The hadith continues on to mention that the Prophet advised “Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind…” (Surah An-Naas) until the end. “Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of Al-Falaq…” until the end of the Surat.
Together these two surahs are very powerful that it’s been given a special name called “Al mu’awwidhatayn” (Arabic: المعوذتان) meaning “the verses of refuge”. Before continuing on with the benefits and importance of these two surahs let’s go over them.
Surah Al-Falaq Meaning in English:
Surah Falaq is the 113th chapter of the Quran and only consists of 5 ayats. This make it very easy to read and memorize.
Read and Listen to Surah An-Naas:
Surah An-Naas is the 114th chapter of the Holy Quran. It is the last surah and consists of 6 ayat which also makes it one of the shortest surahs.
Surah Falaq and An-Naas Benefits:
Surah Falaq, begins by saying “I seek refuge with the Lord of the Dawn”. Here’s the definition of dawn, “the first appearance of light in the sky before sunrise.” This is symbolic for taking refuge in Allah from the darkness or the unknown which is often scary. So whenever you have fears recite Surah Falaq, Allah will bring the light into any darkness. He will show you the way and guide you. His light will break through any darkness or unknown.
Surah An-Naas is read for seeking refuge from evil, this could evil from one’s own heart or could be referring to Jinn’s, shaitan, or evil spirited people. The surah begins with asking to seek refuge in the “lord of mankind” and the last ayat it says “from among the jinn and mindkind”. This is asking us to protect us from those people who may be a bad influence, toxic people and relationships. We all know of the saying, “you are the sum total of the five people you associate the most with”. Reading Surah Nas should be read so we surround ourselves with like minded and kind people.
Hadith On Surah Falaq and Nas:
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. [At- Tirmidhi].
Riyad As Salihin – [At- Tirmidhi].
Arabic/English book reference: Book 9, Hadith 1015
Hadith Before Going to Bed Reciting Surah An Naas and Falaq:
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.
Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari 5017
In-book reference: Book 66, Hadith 39
Will leave with one more quote from Ibn Al-Qayyim which really highlights the power of Surah Naas and Falaq. He states, “the effectiveness of these surahs is great to repel magic, evil eye, and the rest of the evils and the need for a slave to seek Allah’s protection from these two surahs is greater than his need for self, eating, driking, and wearing dress” (Al-Fawwaid, 2/426).
What are your thoughts regarding these two Surahs? Has reciting them brought comfort or saved you from any calamities? Please share your story below.