The Recitations and Prayers Which Makes Satan Flees From
One of the ways of avoiding falling into riyaa' is to know the things which
Shaytaan fears and flees from:

1. When you say: La ilaha il-Allah - wahdahu laa shareeka lahu-lahul-mulku
wa lahul-hamdu - wa huwa 'ala kulli shay'in
    qadeer.  [There is none worthy of worship except Allah alone.  He has
no partners.  To Him belongs the Dominion, to Him
    belongs all praise and He is capable over all things] a hundred times a

    The evidence is what has been reported in the Saheeh of al Bukhaari and
Muslim from Abu Hurayrah (ra) that Allah's
    Messenger  Sall-Allahu  alayhi  wa sallam mentioned the above words and
then said:  "He will receive the reward of setting free
    ten  slaves, a hundred good deeds will be written for him and a hundred
bad deeds will be erased from him.  It will be a
    sanctuary  from  Shaytaan  for  him  on  that  day until he reaches the
evening.  No one will come with something better except one
    who                increases                beyond               that".

2.  Recitation  of  Ayaat  ul-Kursi (Surah Al Baqarah 2:255) when you go to

    Abu  Hurayrah  (ra)  reported  that the Messenger Sall-Allahu alayhi wa
sallam  put him in charge of guarding the zakaah of
    Ramadan  and  someone  would come and take handfuls from the zakaah for
two nights in succession.  On the third night, he
    (Abu  Hurayrah)  grabbed  him  and  said:  "I  will take you to Allah's
Messenger Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam ".  He (the thief) said:
    "Leave  me  alone  and  I  will  teach  you  some  words by which Allah
Subhanahu wa Ta'ala will benefit you".  He then said, "When
     you depart to go to your bed recite aayaat ul-Kursi until you complete
it.  There will never cease to be from Allah Subhanahu wa
    Ta'ala  a  guardian  to  protect you and Shaytaan will not approach you
until you wake up".  When he explained this to Allah's
    Messenger  Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam , he said, "He has told you the
truth     although     the     is    a    great    liar".    (al-Bukhaari).

3. When you spit on your left three times and seek refuge in Allah from the
evil        of       what       you       see       in       a       dream.

    Abu  Salamah  bin 'Abdur-Rahman said: "I heard Abu Qataadah ibn Rab'iyy
    "I  heard Allah's Messenger Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam say, "The good
dream is from Allah and the bad dream is from
     Shaytaan.   When one of you sees what he dislikes, let him spit on his
left three times when he awakens and let him seek refuge
    in  Allah  Subhanahu wa Ta'ala from its evil and  then it will not harm
him"".  Abu Salamah said, "I used to see in my dream that
    which  wouldbe  more  burdensome to me than a mountain and when I heard
this hadeeth I considered it as nothing."  In another
    narration  he  said,  "I  used  to  see in my dream which would make me
concerned until I heard Abu Qataadah say: "I used to have
    dreams  which  would  make  me  ill  until  I  heard  Allah's Messenger
Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam  say, "The righteous dream is
    from  Allah.   If one of you sees what he loves then let him not inform
anyone about it except one whom he loves.  And if he sees
    what  he dislikes, let him not inform anyone about it.  Let him spit on
his left three times and let him seek refuge in Allah from
    Shaytaan,  the  accursed  from  the evil of what he saw and it will not
harm                                                                 him.""

4.  Upon saying, when leaving the house "Bismillah tawakaltu 'ala Allah, la
hawla wa la quwata illaa bilLah" [In the Name of
    Allah,  I  place  my  trust  upon Allah, There is no power nor movement
except                              by                              Allah].

    Anas  (ra)  reports that Allah's Messenger Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam
said, "Whoever says (when he leaves his house): "In the
    Name  of  Allah,  I  place  my  trust upon Allah, There is no power nor
movement except by Allah" it is said to him: "You have been
    sufficed,  you have been protected and you have been guided".  Then one
of the devils turns to another and says, "How can you
    get to a man who has been sufficed, protected and guided".  (Abu Dawud,
at-Tirmidhi,                         hasan                         saheeh).

