Was sihr (jaadoo, magic) created at the same time the world was created?
We are not aware of its time of creation. It had appeared early in man’s history. The two Angels, Haaroot and Maaroot, were transformed into human beings by Allah Ta’ala and despatched to earth to impart sihr. It was meant to be a trial for mankind. Whoever acquired this knowledge, lost his Imaan.
Please advise regarding sihr (magic) done to separate husband and wife and advise regarding Aamils.
Jadoo (magic, sorcery, witchcraft) is an evil and a satanic science. Its reality is confirmed by the Qur’aan Majeed. While there exists real saahireen (satanic magicians/sorcerers), numerous are fakes, and so are those who claim to have the ability to neutralise and eliminate this evil. Most aamils (those who counter magic) who diagnose magic in a victim, are unable to cure the patient or exorcise the evil being/spell which grips the victim. There are two types of jadoo. The jadoo of sorcerers, and the jadoo of the nafs. While the former is a reality, the ‘jadoo’ of the nafs is a figment of the imagination of weakminded people.
It has become fashionable to attribute to sihr just any peculiar behaviour or physical ailment a person may have contracted. Headaches, anger, illicit relationships, a sharp drop in sales and a myriad of normal and natural events and development are attributed to magic. On the flimsiest pretext, jadoo is suspected. People have become paranoid on this issue. Family members are wildly accused of having enlisted the aid of sorcerers to harm relatives with sihr. Aamils who purportedly ‘journey’ into the metaphysical and spiritual realm, ‘see’ in their trances the blurred forms and appearances of people. These persons are then accused of having perpetrated the sihr.
Some aamils degenerate to the level of even naming the visionary faces they had beheld in their trances. Yet the Shariah prohibits this. The testimony of an aamil in this regard is not admissible in the Shariah. Even if the aamil happens to be a pious man, shaitaan is able to influence the trance and himself appear in the form of different persons who are then accused falsely. It is for this reason that the Shariah does not accept the visions of aamils as proof for a claim.
Many cases of assumed jadoo are actually the ‘jadoo’ of the nafs. The inconsiderate attitude of the person is the effect of his nafs which desires expression for its lust. The inordinate desires of the shaitaani nafs, and the man’s submission to these dictates are the effects of pure nafsaaniyat and shaitaaniyat. This has no relationship with sihr. A man’s extreme anger, an illicit relationship, a drop in sales, etc. are not to be presumed as effects of sihr.
The only way of salvation from this evil is mujaahadah (struggle) against the nafs. Submission of the nafs to the demands of the Shariah is the remedy for the jadoo of the nafs. Indulgence in haraam and transgression is the consequence of obedience to the nafs. It has no relationship with sihr. It is observed that when a man becomes obsessed with a female in an illicit relationship, his wife and other relatives fail to understand his obsession. They and the quack ‘aamils’ quickly attribute the man’s attitude to sihr (jadoo) whereas no sihr is involved in the man’s evil relationship. It is a plain case of shaitaaniyat and nafsaaniyat. The man is simply enslaving himself to his nafs and giving expression to the inordinate cravings of his lustful nafs. As long as a person who has become intoxicated by the cravings of his nafs refuses to struggle to restrain and neutralize his nafs, he will remain in its tentacles, inebriated with the ‘jadoo’ of the nafs. .
Undoubtedly, sihr is a reality. But in most cases there is misdiagnosis and false diagnosis by quacks and fraudulent ‘aamils’ whose motive is to fleece people of their money. They take advantage of the ignorance and gullibility of people to line their pockets. Even if a person is perhaps afflicted with sihr, and a genuine aamil is not available, he (the patient) should combat the effects of the sihr with the power of his mind. He should counter the demands of the sihr in the same way as he would fight the dictates of the nafs and shaitaan. He has to apply pressure to restrain himself from fulfilling what the sihr is supposed to do to him. Generally sihr is perpetrated to create enmity between husband and wife in order to break down the marriage. Such sihr is perpetrated at the instigation of envious persons. Now when the spouses can understand with their rational senses that they are being constrained by some invisible force to fight between themselves or to deliberately do something to annoy or harm one another, then they should simply utilize their Aql (intelligence) and struggle to restrain the ‘force’ which from within them demands the commission of an evil deed calculated to ruin the marital relationship. With the mind, thikr, duas and mujaahadah, it is possible to neutralize the effect of jadoo. It should, however, be remembered that most of the imagined ‘jadoo’ is nothing but the demands of the evil nafs, and the remedy for this type of ‘jadoo’ is only mujaahadah— to struggle against the nafs and neutralize its demands.
Does sihr have an effect on people?
Yes, it does have an evil effect. It is a reality mentioned in the Qur’aan Majeed. Surah Falaq and Surah Naas were revealed to combat the effects of sihr.
Can sihr be a cause of sickness?
Yes, it can be a cause for sickness. But one should exercise care in this regard. Nowadays the imagination of people is playing havoc with them. Almost every sickness and calamity are attributed to sihr. There is a glut of incompetent aamils and quacks operating. Their diagnosis is blindly accepted by people and imagination then plays havoc. While all these aamils diagnose sihr, they are hopelessly incapable of curing the patient who suspected to be a victim of sihr.
When one is afflicted by sickness or any kind of calamity, repent, recite Istighfaar in abundance and make dua constantly. Allah Ta’ala is The only One Who cures. Have yaqeen in dua, but at the same time reform yourself morally and spiritually. Recite Surah Falaq, Surah Naas, Aayatul Kursi and the last ruku’ of Surah Baqarah daily. Continue with this spiritual prescription. If Allah Ta’ala wishes, He shall cure. But, those who generally resort to the incompetent aamils of today become hooked onto imagination. They then imagine that they are afflicted with sihr when this is not the case.
Why do aamils use different methods to cure a person affected by sihr?
For the same reason that doctors and hakeems use different medicines and remedies to cure patients.
How does an aamil use a jinn to help him?
It is not permissible for a Muslim to gain control of a jinn. By mean of some amal (practice) it is possible to gain control of a jinn and make him subservient. But this is haraam because jinn is free just as man. Just as it is haraam to enslave a free human being, so too is it haraam to enslave a jinn. Generally those who enslave jinns are evil aamils. They employ shaitaani methods for this person. They even resort to kufr.
How can a good aamil be distinguished from a bad aamil?
If the aamil is a strict follower of the Shariah, he will be a good aamil otherwise not. If he employs un-Islamic methods, he is operating with shaitaani influence and aid.
It is confirmed that a lady in our family dabbles in witchcraft. We have proof that she is learning sihr and practises it. She is an elderly person. Do we have the right to debar her from our home and refuse to eat the food she sends us?
Yes, you have this right. In fact, you should be on your guard against her. Confront her with the evidence and admonish her. Make it known to her that she has lost her Imaan and that she should repent and renew her Imaan.
Is it permissible for an aamil to inform a victim of sihr of the identity of the one who is suspected of having made the sihr?
The information which an aamil gains by means of his acts (amals) is not necessarily correct. It is for this reason that the Shariah does not regard the effects of such amals as evidence. It is possible for the shaitaan to interfere in the amals of an aamil. The aamil too can misinterpret the results of his amals. It is not permissible for an aamil to reveal any identities on the basis of what he has gleaned from his amals.
Children in our house are seeing a huge black jinn. They become extremely frightened. What can be done when this happens?
According to the Hadith, when any such apparition is seen, call out the Athaan loudly. Insha’Allah, the shaitaan will disappear. It is not necessary to insert the fingers in the ears when reciting the Athaan on this occasion.
What should one do if one sees a jinn, ghost or something of this nature?
According to the Hadith, one should recite the Athaan loudly. Insha’Allah, the evil apparition will take flight. Aayatul Kursi should also be repeatedly recited.
I suffer from frequent nocturnal emission (ihtilaam). Is there any remedy for this?
