Qur’anic verses that repel witchcraft – Fatwas of Nur `Ala Al-Darb

What are the Qur’anic verses that repel witchcraft?

A: Some scholars mentioned that one of the ways of protection from what may touch a person of witchcraft and Jinn possession or what may turn him away from his wife is to read Ayat-ul-Kursy and blowing it into water, and Surahs (Qur’anic chapters) Al-Fatihah (Opening Chapter of the Qur’an), Al-Kafirun, Al-Ikhlas and Al-Mu`awwidhatayn.

If someone recites these Surahs and the noble verse of Ayat-ul-Kursy, and the verses relating to witchcraft in Surah Al-A`raf and the two Surahs of Yunus and Taha; this is one of the causes of recovery.

If a man drinks the water (over which these Surahs and verses are recited) and washes up with it, it will protect him witchcraft and free him from anything that makes him dislike and keep away from his wife.

The verses of Surah Al-A`raf (7: 117-119)  are:

And We revealed to Mûsâ (Moses) (saying): “Throw your stick,” and behold! It swallowed up straight away all the falsehoods which they showed. Thus truth was confirmed, and all that they did was made of no effect. So they were defeated there and returned disgraced.

These verses from Surah Al-A`raf are one ofthe causes of healing, by reciting them over water or blowing them into the sick person together with Surahs Al-Fatihah, Al-Kafirun, Al-Ikhlas, Mu`awwidhatayn as well as Ayat-ul-Kursy. One can either breath them over the patient or recite them over water and then have them drink it and wash up with the rest.

In Surah Yunus (verses 79-82), Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) states:

And Fir‘aun (Pharaoh) said: “Bring me every well-versed sorcerer.” And when the sorcerers came, Mûsâ (Moses) said to them: “Cast down what you want to cast!” Then when they had cast down, Mûsâ (Moses) said: “What you have brought is sorcery; Allâh will surely make it of no effect. Verily, Allâh does not set right the work of Al-Mufsidûn (the evil-doers, corrupters). “And Allâh will establish and make apparent the truth by His Words, however much the Mujrimûn (criminals, disbelievers, polytheists, sinners) may hate it.”

This means that one may either recite them over patients or recite them over water and so on.

The verses of Surah Taha are verses 65-69:

They said: “O Mûsâ (Moses)! Either you throw first or we be the first to throw?” [Mûsâ (Moses)] said: “Nay, throw you (first)!” Then behold! their ropes and their sticks, by their magic, appeared to him as though they moved fast. So Mûsâ (Moses) conceived fear in himself. We (Allâh) said: “Fear not! Surely, you will have the upper hand. “And throw that which is in your right hand! It will swallow up that which they have made. That which they have made is only a magician’s trick, and the magician will never be successful, to whatever amount (of skill) he may attain.”

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Q: A questioner asks: Nowadays people talk a lot about witchcraft, may Allah protect you and us from it! What is the right protection of Qur’an and Sunnah (acts, sayings or approvals of the Prophet) from it? May Allah reward you with the best.

A: Witchcraft is practiced and it is well-known. There is no doubt that some people may bring it about. A witchcraft practitioner is a Mushrik (one who associates others with Allah in His Divinity or worship) that must be referred to authorities for possible capital punishment if he is found guilty. We ask Allah for protection and well-being.

`Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) ordered his governors to execute practitioners of witchcraft. The Prophet (peace be upon him) stated:

“The prescribed penalty for a witchcraft practitioner is to be struck with the sword.”

[Related by Al-Tirmidhy, Book on ordained punishments, Chapter on the ordained punishment for a magician, no. 1460]

This is because he is a disbeliever calling to Kufr.

As for protection, it is to “seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah from the evil of what He created” three times in the morning and three times in the evening, and saying: “In the name of Allah with whose Name nothing is harmful on Earth nor in the Heavens and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing” three times in the morning and three times in the evening. These supplications are reported in Hadiths. Whoever does so will be protected by Allah from the evil of all things.

Reciting Surahs Al-Ikhlas and Al-Mu`awwidhatayn three times in the morning and three times in the evening are a cause of protection from witchcraft and any other harm.

Ayat-ul-Kursy can also be recited three times upon going to bed, and this is a cause of protection from witchcraft and Satan. It can also be recited following each Salah (Prayer). All these bring protection and safety. We ask Allah for protection and well-being.

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# Ruling on Jinn companionship for human – Fatwas of Nur `Ala Al-Darb

Q: There is a man in our area who lives alone and claims that he has Jinn (creatures created from fire) living in his house, and according to him, he cannot turn the lights on during the night, and most nights he closes his eyes. A few people who claim that they can deal with Jinn have visited his house and said that indeed Jinn live there and eat with him. He also claims that there is a female Jinni accompanies him. Is it true that the Jinn can control humans in that way? And, in our Shari`ah (Islamic law) is there a way to exorcise Jinn from this house? Please advise us, may Allah reward you with the best!

A: Yes, this may happen to some people. The Jinn may accompany a person and may lead him astray. They may convince the person with things that harm humans, and give them some foreseen information which they overhear or find out by traveling from one place to another. For example, they may tell a person that the prince of a country has passed away, or that someone has died in a certain country. The Jinn inform each other and are very quick in moving from one place to another. They can overhear things from the angels in the heavens and then inform their human companions. So, it is possible that humans have companions from the Jinn. A companion of Jinn is called a soothsayer and this has been happening for a long time. Every human has a devil and an angel as a companion.

It is possible that the man’s devil companion invites Jinn and they assist each other in carrying out their evil doings with this man or this woman. Thus, befriending Jinn and taking them as helpers or protectors, and using them to assist in harming or benefiting humans may happen and is possible. However, it is Haram (prohibited) for Muslims to befriend jinn, or use their services in soothsaying and witchcraft to harm humans. Rather, humans should beware of them, and Muslims are required to fight them in order to eliminate their evil doings. Also, rulers should send someone to ask the practitioners of witchcraft to repent and return to the truth and the right path, otherwise they will be tormented, beaten and jailed, until they abandon this mischief.