    Umm  Salamah (ra) said, "Allah's Messenger Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam
never left my house except that he raised his sight to
    the  sky  and  said,  "Allahumma innee a'oodhu bika an adil aw udal, aw
azil aw uzal, aw azlima aw uslam, aw ajhal aw yujhal
    'aleeyy  (O  Allah  I seek refuge in you from leading others astray and
being led astray, from causing others to slip and being made
    to  slip,  from  oppressing  others  or being oppressed and from making
others ignorant, and being kept ignorant."" (at-Tirmidhi,
    Abu  Dawood,  an-Nasa'ee,  Ibn  Majah. at-Tirmidhi said "hasan saheeh",
al-Albaani agreed with him in al-Kalim ut-Tayyib,

5.  Remembering  Allah  Subhanahu  wa  Ta'ala, the Sublime and Exalted when
entering         the         house         and        before        eating.

    Jaabir  (ra)  said:  "I  heard the Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam
say: "When a man enters his house and remembers Allah the
    Exalted  upon  entering  and before eating, Shaytaan says: "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, Shaytaan
says: "You have found a place to spend the night" and
    when  he  does  not remember Allah upon eating his food, Shaytaan says:
"You have found a place to stay and some supper"".

6.   Saying   "A'oodhu   bilLahil-'adheem   wa   bi  wajhil-kareemi  wa  bi
sultaanihil-qadeemi min ash-Shaytaani-rajeem" [I seek refuge
    with  Allah  the  Mighty,  with  His  Noble  Face  and with His Eternal
Authority from Shaytaan, the Accursed] when entering the

    'Abdullah  ibn 'Umar (ra) said, "When the Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa
sallam  used to enter the mosque he would say, "I seek
    refuge  with Allah the Mighty, with His Noble Face and with His Eternal
Authority from Shaytaan, the Accursed".  He then said,
    "When  (a man) says this, Shaytaan says: "He has been protected from me
for the whole day"". (Abu Dawud, al-Albaani declared
    it  saheeh  in  Saheeh Abu Dawood, no. 458, and an-Nawawee and Ibn Hajr
declared                             it                             hasan).

7.            Upon            pronouncing            the            adhaan.

    This  is  due  to  what  has  been reported from Abu Hurayrah (ra) that
Allah's Messenger Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam said,
    "When  the  call  to  prayer  is  made, Shaytaan flees on his heels and
passes wind with noise during his flight so that he does not
    hear the adhaan.  When the adhaan is completed he comes back.  When the
iqaamah is pronounced he takes to his heels again
    until  it  is  completed.   Then he returns again and whispers into the
heart of the praying person and says to him: "Remember this
    and  remember  that".   So the person remembers those things which were
not in his mind before the prayer began and as a result,
    he   forgets   how   much   he   has  prayed".  (al-Bukhaari,  Muslim).

    Pronouncing the adhaan can be done at any time to repel Shaytaan.  This
is due to what has been reported by Muslim from Abu
    Saheel bin Abu Saalih who said: "My father sent me to Bani Harithah and
there  was  a  young boy with me. Someone called him     by his name from a
wall,  so  he went to have a look at the wall but did not see anything".  I
mentioned that to my father and he
    said:  "If  I  had known that you would encounter this I would not have
sent you". However, when you hear a voice then make the
    call  for  prayer  since  I  heard Abu Hurayrah (ra) saying the Prophet
(saw) said, "When the call for prayer is made, Shaytaan

8.  When  seeking  refuge in Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala due to the Exalted's

    "And when an incitement to evil comes to you from Shaytaan, seek refuge
in Allah.  He is the All Hearing, the All Knowing".
    (Al-Fussilat                                                     41:36)

9.  When  you  say "A'oodhu billah minka, al'anuka bi l'anatillaah" [I seek
refuge in Allah from you, I curse you with the curse of
    Allah]        three        times        during        the       prayer.