Before retiring to bed, recite Surah Nooh.
It has been said that recitation of Surah Mulk will save one from the questioning in the grave. Is this correct?
Yes, it is true. A person who recites Surah Mulk every night will, Insha’Allah, be saved from the ordeal of Munkar and Nakeer’s interrogation.
Someone claims that it is not permissible to use red ink. He claims that red ink is used in books of sihr (magic). The use of red ink kills compassion and obliterates the Noor of Allah from the heart. Is there any truth in this?
Even if we have to accept that books of sihr are written with red ink, then too it cannot be said that red ink is haraam because saahireen (sorcerers) use it. If it has to be haraam on this account, then it will follow that writing on paper too is haraam because sihr is written on paper as well. Then the saahireen use a variety of objects to perpetrate their evil of sihr. Does this mean that everything —every item a saahir uses becomes haraam? According to the Shariah it is permissible to use red ink.
What should one recite when a person is afflicted with jaadoo?
Surah Falaq and Surah Naas were revealed specially to neutralise the effects of sihr (jaadoo/witchcraft/magic). Recite these Surahs much and constantly, and also blow on the affected person after reciting these Surahs. Continue with this and supplicate to Allah Ta’ala to remove the affliction. It is only Allah Ta’ala Who can aid.
My wife was recently told that she is “affected”. We visited an Aamil and
he gave her the following treatment:
1) ta’weez for water to drink once per day.
2) ta’weez to place in rose-water and sprinkle all over the house.
3) ta’weez (multiple photocopies) to rub over her whole “naked” body, and then to shower. This ta’weez she should burn.
My question is: by knowing that a ta’weez contains a name/names of Allah (swt), and Quranic verses (and numerals based here-on), isn’t this disrespectful? Me and my wife are feeling very uncomfortable at this rubbing, so much so, that it has caused stress in our marriage. She is entering her period-time, does this mean she shouldn’t touch a ta’weez?
Shouldn’t every ta’weez be handwritten (Hadith) instead of photocopied?, and shouldn’t the handwriting be flowing and neat? Sorry for having to ask you these questions, as the Aamil would not answer me, saying it’s not the right time for me to know and that the jinn would attack me. I am quite distressed and worried at his authenticity.
Ta’weez for water to drink is permissible. Ta’weez to place in rosewater and sprinkle is also valid. A woman in her periods may keep the ta’weez on her provided that it is wrapped or sewn in a cloth so that she will not directly touch it in case it has Qur’aanic verses written on the paper. Photocopies are also valid although, in our opinion, it is better to write the ta’weez by hand. It is also permissible to burn a ta’weez.
We have strong reservations about rubbing the ta’weez on the naked body of the female if the ta’weez has Allah’s Name or Qur’aanic verses written on it. This item of the amal should not be practised. Tell the aamil to prepare something else instead of having to rub the naked body with the ta’weez on which is written Allah’s Name. If the ta’weez contains only numerals, then it may be rubbed on the naked body.
May Allah Ta’ala grant the sister a complete cure. May He remove the misfortune/evil which is afflicting her. She should make dua in abundance and also recite the three Qul Surahs and Aayatul Kursi in abundfance. If Allah Ta’ala wills, He grants shifa without ta’weezez.
Some people claim that somebody had practiced jadoo (magic, witchcraft) on them. They say they are accepting their fate with patience because jadoo was a sunnat that Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) lived through. Is there a basis for this claim?
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) lived through shirk as well. But to claim that the shirk of the kuffaar is a sunnat merely because Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) lived through it, is ridiculous and baseless. Sihr (magic) is haraam. It cancels out Imaan. Surah Falaq and Surah Naas were specially revealed as a remedy for Sihr. To have patience when misfortune strikes is necessary and meritorious. But a haraam practice should not be described as Sunnat. The attitude of patience and submission to the decree of Allah Ta’ala adopted by our Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) is Sunnat. It is important to understand that it is not permissible to accuse people of having committed sihr without having real evidence. The revelation produced by some amal of an aamil is not evidence in the Shariah.
