QUESTION: I bought a new house, praise be to Allaah. Are there any duaas specifically for protecting a new house? Is there any basis in Islam for what some brothers suggest about reading Soorat al-Baqarah or playing tapes of the Holy Quraan?
ANSWER: Praise be to Allaah. We ask Allaah to bless this new house for you and to make it a haven ofmrighteousness, goodness and blessing. I will tell you what it is prescribed for you to do and say:
Firstly: Be grateful for the blessing of Allaah, for gratitude is one of the noblest of attitudes. Ibn al-Qayyim said in Madaarij al-Saalikeen (2/242): "Faith is of two halves: half is gratitude and half is patience". If a person is grateful to his Lord, He will preserve His blessing to him and complete it, and increase it and others. Allaah says: "And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshipping none but Allaah), will give you more (of My Blessings); but If you are thanlcless (i.e. disbelievers) verily, My punishment is Indeed severe" (Q14 [Ibraheem]:7)
Secondly: Make food and invite to come and eat, for that it's a way of showing gratitude to Allaah. it says in al-mawsooah al-fighiyyah (8/206);, holding a feast after acquiring property is mustahab, like kinds of feasts that are given on happy occasions or so as to ward off evil. It is called wokeerah. It is not as important as the wedding feast, and some of the Shaafais narrated two opinions as to whether it is obligatory, because after mentioning feasts, al-Shaafai said: "that includes the wakeerah ... and I do not grant a concession allowing one to neglect it".
Thirdly: Ibn al-Qayyim (RAH) said in al-Waabil al-Sayyib (I 55-I 56): "Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted, said in the story of the two men: "It was better (or you to say when you entered your garden: That which Allaah wills (will come to pass)! There is no power but with Allaah! I (you see me less than you in wealth, and children" (Q18(al-Kahf):39) The one who enters his garden or house or sees something that he likes in his wealth or his family should hasten to say these words, and if he does, no harm will befall the thing that he admired.
It was narrated that Anas (RA) said:The Messenger ofAllaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: "When Allaah blesses a person in his family, wealth or children and he says Ma sha Allaah la quwwata ilia Billaah (that which Allaah wills (will come to pass)! There is no power but with Allaah), he will not see any harm come to them before death". (Tabaraani: classed as saheeh by Ibn aI-Qayyim in Shifa al-Aleel; classed as daeef by al-Albaani in al Silsilahal-Daeefah).
And It was narrated that when the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) saw something that he Iiked, he would say: "AI-hamdu lillaah illadhi bi nimatihi tatimmul- saolihaat (Praise be to Allaah by Whose grace good deeds are completed)." (Ibn Maajah).
Fourthly: It was narrated from Jaabir ibn Abd-Allaah (RA) that he heard the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) say: "When a man enters his house, and mentions Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted, when he enters and when he eats, the Shaytaan says: You have no place to stay and no dinner. But if he enters and does not mention Allaah when he enters, the Shaytaan says, You have found a place to stay. And if he does not mention Allaah when he eats, he says: You have found a place to stay and dinner.(Muslim)
This dhikr is not only for a new house, rather it includes all houses and all times of entering. So start your life in your new house with remembrance of Allaah, may He be glorified. Among the ways in which you may seek protection for your new house from the evil eye and destructive envy is to say: "A'udhu bi kalimaat-Allaahi taammah min kulli shaytaanin wahaammah wa min kulli aynin laammah (Iseek refuge for you in the perfect words of Allaah from every devil and poisonous reptile, and from every envious evil eye) ."(Bukhaari}.
Fifthly:The Sunnah encourages reading Soorat al-Baqarah, especially in ones home.
It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (RA) that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: "Do not make your houses into graves, for the Shaytaan flees from a house in which Soorat al-Baqarah is recited, "(Muslim). Shaykh lbn Baaz (RAH) said in Majmoo al-Fataawa (24/413): "It seems - and Allaah knows best -that by means of the reading of all of Soorat al-Baqarah, either on the radio. or by the owner of the house, that which was mentioned by the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) may be achieved, namely shaytaan fleeing from that house".
However, we did not find any specific dhikr or duaa to be said when entering a new house. And Allaah knows best.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited