Allah is the most kind and most merciful.
He wishes for us Muslims an easy life:
“Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful. (Quran 2:185)”
Allah has revealed many Duas you can recite that aims to provide comfort and protection for all kinds of situations. Protection from evil, shirk, the enemy, and to keep your family and children safe.It is important to note though, Islam is not a religion based on miracles, rather it encourages us to take appropriate measures and to work hard at it. We also must put full faith and trust in Allah because without his will nothing can happen. It is a balance.
“Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” (Surah Ar-Ra’d 13:11).
Lets jump into the first dua for protection.
Dua For Protection From Evil
Transliteration: Laa ‘ilaaha ‘illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu, wa Huwa ‘alaa kulli shay’in Qadeer.
English Translation: None has the right to be worshiped but Allah alone, who has no partner. His is the dominion and his are the praise and he is able to do all things.
It was narrated by Narrated Abu Ayyash that The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said:
“If anyone says in the morning: ‘There is no god but Allah alone Who has no partner; to him belong the dominions, to him praise is due, and he is omnipotent,’ he will have a reward equivalent to that for setting free a slave from among the descendants of Isma’il. He will have ten good deeds recorded for him, ten evil deeds deducted from him, he will be advanced ten degrees, and will be guarded against the Devil till the evening. If he says them in the evening, he will have a similar recompense until the morning.”
Grade: Sahih (Al-Albani) Source: Sunan Abi Dawud 5077
Supplication for Protection From Evil:
Wa qur Rabbi a’oozu bika min hamazaatish Shayaateen
And pray: “My Lord! I seek Your refuge from the suggestions of the evil ones;
Reading this Dua shows you are remembering Allah before beginning any task. It provides safety and wards off the Shaytan at the times of eating, intercourse, slaughtering animals for food etc.
Dua For Protection From Hell:
Allahumma inni a’udhu bika min ‘adhabi jahannam, wa min ‘adhabil-qabr, wa min fitnatil-mahya wal-mamat, wa min fitnatil-masihid-Dajjal. Allahumma ‘inni ‘a’udhu bika minal ma’thami wal maghrami.
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said,
“When anyone of you has done his Tashahhud during Salat (prayer), he should seek refuge in Allah against four things and say: “Allahumma inni a’udhu bika min ‘adhabi jahannam, wa min ‘adhabil-qabr, wa min fitnatil-mahya wal-mamat, wa min sharri fitnatil-masihid-dajjal
Translation: (O Allah! I seek refuge in You from the torment of Hell, from the torment of the grave, from the trials of life and death, and from the mischief of Al-Masih Ad-Dajjal (Antichrist).” (Source Muslim 16:16)
Dua for protection when leaving the house
Narrated Anas ibn Malik:
The Prophet (pbuh) said: When a man goes out of his house and says: “In the name of Allah, I trust in Allah; there is no might and no power but in Allah,” the following will be said to him at that time: “You are guided, defended and protected.” The devils will go far from him and another devil will say: How can you deal with a man who has been guided, defended and protected?
Grade : Sahih (Al-Albani)
Source: Sunan Abi Dawud 5095
Dua For Protection From Calamities
Bismillaahil-lathee laa yadhurru ma’as-mihi shay’un fil-‘ardhi wa laa fis-samaa’i wa Huwas-Samee ‘ul- ‘Aleem.
Translation: ”In the Name of Allah, Who with His Name nothing can cause harm in the earth nor in the heavens, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.”
The Prophet (pbuh) said that reciting this supplication three times in the morning and evening will protect a person, such that nothing can harm him, and no calamity should befall him.
Hadith, reported by Abu Dawud, hadith number 5088, Al-Tirmidhi, hadith number 3388, Ibn Majah, hadith number 3869, and Al-Nasaa’i, hadith number 10178
Dua Before Sleeping – Ayatul Kursi:
You probably already have memorized this next ayat known as ‘Ayatul Kursi’ from Surah Baqarah but do you recite every night before bed? Try it, and feel the peace and calmness it brings.
