أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 

‘On occasions when the Holy Prophet SAW wished to remain hidden from the sight of the Mushriks,’ says Sayyidns Ka’b RA, ‘he would recite three verses of the Holy Qur’an. Such was its effect that the disbelievers were unable to see him.’ Those three verses are:

1.

(Surely, We have put covers on their hearts, so that they do not understand it, and deafness in their ears – Surah al-Kahf, 18:57).

2.

(Those are the ones Allah has put a seal on whose hearts and hearing and vision – Surah an-Nahl, 16:108).

3. 

 (Have you seen the one who has taken his own desire as god while Allah has let him go astray because of knowledge [his or His] and has set a seal upon his hearing and his heart and placed over his vision a veil – Surah al-Jathiyah, 45:23).

Sayyidna Ka’b RA says that he related this thing about the Holy Prophet to a Syrian who had to go to adjoining Byzantium on a certain business. He went there and stayed for a long time until the local disbelievers started harassing him. When he escaped from there, they pursued him. At that time, he remembered that narrative and recited the three verses identified there. It so happened as if a screen was placed on their eyes why they could not see this person who was walking on the same pathway the enemies were passing by.

 Imam Tha’labi says that he related this narrative of Sayyidna Ka’b RA to a resident of the town of Ray. It so happened that he was put under arrest by the disbelievers of Dailam. For some time he remained under detention with them. One day he got his chance to escape. They pursued him, but this person also recited those three verses. The effect was immediate. Allah Ta’Ala screened their eyes in a manner that they were unable to see him – though, they were walking side by side with their clothes touching his clothes.

Imam al-Qurtubi says that the verses from Surah Ya-Sin which were recited by the Holy Prophet SAW at the time of Hijrah may also be added to the three versed cited above. This was when the Mushsriks of Makkah had besieged his house. He recited those verses and went right through them. In fact, he went by throwing dust on their heads and none of them knew anything about it. Those verses of Surah Ya-Sin are: 

 With the name of Allah, the Most-Merciful, the Very-Merciful

Ya Sin. By the wise Quran, surely you [O Muhammad] are from among the messengers, on a straight path. [This is] a revelation of the Mighty, the Very Merciful, that you may warn a people whose forefathers were not warned, so they are unaware. The word has already taken effect against most of them, so they do not believe. Surely, We have placed shackles on their necks reaching down to their chins, so they are with heads forced high up. And We have placed before them an obstruction and behind them an obstruction and covered them, so they do not see – Surah Ya Sin, 36: 1-9)

 Imam al-Qurtubi says that he himself went through an incident in the Manthur Castle of al-Qartubah in his own country of al-Andalus (Spain). I ran in front of the enemy and sat in a corner. The enemy sent two horsemen after me. I was on open grounds. There was nothing to obstruct the view between us. But, I was reciting these verses of Surah Ya-Sin. Both these horsemen passed by me. Then they went back towards where they had come from, saying, ‘this person must be some devil,’ because they could not see me. Allah Ta’Ala had turned them blind as far as I was concerned. (Qurtubi)

 -Maariful Quran, Surah Bani Israel: 17, Volume 5, page 512-514.

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14 Responses to “A Qur’anic formula of remaining hidden from enemy sight”


  1. 1 The Lonely Traveler February 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    jazakAllah a lot for this!

  2. 2 shah March 1, 2014 at 10:19 am

    JazakAllah. May Allah Subhanah Perfects His lightest of Light in us , mentally , physically, spiritually , in our hearts forever and ever. Ameen

  3. 3 Rahima November 7, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Ma shall ah can I have the authenticity please

  4. 4 Rahima November 7, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Can I have the authenticity please

  5. 5 Rahima November 7, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Can I have the authenticity please. Mash all ah. ..

  6. 7 ali January 14, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Asallam o 3laykom, why is it that when i search surah 18:57 on quran.com another ayah comes up?

  7. 8 Hameed Shaheen August 1, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Disseminate such formulae to benefit maximum people of any faith.

  8. 9 tahabob097 September 22, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu. What is your daleel for the verses used by Rasool Allah ( s.a.w ) to hide from the enemy?

  9. 11 Isa January 21, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    I have also recited only the ninth verse in surah yasin and I was invisible when two people from a rival gang were standing in front of me in an open field… the other was telling the other that he can’t find me any more, that he didn’t know were I went to and I was just standing in their middle… though that was in the past when I know little qur’aan and I wasn’t a better Muslim then but Alhamdulillah I am a better Muslim now and I live a better life now and I thank Allah the almighty for sparing my life to see days like this… days which I have decided that Allah comes first in my life… the whole world can wait… now Insha-Allah I can recited more than 25 verses from surah Yasin without looking that the quran.

    • 12 hafso June 20, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      can I use this prayer to stop people from knowing my thought because they are really giving me so much problem because pple are hearing my thought without speaking I don’t know if that is how I’m created or afflicted

  10. 13 hafso June 20, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    can I use this prayer to stop pole from knowing my mind cos my mind is always speaking out don’t know if I’m afflicted


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