The Things Which Shaytaan Flees From
1. When you say: La ilaha illAllaah – wahdahu laa shareeka lahu – lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu – wa huwa’ala kulli shay’in qadeer [There is none worthy of worship except Allaah alone. He has no partners. To Him belongs the Dominion, to Him belongs all praise and He is capable over all things] a hundred times a day.
The evidence is what has been reported in the Saheeh of al Bukhaari and Muslim from Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) that Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) mentioned the above words and then said:
“He will receive the reward of setting free ten slaves, a hundred good deeds will be written for him and a hundred bad deeds will be erased from him. It will be a sanctuary from Shaytaan for him on that day until he reaches the evening. No one will come with something better except one who increases beyond that”.
2. Recitation of Ayaatul-Kursi when you go to bed.
Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) reported that the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) put him in charge of guarding the zakaah of Ramadan and someone would come and take handfuls from the zakaah for two nights in succession. On the third night, he (Abu Hurayrah) grabbed him and said: “I will take you to Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم)”. He (the thief) said: “Leave me alone and I will teach you some words by which Allaah will benefit you”. He then said, “When you depart to go to your bed recite aayaat ul-Kursi until you complete it. There will never cease to be from Allaah a guardian to protect you and Shaytaan will not approach you until you wake up”. When he explained this to Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم), he said,
“He has told you the truth although he is a great liar”.
3. When you spit on your left three times and seek refuge in Allaah from the evil of what you see in a dream.
Abu Salamah bin ‘Abdur-Rahman said: “I heard Abu Qataadah ibn Rab’iyy say: “I heard Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) say,
“The good dream is from Allaah and the bad dream is from Shaytaan. When one of you sees what he dislikes, let him spit on his left three times when he awakens and let him seek refuge in Allaah from its evil and then it will not harm him””.
Abu Salamah said, “I used to see in my dream that which would be more burdensome to me than a mountain and when I heard this Hadeeth I considered it as nothing.” In another narration he said, “I used to see in my dream which would make me concerned until I heard Abu Qataadah say: “I used to have dreams which would make me ill until I heard Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) say,
“The righteous dream is from Allaah. If one of you sees what he loves then let him not inform anyone about it except one whom he loves. And if he sees what he dislikes, let him not inform anyone about it. Let him spit on his left three times and let him seek refuge in Allaah from Shaytaan, the accursed from the evil of what he saw and it will not harm him.””
4. Upon saying, when leaving the house “Bismillah tawakaltu ‘ala Allaah, la hawla wa la quwata illaa billah” [In the Name of Allaah, I place my trust upon Allaah, There is no power nor movement except by Allaah].
Anas (رضي الله عنه) reports that Allaah’s Messenger(صلى الله عليه وسلم) said,
“Whoever says (when he leaves his house): “In the Name of Allaah, I place my trust upon Allaah, There is no power nor movement except by Allaah” it is said to him: “You have been sufficed, you have been protected and you have been guided”. Then one of the devils turns to another and says, “How can you get to a man who has been sufficed, protected and guided”.
(Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi: Hasan Saheeh).
Umm Salamah (رضي الله عنه) said, “Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) never left my house except that he raised his sight to the sky and said,
“Allaahumma innee a’oodhu bika an adil aw udal, aw azil aw uzal, aw azlimaaw uslam, aw ajhal aw yujhal ‘aleeyy (O Allaah I seek refuge in you from leading others astray and being led astray, from causing others to slip and being made to slip, from oppressing others or being oppressed and from making others ignorant, and being kept ignorant.)””
(at-Tirmidhi, Abu Dawood,an-Nasa’ee, Ibn Majah, at-Tirmidhi, al-Albaani: Saheeh).
5. Remembering Allaah the Sublime and Exalted when entering the house and before eating.
Jaabir (رضي الله عنه) said: “I heard the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) say:
“When a man enters his house and remembers Allaah the Exalted upon entering and before eating, Shaytaan says: “There is no place for you to spend the night and there is no supper for you.” When he enters the house and does not remember Allaah, Shaytaan says: “You have found a place to spend the night” and when he does not remember Allaah upon eating his food, Shaytaan says: “You have found a place to stay and some supper””.
