How Do I Seek Protection from Evil and Harm?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: As salam alaykum,

What can be recited to completely undo magic that has been done to me by a recently deceased relative? I also have somebody bothering me in my sleep. What can I do about this?

Answer: Walaikum assalam,

I pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits.

The general “treatment” is four matters:

(1) Renew commitment to perform the five daily prayers on time, with renewed commitment to turn to Allah in them. This is the greatest protection of light, from Allah.

(2) Renew your commitment to leave sins—particularly major sins such as wronging others, nor fulfilling their rights, breaking closing relations, or other wrongdoing. This is the source of greatest darkness in life, and repentance from such sins removes the darkenesses that lead to spiritual and other harms.

(3) Recite the three Qul’s (Surat al-Ikhlas, Surat al-Falaq, Surat al-Nas—Suras 112-114 of the Qur’an), regularly. At least, commit to reciting them upon waking and when going to sleep. Ideally, also recite them after every obligatory prayer—bringing to mind their meanings, each time, as one recites them. Surat al-Ikhlas tells us about the Absolute Uniqueness and Perfection of Allah (al-Ahad, the Unique One); that Allah is the Absolutely Independent (al-Samad), whom all depend upon; and that He is Absolutely Self-Reliant, and Absolutely Distinct from everything, in every way—for everything besides Him is created by Him and dependent upon Him. Surat al-Falaq and Surat al-Nas teach us to seek shelter in the protection, care, and mercy of Allah from every type of harm—recognizing that we our hope and fear, reliance and trust are only upon Him.

(4) Recite Ayat al-Kursi, similarly—morning and night, and ideally after every prayer. Recite it with reflection on its meanings. Ayat al-Kursi tells us about Allah’s Unique Oneness: that He alone is the Absolutely Living (al-Hayy), whom all life depends upon for its very existence; and that He is the Absolutely Sustaining (al-Qayyum), who needs none to sustain Him, and who sustains all things in every way, at every moment—and the rest of the verse tells us about the Absolute Knowledge, Will, and Power of our Mighty and Merciful Lord.

If you wish further assistance, three recommended practices are:

1. Perform the prayer of need (salat al-haja):

Perform wudu, and pray two rakats of prayer, after which you should make heart-felt dua, asking Allah for your needs. It is good to recite the specifically-recommended sunna supplication (dua) of need:

How Does One Perform The Prayer Of Need (salat al-haja)?

2. Recite this brief Prophetic supplication, regularly:

يَا حَيُّ يَا قَيُّومُ بِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغِيثُ
“O Alive and everlasting One,
I beseech You by Your mercy.” [Mustadrak Hakim]

See also:
Some Prophetic Supplications for Difficulty and Distress

3. Many scholars (such as Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf) recommend this practice:

After Isha, recite Hasbuna’l Llahu wa ni`ma’l Wakeel (Allah is our sufficiency and is the best of guardians) 450 times, sitting alone in a quiet room, facing the qibla, in state of wudu, with reflection on its meanings.

This is taken from the Qur’anic praise of true believers, in Surah Aal-Imran:

“Those whose faith only increased when people said, ‘Fear your enemy: they have amassed a great army against you,’ and who replied, ‘God is enough for us: He is the best protector,’ returned with grace and bounty from God; no harm befell them. They pursued God’s good pleasure. God’s favour is great indeed.” [3.173-175]

And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation. ​

If there remain harms beyond this, then consult a reliable, learned scholar about the specifics.


Faraz Rabbani

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Is My Family a Victim of Witchcraft?

Answered by Shaykh Rami Nsour

Question: I am a revert from a Catholic family.  Within the past year and a half my family has gone through a transformation. My brother left his faith and got involved into occult practices, then he recovered, and become a very pious Catholic. However, my mother suspects that my step sister became involved and remains involves in occult practices.

My mother believes that my step sister is casting spells on my family. She has told me about some of her experiences with my step sister that her religious leaders say is consistent with witchcraft. Recently both my brother and my sister have had some serious unexpected health complications, and my mother believes this might be caused by the practices of my step sister.

Personally I have not seen any proof that my step sister is involved in such things. I only rely on the testimony of my mother and some anecdotes that certainly makes one question. My whole family is certain of that she is a witch, however, is it reasonable to believe this under these circumstances? What should I do?

Answer: What I would say first and foremost, is that it is reasonable for you to be asking these questions. As Muslims, we must believe in witchcraft as it is mentioned in the Quran and Hadith. We also know that one of the worst sins a person can do is witchcraft and that it can have a real affect on people’s health, wealth, marriage, and other other aspects of their lives.

There is no scientific way of knowing whether or not your stepsister is in fact practicing witchcraft. The only way would be a confession or conclusive evidence like you seeing her perform some type of witchcraft. Just because certain family members are experiencing health issues around the time that your stepsister was involved with witchcraft is not enough evidence to say for sure that she is the cause, but there is still a chance.

What you should do is try your best to help your family keep their bonds of kinship. When you are around your stepsister, you can be more vigilant about reading Quran or dua to safeguard yourself. You should also increase your Quran recitation and dhikr at the home where this is possibly happening if you can. You should be vigilant in reading the last two suras of the Quran (113 and 114) which protect against witchcraft. You may encourage your step mother to read them and it may be good dawa for her.

And Allah knows best.