Nothing is more natural to a mother and father than the desire to protect their family from danger. Harm can come to us in many forms; including that of the unseen world.
In addition to the dangers we can see, there are also tribulations such as evil eye, black magic and the jinn. Though most of us cannot perceive these phenomena, we know from our tradition that they exist.
“And from the evil of the envier when he envies.” [113:5]
“Say, [O Muhammad], “It has been revealed to me that a group of the jinn listened and said, ‘Indeed, we have heard an amazing Qur’an.” [72:1]
Thankfully, the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) has taught us many ways that we can protect ourselves and our children from the dangers in this world. This blog post with discuss some of the authentic daily duaas you can say to protect your family.
However it is worthwhile remembering that no harm can befall you or your children, unless it is by the will of Allah (s.w.t.). If someone is afflicted by harm, although he should ask for this trial to be lifted from him, he must also remember that there may be great unseen benefit for him in this trial; especially if he displays patience and steadfast throughout.
“…But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not. [2:216]
Daily Duas to Protect your Family
1. Surah Al-Falaq and An-Naas
It is reported that Abu Saeed al-Khudri said:
“The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.S.) used to seek refuge with Allah from the jinn and from the evil eye until the Mu’wadaitain (Surah Al-Falaq and An-Naas) were revealed, and when they were revealed he started to recite them and not anything else”
(al-Tirmidhi, 2058; al-Nasaa’i, 5494; Ibn Maajah, 3511)
It was also reported that ‘A’ishah (RA) said:
“When the Messenger of Allah (SAW) went to his bed, he would blow into his hands and recite Surah Ikhlaas and the Mu’wadaitain (Surah Al-Falaq and An-Naas). Then he would wipe his hands over his face and his body, as far as they could reach.” ‘A’ishah said: “When he fell ill, He would ask me to do that for him.”
(Saheeh Al-Bukhari: Book of the Virtues of the Qur’aan, 5017)
- Seek Refuge in the Perfect Words of Allah (s.w.t.)
It is reported that Abu Hurayrah (r.a.) heard the Prophet (s.a.w.) say,
“Whoever recites in the evening three times; I seek protection in the perfect words of Allah from every evil that He has created, then not so much as a stinger will harm him that evening.”
أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ التَّامَّاتِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ
A’oodhu bi kalimaat Allaah al-taammaati min sharri maa khalaq
I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah from the evil of that which He has created.
(at-Tirmidhee, 3898; Muslim, 2709)
It has been reported by Ibn ‘Abbas, that the Prophet (s.a.w.) would seek protection for his grandsons; Hassan and Hussain (r.a.) with the dua:
أُعِوذُ كُمَا بِكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ التَّامَّةِ مِنْ كُلِّ شَيْطَانِ وَ هَامَّةِ ، وَ مِنْ كُلِّ عَيْنٍلامَّةٍ
U’idhukuma bikalimatil lahit-tammah, min kulli shaytanin wahammah, wa min kulli ‘ayinin lammah
I seek refuge for you in the perfect words of Allah, from every devil and every poisonous reptile, and from every bad eye
He (s.a.w.) said: ‘Your father (Ibraheem (a.s.)) used to seek refuge with Allah (s.w.t.) for Ismaa’eel and Ishaaq with these words.
- He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing
It is reported that the Prophet (s.a.w.) said,
“Whoever recites it three times in the morning will not be afflicted by any calamity before evening, and whoever recites it three times in the evening will not be overtaken by any calamity before morning.”
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الَّذِي لَا يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ
Bismillahilladhi la yadurru ma’ ismihi shai’un fil-ardi wa-laa fissamaa’i wa huwa al-Samee’u al-‘Aleem
In the Name of Allah, with Whose Name nothing on the earth or in the heaven can cause harm, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.
- Ayatul Kursi
Ayatil Kursi can be found in Surah Baqarah, ayah 255.
It was reported that Abu Hurayrah (r.a.) said:
“The Messenger of Allah (SAW) put me in charge of guarding the Zakah of Ramadan. Someone came and started to scatter the food. I took hold of him and said, ‘I will take you to the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.).’… He said, ‘When you go to bed, recite Ayatul Kursi and you will be protected by Allah, and no shaytaan (devil) will come near you until morning.’ The Prophet (s.a.w.) said, ‘He told you the truth even though he is a liar. That was a shaytaan.”