وَقَفَاتٌ مَعَ سُورَتَيِ الْفَلَقِ وَالنَّاسِ
As to what follows, I urge you and myself to obey Allah, may Glory be to Him, just as He says, “O you who have believed, if you fear Allah, He will grant you a criterion and will remove from you your misdeeds and forgive you. And Allah is the possessor of great bounty.” (Anfal: 29).
The holy Quran is a book of guidance and mercy for all mankind. Its verses are a balm for the diseases of the heart, a clear evidence and enlightenment. Allah the most Exalted says, “And We send down of the Quran that which is healing and mercy for the believers, but it does not increase the wrongdoers except in loss.” (Israa: 82).
Our Prophet Muhammad pbuh credited more virtues to some of its Suras, ones which further strengthen one’s faith and protect the self. For example, Al Falaq (The Daybreak) and Annas (The Mankind) were highlighted by him pbuh as having deep meaning and impact, and containing many facts and benefits. He pbuh said in this regard, “O you not know that last night certain Aya were revealed the like of which there is no precedence. They are: ‘I seek refuge with the Lord of the dawn,’ and ‘Say: I seek refuge with the Lord of men’.”
Al Falaq and Annas are Suras that protect people who fear others, and calm their worries. They are also the advice of the Prophet pbuh for whoever seeking good things and a way out from hardships.
It was narrated that Ibn Amir said, “I was driving the she-camel of the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) during a journey. He said to me, ‘Uqba, should I not teach you two best Suras ever recited?’ He then taught me: ‘Say, I seek refuge in the Lord of the dawn,’ and ‘Say, I seek refuge in the Lord of men.’ He did not see me much pleased (by these two Suras).
When he alighted for prayer, he led the people in the morning prayer and recited them in prayer. When the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) finished his prayer, he turned to me and said, ‘O Uqba, how did you see?’.”
So please read them every morning and evening for they are a refuge for those who are in distress. Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, narrated that every night, when the Prophet would go to his bed, he would join his hands, then blow in them, as he recited in them: “Say: He is Allah, the One.” And “Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of Al Falaq” and “Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind.” Then he would wipe as much as he was able to off his body with them, beginning with them first of his head and face, and the front of his body. He would do this three times.
Dear Servants of Allah,
Both Suras were fronted with a request seeking refuge in Allah from the evils of creatures all. It is a supplication to Him, asking His protection and assistance, and a safeguard against Satan. The latter has vowed to mislead believers. To stay safe, Allah orders us to seek His protection whenever we notice something distasteful or feel some uneasy, worrisome whispers crept into us.
He the Almighty says, “And if an evil suggestion comes to you from Satan, then seek refuge in Allah. Indeed, He is Hearing and Knowing.” (Al Araf: 200).
It is also advisable to do so anytime we are engaging in anything, be it a worldly affair or an act of worship, mostly when reading the holy Quran. We need to remain alert because Satan has made it a life mission not to let a Muslim worshipping his Lord without whispering to him.
On this account, Allah the Almighty says, “So when you recite the Qur'an, [first] seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the expelled [from His mercy].” (Annahl: 98). Our Prophet pbuh used to say, “I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed devil, from his puffing up (nafkha), his spitting (naftha) and his evil suggestion (hamza).”
Surat Al Falaq advises us to seek Allah’s protection from some evils, such as blowing in knots, about which He says in the same Sura, “And from the evil of the blowers in knots.”
This refers to black magic or any similar practice, like future-predicting and fortunetelling by means of cups or positions of stars, and so on. Our Prophet pbuh strongly cautioned us against them when he, for example, said, “Whoever ties a knot and blows on it, he has practiced magic; and whoever practices magic, he has committed Shirk; and whoever hangs up something (as an amulet) will be entrusted to it.”
By the same token, Allah, the most Exalted, calls on us to seek His refuge from the ill-feelings of someone, who is jealous. He says, “And from the evil of an envier when he envies.” (Al Falaq: 5). An envious person wishes for others to lack their blessings. Overwhelmed with such destructive sentiment, he may turn to cause evil to others by tracking their pitfalls and desiring to see them fail and suffer.
Because envy is condemned, please protect yourselves by reciting the holy Quran, remembering Allah and following the Prophet pbuh’s advices and commands.
And in no way should you give in to Satan’s whispers, or go to fortunetellers, charlatans and those who pretend they possess the power to heal. In fact each one of us can conduct Ruqiya for himself and his family using verses from the holy Quran, Dhikr and prayers as narrated from our Guide Muhammad pbuh, whether we are seeking cure or blessing. After all, each one of us is keen on himself better than anyone else, and knows best what afflicts him most.
Ruqiya was part of the Prophet pbuh’s tradition as reported by his wife Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her. She said, “when Allah's Messenger (pbuh) fell ill, he recited over his body the the last three Suras of Quran and blew over him and when his sickness was aggravated I used to recite over him and rub him with his hand with the hope that it was more blessed.”
He pbuh also would seek refuge in Allah for Al Hasan and Al Husain, saying, “I seek refuge for both of you in the perfect words of Allah from every devil and every poisonous thing and from the evil eye which influences.” Moreover, he would call for reciting Ayat Al Kursi (the Throne Verse) and others so we remain always in Allah’s care. He said, “If anyone recited two verses from the last of Surat Al Baqara at night, they will be sufficient for him.”
Indeed, Allah’s words are naturally a healing for the diseases in one’s heart, as He the Almighty says, “O mankind, there has to come to you instruction from your Lord and healing for what is in the breasts and guidance and mercy for the believers.” (Yunus: 57). They thus offer the cure for those who are afflicted by ailments, which are causing their bodies to suffer and weaken.
Bearing this in mind, we supplicate to Allah to make the Quran the delight of our hearts, the light of our chests, the eliminator of our sorrows and the remover of our worries.
May Allah help us obey Him, His Prophet Muhammad pbuh, and those He has ordained upon us to obey pursuant to His instructions: "O you who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those charged with authority among you."(Annisaa: 59).
May Allah direct us all to the blessings of the Glorious Quran and benefit us all in whatever is in it of the Ayas and the Wise Dhikr. I say this and ask Allah the Great, the Most Honoured for forgiveness for me, you and all the Muslims for every sin, so invoke Him for forgiveness, for He is the Most Forgiving, Most Merciful.