This Job Is Not Cursed
Not sure if you’re a Harry Potter fan, but if you are, then you get the heading and subtitle. And if you’re not, don’t worry. It’s not that important.
In Harry Potter, the wizards and witches at Hogwarts were trained to defend themselves against the dark arts. In other words, black magic, evil magic, dark magic, and all that stuff.
We’re going to ignore the fact that magic is evil and forbidden in Islam. And I’m talking about real magic; not that slight of hand we see hucksters do on TV with playing cards and mirrors.
Well, did you know that Muslims also have a teacher for defense against the dark arts? You guessed it. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) taught us many centuries ago how to handle the evil eye, sorcery, black magic, and all that nasty stuff.
And it really isn’t all that hard or complicated. You don’t have to hang ropes of garlic all over your house or wear your clothes inside out or any of that foolishness. All you gotta do, is obey the Messenger of Allah, purify your heart, and put your trust in Allah.
I know. Easier said than done.
But there are some specific steps you can make to ensure you’re protected against the harm that can come from the devils from humans and jinn. And I believe protecting yourself from these evils takes more than reciting a few verses from the Quran and some memorized duas.
You have to protect every aspect of your life. You have to shield from harm that can come from many different directions. This may require you to change and adopt many habits.
So I’m going to list several tips I’ve picked up over the years on how to protect you, your household, your family, and your spirit from black magic and sorcery.
Remember: this isn’t hard. But it does require dedication.
And it requires faith.
Defense Against The Dark Arts Class Is Now In Session
Take Your Hygiene Seriously
1. Clip Your Fingernails and Toenails
2. Shave Your Pubic Hair
Both of these actions were encouraged by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The evil Jinn like filth and doing these things will improve your hygiene, Inshallah.
To shave the pubic hair, clip the nails, and to cut the mustache short are characteristics of the Fitra (natural order).
3. Make Dua when before entering the bathroom.
Narrated Anas: When the Prophet used to answer the call of nature, he (pbuh) would say: “Oh Allah, I seek refuge in You from all evil things, both male and female.”
Change Your Habits
You should also be careful of the daily, mundane things you do in life. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has given us lots of advice on how we can ensure that even the smallest actions are blessed.
So if we can be mindful of these little things, Inshallah, we’ll be protected from the evil Jinn.
4. Say ‘Bismillah’ before eating.
5. Eat with your right hand.
The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) was sitting while a man was eating food. That man did not mention the Name of Allah until only a bit of food was left. When he raised it to his mouth, he said: “Bismillah awwalahu wa akhirahu (With the Name of Allah, in the beginning and in the end).” The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) smiled at this and said, “Satan had been eating with him but when he mentioned the Name of Allah, Satan vomited all that was in his stomach.”
Reciting Allah’s name over your food will bless your meal. If you don’t say Allah’s name, you can never tell who else might partake in that same meal.
Umar Ibn Abu Salamah reported: The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said to me: “Mention Allah’s name, eat with your right hand, and eat from what is near you.”
Bukhari and Muslim
6. Cut Out The Music
All of you might not agree to this one. And I don’t want to get into the whole debate about whether music is halaal or haraam. I’ve already written about that anyway.
Simply consider the following phrase:
Just Dance by Lady Gaga.
If you’re not disgusted after watching that video, there’s something wrong with you. Allah knows best, but if you’re jammin’ to songs like this in your house, you won’t be jammin’ alone. (C’mon; you weren’t actually expecting me to link to that trash, were you?)
Protect Your Household
7. Remove Pictures From Visibility In Your House
8. Don’t Keep Dogs In Your House
Narrated Abu Talha: The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: “The angels do not enter a house that has either a dog or a picture in it.”
I’m sure you’ve heard this before (I’ve heard it several times myself). But if the angels aren’t coming into your house, what is?
9. Recite Surah Al-Baqarah In Your House
Abu Hurayrah reported: The Prophet of Allah (pbuh) said: “Satan runs away from the house in which Surah Al-Baqara is recited.”
Protect Yourself At Night
Most evil happens at night. One study shows that most sexual assaults and rapes happen at night. So it is obvious that we need to protect ourselves during these critical hours.
10. Keep Your Children Indoors As The Sun Sets
Jabir Ibn Abdullah reported: The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: “When the night falls, keep your children close to you for the devils spread out at that time. But when the night has fully come, you can let them free.”
11. Recite The Last Two Verses Of Surah Al-Baqarah
Abu Mas’ud reported: The Messenger of Allah said: “If anyone recited two verses from the last of Surah Al-Baqarah at night, that will be sufficient for him.”
12. Recite Ayatul Kursi Before Going To Bed
Abu Hurairah reported: [A thief who was trying to steal the sadaqah] said: “When you go to bed, recite Ayatul Kursi for then a guardian from Allah will be appointed to watch over you, and Shaytan cannot approach you till dawn.” When the Prophet (pbuh) heard, he replied: “He told you the truth though he is a liar. He (the thief) was the Shaytan.”
13. Do Not Share Your Bad Dreams
This is simple. If you have a nightmare or a bad dream, keep it to yourself. However, your good dreams you can tell to someone you love or trust.
Abu Qatada narrated that the Messenger of Allah said: “The good vision are from Allah and the evil dreams are from the satan. If one sees a dream which one does not like, one should spit on one’s left side and seek the refuge of Allah from the Shaytan; it will not do one any harm, and one should not disclose it to anyone and if one sees a good vision one should feel pleased but should not disclose it to anyone but whom one loves.
14. Go To Bed While In A State Of Purity
Make wudu (ablution) before going to bed. If you’ve had sexual relations with your spouse, you should still make wudu before going to sleep, even though you cannot pray in this state.
Keep in mind, that if you’ve had sexual relations, you must make ghusl (bathe) before prayer.
Aisha reported: “Whenever the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) intended to sleep after having sexual intercourse, he performed ablution as for the prayer before going to sleep.”
The Quran Is Protection
I’ve already discussed some parts of the Quran you can read to protect your household. The following Surahs are especially beneficials for protection everywhere. And Allah knows best.
Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) used to seek protection against the evil of jinn and the evil eyes till Surat Al-Falaq and Surat An-Nas were revealed. After they were revealed, he took to them for seeking Allah’s protection and left everything besides them.
16. Recite Surah Al-Iklaas Often
Abu Hurairah narrated that: The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: “Surah Al-Iklaas is equal to one third of the Quran.”
Be A Good Muslim
It stands to reason that a person who trusts in Allah will be protected by Allah. If you strive to please and obey Allah, follow the teachings of His Messenger (pbuh) and know that nothing can harm you except by His permission, you won’t have anything to worry about.
17. Trust In Allah
Private conversation is only from Satan that he may grieve those who have believed, but he will not harm them at all except by permission of Allah . And upon Allah let the believers rely.
Surah Al-Mujaadilah, Verse 10.
18. Believe In Allah
Allah is the Protecting Friend of those who believe.
Chapter 2, verse 257.
19. Obey Allah And His Messenger
Whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger will be among the successful.
Chapter 24, verse 52.
I really wanted to make this list an even twenty, so if you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments below.