    Abu  Dardaa' (ra) reports that "Allah's Messenger Sall-Allahu alayhi wa
sallam stood for prayer and we heard him saying,
    "I seek refuge in Allah from you".  Then he said, "I curse you with the
curse of Allah"  three times.  At the same time, he was
     stretching  out  his hand,  trying to grab hold of something.  When he
finished his prayer we said to him: "O Messenger of
    Allah!  We  heard  you  say something in the prayer which we have never
heard from you before and we saw you stretching out
    your   hand".   He  said,  "That  was  the  enemy  of  Allah,  Iblees".

    He came with a flame of fire and tried to throw it in my face.  I said,
"I seek refuge in Allah from you" three times and then
    (I  said), "I curse you with the curse of Allah" three times and he did
not hesitate.  Then I desired to capture him.  By Allah! If it
     had  not  been  for  the  supplication  of  our  brother (the Prophet)
Sulaymaan, he would have been tied up and the children of
    Madinah    would    have    played    about   with   him"".   (Muslim).

    In  another  hadeeth from 'Uthmaan bin Abul-Aas (ra) who said, "I said,
"O Messenger of Allaah! Shaytaan comes in between me
    and  my  prayer  and  my recitation, confusing me." He said, "That is a
Shaytaan called Khunzub. When you feel his presence,
    seek  refuge  in  Allah from him and spit on your left three times."  I
did   as   he   said   and   Allah   took   that  (distraction)  away  from
    me."                                                           (Muslim)

10. When the servant finds something in his soul that concerns him and says
"huwal-awwalu wal-aakhiru wadh-dhaahiru wal-
       baatinu  wa  huwa  bi kulli shay'in 'aleem" {He is the First and the
Last, the Outermost and the Innermost, and He has
       Knowledge          of          every          single         thing.]

        Abu  Zameel  (ra)  said,  "I said to Ibn 'Abbas (ra), "What is this
thing which I find in my soul?" - meaning doubt.  He said,
       "When  you  find  something  like  that  in your soul, then say, "He
(Allah) is the First and the Last, the Outermost and the
        Innermost   and  He  has  knowledge  of  every single thing."" (Abu
Dawood, al-Albaani declared it hasan in al-Kalim ut-Tayyib

11.   When a calamity befalls you and you say "QadrAllahu wa ma sha' Allahu
fa'ala" {Allah has decreed (this) and He does
        whatever                         He                         wills].

        Abu  Hurayrah  (ra)  reports  that  Allaah's  Messenger Sall-Allahu
alayhi wa sallam said, "The strong believer is more loved by
        Allah  than  the  weak  believer,  but  in  both there is good.  Be
zealous for what will benefit you.  Seek help from Allah the Mighty
        and  Majestic  and  do  not  become  incapacitated.   If  something
afflicts you, do not say: "If only I had done such and such" but
        say,  "Allah  hasdecreed  (this)  and  He  does whatever He wills".
Indeed saying "if.." opens up the doorway of Shaytaan's
        handiwork."                                               (Muslim).

12.    When   you   say   "Bismillah,  Allahumma  janibna  ash-Shaytaan  wa
janibish-Shaytaana maa razaqtna" (in the Name of Allah),
        O  Allah!  Make  us distant from Shaytaan and make Shaytaan distant
from          what          you          bestow          upon          us".

        Ibn  'Abbaas  (ra)  reports  that the Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa
sallam said, "If one of you says, when approaching his wife
        (for intercourse): "In the Name of Allah. O Allah!  Make us distant
from Shaytaan and make Shaytaan distant from what you
        bestow  upon  us"  and  offspring is decreed for you, Shaytaan will
never be able to harm it (i.e. the offspring)". (al-Bukhaari,

13.   When  you  say in a state of anger "A'oodhu bilLaahi min ash-Shaytaan
ir-Rajeem" {I seek refuge with Allah from
        Shaytaan                       the                       Accursed}.

        Sulaymaan bin Sard (ra) said, "I was sitting with Allah's Messenger
Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam and two men were abusing
        each  other.  The face of one of them had become red (out of anger)
and his veins had become inflated.  Allah's Messenger Sall-
        Allahu  alayhi  wa  sallam said, "I know a word which, if he was to
say, his anger would leave him.  If he said: "I seek refuge in
        Allah  from  Shaytaan  the  Accursed",  his anger would leave him""
(al-Bukhaari,                                                      Muslim).

