Growing up in a modest Muslim family, did not make much difference in my parents’ upbringing. They were just like any other loving pair of parents, always looking out for the best for my siblings and I, wanting the best for us all. With these best intentions, came many rules and lessons to abide with. One of these, being the memorization and recitation of Du’as.

As a child, my parents would caution myself and my siblings against all of the dangers of the world. In this, they told us, they would arm us with the most reliable and strongest weapon in the world: Du’a (or also commonly known as Surahs). So they set their days and nights, listening to my siblings and I recite Du’as, seeking protection, always correcting our pronunciation and reading.

Some Surahs are stories, filled with inspiring tales like Al-Kahf and  Al-Khidr. Others can come as reminders for us such as Al-Kauthar.

The ones that my parents imparted and heavily emphasised on? Well, they were on protection. So, here are some Du’as for protection, that I’d like to share with you from my personal collection of Favoured Surahs.

  1. Surah Al-Kursi

“Allah! There is no god but He – the Living, The Self-subsisting, Eternal. No slumber can seize Him Nor Sleep. His are all things In the heavens and on earth. Who is there can intercede In His presence except As he permitteth? He knoweth What (appeareth to His creatures As) Before or After or Behind them. Nor shall they compass Aught of his knowledge Except as He willeth. His throne doth extend Over the heavens And on earth, and He feeleth No fatigue in guarding And preserving them, For He is the Most High. The Supreme (in glory).” –  Surah Al-Kursi

Ever heard of the phrase “the best offence is defence”? That prevention is better than a cure? Well then, this Du’a is used as a plea to ward off harm and protect you.

I can still remember being tucked in by my parents after a long day of school and play. Just like any other child, I was wary of monsters under the bed, but my parents somehow knew what to do.

If Du’as are our weapons against evil, then Surah Al-Kursi is our shield.

They’d ask me to read the Surah and tuck me into bed, reminding me that Allah (s.w.t.) would be there to protect me.  They’d always compare the Surah Al-Kursi to a shield. That it would protect me from any ill-intent, mishaps and even monsters.

For more information on the wondrous structure and meaning of Surah Al-Kursi, you can read here. 

2. Surah Al-Falaq

The very next three Surahs that are on the list are in fact the last three Surahs of the Al-Quran. Growing up and learning the surahs, I wasn’t well aware of how important and beneficial these Surahs were. So much so, that reciting the three Surahs for protection was even a Sunah (following the doings and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

“Before sleeping Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) would recite the last three Surahs of Quran and then would blow it onto His hands and then wipe the hands all over His body.”(Bukhari)

Surah Al-Falaq is about seeking the protection of Allah (S.W.T.) from all forms of evil, found in the dark, sorcery and envy of others. These are commonly believed as the source of evil that befalls us.

Say: I seek refuge with the Lord of the Dawn. From the mischief of created things; from the mischief of Darkness as it overspreads; from the mischief of those who practice Secret Arts; and from the mischief of the envious one as he practices envy.” (113:1-5)

3. Surah An-Naas

The following Surah is one of the last Surahs found in the Al-Quran. Also mirroring the Surah Al-Falaq, Surah An-Naas is about seeking the protection of Allah (S.W.T) as well. However, in this case, it is protection from the form of whispers, ‘evil eyes’ and also Jinns.

Hazrat Abu Saeed al-Khurdi (RA) narrates:

“The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) used to seek refuge with Allah from the jinn and from the evil eye until the Mu’wadaitain (Surah Falaq and Surah Naas) were revealed, and whey they were revealed He started to recite them and not anything else.” (Tirmidhi)

4. Surah Al-Ikhlaas

One prominent memory that I have of my grandfather involved this Surah. It was during one of our Ramadhan gatherings, where we would have our family tahlil. I was quite young, and still learning how to read the Arabic letters.

Seeing as I was sitting down and just waiting as everyone read the Surah Yaasin, my grandfather sat next to me and asked me if I knew my Surah Al-Ikhlaas. As it was one of the shortest Surah, (making it my favourite surah) that I had just memorized for religious school, I quickly nodded yes. He then told me to recite it as much as I could, for the rest of the visit.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:

“Say : He is Allah, Absolute Oneness….., By Him in Whose hand my soul is, it is equal to one third of the Quran!” (AlBukhari)

Little did young me knew, this was my grandfather’s method of ensuring I was protected while reaping the benefits of reading the Surah Al-Ikhlas countless of times. A single recitation of the Surah, is comparable to the recitation of one-third of the Quran, while reciting it a 100 times would be beneficial in seeking forgiveness for our sins.

5. Surah Al-Fatihah

 Umm ul-Quran/Kitab (Mother of the Quran/Book)Abu Hurairah (R.A) narrated the Messenger ﷺ of Allah saying:

“The chapter commencing with “All praises and thanks are due to Allah the Lord of the Worlds” is the Mother of the Quran, the Mother of the Book, the Seven Oft Repeated Verses and the Great Quran.” (Tirmidhi)

A Surah that all Muslims should know or be familiar with; it’s even on the first page of the Al-Quran. One of the first few Du’as that I learned by heart, it is the default Surah that I recite, when I seek comfort. Or when my brain jams up and I find myself drawing up a blank to what Du’a to read before I open the door.

Did you know it is one of the most revered Surahs? So much so, that Solat is considered unaccepted without the recitation of this Surah in each rakaat of our prayers.

That’s my list of protective Du’as, that I feel every Muslim should know. Do you agree? or do you have your own list?