Q. An aamil has diagnosed that I am the victim of sihr (jadoo/magic). To cure me of this calamity, the aamil says that 27 sheep and 7 black fowls should be slaughtered. I have to give him the money as he will be doing the slaughtering of the animals. What advice do you have for me.
Give the deceit the boot. Don’t allow him to fleece you in this cruel way. He is a fraud out to fleece you of money. Impostors and fakes take advantage of the natural illnesses of people to extract money from them. They attribute every illness or mental disturbance to sihr. Most of them are plain fakes who create more imaginary ailments.
Q. Zaid is affected with sihr (magic) and jinn. This has been confirmed by a reliable aamil. In a fit of rage, he uttered Talaaq to his wife. Is the divorce valid?
Only insanity and sleep absolve a man from the effect of his utterances. As long as his aql (mind/intelligence) is intact, he is responsible and liable for his statements, regardless of the cause of the rage. Rage does alter a man’s mental equilibrium, hence he blurts out in anger words which he later regrets. But the Shariah does not absolve him from liability. Even if sihr has been diagnosed, the man, we are sure, goes about his everyday business and household affairs as a normal person. Many people fly into fits of rage without being under the influence of sihr, and utter words which they later regret. Similar will be the effect of his utterance in rage due to sihr. He remains liable. The Talaaq has taken effect. If he issued one Talaaq, it will be one Talaaq Raj’i which he can revoke and take back his wife. If he uttered three Talaaqs, the marriage is finally and irrevocably terminated.
Q. Many aamils claim that they have jinn under their control. These jinn assist them to eliminate the effects of sihr (magic). Could you please comment.
Many of these aamils are fakes and liars. While there are certain amals (acts) by which jinn are subdued and subjugated into service, to do so is haraam. Jinn are free beings in exactly the same way as insaan (human beings) are. Just as it is haraam to enslave human beings, so too is it haraam to enslave jinn. If the aamil (the exociser) is truthful in his claim, he is then guilty of the haraam act of having enslaved a free being.
Some Ulama claim that websites may be used to hold hidden symbols for jadoo (sihr), Is this possible?
A pen, paper, food, garments and a variety of objects can be used for the evil of jadoo. It will not be surprising if websites could also be made to serve this evil. But we are not aware.
Q. Where do Jinns live?
A. The dwelling places and haunts of the evil jinn are public bathrooms, toilets, market-places, dumps, graveyards, and all filthy and immoral places in general. It is for this reason that a special dua seeking protection against the evil jinn should be recited before entering the toilet. The Ahaadith also prohibit reciting any dua inside toilets and places of filth. The bath-room-cum-toilet system of the western kuffaar which Muslims have adopted comes within the scope of places of filth which are haunts of the shayaateen wherein duas, etc. may not be recited. While one has to recite the relevant dua outside such a combined bathroom-toilet, one is deprived of the considerable rewards of the Wudhu recitations. Hadhrat Salmaan Faarsi (radhiyallahu anhu) narrating a Hadith said that one should not be the first to enter the market place nor the last to leave it because the marketplace is the battlefield of the shayaateen where they set up their banner. Reciting Bismillaah on entering the home, marketplace, and outside places of impurity, reciting Aayatul Kursi, Surah Baqarah (or portions thereof and reciting the Athaan expel and ward off evil jinn. Another precaution against the attacks of evil jinn is for females to keep their hair securely covered at all times, especially at night times. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) particularly warned against allowing children to be outside after Maghrib because at this time there is a preponderance of emergence by the evil jinn. They have a flair to interfere with little children.
