# Seeking refuge in Allaah from the evil of one’s soul and from the evil of Shaytan and his shirk – Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen
Allahumma faatiras-samaawaati wal-ardhi, ‘Aalimal-ghaybi wash-shahaadati, , Rabba kulli shay’in wa maleekahu, ‘ash-hadu ‘an laa ‘ilaaha ‘illaa Anta, ‘a’oothu bika min sharri nafsee, wa min sharrish-shaytaani wa shirkihi (*), wa ‘an ‘aqtarifa ‘alaa nafsee soo’an ‘aw ajurrahu ‘ilaa muslim.
“O Allaah, Creator of the heavens and the earth, Knower of the unseen and visible, the Lord of everything and it’s Possessor, I bear witness that nothing is worthy of worship but You. I seek refuge in You from the evil of my soul and from the evil of Shaytan and his shirk. (I seeek refuge in You) from bringing evil upon my soul and from harming any Muslim.” (**)
Related by Ahmad (#51, #63, #81, and #7961), al-Bukhaaree in (al-Adabul-Mufrad) (#1202, #1204), and in the narrative of Imaam Ahmad #7961 from him where he said in the last part of the narration: “…Say it when you have entered upon morning and when you have entered upon the evening, and when you take to your bed.” And it was authenticated by al-‘Alaamah Ibn Baaz-may Allah have mercy upon him-in Tuhfat-ul-Akhyaar.
Source : Supplication # 17 in “Precious Rememberance” – Written by ash-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen
Also mentioned in Hisn al Muslim – Sahih At-Tirmidhi 3/142 and AbuDawood
Also mentioned in Saheeh Al-Kalimaat At-Tayyib – Hadeeth No # 21
The following notes has been taken from “More than 1000 Sunan Every Day & Night” published by Dar-us-Salaam
(*) There are two opinions on how this should be pronounced:
(a) The first opinion is that the word should be pronounced as Shiraki, which means plots and plans. So, this part of the supplication would read, “I seek refuge in You from the evil of my soul and from the evil and plans of Shaytaan“.
(b) The second opinion, which seems to be the strongest, is that it should be pronounced as Shirki; this refers to whatever the Shaytaan is calling you towards, in terms of acts of worship, which result in associating partners with Allah. It doesn’t meant that Shirk is being commited by Shaytaan himself. On the contrary it is the person who commits the shirk in obedienec to Shaytaan.
For a more detailed explanation, refer to TuhfatAl-Ahwadee, Volume 9, Hadeeth 3452, by Shaykh Muhammad Al-Mubaarakpuri.
(**) Shaykh Al-Albanee mentioned that the last part,
..is from another narration is Sunan At-Tirmidhi, narrated by Abdullah bin Ammaar, and is not mentioned as part of this supplication, which is also from Sunan At-Tirmidhee, but narrated by Aboo Hurayrah.