How to Protect your Home from the Shayateen / Devils?

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1) It is important to note that the bricks and mortar of your home do not become “possessed” nor do they become “holy” – the shayateen don’t have anything against your house as an object! They will cause problems to affect you and your children – both psychological and physical.

2) Therefore, the most important part of protecting your house isyour level of emaan, your aqeedah and your adherence to the sunnah – the closer you become to Allah, the more you follow the sunnah; the less the shayateen will be able to affect you.  And Allah’s Aid is sought.

3) Recite Surat Al Baqarah in your home at least once every 3 days. This can be done in a number of ways. You can either recite it in one go and then recite it again after three days or you can split the recitation over three days to make it easier for yourself.

  • The prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said – “Do not turn your houses into graves. Verily, Shaytan does not enter the house where Surat Al-Baqarah is recited.” (Musnad Ahmad / Muslim / Tirmidhi)
  • The prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said – “Whoever recites Al-Baqarah at night in his house, then Shaytan will not enter that house for three nights. Whoever recites it during a day in his house, then Shaytan will not enter that house for three days. (At-Tabarani / Ibn Hibbaan)

 Note: It is NOT sufficient to listen to a recorded recitation of Surat al Baqarah and the scholars have spoken clearly on this issue – the sura must be recited. If you are a revert or cannot recite clearly then ask someone to recite it for you while you learn, or at the very least, then listen to it once every three days. BUT remember that this is ONLY for those who cannot recite, it is not a reason for us to become lazy. If you want the protection, then recite it.

4) There should be no pictures or statues on display in your home of any sort, this includes digital photo frames.

  • The messenger (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said – “The angels do not enter a house in which there is an image.” (Bukhari / Muslim)

Where the angels of mercy do not enter, the shayateen will congregate in that area.

5) There should be no music or movies being watched in your home – these are vices from shaytaan and you are literally inviting the devils into your home if you listen to or watch these things.

6) Enter the home with your right foot and say Bismillah and when you eat say Bismillah.

  • The prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said – “If a person mentions the Name of Allah upon entering his house or eating, Satan says, addressing his followers: `You will find no where to spend the night and no dinner.’ But if he enters without mentioning the Name of Allah, Satan says [To his followers]; ‘You have found [A place] to spend the night in, and if he does not mention the Name of Allah at the time of eating, Satan says: `You have found [A place] to spend the night in as well as food.” (Muslim)

7) If the shayateen are causing problems in your home, do NOT curse them, rather say Bismillah.

  • The prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) “Do not say: May the devil perish! For if you say that, he will swell so much so that he will be like a house, and say: By my power. But say Bismillah for when you say that, he will diminish so much so that he will be like a fly.” (An-Nasai / Ahmad / Abu Dawud)

8) Close your doors and windows and say Bismillah when doing so, particularly when it’s dark.

  • The prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said – “When night falls stop your children from going out, for the devils spread out at that time. But when an hour of the night has passed, release them and close the doors and mention Allah’s Name, for Satan does not open a closed door. Tie the mouth of your water-skin and mention Allah’s Name; cover your containers and utensils and mention Allah’s Name. Cover them even by placing something across it, and extinguish your lamps. ” (Bukhari / Abu Dawud)

9) There should be no taweez in your home whatsoever – this is shirk and it will be an open door for shayateen to enter into your home and cause havoc. If you have a taweez see my previous posts for information on how to destroy them.

10) Perform a lot of dhikr and extra prayers in your home.

  • The messenger (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said – “The example of one who remembers Allah and someone who does not, is like the example between the living and the dead.”

The dead live in graveyards, don’t make your home a graveyard.

11) Make the adhaan in your home, if possible, for each of the five daily prayers.

  • The messenger (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said – “When the call to prayer is made, Shaytaan flees on his heels….” 

12) Take some water in a spray bottle and recite the following – Sura Fatiha x 7 / Ayatul Kursi x 7 / Last two verses of surat al Baqarah x 3 / Ikhlas x 7 / Falaq x 7 / Nas x 7. After each sura, spittle into the water. Take this water and spray into the corners of each room. Don’t spray in the toilets.

You can do this morning and evening. This is from experience and can be left out if you wish.

13) Keep your home clean and hygienic, smelling good. The devils dwell in filthy places.

14) Make a lot of duaa and give in charity, seeking to come closer to Allah.

15) Have patience. The shayateen will try to put you off or intimidate you but if you are patient and perseverant then they will realise that their attempts are not working and they will stop.

16) You should perform ruqya over yourself. Method of self-ruqya is given here.

