The following hadith throws light on the black magic spell cast on Prophet Mohammad (s.a.w): Narrated 'Aisha:
Magic was worked on the Prophet so that he began to fancy that he was doing a thing which he was not actually doing. One day he invoked (Allah) for a long period and then said, "I feel that Allah has inspired me as how to cure myself. Two persons came to me (in my dream) and sat, one by my head and the other by my feet. One of them asked the other, "What is the ailment of this man?" The other replied, 'He has been bewitched" The first asked, 'Who has bewitched him?' The other replied, 'Lubaid bin Al-A'sam.' The first one asked, 'What material has he used?' The other replied, 'A comb, the hair gathered on it, and the outer skin of the pollen of the male date-palm.' The first asked, 'Where is that?' The other replied, 'It is in the well of Dharwan.' " So, the Prophet went out towards the well and then returned and said to me on his return, "Its date-palms (the date-palms near the well) are like the heads of the devils." I asked, "Did you take out those things with which the magic was worked?" He said, "No, for I have been cured by Allah and I am afraid that this action may spread evil amongst the people." Later on the well was filled up with earth. Bukhari, volume 4, book 54, and number 490
It was under such hostile circumstances that Prophet Mohammad (s.a.w) was commanded to tell the people: "I seek refuge with the Lord of the dawn, from the evil of everything that He has created, and from the evil of the darkness of night and from the evil of magicians, men and women, and from the evil of the envious", (Surah Falaq) and to tell them: "I seek refuge with the Lord of mankind, the King of mankind, and the Deity of mankind, from the evil of the whisperer, who returns over and over again, who whispers (evil) into the hearts of men, whether he be from among the jinn or men." (Surah Naas). Hence the time of revelation of these twin Surahs and their meaning clearly shows that these verses (which are used in the Sunnah method of Ruqyah healing) are meant to protect us from black magic/ evil jinnat.
Prophet Mohammad (saw) used to seek protection from the jinnat and also the evil eye. When Surah al-Falaq and an-Naas were revealed he utilized them and left other things." [Tirmidhi].
Uqbah ibn Amir (r.a) reported that the Prophet Mohammad (saw) said: "No seeker of protection can seek protection with anything like these two verses." [Abu Dawud] The Prohet (s.a.w) also said: "O Uqba, learn to recite Surah al-Falaq, for you will never recite a surah more cherished by Allah (s.w.t) and more profound in His sight than this verse." [Hakim, Dhahabi] These ahadith show that these Quranic verses are the best to seek Allah's protection with.
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