The need for the recitation of the entire Surah of the Holy Qur’an is known to every Muslim because the Qur’an, in its entirety, has a lot of benefits.

In contrast, some Surahs have specific benefits attached to them. Among the surahs that have additional importance are Surat Al-Falaq and Surat Al-Nas, which are called Muawidhatayn. They are both called Muawidhatayn because they are used to seek Allah’s protection. Just like if you memorize the first ten verses of Surat Al-Kahf, you will be protected from the Dajjal (antichrist).

Every verse in the Holy Qur’an was revealed with a particular occurrence at the time that the prophet needs the revelation from Allah (SWT). Most of the verses have a reason behind their revelation, and these reasons are called Sababul Nuzool. For example, Surat At-Taubah was revealed when Allah (SWT) ordered the Muslims to fight the disbelievers. At the same time, Surat Al-Kawthar serves as a source of joy to the prophet (SAW).

 

The Sabaabul Nuzool of these two Surah

 

is about a Jew who bewitched the Prophet (SAW) using the hair he got from the prophet comb. This Jew is called Labeed bn Al-a’Sam, and he is from the tribe of Banu Zuraiq. Labeed employed a boy who works in the house the prophet (SAW) to get hold of the prophet (SAW) comb. Immediately he got the material he wanted to use for his magic; he did the magic and put it in a well called Dharwaan.

 

When he completed his magic, the prophet feels that he has met with his wife when, in reality, he has not seen them. For some period, the prophet remains in this state before Allah (SWT) sent two angels to him. These angels inform him about the cause of his ailment, the person who did the magic, and where the magic was done. When the prophet understands his ailment’s origin, he called his dearest wife Aishah, and he informed her that Allah (SWT) had guided him regarding his ailment.

 

The prophet went to the well with some of his companions, including Ali bn Abi Talib, Az-Zubair bn Awwam. When they got to the well, the prophet (SAW) met the well precisely as he saw it in his dream. The water in the well appears as if henna is soaked in it, and its palm trees were like the devil’s head.

 

The prophet removed the magic made with his comb and attached hair while reciting these Surahs. When he recites one verse, the knot will loosen a bit till it is completely loosened. After this occurrence, the prophet used the Muawidhatayn to seek Allah’s protection from all evil. At the same time, he also advised his followers to recite them for Allah’s protection.

 

The Muawidhatayn are the Surah’s, which the prophet said the like of them had not been revealed before. The prophet (SAW) advised Uqbah to recite them in the morning when he woke up and when he wants to sleep.

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: Verily, the people do not seek protection with anything like these two:

Say: “I seek refuge with the Lord of Al-Falaq.”

Say: “I seek refuge with (Allah) the Lord of mankind.”

 

Therefore, Muslims should explore the benefits of these Surah’s so that they can be guaranteed of Allah’s protection from all evils. I ask Allah (SWT) to forgive us and make us among the pious believers.

 

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