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The Six Fortresses Through Which Allah Protects You From Shaitan.

In the name of Allah, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our beloved Prophet Mohammad, his companions and his household.

Shaitan the cursed devil is the worst enemy of the Muslim.  The Muslim needs to be always close to Allah, in order for him to be freed and protected from Shaitan and his works and cohorts. And to be successful both in this world and the next.

In the following paragraphs I will mention and explain to you in brief the six Fortresses through which Allah protects his slaves from Shaitan.

The First Fortress: Reciting Surah Al-Baqarah:

Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah's Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

[لاَ تَجْعَلُوا بُيُوتَكُمْ مَقَابِرَ إِنَّ الشَّيْطَانَ يَنْفِرُ مِنَ الْبَيْتِ الَّذِي تُقْرَأُ فِيهِ سُورَةُ الْبَقَرَةِ].

[Do not make your houses as graveyards. Shaitan runs away from the house in which Surah Baqara is recited]. (Sahih Muslim 780).

The Second Fortress: Reciting Ayatul Kursi:

Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that:

[قَالَ وَكَّلَنِي رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم بِحِفْظِ زَكَاةِ رَمَضَانَ فَأَتَانِي آتٍ فَجَعَلَ يَحْثُو مِنَ الطَّعَامِ فَأَخَذْتُهُ فَقُلْتُ لأَرْفَعَنَّكَ إِلَى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَقَصَّ الْحَدِيثَ فَقَالَ إِذَا أَوَيْتَ إِلَى فِرَاشِكَ فَاقْرَأْ آيَةَ الْكُرْسِيِّ لَنْ يَزَالَ مَعَكَ مِنَ اللَّهِ حَافِظٌ وَلاَ يَقْرَبُكَ شَيْطَانٌ حَتَّى تُصْبِحَ‏.‏ وَقَالَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ "‏ صَدَقَكَ وَهْوَ كَذُوبٌ ذَاكَ شَيْطَانٌ"].

[Allah's Messenger (ordered me to guard the Zakat revenue of Ramadan. Then somebody came to me and started stealing from the foodstuff. I caught him and said, "I will take you to Allah's Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)!" Then Abu Huraira described the whole narration and said: That person said (to me), "(Please don't take me to Allah's Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and I will tell you a few words by which Allah will benefit you.) When you go to your bed, recite Ayat-al-Kursi, (Al-Baqarah: 255) for then there will be a guard from Allah who will protect you all night long, and Shaitan will not be able to come near you till dawn." (When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) heard the story) he said (to me), "He (who came to you at night) told you the truth although he is a liar; and that was Shaitan."] (Sahih al-Bukhari 5010).

The Third Fortress: The Basmalah (i.e. Saying Bismillah):

It was narrated that Anas ibn Malik said:

[قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: «سِتْرُ مَا بَيْنَ أَعْيُنِ الْجِنِّ، وَعَوْرَاتِ بَنِي آدَمَ إِذَا وَضَعُوا ثِيَابَهُمْ أَنْ يَقُولُوا: بِسْمِ اللَّهِ].

[The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "The screen between the eyes of the jinns and nakedness of the children of Adam when they take off their clothes is to say: Bismillah"]. Al-Mu'jam Al-Awsat (3/68).

The Fourth Fortress: Al-Wudu' (Ablution):

It was narrated that Ibn 'Umar said:

[قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ:  «مَنْ بَاتَ طَاهِرًا بَاتَ فِي شِعَارِهِ مَلَكٌ فَلَمْ يَسْتَيْقِظْ إِلَّا، قَالَ الْمَلَكُ: اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِعَبْدِكَ فُلَانٍ، فَإِنَّهُ بَاتَ طَاهِرًا].

[The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "Whoever slept with Ablution sleeps while an Angel stands by his head. He will not wake up except the Angel says: "O Allah forgive your slave such and such, for he slept pure"]. (Sahih Ibn Hibban 3/328).

The Fifth Fortress: The Remembrance of Allah:

Narrated Al-Harith Al-Ash'ari: that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

[... وَآمُرُكُمْ أَنْ تَذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ فَإِنَّ مَثَلَ ذَلِكَ كَمَثَلِ رَجُلٍ خَرَجَ الْعَدُوُّ فِي أَثَرِهِ سِرَاعًا حَتَّى إِذَا أَتَى عَلَى حِصْنٍ حَصِينٍ فَأَحْرَزَ نَفْسَهُ مِنْهُمْ كَذَلِكَ الْعَبْدُ لاَ يُحْرِزُ نَفْسَهُ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ إِلاَّ بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ...].

[…And He commands you to remember Allah. For indeed the parable of that, is a man whose enemy quickly tracks him until he reaches an impermeable fortress in which he protects himself from them. This is how the worshiper is; he does not protect himself from Ash-Shaitan except by the remembrance of Allah… ]. (Sunan At-Tirmidhi  Vol. 5, Book 42, Hadith 2863).

The Sixth Fortress: Al-Isti'adha (Seeking refuge to Allah from Shaitan):

Allah the almighty said in the Qur'an:

{وَإِمَّا يَنزَغَنَّكَ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ نَزْغٌ فَاسْتَعِذْ بِاللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ} (الأعراف: 200).

{And if an evil suggestion comes to you from Shaitan, then seek refuge in Allah. Indeed, He is Hearing and Knowing}. (Al-A'raaf: 200).

So, by adhering to the directions of the Qur'an and the teachings of the Prophet peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, the world will be a better place for both Muslims and non-Muslims.  

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