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Protection from Sorcery

The following is a summary of a collection of rulings and benefits regarding protection from magic:
 
- Magic is Harām and it is not allowed to perform it, nor is it allowed to learn it or teach it. It is not permissible to go to magicians and the like.
 
- One should have knowledge of the Tafseer of Allāh’s saying:
"They followed what the Shayateen (devils) gave out falsely of magic in the lifetime of Sulaymān. Sulaymān did not disbelieve, but the Shayateen disbelieved, teaching men magic and such things that came down at Babylon to the two angels, Hāroot and Māroot, but neither of these two (angels) taught anyone (such things) till they had said, "We are only for trial, so disbelieve not (by learning this magic from us)." And from these (angels) people learn that by which they cause separation between man and his wife, but they could not thus harm anyone except by Allāh’s leave. And they learn that which harms them and profits them not. And indeed they knew that the buyers of it (magic) would have no share in the Hereafter. And how bad indeed was that for which they sold their own selves, if they but knew." (Al-Baqarah 2:102)
 
Shaykh ‘Alee at-Tawayjari mentions: ‘All the different narrations mention that the Shayateen practiced the magic and that they lied and ascribed it to Sulaymān (alayhis-salām). He is free of that just as Allāh freed him of it with what He revealed to His Messenger of the Āyah which is mentioned above.'
 
- One should have knowledge of the Tafseer of the story of Musā with Pharaoh and the benefits it contains. Seeking cure and treatment by reciting those Āyāt (i.e. Al-A'rāf: 104-126, Yunus: 75-82, Ta-Ha: 56-76, Shu’ara: 29-513) upon the one who has had magic done to them, such that he will be cured by the permission of Allāh.
 
- Magic is a real and tangible entity. That is why it is necessary for the Muslim to fortify himself against it by following what is mentioned in the Sharee`ah.
 
As a fortification against it, one should:
1.  Implement Tawheed and sincerity for Allāh Ta`āla.
 
2.  Have Tawakkul (trust) in Allāh and relying upon Him, entrusting the matter to Him.
Allāh -Ta`āla- said: "And whosoever puts his trust in Allāh, then He will suffice him" (Al-Talāq: 3)
 
3.  Be continuous regarding the prayers, especially Fajr prayer.
Allāh Ta`āla said: "Guard strictly the five obligatory prayers especially the middle prayer" (Al-Baqarah: 238)
 
In the Saheeh of Muslim on the authority of Jundub bin Sufyān -radiyAllāhu `anhu - who said that the Messenger of Allāh - sallAllāhu `alayhi wa sallam – said: ‘Whoever prays the Morning Prayer; then he is under the protection of Allāh, so watch, O son of Ādam, so that nothing can take you away from Allāh’s protection.’ (Saheeh Muslim, Book of Masajid & Places of Prayer, Chapter of the Excellence of Isha & Fajr in Congregation)
 
4.  Read Surah al-Baqarah in ones home:
The Messenger - sallAllāhu `alayhi wa sallam – said: ‘Do not make your homes like graves. Indeed the Shaytaan flees from the house in which Surah Al-Baqarah is read.’ (Saheeh Muslim, Book of the Traveller’s Prayer, Chapter of Optional Prayers)
 
The Messenger - sallAllāhu `alayhi wa sallam – also said: ‘Read Surah Al-Baqarah, since taking it is blessed and leaving it is grief and the Batlah (magicians) cannot read it.’ (Saheeh Muslim, Book of the Traveller’s Prayer, Chapter of Excellence of Reading the Qur’ān and Surah Al-Baqarah)
 
5.  Read Ayatul-Kursi after every obligatory prayer after the legislated ‘Adhkār (supplications) which follow giving the salām in prayer (Majmoo’al-Fatawa wa Maqalaat fil Aqeedah [3/277]).  What indicates this is the saying of the Messenger - sallAllāhu `alayhi wa sallam: ‘Whoever reads Āyatul-Kursi at the end of every obligatory prayer; nothing will prevent him from entering Paradise except death.’ (Nisā’aee, in ‘Amal al-Yawm wa Layla’, ‘Sunan al-Kubra, by Tabarani in ‘al-Kabeer’ from the hadeeth of Abee Umamah, see ‘Saheeh al-Jama’ & ‘Saheehah’ [2/697])
 
