Adhering to the Straight Path means adhering to the Qur’aan and the Sunnah in words and deeds is the greatest means of protection against Shaytan. Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal recorded that Abdullah bin Mas’ood said, “The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihe wassallam drew a line with his hand (in the sand) and said, ‘This is Allah’s Path, leading straight.’ He then drew lines to the right and left of that line and said, ‘These are the other paths, on each path there is a Shaytan who calls to it.’ He then recited, ‘And verily, this is My straight path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His path.’” [Soorah al-An’am (6): 153]

1. Caution and care: This evil enemy of the human is always anxious to mislead mankind. He does this through a number of means, many of which we have discussed in the previous emails. One must beware of this enemy. One must be aware of his goals and his stratagem in order to be victorious over him. If man is heedless about these affairs, then Satan can attack him through any means that he pleases.

2. Sticking to the Book and the Sunnah: The greatest thing that can be used as a defense against the devils is sticking to the Book and the Sunnah, by one’s knowledge and by one’s actions.

3. Taking refuge and shelter in Allah : The best way to take shelter from Satan and his soldiers is to seek refuge and aid in Allah from the accursed Satan. Allah has power over Satan. If the slave seeks refuge in Him, how can Satan get to him? Allah has instructed us to seek refuge with Allah from the Shaytan and his evils in the Qur’an, “And if an evil whisper comes to you from Shaytan, then seek refuge with Allah.” Surah al-A’raf 7:200. Indeed, only Allah is able to prevent the evil of Shaytan from touching the son of Adam. Allah required us to seek refuge with Him from the evil of Shaytan because he neither accepts bribe nor does kindness affect him because he is pure evil. Thus, only He, Who created Shaytan, is ableto stop his evil.”

4. Being busy with the remembrance of Allah - Remembrance of Allah is one of the greatest acts that will save the person from Shaytan. The person does not protect himself from his enemy except through the remembrance of Allah. Satan does not enter unless one becomes neglectful and falls into his ambush. But if he remembers Allah again, Satan will be defeated, humiliated and made small like a small sparrow or a small fly. The Qareen of a believer, who keeps his tongue wet with the remembrance of Allah, is very lean, weak and hungry because the more the believer remembers his Lord, the more Shaytan suffers and is tormented. Whereas the Shaytan accompanying an evil doer who does not remember his Lord, rests in peace and is therefore strong and powerful and thus more capable of overcoming him. Narrated Abu Hurayrah , “the Shaytan of a believer met the Shaytan of a disbeliever. The latter was fat and well clothed, while the former was weak, lean, disheveled, dust colored (covered with dust), hungry and naked. The Shaytan of the disbelievers asked the Shaytan of the believer, ‘Why are you so lean?’ The Shaytan replied, ‘I am accompanying a man who, when he eats, mentions Allah’s Name, so I remain hungry. When he drinks, he mentions Allah, so I remain thirsty. When he wears his clothes, he mentions Allah’s Name, so I remain naked. When he puts oil in his hair, he mentions Allah’s Name and I remain disheveled.’ Then the Shaytan of the disbeliever said, ‘But I am accompanying a man who never does any of the deeds which you mentioned and I share with him his food, his drink, his clothing, etc.”

5. Dispelling the Shaytan any time of the day or night - The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihe wassallam said, “Whoever says in the morning, “None has the right to be worshiped except Allah alone. He has no partners. To Him belongs the Dominion, to Him belongs all praise and He is over all things Omnipotent.” ...has indeed gained the reward of freeing ten slaves from the children of Isma’eel and ten of his sins are wiped away and he is raised ten degrees and he has found a safe retreat from the Shaytan until evening. Similarly, if he says in the evening, he will be protected until the morning.” [Saheeh Ibn Majah]

6. Dispelling Shaytan from the house - Abu Hurayrah reports that Allah’s Messenger said, “Do not turn your houses into graves. Indeed, Shaytan flees from a house in which Soorah al-Baqarah is recited.” [Saheeh Muslim]

7. Dispelling Shaytan at the time of anger - Sulayman ibn Sard said, “I was sitting with Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alaihe wassallam and two men were abusing each other. The face of one of them became red (out of anger) and his veins had become inflated. Allah’s Messenger said, “I know a word which, if he was to say, his anger would leave him. If he said, “I seek refuge in Allah from Shaytan - the Accursed,” his anger would leave him.” [Agreed upon]

