Question 163: In Uganda, when someone wants to supplicate Allah to bestow more provisions on him, he invites some learned people who come to him each carrying a Mus-haf. They then start reciting; one of them recites Soorah Yaaaseeen as it is the heart of the Qur’aan, another recites Soorah Al-Kahf and a third recites Soorah Al-Waaqi’ah, Al-Rahmaan, Al-Dukhaan, Al-Ma’aarij, Al-Qalam, Al-Mulk, Muhammad, Al-Fath or some other Soorahs. However, they do not recite any verses of Soorah Al-Baqarah and Soorah Al-Nisaa’. Is this Islaamic? If not, please tell us about the correct Islaamic behavior with evidence.
Answer: Reciting the Qur’aan and reflecting on its meanings is one of the best deeds that draw a person close to Allaah. Moreover, supplicating to Allaah and resorting to Him to grant success to do more good, for provisions and for gaining other kinds of bounties is a permissible act of worship. However, reciting the Qur’aan in the manner you have just described in your question, i.e. distributing certain Soorahs to a number of persons so that each of them recites his respective Soorah after which they supplicate Allaah to bestow more provisions or the like, is a Bidd`ah (innovation in religion). In fact, neither the Prophet (peace be upon him), any of his Companions nor the imaams of Salaf (righteous predecessors) (may Allaah show mercy to them) is reported to have commanded or done so. Undoubtedly, all good is in following the way of the Salaf, and all evil is in the innovations of the Khalaf (later generations of Muslims). Moreover, the Prophet (peace be upon him) is authentically reported to have said... read more here.