During this blessed month of Shahru Ramadan, we will meditate upon various Surahs of the Quran Majid, so that we can become closer to our holy book, during its month of revelation.

Rasulullah (SAW) used to recite three Surahs before he would sleep at night, Surah Al-Ikhlas, Surah Al-Falaq and Surah An-Nas. Muhammad (SAW) would then rub his hands on his body to place the barakat of these Surahs over him to protect him during the night.

When we look at most hospitals, we see that the patients are often sicker at night time than at day time. This is because the Shaitan (LA) finds it easier to create his mischief in the night time as that is when most of us are furthest from Allah (SWT) and, consequently, the Shaitan (LA) can come closer to us.

During the day, we often think about Allah (SWT), recite Quran Majid, keep our wudu and are closer to the protection of Allah (SWT). At night, we go to sleep not worrying about waking up for fajr, without performing wudu and, ultimately, it is as if we are animals going to sleep, being more interested in this world than in Allah (SWT).

This is why Rasulullah (SAW) specifically ensured that he was close to Allah (SWT) before he would sleep, so that we could follow his sunnat and the Shaitan (LA) could not perform his evil at night as we would be protected by the barakat of these three Surahs.

Rasulullah (SAW) also said that Allah (SWT) revealed to me two Surahs (Surah Al-Falaq and Surah An-Nas) and they were unlike anything that was revealed to me in the Quran Majid.

In this meditation, we will examine how Surah Al-Falaq was revealed to Rasulullah (SAW) so that when we begin to understand its meaning in our future meditations, we will have the context regarding its revelation, in sha Allah.

Whereas Rasulullah’s (SAW) soul is above ours, Allah (SWT) gave Muhammad (SAW) a body just like us, that was affected just like we are with pain and disease. It was also affected by witchcraft and black magic, just like our body would be, as in Islam we believe that both of these exist.

One of Rasulullah’s (SAW) enemies was Lubaid ben al-‘Aasim (LA), who was an unbeliever in Islam but a believer in black magic.

In order to cause Rasulullah (SAW) harm, Lubaid (LA) brought a statue and tied 11 knots around the statue and placed it under a rock in a well of Dharwan. When this statue was placed there, Muhammad (SAW) immediately began to feel pain.

Jibraeel (AS) and Mikaeel (AS) then came to Rasulullah (SAW) and when Mikaeel (AS) said to Jibraeel (AS) that Rasulullah (SAW) was feeling faint, Jibraeel (AS) told them that Lubaid ben al-‘Aasim (LA) had affected him with witchcraft and black magic.

Jibraeel (AS) then told them where this statue with the eleven knots was and said that they should take that statue out and burn it, as then Rasulullah (SAW) would be healed.

Rasulullah (SAW) then told Ammar ibn Yasir to go to the well and retrieve the statue. It was then that Surah Al-Falaq was revealed and Rasulullah (SAW) recited it eleven times, each time Rasulullah (SAW) recited it, one of the knots opened up.

Finally, all of the knots were opened through the barakat of this Surah and the witchcraft and black magic of Lubaid (LA) was removed and Rasulullah (SAW) received shifa.

One of the key lessons that we can learn from this riwayat is how pain is viewed in Islam. In today’s world, whenever we feel pain we take a pain relief tablet and the pain is gone.

In Islam, however, there are three types of pain and they all have one purpose, to tell us that something is wrong.

The first is a physical pain which tells us that something is wrong with our body. When we have this pain, our body is telling us that something is not working, and we should look to what that is, rather than subduing it immediately as, through doing so, that message is lost.

The second is a mental pain which tells us that our mind or our spirit is not at ease. We either have a stress or a worry that we need to deal with as that could lead us to a larger problem.

The third is a pain from the love of Allah (SWT). As the creations, we want to return to our creator and the magnificence of Allah (SWT) is such that even if we feel that we are a second away from him, in reality it can be hundreds of years away from him. This yearning of wanting to be close to Allah (SWT) is a pain that many of the Nabis (AS) endured, a pain far greater than any we can imagine.

In tomorrow’s meditation, we will discuss Yusuf’s (AS) dua that was also prayed when he was in a well and how that dua has been answered in Surah Al-Falaq, in sha Allah.

May Allah (SWT) always protect us through Surah Al-Ikhlas, Surah Al-Falaq and Surah An-Nas, where we seek refuge in him and protection from all that can harm us. May the barakat of Surah Al-Falaq remove any pain from our lives, whether it be physical, mental or for the love of Allah (SWT). Aamin.

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