An-Nahl 16:98 The Command to seek Refuge with Allah before reciting the Qur’an

An-Nahl 16:98
Arabic
فَإِذَا قَرَأۡتَ ٱلۡقُرۡءَانَ فَٱسۡتَعِذۡ بِٱللَّهِ مِنَ ٱلشَّيۡطَٰنِ ٱلرَّجِيمِ

Topics related to this Ayah
[Devil] [Quran] [Satan]

English – Mohsin Khan/Taqi-ud-Din al-Hilali
So when you want to recite the Quran, seek refuge with Allah from Shaitan (Satan), the outcast (the cursed one).

English – Tafsir ibn kathir
The Command to seek Refuge with Allah before reciting the Qur’an

Allah says:

فَإِذَا قَرَأْتَ الْقُرْانَ فَاسْتَعِذْ بِاللّهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ

So when you recite the Qur’an, seek refuge with Allah from Shaytan, the outcast.

This is a command from Allah to His servants upon the tongue of His Prophet, telling them that when they want to read Qur’an, they should seek refuge with Allah from the cursed Shaytan.

The Hadiths mentioned about seeking refuge with Allah (Isti`adhah), were quoted in our discussion at the beginning of this Tafsir, praise be to Allah.

The reason for seeking refuge with Allah before reading is that the reader should not get confused or mixed up, and that the Shaytan would not confuse him or stop him from thinking about and pondering over the meaning of what he reads. Hence the majority of scholars said that refuge should be sought with Allah before starting to read.

إِنَّهُ لَيْسَ لَهُ سُلْطَانٌ عَلَى الَّذِينَ امَنُواْ وَعَلَى رَبِّهِمْ يَتَوَكَّلُونَ

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