Q. Do Jinns have any connection with the animals?
A. According to the Hadith, kuffaar jinn (shayaateen) love black dogs, They accompany such dogs as well as camels. The affinity between black dogs and evil jinn is so much that the Hadith states: “A black dog is a shaitaan.” While the Hadith is not literal in application, it conveys the strong relationship between black dogs and the shayaateen. In one Hadith it is mentioned that Salaat should not be performed where camels sit, but may be performed where sheep/goats sit because of the presence of shaitaan. When an ass brays, we are instructed to recite Ta-awwuz (A-uthubillaah) because the donkey brays when he sees shaitaan. Dogs usually emit eerie howl ing’s at the time of Athaan. According to the Hadith, the evil jinn flee in leaps and bounds when they hear the Athaan. Dogs and other animals see the frightful dash of shaitaan, hence they howl mournfully.
Q. What do Jinns eat?
A. One of the main food items for the jinn is bones. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), in response to a question about food posed by the jinn, said that every bone on which the Name of Allah has been mentioned will be food for them, i.e. for the Muslim jinn. The kuffaar jinn devour any kind of carrion as Muslims are doing nowadays with the SANHA and MJC certified maitah. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) also informed the jinn that the manure of animals will be food for the animals of the jinn. From this Hadith we learn that the jinn too have animals and that the dung of the animals of human beings constitute food for the animals of the jinn.
Q. What forms can Jinns take?
A. The jinn have the ability to assumes a variety of forms. They can transform themselves into the forms of human beings, black cats, snakes, camels, donkeys, cows, black dogs, etc. They may also appear in the form of persons who had died. Such apparitions are referred to as ‘ghosts’. ‘Ghosts’ are not the souls of the dead who appear. They are evil jinn who assume the form of the dead to scare and mislead people. Dead people do not appear to others. The jinn assume their forms to deceive. Once a young Sahaabi on nearing his home saw his wife standing outside. He was enraged by this violation of Hijaab. His Imaani honour could not tolerate seeing his wife standing outside the house. Blinded by rage he raised his spear to strike her, but she shouted to see what was inside the house which had compelled her to come out. When the Sahaabi entered, he saw a big snake curled up on the bed. He stabbed the snake with his spear. The entire house shook violently, and both the snake and the Sahaabi died. The Sahaabi narrating this episode said: “We do not know which of the two died first – the snake or the man.” When this incident was reported to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), he said: “In Madinah there are jinn who have embraced Islam. Therefore, if you see any of them (in your house) warn them and give them three days notice to leave. After that if they do not leave, then kill it because it is a shaitaan.” One should say words such as: “In the Name of Allah, we warn you to leave otherwise we shall kill you.” After three days, if the snake has not left, kill it. If it is a Muslim jinn, it will assuredly depart after being warned. If it does not, then it will certainly be a devil. However, the three days notice does not apply to all snakes. If it is known to be a poisonous snake or a python, then one may kill it immediately. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Do not kill snakes except the shorttailed snake with two white lines on its back, for it causes miscarriages and loss of vision. Therefore, kill it.” This order will extend to all harmful/ poisonous snakes. And, Allah knows best.