Ultimately, Allah knows best and ALL protection is from Him. Turn to Allah and make your religion sincerely for Him. He will protect you and shower blessings upon you.

via Diaries Of An Exorcist

 

The Test of Good and Test of Bad!

images (2)By Bint Salman

It was 9 pm in the evening, Alam returned home exhausted, with a shopping bag in his hand. Daddy had brought something to eat…

“Runn” He heard his young one. All the hungry kids ran straight towards the door, shoving past each other, each one hoping to snatch the bag from dad’s hands before the other could get a chance

“Rida.” He called out his wife. “Look I’ve brought biryani, dish it out, we will never sleep hungry from today inshaAllah.” She hurried towards him and with an expression of distrust on her face and carried away the bag.

On the other side things were taking a different turn.

It was 7am in the morning! Sara woke up with a start, she could feel her tummy cringe due hunger pangs. She quickly jumped out of her bed and made her way to the kitchen.

“What! No soda.” She slammed shut the fridge door shut, frustrated that she was unable to find her favourite soda. Quite angrily she headed towards the table to join her parents for breakfast. As she was filling her bowl with cereal, her ears caught some words, her dad was reading out a passage from the newspaper to her mother.

“Alam, 35yrs old, unemployed, frustrated as he was searching for a job for two years, mixed poison in his biryani and died along with his 4 kids and a wife. His family had stayed hungry for several days reported a distant relative. Their dead bodies will be kept for further investigation. Not just that, it’s becoming a trend as eight similar accidents has been reported this year in Pakistan. “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhe raji’oon” her mom uttered in a sad tone. Sara was in utter shock.
Both the stories simultaneously teach us important lessons:

Alam’s circumstances were no doubt tough, yet he committed a grave sin, not only did he commit suicide, he also murdered his family due to the fear of hunger and poverty. This reflects his ignorance of his Creator, His lack of reliance on Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) his inability to bow to the decree of Allah Azzawajal, his failure to realize that it was all part of the test from Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He).

The Only Provider and Sustainer of His creation provides to all

One of the names of Allah is Ar-Razzaq. The people in the past used to murder their kids due to the fear of not providing them with sustenance. However, Islam came and lifted up ignorance from them, this act was strongly condemned and forbidden. With the better knowledge of Creator, things became better and Muslims started depending on Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) for all their needs. Down the generations now, in our times today – sadly we have turned back to the Jahiliyah (ignorance) as we have disconnected ourselves from Ar-Razzaq, we have plunged into same miseries.

Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) has decreed a due portion of rizq for all of His Creatures. Notice the struggle of tiny ants, when they embark upon a frightful journey in search of food. Despite all the threats and hazards around, an ant continues struggling and receives rizq either little by little or all at once. Ar Razzaq devises means to provide them and they will not be deprived of their portion of rizq till death. Similar is the case with the rest of the animals, big or small, either they inhabit tropical rain forests or dry deserts. His Mercy is so magnificent that He doesn’t deprive even the disbelievers, the transgressors of Islam from sustenance.

Why do we suffer from poverty and hunger?

1 Allah with-holds provisions, to test his slaves whether they are patient with His will or show distaste and displeasure.

2 He deprives a person from provisions due to his sins and He punishes Him in this world by placing Him in hardships.

In Musnad Ahmad it is narrated that Thawbaan said: “The Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: ‘A man is deprived of provision because of the sins that he commits.’” 1

It’s mentioned in another hadith:

”If Allaah intends good for His slave then He hastens his punishment in this world, and if Allah prescribes evil for His slave, then Allaah holds back his sins until He recompenses them for him on the Day of Judgment.” 2

3 He also expiates our evil deeds by inflicting hardships upon us as the hadith says:

“A Muslim is not afflicted with distress, nor sorrow, nor disease nor hardship, nor sadness nor any harm except that Allaah expiates from his sins even by a thorn that pricks him.” 3

4 He also saves his servants from turning committing rebellion as He says in Surah As-shuraa’:

“And if Allah were to extend the provision for His servants, they would surely rebel in the earth, but He sends down by measure as He wills. Verily, He is, in respect of His servants, the Well-Aware, the All-Seer.” 4

Reliance on Allah

Attachment to Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) through this strengthens one’s imaan as it places firmly tawheed in his heart, which provides a believer TawakkalAllah (trust in Allah).Trust in Allah makes impossible things possible to achieve, which is a known fact. It’s really baffling, at times when you absolutely, wholeheartedly rely on Allah and hold ’tawakkal’ tightly as a rope you are facilitated in every single step you take. The amount of your effort appears far less than the magnitude of help you get and eventually you land safely, removed from the catastrophe.

It is here ,where people exhibit incorrect attitudes. Some strive really hard in pursuit of rizq, they work hard to earn it at the expense of their Akhirah. Struggles to attain worldly provisions and comforts make them heedless towards their hereafter. They trust their abilities, not realizing that Allah will provide anyway, for as long as one holds on to His deen firmly, duniyah automatically follows, it’s usually a win-win situation for him. Some like Alam end up finishing their lives in desperation just because they are temporarily with-held from provisions. In both cases hereafter and Allah’s pleasure has been swapped with something so trivial which could be easily attained with just faith in Allah.

