Quran Learning Journey: Understanding The Origins of Surah Al-Falaq

by 6 February 20240 comments

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Surah Al-Falaq is the second last chapter of the Qur’an. It is known for its unique themes and spiritual significance. The revelation of these powerful verses have sparked enduring narratives, providing insight into their deep meaning.

Revelation of the Surah

The surahs was revealed in response to an incident involving the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. A sorcerer named Labid ibn al-A’sam tried to harm the Prophet using magic, which caused him distress and resulted in the revelation of these surahs as a form of protection and healing.

1. Black magic against the Prophet

Labid ibn al-A’sam performed 2 black magic against the Prophet with tools and using the things that the Prophet possessed. He also used a rope and tied 11 knots with pins on each knot. Then he placed the object in a well and put a stone on the object to prevent it from floating. 

The effects of black magic started very slowly, day by day, and the Prophet slowly became ill. Recognizing the gravity of the situation, Allah, in His mercy, sent angels to unveil the mystery behind the Prophet’s illness – shedding light on the insidious nature of the dark magic that had befallen him. The Prophet ﷺ then entrusted some of his trusted companions with the task of uncovering the concealed objects used in the black magic ritual.


2. Surah Al-Falaq cured the Prophet of black magic

Upon discovering the mysterious object, the companions noticed that it was adorned with numerous knots intricately tied with needles. The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ then immediately recited verses from Surah Al-Falaq and with each verse, one knot was undone until they were all released. The impact of his recitation was evident in the miraculous healing experienced by Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. 

This incident underscores the spiritual significance and healing power attributed to the recitation of certain Quranic verses and illustrates the deep connection between faith, supplication and divine intervention in the Islamic tradition.


3. Reciting Surah Al-Falaq in our daily life

Reciting Surah Al-Falaq holds numerous spiritual and protective benefits according to Islamic teachings. Some advantages are:

Seeking Protection from Evil Forces: 

Surah Al-Falaq is often referred to as one of the “Al-Mu’awwidhat” or the chapters of seeking refuge. Reciting this surah is believed to provide protection from the evil whispers of Shaytan (Satan) and other malevolent forces.

Protection from Harm: 

These surahs are considered a means of seeking Allah’s protection from various forms of harm, both physical and spiritual. Muslims recite them as a form of supplication for safeguarding themselves and their loved ones.

Prophetic Practice of The Recitation of Surah Al-Falaq

Aisha r.a. reported that when the Messenger of Allah ﷺ would lie down for sleep, he would blow into his hands, recite the two chapters of refuge, al-Falaq and al-Nas, and he would wipe his hands over his body. (Hadith Narrated by Imam Al-Bukhari). 

In conclusion, Surah Al-Falaq stands as a profound chapter within the Quran, offering a wellspring of spiritual and protective benefits for those who recite them with sincerity and understanding. Their significance extends beyond the historical context of the incident involving black magic, serving as a timeless source of refuge and healing for believers facing various challenges.

Therefore let us embrace the power of seeking Allah’s protection, acknowledging His sovereignty over all aspects of our lives. May the recitation of Surah Al-Falaq be a constant companion, providing solace, strength, and spiritual fortitude in our journey towards closeness to the Divine.

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