The deadly effects of envy, evil eye, magic and jinn are very common today. To safeguard ourselves, we should adhere to the methods of protection shown by our beloved Prophet ﷺ before we are struck by these calamities.
Ibn al-Qayyim (raḥimahullāh) wrote: ‘The evil eye is an arrow, shot by the one who is jealous, hitting (the victim) sometimes and missing it sometimes. So if the victim is uncovered and without the protection (of the adhkār), then he definitely will be affected by it. But if the victim is taking precaution (through the adhkār), then it will not affect him; rather it may happen that this arrow is returned back to the envier.’
Here are some precautions you can take:
Say بِسْمِ اللهِ before undressing and entering the lavatory.
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “The screen between the jinn and the nakedness of the children of Ādam when they enter the lavatory is to say Bismillah.” (Tirmidhī)
Mention the Name of Allah when entering the house and eating.
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “When a man enters his house and remembers Allah upon entering and before eating, Shaytān says (to his fellow shaytān): ‘There is no place for you to spend the night and there is no supper for you.’ When he enters the house and does not remember Allah, Shaytān says: ‘You have found a place to spend the night.’ When he does not remember Allah before eating his food, Shaytān says: ‘You have found a place to stay and some supper.’” (Muslim)
Pray Fajr in Congregation
One is in the protection of Allah (Tabarani)
When leaving the house
بِسْمِ اللهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى اللهِ ، وَلَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللهِ
In the Name of Allah, I have placed my trust in Allah. There is no power (in averting evil) or strength (in attaining good) except through Allah.
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Whoever says [the above] when leaving his house will be told: ‘You have been guided, you have been sufficed and you have been protected.’ Then one devil says to another devil: ‘How can you get to a man who has been guided, sufficed and protected?’” (Abū Dāwūd)
100x in the Day
لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيْكَ لَهُ ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَهُوَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيْرٌ
There is no god but Allah. He is Alone and He has no partner whatsoever. To Him Alone belong all sovereignty and all praise. He is over all things All-Powerful.
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “You will be safeguarded against shaytān on that day till the evening.” (Bukhārī)
10x After Fajr & Maghrib
لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيْكَ لَهُ ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ يُحْيِيْ وَيُمِيْتُ ، وَهُوَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيْرٌ
There is no god but Allah. He is Alone and He has no partner whatsoever. To Him Alone belong all sovereignty and all praise. He gives life and He gives death. He is over all things All-Powerful.
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “It will be a shield for him against all repulsive things and he will be guarded from Shaytān.” (Ahmad)
Morning, Evening & Before Sleeping
اَللهُ لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ ، لَا تَأْخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَّلَا نَوْمٌ ، لَهُ مَا فِي السَّمٰوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ ، مَنْ ذَا الَّذِيْ يَشْفَعُ عِنْدَهُ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِهِ ، يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيْهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ وَلَا يُحِيْطُوْنَ بِشَيْءٍ مِّنْ عِلْمِهِ إِلَّا بِمَا شَاءَ ، وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ السَّمٰوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ وَلَا يَئُوْدُهُ حِفْظُهُمَا وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيْمُ
“If you read it in the morning, you will be protected from us till the evening. And if you read it in the evening, you will be protected from us till the morning.” (Tabarani)
“When you lie down in your bed, recite Āyah al-Kursī from beginning to end; a guardian angel will stay by you and no devil will approach you, until you wake up in the morning.’ (Bukhari)
3x Morning & Evening
… قُلْ هُوَ اللهُ أَحَدٌ… قُلْ أَعُوْذُ بِرَبِّ الفَلَقِ… قُلْ أَعُوْذُ بِرَبِّ النَّاسِ
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Recite Sūrah al-Ikhlās and al-Mu’awwidhatayn (Sūrah al-Falaq and Sūrah al-Nās) three times in the morning and the evening. It will suffice you in all respects.” (Tirmidhī)
3x Morning & Evening
بِسْمِ اللهِ الَّذِيْ لَا يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي السَّمَاءِ ، وَهُوَ السَّمِيْعُ الْعَلِيْمُ
In the Name of Allah, with whose Name nothing can harm in the earth nor in the sky. He is the All-Hearing and All-Knowing.
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “He who recites [the above] three times every morning and evening, nothing will harm him.” (Tirmidhī)
أَعُوْذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّاتِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ
I seek protection in Allah’s perfect words from the evil of whatever He has created.
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Whoever recites [the above] three times in the evening will not be harmed by insect stings in that night.” (Nasā’ī)
7x Morning & Evening
حَسْبِيَ اللهُ لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ، عَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ ، وَهُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيْمِ
Allah is sufficient for me. There is no god but Him. I have placed my trust in Him only and He is the Lord of the Magnificent Throne.
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Whoever recites [the above] seven times in the morning and in the evening, Allah will suffice him in everything that concerns him.” (Abū Dāwūd)
… آمَنَ الرَّسُوْلُ بِمَا أُنْزِلَ إِلَيْهِ مِن رَّبِّهِ
The last two verses of Surah al-Baqarah (2:285-286)
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Whoever recites the last two verses of Sūrah al-Baqarah at night, they will suffice him.” (Bukhārī)