Episode 5: Seeking refuge in Allah's perfect words
established in Sahih Muslim from the Statement of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be
pleased with him) that he said: "A man came to the prophet (peace and blessings
be upon him) and said: Oh messenger of Allah! A was stung by a scorpion I've
seen the likes of before. He said: If only you have said when night came: I seek
refuge in Allah's perfect words from the evil He has created.
This Statement expounds upon the virtue of this supplication and that whoever says it when come evening, will be protected, by Allah's permission, from harm of a snake bite or scorpion, etc...
His saying in the Statement: “I seek refuge”, meaning I seek asylum; so seeking protection means to seek asylum and to hold fast. In reality, it is similar to the action of fleeing something you’re afraid of to one that will shelter you and protect you from its evil. Thus, the one that seeks refuge with Allah has fled from that which will harm him or cause destruction to his Lord and Owner, fled to him and threw himself between His hands, held fast to Him, sought asylum and refuge in Him.
“The words of Allah”: according to some scholars, are the Glorious Qur'an, and it was said: they are His cosmic and predestination words. “the Perfect ones” are the words that don't have incompletion and inferiority, unlike in the speech of humans.
His statement: "from the evil of His creation" means from all kinds of evil found in any creation, whether that be an animal or similar, human or jinn, evil soul, beast, wind, thunder, or any of the different types of afflictions that exist in this life and hereafter.
It's been authenticated in the compilation of Abu Dawood, Al-Tirmidhi and others from Abdullah bin Khubayb (may Allah be pleased with him), he said: we went out one rainy and intensely dark night to look for the Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings be upon him) to lead us in prayer, and I found him, he said: say! but I did not say anything. Then he said: Say! but I did not say anything. He then said: Say. So I said: What am I to say? He said: Say: "Say, He is Allah, the One and Only" and the two Surahs for seeking refuge three times in the morning and evening, they will ward you off from everything.
This Statement illustrates the virtue of reciting the last three Surahs of the Qur'an: Al-Ikhlas, Al-Falaq and the Al-Nas. It instructs to do so three times every morning and evening. Whoever maintained them, they were enough for him against everything, by the grace of Allah, ie: they ward off all kinds of evils and harms. By Allah alone is success (achieved), no partner (is) ascribed to Him.