Narrated Anas ibn Malik:
Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) 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 (pbuh)!” Then Abu Huraira described the whole narration and said:
That person said (to me), “(Please don’t take me to Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) and I will tell you a few words by which Allah will benefit you.) When you go to your bed, recite Ayat-al-Kursi, (2.255) for then there will be a guard from Allah who will protect you all night long, and Satan will not be able to come near you till dawn.” (When the Prophet (pbuh) heard the story) he said (to me), “He (who came to you at night) told you the truth although he is a liar; and it was Satan.”
Dua For Protection From Enemy
Authentic Dua for protection from enemies. Abu Dawud 2/89, and Al-Hakim graded it authentic and Ath-Thahabi agreed 2/142.
Allaahumma ‘innaa naj’aluka fee nuhoorihim wa na’oothu bika min shuroorihim.
English Translation – “O Allah, we ask you to restrain them by their necks and we seek refuge in you from their evil.”
This next one is very easy and short to remember. It’s recommended to recite when you are fearful others may try to harm you.
Allaahummak-fineehim bimaa shi’ta.
Meaning behind this Dua, “O Allah, suffice (i.e. protect) me against them however You wish.” (Muslim 4/2300).
Allaahumma ‘Anta ‘adhudee, wa ‘Anta naseeree, bika ‘ajoolu, wa bika ‘asoolu, wa bika ‘uqaatilu.
“O Allah, You are my strength and you are my support. For your sake I go forth and for your sake I advance and for your sake I fight.”
Reference: Abu Dawud 3/42, At-Tirmithi 5/572. See also Al-Albani, Sahih At-Tirmithi 3/183.
Dua For Protection From Shirk
Shirk, (Arabic: “making a partner [of someone]”), in Islam, idolatry, polytheism, and the association of God with other deities. There are many different types of shirk ranging from ‘minor shirk’ to major which includes idolatry.
Allah is Al-Waahid (meaning ‘The Only One’) and to associate partners or other deity is haram. Allah Warns his followers from committing this sin,
Say, [O Muhammad], “I am only a warner, and there is not any deity except Allah, the One, the Prevailing. (Quran 38:65).
This Dua will be the right step forward if any shirk was committed. Allah is Ar-Raheem, The Most Merciful, and knows what feelings truly lies within your heart.
Allaahumma ‘innee ‘a’oothu bika ‘an ‘ushrika bika wa ‘anaa ‘a’lamu, wa ‘astaghfiruka limaa laa ‘a’lamu.
“O Allah, I seek refuge in you lest I associate anything with you knowingly, and I seek your forgiveness for what I know not.”
Source: Ahmad 4/403. See also Al-Albani, Sahih ul-Jami’ As-Saghir 3/233 and Sahih ut-Targhib wat- Tarhib 1/19.
Dua For Protection Of Children and Family
Allah has also mentioned certain verses from Quran that you can recite to seek protection for your loved ones.
From Quran on protection for offspring and family.
Rabbi ijAAalnee muqeemas salati wamin zurriyyatee rabbana wtaqabbal duAAa
O my Lord ! make me one who establishes regular prayer and (also) from my offspring ,our Lord ! and accept my invocation (Surah Ibrahim Verse 40)
Wallazeena yaqooloona Rabbanaa hab lanaa min azwaajinaa wa zurriyaatinaa qurrata a’yuninw waj ‘alnaa lilmuttaqeena Imaamaa
And those who pray, “Our Lord! Grant unto us wives and offspring who will be the comfort of our eyes, and give us (the grace) to lead the righteous.” (Surah Al-Furqan Verse 74)
Another Dua you can recite is Ayatul Kursi which was mentioned earlier.
Surah An-Nas and Surah Al-Falaq:
You should recite this every night with your children and through time and repetition they will soon memorize it as well. These two are very short but powerful.
Aisha reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would get ready for sleep, he would blow into his hands, recite the two chapters of refuge (surah al-falaq and surah an-nas), and he would wipe his hands over his body.
Source: Sahih Bukhari 5960
Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Bukhari
There are different Duas for different occasions. Some of this may apply right away depending on the circumstance and situation you find yourself in.
Hopefully, this article has provided you with some information and advice where you can find peace.
I highly suggest beginning with reading just one of these Duaas and making it a routine. Try reading Ayatul Kursi or Surah Al Falaq or Surah Nas (or all three) before sleeping tonight and Insha-Allah, you will feel better.