If the practitioners of witchcraft invoke or seek help from the Jinn, then they are to be warned that this is major Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship that takes the Muslim out of Islam); and their punishment is death. However, if the ruler finds out that they claim to know Al-Ghayb (the Unseen) through the jinn and that such and such will happen, then they should be asked to repent, so either they repent or they are subject to capital punishment for being Kafirs (disbelievers). This is because claiming to know the Unseen is disbelief. Allah (Exalted be He) says: Say: “None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghaib (Unseen) except Allâh, nor can they perceive when they shall be resurrected.” And: And to Allâh belongs the Ghaib (Unseen) of the heavens and the earth Allah (Exalted be He) told His Prophet (peace be upon him):

Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): “I possess no power over benefit or harm to myself except as Allâh wills. If I had the knowledge of the Ghaib (Unseen), I should have secured for myself an abundance of wealth, and no evil should have touched me. I am but a warner, and a bringer of glad tidings unto people who believe.” So, if Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who is the best of creation, and the pre-eminent amongst the descendants of Adam does not know the Unseen, then why should anyone else have priority?

It is Wajib (obligatory) to end this ordeal. As for the person whom you mentioned in your question who lives alone, claims that he has a female jinni companion, turns off the light of his house at night and closes his eyes, this is all part of disillusioning people and taking their money wrongfully as he tells them to do such and such a thing, and this and that will happen. Rulers who have a minimum adherence to Shari`ah should not leave this improper matter to continue as it is obligatory on any Muslim ruler to give a helping hand to these people to get rid of their sorcery and charlatanry.

Thus, if this person repents and returns to Allah (Exalted be He) and the truth, Jinn will be driven away from him, because they only affect every sinful liar and those who befriend them. So, if he repents and returns to Allah (Exalted be He) and truthfully seeks refuge in Him from their evil, Allah (Exalted be He) will protect him from them.

Some of the ways to prevent this is reciting Qur’an a lot, seeking refuge in the Perfect Words of Allah when one enters their house, and saying: “Bismillahi alladhi la yadurru ma`a ismihi shai’un fil-ardi wa-la fil-sama’i wa huwa al-Sami`u al-‘Alim (In the Name of Allah, with Whose Name nothing on the earth or in the heaven can cause harm, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing)”

three times every morning and evening. By doing so, nothing can harm a person. A person should also say: “A‘udhu bi kalimatillah al-tammat min sharri ma khalaq (I seek refuge in the Perfect Words of Allah from the evil of what He has created),” these are all ways of preventing and being safe from the evil of the devils, both jinn and human. It is not permitted that this person or similar people to admit to this falsehood and this charlatanry, sorcery and Munkar (that which is unacceptable or disapproved of by Shari`ah and Muslims of sound intellect) with which they lead people astray, and which does not affect anyone except those who are ignorant. May Allah grant us His Help!

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# Jinn who are harassing him in order to drive him away from his home, or merely to annoy him – Permanent Committee

Q 1: A man lives in a house in the desert which he inherited from his forefathers. On the second day of Ramadan, he experienced a calamity. He claims that ever since that night, he feels stones being thrown at him from inside and outside his house. The lights of the house go on and off, utensils break and he feels played with, without knowing who is doing this! This went on for several days, after which he consulted his clan hoping they would be of help to him. However, they told him that it was probably some of his enemies who were doing these terrible things to him. They accompanied him back to his house and when night fell and it became dark, they witnessed everything he had told them about and believed him. After that his family urged him to leave the house.

How do you interpret this awful occurrence? What is its remedy? What is the legal ruling on this?

A: This may be a group of devils from among the Jinn who are harassing him in order to drive him away from his home, or merely to annoy him. They may be taking revenge on him for having harmed them without him being aware. In any case, he should seek refuge with Allah and fortify himself by reciting the Qur’an in the house. He should also recite Ayat-ul-Kursy (the Qur’anic Verse of the Throne, Surah Al-Baqarah, 2:255) upon lying down to sleep and seek refuge with Allah from the evil of what He has created by saying thrice, “A‘udhu bi kalimat Allaah al-taammaat min sharri ma khalaq (I seek refuge in the Perfect Words of Allah from the evil of what He has created).”

Whenever he enters his house, he should say: “Allahumma inni as’aluka khair al-mawlij wa khair al-makhraj. Bismillahi walajna, wa bismillah kharajna, wa ‘ala Allah rabbina tawkkalna (O Allah! I ask you for the best entering and the best exiting. In the Name of Allah do we enter and in the Name of Allah do we exit, and in Allah, our Lord, we put our trust).” He should also say in the morning and in the evening (thrice): “Bismillahi alladhi la yadurru ma’ ismihi shai’un fil-ardi wa-laa fil-samaa’i wa huwa al-Samee’u al-‘Aleem (“In the Name of Allah, with Whose Name nothing on the earth or in the heaven can cause harm, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing).”

In conclusion, he should keep reciting the Qur’an in the house and elsewhere, and the Adhkar (oft-recited supplications) which are prescribed by the Prophet (peace be upon him) to be said at specific times in the morning and the afternoon, at home or elsewhere.

These supplications can be found in the books entitled Al- Kalim Al Tayyib by Ibn Taymiyah, Al-Wabil Al-Sayyib by Ibn Al-Qayyim, Al-Adhkar by Al-Nawawy and other books of Hadith.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!

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Get close to Sutrah so that Shaytaan cannot break prayer – Shaykh Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee

“He (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) used to stand near to the sutrah, so that there was (a distance of) three cubits between him and the wall” [37] and “between the place of his prostration and the wall, (there was) enough space for a sheep to pass.” [38]

He used to say:

«Do not pray except towards a sutrah, and do not let anyone pass in front of you, but if someone continues (to try to pass) then fight him, for he has a companion (i.e. a shaytaan) with him.»[39]

He would also say:

«When one of you prays towards a sutrah, he should get close to it so that Shaytaan cannot break his prayer.»[40]

Sometimes “he would seek to pray at the pillar which was in his mosque.” [41]

When he prayed [in an open space where there was nothing to use as sutrah he would plant a spear in the ground in front of him and pray towards it with the people behind him” [42];

Sometimes “he would to set his mount sideways and pray towards it” [43] but this is not the same as prayer in the resting-place of camels [44], which “he forbade” [45], and sometimes “he would take his saddle; set it lengthways and pray towards its end.” [46]

He would say:

«When one of you places in front of him something such as the stick on the end of a saddle, he should pray and not mind anyone who passes beyond it.»[47]

Once “he prayed towards a tree” [48] and sometimes “he would pray towards the bed on which ‘Aa.ishah (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhaa) was lying [under her sheet].” [49]

He (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam), would not let anything pass between him and his sutrah, hence once “he was praying, when a sheep came running in front of him, so he raced it until he pressed his belly against the wall [and it passed behind him].” [50]

