Surah Baqarah is the second and the longest Surah of the Quran. Surah Baqarah was regarded as as-Sanaam (The Peak) and az-Zahra (The Light) in the Quran by our beloved Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ). It is the second Surah of the Quran and the first of the Surahs of the Madni group in the Quran.
It has significance and is known for protection against evil eyes, witchcraft, and whispers. If we talk about the last two Ayats of Surah Baqarah, many hadiths confirm their unique significance.
There is a famous hadith in the book of Sahih Muslim Book 04, Hadith 1760, which says:
“This is a gate opened in heaven today which had never been opened before. Then, when an angel descended through it, he said: This is an angel who came down to the earth who had never come down before. He greeted and said: Rejoice in two lights given to you which have not been given to any prophet before you: Fatihat al-Kitab and the concluding verses of Surah al-Baqara. You will never recite a letter from them for which you will not be given (a reward).”
This shows the significance of the last two a of Surah Baqarah. The angel who came to convey the meaning of the last two a of Surah Baqarah had never been on earth previously, and the angel who was providing the two insights that had never been provided to any prior prophet Muhammad (ﷺ).
Of the two lights that were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), one was the light of the last two verses of Surah Baqarah. These verses are a gift from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى). This blog will explain the final two ayats of Surah Baqarah and their meaning in light of the Quran and Hadiths.
Overview of Surah Baqarah
Surah Baqarah contains many topics, including the significance of the hajj, changing the direction of prayer (Qiblah), marriage and divorce, trade, debt, and numerous interest provisions, among others, making it the longest and most complete Surah.
Baqarah translates to “cow,” and the surah is thus named because the word “Cow” appears in this Surah. Some surahs of the Quran are very comprehensive; they discuss multiple subjects. This is the case with Surah al-Baqarah; while it does not just discuss the matter of the cow and the Jews, it is named after the event as it is the primary discussion.
The majority of the Surah was revealed after the journey to Mecca and during the first days of the Holy Prophet Muhammad’s (ﷺ) Madni life. While certain sections of the Surah were revealed later, they are included in Baqarah because the issues were relevant. For example, the provisions about interest were revealed some days before the death of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), yet they were also included in the Surah.
Surah Baqarah Last 2 Ayats Arabic, Transliterations, and English Translation
اٰمَنَ الرَّسُوْلُ بِمَاۗ اُنْزِلَ اِلَيْہِ مِنْ رَّبِّہٖ وَالْمُؤْمِنُوْنَ۰ۭ كُلٌّ اٰمَنَ بِاللہِ وَمَلٰۗىِٕكَتِہٖ وَكُتُبِہٖ وَرُسُلِہٖ۰ۣ لَا نُفَرِّقُ بَيْنَ اَحَدٍ مِّنْ رُّسُلِہٖ۰ۣ وَقَالُوْا سَمِعْنَا وَاَطَعْنَا۰ۤۡ غُفْرَانَكَ رَبَّنَا وَاِلَيْكَ الْمَصِيْرُ۲۸
Amana alrrasoolu bima onzila ilayhi min rabbihi waalmuminoona kullun amana biAllahi wamalaikatihi wakutubihi warusulihi la nufarriqu bayna ahadin min rusulihi waqaloo samiAAna waataAAna ghufranaka rabbana wailayka almaseeru 2:285
“The Messenger has believed in the Guidance which has been sent down to him from his Lord, and those who believe in the Messenger have also sincerely accepted the same. They all believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books and Messengers. And they say, “We do not discriminate against any of His Messengers. We have heard the Message and submitted to it. Our Lord, we look up to You for forgiveness, for to You we shall all return.” 2:285
لَا يُكَلِّفُ اللہُ نَفْسًا اِلَّا وُسْعَہَا۰ۭ لَہَا مَا كَسَبَتْ وَعَلَيْہَا مَااكْتَسَبَتْ۰ۭ رَبَّنَا لَا تُؤَاخِذْنَاۗ اِنْ نَّسِيْنَاۗ اَوْ اَخْطَاْنَا۰ۚ رَبَّنَا وَلَا تَحْمِلْ عَلَيْنَاۗ اِصْرًا كَـمَا حَمَلْتَہٗ عَلَي الَّذِيْنَ مِنْ قَبْلِنَا۰ۚ رَبَّنَا وَلَا تُحَمِّلْنَا مَا لَا طَاقَۃَ لَنَا بِہٖ۰ۚ وَاعْفُ عَنَّا۰۪ وَاغْفِرْ لَنَا۰۪ وَارْحَمْنَا۰۪ اَنْتَ مَوْلٰىنَا فَانْصُرْنَا عَلَي الْقَوْمِ الْكٰفِرِيْنَ۲۸۶ۧ
La yukallifu Allahu nafsan illa wusAAaha laha ma kasabat waAAalayha ma iktasabat rabbana la tuakhithna in naseena aw akhtana rabbana wala tahmil AAalayna isran kama hamaltahu AAala allatheena min qablina rabbana wala tuhammilna ma la taqata lana bihi waoAAfu AAanna waighfir lana wairhamna anta mawlana faonsurna AAala alqawmi alkafireena 2:286
