The Virtues of Istiadhah

There are a number of texts showing us the virtue of istiadhah. Bukhari reports on the authority of Sulayman ibn Sarad, that,

“Two men abused each other in the presence of the Prophet, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, while we were sitting with him. One of the two abused the other, while in a state of rage his face turned red. The Prophet said, “I know a statement that if he were to say it, what he is experiencing would leave him. If only he were to say, ‘I take refuge with Allah from the accursed Shaytan.” (Bukhari 136)

Abu Dawud reports on the authority of ibn Abbas that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, said,

“If anyone seeks refuge with [you] for the sake of Allah then grant him refuge. If any asks you for the sake of Allah then grant his request.” (Abu Dawud 5089)

Muslim records on the authority of Aisha that the Prophet, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, used to say,

“I take refuge with Your pleasure from Your displeasure; I take refuge with Your forgiveness from Your punishment; I take refuge with You from You.” (Muslim 751)

Ibn al-Jawzi said,

“Know that the one who is taking refuge with Allah, the Great, from the accursed Shaytan has clung to the firm Rope of Allah. I take refuge with Allah from all sins and actions of transgression! I take refuge with Allah from misguidance and treachery! I take refuge with Allah from the Displeasure of ar-Rahim!

O My Brother! Know that when the servant clings to the rope of the created king he is saved from the evil of the oppressors. Therefore it is far more befitting and appropriate for the one who takes refuge with the Lord of the Universe from he accursed enemy, Shaytan, that he be saved.” (Ibn al-Jawzi p26)

The Spiritual Cure: An Explanation of Surah Al-Fatihah prepared and translated by Abu Rumaysah Pages 49-51