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Why do Sunnis only recite one verse and Shias recite three verses as Ayatul kursi (Qur'an 2:255)?

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That two verses after the main verse of Ayatul-Kursi (255/2) are not a part of Ayatul-Kursi, but we sometimes read them for more sanctification and reward (thavab).

The main verse (of Ayatul-Kursi) is:

اللَّـهُ لَا إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ ۚ لَا تَأْخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَلَا نَوْمٌ ۚ لَّهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ ۗ مَن ذَا الَّذِي يَشْفَعُ عِندَهُ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِهِ ۚ يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ ۖ وَلَا يُحِيطُونَ بِشَيْءٍ مِّنْ عِلْمِهِ إِلَّا بِمَا شَاءَ ۚ وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ ۖ وَلَا يَئُودُهُ حِفْظُهُمَا ۚ وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ ﴿٢٥٥

Allah - there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great. (255) http://tanzil.net/#trans/en.sahih/2:255

  • Then, e.g., why in namaz-e-wahshat it's said to recite ayat-ul-kursi till hum phee ha khaladoun? – Bleeding Fingers Sep 22 '14 at 19:41
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    this is for vigilance in this pray. مرحوم فلسفی فی رساله آیه الکرسی قال: والاحوط قراءة آیة الکرسی الی هم فیها خالدون ولو اتی بغیرالکیفیة المزکورة سهواً اعاده ولو کان بترک آیة من انّا انزلنا،و آیة الکرسی (فی الصلاه لیله الدفن) – Fatemeh Baqeri Sep 24 '14 at 17:24
  • don't you think reciting the same verse 255 two more times has got more value than reciting the later two? – servant-of-Wiser May 9 '15 at 20:19
  • khamenei.de/fatwas/further.htm: Question: About Ayat-al-Kursi: Some brethren recite Ayat-al-Kursi only till "Aliyul azeem", but others recite it till "hum feeha khaalidoon". Which of these two versions is the correct one? Answer: The correct one is till "khaalidoon". – Sadik Feb 2 '16 at 18:51

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