Means of warding off the Sihr before it happens

Among the most important means of warding off the danger of sihr before it happens is seeking protection through the adhkaar prescribed in Islam, making du’aa’ and reciting prayers seeking refuge that were narrated from the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam. These include:

1- The Sunnah mentions adhkhaar by means of which one may gain protection from the shayaateen. These include:

Seeking refuge with Allah from the jinn. Allah says, “And if an evil whisper comes to you from Shaytaan, then seek refuge with Allah. Verily, He is All-Hearer,
All-Knower”. [al-A’raaf 7:200]

It was narrated from Sulaymaan ibn Sard that two men were trading insults in the presence of the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam, until the face of one of    them turned red. The Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam said, “I know a word which, if he were to say it, what he is suffering from would go away: ‘A’oodhu    Billaahi min al-Shaytaan il-rajeem (I seek refuge with Allaah from the accursed Shaytaan).’” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 3108; Muslim, 2610)

2 – Reciting al-Mi’wadhatayn (the last two Soorahs of the Qur’aan, al-Falaq and al-Naas).

It was narrated that Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri radiallahu anhu said: “The Messenger of Allaah sallallahu alaihe wassallam used to seek refuge with Allah from the jinn and from the evil eye until the Mi’wadhatayn were revealed, and when they were revealed he started to recite them and not anything else.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2058

3 – Reciting Aayat al-Kursiy

4 – Reciting Soorat al-Baqarah

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allaah sallallahu alaihe wassallam said: “Do not make your houses like graves, for the Shaytaan runs away from a house in which Soorat al-Baqarah is recited.”(Narrated by Muslim, 780)

5 – The last verses of Soorat al-Baqarah

It was narrated that Abu Mas’ood al-Ansaari said: “The Messenger of Allaah sallallahu alaihe wassallam said: ‘Whoever recites the last two verses of Soorat al-Baqarah at night, that will suffice him.’” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4723; Muslim, 807)

6 – Reciting “Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahu’l-mulk wa lahu’l-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer (There is no god except Allaah Alone with no partner or associate; His is the Sovereignty and His is the praise, and He is Able to do all things)” one hundred times after Fajr Salat.

7 – Remembering Allaah often (dhikr)

It was narrated from al-Haarith al-Ash’ari that the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam said: “Allaah commanded Yahyaa ibn Zakariyah (peace be upon him) five things to follow and to enjoin upon the Children of Israel… and he commanded them to remember Allaah, and the likeness of that is a man who was being pursued by the enemy, until he reached a strong fortress in which he found protection; similarly a man cannot find protection from the Shaytaan except by remembering Allah…” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2863)

8 – The adhaan

It was narrated that Suhayl ibn Abi Saalih said: “My father sent me to Bani Haarithah, and there was with me a slave of ours, or a companion of ours. Someone called out his name from a garden, and the one who was with me looked into the garden and did not see anything. I mentioned that to my father,
and he said, ‘If I had known that this was going to happen to you, I would not have sent you. But if you hear a voice then make the call for prayer, for I heard Abu Hurayrah radiallahu anhu narrating that the Messenger of Allaah sallallahu alaihe wassallam said: “When the Shaytaan hears the call to prayer, he runs away fast.”(Narrated by Muslim, 389).

9 – Reciting Qur’aan offers protection against the Shaytaan

Allaah says: “And when you (Muhammad) recite the Qur’aan, We put between you and those who believe not in the Hereafter, an invisible veil (or screen their hearts, so they hear or understand it not)[al-Israa’ 17:45]

They are also some of the most effective weapons for warding off sihr after it has happened, along with humbly beseeching Allaah constantly and asking Him to remove the harm and relieve the distress.

Among the du’aa’s which have been narrated from the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam to treat diseases such as sihr and other things is the ruqyah by means of which he sallallahu alaihe wassallam used to treat his companions:

“Allaahumma Rabb al-naas, adhhib il-ba’s, washfi anta al-Shaafi laa shifaa’a illa shifaa’uka shifaa’an laa yughaadir saqaman (O Allaah, Lord of mankind, remove the harm and heal him, for You are the Healer and there is no healing except Your healing, with a healing which does not leave any disease behind).”

There is also the ruqyah by means of which Jibreel treated the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam: “Bismillaah urqeeka min kulli shay’in yu’dheeka, wa min sharri kulli nafsin aw ‘aynin haasid Allaah yashfeek, bismillaah urqeek (In the name of Allaah I perform ruqyah for you, from every thing that is harming you, from the evil of every soul or envious eye may Allaah heal you, in the name of Allaah I perform ruqyah for you).” This should be repeated three times.

And Allaah knows best.

May Allah keep us all in His protection from envy, evil eye and sihr.

Wishing you the best
Zakia Usmani

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