The prophet Muhammad SAW said:” After the sun sets, Hold on to your kids, as the Devils are spreading at that time. After an hour has gone past you can let them go, but keep your doors closed while making Dzikr (saying Bismillah), as the Devil does not open a closed door and close any water bottle, while making Dzikr and put the lid on any pan while making Dzikr, even if you cover them with anything and turn your lights off” (HR. Al-Bukhari no. 3280 dan Muslim no. 2012).
The prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:” Do not send your kids or animals (such as sheep, cattle or camels) after the sun sets, until the darkness of Isha falls, As the devils are being discharged between those times” (HR. Muslim no. 2013).
You might be asking yourself: “What could possibly be the reason behind this? What happens between Maghreb and Isha?”
Well, what happens is that the Shayateen (devils) start to look for a place to hide, as they move around earth in large numbers, Only Allah knows how many and they move in extremely fast speed, much faster than we can imagine. This of course poses a threat to some as they might get crushed by other devils. So they start looking for a place to hide.
The Hadeeth is explaining to us what the devils might do in their search for a safe place to hide. Some of them might enter a bottle and stay there until it’s safe, some might hide in a saucepan, or a bucket and some might enter the house of a human. A Shayateen might hide behind a group of humans who are unaware of this, with those humans not making any Dzikr the Shayateen is safe from the crushing power of other Shayateen roaming Earth like a hurricane.
It is in the nature of Shayateen to hide in dirty places, such as toilets, rubbish bins…etc. They might also get into a child who doesn’t know how to make Dzikr yet and stay inside that child until it’s safe to get out. The parents of that child might notice a sudden change of mood in their child’s behaviour. The parents might think that the child needs to be disciplined when the child might cry as he/she is bothered by the Shayateen in his body. One of the biggest attractions to Shayateen is nappies, as it’s dirty and it belongs to a child who doesn’t know how to make Tahseen (prevention from Devils by reading Quraan and making Dua (praying and asking Allah).
Therefore we remind Muslims to be careful and not to let their doors open between Maghrib and Isha. They also should read Quraan aloud around their children to prevent Shayateen from seeking refuge in their tiny bodies.
May Allah protect us all from Shayateen and prevent them from harming our children…Ameen.
Wassalamu’alaikum wr wb.