Protection from Harm

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين أما بعد

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Abu Hurayrah رضي الله عنهم narrated that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

إذا خرجت من منزلك فصل ركعتين يمنعانك من مخرج السوء ، و إذا دخلت إلى منزلك فصل ركعتين يمنعانك من مدخل السوء

“Whenever you leave your house you should pray two raka’at beforehand. These will protect you from harm (while) outside. And when you return (home) you should pray (another) two raka’at. They will safeguard you from harm (while) in your house.”

[Narrated in ‘Al-Muntaqah’, 12/69/1; Al-Bazaar in his Musnad, 81; Ad-Daylami in his Musnad, 1/1/108; and Abd al-Ghani in ‘Akbar as-Salaah’, 1/67 and 2/68 – graded with jayyid sanad by al-Albani in ‘Silsilah as-Saheehah’, 1323]

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1. Al-Manaawi said in his Fayd al-Qadeer: “If a person intends to leave his home, it is recommended that he prays two rak’ah which are considered Sunnah. These rak’ah should be short (i.e. recite small Surahs after Faathihah).”

2. And from amongst other things that offer protection (by the Permission of Allaah) are Du’as. So many of them have been narrated and compiled that it is an obligated necessity to learn from them and use them. For example:

– It was narrated that Khawlah bint Hakeem al-Sulamiyyah said: “I heard the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم say: “Whoever makes a stop on a journey and says, ‘A’oodhu bi kalimaat Allaah il-tammaati min sharri ma khalaqa (I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allaah from the evil of that which He has created),’ nothing will harm him until he moves on from that place.” [Saheeh Muslim, 2708]

– It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah رضي الله عنهم that when the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم was on a journey and got up or ended his journey in the last part of the night, he would say, “Sami’a saami’un bi hamdi Lillaah wa husni balaa’ihi ‘alayna. Rabbana saahibna wa afdil ‘alayna ‘aa’idhan Billaahi min al-naar (May a witness bear witness to our praise of Allaah for His favours and bounties upon us. Our Lord, protect us, show favour upon us and deliver us from every evil. I seek refuge in Allaah from the Fire).”  [Saheeh Muslim, 2718]

– It was narrated from Moosa al-Ash’ari رضي الله عنهم that when the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم was afraid (of some people’s harm) he would say, “Allaahumma inna naj’aluka fi nuhoorihim wa na’oodhu bika min shuroorihim (O Allaah, we ask You to repel them and we seek refuge in You from their evil).” [Abu Da’wud, 1537; classed as saheeh in ‘Saheeh al-Jaami’, 4706]

– It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas رضي الله عنهم said: The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم used to seek protection for al-Hasan and al-Husayn and say: “Your father (i.e. Ibraaheem) used to seek protection by means of them (these words) for Isma’eel and Ishaaq: A’oodhu bi kalimaat-Allaah il-taammah min kulli shaytaanin wa haammah wa min kulli ‘aynin laammah (I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allaah from every devil and poisonous reptile, and from every envious evil eye).” [Saheeh al-Bukhaari, 3191]

3. From amongst some of the best du’a books in English, please refer to:

* Fortification of the Muslim (Hisnul Muslim)
* Saheeh al-Kalima at-Tayib (Ibn Taymiyyah) – Checking of al-Albani
* Words of Remembrance and Words of Reminder – Salih as-Sadlaan
* Authentic Supplications of the Prophet – Walid al Essa

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And only Allaah’s Protection is sought.

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