“Allah does not burden any human being with a responsibility heavier than he can bear. Everyone will enjoy the fruit of the good that one has earned and shall suffer for the evil that one has committed. (O Believers, pray like this to Allah: “Our Lord, take us not to task if we forget and lapse into error inadvertently. Lord! lay not on us the kind of burdens that You had lain on the people before us. Lord, lay not on us the kind of burden that we have not the strength to bear. Be kind to us, forgive us, and show mercy to us. You are our Protector: help us against the disbelievers.” 2:286
The Significance of the Last Two Ayats
Surah Baqarah is a highly significant and complete Surah of the Quran. On the other hand, the last two a of the Baqarah have a unique significance.
It was Narrated by Abu Masud Al-Badri: Allah’s Apostle said, it is sufficient for one to recite the last two Verses of Surat-al-Baqara at night. Hadees 4008 (Sahih Al Bukhari)
According to this hadith, reciting the last two ayats of Surah Baqarah is more beneficial than reciting any other supplication at night time. On the other hand, if we further discuss the hadith 1806 of Sahih Muslim, it says:
“You will never recite one letter of them, but you will be given (reward).” It means that with the help of these a, you will get everything you pray for.
There is another hadith that further shows the significance of these a, which was narrated by An-Nu’man bin Bashir:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said: “Indeed Allah wrote in a book two thousand years before He created the heavens and the earth, and He sent down two a from it to end Surat Al-Baqarah with. If they are recited for three nights in a home, no Shaitan shall come near it.”- Jami` at-Tirmidhi Book 42, Hadith 2882
Now, the book known as Loh-e-Mahfooz was written by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) two thousand years ago, even before the creation of heaven and earth. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) sent the final two a from Loh-e-Mahfooz and finished Surah Baqarah with them, which greatly emphasizes the significance of these ayats.
The Benefits of Reciting the Last Two Ayats
As per the hadith quoted in Jami`at-Tirmidhi (2882), if these two a are recited three times a day, no shetan will come even near the home where these a were recited. On the other hand, in Hadees 4008 (Sahih Al Bukhari), it is mentioned that Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said whoever recites these last two Ayats will be sufficient for all who recite these at night. Now, there are two main perspectives: one suggests that it will be sufficient to protect him from evil, and the other suggests that it will be enough and there will be no need for additional prayers. The first makes more sense.
So, Surah Baqarah itself is a source of blessing, and Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) asked us to recite this Surah as, in addition to blessings, it is a protection for our homes against evil. The last two Ayats, on the other hand, have some distinct significance as there are special benefits for the recitation of these a that are confirmed even through authentic Ahadith.
Conclusion for Surah Baqarah’s Last Two Ayats – Understanding Significance and Benefits
To summarize, Surah Baqarah is a chapter that covers topics such as the significance of hajj, marriage, divorce, trade, and debt in the Quran. According to narrations from hadiths, these final two verses are seen as a gift from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى), and reciting them brings blessings. One narration mentions that simply reciting these two verses at night is sufficient for a believer.
Another narration informs us that if these verses are recited three times daily within a home, it becomes a place where Satan cannot approach. This emphasizes their role in protecting against evil influences. Surah Baqarah, as a whole, brings blessings. Acts as a shield to safeguard our homes from negativity and harm. The last two verses specifically serve as tools for seeking protection and guidance in our lives.
In conclusion, Surah Baqarah and its two verses hold benefits and provide protection for Muslims. Regularly reciting and reflecting upon these verses has the potential to bring peace, blessings, and defense against negativity into our lives. It is a practice for believers of all age groups.