6. Saying “A’oodhubillahil-‘adheem wa bi wajhil-kareemi wa bi sultaanihil-qadeemi minash-shaytaani-rajeem“ [I seek refuge with Allaah the Mighty, with His Noble Face and with His Eternal Authority from Shaytaan, the Accursed] when entering the mosque.
‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (رضي الله عنه) said,”When the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) used to enter the mosque he would say,
“I seek refuge with Allaah the Mighty, with His Noble Face and with His Eternal Authority from Shaytaan, the Accursed”. He then said, “When (a man) says this, Shaytaan says:”He has been protected from me for the whole day””.
(Abu Dawud, al-Albaani: Saheeh, Abu Dawood, an-Nawawee and Ibn Hajr: Hasan).
7. Upon pronouncing the adhaan.
This is due to what has been reported from Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) that Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said,
“When the call to prayer is made, Shaytaan flees on his heels and passes wind with noise during his flight so that he does not hear the adhaan. When the adhaan is completed he comes back. When the iqaamah is pronounced he takes to his heels again until it is completed. Then he returns again and whispers into the heart of the person and says to him:”Remember this and remember that”. So the person remembers those things which were not in his mind before the prayer began and as a result, he forgets how much he has prayed”.
Pronouncing the adhaan can be done at any time to repel Shaytaan. This is due to what has been reported by Muslim from Abu Saheel bin Abu Saalih who said: “My father sent me to Bani Harithah and there was a young boy with me. Someone called him by his name from a wall,so he went to have a look at the wall but did not see anything. I mentioned that to my father and he said: “If I had known that you would encounter this I would not have sent you. However, when you hear a voice then make the call for prayer since I heard Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) saying the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said,
“When the call for prayer is made, Shaytaan flees”.
8. When seeking refuge in Allaah due to the Exalted’s saying:
“And when an incitement to evil comes to you from Shaytaan, seek refuge in Allaah. He is the All Hearing, the All Knowing”. (41:36)
9. When you say”A’oodhu billah minka, al’anuka bi l’anatillaah“ [I seek refuge in Allaah from you, I curse you with the curse of Allaah] three times during the prayer.
Abu Dardaa’ (رضي الله عنه) reports that “Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) stood for prayer and we heard him saying,
“I seek refuge in Allaah from you”. Then he said, “I curse you with the curse of Allaah” three times. At the same time, he was stretching out his hand, trying to grab hold of something. When he finished his prayer we said to him: “O Messenger of Allaah! We heard you say something in the prayer which we have never heard from you before and we saw you stretching out your hand”. He said, “That was the enemy of Allaah, Iblees. He came with a flame of fire and tried to throw it in my face. I said,”I seek refuge in Allaah from you” three times and then (I said),”I curse you with the curse of Allaah” three times and he did not hesitate. Then I desired to capture him. By Allaah! If it had not been for the supplication of our brother (the Prophet) Sulaymaan, he would have been tied up and the children of Madinah would have played about with him””.
In another hadeeth from ‘Uthmaan bin Abul-Aas (رضي الله عنه) who said, “I said, “O Messenger of Allaah! Shaytaan comes in between me and my prayer and my recitation, confusing me.” He said,
“That is a Shaytaan called Khunzub. When you feel his presence, seek refuge in Allaah from him and spit on your left three times.” I did as he said and Allaah took that (distraction) away from me.”
10. When the servant finds something in his soul that concerns him and says”Huwal-awwalu wal-aakhiru wadh-dhaahiru wal-baatinu wa huwa bi kullishay’in ‘aleem“[He is the First and the Last, the Outermost and the Innermost,and He has Knowledge of every single thing.]
Abu Zameel (رضي الله عنه) said, “I said to Ibn ‘Abbas (رضي الله عنه), “What is this thing which I find in my soul?” -meaning doubt. He said, “When you find something like that in your soul, then say,
“He (Allaah) is the First and the Last, the Outermost and the Innermost and He has knowledge of every single thing.””
(Abu Dawood, al-Albaani: Hasan)
11. When a calamity befalls you and you say “Qadr Allaahu wa ma sha’ Allaahu fa’ala“ [Allaah has decreed (this) and He does whatever He wills].
Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) reports that Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said,
“The strong believer is more loved by Allaah than the weak believer, but in both there is good. Be zealous for what will benefit you. Seek help from Allaah the Mighty and Majestic and do not become incapacitated. If something afflicts you, do not say: “If only I had done such and such” but say, “Allaah has decreed (this) and He does whatever He wills”. Indeed saying “if..” opens up the doorway of Shaytaan’s handiwork.”