14.     Upon    saying    "Bismillah"    [in    the    Name    of    Allah]

        Abul-Maleeh  (ra)  reports  that  a  man  said,  "I  was behind the
Messenger Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam  and his riding animal
        stumbled.  I said, "May Shaytaan perish", and he said, "Do not say,
"May Shaytaan perish".  If you say that he will grow in
        size  until  he  becomes  the  size  of  a  house  and says, "By my
strength".  Instead say, "Bismillah" (In the Name of Allah).  When
        you  say  that,  he  reduces  in size until he is like a fly." (Abu
Dawood,                            saheeh                           isnad).

15.   When  you  supplicate  for  blessings  for  something which wins your

        Allah's  Messenger  Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, "When one of
you sees something in his self or in his possessions
        which  amazes  him  (or  wins  his  admiration)  he  should  invoke
blessings   upon   it   as  the  (evil)  eye  is  indeed  true  and  real".

16.  When you recite the M'uwadhdhataan [Surah al-Falaq and Surah an-Naaz].

        Abu  Sa'eed  (ra)  said,  "Allah's  Messenger Sall-Allahu alayhi wa
sallam used to seek refuge from the jinn and from the effects of
        the  (evil)  of  men until the m'uwwadhdhataan were revealed.  When
they were revealed he clung to them and abandoned
        what  was  besides  them."  (at-Tirmidhi, hasan; an-Nasa'ee and Ibn
Maajah                              -                              saheeh).

17.      When     you     make     the     prostration    of    recitation.

        Allah's Messenger Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, "When you read
a verse of prostration then prostrate, Shaytaan departs
        crying  and  says: "Woe be to him.  He was ordered with prostration
and he prostrated - so for him is Paradise.  I was ordered
        with  prostration and I refused - so for me is the Fire."  (Muslim,
Ahmad                   and                   Ibn                  Maajah).

18.          When         you        recite        Surah        al-Baqarah.

        Abu  Hurayrah  (ra)  reports  that  Allaah's  Messenger Sall-Allahu
alayhi wa sallam said, "Do not turn your houses into graves.
        Indeed  Shaytaan  flees  from  a house in which Surah al-Baqarah is
recited."                                                         (Muslim).

19.              When            reciting            the            Qur'an.

        The  Messenger  of Allah, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam went out one
night and passed by Abu Bakr (ra) who was praying
        with a lowered voice.  Then he passed by 'Umar ibn al-Khattaab (ra)
who was praying with a raised voice  When they came
        together with the Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, he said, "O
Abu Bakr! I passed by you while you were praying with a
        lowered  voice."   Abu  Bakr (ra) said, "I made the one with whom I
was conversing with (i.e Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) hear
        it,  O Messenger of Allah."   He then said to 'Umar (ra), "I passed
by you while you were praying with a raised voice".  'Umar
        (ra)  said,  "O  Messenger  of  Allah! I was incitng those who were
asleep and driving away the Shaytaan." The Prophet Sall-
        Allahu  alayhi  wa  sallam then said, "O Abu Bakr! Raise your voice
somewhat" and he said to 'Umar, "lower your voice
        somewhat".  (Abu  Dawood,  al Haakim, who declared it saheeh as did

20.     When     you     move     the    finger    during    the    prayer.

        It  is  established  that  Allah's Messenger, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa
sallam used to move his finger, supplicating with it (Abu
        Dawood, an-Nasaa'i, Ibn al_Jaarud in al-Muntaqa and others) and the
Messenger of Allah, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa
        sallam   said, "It is more powerful against the Shaytaan than iron"
-      meaning      the      forefinger.       (Ahmad      and     others).

        Imaam  Ahmad  was asked, "Should a man point with his finger in the
prayer?" He replied, "Yes, vigorously".  (Ibn Haani
        mentioned it in Masaa'il of Imaam Ahmad).

        Allahumma, 'authu bi 'izzatillah wa qudrati min sharri  ma ajid  wa
                         uhaathir. (Sahih Muslim)
("O Allah, I seek in the power of Allah and His ability from evil that is
               present and from that which I fear." Ameen.)

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