6.  Recite Ayatul-Kursi when going to sleep. This is what Al-Bukhāri narrated with an incomplete chain on the authority of Abu-Hurayrah -radiyAllāhu `anhu - who said: The Messenger of Allāh appointed me to look after the Zakāt of Ramadān, so someone came to me to take some food….’ then he mentioned the hadeeth and in it: Shaytaan said: ‘When you go to your bed then recite Ayatul-Kursi, indeed it will be protection from Allāh for you and the Shaytaan will not be able to come close to you until the morning!’ Abu-Hurayrah let him go and in the morning he informed the Prophet - sallAllāhu `alayhi wa sallam – of what he had said: The Prophet - sallAllāhu `alayhi wa sallam – said: He spoke the truth even though he is a liar.’ (Al-Bukhāri, Book of Authorization, Chapter ‘If a person deputes somebody and the deputy leaves something and the owner agrees to that, then it is allowed'.  Nisā’aee, in ‘Amal al-Yawm wa Layla’, ‘Sunan al-Kubra, & al-Hafidh Ibn Hajr connects up the hadeeth in ‘Fath al-Bāri’)
 
7.  Read the last two Āyāt of Surah al-Baqarah: What is narrated by Al-Bukhāri and Muslim on the authority Abu-Mas’ood Al-Ansāri -radiAllāhu `anhu - who said the Messenger of Allāh - sallAllāhu `alayhi wa sallam – said: ‘Whoever reads the last two Āyāt from the end of Surah Al-Baqarah at night then they will be sufficient for him.’ (Saheeh Al-Bukhāri, Book of the Excellence of the Qur’ān, Chapter: The Excellence of Surah Al-Baqarah.  Saheeh Muslim, Book of the Traveller’s Prayer, Chapter of the Excellence of Al-Fātihah and the Ending of Surah Al-Baqarah and the Encouragement to Read the Last Two Āyāt of Surah Al-Baqarah)
 
8.  Reading the last three Surah of the Qur’ān in the morning and evening: What has narrated by Abdullāh bin Khubbayb -radiyAllāhu `anhu - who said: ‘We went out on a very dark rainy night seeking the Messenger of Allāh - sallAllāhu `alayhi wa sallam – for him to lead us in prayer.’ The Messenger of Allāh - sallAllāhu `alayhi wa sallam – said: ..."Say: He is Allāh, the One" [Surah Al-Ikhlās] and the last two Surahs three times when you reach the evening and the morning, they will be sufficient for you against everything.’ (Sunan Abu-Dāwood, Book of Manners, Chapter of What to Say in the Morning.  Tirmidhi, in the Book of Supplications’ and he said that the hadeeth was graded Hasan
Saheeh see ‘Saheeh Tirmidhi’ by Al-Albāni)
 
9.  Read the last three Surahs of the Qur’aan after every prayer:
What has been narrated by ‘Uqbah bin ‘Aamir -radiyAllāhu `anhu - who said: ‘The Messenger of Allāh - sallAllāhu `alayhi wa sallam – commanded me to read the last three Surahs of the Qur’ān after every prayer.’ (Sunan Abu-Dāwood, Book of Prayer, Chapter of Seeking Forgiveness.  Tirmidhi, in the Book of the Excellence of the Qur’ān, Chapter of What is Mentioned in Al-Muawaddatayn’, see Saheeh Tirmidhi)
 
