Chanting the Aayah, “Innahoo ‘alaa raj’i-hee la-qaadir” 200 times for restoring lost items (سورة الطارق الآية, 8)

Question 228: If someone loses something and says: Verily, (Allaah) is Able to bring him back (to life)! 200 times, will what was lost be returned or not?

Answer: This is not confirmed in the Book of Allaah or the Saheeh (authentic) Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and it is not an ordinary reason for lost items to be returned; instead it is using the Qur’aan for something other than what was revealed for. Doing this involves limiting the recitation to a certain number of times, which is a Tawqeefee (bound by a religious text and not amenable to personal opinion) matter that cannot be determined by the mind. Therefore, this is Bidd`ah (a rejected innovation in religion). It is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Anyone who introduces something in this matter of ours (the religion) that is not from it, it will be rejected.” Related by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim... read more here.

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