General and Beneficent Rules

General and beneficial rules have been taught by the beloved Prophet Muhammad (ï·º) for the safety of Muslims. Many authentic ahadith resources have narrated the general rule mentioned below. Jabir (رضي الله عنه) described that the Prophet (ï·º) advised keeping your children close to you during the night because the devil spreads out in the night (Sahih al-Bukhari 3280). In Sahih Muslim/1012, it is reported that the Prophet (ï·º) has advised to cover vessels, tie up waterskins, and mention the name of Allah on them after maghrib. It helps to seek refuge from Satan.

Hisnul Muslim

General and beneficent rules

Home & Family Duas

إذا كان جنح الليل – أو أمسيتم – فكفوا صبيانكم ؛ فإن الشياطين تنتشر حينئذ ، فإذا ذهب ساعة من الليل فخلوهم ،وأغلقوا الأبواب واذكروا اسم الله ؛ فإن الشيطان لا يفتح باباً مغلقاً ، وأوكوا قربكم واذكروا اسم الله ، وخمروا آنيتكم واذكروا اسم الله ، ولو أن تعرضوا عليها شيئاً ، وأطفئوا مصابيحكم

When evening descends, bring your children indoors for the devils scatter out at this hour. Then after the passing of an hour (the first hour) of the night, (you may) let them (the children) go. Close your doors while mentioning the Name of Allah, for the devil may not open a closed door. Fasten your waterskins mentioning the Name of Allah. Cover your eating vessels mentioning the Name of Allah even if you just put something over it, and extinguish your lamps.

[Hisnul 267] [Al-Bukhari, Muslim 3/1595.]


Benefits of General And Beneficent Rules by the Prophet (ﷺ)

Jabir (رضي الله عنه) reported that the Prophet  (ﷺ) advised keeping children and livestock in the house after sunset.  Because, at this time, Satan is wandering. There are several benefits of following these general rules outlined by the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), and the most important of them is liberation from Satan. As it is mentioned in the sahih ahadith, during the night, Satan wanders and can harm the kids, utensils, and livestock. Reading dua and taking measures can save us from Satan. Furthermore, by obeying the sunnah and following the hadith, we can get the pleasure of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى)‎. Also, making this a part of our routine can save us from the harm of this world, such as theft and kidnapping. This dua also encourages us to remember Allah in every situation, especially when seeking refuge from Satan.


It has been narrated in many authentic ahadith to lock doors and keep the children and livestock in the house after the sunsets, particularly during the fast and the darkest part of the night.
The beloved prophet (ﷺ) advised us to do the following things in the evening to escape from Satan: Cover our utensils, Tie up waterskins, Shut the doors Do all this by saying the name of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى), Extinguishing fires and lamps when going to sleep, Keep children and animals in the house after maghrib