Also, once “while praying an obligatory prayer, he clenched his fist (during it), so when he had finished, the people said: ‘O Messenger of Allaah, did something happen during the prayer?’ He said:

«No, except that the devil wanted to pass in front of me, so I strangled him until I could feel the coldness of his tongue on my hand By Allaah! Had my brother Sulaymaan not beaten me to it[51], I would have tied him (the devil) to one of the pillars of the mosque so that the children of Madeenah could walk round him. [So whoever can prevent something intervening between him and the qiblah, he must do so].»[52]

He also used to say:

«When one of you prays towards something which is a sutrah between him and the people and someone intends to cross in front of him, then he should push him in the throat [and repel, as much as he can], (in one narration: he should stop him, twice) but if he refuses (to not pass) then he should fight him, for verily he is a devil.»[53]

He also used to say:

«If the person who passed in front of someone praying knew (the sin) on him, it would be better for him to wait forty than to pass in front. (Abu an-Nadr said: “I do not remember exactly whether he said forty days, months or years.”).»[54]

What Breaks The Prayer

He used to say:

«A man’s prayer is cut off when there is nothing such as the end of a saddle in front of him, by: a [menstruating][55] woman, a donkey or a black dog.» Abu Dharr said: ‘I said: “O Messenger of Allaah, why the black dog rather than the red one?” He said:

«The black dog is a shaytaan.»[56]

Footnotes :

[36] lit., “screen, cover”; in the context of prayer, it refers to an object just beyond the place of prostration, within which nothing should pass, as is detailed in this section.

[37] al-Bukhaaree and Ahmad.

[38] al-Bukhaaree and Muslim.

[39] Ibn Khuzaymah in his Saheeh (1/93/1) with a sound isnaad.

[40] Abu Daawood, Bazzaar (p. 54 – az-Zawaa.id) and al-Haakim, who declared it saheeh and adh-Dhahabee and an-Nawawee agreed.

[41] al-Bukhaaree. The sutrah is a must for the Imaam or a person praying alone, even in a large mosque. Ibn Haanee said in his Masaa.il from Imaam Ahmad (1/66): “Abu `Abdullaah (i.e. Imaam Ahmad ibn Hanbal) saw me one day when I was praying without a sutrah in front of me, and I was in a (large) congregational mosque, so he said to me: `Take something as a sutrah’, so I took a man as a sutrah.” This contains an indication that Imaam Ahmad did not differentiate between big or small mosques in taking a sutrah – and that is surely correct, but this is something neglected by most people, including imaams of mosques, in every land that I have visited, including Arabia which I was able to tour in Rajab of this year (1410), so the `ulamaa should tell the people and advise them of this, explaining its ruling and that it is also required in the Two Sacred Mosques.

[42] al-Bukhaaree, Muslim and Ibn Maajah

[43] al-Bukhaaree and Ahmad.

[44] i.e., their kneeling place.

[45] al-Bukhaaree and Ahmad.

[46] Muslim, Ibn Khuzaymah (92/2) and Ahmad.

[47] Muslim and Abu Daawood.

[48] an-Nasaa.ee and Ahmad with a saheeh isnaad.

[49] al-Bukhaaree, Muslim and Abu Ya`laa (3/1107).

[50] Ibn Khuzaymah in his Saheeh (1/95/1), at-Tabaraanee (3/140/3) and al-Haakim who declared it saheeh and adh-Dhahabee agreed.

[51] Referring to the following prayer of the Prophet Sulaymaan (‘alayhis-salaam) which was answered by Allaah, as described in the Qur.aan:

{My Lord! Forgive me, and grant me sovereignty not allowed to anyone after me, for You are indeed the Granter of Bounties. So we subjected to his power: the Wind, gently flowing to his order, wherever he wished; and the devils, every kind of builder and diver, and also others bound together in fetters.} (Soorah as-Saad 38: 35-38)

[52] Ahmad, ad-Daaraqutnee and Tabaree with a saheeh isnaad, and similar in meaning to this hadeeth is found in al-Bukhaaree and Muslim and others on the authority of several Companions. It is one of the many ahaadeeth which the Qadiani group disbelieve, for they do not believe in the world of the jinn which is mentioned in the Qur.aan and the Sunnah. Their method of discarding the texts is well-known: if it is from the Qur.aan, they change its meaning e.g. the saying of the Exalted:

{Say, it has been revealed to me that a group of jinns listened} (72:1); they say “i.e. a group of humans”! making the word “jinn” synonymous with “human”! Hence they play with the language and the religion; if it is from the Sunnah, then if it is possible for them to change it with a false interpretation they do so, otherwise they find it easy to declare it to be false, even if all the Imaams of Hadeeth and the whole ummah behind them are agreed on its authenticity, nay its being mutawaatir. May Allaah guide them.

[53] al-Bukhaaree and Muslim, and the additional narration is from Ibn Khuzaymah (1/94/1).

[54] ibid.

[55] i.e. mature, and what is meant by `cut off’ is `rendered futile’. As regards the hadeeth: “Nothing cuts off the prayer”, then it is a weak hadeeth as I have shown in Tamaam al-Minnah (p. 306).

[56] Muslim, Abu Daawood and Ibn Khuzaymah (1/95/2).

Source:  Excerpted from the Book “The Prophet’s Prayer Described – from the beginning to the end as though you see it”, by Shaykh al-Albaanee

Moving the tongue while seeking refuge in Allaah and for other supplications – Shaykh Muhammad Bazmool

Many people say:

‘I say my morning and evening supplications regularly and we seek refuge in Allaah yet we still experience afflictions.’

So we say if you recite the morning and evening supplications then it is necessary to move the tongue while reciting them, there is no benefit if you pass your eyes along the lines of the page and to say that this is a silent reading. This is not considered reading or speech in the Arabic tongue. Reading in the Arabic language necessitates movement of the tongue, as is known from the hadeeth which is narrated from the Companions -may Allaah be pleased with them- that they knew when the Messenger -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- was reciting silently due to the movement of his beard. This illustrates that the Messenger -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- whilst reciting silently would move his lips and tongue.

This moving of the tongue is if the person has the capability to move his tongue and that there is nothing to hinder the movement of the tongue.’

The correct way to recite in your prayers (Salah) and in morning and evening supplications – By Muhammad bin Umar Bazmool, Translated & Foreword by Umm Yahya

[Taken from: ‘Sharh Sifat Sallat an-Nabi –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam-‘ by Muhammad Bazmool, p.221]

# Seven Phases of Shaytaan to destroy the son of Adam : Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullah)

Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:-

“Shaytaan tries to destroy the son of Adam in one of seven phases. Some of them are more intense than others. Shaytaan would not try to destroy him in the next phase until he fails to destroy him in a previous one.

