On Preventing Nightmares

Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

What can we read to stop our children having nightmares?

You should teach them to read Ayat al-Kursi before they sleep if they are able to read it. If not, it should be read over them. If they are old enough, they should also read Ayat al-Kursi and Surat al-Inshirah after every prayer.

 

On General Protection from Evil

Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

What can I recite for general protection?

Taqwa is the foundation of all protection. Every act of worship performed with sincerity protects the one who performs it. Reciting Ayat al-Kursi has a specific effect in protecting one if it is recited after every prayer, before sleeping and when entering and leaving the house. The awrad of Shaykh Abu Bakr al-Sakran, Imam al-Nawawi and Shaykh Abu Bakr bin Salim are among the greatest litanies composed by the pious for protection.

 

On Adhkar to Ward off the Evil Eye

Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

What can I recite to ward off the evil eye?

 You can recite:

  1. Surat al-Ikhlas, Surat al-Falaq and Surat al-Nas
  2. These verses of the Qur’an:

 وَإِن يَكَادُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَيُزْلِقُونَكَ بِأَبْصَارِهِمْ لَمَّا سَمِعُوا الذِّكْرَ وَيَقُولُونَ إِنَّهُ لَمَجْنُونٌ وَمَا هُوَ إِلاَّ ذِكْرٌ لِّلْعَالَمِينَ

 Wa in yakadu’lladhina kafaru layuzliqunaka bi absarihim lamma sami’u’ dhikra wa yaquluna innahu lamajnun. Wa ma huwa illa dhikrun lil ‘alamin (Al-Qalam, 68.51-2).

مَا شَاءَ اللهْ لاَ قُوَّةَ إلاَّ بِالله

Ma sha’ Allah la quwwata illa billah

 فَارْجِعِ الْبَصَرَ هَلْ تَرَى مِن فُطُورٍ ثُمَّ ارْجِعِ الْبَصَرَ كَرَّتَيْنِ يَنقَلِبْ إِلَيْكَ الْبَصَرُ خَاسِئاً وَهُوَ حَسِيرٌ

Farji`’l-basara hal tara min futur thumma’rji`’l-basara karratayni yanqalib ilayka’l-basara khasi’an wa huwa hasir (Al-Mulk 67:3-4)

 

  1. These supplications:

أَعُيذُ نَفْسِي بِكَلِماتِ اللهِ التَّامَّةْ مِنْ كُلِّ شَيْطانٍ وهَامَّةْ وكُلِّ عَيْنٍ لامَّةْ

U`idhu nafsi bi kalimatillahi’tammah, min kulli shaytanin wa hammah wa kulli ‘aynin lammah

I seek refuge for myself in the complete words of Allah from every devil and every creature and from every evil eye.

حَصَّنْتُ نَفْسِي بِالحَيِّ القَيُّومِ الّذي لايَموتُ أبَدَاً ودَفَعْتُ عَنِّي السُّوءَ بِأَلْفِ أَلْفِ اَلْفِ لا حَوْلَ و لا قُوَّةَ إلَّا بِاللهِ العَليِّ العَظيمِ

Hassantu nafsi bil-Hayyi’l Qayyum, alladhi la yamutu abadan wa dafa’tu ‘annī assu’a bi alfi alfi alfi la hawla wa la quwwata illa billahi ‘Aliyyi’l `Azim

I place myself in the protection of the Living, the Self-Sufficient who never dies and I drive evil away from myself with “there is no strength nor might except in Allah the Sublime the Almighty” a billion times over.

4. Prayers upon the Prophet ﷺ

 

On Protecting the Home from Evil

Answered by Sayyidi al-Ḥabīb `Umar bin Hafīẓ (may Allāh preserve him and benefit us by him).

I have been seeing strange things in my house and things are being broken and it is affecting my children. What should I do?

Read Ayat al-Kursī in abundance, especially when entering and leaving the house, upon sleeping and after every prayer. Also read every morning and evening the Wird of Imam al- Nawawī and the Wird of Imam Abu Bakr al-Sakrān from the Khulaṣah.

Read also Surat al-Baqarah in the house, as it will be a cause of protection for three days.

On Dhikr to Increase Aspiration in Worship and Serving Others

Answered by Sayyidi al-Habib `Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him).

Is there any dhikr one can do to increase aspiration in worship and serving others (khidmah)?

Any dhikr done with sincerity and presence increases a person in aspiration, nearness and light. Knowers of Allah have also said that reciting the following verse 100 times a day is one of the means of raising one’s resolve in aspiration and in worship:

هُوَ اللهُ الَّذي لا إِلهَ إِلا هو عَالِمُ الغَيْبِ والشَّهادَةِ هُوَ الرَّحْمَنُ الرَّحِيم

Huw’Allāhu’lladhī lā ilāha illā hu, ‘Ālimu’l ghaybi wash-shahadah, Hu arrahmānu’ rahīm

He is Allah, there is no deity save Him, Knower of the unseen and the seen, He is the All-Compassionate, the All-Merciful. (Al-Ḥashr, 59:22)