Our Creator Allah is very merciful and He has chosen for us two magnificent duas (prayers) at the end of the Quran which teach us to seek Allah’s protection from all the dangers of the world… One of such prayers is contained in Surah Al-Falaq:
“Say: I seek refuge with the Rabb of the dawn.” (113:1)
Before studying the Quran, I used to feel afraid of so many things and on top of that I was made to feel like a fool because people could not understand what was so frightful about simple little things like crossing a river or driving in traffic? So I thought maybe there was something wrong with me because I was always conscious of the dangerous aspect of everything or situation. Today when I studied the following Ayah, I was so relieved to understand that what I used to feel was not entirely wrong… everything in this world does have a potential of being harmful or dangerous… And Allah expects us to seek His protection from the harm of everything which He has created…
“From the evil of all that He has created.” (113: 2)
Now I understand that true “tawakkul” or trust in Allah’s protection is not in being carefree of dangers… rather it is the feeling achieved after you make consistent duas to Allah, being aware of the risks; but knowing that Allah’s protection is stronger than every other thing…
So when the dark night seems to engulf all the brightness of the day and the heart feels gloomy… we should remember that Allah is Greater than this enormous sky and more powerful than its darkness…
“And from the evil of darkness when it overspreads.” (113: 3)
Another dangerous thing which can ruin people’s lives is the magic done by some malicious people to harm others…
“From the evil of those who blow on knots (practice black magic);” (113: 4)
But the greatest harm is in the jealousy of an envious person. It is often observed that in some people’s company you feel secure and comfortable, but there are some who make you feel threatened even though their outward behavior is quite nice… the rays of their envy can be felt in the heart. So we should remember that no one can protect us from their negative thoughts except Allah:
“And from the mischief of the envier when he envies.” (113: 5)
When a child is going out of the house for the first time, the mother sends him off with a lot of instructions… and teaches him to beware of the dangers… Similarly Allah is telling us that these are the dangers from which we should save ourselves… not just physical dangers but also spiritual pitfalls which might ruin our treasure of faith and conviction.
Seeking Allah’s protection day and night, not only ensures our security but is also a means of increasing our love and trust in Allah… May Allah help us all to achieve the best out of life… Ameen.