These phases are: –

1/ The phase of disbelief in Allah.

His Deen, His perfect attributes, and in what Rasulullah [Peace Be Upon Him] informed us about, and the fact that we will be resurrected. If Shaytaan is successful in misleading the slave in this phase, his enmity towards him would diminish and he would take rest. If the slave succeeds, and survives in this phase, Shaytaan would try to destroy him in the next phase.

2/ The phase of Bid’ah (religious innovation)

Whether it pertains to believing in other than the truth which Rasulullah [Peace Be Upon Him] was sent with or by worshipping other than Allah; such as worshipping idols, and the like. Shaytaan enjoys that one succumbs in this phase, for Bid’ah conflicts with the nature of the Deen and compels one to reject it. Furthermore, the one who observes innovated religious practices would not repent from his actions; rather, he would invite people to his Bid’ah! Observing innovated religious practices would compel one to forge lies against Allah and speak without knowledge; thus it openly clashes with the Sunnah. Observing minor Bid’ah practices would lead one to observing major Bid’ah practices. In this manner, a person would eventually exit the folds of Islam. Scholars and people of knowledge alone know the real dangers of Bid’ah practices. If a person succeeds and survives in this phase by adhering to the Sunnah, and understanding its texts as the Pious Predecessors understood them, Shaytaan would seek to destroy him in the next phase.

3/The phase of major sins

If he is able to destroy the slave in this phase, he would beautify the deed that he is doing and probably compel him to say the following: “No sin would harm the Tawheed (creedal belief) as no good deed would benefit a man who has committed Shirk (i.e. to associate partners with Allah).?€? If the person is successful and survives this phase, Shaytaan would seek to destroy him in the next phase.

4/ The phase of minor sins

Shaytaan would compel a person to belittle these sins, by whispering to him: “There is no fear upon you as long as you keep away from major sins- do you not know that the minor sins are expiated by abstaining from major sins?’?€? In this manner, Shaytaan would convince the individual that there is no harm in doing minor sins, until he regularly practices it. The person who has done a major sin, and has repented and is fearful of what he has done, would be better off than him; for regularly doing a minor sin would change it to a major sin! Constant repentance eliminates major sins; and on the same token, no minor sin remains a minor sin if one does it constantly.

Rasulullah [Peace Be Upon Him] said:-
“Beware of minor sins; its likeness is like a people who stopped over in a valley, they spread out in search of fire wood, and each brought a stick; they were able to make a fire and cooked their bread. Whenever a person practices a minor sin regularly it would destroy him.?” (Ahmed)

If the slave succeeds and survives in this phase, by being careful and repenting continuously to Allah, and observing righteous deeds, Shaytaan seeks to destroy him in the next phase.

5/Shaytaan entices the individual to excessively indulge in lawful things in order to keep him away from worshipping Allah.

In this manner, Shaytaan aims to make one abandon Sunnah practices, and later lead him to abandoning the obligatory practices. If the slave succeeds and survives in this phase by understanding the greatness of the acts of worship, he would seek to destroy him in the next phase.

6/The phase of busying the slave with deeds which are less rewarding

Shaytaan encourages the slave to observe certain acts of worship and beautifies them to him, and shows him the great reward of doing those acts of worship in order to keep him away from deeds which are more beneficial and rewarding.
When Shaytaan fails to mislead the slave, he tries to deprive him from receiving the full reward; therefore, he busies him with lesser rewarding deeds.

7/If Shaytaan fails in the above six phases, he would resort to harming the person in any way possible

by summoning his men and followers and riling them against this individual. The Prophets and Messengers were not left unharmed by this. One should bear patiently, for victory and success are tied with patience.

 Madaarij as-Saalikeen pg. 254-256. Compiled by: Abu Abdullah Khanadi

# Shaykh Rabee’ (hafidhahullah) and the devils he’s seen

Shaykh Rabee’ ibn Hadee Al-Madkhalee’s (may Allah preserve him) Story about Devils he’s seen.

Question number 29:

…He (the Shaytaan) surely sees you, he as well as his host, from whence you cannot see them …[Al-‘raf 27] Is this inability to see the Shaytan unrestricted , or is it possible for some people to see devils now and then?

Answer: Yes it is possible to see Shaytan. It has happened in the past as mentioned in the hadeeth about Hurayrah’s (may Allah be pleased with him) story. And the hadeeth about the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), He saw the Shaytan while praying. Furthermore I myself have seen devils.

Once I saw a horse like I’ve never seen before in my entire life. One night my brother and I were traveling and we saw a very strange horse. This horse was in a place where there was no pasture and no people. My brother and I both knew that this horse was a devil. We didn’t want to scare each other, so when we got some distance from the horse, either he or I asked,” Do you know what that horse was?” I think he said,” It was a Gul-a Shaytan.”

And on another occasion while riding in a car I saw a naked man. He wasn’t bald and he didn’t have hair. His outward appearance was very weird looking. Between his arms were two boys. These two boys had big heads and were bald. They were also skinny and with very small legs. Their features were very unusual. Another person and I saw this naked man. We both knew that those people were devils. After driving some distance I asked the man,” What was that?” He said,” They were devils.” I said,” That’s right!”

Many people have seen devils, but in most cases devils aren’t visible. However nowadays there are some people who learn from Muhammad Abdu, a student from Afghanistan. Unfortunately, these people deny the existence of magic, and deny the possibility to see the Jinn. The origins of this believe comes from the Mu’tazeelah who use reason. They judge matters in the religion and life by using intellect.

There isn’t anything that prohibits devils from being seen sometimes. I can definitely say to you that I’ve seen devils.

Taken from: http://www.rabee.net/show_fatwa.aspx?id=44

Translated by Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle

Know Your Enemy – Shaytaan Spends the Night in Your Nose – Hadith

34. Narrated Abu  Huraira (radhi Allaahu anhu) : Allah’s Messenger (Sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said,

“When one of you wakes up from his sleep, he must clean his nose (with water, by sniffling it in and then blowing it out) three times, for Satan spends the night inside one’s nostrils.” [1] [Agreed upon].

[1] Satan’s spending the night inside the nostrils of a man is plausible. However, its actual state is better known to Allah. It may be that this is a figurative expression, because bad excretions gather in the nose and cause laziness, indolence, slackness and negligence. And all these states are satanic dispositions. Blowing water out of the nose upon awakening from sleep might be performed as an individual act, or along with ablution. It is  considered obligatory by Ahmad, while the majority of scholars consider it Sunnah.