12. When you say “Bismillah, Allaahumma janibna ash-shaytaan wa janibish-shaytaana maarazaqtna“ [in the Name of Allaah, O Allaah! Make us distant from Shaytaan and make Shaytaan distant from what you bestow upon us”].
Ibn ‘Abbaas (رضي الله عنه) reports that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said,
“If one of you says, when approaching his wife (for intercourse): “In the Name of Allaah. O Allaah! Make us distant from Shaytaan and make Shaytaan distant from what you bestow upon us” and offspring is decreed for you, Shaytaan will never be able to harm it (i.e. the offspring)”.
13. When you say in a state of anger “A’oodhu billaahi min ash-shaytaan ir-rajeem“ [I seek refuge with Allaah from Shaytaan the Accursed].
Sulaymaan bin Sard (رضي الله عنه) said,”I was sitting with Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and two men were abusing each other. The face of one of them had become red (out of anger) and his veins had become inflated. Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said,
“I know a word which, if he was to say, his anger would leave him. If he said: “I seek refuge in Allaah from Shaytaan the Accursed“, his anger would leave him””
14. Upon saying “Bismillaah” [In the Name of Allaah]
Abul-Maleeh (رضي الله عنه) reports that a man said, “I was behind the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and his riding animal stumbled. I said, “May Shaytaan perish”, and he said,
“Do not say, “May Shaytaan perish”. If you say that he will grow in size until he becomes the size of a house and says, “By my strength”. Instead say, “In the Name of Allaah”. When you say that, he reduces in size until he is like a fly.”
(Abu Dawood: Saheeh)
15. When you supplicate for blessings for something which wins your admiration.
Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said,
“When one of you sees something in his self or in his possessions which amazes him (or wins his admiration) he should invoke blessings upon it as the (evil) eye is indeed true and real”.
16. When you recite the M’uwadhdhataan [Surah al-Falaq and Surah an-Naas].
Abu Sa’eed (رضي الله عنه) said, “Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) used to seek refuge from the jinn and from the effects of the (evil) of men until the M’uwwadhdhataan were revealed. When they were revealed he clung to them and abandoned what was besides them.” (at-Tirmidhi: Hasan, an-Nasa’ee and Ibn Maajah: Saheeh).
17. When you make the prostration of recitation.
Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said,
“When you read a verse of prostration then prostrate, Shaytaan departs crying and says: “Woe be to him. He was ordered with prostration and he prostrated -so for him is Paradise. I was ordered with prostration and I refused – so for me is the Fire.”
(Muslim, Ahmad and Ibn Maajah)
18. When you recite Surah al-Baqarah.
Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) reports that Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said,
“Do not turn your houses into graves. Indeed Shaytaan flees from a house in which Surah al-Baqarah is recited.”
19. When reciting the Qur’aan.
The Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) went out one night and passed by Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه) who was praying with a lowered voice. Then he passed by ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (رضي الله عنه) who was praying with a raised voice When they came together with the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم), he said, “O Abu Bakr! I passed by you while you were praying with a lowered voice.” Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه) said, “I made the one with whom I was conversing with (i.e Allaah) hear it, O Messenger of Allaah.” He then said to ‘Umar (رضي الله عنه), “I passed by you while you were praying with a raised voice”. ‘Umar (رضي الله عنه) said, “O Messenger of Allaah! I was inciting those who were asleep and driving away the Shaytaan.” The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) then said,
“O Abu Bakr! Raise your voice somewhat” and he said to ‘Umar, “lower your voice somewhat”.
(Abu Dawood, al Haakim, adh-Dhahabi: Saheeh)
20. When you move the finger during the prayer.
It is established that Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) used to move his finger, supplicating with it (Abu Dawood, an-Nasaa’i, Ibn al-Jaarud in al-Muntaqa and others) and the Messenger of Allaah said,
“It is more powerful against the Shaytaan than iron” – meaning the forefinger.
(Ahmad and others)
Imaam Ahmad was asked, “Should a man point with his finger in the prayer?” He replied, “Yes, vigorously”. (Ibn Haani mentioned it in Masaa’il of Imaam Ahmad).