How can you save yourself from evil?

The Quran reminds us, over and again, about the existence of evil. It is everywhere around us, working hard to push us beyond the limits set by Allah (SWT). Not only this, but there is also another factor of evil that we must remember. Duas

That is the evil eye.

It is not a product of superstition nor based on impractical assumptions. In fact, the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said:

“The evil eye is real, and if anything were to overtake the divine decree (Al-Qadar), it would be the evil eye.” (Muslim 2188)

In Arabic, the word “al-ayn” is used for the evil eye. It refers to the way a person causes harm, consciously, or unconsciously, through his/her vision. Typically, it starts with a person appreciating your blessings but then turns into the feeling of hatred and envy. Later, it causes harm to the possessor.

However, you must remember that not every individual who likes your blessings is jealous. It is only those who harbor negative feelings about you who bring such an impact.

Thankfully, Our Lord (SWT) has gifted us with some extraordinary gifts to shield ourselves from evil. Be it the devil or the evil eye; you can protect yourself by reciting some verses and following particular conduct. Here are a bunch of steps you can take to secure yourself:

Recite Morning and Evening Supplications

Nowadays, there is no trouble gaining access to the morning and evening duas. Technology is the magnum opus of this century. It has made things relatively easy. All it takes is a few clicks on the digital marketplace, and you can have supplication gems on your phone, for free!

Our Beloved Prophet, Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), advised that if you recite these duas twice every day, they will protect you from all open and hidden evil. Its recitation takes less than ten minutes, but the effect lasts for a long time.

  • Recite the morning duas after Fajr. Or if you miss, you can recite whenever you remember. Ideally, it would be best if you were done with the recitation before leaving your house.
  • Recite the evening duas between Asr and Maghrib prayers. Make sure to recite during this span as evil spirits are unleashed after Maghrib.

It is essential to understand the meaning of all supplications and fathom the benefits it will bring. Also, make sure you recommend others around you to shield themselves too. If you have young children around, blow over them once you have recited the supplications.

Connect to the Book of Allah (SWT)

Any person who has a strong bond with the Book of Allah (SWT) can never lose against evil. If the intentions are sincere and efforts are consistent, your Lord (SWT) will never fail to protect you. He understands the pains you take for His Word. He loves this servant and grants him/her from His treasures.

Tying a connection with the Quran requires persistence and genuine desire. You must figure out a way to devote some hours to the Book every day. It carries a special Barakah that pushes away the evil that endeavors to harm you.

To our fortune, we can join online Quran lessons where expert tutors provide quality Quranic education. Or you can affiliate yourself with a renowned Islamic institute in your community. Just make sure this process lasts for a long time. It is a domain where knowledge never ends. Once you are done with one line of study, for instance, Tajweed (recitation), you can move on to the next program, like Tafseer (understanding).

Recite Ruqyah

Ruqyah contains specific verses from the Quran that mean to seek refuge in Allah (SWT). The aim is to protect oneself from diseases, cure the evil eye, escape the possession of Jinns, envy, and magic. Each verse of this compilation denotes how human beings are entirely powerless. It tells how they rely on Allah (SWT) to cure all suffering.

Ibn Al-Qayyim said:

“Ruqyah is one of the greatest remedies that the believer should use regularly.”

You can easily find this compilation on the Internet. But make sure the portal is authentic when you do so. It is permissible for one to recite ruqyah on themselves. Plus, there is also an option to blow it over water and drink from this vessel at intervals.

Wrapping it Up

The world where we live, the forces of good and evil are always in collision. Allah (SWT) has blessed us with tools to combat corruption. As Muslims, it is our ultimate duty to implement them, advise others, and stay on our toes to kick the evil spirits from harming us as well as our families.

May Allah (SWT) keep us under His special protection and mercy. Aameen!

Three ways to boost your Imaan

Often, we feel like our Imaan has taken a dip. Despite all our efforts to stay connected with the Almighty, it seems like we are stuck in darkness. These days, it is natural for Muslims to feel nervous. They start thinking that Allah (SWT) is displeased with them and punishing them. Meanwhile, few stop trying to reconnect with Allah (SWT) altogether.

Feelings like these are proof that your Imaan has touched rock-bottom. It is an emergency, and a faithful servant of Allah (SWT) would instantly start his/her endeavor to amplify divinity. As the adage goes, “life is full of ups and downs.” The downs are, sometimes powerful enough, to detract us from the path and lower our enthusiasm.

If you come across these rough patches now and then, you should learn the ways deployed to escalate Imaan. Our religion clearly tells that Imaan keeps fluctuating. Yet, at the same time, it provides us some handy tools to keep it at the top-most levels.

Here are three you can deploy:

Regular Recitation of the Quran

The Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) has said:

“These hearts rust just as iron rusts, and indeed they are polished through the recitation of the Qur’an.”
(Irshad-ul-Quloob)

Reading the Quran ensures that you are connected with Allah (SWT). It projects your eagerness to attain His pleasure. During these phases of regular recitation and understanding when Allah (SWT) answers to all the queries that keep you fuzzed-up during nights.

A strange sense of serenity engulfs your heart, and you feel as though your Creator will solve all your troubles. Thankfully, with online Quran classes and digital Islamic portals, we can now access deep pools of Quranic knowledge while being at the comfort of our home.

The question is, are you ready to sacrifice your time and energies for this cause?

Perform an Act of Kindness

Any act of kindness that you do to serve the creation of Allah (SWT) draws you closer to Him. It could be pouring water for a thirsty person or donating hundreds of dollars to a charity.

Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) said:

“Every act of kindness is a Sadaqa (charity)”
(Bukhari, Muslim)

Today, we live in our vast social circles, and it has become relatively easy for us to find out those who need our help. Reach out to those who need it and make sure you do not hurt them by publicizing the charity.

Note that kindness begins at home. Start your work from your family members, be kind and helpful to them. Then, expand your kindness network to other members of the community.

Offer Tahajjud Prayers

Tahajjud is the time when Allah (SWT) lands down to the first heaven, asking people to come and supplicate Him, for He is there to provide them. Anyone who feels their Imaan has taken a downturn should try to wake up in the third part of the night.

The last third of the night is the time right before Fajr. So, it might be tough getting up from bed, but once you are brave enough to get up and make wudhu, you will feel satisfaction in your heart. It can be 15 to 20 minutes before Fajr. Just pray two Raka’ah and ask Allah (SWT) what you’ve been trying to achieve for so long.

Nonetheless, if you want to follow the Sunnah way of praying Tahajjud, here is a narration in this regard:

According to Hazrat Aisha (RA)

“Allah’s Messenger (Peace Be Upon Him) used to offer eleven rak`at, and that was his prayer. He used to prolong the prostration to such an extent that one could recite fifty verses (of the Qur’an) before he would lift his head. He used to pray two Rakat (Sunna) before the Fajr prayer and then used to lie down on his right side till the call-maker came and informed him about the prayer.”
(Bukhari)

Work on this habit, and there won’t be any need to take pills for reducing your stress, inshaAllah!

Final Thoughts

Working to retain the level of your Imaan is a work that you must carry on for a lifetime. Make sure you steer clear of people and circumstances that distract you from the path of Allah (SWT). All the while, keep praying to Allah (SWT) that He calls us in His Court while we are in our best state of Imaan.

Aameen!

Sadaqah – In the light of Quran and Sunnah

At the end of each day, do you reflect on your state of Imaan? Have you drawn any closer to your Rabb? Or, are you caught up in the glimmer of Dunya and forgot that you have to return?

It is human nature to forget. But if the forgetfulness lasts long, it may bring doom. You get so involved in Satanic desires that you forget why you were sent here, in the first place.

Fortunately for the Muslims, we have hundreds of ways to cope with these devilish instincts. You may know of some ways like Recitation of the Quran and Salah. But today, we will highlight the importance of Sadaqah (voluntary charity). It is something we often ignore yet this is what’s going to rescue us from the Hellfire.

What is Sadaqah?

Sadaqah is derived from the Arabic root word Sadq (truth). The literal meaning of this word is to spend from one’s possessions and abilities in the way of Allah (SWT). It is an important constituent of a Muslim’s faith as it helps him/her draw closer to their Rabb.

Allah (SWT) says in the Quran:

“And those who are patient, seeking the countenance of their Lord, and establish prayer and spend from what We have provided for them secretly and publicly and prevent evil with good – those will have the good consequence of [this] home.” [Quran, 13: 22]

It is important to acknowledge the difference between Zakah and Sadaqah.

  • Zakah is the third pillar of faith. It binds a Muslim to pay out a standard proportion of the supplementary wealth and property to the poor and needy people in the community.
  • Sadaqah is something that everyone can give out. You can spend your skills, blessings, and money to help out those in need for it. This is something that people of every social status can perform.

Unlike Zakah, Sadaqah has no fixed amount. You can donate anything that is within your capacity.

Types of Sadaqah

There are three types of Sadaqah:

  • Sadaqah in the way of Allah (Sadaqah Lillah)
  • Continuous Goodness (Sadaqah Jaariyah)
  • Donated Assets (Waqf)

Every good thing that a person shares to seek the pleasure of Allah (SWT) is counted as Sadaqah. Even if it is as little as a date, it can be given as a Sadaqah. Allah (SWT) will reward a person for the intention and effort that he/she makes to give Sadaqah. Besides this, it is mentioned in a Hadith of Holy Prophet (PBUH) that smiling towards your Muslim brethren is also a Sadaqah. This is an act that promotes friendliness and assures safety from a Muslim brother to his fellows.

The Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said:

“To smile in the company of your brother is charity…” (Bukhari)

Rules of Sadaqah

There are some regulations one must follow when giving out in charity. These include:

  • Spending sincerely to seek Allah’s pleasure, not praises from other humans around
  • One must have Halal earnings when he/she gives Sadaqah
  • Do not keep account of Sadaqah
  • Do not remind or mock people after you have given Sadaqah to them
  • Make sure you do not announce what you give, keep it hidden
  • Always be ready to do Sadaqah

Benefits of Sadaqah

Allah (SWT) highly values every ounce of effort you put in to spend in His way. It is an investment that will help you to exit the shackles of Hellfire on the Day of Judgment. The Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) once said:

“Charity extinguishes sin just as water extinguishes fire.” (Bukhari)

Allah (SWT) promises to His Believing servants that whatever they spend will not be lost. They will find rewards for it eventually in this Dunya and in the Hereafter, as well. It may seem like you are running out of money, but human sight cannot perceive what The Creator decides. He has promised in the Quran that He will multiply the rewards of charity by at least 700 times.

“The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed of grain, which grows seven ears; in each ear is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies His reward for whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and all-Knowing.” (Qur’an, 2:261)

So, my dear Muslim brothers and sisters, whatever you spend from time, money, and resources, you will definitely get better returns for it. Let’s hope and pray that we meet and rejoice in JANNAH!