As Muslim parents, we constantly worry about the unseen harm that we know exists through our faith and is a real part of everyday life. These harms include the evil eye, jealousy and destructive envy (hasad), devils, jinns and black magic. As parents we should trust our gut feeling when we feel something unexplainable happens and there is no medical answer, however many of us fail to ask Allah FIRST for His protection and mercy.
The Prophet (SAW) used to seek refuge with Allah for himself, and the greatest means of seeking protection is reading the Book of Allah. The beautiful thing to know is that the entire Qur’an is Shifaa (a cure), so read it often and strengthen your Iman insha Allah. It is also important to know that NO HARM can affect us without the permission of Allah SWT, so we must bear in mind that the harm can also be a trial for us, to bring us closer to our creator insha Allah.
The Duas below are a special selection of short authentic Duas from the Qur’an and Sunnah that protect you and your family throughout the day, every day! Make sure you share with all your family as it is an act of worship and ongoing charity (Sadaqah Jaariya) for you until the Day of Judgment insha Allah!
أعوذُ بِٱللَّهِ مِنَ ٱلشَّيۡطَٰنِ ٱلرَّجِيمِ
A’oodhu bilLaahi min ash-Shaytaan ir-Rajeem
“I seek refuge with Allah from Shaytan the Accursed.”
Qur’an: Surah Nahl, Ayat 98
It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed (RA) that Angel Gibreel came to the Prophet (SAW) and said:
“O Muhammad, are you ill?” He said, “Yes.” Angel Gibreel than said:
بسم الله ارقيك من كل شيء يؤذيك من شر كل نفس أو عين حاسد. الله يشفيك. بسم الله ارقيك
Bismillaahi arqeeka min kulli shay’in yu’dheeka, min sharri kulli nafsin aw ‘aynin haasid Allaahu yashfeek, bismillaahi arqeek
“In the name of Allah I perform ruqyah for you, from everything that is harming you, from the evil of every soul or envious eye may Allah heal you, with the name of Allah I perform ruqyah for you.” (Narrated by Muslim)
It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas (RA) said: “The Prophet (SAW) used to seek refuge with Allah for al-Hasan and al-Husayn (His grandsons). He said: ‘Your father (Ibraheem AS) used to seek refuge with Allah for (his sons) Ismaa’eel and Ishaaq with these words:
أُعِيذُكَ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّةِ مِنْ كُلِّ شَيْطَانٍ ، وَهَامَّةٍ ، وَمِنْ كُلِّ عَيْنٍ لَامَّةٍ
A’oodhu bi kalimaat Allaah al-taammah min kulli shaytaanin wa haammah wa min kulli ‘aynin laammah
“I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah, from every devil and every poisonous reptile, and from every bad eye.” (Narrated by Bukhari)
“Whoever recites it three times in the morning will not be afflicted by any calamity before evening, and whoever recites it three times in the evening will not be overtaken by any calamity before morning.”
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الَّذِي لَا يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ
Bismillahilladhi la yadurru ma’ ismihi shai’un fil-ardi wa-laa fissamaa’i wa huwa al-Samee’u al-‘Aleem
“In the Name of Allah, with Whose Name nothing on the earth or in the heaven can cause harm, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.” (Narrated by Ahmad)
Khawlah bint Hakeem Al-Salamiyyah (RA) said: “I heard the prophet (s.a.w.) say: “Whoever makes a stop in some place, then says, ‘A’oodhu bi kalimaat Allah il-taammah min sharri ma khalaqa (I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah from the evil of that which He has created),’ nothing will harm him until he moves on from that place” (narrated by Muslim).
أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ التَّامَّاتِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ
A’oodhu bi kalimaat Allaah al-taammaati min sharri maa khalaq
“I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah from the evil of that which He has created.”
Ayatul Kursi (Surah Baqarah ayat 255)
اللَّهُ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ لاَ تَأْخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَلاَ نَوْمٌ لَهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الأَرْضِ مَنْ ذَا الَّذِي يَشْفَعُ عِنْدَهُ إِلاَّ بِإِذْنِهِ يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ وَلاَ يُحِيطُونَ بِشَيْءٍ مِنْ عِلْمِهِ إِلاَّ بِمَا شَاءَ وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ السَّمَاو ;َاتِ وَالأَرْضَ وَلاَ يَئُودُهُ حِفْظُهُمَا وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ
It was reported that Abu Hurayrah (RA) said: “The Messenger of Allah (SAW) put me in charge of guarding the Zakah of Ramadan. Someone came and started to scatter the food. I took hold of him and said, ‘I will take you to the Messenger of Allah (SAW).’… He said, ‘When you go to bed, recite Ayatul Kursi and you will be protected by Allah, and no shaytaan (devil) will come near you until morning.’ The Prophet (SAW) said, ‘He told you the truth even though he is a liar. That was a shaytaan.” (Narrated by Bukhari)
Surah Al-Ikhlaas, Al-Falaq and An-Naas
It was reported that ‘A’ishah (RA) said: “When the Messenger of Allah (SAW) went to his bed, he would blow into his hands and recite Qul Huwa Allaahu Ahad (Surah Ikhlaas) and the Mi’wadhatayn (Surah Falaq & Naas). Then he would wipe his hands over his face and his body, as far as they could reach.” ‘A’ishah said: “When he fell ill, He would ask me to do that for him.” (Narrated by Bukhari)
As a parent myself, caring and protecting my family is very close to my heart. I started reading Duas to my children when they were very young and before I knew it, they had memorised them in no time! Now our mornings, school runs, after Salah and bedtimes are full of short daily Duas. With the shield of Allah, we can all feel strong and protected by the One we love! May Allah SWT bless us all with his protection – Ameen