Last updated on December 27th, 2023 at 07:32 am

The answer is simple: Surah Falaq is the best dua for seeking protection from all evils.

The holy Quran is a book of great knowledge and wisdom. Even though it is a sacred religious book for Muslims, anyone who is interested in the concept of God and the universe must read it. The Quran explains everything in detail and presents great examples for men of understanding.

The recitation of the Quran allows Muslims to receive dual benefits. In addition to finding instructions on how to live life and understanding Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى, they also seek protection. The Quran comprises 114 Surahs, each with a specific purpose.

A popular short Surah known for its many benefits is Surah Falaq or Surah Al-Falaq. It can be found in the last chapter of the Quran and is easy to memorize. One of the best times to recite Surah Falaq is at night, before sleep. This blog closely examines why you should recite Surah Falaq before sleeping.

Statistics – Surah Al-Falaq

No. of Ayats No. of Words No. of Letters No. of Rukus Type of Surah Situated in Para Tarteeb-e-Nazool Tarteeb-e-Tilawat
5 23 71 1 Makki 30 20 113

Note: There’s a difference of opinion between different Scholars regarding the place of revelation of this Surah; some categorize it as Madni, as opposite to some others, rating it as a Makki surah. However, the subject matter and content of this Surah supports the opinion of it being a Makki Surah, per the majority of the scholars.

Arabic Version of Surah Falaq with Translation and Transliteration

بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Bismillah hir rahman nir Raheem

In the name of Allah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful

قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ ٱلْفَلَقِ

Qul a’oozu bi rabbil-falaq

Say, “I seek refuge in the Lord of daybreak;

مِن شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ

Min sharri maa khalaq

From the evil of that which He created;

وَمِن شَرِّ غَاسِقٍ إِذَا وَقَبَ

Wa min sharri ghaasiqin izaa waqab

And from the evil of darkness when it settles;

وَمِن شَرِّ ٱلنَّفَّـٰثَـٰتِ فِى ٱلْعُقَدِ

Wa min sharrin-naffaa-saati fil ‘uqad

And from the evil of the blowers (sorcerers) in knots;

وَمِن شَرِّ حَاسِدٍ إِذَا حَسَدَ

Wa min sharri haasidin izaa hasad

And, from the mischief of the one who envies.

By simply reading the translation of Surah Falaq, you will realize just how powerful it is and why you should recite it before sleeping. It is a comprehensive dua that requests Allah’s protection from all the evils: of the night, of the magic, of the jealousy, and of the things that Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى created, which may harm you.

Purpose of Revelation of Surah Al-Falaq – Sha’an-E-Nazool

The purpose of the revelation of different Surahs of the Quran is very important, and the term used to describe it in Islamic norms is Sha’an-e-Nazool.

The Sha’an-e-Nazool of this Surah dates back to the early days of the Prophet-Hood of Muhammad ﷺ. When he started preaching to the people of Mecca, the Qurayshites were provoked. They initially thought that the matter could be handled by offering various incentives to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, but they decided to try this option. But the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ did not come into their trap and stood firm in spreading the message of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى.

Eventually, they conspired to kill him secretly because they couldn’t afford an open conflict with the Bani Hashim. Meanwhile, they also attempted magic on him to cause his death or serious illness, such as madness. These were the reasons and purpose behind the revelation of this Surah along with the last Surah of the Quran, Surah An-Nas. The subject matter, content, and theme of both these Surahs are quite similar: seeking protection of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى from the evils and magic, both physical and spiritual protection.

Later on, when the Prophet had settled in Medina, he was again attempted on by a Jew with magic. The Prophet fell seriously ill due to the effect of this magic attempt. At this point of time, the Angel Gabriel عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ came to the Prophet and conveyed to him the command of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى to recite Surah Al-Falaq and Surah An-Nas. The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ did so and successfully came out of the impact of the magic.

This particular incident might have influenced the group of scholars who believe these Surahs being Madni, whereas most of the commentators of the Quran believe that these Surahs were originally revealed during the period the Prophet was facing intensive opposition from the Qurayshites while he was in Mecca.

Hadith About Magic Attempt on Prophet Muhammad

Hadith number 3268 of Sahi Al-Bukhari, narrates the incidence of magic attempt on the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and how he came out of the impact of this attempt.

