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What to recite when see the shooting star

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in reference to surah al jinn for eavesdrop,jinns are driven away by shooting stars n meteorites were being showered as they eavesdrop in the heavens in order to hear news of the unseen, as the jinn can ascend to the heavens. My question is when we see the shooting star what should one recite. as the non muslim they shut eyes and wish for something.

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a sister


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What to recite when see the shooting star

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 15 Surah Hijr verses 16-18:

16      It is We who have set out fortified spheres in the heavens, and made them fair-seeming to (all) beholders;

17      And We have guarded them from every evil Shaitaan, accursed:

18      But any (Shaitaan) that gains a hearing by eavesdropping, is pursued by a ‘flaming fire’ bright (to see).


The Majority of the commentators have taken the ‘Shehaab’ (flaming fire) in above Aayah to mean the shooting or falling stars that we see in the night sky. 


A ‘star’ is no more than a creation of the Lord Creator, just like the other creations of the Lord Creator like the sun, the moon, the planets, the trees, the animals, etc.


A ‘star’ or anything in creation, by itself, does not have the power in the least to bring about any good or evil upon anyone in the absolute least….for all Power and all Strength is in the Sole Domain of the One and Only Lord Creator Who Created, Allah Subhanah wa Taala.  


Allah Says in His Holy Quran Chapter 35 Surah Fatir verse 2:

2        What Allah out of His Mercy doth bestow on mankind there is none can withhold: what He doth withhold there is none can grant apart from Him: and He is the Exalted in Power Full of Wisdom.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale Imraan verse 160:

If Allah helps you none can overcome you: if He forsakes you who is there after that that can help you?  In Allah then let believers put their trust.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verse 51:

Say: "Nothing will happen to us except what Allah has Decreed for us:  He is our Protector";  and on Allah let the believers put their trust.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 17:

17      If Allah touch thee with affliction none can remove it but He; if He touch thee with happiness He hath power over all things.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 33 Surah Ahzaab verse 3:

And put your trust in Allah Alone; and enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs.


If one believes that a ‘star’ or absolutely anything in creation by itself has the power or the ability to bring about any good or remove any evil from anyone in the least…..such a belief would constitute the absolute abomination and unforgivable crime of ‘shirk’ in the Sight of Allah Subhanah!


Sahih Muslim Hadith 133      Narrated by Abu Hurayrah

The Messenger of Allah (saws) said:  “Don't you know what your Lord said?    Your Lord observed:  ‘I (Allah)  have never endowed My bondsmen with a favor,  but a section amongst them disbelieved it,  and said: stars, it was due to the stars!’”


Nothing, and we reiterate, absolutely nothing happens in this Universe…..not even a leaf falls off a plant, nor does the tiniest particle of sand or dust moves from its place without the Precise Will and Permission of The Lord Most Majestic, Most Supreme!  And we absolutely assure you in the Blessed Name of the Lord sister, no ‘star’, no ‘planet’, no sun, no moon, no nothing except the Lord Most Majestic, Allah Subhanah, has the Power or Strength to bring about any good or remove any evil from oneself in the absolute least!!! 


We have not come across any duaa to be recited, either in the Quran or the a'hadiths, when one witnesses the phenomena of the shooting stars and/or meteorites.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is only ones. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your brother and well wisher in Islam,



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