Praise be to Allaah.
It is not prescribed to seek refuge with Allaah from the
accursed shaytaan when starting to speak, except when reciting Qur’aan only.
Allaah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):
“So when you want to recite the Qur’aan, seek refuge with
Allaah from Shaytaan (Satan), the outcast (the cursed one)”
It is not mustahabb for the preacher or speaker to start his
words with seeking refuge with Allaah, unless there is a reason for doing
so, such as if the shaytaan is whispering to him (waswaas) and filling his
heart with pride or self admiration and the like. There is nothing wrong
with seeking refuge with Allaah in that case for that reason, when seeking
refuge is not done in order to start speaking. Allaah says (interpretation
of the meaning):
“And if an evil whisper from Shaytaan (Satan) tries to
turn you away (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم)
(from doing good), then seek refuge in Allaah. Verily, He is the All‑Hearer,
Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd said:
It is not prescribed to seek refuge with Allaah when starting
to speak about something good, apart from recitation of the Holy Qur’aan.
Hence starting to speak or preach by seeking refuge with Allaah has no
basis. This is indicated by what Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on
him) noted when discussing the benefits of seeking refuge with Allaah, when
Seeking refuge before reciting is a signal that what is to
follow is Qur’aan. Hence it is not prescribed to seek refuge before any
other kind of speech, rather seeking refuge is an introduction that alerts
the listener to the fact that what is to follow is Qur’aanic recitation, so
that when the listener hears the words seeking refuge, he can prepare
himself to listen to the words of Allaah. It is also prescribed for the
reader, if he is alone, for the reasons that we have mentioned of this
ruling and others. End quote.
Tasheeh al-Du’aa’ (p. 273).