Please let me know what the consensus is for reciting Surah Baqarah in a new home or on the purchase of a new car, etc? Does recitation of this Surah prevent evil? Please mention any evidence you have.
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Reciting chapter two of the Quran at home is permissible whether the house is new or old. The Prophet said: "Do not take your homes as graves. Satan flees away from the house in which chapter Al-Baqarah [Quran 2] is being recited." [Muslim] He further said: "Recite chapter Al-Baqarah [Quran 2] as taking recourse to it is a blessing, and abandoning or neglecting it is a cause of grief, and the magicians cannot confront it." [Muslim]
As regards reading chapter Al-Baqarah in order to buy a car, this is something on which we do not know any evidence from the Sunnah of the Prophet . What is legislated to do when buying a car is to supplicate with the supplication which the Prophet taught us. He said: "Whoever marries a woman or buys a maidservant, or a camel, should say: "O Allaah, I ask You for the goodness within her [it] and the goodness that you have made her [it] inclined towards, and I take refuge with You from the evil within her [it] and the evil that you have made her [it] inclined towards." [Abu Daawood, Ibn Maajah, An-Nasaa'ee] Another narration reads: "When a person buys a camel, he should put his hand on its front head and then supplicates Allaah to bless it, and he should say: ''…." So, if a person buys a car and supplicates with this supplication, it will be acceptable from him. However, specifically reading chapter two, then this is something on which we do not know any evidence about.
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