor, give me a Fatwaa’ on reciting Soorah Al-Faatihah after the ‘Ishaa’ (Night) Prayer, i.e. after the Witr (Prayer with an odd number of units) for a non-specific number of times such as a hundred times, more or less, without specifying a certain time. I always recite the Qur’aan hoping for more rewards from Allaah. Is this considered a Bidd`ah (innovation in religion) given that after reciting Al-Faatihah, I ask Allaah for forgiveness and guidance. May Allaah guide you to serve Islam and the Muslims.

Answer: The Qur’aan is the word of Allaah (Exalted be He); the superiority of Allaah’s words over the words of people is similar to the superiority of Allaah over people. The reward of reciting the Qur’aan is great, which no one can measure except Allah. No one should dedicate a special Soorah or Aayah to be recited at a particular time or for a particular purpose, except what was mentioned by the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him). For instance, Soorah Al-Faatihah for Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and supplications for the sick to be cured) and in each Rak’ah (unit of Prayer); Aayat-ul-Kursee (the Qur’aanic Verse of the Throne, Soorah Al-Baqarah, 2:255) when going to bed so that one is protected from Satan; and Al-Mu’awwidaat (Surahs Al-Ikhlaas, Al-Falaq and Al-Naas) Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): “He is Allaah, (the) One. , Say: “I seek refuge with (Allaah), the Lord of the daybreak, and Say: “I seek refuge with (Allaah) the Lord of mankind, for Ruqyah... read more here.

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