Treating those touched by the evil eye

Imam Muslim [and Ahmad, Ibn Hibban, AI-Hakim and At-Tabarani] narrated that Ibn Ab’ass said, The Messenger of Allah said:

“The evil eye is true, and (if there is anything that would precede Predestination, it would be the evil eye.”

In addition, Muslim narrated that Anas “The Prophet has allowed using Islamic prayer formulas *(Ruqyah, divine remedy) against fever, the evil eye and sores.”

In the two sound books narrated that Abu Hurayrah said that the Messenger of Allah said,

” The evil eye is true.”

[Abu Dawood, Ibn Majah and Ahmad]

Abu Dawood reported that Ayesha ( Prophet’s wife) said:

“The person who touched others with the evil eye was commanded to perform ablution and the person whom he touched by the evil eye would wash with that water.”

[I\\-Bokhary, Muslim, An-Nasa’y, Ibn Majah, Abu Na’im .

Further, Ayesha narrated, as the Sahihain reported:

“The Prophet commanded me, or commanded, that we should use Islamic prayer formulas from the evil eye.”

At-Termezey narrated that Asma’ Bint ‎Umaya said, “I said, O Messenger of Allah The children of Ja’far are usually touched by the evil eye. Should | perform an Islamic prayer formula for them” He said: ‎yes. If there is anything that precedes Predestination, it would be the evil eye.” [An-Nasa’y and Ahmad}.

Imam Malik narrated that Amir bin Rabi’ah once saw Sahl bin Hunaif take a bath and said,”By Allah! I have never seen the skin of a virgin that is softer than what I have just seen.” Sahl fell to the ground. The Prophet then came to Amir while angry and said to him:

“Why would one of you kill his own brother? Why have you not said Tabrik [Karaka Allah, (may Allah bless it)]? Take a bath for it.”

‎Amir then washed his face, hands, elbows, knees, feet, and a part of his garment in a pot for what he had done and then poured the used water on Sahl. Soon after, Sahl started moving about with the people. [An-Nasa’y, Ibn Majah, Ahmad].

‎Malik narrated:

“The evil eye is true, so perform ablution for it.”

‎Another Hadith narrated by Abdul Razzaq reads:

“The evil eye is true. and if there is anything that precedes Predestination, it would be the evil eye. When one is touched by the evil eye, he should take a bath for it.”

At-Termezey said:

“The person who touched others with the evil eye should be commanded to submerge his hand in a pot of water and then wash his mouth, then spit the water back into the pot. He should then wash his face in the pot, then submerges his left hand and pour some water on the right knee above the pot, and then submerges his right hand and pour water on his left knee. He should then wash his garment inside the pot and the water should not be spilled on the ground. Rather, it should be poured on top of the person whom he touched by the evil eye from behind all at once.”

There are two types of the evil eye, human and Jinn related. Umm Salamah said that the Prophet once saw a young girl, who had a certain expression on her face and said:

“Seek an Islamic prayer formula for her because she is touched by the evil eye.” [AI-Bokhary, Muslim, Al-“Hakim, Abu Na’im.

Al-isma’ili and At-Tabarani]

Abu Sa’id narrated that:

The Prophet used to seek refuge from the jinn and the evil eye of mankind.” [At-Termezey and An-Nasa’y]

Some people who do not have sound comprehension or correct sight and hearing have rejected the fact that the evil eye causes harm, claiming that this is a superstitious, untrue belief. These people are indeed among the most ignorant people who have the least sound Comprehension and the sickest minds. They are the farthest from acquiring knowledge of the soul and the heart and the effect of each on the natural world.

Feel the evilness in their hearts The best minds in every nation do not dispute the fact that the evil eye is true, although they differ on its causes and true effects. Some people say that when people who touch others with the evil eye feel the evilness in their hearts, then their eyes transform the evil thoughts into harmful rays just like the type of snake that looks at its prey and causes it to perish.

Another group says that it is possible that invisible powers emit from the person who touches others with the evil eye and then enter the body of the person whom they touched and harm them.

