The Throne Verse: The Greatness of Allah (God)

اللّهُ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ لاَ تَأْخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَلاَ نَوْمٌ لَّهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الأَرْضِ مَن ذَا الَّذِي يَشْفَعُ عِنْدَهُ إِلاَّ بِإِذْنِهِ يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ وَلاَ يُحِيطُونَ بِشَيْءٍ مِّنْ عِلْمِهِ إِلاَّ بِمَا شَاء وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضَ وَلاَ يَؤُودُهُ حِفْظُهُمَا وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيم

“Allah! There is no god but He – the Living, The Self-subsisting, Eternal. No slumber can seize Him Nor Sleep. His are all things In the heavens and on earth. Who is there can intercede In His presence except As he permitteth? He knoweth What (appeareth to His creatures As) Before or After or Behind them. Nor shall they compass Aught of his knowledge Except as He willeth. His throne doth extend Over the heavens And on earth, and He feeleth No fatigue in guarding And preserving them, For He is the Most High. The Supreme (in glory).”
[Surah al-Baqarah 2: 255]

The Throne Verse (Arabicآية الكرسي ‎ ʾāyatu-l-kursī), or Ayatul Kursi, is 255th verse (ayah) of the second chapter (suraAl-Baqara. It is the most famous verse of the Qur’anand is widely memorized and displayed in the Islamic world due to its emphatic description of God’s power over the entire universe.

Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Raheem = In the Name of Allâh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Allahu la ilaha illa Huwal Haiyul-Qaiyum = Allah! There is no god but He – the Living, The Self-subsisting, The Eternal.

La ta’khudhuhu sinatun wa la nawm = No slumber can seize Him Nor Sleep.

lahu ma fis-samawati wa ma fil-‘ard = His are all things In the heavens and on earth.

Man dhal-ladhi yashfa’u ‘indahu illa bi-idhnih = Who is there can intercede In His presence except As he permitteth?

Ya’lamu ma baina aidihim wa ma khalfahum = He knoweth What lies Before them (His Creation) and After them

wa la yuhituna bi shai’im-min ‘ilmihi illa bima sha’a = Nor shall they compass Aught of his knowledge Except as He willeth

Wasi’a kursiyuhus-samawati wal ard = His throne doth extend Over the heavens And the Earth

wa la ya’uduhu hifdhuhuma Wa Huwal ‘Aliyul-Adheem = and He feeleth No fatigue in guarding And preserving them, For He is the Most High. The Supreme (in glory).

(This Verse 2:255 is called Ayat al-Kursi)

While not all verses in the Quran carry a specific name, this one was given the name ‘Ayat Al-Kursi’ (Kursi: literally a footstool or chair, and sometimes translated as the Throne.) The Kursi mentioned in this Verse should be distinguished from the ‘Arsh (Throne) mentioned in V 7:52, 10:3, 85:15 and elsewhere. Muhammad said: “The Kursi compared to the ‘Arsh is nothing but like a ring thrown out upon open space of the desert.” If the Kursi extends over the entire universe, then how much greater is the ‘Arsh. It is narrated from Muhammad bin ‘Abdullah and from other religious scholars that the Kursi is in front of the ‘Arsh (Throne) and it is the at the level of the Feet.” Islamic religious belief holds that anyone who recites the verse enters the protection and security of God. Commonly, it is recited by Muslims before they go to sleep.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Baqara_255

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