Bulugh al-Maram – Collection of hadith by al-Hafidh ibn Hajar al-Asqalani. With brief notes from the book Subul-us-Salam written by: Muhammad bin Ismail Al-Sanani. 

English Publication- Book 1, Hadith 34. Darus-salam Publishers.

# How the Shytaan decieved the Barsisa, the worshiper – Imam Ibn aj-Jawzee

Shytaan appears as a sincere advisor to humans

Source : Quoted in ibn al-Jauzi, Talbees Iblees, p.39

“And he swore unto them (saying): Lo! I am a sincere adviser unto you” (al-Araaf 21).

Wahb ibn Munabbih has related the following lengthy story from the people of the book.” We present it here to show the way of Shytan in his attempt to mislead mankind. The story warns humans about Shytan”s “sincere advice”. One must oppose the thing that Shytan is calling to. Wahb said,

There was a pious worshipper of the tribe of Israel. He was the most pious person of his time. During his time, there were three brothers who had a sister. She was a virgin. And they had no sister other than her. They were all about to leave the town to go to war. They did not know with whom to leave their sister and who they could trust to look after her. They all agreed to leave her with that pious person. They all trusted him. They went to him and asked if they could leave her with him. She would be in the building next to him until they return from the fighting. He refused their request and sought refuge in Allah from them and their sister. They persisted until he finally acquiesced. He said, “Put her in the house next to my place of worship.” So they put her in that house and they left, leaving her there. She remained living next to that pious person for some time. He would put food for her in front of his building of worship. Then he would lock the door and return to his place of worship. He would then tell her to come out of her house and take the food. Then Shytan approached him softly. He encouraged him to treat her kindly. He told him that it was not good to make the woman come out of her house during the day as someone may come upon her. If he took the food directly to her door that would mean a greater reward for him.

He continued for some time to go to her door and place the food at the front of her door without speaking to her. Then Iblees came again and encouraged him to do good and get more reward. He said, “If you took her the food and placed it in the house for her, you would get a greater reward.” He continued to encourage him. So he started to take the food into her house. He continued like that for some time.

Then Iblees came again and again encouraged him to do good. He said, “If you talk to her for a while she will be put to ease by your conversation as she is in a state of fear and she is all alone.” He then started talking to her from atop his place of worship.

Then Iblees came again. He said, “If you were to come down and talk to her while she sits at her door and talks to you, that would be even more comforting for her.” He continued to encourage him until he came down and sat at his door and would talk to her. The girl would come out of her building and sit at her door and they would talk for a while.

Then Iblees came again and encouraged him to get great rewards for treating her well. He said, “If you were to go from the door of your place of worship and sit close to her door, that would be even more comforting for her.” He continued exhorting him until he did so. He continued that act for a while. Then Iblees came again. This time he said, “If you enter her house and talk to her, and not make her show her face in public it would be even better for you.” He continued exhorting him until he entered her house and spent the whole day talking to her. Then when night fell, he returned to his place of worship.

Then Iblees came to him after that and continued to make her more appealing to him. Until the worshipper got upon her and kissed her. And Iblees continued to make her look nice in his eyes and desire her until he finally had sex with her. She got pregnant and gave birth to a boy. Then Iblees came and told the worshipper, “Do you not realize what the brothers of the girl will do to you when they see she has given birth to your son” You will not be safe if your matter becomes clear. You should go to the boy and kill it and bury it, that way you can conceal your affair and they will not do anything to you for what you did to her.” Then he said to him, “Do you think she will conceal from her brothers what you did to her and your killing of her son. Take her, kill her and bury her with her son.” He continued spurring him on until he killed her and threw her in the ditch with her son. Then he put a large rock over them and leveled it.

Then he returned to his place of worship and worshipped therein. He stayed in that state for as long as Allah willed until the brothers came back from the fighting. They came to him and asked him about their sister. He mourned her loss and started to cry. He said, “She was the best of women and that is her grave.” The brothers came to the grave and cried over their sister and asked Allah to have mercy on her. They stayed at her grave for a few days and then went to their families. When the night overtook them and they went to their beds, Shytan came to them in their sleep in the form of a traveler. He started with the eldest and asked him about their sister. The brother told him what the pious man had stated and how they were shown her grave. Shytan told him that the pious man had lied. He said, “He did not tell you the truth about your sister. He got her pregnant and she had his son and then he killed and buried her out of fear of you. Then he threw them in a ditch he dug behind the door of the house she was staying in, to the right of the entrance. Go and enter the house in which she stayed and on the right of the entrance you will find everything I told you about.” Then he went to the middle brother and did the same. Then he went to the youngest brother and did the same. When they woke, they were all surprised at what they had seen. When they met each other, they all said, “Isaw an amazing thing last night,” and they informed each other of what they had seen.

The eldest said, “That dream has nothing to it so just ignore it.” The youngest said, “I will not leave it until I go and look at that place.” They all went until they reached the door of the place where there sister stayed. They opened the door and looked for the place that was described to them in their dreams. They found their sister and her son buried in a ditch, as they were told. They asked the worshipper about it and he confirmed what Iblees had told them. They then took him and were about to crucify him. When they had him on the wooden cross, Shytan said to him, “You know that I am your companion who tempted you by the woman until you got her pregnant and you killed her and her son. If you obey me today and deny Allah, who formed and shaped you, I will rescue you from your predicament.” The worshipper then belied Allah. When he belied Allah, Shytan left from being between him and the others and they were able to crucify him.”

Many scholars related this story in their commentary to the following verse,

“Or the likeness of Shytan when he tells man to disbelieve, then, when he disbelieves, says to him,  “Lo! I am innocent of you. Lo! I fear Allah, the Lord of the Worlds” ” (Surah al-Hasr 16).

They mention that this verse refers to this worshipper and to others similar to him. Allah knows best.

This story, and others similar to it, are from the Israaeeliyaat or stories which have their source in the books or tales of the Jews and Christians. We do not say it is true nor do we say it is false, but it is allowed to narrate them as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Narrate stories about the Tribe of Israel if there is no harm in that.

