Interpretation of the Seven oft repeated verses
The Almighty Allah says:
وَلَقَدْ آتَيْنَاكَ سَبْعًا مِنْ الْمَثَانِي وَالْقُرْآنَ الْعَظِيمَ.
And certainly We have given you seven of the oft-repeated (verses) and the grand Quran. (Surah Hijr 15:87)
It is well known among the scholars that ‘seven of the oft-repeated (verses)’ is Surah Fatiha and it is said to be ‘oft repeated’ because it is recited at least twice in every Prayer or it is between Allah and His creatures or these words should come repeatedly or it is half the praise of Allah and half of it is supplication or because it was revealed twice.
Some have said that ‘seven’ is Surah Fatiha and ‘oft repeated’ is the Quran as stories and news are mentioned in it. Others have said ‘seven oft-repeated’ are the seven chapters at the beginning of the Quran because in addition to the laws news repeatedly occur in them and some say that the whole Quran is ‘seven of the oft-repeated’ one because it is divided into seven parts.
Ali Ibne Ibrahim, Furat, Saduq and Ayyashi have narrated from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that he said: We are those ‘oft-repeated’ given to the Prophet by Allah we are the proof of Allah on the earth for the people who live in different conditions.
Those who know us, knows us, and those who don’t know us, then after the death whatever is before him will know us and according to another tradition those who know us then he knows us with proof and belief on the earth and he will see us with the eyes of belief in the hereafter and those persons who do not recognize us, then Hell is before them and they will enter it.
In Basair the above words are narrated from Imam Moosa Kazim (a.s.) and Ayyashi has narrated that people asked Imam Sadiq (a.s.) about the explanation of this verse. The Hazrat replied that its apparent meaning is Surah Hamd and inwardly it refers to us and everyone of us after their father is Imam.
Imam Moosa Kazim (a.s.) has narrated that ‘seven oft –repeated’ and ‘the grand Quran’ is Hazrat Sahibul Amr (a.s.).1