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The Explanation of Al-Isti’athah


1. What is Al-Isti’athah?

Al-Isti’athah means for you to say “A’oothu billahi minash-Shaitaanir- Rajeem” (I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed Shaitan). Please read pg. 17 for more detailed description of each word inshaAllah.


2. What is its meaning?

I seek refuge and fortification from Allah my Lord, against Shaitan the accursed, that he confuses me while I recite, or that he should make me go astray, to destruction and misery.


3. What is your proof that you should seek refuge in this manner?

When the prophet (salla allahu alaihi wa salaam) would stand up at night to pray, he would begin his prayer with the Takbir (saying Allahu Akbar), then say:


“A’oothu billahi As-Samee’ul Aalim minash-Shaitaanir- Rajeem min hamzihi wa nafkhihi wa nafthih)."


Translated to mean:

I take refuge with Allah, the All Hearing, the All-Knowing from the accursed Shaitan – from his pride, his poetry, and his madness. (Recorded by the Sunan Compilers)


4. What are the rulings in regards to Al-Isti’athah?

Whenever one is about to recite Quran; whether it is a single chapter or more it is Sunnah to say:

• First (Al-Isti’athah) I seek refuge in Allah, from the accursed Shaitan.

• It is also recommended to say this phrase when angry or

• When one has evil thoughts.

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