8. Dispelling Shaytan before food, drink and entering the house - Jabir said, “I heard the Prophet say, “When a man enters his house and remembers Allah, the Exalted, upon entering and before eating, Shaytan says, ‘There is no place for you to spend the night and there is no supper for you.’ When he enters the house and does not remember Allah, Shaytan says, ‘You have found a place to spend the night’ and when he does not remember Allah upon eating his food, Shaytan says, ‘You have found a place to stay and some supper.’” [Saheeh Muslim]

9. Dispelling Shaytan before going to bed - The Prophet said, “When you are about to sleep recite ayat alkursi (Soorah 2: 255) till the end of the verse for there will remain over you a protection from Allah and no Shaytan will draw near to you until morning.” [Saheeh al-Bukharee]
Narrated Aisha (radhi allahu anha), “When the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam went to bed every night, he would cup his palms together and blow in them after reciting the last three chapters of the Qur’aan (Soorah al-Ikhlas, Soorah al-Falaq and Soorah al-Nas) and then wipe over his entire body as much as possible with his hands, beginning with his head and face and front part of his body. He used to do this three times.” [Saheeh al-Bukharee] and he also advised Uqbah ibn Amir to recite these after each obligatory prayer.” [An-Nisaee]

10. Dispelling Shaytan when approaching one’s wife - Ibn Abbas reports that the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam said, “If one of you says, when approaching his wife (for intercourse), “In the Name of Allah. O Allah! Make us distant from Shaytan and make Shaytan distant from what you bestow upon us.” …then if it is decreed that they should have a child as a result of that, the Shaytan will never be able to harm it (i.e. the offspring).” [Agreed upon]

11. Opposing the Shaytan - when we know that doing something or doing it in a specific way is from the characteristics of the Shaytan, we should oppose him by doing it differently and follow the Sunnah. For example, the Prophet said, “When any one of you eats, let him eat with his right hand and when he drinks, let him drink with his right hand, for Shaytan eats with his left hand and drinks with his left hand.” [Saheeh Muslim] and, “Take a midday nap because the Shayateen do not take a nap.” [Saheeh al-Jamee (4/147)]

12. Repenting and seeking Allah’s forgiveness - When, “Shaytan said to the Lord of Glory, ‘By Your Glory, O Lord, I will keep trying to misguide Your slaves so long as their souls are in their bodies.’ The Lord said, ‘By My Glory and Majesty, I will continue to forgive them so long as they ask My forgiveness.’” [Saheeh al-Jamee (2/32)] Thus, prompt repentance and turning to Allah whenever one falls into one of Shaytan’s enticements is sure to destroy the plan of Shaytan.

I would like to end this topic with a hadith which shows that remembering Allah in every affair will make Satan despised, belittled, disparaged and defeated. Imam Ahmad related that Tameema heard from one of the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam who related that he was riding behind the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam and the Prophet’s donkey stumbled. The companion said, Perish Satan! The Prophet said, ‘Do not say, Perish Satan, for in that case you give him some honor and he said, By my strength it fell down. If you said, In the name of Allah, Satan would have been belittled until he became like a fly.’”


Some people say, ‘We seek refuge in Allah but we still feel Shaytan coming to us and urging us to evil or preoccupying us while we are in the prayers.’ The reply to this is that seeking refuge in Allah is like a sword that is in the hands of a warrior. If his arm is strong, he is able to penetrate and kill his enemy. If his arm is weak, he may leave no mark at all on his opponent, even if it is a very sharp sword. The same is the case with seeking refuge from Shaytan. If one is pious and God-frearing, this invocation becomes like a fire that burns Shaytan. If the person is of weak faith, one whose faith is mixed with evil, then this weapon hardly harms Satan whatsoever. Therefore, the Muslim who wants safety in Allah from Satan and his plots must work to increase his faith and he must turn to Allah for help and security. And there is no power or strength except Allah.

Wishing you the best,

-Zakia Usmani

1 comment:

  1. Zakia, u are indeed doing a great Jihad. May Allah reward u abundantly. Kabir.