A Point of ‘Aqeedah from the Du’aa for Stopping or Lodging at a Place

4 02 2010

سَمِعْتُ ‏ ‏خَوْلَةَ بِنْتَ حَكِيمٍ السُّلَمِيَّةَ ‏ ‏تَقُولُ ‏ …

‏سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ‏ ‏صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ‏ ‏يَقُولُ ‏ ‏مَنْ نَزَلَ مَنْزِلًا ثُمَّ قَالَ أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ ‏ ‏التَّامَّاتِ ‏ ‏مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ لَمْ يَضُرَّهُ شَيْءٌ حَتَّى يَرْتَحِلَ مِنْ مَنْزِلِهِ ذَلِكَ ‏

…Khawlah bint Hakeem as-Sulamiyyah said:

I heard the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) saying, “When anyone stops at a place and then says ‘I seek refuge in the Perfect Words of Allaah from the evil of what He has created,’ nothing would harm him until he departs from his place of stopping.” [Collected by Muslim]

One of the explanations the scholars have given for the phrase “the Perfect Words of Allaah” is that it refers to the Qur’aan.

In the du’aa above, the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) directed us to seek refuge in the Perfect Words of Allaah. Since seeking refuge in any created being is an act of shirk, this means that the words of Allaah (including the Qur’aan) are not created because we have been instructed by the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) to seek refuge in them.

And Allaah knows best.

See: Fath al-Majeed, by ‘Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Hasan, in the chapter entitled من الشرك الاستعاذة بغير الله (Types of Shirk: Seeking Refuge in Other than Allaah); and also Al-Mulakhkhas fee Sharh Kitaab at-Tawheed, by Saalih al-Fawzaan (same chapter).