- #1: The Effect of Magic and the Extent It Can Go
- #2: Seeking Protection from Magic and Evil
- #3: It Starts with Faith and then the Heart
- #4: It’s then Followed by How the Day is Begun
- #5: It Goes on to Affect the Daytime Activities
- #6: It Rests at Sunset
Alhamdulillah… All perfect thanks and praises are due to the Almighty Allah, the One and Only. I send perfect peace and blessings upon Sayyindinā Muḥammad, his household, his companions and all those who follow his guided path till end of time.
This article is Part 4 of the series, which discusses sorcery and fortune-telling from Islamic and social perspectives. Part 1 explored sorcery and fortune-telling in Islam. If further elaborated on the differences and commonalities between the two and illusionism. It also indicated the ruling of sorcery and fortune-telling in Islam. And it concluded by identifying what it means to seek help through sorcery and fortune-telling. Part 2 explored the factors that influence people’s decision to go and seek sorcerers and fortune-tellers’ help. Four crucial factors were identified. Part 3 presented and discussed 8 reasons the Muslim should avoid sorcerers and fortune-tellers.
Today, Part 4, teaches us how to seek protection against the effects and harm caused by magic and evil. We learn how to seek protection against magic and evil by realizing what we should consider when seeking such protection from Allah. This raises the question that many may ask, whether magic and sorcery have effects or not, and if they do have, to what extent can their effects cause harm to their targets.
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The first thing a Muslim should know and firmly believe in is that nothing is effective until Allah allows it be so. On the other hand, nothing is ineffective until Allah has decreed on it to be so.
As we all know, Sayyidunā Ibrāhīm, ‘alayhi al-salām was thrown into a blazing fire, yet he came out of it safe and calm. Fire has the effect of burning, but its effect (of burning) only takes place when Allah, the Creator, allows it to do so. Similarly, sometimes, fire can be set to a thing with the intention of burning, but external factor may intervene, to prevent it from burning. This is because the effect with which the fire can burn lies in the Hands of the Lord of the fire. Moreover, fire can breakout in the least expected place and situation although there are preventive measures being put in to ensure fire never breaks out in that place. In that case, some of us call it accident. Others refer to it as conspiracy. I prefer to call it fate and destiny. Allah has allowed that to happen to that object for a reason, known to Him but unknown to us.
Someone may intend to harm another by hitting him dangerously. The victim may remain unhurt despite the painful hit. This safety could take place in several ways; either by dodging the hit when he sees it, or the hit misses him (its target) as a result of interference from an external force. A hit may come your way and cause a severe injury with an intended force. All these are due to His Will, when He allows it to happen and for its effect to take place, for a reason, or He prevents it from happening, also for a reason or as a result of protection sought by you.
The above examples are for visible situations, which are within our human understanding, and can be physically felt. Magic, as you know, deals with the unseen world. Thus, activities involved are invisible. The effect is, however sensed and felt; visibly and invisibly, physically and spiritually. The effect may take place or not take place, depending on Allah’s Will and decree. It also depends on how much protection one has sought from Allah than how much he has been granted.
Therefore, magic is only effective when Allah allows it to be. The extent of its effectiveness also depends on His Will and Decree. It’s certainly ineffective when Allah has granted protection to its intended target.
You know that magic involves sorcery, fortune-telling and illusionism (sometimes). You also know that it is practised for various reasons and purposes. The most common is to subject others to the personal interests of the practitioner(s). Also, it’s performed to deceive and delude or harm somebody, somehow.
However, when we seek protection against magic, we don’t seek protection against it as per se. We, instead, seek protection against any sort of evil, that may be magic, or non-magic but harmful. The incident of Sayyidinā Ibrāhīm when he was thrown in the blazing fire had nothing to do with magic, but pure human evil. However, it was evil to the highest degree. Similarly, plotting to murder someone may not involve magic, but it’s evil which everyone should seek protection against. Evil actions include oppression, transgression, blackmailing and character assassination.