Isn’t it better to be deprived and show patience than to be blessed and show rebellion?
We learn from the story of a man in Qur’an who was mocked by an affluent man about his inferiority in the society due to his having insufficient wealth and entourage

Yet the poor man displayed the attitude of a true slave, he showed patience and replied with hope that Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) would compensate him with a better reward in hereafter. On the contrary, the rich man turned rebellious and fell into disbelief.

Abundance of Rizq – Another Test

Sara failed like Alam, she had everything in abundance except for one can of soda. This is another format of Allah’s test.

1 He tests us by providing us in plenty to see if we are grateful and compliant.

’’…And We shall test you with evil and with good by way of trial.’’ 5

2 Whether we bring His blessings to proper usage. We utilize them for His sake on His way or we take them for granted as He says in Surah Fajr:

“As for man, when his Lord tries him by giving him honour and bounties, then he says: ”My Lord has honoured me.’’) (16. But when He tries him by straitening his means of life, he says: ”My Lord has humiliated me!’’” 6

3 We refrain from disobeying Allah by using His blessings against Him.

If we are in either of the two tests, let’s work hard and prevent ourselves from failing inshaAllah.

 

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  1. Narrated by Ibn Maajah, 4022, classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Maajah 
  2. Narrated by Tirmidhi & he declared it Hasan 
  3. Agreed upon. Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5641 
  4. Ash-shuraa’: 27 
  5. Ambiyah: 35 
  6. Fajr:15 

Does it Break You or Make You?

never-lose-hopeBy Bint Salman

Listen up! all of you out there. Whatever be the nature of your distress don’t despair the mercy of Allaah, indeed His help is near. Allaah never intends to break you down, He wants to strengthen you, teach you things you would have never learnt if things had continued to run smooth ,refine your faith and do what is BEST for you in His own subtle ways. So rest assured, the matters of your life are in safe hands. Calm down, clear your head off from nasty thoughts , read this and rethink!

Oh Allaah why does it have to be like that?:

The moment Allaah issues His decree on us and we pass through events of catastrophic nature,many of us become hopeless and even faithless.Our spontaneous reaction on being tested or afflicted by a calamity usually is,we start questioning Allah, ”Oh Allah WHY? why did it happen to me? of all why only me?. This is usually phase one,followed by more phases. Let’s go through these phases and learn a few things, insha’Allaah.

In the initial phase, right at the onset of distress, Shaitaan comes with all the bad stuff and ideas,constantly whispering them to us and mainly through Shubhaat that is doubts continues to lead us in despair . Since we are in a weak position so like a perfect enemy Shaitaan makes his move and throws his arrows and spears . Therefore it’s here where we need real strength and Emaan to retaliate.

Allah says in Surah Baqarah – Ayah 155 and 156 that He tests His servants with fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits and in the next verse He mentions the quality of His believing slaves by giving them the title ‘As sabireen’  (the patient). These are the ones who in their phase one, right after being afflicted say; “Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.”. Just ponder over the Emaan of these people,despite being distressed they immediately realize that Allah has given them everything and He has the power to take those bounties whenever He wishes.Therefore they show their contentment with Allah’s decree. This is ar rida anillah azzawajal it means to be pleased with Allah, to believe strongly that His wisdom is infinite and He does what is best for us and we’re not to question Him as He says in Surah Ambiyaah – Ayah 23: ”He cannot be questioned as to what He does, while they will be questioned”

Prophet (sal Allaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “The greatest reward comes with the greatest trial. When Allaah loves a people He tests them. Whoever accepts that wins His pleasure but whoever is discontent with that earns His wrath.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2396; Ibn Maajah, 4031; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.

Therefore whenever any unpleasant thing happens to us we must patiently endure and utter innalillahi wa innailaihi rajioon and console ourselves by relying on Allah’s wisdom and the good that results from it.We should also make Du’aa to Allah to reward us in our patience and compensate the loss with something better; ”Allahuma jurni fee museebati wakhlufli khairam minha”. O Allah compensate me for my loss and give me what is better than it.

Under such situations there are people who suffer a marked decrease in their Emaan levels, they get so caught up in their grief that they miss their Salah,they turn lazy towards Deen and remembrance of Allaah. While Allaah says in Ayah 45  in Surah Baqarah: ”seek help in patience and prayer”. That is why our prophet (sal Allaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would pray because it provides comfort and helps during mishaps and adversities. Salah establishes  a direct link with Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’alaa) , it’s when u can talk to him, you can weep to Him as He’s always there for His slaves.

