Al-Asr- Before Parting Ways

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ


By time,

إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَفِي خُسْرٍ

Indeed, mankind is in loss,

إِلَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ

Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience.

It is prescribed for one of the people present to recite Surah al-‘Asr when ending the gathering, because of the report narrated by al-Tabaraani in al-Awsat (5124) from Abu Madeenah al-Daarimi رضي الله عنه  who was a companion of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم . He said: When two men of the companions of the Prophetصلى الله عليه وسلم  met, they would not part until one of them recited “By Al‑‘Asr (the time), Verily, man is in loss” [al-‘Asr] over the other, then one would say salaam to the other.

Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah (no. 2648).

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