Reciting the Qur’aan starting with Soorah of Al-Naas, Soorah of Al-Falaq, and Soorah of Al-Ikhlaas…

Question 5: Is it permissible to recite the Soorahs (Qur’aanic “chapters”) in an order other than that of the Mus-haf (copy of the Qur’aan), for example, Soorah Al-Falaq before Soorah Al-Naas or something like that?

Answer: It is better to recite the Soorahs in the order of the ‘Uthmaanee script of the Mus-haf starting with Al-Faatihah, then Al-Baqarah, then ‘Aal-‘Imraan, and ending with Soorah Al-Naas. Accordingly, reciting Soorah Al-Falaq before Soorah Al-Naas is in agreement with the order of the ‘Uthmaanee script… read more here.

Naming the Soorahs of the Qur’aan (Qur’aanic “chapters”)

Question 3: Who was it who named the Soorahs (Qur’aanic chapters)? Was it the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him)?

A: We do not know of a text that was authentically reported from the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) about the naming of all the Soorahs. The names of some Surahs are reported in Saheeh (authentic) Hadeeths, such as Soorahs Al-Baqarah and Aal-‘Imraan… read more here.