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Reciting Surah Maryam and Surah Yusuf during pregnancy


Q: A pregnant woman is advised to recite surah maryam and surah yusuf. Please advise if this is bidah or is it authentic? Also please advise if anything else should be recited.


A: It is permissible. However it should be borne in mind that this relates to amaliyaat and many of the prescriptions and benefits of amaliyaat are proven through experience. This should not be regarded as a Sunnah practice.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

وعن عبد الله بن مسعود قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم عليكم بالشفاءين العسل والقرآن رواهما ابن ماجه والبيهقي في شعب الإيمان وقال والصحيح أن الأخير موقوف على ابن مسعود (مشكاة #4571)

عمرة أن أبا بكر دخل على عائشة رضي الله عنهما وهي تشتكي ويهودية ترقيها فقال ارقيها بكتاب الله  قال محمد وبهذا نأخذ . لا بأس بالرقى بما كان في القرآن وما كان من ذكر الله فأما ما كان لا يعرف من كلام فلا ينبغي أن يرقى به (مؤطا إمام محمد #875)

فرع في المجتبى التميمة المكروهة ما كان بغير العربية

قال الشامي في رد المحتار : قوله ( التميمة المكروهة ) أقول الذي رأيته في المجتبى التميمة المكروهة ما كان بغير القرآن وقيل هي الخرزة التي تعلقها الجاهلية فلتراجع نسخة أخرى وفي المغرب وبعضهم يتوهم أن المعاذات هي التمائم وليس كذلك إنما التميمة الخرزة ولا بأس بالمعاذات إذا كتب فيها القرآن أو أسماء الله تعالى ويقال رقاه الراقي رقيا ورقية إذا عوذه ونفث في عوذته قالوا وإنما تكره العوذة إذا كانت لغير لسان العرب ولا يدري ما هو ولعله يدخله سحر أو كفر أو غير ذلك وأما ما كان من القرآن أو شيء من الدعوات فلا بأس به (رد المحتار 6/ 363)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)



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Reciting Surah Maryam when a woman is pregnant



It has become a custom in my family that when a woman is pregnant she is told to recite Surah Maryam, I wonder if this practice is from the Sunnah or a practise of the Sahaabah. Please shed some light on this.




In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.


We did not find any virtue in Shariah pertaining to the recitation of Surah Maryam for pregnant women. However, it is possible that reciting Surah Maryam for a pregnant woman has been proven beneficial. One may follow the experiences of others in this. Furthermore, in Surah Maryam the incident of the pregnancy and birth of Maryam Allayhis Salaam is mentioned. Those women serve as moral strength for a pregnant woman.


Mufti Shafi Saheb Rahmatullahi Allahi Mentions in Mariful Qura’an under the commentary of the following verse:


وَنُنزلُ مِنَ الْقُرْآنِ مَا هُوَ شِفَاءٌ وَرَحْمَةٌ لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ

We reveal the Qur‘ān, which is cure and mercy for the believers”[1]


The Holy Qura’an cures hearts and delivers people from shirk and kufr, low morals and spiritual ailments is no secret, The entire Muslim Ummah agrees with it. According to some Ulama, the way the Qura’an is a cure for spiritual ailments; it is also a cure for physical diseases.[2]


The Hadith of Sayyidina Abu Said al-Khudri رضي الله عنه can be seen in all books of Ahaadith. It says that a party of the noble companions was in travel. In a village on their way, a scorpion had bitten the chief. The village people asked the Companions if they could suggest some treatment for it. They recited the Surah Al Fatiha seven times, blew their breath on him and the ailing patient stood cured. Later, when this incident was mentioned before the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم he declared this action of the companions to be permissible.


Similarly, there are several other Hadith reports which prove that the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم has done it himself. After having recited the last two verses of the Qura’an, He would blow his breath on the sick person. It is also proved that the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم and the Ta’been used to treat sick people with the recital of the last two verses of the Quraan as well as with the recital of other verses from the Holy Quraan. [3]


From the above we conclude that all verses of the Holy Qura’an could be recited for Ailments and sicknesses.[4]


And Allah Ta’ala knows best
Mufti Luqman Hansrot
Fatwa Dept.

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