It is sunnah to recite a surah (chapter) or any other portion of the Quran after the Faatihah, in the first two raka’aat of the salaah. The following are chosen chapters that are recommended to be memorized. Every two chapters are placed together, the first to be recited in the first raka’ah and the second to be recited in the second raka’ah.
A1 Ara ay tal lathee ..
In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. Has Thou observed him who denies religion? That is he who repels the orphan with harshness. And urges not feeding of the poor. So woe to the worshippers, who are neglectful of their prayers; those who want to be seen of men, but refuses to supply even neighbourly needs.
A2. In naa a’taynaa …..
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. To thee we have granted the fount of abundance. Therefore to Thy Lord turn n prayer and sacrifice. For he who hates thee, he will be cut off from future hope.
B1. Qul yaa ay yuhal kaafiroon ….
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. Say O ye that reject faith! I worship not that which ye worship. Nor will ye worship that which I worship. And I will not worship that which ye have been wont to worship. Nor will ye worship that which I worship. To you be your religion and to be mine.
B2. Qul hu wallah hu aghad ….
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. Say He is Allah, the One and Only. Allah the Eternal, Absolute; He begets not, nor is He begotten. And there is none like unto Him.
C1. Tab bat ya daa a bee la ha biw wa tab ….
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. Perish the hands of the father of flame! Perish He! No profit to him from all his wealth, and all his gains. Burnt soon will he be in the fire of blazing flames! His wife shall carry the crackling wood as fuel. A twisted rope of palm-leaf fibre round her own neck.
C2. Qul a ‘oothu bi rab bil fa laq ….
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. Say : I seek refuge with the Lord of the dawn. From the mischief of created things; From the mischief of darkness as it overspreads; from the mischief of those who practice secret arts; And from the mischief of the envious one as he practices envy.
D1. Ithaa jaa a nas rullaahi wal fatg ….
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. When come the help of Allah, and victory, and thou does see the people enter Allah’s religion in crowds, Celebrate the praises of Thy Lord, and pray for His forgiveness : For He is oft-returning in Grace and Mercy.
D2. Qul a ‘oothu bi rab bin naas …..
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. Say: I seek refuge with the Lord and Cherisher of mankind, the King of Mankind, the Lord of Mankind, from the mischief of the whisperer of evil, who withdraws after his whisper, who whispers into the hearts of mankind, Among Jinn and among men.
E1. A lam tara kay fa fa ‘a la rab bu ka bi ‘aus ghaa bil feel …..
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. Sees thou not how Thy Lord dealt with the companions of the elephant? Did He not make their treacherous plan go astray. And He sent against them flights of birds; Striking them with stones of baked clay. Then did He make them like an empty field of stalk and straw, of which the corn has been eaten up.
E2. Li ee laa fi qu raysh shin ee laa fi him …
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. For the covenants of security and safeguard enjoyed by the Quraysh. Their covenants or covering journeys by winter and summer, let them against fear of danger.