Q: What is the ruling on reciting the Qurʾān collectively upon entering one’s new house or to alleviate harm or anxiety?
A: It is recommended that a Muslim says Bismillāh1 and recites Surah Al-Baqarah upon entering the house. It was authentically narrated that the Prophet ﷺ said: Satan runs away from the house in which Surah Al-Baqarah is recited.2 However, it should not be recited collectively because this is an act of Bidʿah (innovation in religion). Reciting the Qurʾān in houses in the manner mentioned above has no basis in the Sharīʿah (Islamic law).
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- Jābir reported that the Prophet ﷺ said, “When a man enters his house, he should mention Allāh Almighty, both when he enters and he eats. If he does so, Shayṭān says (i.e. to the Shayāṭīn), ‘You cannot spend the night or eat.’ When he enters and does not mention Allāh when he enters, Shayṭān says, ‘You have got your lodgings for the night and your supper.'” [Al-Ādāb al-Mufradat 1096, Graded Ṣaḥīḥ by al-Albānī] ↩
- Muslim, Ṣaḥīḥ, Book on travelers’ Ṣalāh and Ṣalāh shortening, no. 780; At-Tirmidhī, Sunan, Book on the virtues of the Qurʾān, no. 2877; Abu Dāwūd, Sunan, Book on rituals, no. 2042; and Aḥmad, Musnad, vol. 2, p. 388. ↩