When have you last done RUQYA for your children?!
In the times we live in & the standalone families that we are (as expats), we mums are busy rushing here, there and everywhere for our children.
To get their meals done, diapers changed, their bodies washed, siblings’ fights abated, schools attended, homework done, their extracurricular activities not missed, bed routines on time. And the list goes on…
In all this dunya rush, do you remember including doing Ruqya for your children? And doing so VERY OFTEN, and not just when they fall sick.
Children are more helpless against al-‘ayn (evil eye), sihr (magic), hasad (jealousy) & harm from amongst the jinns & humans. As mothers (& fathers) we should incorporate the protective Quranic & Sunnah measures in our daily routine, the easiest time being at the children’s bedtime.
The Prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wassalam) out of his deep love for his grandsons al-Hassan and al-Hussayn (radiallahu ‘anhum) used to supplicate for them the dua that Ibrahim (‘alayhi salaam) used to supplicate for his sons Isma’il and Ishaaq.
“A’oodhu bi kalimaat Allaah al-taammah min kulli shaytaanin wa haammah wa min kulli ‘aynin laammah”
[I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah, from every devil and every poisonous reptile, and from every evil eye] (Sahih Bukhari, 3120)
⏩ The scholars also recommend reciting (with Eeman & Tawakkul) al-Mu‘awwidhatayn 3 times each (i.e Surah Falaq & Nas) over them and to wipe their bodies whilst reciting. Or to recite the Surahs into one’s hands and blowing in them while spitting (v.lightly), then wiping your hands over their bodies.
Reciting Surah Al-Fatiha, Ayat Al-Kursi (surah 2:255) is also part of Ruqya.
And when they are bigger, teach them to read Ruqya on themselves just as you do on yourself before you hit the sack! (sleep).
❎ Other protective measures from the Sunnah that we should be implementing to make our homes a believer’s fortress, is to bring the children in just before MAGHRIB TIME. Our Prophet (pbuh) warned us against the dispersing harmful devils at that time.
☑ Saying BISMILLAH before going out & entering the house with them, when closing your doors and windows, and when covering your open ustensils rack at night.
☑ Giving ADHAAN in your home (the father!) Of course not missing any of your daily salawat, dhikr & Quran recitation.
☑ Teach your children the sunnah of reading the DUA before ENTERING TOILET seeking refuge from the jinns & to avoid ruins/unclean places (garbage dumps, graveyards)
☑ In this age of social media, scholars warn us against posting our private family affairs, especially our children’s PHOTOGRAPHS out to the public eye. Not just against sick-minded predators, also against a source of evil eye & jealousy.
Surah Baqarah and Manzil is also very Powerful.
The onus is on us. Let us ‘tie our camels’ and insha Allah, our precious sprouts & families will always be under Allah’s special Rahmah. Ameen.