However, other people say that Allah creates harm to the person touched by the evil eye without any rays that emit from the eye of the person who touched him, Yet, this is the method of those who deny the existence of the various spiritual powers that exist in this world. Allah has created special powers in some of the creations that have profound effects on other creations. For instance, the soul has such a profound effect on the body that no one can deny it. Have you not noticed how the face of a shy person turns red if his sight falls on what is not suitable for him, and turns yellow when he looks at someone he fears? Can witness the effect the evil eye has on people and the weakness it causes in the bodies of the victims. The evil eye is actually the effect exerted by the soul of the victim. Souls vary in their essence, powers, characteristics, and qualities. Therefore, the soul of an envious person can harm a victim profoundly, and this is why Allah has commanded His Messenger to seek refuge with Him from the evil eye. The harmful effect of an envious person on the envied person cannot be denied, except by those who are far away from reality. It is a fact that an evil envious soul touches the envied person in such an evil manner that it causes them harm. Similarly, the poisonous viper gets so enraged and evil when it meets the enemy that it has a special effect on the victim, sometimes leading to abort the fetus or causing blindness. The Prophet described the short-tailed viper and the striped viper as having the ability they can affect sight and abort the pregnancy. Some types of snakes have a negative effect on people by their mere sight, because of the viciousness of such creatures and the effect of this viciousness on people. These effects that we mentioned are not restricted to physical contact, as some of those who have little knowledge of the natural world and religion. Rather, these effects could be caused by physical contact, sight, the soul directing its power to the victim, through imagination and evil omens, and so forth. The envious person might be blind, yet when something is described to him or her, his envious soul affects the described object and harms it even though the blind person cannot see it. Allah said to His Prophet :

“And verily, those who disbelieve would almost make you slip with their eyes (through hatred) when they bear the Reminder (the Qur’an) … “


Say: “I seek refuge with (Allah), the Lord of the daybreak, From the evil of what He has created. And from the evil of the darkening (night) as it comes with its darkness; (or the moon as ft sets or goes away), And from the evil of those who practice witchcraft when they blow in the knots. And from the evil of the envier when he envies.”

Every person who touches others with an evil eye is an envious person, but not vice versa. Since envy includes the evil eye in its general meaning, seeking refuge from it includes seeking refuge from the evil eye In addition, The evil eye includes throwing arrows of envy that depart the envious heart and soul in the direction of the envied person, sometimes falling on its target. If the envied person is unarmed and unprepared, the evil eye will cause him harm. If the envied person is prepared and armed, the arrows might turn back on the one who threw them. This is similar to what actually occurs when one shoots real arrows. The resemblance is that this occurs through the soul while the arrows are shot in the material world, The evil eye starts when the envious person likes something, then follows it with his evil thoughts and desires, and then the evil eye touches the envied object. Sometimes a person might even touch himself with an evil eye, which is one of the worst types of envy. Sometimes one might touch others with an evil eye just by his envious nature. Some of our scholars say that such envious people should be imprisoned and should be given what they need of sustenance until they die.

The Prophetic medicine for treating sorcery (the evil eye) was of several types

Abu Dawood narrated that Sahl ibn Hunaif said:

“We: come by a water spot and I went into it and took a bath, but when I finished I came down with a fever. When the Messenger of Allah was informed, he said,

‘Command Abu Thabit to seek refuge (with Allah for Sahl) with an Islamic prayer formula.’ I said, ‘0 my master! Does an Islamic prayer formula bring about benefit ? ’ He said, “There is no Islamic prayer formula except to fend off an evil eye and against fever and a (snake or a scorpion) bite.” [AI-Hakim narrated this Hadith}.

There are several types of Islamic prayer formulas, such as reciting the first chapter in the Qur’an, the Mu’awwithatan (chapters 113 and 114 of the Qur’an), and Ayat Al-Kursi (2:255).

There are several types of Prophetic Islamic prayer formulas. For instance, one might recite:

“I seek refuge with Allah’s Perfect Words from the evil of what He has created.”

One could recite:

“I seek refuge with Allah’s Prefect Words from every devil and evil soul and from every evil eye.”

One might recite,

“I seek refuge with Allah’s Perfect Words, which no righteous or evil soul could ever encompass (or supersede), from the evil of what He has created, made, and started; from the evil of whatever descends from the sky and whatever ascends to it; from the evil of what He has created on the earth and what comes out of it; from the evil of the trials of the night and the day; and from what comes by at night or during the day, except whoever comes with a righteous matter. O Merciful One!”

