This and the next sura are called Maudhatayn which are recited in times of anxiety. Falaq literally means to split, to remove the shadows of the night… Here it may mean destroyer of any effect of witchcraft. We seek refuge in the One who brings forth the dawn after the darkness of the night. We take refuge from the powers whose functioning we cannot understand like those of witchcraft represented by the blowing on knots…. We also take refuge from the jealous ones. In some traditions they are referred to like lice who are harmless to their victim but irritating – feeding on dead skin and dying of over eating it. The jealous one never wins and we ask for refuge from this attitude which has it’s seed in every heart. The essence of this sura is that we must seek refuge in Allah in any difficulty – physical or spiritual and keep guard of superstitions.