The evil mentioned in the title is referring to magic, sorcery and. To explain the answer of, “In what condition evil strikes?”, I took the excerpt from the book ‘Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet’. The book was originally written in Arabic by Imam Ibn Qayyim al-Jauziyah with the title ‘At-Tib an-Nabawee’. This book has also been mentioned by my respected teacher in the Islamic Medicine class.
Here it goes:-
“The sorcerers and magicians admit that their magic is most effective against those who have weak hearts that are busy satisfying the desires and lusts of the life of this world. That is why magic usually affects women, children, nomads, ignorant people, those who have weak Faith, lack trust in Allah (Tawakkul) and lack the fundamentals of Unity (Tawhid), and those neither remember Allah often nor use the various Prophetic supplications and Islamic prayer formulas (Ruqyah). In general, the effect of sorcery and magic is more powerful against weak hearts that lean towards the lower desires of this world.”
When the heart leans towards this earthly life, sorcery and magic becomes most effective against it, because evil spirits only search for evil in the soul that is prone to submit to their power. Surely, evil in the heart deprives one of divine power that is necessary to provide it with sufficient weapons of defense against these evil spirits. That is why these evil spirits, which seek evil, find the hearts weakened by evil unarmed and prone to submit to evil and this when sorcery and magic spells most effective. Allah knows best.”
Besides the points mentioned above, based on my experience, evil also strikes when we are in a weak physical or emotional condition. I remember at one point I was busy working on my Master’s thesis that I forgot to eat (either breakfast, lunch or dinner) which happened for days. And on top of that, I was having a hard time with challenges after challenges hit me all at once in the sense that it also affected my emotional condition. And after that, boom! I was having a hard time that related to evil (in which I don’t want to explain it in details here).
The medicine that I took after meeting the practitioner was reciting al-Baqarah every day. Sometimes I finished the whole surah in one reading, and sometimes I divided it into multiple reading. And Alhamdulillah the cures worked, and of course by the wills of Allah.
By the way, the book that I mentioned earlier also discussed on the cure:-
“Divine cures are the best remedies against sorcery. Since sorcery is the work of evil spirits, then its best cure is that which neutralizes it, such as certain prayers and recitations of the Qur’an. The more powerful the defending army, the more powerful the adversary it will be able to remove and neutralize. This case is similar to two opposing armies, each of which carries its weapons and armaments. The army that has more weaponry and supplies, is the army that prevail in the war. When the hearts is full of Allah’s remembrance and invokes Him often for its needs, and when the heart is joined by the tongue and righteous deeds, these acts will be the best medicine there is against sorcery and magic spells.”
I may not be the best person to say what this phrase means or what that sentence means. However, I have my own opinion on the following phrase:
“The more powerful the defending army, the more powerful the adversary it will be able to remove and neutralize.”
I believe the defending army is the Quran, the zikr and the du’a that we recite repeatedly. Just like the end of the paragraph that says:
“When the hearts is full of Allah’s remembrance and invokes Him often for its needs, and when the heart is joined by the tongue and righteous deeds, these acts will be the best medicine there is against sorcery and magic spells.”
How to protect one selves from it? At a bare minimum, a person should recite these verses from Quran after Fajr and Maghrib prayer (before reciting, make an intention may Allah make these supplications as protection for us):
- Al Fatihah
- Al Baqarah [2: 1-5]
- Al Baqarah [2: 255-257]
- Al Baqarah [2: 284-286]
These can protect oneself from being affected by the evil.
If a person would like to read more, (remember “The more powerful the defending army, the more powerful the adversary it will be able to remove and neutralize.) that person can add this verses:
- Al-Ikhlas [112: 1-4]
- Al-Falaq [113: 1-5]
- An-Nas [114: 1-6]
Besides these 7, one can also add these verses as their ritual for protection:
- Al-Hasyr [59: 21-24]
- Al-Mu’minun [23: 115-118]
For recitation before sleeping, Prophet Muhammad s.a.w used to put his hands together and blow into them, then recite Qul Huwa Allaahu ahad, Qul a’oodhu bi Rabb il-Falaq and Qul a’oodhu bi Rabb il-Naas [i.e., the last three soorahs of the Qur’aan), then he would wipe his hands over as much of his body as he could, starting with his head and face, and the front part of his body. He would do that three times.
Narrated Abu Hurairah, Allah’s Messenger said,
“Whoever says: ‘La ilaha illallahu wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahul-mulk wa lahul-hamdu wa Huwa ‘ala kulli shai’in Qadir,’* one hundred times will get the same reward as given for manumitting ten slaves; and one hundred good deeds will be written in his accounts, and one hundred sins will be deducted from his accounts, and it (his saying) will be a shield for him from Satan on that day till night, and nobody will be able to do a better deed except the one who does more than he.”
*[Meaning of zikr] ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah (Alone) Who has no partner; to Him belongs the kingdom (of the universe), and for Him are all the praises, and He has the power to do everything.’
On a different angle of the story, it is worth noting that, it does not mean the person whose hearts is full of Allah’s remembrance won’t be touched by evil at all.
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad s.a.w was also affected by evil at one time in his life.
It is narrated that Aishah said,
“The Messenger of Allah was effected by sorcery until he thought that he had slept with his wives, while in fact he did not.”
The method used by the Prophet to treat sorcery was, (as written in the same book):
“..by finding the spell and neutralizing it. The Prophet supplicated to his Lord and Allah showed him that the evil spell was hidden in a well. The Prophet removed the evil spell, which consisted of a comb, combed material (hair) and a dry male spathe. When he discarded these objects, he was immediately cured, as if he was restrained and then suddenly released. This is the best cure form sorcery and is similar to removing septic materials by complete disgorging.”
Therefore, I conclude the discussion with the following verses:-
Al-An’am [6: 17] : And if Allah touches you with harm, none can remove it but He, and if He touches you with good, then He is Able to do all things.