Therefore, similar to seeking physical and spiritual help from Allah, we seek protection from Him against all sorts of evil, whether it’s physical or spiritual. Such evil can be close to us or far. Without seeking to know their nature, all we want is that Allah protects us from them.
Now, we have realized the importance of seeking protection against magic and evil, let’s look at how and where the process of seeking such a protection begins.
In Part 2 of this series, we agreed that the prime reason for which people turn to sorcery and fortune-telling is weakness in īmān. A Muslim doesn’t turn to sorcery while in the state of strong īmān. To transform one’s īmān from its state of weakness, one needs to strengthen his īmān and faith in Allah. How? How does one of us come to have that high level of trust in the most trustworthy person in his life? It’s the same way and even easier. If you can put your trust in a creature who is not different from you in characteristics, why is it difficult to trust the One who created him? What has that most trustworthy person done for you to gain your trust that much? What is it that Allah couldn’t do for you?
It’s impractical and ineffective to seek protection against magic and evil while one’s heart is not with Allah. One’s heart is supposed to put its trust in the Protector; the Helper. It’s only then that seeking protection righteously will be effective and productive.
The first step of getting protection from Allah starts with putting one’s trust in Allah alone, as the Ultimate One, who grants protection and all provisions. Once one decides to put his trust in Allah alone and seeks His protection on that basis, then there’s no way a situation, no matter how difficult and challenging it may be, will push him to visiting sorcerers and fortune-tellers, whether to seek help, or to cast harm on others. This is because, with the strong īmān, he comes to the realization, that it’s only Allah who can lift the fear he has in his heart for the uncertainty of the future. It’s only Allah who can grant him the help that sorcerers and fortune-tellers might gain him. It’s only Allah who can raise him above whom he may be jealous of. With that, he lives with no fears from creatures, no anxieties, and certainly, no jealousy. Once this is achieved, he goes to bed to wake up with strong consciousness towards Allah and His company.
The life of the Muslim is guided by the Prophet’s way of life. It’s therefore full of remembrance for Allah. And the more one engages in Allah’s remembrance, the closer he gets to Him. The closer one gets to Him, the more protection he’s granted. Why not, and he’s in the company of the Almighty, the Protector!
It’s important to indicate here, that being granted protection doesn’t mean you won’t be tested in your life. It rather means, if you’re tested, you’ll be guided in the way you react to it and the way you handle it. You won’t, as a result of calamity, lose your faith to frustration and devil whispers.
The blessings and brightness of our day is determined by how we start it. It’s determined by whom we first think of, the moment we wake up from sleep. And that starts by what we say when we open our eyes and get out of the bed. It’s also followed by what we say before and after using the rest room. A Muslim who recites the du‘ā which we’re encouraged to recite after waking up from sleep, the du‘ā we’re enjoined to recited before and after using the rest room is likely to pray his Fajr. For men, Fajr should be, preferably, performed at the mosque. One may perform it at home depending on his situation, though. And that’s the first step of seeking protection from Allah against magic and evil. Obviously, our prayer is full of du‘ās. Isn’t it?
This tells us that seeking refuge in Allah is only effective and granted, when the seeker proves his intention by actions. It requires consciousness of Allah and some effort been put in to remember and invoke Him. It doesn’t necessarily require slaughtering of animals. It doesn’t require digging graves in the mid of the night. It doesn’t require murdering or causing harm to anyone. In fact, it requires cleanliness and purity, in contrary to what black magic imposes; dirty and evil acts.
Once you’ve prayed your Fajr, preferably at the mosque, the Muslim is encouraged (not obliged) to spend some time (15 minutes roughly), in supplicating to Allah with what is known as the morning Adhkār. Morning Adhkār can be done sitting, or on the go. The time for doing this is open from after Fajr prayers to sunrise. Being consistent with it is not an obligation, but Sunnah. However, consistency in it earns you a great deal of happiness and ease in affairs. This has a great deal of effect on our daytime activities.
