I turned the key to unlock the front door to my apartment. It opened into the living room and as I switched on the light to enter, my eyes glanced at someone, or something standing right infront of me. ‘What was that?’ I thought to myself. In less than a second it disappeared. I placed all my grocery bags aside and cautiously entered my apartment. My husband and children entered right after, but no one seemed alarmed.
I was sure I saw someone. He was about the height of an average human and was equally shocked by this encounter. But where did he go? Trying to make sense of this incident I walked towards our hallway and noticed that the door to the washroom located right at the end of it, was wide open. My anger rose at who ever had used it last and left the door fully open. It explained the entire situation.
Jabir Ibn Abdullah (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) said: “When night falls (or when it is evening), stop your children from going out, for the devils spread about at that time. When part of the night has passed, release them and close the doors and mention Allah’s name, for the devil does not open a closed door. And tie the mouths of your water-skins and mention Allah’s name; cover your containers and utensils and mention Allah’s name. Cover them even by placing something across them, and put out your lamps.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
A devil had entered into my house from an opening in the window of this washroom. Whether he entered consciously or unconsciously, I can never know. The call for ‘Maghrib’ prayer (evening prayer) had just completed and the house was empty that time. He must have thought it was deserted.
The next few days felt like a horror movie. My elder daughter kept complaining of a monster with sharp teeth constantly lurking around and refused to sit in one of our rooms. ‘He is there,’ she kept informing. She was three back then.
On one occasion, I happened to open the door of that particular room and almost immediately she ran away. I asked her why she was behaving this way, she said that the monster was inside and looking at us. She kept describing its appearance with creepy finger gesture and wide-eye scary face.
I knew that the one who had entered the house the previous day, hadn’t left yet. Though it is common to sense these beings around us, this was the first time, I actually felt scared. I could sense it wasn’t ready to leave my house. My husband wasn’t available during those days, when this incident took place. He had to stay back at the office to complete extra work hours. So, it was me and the kids and I had to find a solution to this problem.
I did some research on how to keep the house safe from ‘jinns’ (devils) and kept making ‘dua’ to Allah (swt). I kept reciting ‘Surah An-Nas, Surah Al-Falaq and Surah Al-Ikhlas’ three times every morning, evening and night.
Narrated Abdullah Ibn Khubayb (May Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said: Recite Surah Ikhlas and Al-Mu’awwadhatain (Surah Al-Falaq And Surah An-Nas) in the evening and in the morning, three times, and that will suffice you against everything (from all evils). (Abu Dawood)
I also reread the meaning of these surahs, this time understanding exactly why they are recommended. Reciting these verses upon ourselves and our children is one of the best means to attaining protection from these problems and any form of harm. I also started playing ‘Surah Baqarah’ every morning and hoped that it will leave us, unharmed.
Abu Hurayrah (May Allah be pleased with him) said that the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Do not turn your houses into graves. Verily, Shaytan does not enter the house where Surah Al-Baqarah is recited.” (Tirmidhi)
In another hadith, he also said: “Indeed Allah wrote in a book two thousand years before He created the heavens and the earth, and He sent down two Ayahs (verses) from it to end Surah al Baqarah with. If they are recited for three nights in a home, no Shaitan (devil) shall come near it.” (Tirmidhi)
By the third day of reciting all these recommended verses, I started feeling that the uninvited ‘jinn’ had left. I felt safe again and my children were playing normally. In order to check if they had any more stories to add to their monster tale, I asked them if he was still around. They confirmed that there was no one but us and didn’t understand why I was asking them this.
The issue of the ‘jinn’ is not as some people think that they are strong and cannot be overcome. Rather, theybecome strong when man is weak due to his heedlessness of Allah (swt) and negligence in mentioning Him. Without doubt, I continued following these steps on regular bases in order to avoid any further encounters.
Allah says: “Indeed, there is for him (Satan) no authority over those who have believed and rely upon their Lord. His authority is only over those who take him as an ally and those who through him associate others with Allah.” (Surah An Nahl, Verse 99-100)