Translation

Magic was worked on the Prophet (ﷺ) so that he began to fancy that he was doing a thing which he was not actually doing. One day he invoked (Allah) for a long period and then said, “I feel that Allah has inspired me as how to cure myself. Two persons came to me (in my dream) and sat, one by my head and the other by my feet. One of them asked the other, “What is the ailment of this man?” The other replied, ‘He has been bewitched” The first asked, ‘Who has bewitched him?’ The other replied, ‘Lubaid bin Al-A’sam.’ The first one asked, ‘What material has he used?’ The other replied, ‘A comb, the hair gathered on it, and the outer skin of the pollen of the male date-palm.’ The first asked, ‘Where is that?’ The other replied, ‘It is in the well of Dharwan.’ ” So, the Prophet (ﷺ) went out towards the well and then returned and said to me on his return, “Its date-palms (the date-palms near the well) are like the heads of the devils.” I asked, “Did you take out those things with which the magic was worked?” He said, “No, for I have been cured by Allah and I am afraid that this action may spread evil amongst the people.” Later on the well was filled up with earth.

So, this was the incidence where Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was asked by the angel Gabriel عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ to recite the Al-Mu’awwidhatayn to defeat the effects of magic, attempted on him by the Jew.

What is Meant by Al-Mu’awwidhatayn?

Surah Al-Falaq along with Surah An-Nas, are collectively referred to as Al-Mu’awwidhatayn, which means “the Refuges”. Both these Surahs start with the Instructions of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى to seek His refuge against the evils and magic.

The Beauty of The Surah Al Falaq

It seeks the protection of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى from all the things that He has created and may harm us. It does not necessarily mean that those things are evil, but that they may harm us because it is in their nature to do so. One very good example of such creations of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى is the fire. Fire is a useful creation of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى in many ways, yet it can be quite dangerous at times that it may even kill because it has the potential to do so, by nature. Similarly, a lion may injure or kill us, not because it’s evil, but because it is in its nature. Similarly, a shark, a mountain of lava, an earthquake, and many more are the things that are not evil but may bring us harm.

Secondly, by reciting this Surah, we beseech Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى to remove all the obstacles that may hinder our growth. “The blanket of the night,” the “ghasaq and waqab” are the barriers that can stunt our growth and take away our chances of prosperity, and thus we request Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى to remove these hurdles.

It asks to protect us from feeling overwhelmed and as though we are drowning without any recourse.

When magic or evil spells are cast upon a person, it creates a feeling of being stunned by darkness and negativity; hence we seek Allah’s protection from this evil. So, the main theme of this Surah is seeking protection of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى from all sorts of evils, including magic.

Surah Al-Falaq, in pair with Surah An-Nas, the last surah of the Quran, is ranked as the most powerful Surahs for protection and refuge against all sorts of evils, both physically as well as spiritually.

The Benefits, Importance and Virtues of Surah Al-Falaq in Hadiths

There are quite a few Hadiths that reflect the benefits and virtues of reciting Surah Al – Falaq in combination with Surah An-Nas, both being the ultimate protection against all kinds of evils and illnesses.

Hadith number 5016 of Sahi Al-Bukhari narrates the Prophet Muhammad often recited the Al-Mu’awwidhatayn, whenever he contracted sickness

Translation

Narrated `Aisha: Whenever Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) became sick, he would recite Mu’awwidhat (Surat Al-Falaq and Surat An- Nas) and then blow his breath over his body. When he became seriously ill, I used to recite (these two Suras) and rub his hands over his body hoping for its blessings.

Hadith number 3367 of Jami Al-Tirmidhi narrates the importance, benefits and virtues of reciting Surah Al-Falaq.

Translation

Uqbah bin Amir Al-Juhni narrated that the Prophet said: “Allah has revealed to me Ayat the likes of which have not been seen: “Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind…” until the end of the Surat. “Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of Al-Falaq…” until the end of the Surat.

Hadith number 5017 of Sahi Al-Bukhari explains the importance of reciting Surah Al-Falaq before going to sleep.

Translation

Narrated ‘Aisha:Whenever the Prophet (ﷺ) went to bed every night, he used to cup his hands together and blow over it after reciting Surat Al-Ikhlas, Surat Al-Falaq and Surat An-Nas, and then 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.

Another Hadith as quoted in Riyad As-Salihin at serial number 1015, narrates the importance of Surah Al-Falaq, as under

Translation

Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) used to seek protection against the evil of jinn and the evil eyes till Surat Al-Falaq and Surat An-Nas were revealed. After they were revealed, he took to them for seeking Allah’s protection and left everything besides them.

