Source: Bida’ an-Nas Fil-Qur’an, by Abu Anas, Ali bin Husain Abu Loaz, published by Dar al-Watan.

It is not permissible to believe in the books of “al-Hisn al-Haseen “and “Hirz aljosh” and “as-sab’at oqoud” as charms that protect. [Fatawa Shaikh Bin Baz (Rahimahullaah)]

Specifying the following Surahs as the saviors or safeguarding: al-Kahf, as-Sajdah, Ya-Seen, Fussilat, ad-Dukhan, Al-Waqi’ah, al-Hashr, and al-Mulk

All the Surahs and Ayat of the Qur’an are a healing for (diseases in) the hearts, as well as a guidance and mercy for the believers. It is a savior for the one who adheres to it and is guided against disbelief, going astray and a painful torment.

The Prophet (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) showed with his actions, utterances and approval that Ruqyah is permissible, but it is not quoted that he (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) specified the above eight mentioned Surahs to be saviors. He (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) used to seek refuge with the three Mua’awwithat: Surat al-Ikhlas, Surat al-Falaq and Surat an-Nas. Before going to sleep, he (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) used to recite each of them three times and he would blow into  his hands after each time. He would then rub his face and whatever parts of his body that he was able to rub. Narrated ‘Aishah (Radia-Allaahu ‘anha): “Whenever the Prophet went to bed at night, he used to cup his hands together and blow over them after reciting Surat al-Ikhlas, Surat al-Falaq and Surat an-Nas. Then he would rub his hands over whatever parts of his body he was able to rub, starting with his head, face and front of his body. He used to do that three times.” [Al-Bukhari]

Abu Sa’ied al-Khudri (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) recited al-Fatihah as a Ruqyah for the leader of the disbelievers’ tribe. Abu Sa’ied al-Khudri (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) reported: “We landed at a place where a woman came to us and said: ‘A scorpion has bitten the chief of the tribe. Is there any incantator amongst you?’ A person amongst us stood up (and went with her). We had no idea that he had been a good incantator but he practised incantation with the help of Surat al-Fatihah and he (the chief) was cured. They gave him a flock of sheep and served us milk. We said (to him): ‘Are you a good incantator?’ Thereupon he said: ‘I did not do it but by the help of Surat al-Fatihah.’ We said: ‘Do not drive (these goats) until we go to Allah’s Messenger (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) and find out [whether it is permissible to accept (this reward for incantation)].’ So we came to Allah’s Prophet (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) and made a mention of that to him, whereupon he said: ‘How did you come to know that this (Surat al-Fatihah) could be used as an incantation? Distribute them (the sheep) (amongst those who had been present there with him) and allocate a share for me also.’[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

He (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) approved the Companion for what he did. He (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) also approved reciting Ayat al-Kursiy when sleeping and whoever recites it, the Shaytan will not come close to him that night, according to the following Hadith:

Abu Hurairah (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated: “The Messenger of Allah (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) deputed me to keep Sadaqat (al-Fitr) of Ramadan. A comer came and started taking handfuls of the foodstuff (of the Sadaqa) (stealthily). I took hold of him and said, ‘By Allah, I will take you to the Messenger of Allah.’ He said, ‘I have many dependents, and I am in great need.’ I released him, and in the morning the Messenger of Allah (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) asked me, ‘What did your prisoner do yesterday?’ I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! The person complained of being needy and of having many dependents, so, I pitied him and let him go.’ The Messenger of Allah (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) said, ‘Indeed, he told you a lie and he will be coming again.’ I believed that he would show up again as the Messenger of Allah (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) had told me that he would return. So, I waited for him watchfully. When he (showed up and) started stealing handfuls of foodstuff, I caught hold of him again and said, ‘I will definitely take you to the Messenger of Allah.’ He said, ‘Leave me, for I am very needy and have many dependents. I promise I will not come back again.’ I pitied him and let him go.

In the morning the Messenger of Allah (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) asked me, ‘What did your prisoner do.’ I replied, ‘O Messenger of Allah! He complained of his great need and of too many dependents, so I took pity on him and set him free.’ The Messenger of Allah (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) said, ‘Verily, he told you a lie and he will return.’ I waited for him attentively for the third time, and when he (came and) started stealing handfuls of the foodstuff, I caught hold of him and said, ‘I will surely take you to Allah’s Messenger (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) as it is the third time you came after you promised not to return, yet you break your promise and come.’ He said, ‘(Forgive me and) I will teach you some words with which Allah will benefit you.’ I asked, ‘What are they?’ He replied, ‘Whenever you go to bed, recite ‘Ayat al-Kursiy’ (2:255) ‘Allahu la ilaha illa huwa-l-Haiy-ul Qaiyum’ till you finish the whole verse. (If you do so), Allah will appoint a guard for you who will stay with you and no satan will come near you till morning.’ So, I released him. In the morning, Allah’s Messenger (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) asked, ‘What did your prisoner do yesterday?’ I replied, ‘He claimed that he would teach me some words by which Allah will benefit me, so I let him go.’ Allah’s Messenger (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) asked, ‘What are they?’ I replied, ‘He said to me, ‘Whenever you go to bed, recite Ayat al-Kursiy from the beginning to the end —- Allahu la ilaha illa huwal-Haiy-ul-Qaiyum—-.’ He further said to me, ‘(If you do so), Allah will appoint a guard for you who will stay with you, and no satan will come near you till morning.’ (Abu Hurairah or another sub-narrator) added that they (the Companions) were very keen to do good deeds. The Prophet (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) said, ‘He really spoke the truth, although he is an absolute liar. Do you know who you were talking to, these three nights, O Abu Hurairah?’ Abu Hurairah (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) said, ‘No.’ He said, ‘It was Satan.’

The Prophet (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) approved of reciting Ayat al-Kursiy before going to bed and he who recites it will be protected from the devil that night.

So whoever specifies the mentioned Surahs as the saviors is an ignorant innovator, for even grouping them in such sequence and separating them from the remaining Surahs of the Qur’an; seeking protection or blessing, has done much wrong, as he has rearranged the Surahs of the Qur’an (the one put together by the Companions in the era of Othman (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu)), and has abandoned the remaining Surahs of the Qur’an and specified only a part which was not specified by the Messenger of Allah (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) nor by any of his Companions.

Therefore, such an act should be prevented and copies of such should be destroyed in order to disprove the wrong-doing and to eliminate it. [Fatawa of Permanant Committee of Ifta no. 1260]


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