Dr. & Imam Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips is a senior influential world Muslim leader. He often speaks in Canada, America and Europe. The following is an excerpt from a sermon uploaded to his You Tube channel in 2012. To view the clip.
Also among the things that we do on a regular basis – we go to the bathroom. How many times a day do we go to the bathroom? The Prophet has given us duas to say, “Oh Allah, I seek refuge in you from filth, the evil jinn, male and female.” Again seeking protection from Allah, on one hand, because the nature of the bathroom being a place of filth. This is a place where evil jinn may focus.
Having entered into our homes – having remember Allah when eating, when using the bathroom. We have to also purify our homes from the satanic things, whether they be among the physical things in the home or things which affect our psyche. We have to purify our homes from the various means by which Satan affects people. Among them is music.
Allah says in the Quran …Verse 64 with regards to Satan. And fool those whom you can among them with your seductive voice. The voice of Satan referred to in this verse is singing. Prophet Muhammad said, some people from among my followers will drink alcohol but call it by a different name. String and wind instruments will be played for them, and women singers will perform for them. Allah will cause the ground to swallow them, and he will turn them into apes and pigs.
Music and singing cultivates hypocrisy in the heart, just as water cultivates plants.
Bells are the musical instruments of Satan. Bells today have become very common; it’s on our telephone, it’s in our clocks. The bell, which is from Christian culture, Christian tradition, which is ultimately from Satan because Jesus did not teach his followers to ring bells. This is something which they invented. Obviously, it came from Satan. It is satanic. And it is as I said because it is the basis of their religion, their call to prayer. The Bell is the musical instrument of Satan. It is also, throughout the society, built into the culture
When Satan hears Surah bakra being read, he leaves the home where it is recited.
Besides that, we also have… a little easier formula for us – when the last two verses of Surah al-baqarah are read in the home for three consecutive nights, the devil will not come near it.
We also have the recommendation from the Prophet to make vicar in our homes. We have a Hadith which the Prophet said “whoever says there is no God but Allah, who’s alone without partners, dominion and praise are all his and he is able to do all things. One who says this 100 times per day will have a reward similar to freeing 10 slaves. 100 good deeds will be recorded for him, and 100 sins erased. And he will have a charm against Satan for the whole day until the night.
No one can come along and tell us “Do this so many times, do that so many times, and [he] is going to do this for you or that for you.” If the prophet Muhammad didn’t say it, then no one else has the authority to prescribe these things for us.
It is also known from the Hadit that, with the recitation of the Quran, angels do come into the home. They come into the environment around the people who are reciting the Quran.
Of course, this was in the time of the Prophet. Angels at different points became visible. In our times we don’t necessarily expect that. But the fact of the Angels coming around those who are reciting the Quran remembering Allah – this has been confirmed in a number of other hadiths.
The prophet Muhammad never left anything in his home that had a cross on it without obliterating it. This was his practice. Wherever the symbol of the cross ends up in the home this should be obliterated. You may find it on the packages of things you’re buying in the society around us because the cross is a part of their society. It’s part of their culture, part of their belief. So, the cross will be worked into many different goods, etc. that we’re going to purchase outside, and we are bringing these things into our homes. It was the practice of the Prophet Muhammad to purify the home by obliterating all of the symbols of the cross.
Before we recite sura al – Fatiha, the prophet Muhammad taught us to say, “I seek refuge in Allah from Satan, from his pride, and his poetry and his touch. Poetry being the music, the song which is common in the society around us.
The prophet also instructed us at the time of marriage that we seek refuge in Allah from the evil that may come about from the marriage itself. He said that, when a person gets married, he should say “Oh Allah, indeed I ask you for the good which is with her and the good which you have created as an innate part of her character, and I seek refuge in you from the evil which is within her and the evil that you created as an innate part of her character.”
Prophet Muhammad also instructed us to seek refuge in Allah from Satan to protect our children even at the time of having sexual relations.
Again, if we buy a home someplace, our neighbors all around us are disbelievers, non-Muslims.
Your wife is influenced by the women around her. Yourself, you are influenced by the society around you. This is what makes it all so – in order to protect the home, imperative to protect – that Muslims create Islamic communities…. That home in the midst of a kafr society will be destroyed by the society around it. A Muslim should have Muslim neighbors. In this way you also protect yourself and your dean.
This is why the prophet Muhammad said… that hijra will remain obligatory as long as Toba is accepted. And Toba will continue to be accepted until the sun rises in the West. That means until the last day. These are the signs of the last day. Hijra remains an obligation on the community, hijra to create Muslim communities.
So let us not delude ourselves into thinking that protection of the home stops with your front door. Protection of the home involves establishing Muslim communities with Muslim schools.