Why Muslims Should Recite Surah Al-Falaq Before Going to Sleep?

There are so many reasons why one should recite Surah Al-Falaq during the night, especially before going to bed. Let’s have a look on some of them.

  • It is a Sunnah – As explained in the quoted Hadiths, it was the routine of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ to recite Surah Al-Falaq before sleeping. So, it is a very authentic reason, why one should recite it before sleeping. It will get you double rewards, one by following the Sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ and the other in the form of rewards of reciting a part of the Quran. Additionally, you will get refuge and protection of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى from all kinds of evil and sickness.
  • It has no Parallel – It is believed by the Scholars that Surah Falaq is a unique one. There’s no parallel of it either in the Quran or in the previous divine Books. Hadith number 2902 of Jami Al-Tirmidhi narrates it.

Translation – Narrated ‘Uqbah bin ‘Amir Al-Juhani: that the Prophet (ﷺ) said: “Some Ayat have been revealed to me the likes of which have not been seen: Qul A’udhu Birabbin-Nas until the end of the Surah and Qul A’udhu Birabbil-Falaq until the end of the Surah.”

Hence, huge benefits and rewards are associated with reciting this surah.

  • It protects against Illnesses – As quoted above, Hadith number 5016 of Sahih Al-Bukhari narrates that reciting Surah Al-Falaq is beneficial for protection against all kinds of sicknesses. Hence, the one who makes it a habit to recite it regularly will get the benefits of being protected against sickness. The best time to recite it consistently is at nighttime, especially before going to bed, as it is also a Sunnah.
  • Recite it Three Times at Dawn and Dusk – As mentioned in the Hadith Book, Riyad-As Salihin, at serial number 1456, reciting this Surah three times in the morning and evening has huge benefits.

Translation – Abdullah bin Khubaib (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said to me, “Recite Surat Al-Ikhlas and Al- Mu’awwidhatain (Surat Al-Falaq and Surat An-Nas) three times at dawn and dusk. It will suffice you in all respects.”

  • It provides protection from the Darkness – The third verse of surah Al-Falaq (وَمِنْ شَرِّ غَاسِقٍ إِذَا وَقَبَ) means, I seek protection of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى from the darkness when it settles (the night). The wrongdoings associated with the darkness of night are enormous. Most of the evil deeds are committed during the night. The darkness of night might be a cause of temptation for the wrongdoers, as they feel it to be the right time to commit the sins that might not be possible in the daylight. Hence one needs to get protection and seek refuge in Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى against any such temptation. So, reciting this surah during the night, especially before going to sleep, is a good option to remain protected from the sins of himself and from the ill-deeds of others.
  • Recite it after every Prayers – The importance of reciting Surah Al-Falaq is established in various Hadiths. Hadith number 1523 of Sunan Abi Daud narrates it as under.

Translation – Narrated Uqbah ibn Amir: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) commanded me to recite Mu’awwidhatan (the last two surahs of the Qur’an) after every prayer.

Hence, make it a habit to recite these surahs after every Prayers, especially the night Prayers, so as to get protected during the whole night.

Some More Benefits of Reciting Surah Al-Falaq

As per various quotes from the Islamic Scholars, reciting Surah Al-Falaq is associated with many benefits. Some of them are:

  • Reciting surah Al-Falaq after the Friday Prayers, along with surah Al-Ikhlas and Surah An-Nas, protects its reciter from the evils until next Friday.
  • It protects against jealousy, as mentioned in the 5th verse of this Surah (وَمِن شَرِّ حَاسِدٍ إِذَا حَسَدَ). Jealousy is highly disliked in Islam and in fact rated as one of the most dangerous emotion. Reciter of Surah Al-Falaq is most likely to be protected from all the possible ill-effects of Jealousy.
  • Reciting Surah Al-Falaq at night protects its reciter from the ill-motives of Satan.
  • It also protects the reciter from the evil deeds of all humans and Jinns.
  • It also gives protection to its reciter from any possible harm by the animals.

So, the rewards and virtues of reciting Surah Al-Falaq any time during the day or night, are countless, as with any other surah or verse of the Quran. As we know, the Quran comprises the words of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى, reciting it with devotion and respect with correct pronunciation is more than important. Surah Al-Falaq, being a short, comprising of just five small verses is easy to learn and memorize. It would hardly take a few minutes to memorize it.

Try to recite it correctly with Tajweed and memorize it so that you may recite it so often, the perfect time being the night, before going to bed.

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