In addition, this includes the supplication:

“I seek refuge with Allah’s Perfect Words from His anger and torment, from the evil of His slaves, and from the whispers of the devils or that they might attend me.

One might say the following supplication:

“O, Allah! I seek refuge with Your Honorable Face and Your Perfect Words from the evil of every creature that is only in your grasp (or control). O, Allah! You expel the sins and loss. O, Allah! Your soldiers will never be defeated nor will Your Promise ever be broken. All praise and glorification are due to You.”

In addition, one might supplicate:

“I seek refuge with Allah’s Most Exalted Face which is greater than everything else. And with His Perfect Words that no righteous or evil being could ever overcome; and with Allah’s Most Perfect Names, those which I know and those which I have no knowledge of, from the evil of what He has created, shaped, and made. From the evil of every creation that I cannot overcome and the evil of every evil creature that only You control (or grasp its forelock). Certainly, my Lord is on a Straight Path.”

In addition, the Prophetic Islamic prayer formulas include:

“0 Allah! You Are my Lord, there is no deity worthy of worship except You. I depend on You (for everything). You are the Lord of the Mighty Throne.

What Allah wills, occurs, and what He does not will to happen, will never exist. There is no power or strength except with Allah. I know that Allah is Able to do everything, that His Knowledge has encompassed everything, and that He has kept count of everything. O, Allah! I seek refuge with You from the evil within myself, from the evil and the Shirk (polytheism) of Satan, and from the evil of every creation that only You grasp its forelock. Surely, my Lord is on the Straight Path.”

Or, one might recite the following supplication,

“I seek refuge with Allah, other than Whom there is no god. He is my God and the God of everything. I seek refuge with my Lord and the Lord of everything. I depend on the Ever-Living Who never dies. I seek to fend off the evil with no power or strength except Allah.’ Allah is enough of a supporter for me, and indeed, what an Excellent Helper. Allah is enough for me from the slaves. The Creator is enough for me from the creation. The Sustainer is enough for me from the sustained. Allah is indeed for me.

He owns everything. Who grants refuge while no one can ever grant refuge against Him is indeed sufficient for me. Allah is sufficient for me. Allah’s hearing whoever supplicates Him, He is sufficient for me. There is no goal to reach greater than Allah. Allah, other than Whom there is no god, is sufficient for me, I depend on Him (for each and everything), and He is the Lord of the Mighty Throne.”

Those who try these different types of supplication and Islamic prayer formulas will surely understand their great value and benefits, and consequently, will recognize the great need for them. These supplications will shield one from the effects of the evil eye and will fend off its harm if the evil eye touched them, but according to the degree of Faith, the strength of soul, the degree of reliance (on Allah), and strength of heart of whoever recites them.

These supplications are types of weapons, and their effectiveness depends on the skill of whoever uses them. If the person fears that he might touch other people by the evil eye, let him fend off its harm by saying:

The Prophet commanded Amir bin Rabi’ah,

“Why did you not say Tabrik [Baraka Allah, (may Allah bless it)] for him?”

Further, saying “Ma Sha’ Allah (what Allah has willed), la quw’ata il’a bil’ah (There is no power except Allah)” helps fend off the evil eye. Hisham bin ‘Urwah narrated that his father used to say, “What Allah wills will certainly come to pass, there is no power except Allah,” upon seeing something that he likes and upon entering one of his gardens. Jibril once said an Islamic prayer formula for the Prophet which Muslims narrated in his sound book:

“In the Name of Allah, I say Islamic prayer formulas for your benefit, from every illness that might harm you and from the evil of every evil soul or envious person’s eye. Allah will cure you, in the Name of Allah I say Islamic prayer formulas for your benefit.” [At- Termezey and An-Nasa’y]|

Some of our rightly guided ancestors stated that there is no harm if some Ayat (Verse) from the Quran were written in ink and then washed with water and that the sick person drinks that water. Mujahid issued a statement to that effect, and so did Abu Qilabah. It was reported that Ibn Abbas once commanded that two verses from the Qur’an are written for a woman who had hard pregnancies and that the Verses were then washed with water and she was to drink the water. Ayub said, “I saw Abu Qilabah write some Verses from the Qur’an, wash it with water and then give the water to a person who was suffering from some type of illness to drink it.”

