We often recite Sûrah Al-Falaq (Quran Chapter 113) when seeking Allaah’s protection from evil. In Sûrah Al-Falaq, Allaah taught us the best treasures to use in seeking his protection from the evil of humans.
In the name of Allaah, Most Gracious and Most Merciful
Say, ‘I seek refuge with the Lord of daybreak, from the evil of what He has created, And from the evil of the dark night when it penetrates, And from the evil of the blowers (men or women) into knots, And from the evil of an envious one when he envies. (Quran 113:1-5)
When we seek Allaah’s protection from evil, we are naturally seeking two things. First, we pray for Allah’s protection from evil that has already occurred and secondly, we also pray for evil that is yet to happen. The word “Sharr” (evil) used in the text of the Shurah refers to loss, affliction, problems and anything that may cause death or other difficulties in life.
Verse 4 of the Sûrah holds a lot for the mind that want to ponder:
- And from the evil of the blowers (men or women) into knots
The verse teaches us to seek Allaah’s protection from the people who practice magic and evil. Unfortunately, many Muslims the world over are being tried with magic. During Jahiliya (period of ignorance before the advent of Islam) magicians used to tie strings together to make knots and then recite incantations on those knots.
Today magic have evolved to different forms. However the practice is still rampant. Muslims are not spared despite all indications that magic is forbidden. Some go to magicians for some “good intentions”, perhaps to get a good job, a promotion or a particular spouse. This is problematic.
When an individual visits a magician for anything, the individual will be admitting that they are lazy to pray to Allaah for the good they want to get. In effect visiting a magician is outsourcing a task you are supposed to be doing to someone else to do it through haram (Forbidden) means. Also you will be showing that you are lazy to strive hard to get the good that you seek.
We Live In A World Of Trials!
Many people will never go to a magician for any increase in wealth, children, position or any worldly gain. However, the moment they are afflicted with trials, they will run straight to the magician. How do we forget that this world is a test?
In Surah Al-Baqra Allaah says (translated into English):
O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.(2: 153)
And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient .(2: 155)
Don’t we know we will be tested? Is it not clear that Allaah will allow someone’s magic to harm us as a form of test to see our responses?
There is an African proverb that says the person who returns a donkey’s kick is just like the donkey that kicked him. We know you can’t clean stool with urine. Then how can someone go to a magician to fight magic?
If we want to protect or heal ourselves and our families from magic, then we must rely on Allaah and use the resources available from Quran especially in Sûrah-Falaq. By Allaah’s will, we will be protected.