Imaam Ibn Baaz: You turn the head alone when seeking refuge with Allaah in the prayer

حكم الالتفات في الصلاة للاستعاذة من الشيطان
سائلة تسأل عن حكم الالتفات بالصلاة للاستعاذة من الشيطان؟
Question: A woman asks about the ruling of turning in the prayer to seek refuge [with Allaah] from the Shaytaan?
الالتفات في الصلاة للتعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم عند الوسوسة لا حرج فيه بل هو مستحب عند شدة الحاجة إليه بالرأس فقط؛ لأن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم أمر به عثمان بن أبي العاص الثقفي رضي الله عنه لما اشتكى إليه ما يجده من وساوس الشيطان، فأمره أن يتفل عن يساره ثلاث مرات ويتعوذ بالله من الشيطان، ففعل ذلك فشفاه الله من ذلك. أما الالتفات في الصلاة لغير سبب فهو مكروه؛ لقول النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم لما سئل عن ذلك: ((هو اختلاس يختلسه الشيطان من صلاة العبد))[1] وفق الله الجميع لما فيه رضاه إنه سميع مجيب.
Shaykh al-‘Allaamah Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy upon him) responded,
“There is nothing wrong with turning [the head] to seek refuge with Allaah from the accursed Shaytaan in the prayer, when [experiencing] whispers.
Rather, this is recommended when there is a strong need for it, by turning the head alone because the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) commanded ‘Uthmaan Ibn Abee Al-‘Aas Al-Thaqafee with this when he complained of hearing the whispers of the Shaytaan. So he commanded him to spit lightly upon his left side three times and seek refuge with Allaah from the Shaytaan.
He implemented this and Allaah cured him. As for turning away in the prayer without a reason, then it is disliked due to the saying of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him),
“It is a snatching away which the devil steals from the prayer of the servant.” Bukhari (no. 751)
May Allaah grant everyone success to execute that which He is pleased with. Verily, he is the One who answers the supplications, the All Hearing.”
Translated by Hassan Somali
A common mistake that people make is that they turn their whole body away from the direction of the Qiblah when trying to implement this Prophetic Sunnah.
Notice how the Shaykh mentioned that the one praying should solely turn their head

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