An Amazing story from al-Hassan al-Basri (rahimahullah)

Shytan has power over the believers due to their sins

A hadith states, “Allah is with the judge as long as he does not commit any injustice. If he commits any injustice, Allah is free from him and keeps Shytan with him.” [1]

Abu al-Faraj ibn al-Jauzi [2] has related a unique story from al-Hassan al-Basri (rahimahullah). The story, depending on how authentic it is, shows the ability of a human in overpowering Shytan if he is sincere to Allah in his religion and it shows how Shytan can take advantage of the human when he strays.

Al-Hasan al-Basri narrated that there was a tree that was worshipped instead of Allah. One man decided to chop down that tree. He was going to chop down the tree out of anger for the sake of Allah. On the way to the tree he met Iblees who was in the form of a man. Iblees asked him, “What do you plan on doing?” The man answered, “I am going to chop down that tree that is worshipped instead of Allah.” Shytan said, “If you do not worship it, why should it harm you if others do so?” The man replied, “I will chop it down.” Shytan then told him, “Would you like something better than that” Do not cut it and you will get two dinars every morning under your pillow.” “From where will I get that?” the man asked. “I will give it to you,” said Iblees. The man returned and the next morning he found two dinars under his pillow. The following morning he again found two dinars under his pillow. On the following morning he did not find anything. He got upset and went to chop down the tree. Shytan again appeared to him in the shape of the same man. Shytan asked him, “What do you want to do?” The man answered, “I plan on cutting down that tree that is worshipped instead of Allah!” Iblees said, “You have lied. There is no way you will be able to do it,” The man left to chop it down. The earth swallowed him and him until it almost killed him. Iblees asked, “Do you know who I . I am Shytan. I met you for the first time when you were angry for the sake of Allah and I had no power over you. I deceived you by two dinars and you stopped what you had intended to do [for the sake of Allah]. Now you have come because you are angry about the two dinars, and I have gotten mastery over you.”

[1] This was recorded by al-Haakim and al-Baihaqi with a hasan chain. See al- Albanee Sahih al-Jaami, vol. 2, p.130

[2] Ibn al-Jawzi, Talbees Iblees, p. 43 [The author, al-Ashqar alluded to the fact that the authenticity of this story needs to be ascertained. Most likely, it is from the Israaeeliyaat or stories of the Jews and Christians.]

Source : The world of Jinn and Devils – Umar S. Ashqar

# Whisperings of Shaytan – an advice from Shaykh al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah)

Question asked to Shaykh al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah):

There is a man who suffers from the whisperings of Shaytan. [Shaytan] whispers things to him that are great sins, concerning Allaah, the Almighty, the All-Powerful and [the man] is very much afraid of this; what is the advice of your eminence?

Answer by Shaykh al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah):

Regarding what has been mentioned concerning the problem of the questioner, which is that he fears the result of it, I say to him: Rejoice at the good news that there will be no result from it except a good result. This is the whispering by which Shaytan assails the believers in order to upset the sound belief in their hearts and to cause them sprirtual and mental agitation and disturb the serenity of their faith, indeed the serenity of their lives, if they are believers.

He is not the first among the people of faith to be confronted by this situation, nor is he the last, for it will continue as long as there is a believer in the world; and this same situation confronted the companions (radiAllaahu ‘anhum), for it was reported on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (radiAllaahu ‘anhu) that he said:

“Some people from among the companions of the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) came to the Messenger and said to him, ‘Verily we perceive in our minds that which every one of us considers too grave to express.’

He (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: ‘Do you really perceive it?

They said: ‘Yes.’ Upon this he (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: ‘That is true faith.'”

[It was reported by Muslim in the Book of Faith, in the Chapter of Explanation of the (evil) whispering regarding Faith (132)]

In the Two Sahihs, it is also narrated from Abu Hurayrah (radiAllaahu ‘anhu) that the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:

“Satan may come to anyone of you and say: ‘Who created such and such? Who created such and such?’ until he says, ‘Who created your Lord?’ So, when he inspires such a question, one should seek refuge with Allaah and give up such thoughts.”

[Reported by Bukhari in the Book of Beginning of Creation, in the Chapter: The description of Iblis and his Legions (3276) and it was reported by Muslim in the Book of Faith, in the Chapter on the Description of the (evil) Whispering regarding Faith (134).]

It is reported on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbas (radiAllaahu anhuma) that a man came to the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) and said: “Oh, Messenger of Allaah! One of us has thoughts of such a nature that he would rather be reduced to charcoal than speak about them.” The Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “All praise and thanks be to Allaah, Who has reduced his matter (shaytan’s guile) to (evil) whispering.”

[It was reported by Abu Dawud in the Book of Good Manners, in the Chapter: Regarding the response to (evil) Whispering (5112) and by Imam Ahmed in Al-Musnad (1:340)]

Shaykh-ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) said in the Book of Faith:

“The believer is put to trial by the whispering of Satan, the whispering of kufr which causes him distress, as the companions (radiAllaahu ‘anhum) said: “Oh Messenger of Allah! One of us has thoughts within himself of such a nature that he would rather fall down from the heaven than speak of them.” The Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:

“That is true faith”

And in another narration: “he considers it too grave to express.” He (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:

“All praise and thanks are Allaah’s, Who has reduced his (shaytan) intrigue to (evil) whispering).”

That is, the occurence of his whispering along with this great hatred for it and repelling it from the heart is a part of true faith, like the warrior in Allaah’s Cause who met the enemy and fought him until he overcame him, for that is a great Jihad up to his words.

This is why the seekers of knowledge and worship are assailed by whispering and uncertainty which do not afflict another, because he (the other) does not follow the Law of Allaah and His way; rather, he follows his own desires, heedless of the rememberance of his Lord and this is the goal of Shaytan, as opposed to those who turn towards their Lord with knowledge and (acts of) worship, for he is their enemy and he seeks to prevent them from (worshipping) Allaah, the Most High.

So, I say to this questioner: once it is clear to you that this whispering is from Shaytan, then you must struggle and stand against it, know that it will never harm you as long as you undertake the necessary struggle, reject it and cease thinking about it. The Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:

“Allaah has forgiven what is whispered in the hearts of my followers, unless they put it into action or utter it.” [(Reported by Bukhari in the Book of Manumission, in the Chapter: Error and Forgetfulness in Manumission and Divorce (2528) and by Muslim in the Book of Faith, in the Chapter: Allah has forgiven what is whispered in heart (127)]

And if it is said to you:

Do you believe what is whispered to you? And do you think it is the truth? And is it possible to describe Allaah, the Most Glorified by it? You would say: It is not for us to speak of this; Glorified are You (Oh Allaah), this is a great lie! You would reject it with your heart and by your words; and of the people, you would flee further than any of them from it. Then it is, only whispering and perils displayed to your heart, and a window to polythesim from Shaytan, who courses throughout the human body as blood courses through it, in order to destroy and obscure your deen for you.

