The last 2 verses of surah Baqarah have been given such a status that if a person knew the reward and benefits it would bring, they would never go to sleep without reciting it beforehand. Try to learn these by heart in order to read it without difficulty.
Translation of last 2 verses of Surah Baqarah
The Messenger ˹firmly˺ believes in what has been revealed to him from his Lord, and so do the believers. They ˹all˺ believe in Allah, His angels, His Books, and His messengers. ˹They proclaim,˺ “We make no distinction between any of His messengers.” And they say, “We hear and obey. ˹We seek˺ Your forgiveness, our Lord! And to You ˹alone˺ is the final return.”
Allah does not require of any soul more than what it can afford. All good will be for its own benefit, and all evil will be to its own loss. ˹The believers pray,˺ “Our Lord! Do not punish us if we forget or make a mistake. Our Lord! Do not place a burden on us like the one you placed on those before us. Our Lord! Do not burden us with what we cannot bear. Pardon us, forgive us, and have mercy on us. You are our ˹only˺ Guardian. So grant us victory over the disbelieving people.”
Transliteration of last 2 verses of Surah Baqarah
Aamanar-Rasoolu bimaaa unzila ilaihi mir-Rabbihee walmu’minoon; kullun aamana billaahi wa Malaaa’ikathihee wa Kutubhihee wa Rusulihee laa nufarriqu baina ahadim-mir-Rusulih wa qaaloo sami’naa wa ata’naa ghufraanaka Rabbanaa wa ilaikal-maseer
Laa yukalliful-laahu nafsan illaa wus’ahaa; lahaa maa kasabat wa ‘alaihaa maktasabat; Rabbanaa laa tu’aakhiznaaa in naseenaaa aw akhtaanaa; Rabbanaa wa laa tahmil-‘alainaaa isran kamaa hamaltahoo ‘alal-lazeena min qablinaa; Rabbanaa wa laa tuhammilnaa maa laa taaqata lanaa bih; wa’fu ‘annaa waghfir lanaa warhamnaa; Anta mawlaanaa fansurnaa ‘alal qawmil kaafireen
Narrated Abu Mas`ud al-Ansari: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “If one recites the last two verses of Surat al-Baqarah at night, it is sufficient for him (for that night).”Bukhari
Abu Umama said he heard Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) say:
Recite the Qur’an, for on the Day of Resurrection it will come as an intercessor for those who recite It. Recite the two bright ones, al-Baqara and Surah Al ‘Imran, for on the Day of Resurrection they will come as two clouds or two shades, or two flocks of birds in ranks, pleading for those who recite them. Recite Surah al-Baqara, for to take recourse to it is a blessing and to give it up is a cause of grief, and the magicians cannot confront it. (Mu’awiya said: It has been conveyed to me that here Batala means magicians.)Sahih Muslim
Near the end of Surah Baqarah, parts of shariah are explained briefly. The verses start with praise for the Muslims who have complete belief and obey in what has been ordered of them.
Although the noble companions (RA) did everything Nabi SAW told them to, they still found it extremely difficult to stop all bad thoughts from entering their minds. When the verse before was revealed (verse 284), the sahaba thought that they will also be taken to account on thoughts and they became worried. So they asked prophet Muhammed SAW regarding this but he SAW didn’t say anything. He waited for revelation from Allah to come down first.
So when the last 2 verses of surah Baqarah were revealed, Allah gave an explanation so that the sahaba would not be worried anymore.
Expansion on the final verse
Allah says: “Allah does not require of any soul more than what it can afford.” This means that only actions will be accounted for and not thoughts. The verse continues: “All good will be for its own benefit, and all evil will be to its own loss.”
What this means is that anything done through intention will be either rewarded if it was good, or punishment will be given if it was bad. If whatever was done without intention and involuntarily, then neither reward nor punishment will be given.
Always keep in mind if what you are doing is good or bad. If an evil thought comes to your mind then don’t immediately act upon it. Think and ponder over it. Think about it’s consequences. Be quick to forgive others and Allah will be quick to forgive you. Be quick to do good to others and Allah will be quick in sending good your way.