Istiʿādhah or Taʿawwudh is the act of saying:
- Aʿūdhu billahi min-al-shayṭān al-rajīm
I seek Allāh’s protection against the Shayṭān, the outcast.
And if there comes to you from Satan an evil suggestion, then seek refuge in Allah . Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Knowing. 41:36
to repel negative distractions and enter a state of mindfulness.
- “When you read the Qurʾān, seek Allāh’s protection against the Shaytān, the outcast.” (Qurʾān 16:98)
- before ritual prayer
- to banish evil thoughts