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Indeed, Shaytan is an enemy

Indeed, Shaytan is an enemy to you; so take him as an enemy…(35:6)

The struggle between truth and falsehood has existed since the creation of Adam (alayhis-salam). Shaytan refused to obey the command of Allah when Prophet Adam (as) was created. Shaytan’s disobedience was due to pride and arrogance. He was granted respite until the last day and has taken a vow to misguide mankind

and invites his adherents, that they may become companions of the Blazing Fire.

One amongst his plots and plans is to make a person forgetful of the remembrance of Allah. “Shaytan has overcome them and made them forget the remembrance of Allah…” (58:19)

Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to strive to be in Allah’s remembrance and thereby protect ourselves from Shaytan. The following is Prophetic guidance that we can implement in our daily lives:

· Recite the following 10 times morning (after Fajar) and evening (after maghrib). The reciter will be protected from Shaytan from morning to evening. When recited in the evening the reciter will be protected until morning and when recited in the morning the reciter will be protected until the evening:

لا إِله إِلّا اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيْكَ لَهُ ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ ، وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ ، وَهُوَ عَلى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيْرٌ

“There is no one worthy of worship save Allah alone who has no partner, to Him belongs the dominion, all praise belongs for Him and He is able upon everything.” (Sahih al-Targheeb)

· The person who will recite the following when leaving home shall be protected from Shaytan. He will also be guided and sufficed:

بِسْمِ اللهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلى اللهِ لا حَوْلَ ولا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا باِللهِ

“I begin in the name of Allah and place my trust upon Allah. There is no might to do good nor to stay away from evil save with Allah.” (Abu Dawood)

· Ones anger will subside and will be protected from shaytan when he/she says:

أعُوْذُ باِللهِ مِنَ الشيطانِ

“I seek Allah’s protection from Shaytan” (al-Bukhari)

· Recite ‘ayatul kursi’ at the time of sleeping. It will be a means of protection and shaytan will not be able to come near its reciter until morning (al-Bukhari):

اللَّهُ لَا إِلَٰهَ 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

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.

We seek Allah’s protection through his complete words to protect all of us from every shaytan, poisonous creature and every envious and evil eye. (ameen)

أَعُوْذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّةِ مِنْ كُلِّ شَيْطَانٍ وَّهَامَّة، وَمِنْ كُلِّ عَيْنٍ لامّةٍ

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