10.  Say the following supplication three times in the morning and evening:
‘In the name of Allāh with Whose Name nothing whatsoever on this earth or in the heavens is harmed and He is The All Hearing and All Knowing.’
Bismillāhil-ladhee lā yadurru mā’asmihi shay’un fil ‘ardi wa lā fissamā’i wa huwa ‘as-samee’ul-`aleem. (Musnad Ahmad.  Sunan Abu-Dāwood, Book of Manners, Chapter What To Say in the Morning.  Tirmidhi.  Also authenticated by Al-Albāni in Saheeh Ibn Maajah)
 
11.  Seek much refuge in Allāh with: ‘The perfect Words of Allāh from the evil of what He has created’ in the night and the day, when stopping to rest in a building, a desert, in the sky or sea, due to the saying of the Prophet -sallAllāhu `alayhi wa sallam-:
‘Whoever stops at a place on his journey and then says: -
I seek refuge in the perfect Words of Allāh from the evil of what He has created –
"A’oodhu bikalimātil-lāhi ‘at-tāmmati min sharri ma khalaqa" nothing will harm him until he leaves that place.’ (Saheeh Muslim, Book of Dhikr, Supplication, Repentance and Seeking Forgiveness)
 
12.  Eat seven Ajwa dates from Madeenah in the morning, due to the saying of the Messenger -sallAllāhu `alayhi wa sallam-:
‘Whoever eats seven Ajwa dates in the morning, neither poison nor magic will harm him on that day.’ (Saheeh Al-Bukhāri, Book of Medicine, Chapter: The Treatment of Magic with Al-Ajwa.  Saheeh Muslim, Book of Drinks, Chapter Excellence of the Dates of Al-Madeenah)
 
Or he can eat seven dates from the land of Madeenah due to what Imām Muslim narrated on the authority of the Prophet -sallAllāhu `alayhi wa sallam- who said: ‘Whoever eats seven dates from the land of Madeenah in the morning then poison will not harm him until the evening.’ (Saheeh Muslim, Book of Drinks, Chapter The Excellence of the People of Madeenah)
 
Shaykh Bin Baaz held the opinion that it is hoped that this protection is also for the one who eats seven of any type of date even if they are not from the dates of Madeenah.
 
13.  Purify your home from pictures and statues due to what is narrated by Muslim on the authority of Abu-Hurayrah -radiyAllāhu `anhu - who said that the Messenger of Allāh - sallAllāhu `alayhi wa sallam – said: ‘Angels do not enter a house where there are statues or pictures.’ (Saheeh Muslim, Book of Dress and Beautification, Chapter The Prohibition of Making Pictures of Animals)
 
So the presence of pictures and statues in a house prevents the Angels from entering that home and a home that the Angels do not enter is easily entered by the Shayateen (devils).  This fortification is not just specific to magic rather it is for repelling evil in general, and from the evil that it repels is magic.
14.  From this fortification is saying the following one hundred times: ‘Lā ilāha ‘illa Allāhu wahdahu la shareeka lahu, lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu wa huwa `alā kulli shay-in qadeer’
‘There is none worthy of worship in truth except Allāh Alone, He has no partners, to Him belongs the Dominion and for Him is all praise and He is capable of all things’.
Indeed the one who says it, then it is a protection for him against Shaytaan during that day. (Agreed upon by Al-Bukhāri and Muslim, from the hadeeth of Abu-Hurayrah -radiyAllāhu `anhu)
 
15.  From this fortification is saying the following ten times after the Fajr and Maghrib prayers: ‘La ilaha ‘illa Allāhu wahdahu lā shareeka lahu, lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu yuhyee wa yumeet wa huwa `alā kulli shay-in qadeer’
‘There is none worthy of worship in truth except Allāh Alone, He has no partners, to Him belongs the Dominion and for Him is all praise, He gives life and He takes life and He is capable of all things.’
Indeed for the one who says this it will be protection for him against every disliked thing and a guard against Shaytaan. (Tirmidhi, Book of Supplications.  Al-Albāni graded it Hasan in Saheeh Tirmidhi and in Saheeh Targheeb)

Compiled by Shaykh ‘Alee bin Ghazi at-Tawayjjari, from the book ‘Tabseer al-Bashr bi-Tahreem as-Sihar’]