Hadith on Shaytan: Do not curse Satan, rather mention Allah

Abu al-Malih reported: A man said, “I was riding on a mount behind the Prophet, and it stumbled, so I said: May Satan perish!” The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Do not say: May Satan perish! If you say that, he will swell with pride until he becomes as big as a house, and he says: By my might! Rather, you should say: In the name of Allah. If you say that, he will shrink until he becomes as small as a fly.”

Source: Sunan Abī Dāwūd 4982

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Arna’ut

عَنْ أَبِي الْمَلِيحِ عَنْ رَجُلٍ قَالَ كُنْتُ رَدِيفَ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَعَثَرَتْ دَابَّةٌ فَقُلْتُ تَعِسَ الشَّيْطَانُ فَقَالَ لَا تَقُلْ تَعِسَ الشَّيْطَانُ فَإِنَّكَ إِذَا قُلْتَ ذَلِكَ تَعَاظَمَ حَتَّى يَكُونَ مِثْلَ الْبَيْتِ وَيَقُولُ بِقُوَّتِي وَلَكِنْ قُلْ بِسْمِ اللَّهِ فَإِنَّكَ إِذَا قُلْتَ ذَلِكَ تَصَاغَرَ حَتَّى يَكُونَ مِثْلَ الذُّبَابِ

4982 سنن أبي داود كتاب الأدب باب لا يقال خبثت نفسي

7/336 المحدث شعيب الأرناؤوط خلاصة حكم المحدث صحيح في تخريج سنن أبي داود

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