This is why you find that Shaytan does not place doubt or rejection about trivial things in your heart, so you hear for example, of the existence of large and important cities filled with residents and buildings in the east and west and yet doubt their existence never once crossed your mind, nor regarding their faults, such as that their buildings are destroyed or are unfit for habitation or that there are no occupants in them and so on. There is no goal for Shaytan in making mankind doubt such things. But Shaytan’s important great goal is destroying the faith of the believer, so he strives by his horse, and on foot, to extinguish the light of knowledge and guidance in one’s heart and to cause him to fall into the darkness of doubt and uncertainty.

The Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) explained the beneficial medicine which contains a cure for this:

“Then let him seek refuge with Allah and cease doing it.”

If a person ceases doing that and continues to worship Allah, seeking & desiring that which is with Allaah, it will stop troubling him, by Allaah’s Power. So, avoid all suppositions which pass through your heart on this subject and worship Allaah, supplicate to Him and glorfiy Him, and if you heard anyone describing Him with what was whispered to him, you would kill him if you could. Therefore, what is whispered is not a fact; rather it is simply thoughts and whisperings which have no basis. Like in the case of someone wearing a clean garment which he has just washed and then he is assailed by thoughts that “maybe it is impure,” and “maybe it is not permissble to pray in it,” but he should pay no heed to this.

And my advice may be summarized as follows:

1. Seek protection with Allaah and completely stop these suppositions as the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) ordered us to do.

2. Mention Allaah, the Most High and restrain yourself from this whisperings.

3. Wholehearted dedication to worship and acting in accordance with the Command of Allaah and seeking His Pleasure, for when you give worship your undivided attention with earnestness and striving, you will forget about occupying yourself with this whispering, InshaAllaah.

4. Seeking refuge with Allaah much and asking Him to protect you from this thing.And I ask Allaah, the Most High for protection for you and safety from every evil and every destable thing.

Source: Fatawa Arkanul Islam, Pgs 55-60.

# Summoning the spirits of the Dead : A Contemporary Experience

A modern day experience

This experiment took place with the author Ahmad Izzuddin al-Bayanuni. He mentioned it in his book Kitab al-Iman bil-Malaaika. I eagerly decided to quote the complete text of what he wrote:

The people of the East and the West have preoccupied themselves with the claim of making the spirits appear. There have been many articles written about it, written in different languages, published in Arabic as well as non-Arabic magazines. Books have been written about it. Much research has been done lately on this topic. Many experiments have been performed. After all of that, the intelligent people have concluded that the raising of the spirits is nothing but falsehood and forgery, a call to disbelief and wickedness.

# Innovations Are More Beloved To Shaytan Than Sinning

Sufyaan ath-Thawri said,

 “Innovations are more beloved to shaytaan than sin, since a sin may be repented from but an innovation is not repented from.” [Sharh Usool I’tiqaad of al-Laalikaaee (d. 414h) no.238, the great 4th century Imaam who wrote on the belief of Ahl usSunnah.]

This is because the innovator believes he is doing something good and therefore sees no need to repent.  He also said, “…so cling to the original state of affairs,” [al-Hilya 6/376] meaning the way of the Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam and his companions.

# Qur’aan of the Shaytan – Imam Ibnul-Qayyim

Imam Ibnul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) writes in Igaathat al-Lahfaan (1/242),

“Among the plots and traps of the enemy of Allah, with which he seeks to trap those who posses little knowledge, reasoning and religious commitment and trap the ignorant is the listening to whistling and clapping of hands and singing accompanied by forbidden musical instruments, which closes people’s hearts to the Qur’aan and makes them devoted to immorality and sin. This is the ‘qur’an’ of the Shaytan, an impenetrable barrier which blocks them from the Most Merciful. This is the means that leads to sodomy and fornication, by means of which the Shaytan ensnares the hearts of those who follow falsehood and makes it appear attractive to them by way of deceit and trickery. He inspires them by means of specious arguments to regard it as something good, so they accept this idea, and for the sake of singing they forsake the Qur’aan…”

A Humiliation for the Shaytan – Sajda Sahu (Prostration of forgetfulness)

“If one of you doubts in his prayer and does not know how many he has prayed- whether it is three or four – then let him cast away the doubt and build upon what he is certain of. Then let him perform two prostrations before giving the salutation. So if he has prayed five, then they will make his prayer even for him, and if he has prayed the full four, then they will be a humiliation for Satan.”

Reported by Muslim (Eng. Trans. vol. 1, no. 1166)

SourceProstration of Forgetfulness in Prayer – by Shaykh Uthaymeen. Translated by Dawood  Burbank rahimahullaah

# Ibn al Jawzi’s brilliant depiction of conflict between Mankind and Shaytan

Ibn al-Jawzi made an exceptionable parable about this battle between man and Shytaan. He said in Talbees Iblees,

The heart is like a fort that is surrounded by a wall and the wall has gates from which it can be torn down. In it lies the mind. The angels frequent that fort and next to that fort are places where the desires lie. And the devils enter into this surrounding area without being prevented from doing so. And the war exists between the inhabitants of the fort and the inhabitants of the surrounding areas. The devils never stop circling the fort and looking for an opening where the guard is heedless and from where he can tear down the fort.

It is obligatory for the guards to be completely aware of all of the gates of the fort that must be guarded as well as all of its weak points from which destruction can come. The guard cannot take a break because the enemy never takes a break. A man sai al-Hasan al-Basri, “Does Iblees sleep?” He answered, “If he were to sleep we could then have a rest.”

The fort is lit by the remembrance of Allah and faith in Him. In it is a polished looking glass through which [the guardians] can then see anything that passes by. The first thing that Shytaan does is to blow smoke into the fort to make its walls black. This causes rust and damage in the fort. Sound thought repels Shytaan and remembrance of Allah cleans the looking glass. The enemy has carriages and sometimes they are able to enter the fort. The guards may come upon them and force them to leave. Perhaps they may enter due to the heedlessness or carelessness of the guards. Perhaps, due to the smoke and the rust, Shytaan enters through any way and he is not perceived. Perhaps the guard is injured by the heedlessness or is taken prisoner and led to the following of the desires. ‘

Source : The world of Jinn and Devils – by Umar S. al-Ashqar

Shaytan sits in wait for the Son of Adam in all his paths – Tafseer Ibn Kathir

Noble Qur’aan 07.al-Araaf verses 16-17

16. (Iblis) said: “Because You have `Aghwaytni’, surely, I will sit in wait against them (human beings) on Your straight path.