After you’ve woke up, used the restroom, prayed your Fajr, recited your morning Adhkār, you’re set to start your day. You’re likely to go out of your home to your work place, walking or by a transport. Remember to recite your du‘ā for leaving the home. Also recite your du‘ā for riding a vehicle. Remember to say Bismillah before your breakfast as well as before taking any meal. Then thank Allah with Alhamdulillah after you’re done with your meal. By now, you feel being in the company of Allah. Don’t you? While at your workplace or college, and it’s time to offer any of the prayers, make it a point to pray at the mosque, as possible. You shouldn’t find it difficult to pray. Having intention for that, beforehand, earns you rewards beyond your imaginations. When you go to the mosque, remember to supplicate with the Adhkār for entering and leaving the mosque.
With the level of sensitivity and consciousness set above, there’s no need to indicate or stress the importance of treating others, i.e., relatives, colleagues and strangers, with kindness. Surely, kindness begets kindness, and rewards. Cruelty or wickedness begets enmity and sins.
Let’s Watch Our Income and Consumptions
We should also remember, that Allah grants protection for those who prove to deserve it. No one deserves a favour from Allah, though. He gives out of His bounty. However, whoever puts in the effort in seeking Him will find Him and will be pleased abundantly. Therefore, we should prove our good intention for our interest for protection from Him against all sorts of evil by staying clean and pure, as possible. The food we take in, the drink we consume and the clothing we clothe ourselves with have to be from halal (permissible) sources. This entitles our du‘ā to be accepted, and our invocation for protection to be granted. Working on the purity of our consumptions entails that our source of income has to be liberated from any non-righteous and Islamically unlawful activities. As much as we’re cautious about non-halal food and products, we should be more cautious about the source of our income.
By now, you feel your closeness to Him. May it come true and for permanent. He grants you that good feelings to motivate you to work harder towards Him. Not to be boastful about it. So it’s time to rest. That time starts with ‘Aṣr prayers.
The day has almost come to its end. Its time ‘Aṣr. Very likely, momentum has slowed down. Nevertheless, we have to keep moving.
After you pray your ‘Aṣr, just like you spent some time to supplicate and remember Allah in the morning (after Fajr), do the same for your evening Adhkār. Remember that there’re some minor differences between the wordings of the morning Adhkār and the evening Adhkār. When you return home after a long day at work or school, remember to invoke Allah before entering your home, using your right leg. The is the du‘ā to recite upon entering home.
When it’s time for you to go to bed, take your wudhu, just like you take wudhu for your prayers, and then recite the Adhkār for going to bed before diving in your deep sleep. This way, you’ve lived a day full of consciousness of Allah. You can celebrate the end of your day, by thanking Allah for His bounties and making you more conscious of His presence.
This article has presented many supplications (through links provided) which the Muslim needs in his daily activities. It starts from the time he wakes up to the time he goes back to bed. Supplications related to marriage, birth, death and many occasional events were not discussed. What has been discussed may seem a lot to some, but believe me; it’s the intention you make, followed by the willingness to put in a little effort, and you are set to be protected against all sorts of evil, inshā Allah.
Regardless of the level of one’s religiousity, in order to attain spiritual protection against magic and evil from Allah, you need to be punctual and consistent with your daily obligatory prayers. Anything else, as far as religiousity is concerned, should be based on this, and come secondary to it.
In addition to that, it’s important to be consistent with Adhkār in general. But morning and evening Adhkār supplications are important that the Muslim shouldn’t afford to miss it, no matter how busy he is.
In our next article, inshā Allah, we’ll discuss a few reasons the Muslim should hold tight to dhikr and remembrance, especially morning and evening Adhkār. Stay tuned. Until then, I leave you in Allah’s protection.
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