📖Sahih Muslim 780
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: Do not make your houses as graveyards. Satan runs away from the house in which Surah Baqara is recited.
- In Islamic belief, Satan is not physically present in a home in the same way that humans are. Satan is considered to be a spiritual being who can influence and tempt humans towards evil. When it is said that Satan flee from house, it means that his influence or whispers may be present, leading to negative thoughts, actions, or discord within the household. The hadith suggests that reciting Surah Al-Baqarah acts as a means of seeking Allah’s protection from Satan’s influence. By reciting this chapter, believers are seeking spiritual strength and invoking the blessings of Allah to keep Satan’s negative influence at bay. It is a way to create an environment of piety, remembrance of Allah, and protection from evil within the home.
In Islam, it is important to note that Satan (also known as Shaytan) does not have authority over believers. According to Islamic beliefs, Satan is considered a creation of Allah (God) and is known for his disobedience and attempts to lead people astray from the path of righteousness. However, Muslims believe that humans have free will and the ability to choose between good and evil. In Islamic teachings, it is understood that Satan can tempt and influence individuals towards sinful behavior, but ultimately, it is the responsibility of each person to make their own choices. Believers are expected to resist the temptations and whispers of Satan by following the guidance provided in the Qur’an (the holy book of Islam) and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad. The concept of personal accountability is emphasized in Islam. Muslims believe that individuals will be held responsible for their own actions on the Day of Judgment. It is believed that Satan’s role is to deceive and misguide, but it is the human who actively chooses to follow his temptations or to remain steadfast in their faith. Therefore, in Islam, the understanding is that humans have the authority and responsibility to either follow or reject Satan’s temptations, and believers are encouraged to seek protection from Satan’s influence through prayer, seeking knowledge, and strengthening their relationship with Allah.