17. “Then I will come to them from before them and behind them, from their right and from their left, and You will not find most of them to be thankful.”

Allah said that after He gave respite to Shaytan, (till the Day they are raised up (resurrected)) and Iblis was sure that he got what he wanted, he went on in defiance and rebellion.

He said, (“Because You have `Aghwaytani’, surely, I will sit in wait against them (human beings) on Your straight path.”) meaning, as You have sent me astray. Ibn `Abbas said that `Aghwaytani’ means, “Misguided me.” Others said, “As You caused my ruin, I will sit in wait for Your servants whom You will create from the offspring of the one you expelled me for.”

He went on, (Your straight path), the path of truth and the way of safety. I (Iblis) will misguide them from this path so that they do not worship You Alone, because You sent me astray. Mujahid said that the `straight path’, refers to the truth.

Imam Ahmad recorded that Saburah bin Abi Al-Fakih said that he heard the Messenger of Allah saying,

(Shaytan sat in wait for the Son of Adam in all his paths. He sat in the path of Islam, saying, `Would you embrace Islam and abandon your religion and the religion of your forefathers’ However, the Son of Adam disobeyed Shaytan and embraced Islam.

So Shaytan sat in the path of Hijrah (migration in the cause of Allah), saying, `Would you migrate and leave your land and sky’ But the parable of the Muhajir is that of a horse in his stamina So, he disobeyed Shaytan and migrated.

So Shaytan sat in the path of Jihad, against one’s self and with his wealth, saying, `If you fight, you will be killed, your wife will be married and your wealth divided.’ So he disobeyed him and performed Jihad.

Therefore, whoever among them (Children of Adam) does this and dies, it will be a promise from Allah that He admits him into Paradise. If he is killed, it will be a promise from Allah that He admits him into Paradise. If he drowns, it will be a promise from Allah that He admits him into Paradise. If the animal breaks his neck, it will be a promise from Allah that He admits him into Paradise.)

Ali bin Abi Talhah reported that Ibn `Abbas commented on:

(Then I will come to them from before them) Raising doubts in them concerning their Hereafter,

(and (from) behind them), making them more eager for this life,

(from their right), causing them confusion in the religion,

(and from their left) luring them to commit sins.”

This is meant to cover all paths of good and evil. Shaytan discourages the people from the path of good and lures them to the path of evil.

Al-Hakam bin Abban said that `Ikrimah narrated from Ibn `Abbas concerning the Ayah,

(Then I will come to them from before them and behind them, from their right and from their left,) “He did not say that he will come from above them, because the mercy descends from above.”

`Ali bin Abi Talhah reported that Ibn `Abbas said,

(and You will not find most of them to be thankful.) “means, those who single Him out in worship?.” When Shaytan said this, it was a guess and an assumption on his part. Yet, the truth turned out to be the same, for Allah said,

(And indeed Iblis (Shaytan) did prove true his thought about them, and they followed him, all except a group of true believers. And he had no authority over them, except that We might test him who believes in the Hereafter, from him who is in doubt about it. And your Lord is Watchful over everything.) (34:20-21).

This is why there is a Hadith that encourages seeking refuge with Allah from the lures of Shaytan from all directions. Imam Ahmad narrated that `Abdullah bin `Umar said,

“The Messenger of Allah used to often recite this supplication in the morning and when the night falls,

«اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْعَافِيَةَ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ، اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْعَفْوَ وَالْعَافِيَةَ فِي دِينِي وَدُنْيَايَ وَأَهْلِي وَمَالِي، اللَّهُمَّ اسْتُرْ عَوْرَاتِي وَآمِنْ رَوْعَاتِي، اللَّهُمَّ احْفَظْنِي مِنْ بَيْنِ يَدَيَّ وَمِنْ خَلْفِي وَعَنْ يَمِينِي وَعَنْ شِمَالِي وَمِنْ فَوْقِي وَأَعُوذُ بِعَظَمتِكَ أَنْ أُغْتَالَ مِنْ تَحْتِي»

(O Allah! I ask You for well-being in this life and the Hereafter. O Allah! I ask You for pardon and well-being in my religion, life, family and wealth. O Allah! Cover my errors and reassure me in times of difficulty. O Allah! Protect me from before me, from behind me, from my right, from my left and from above me. I seek refuge with Your greatness from being killed from below me.)”

Waki` commented (about being killed from below), “This refers to earthquakes.” Abu Dawud, An-Nasa’i, Ibn Majah, Ibn Hibban and Al-Hakim collected this Hadith, and Al-Hakim said, “Its chain is Sahih. ”

Source : Tafseer Ibn Kathir 007:al-Araaf – Iblis was the First to use Qiyas (Analogical Comparison) – Dar-us-Salam English Publication


Dhikr and Sleep – Hadith

‘Abdullah b. Mas’ûd – Allâh be pleased with him – said:

Falling asleep when remembering Allâh is from Shaytân; if you want you can test this: when you lie down and want to fall asleep, try remembering Allâh ‘azza wa jall.

Al-Bukhârî, Al-Adab Al-Mufrad. Graded sahîh by Shaykh Al-Albânî in Sahîh Al-Adab Al-Mufrad Vol. 1 p490.

Source: https://www.sayingsofthesalaf.net/dhikr-and-sleep/

# Flagged for Follow-Up – Hadith

Maytham, a Companion of Allâh’s Messenger – peace and blessings be upon him – said:

It has reached me that an angel goes out, holding his flag, with the first person to go to the masjid and stays holding his flag with him until he returns and then enters his home with it. And Shaytân goes out, holding his flag, with the first person to go to the market and stays holding his flag with him until he returns and puts it in his home.

Al-Mundhirî states in Al-Targhîb wa Al-Tarhîb, “Reported by Ibn Abî ‘Âsim amd Abû Nu’aym in Ma’rifatu Al-Sahâbah and other works.” Graded sahîh by Al-Albâni in Sahîh Al-Targhîb wa Al-Tarhîb 1:101.

Source: http://www.sayingsofthesalaf.net/index.php/category/shaytan/#ixzz1W359P9O8

Iblees Rebels and Deceives – Dr . Saleh As-Saleh (rahimahullah) [Audio|En]

Iblees Rebels and Deceives – Al Baqarah – 033 – 036 – Dr . Saleh As-Saleh