The person who touches other people with an evil eye should be commanded to wash his limbs and the end of his garments, or his sexual organ according to one opinion, from the right side. He then pours the water on the head of the person whom he touched with the evil eye from behind him without notice. This is a type of cure that doctors cannot produce with their medicine. Those who reject such types of Islamic prayer formulas would never benefit from them because they do not believe that the Islamic prayer formulas carry any benefit. Since doctors cannot explain many natural occurrences in the world, why would the hypocrites among them reject such powers and effects that religion produces? Added to this is the fact that washing up with water has a real benefit, experience testifies to its usefulness. Similarly, the anger will be washed away from the heart, if one places his hand on the angry person’s chest. This is similar to confronting a man who is carrying a lit torch that he wants to throw at you, but you keep pouring water on it while it is still in his hand until you extinguish it. This is why the Prophet commanded the person who touches people with an evil eye to ask Allah to bless whatever he has envied so that the evil thoughts that he feels go away and are replaced by supplication, which is a type of good charity. The cure should be compatible with the disease so that it has an effect on it. It is possible that when one touches others with the evil eye that a certain power appears at the end of his garment or his sexual organ, and that it is then transferred to the affected person or object. When it is washed with water, the evil power will be removed. Yet again, and as we have stated, this matter has a lot to do with evil spirits, which will be stopped from producing harm if washed by water. It might be that washing with water serves to cool the heart and thus cures the person who was about to touch others with an evil eye. Sometimes, when a poisonous insect bites someone and then the insect is killed, the bitten person feels a little relief afterward.

This might occur because the bitten person feels joy that the insect was killed and this feeling of elation helps to cure the poison faster. In short, when the person who touches others with the evil eye is washed, the evil that he thought of or felt will be washed away with the water. If someone asks, “If washing with the water helps the aggressor, then what about the victim of the evil eye?”

We say that pouring the water on victims of the evil eye helps cool the effect of the evil eye on the victim just as it extinguished the veiled thoughts from the aggressor’s heart. Water, which is used to cool burning iron rods, is In addition often used as a medicine with which the doctors would concur. It is natural that the same water used to extinguish the evil eye is used to end the victim of the evil eye its effect. Therefore, comparing Prophetic medicine to regular medicine that doctors use is just like comparing the doctor’s medicine to folk medicine. Rather, the comparison is even less appropriate, for the difference between the Prophets and the doctors is profoundly greater than the difference between the doctors and those who are not qualified to practice medicine. You should have discovered by now the brotherly relation between religion and wisdom, and that they never contradict each other. Allah guides whom He wills to the straight path and opens the doors of success to those who knock on such doors. He Alone is the Source of all bounties and irrefutable proofs. Fighting the evil eye is more likely to be successful if one conceals his blessings from the people.

For instance, AI-Baghawi narrated that once Uthman saw a handsome boy and commanded, “Blacken his cleft chin so that the evil eye does not touch him.”

Al-Khattabi narrated in Gharib AI- Hadith, “It was narrated that Uthman once saw a handsome boy and that he said, ‘Hide his cleft chin with black color.” Uthman wanted to hide the cleft chin of the handsome boy using black color so that he was not touched by the evil eye.

Another Islamic prayer formula that helps ward off the evil eye was related by Abu ‘Abdullah Al-Tayya‘hi he was once traveling for Hajj or Jihad using a good animal. There was a man in the caravan who would never look at anything but would bring it to its demise. Abu ‘Abdullah was then told, Preserve your camel from this man’s eye.’ He said, ‘My camel cannot be touched by harm.’ The person who touched with the evil eye was informed of Abu ‘Abdullah’s response and he waited for a chance when Abu ‘Abdullah was not present and looked at the camel which soon fell on its feet! When Abu ‘Abdullah came and was told that the person had touched it with the evil eye and that his camel was suffering, as was evident, he said, ‘Show me the man.’ When he came for him, he said, ‘In the Name of Allah a restraint that restrains, a hard rock and a blazing star: I ask that the evil eye returns to the person who started it and on the dearest people to him (meaning the envious person himself)”.

Allah said:

Then look again: "Can you see any rifts?" Then look again and yet again, your sight will return to you in a state of humiliation and worn out." (67:3,4)

Then, the person known for the evil eye lost his sight and the camel was cured. *

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