Hudhayfah   (may Allaah be pleased with him) said “Whenever the matter became serious the Prophet (sal Allaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would pray. (Collected by Abu Dawud (1319) and others. Graded as being Hasan by Shaykh Al-Albani).

Exercise self-control by avoiding violence and self-induced hysteria:

Patience also entails that one remain as calm as possible on being struck by  misfortune and doesn’t inflict harm upon himself or others or the surrounding objects,which is the patience by body. Some people when misfortune hits them start shouting and tearing their clothes and get hysterical but later over a period of time they calm down. This is not patience in any way.

Once prophet (sal Allaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was passing by a grave when he saw a woman who was doing what she should not be doing on death of her husband. So He (sal Allaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) told her ittaqillah wasbiri; ‘be conscious of Allah and be patient’. To this she said ;”turn away from my face for you haven’t been afflicted with a calamity that I have been,so he just walked away. Later when she came to know that it was the prophet of Allah (sal Allaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) ,she went to his house and told him that she didn’t know it was him. The prophet (sal Allaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) told her “Verily! patience is at first stroke of calamity.”

For how long will things be like that?

In yet another phase,when the period of affliction prolongs to months or years,we give up hope and stop our supplications all together. This is usually when Allaah’s help is just around the corner.

Let us strengthen our Emaan by taking guidance from the beautiful story of Yusuf (‘Alaihi Salaam) .It was revealed in Aamul-Huzn (the year of sadness) for the emotional and moral support of the prophet Mohammad( sal Allaahu ‘alaihi wasallam).So one can ponder over the verses of Surah Yusuf to get motivation and immense comfort, insha’ Allah. Yusuf (‘Alaihi Salaam) was a victim of maltreatment and abuse but it was His patience, perseverance and faith in Allah that led him from the darkness of well and gloom of the prison to a lofty status in Egypt. It was not merely a month but more than seven years of patience and endurance that yielded sweet rewards  and the  same brothers who plotted against him, went down into prostration before him, as a token of respect. Take lessons from Zakariyah (‘Alaihi Salaam) who turned old and his wife became barren yet he invoked hopefully by saying “… and never have I been in my supplication to You, my Lord, unhappy [i.e., disappointed].” [Surah Maryam – Ayah 3]

In the hereafter the patient ones will be taken to paradise without any reckoning while others will be terrified about their hisaab as Allah says in Surah Zumar – Ayah 10:

Say: “…Only those who are patient shall receive their reward in full, without reckoning.”

The term used here is Beghairi Hisaab, some  interpreters say Bighairi Hisaab means: the amount of deeds you’ve done in this life wouldn’t deserve the status that you will be in paradise .

In Surah Baqarah – Ayah 157 Allaah assures the Saabireen of His blessings,forgiveness,mercy and guidance.

Those who are patient are rewarded with ‘Maiyatullaah that is ‘the company of Allaah’ and ‘HubbAllaah-love of Allaah’ as Allaah says in Surah Baqarah and Surah Aal ‘Imraan:

”innallaaha ma’as saabireen – indeed Allaah is with those who’re patient.” (2:156)

” innallaaha yuhibbus saabireen – ‘verily Allaah loves those who’re patient.” (3:146)

Stop nagging people and complain to Allaah alone:

Many a times we keep complaining about our misfortunes to the people,rather in more accurate terms to the Created beings who would show indifference, no signs of mercy ,when we should be  approaching our Creator who has an infinite amount of Mercy for us. Therefore,when it comes to patience it applies to tongue also.One can be patient by his tongue by not complaining to other than Allaah and this is the meaning of Subrun Jameel, the beautiful patience. The prophet (sal Allaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said when he was asked; “its patience by which you don’t complain” and of course the meaning here is we should complain to only Allah and not His Created beings as we see Yaqoob as in Surah Yusuf – Ayah 86. said: “I only complain of my suffering and my grief to Allaah”.

Just hold on to hope in Allaah and don’t despair:

If you’re being tested,so were the prophets,the righteous people of the past but they clung to their faith more strongly.Allaah says:

” Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: “We believe,” and will not be tested. . And We indeed tested those who were before them. “ (Surah Ankaboot – Ayah 2 and 3)”

No matter how your distress aggravates,just carry on,for it’s only disbelievers who lose hope in Allah’s Mercy.

”Certainly no one despairs of Allaah’s mercy, except the people who disbelieve.’‘ (Surah Yusuf – Ayah 87)

For how many years did Ibrahim (‘Alaihi Salaam)  hold his hope in Allaah when he prayed for a son ? Zakariya (‘Alaihi Salaam). too had to wait for a long time but they did not give up hopes in Allaah. So ask yourselves this question: ‘should I give up so easily?’