Al Salat | The Prayer

The virtue of Seeking refuge

When a Muslim starts reading the Holy Quran, he says: (I seek refuge in Allah from Devil). It is what called (seeking refuge). What does this mean, and why? That will be the subject of this article. 

The meaning of seeking refuge:

Seeking refuge means that we ask for protection from Allah and that we require the help of Allah. It also includes a confession that we are powerless and Allah is the only One Who can help him as He is the All-Powerful.  

Why Do Muslims seek refuge? 

When Allah The Almighty created the world, He made good and evil, and the believers always seek refuge in Allah from all the evils in life.

What was the Messenger of Allah seeking refuge from?

Here are some examples of what Prophet Muhammad -peace and blessings be upon him- was seeking refuge in Allah from.

– He said: (O Allah, I seek refuge in You from the punishment of the grave, and I seek refuge in You from the trial of the False Messiah, and I seek refuge in You from the trials of life and death. O Allah, I seek refuge in You from sin and debt).

 – Prophet Muhammad –peace and blessings be upon him- was seeking refuge in Allah from the torment of Hell, and the tribulation of Al-Masihid-Dajjal, as Abu Hurairah said: 

(I heard the Messenger of Allah says: (Whoever obeys me has obeyed Allah and whoever disobeys me has disobeyed Allah, And he used to seek refuge from the torment of the grave, the torment of Hell, the trials that may befall the living and the dead, and the tribulation of Al-Masihid-Dajjal).

-He also used to supplicate saying: (O Allah! I seek refuge in you from the withholding of your favor, the decline of the good health you have given, the suddenness of your vengeance and from all forms of your wrath).

Situations where Muslims are seeking refuge? 

  • When starting to recite the Quran:

          Before reciting the Quran, Muslims seek refuge in Allah from the Devil, But this is not the only time when Muslims seek refuge in Allah from the Devil.

  • Seeking refuge when entering the bathroom:

         Muslims should say what Anas Ibn Malek reported from Prophet Muhammad-peace and blessings be upon him-: (In the name of Allah, I seek refuge in        Thee from male and female.

  • Seeking refuge when entering the Masjid:

         Prophet Muhammad -peace and blessings be upon him- used to say (I seek refuge in Allah, the Magnificent, and in His noble face, and His eternal domain, from the accursed Devil), when anyone says so the Satan says: ” he is protected from me all day long!” 

  • Seeking refuge when starting ablution:

        It was applied by Al-Shafei’iah, to seek refuge in Allah from the Devil before Basmala for ablution by saying (I seek refuge in the Perfect Words of Allah from His anger and His punishment, from the evil of His slaves and from the taunts of devils and from their presence).

  • Seeking refuge from evil suggestions:

       Allah The Almighty says in Surah Fussilat: (And if you are tempted by Satan, then seek refuge with Allah. Indeed. He [alone] is the All-Hearing, All-Knowing). So when an evil suggestion comes across your mind, you should seek refuge in Allah to keep the Devil away from your heart and your mind.


Finely, Seeking refuge in Allah might be from anything that would harm a Muslim, and it might be at any time, say it repeatedly during the day or when you feel that Satan is trying to play with your mind and heart and be protected by Allah from all evils.

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