Q. Who are the Jinn and Shayateen?
A. BESIDES Insaan (Man), the only other intelligent terrestrial beings known to human beings are the jinn. They are so called, i.e. jinn, because they are invisible or hidden from our sight. We know of their existence on the basis of the Qur’aan and Ahaadith. While the human being was created from earthly sand, the jinn were created from fire. Among them are Muslims and kuffaar, male and female. They procreate like human beings, and live extremely long ages compared to human beings. The kuffaar jinn are called shayaateen (devils). Allah Ta’ala has bestowed to them many powers and abilities which human beings do not have. Evil human beings by means of filth, kufr and shirk sometimes befriend the evil jinn who aid their human friends, and even enable these humans to perform supernatural deeds of a variety of kinds. The evil jinn perform extraordinary feats by which they mislead people and simpletons, tricking them into believing that they are the ‘friends of Allah’, i.e. Auliya (saints). Some human beings who claim to be Auliya are in reality being served by the devils who enable them to perform seemingly miraculous deeds with which they hoodwink the ignorant and unwary. When these shaitaani ‘auliya’ propitiate the shayaateen jinn with kufr, shirk and immorality, the jinn then fulfil some of their desires. Supernatural deeds are manifested by the shayaateen on the hands of their Auliya (friends) to mislead people. The ignorant and unacquainted are cast into severe trials when they observe men masquerading as ‘auliya’ demonstrating acts which appear to be ‘miracles’ when in reality they are satanic manifestations and manipulations. Many ignorant Muslims eliminate their Imaan by submitting to the dictates and demands of the shayaateen who have enlisted as their aids his Auliya (friends) among human beings. The only criterion for recognizing a being, whether he is a man of the truth or a friend of the devils, is the Shariah. If the demonstrator of ‘miracles’ is a staunch follower of the Shariah and a meticulous upholder of the Sunnah, then he will be a true Wali. However, if the perpetrator of supernatural deed is a faasiq, faajir, kaafir, and a violater of the Shariah and the Sunnah, then understand that he is a veritable devil. Never fall into his clutches even if he flies in the air, walks on water or demonstrates the most marvellous of deeds. All such supernatural actions are the acts and effects of the evil jinn. Many among the followers of bid’ah (innovation) and dhalaal (deviation) employ the aid of the shayaateen. They cite their performance of extraordinary feats to be the ‘evidence’ for the ‘correctness’ of their acts of bid’ah, shirk and qabar puja (grave-worship). The evil shayaateen have the ability to enable their human friends to hurtle through space, to walk on water, to transform stones into gold, etc., etc. They can heal the sick, and strengthen the mind to the extent that one is able to influence the movement of the birds and insects. The evil jinn can transport their evil human friends from city to city, even to Makkah in a matter of moments, and hoodwink them into believing that they are pious saints enjoying divine proximity. The shayaateen deceive people with the stratagem of noor (celestial light). They reveal a variety of kinds of noor, and impose on the mind of the observer that ‘this’ is the noor of the Rasool or the noor of Jibraeel or the noor of Allah Ta’ala. Even sincere Auliya who lacked adequate Deeni knowledge, had ended up prostrating to shaitaan as a consequence of this trap of noor. The safety of the Mu’min is to keep the gaze focused on the Shariah and the Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Do not become impressed by supernatural feats which fussaaq, fujjaar, zindeeqs, mushriks and kuffaar display. Attribute all such extraordinary demonstrations to satanic machinations.
Q. Is it true that there is a shaitaan with every person?
A. Yes, every human being has his own shaitaan and his own angel who constantly accompany him. The shaitaan (who is a jinn) whispers evil into the heart of man. It is Waajib for every person to fight this shaitaan and subdue him by not submitting to his evil dictates. The Hadith is clear on the presence of a shaitaan with every person.
Q. Do jinns also repent for sins?
A. Muslim jinns do repent for sins just as Muslim humans do.
Q. Please comment on summoning of the souls by some people.
A. ONE of the favourable stunts of deception and fraud perpetrated by some people with the aid of evil jinn is supposedly to summon the souls or spirits of dead persons to appear. When the ‘souls’ of the deceased appear, they speak and convey information about the unseen realm. Such a meeting with the ‘spirits’ or ‘souls’ is called a séance. Sometimes at the séance the ‘dead’ makes a visible appearance and speaks to those present. Sometimes the ‘souls’ of the dead denuded of physical form, speak through a medium who is a human being in a trance. During the trance, it is said that the souls of the dead enter into the body of the person who is in the trance. All such demonstrations are satanic stunts of deception and fraud. Neither do the deceased persons appear nor their souls. All such displays are the effects of the shayaateen. Every person has a shaitaan called Qareen who constantly accompanies that person. Sometimes after the death of a person, Qareen assumes the appearance of the deceased and appears to people. Sometimes he does not make a visible appearance, but speaks through a medium in a voice which the observer recognizes to be that of the deceased person. This type of fraud leads people to believe that the dead truly appear on earth. The souls of the dead are either in the abode of Torment (Sijjeen) or in the abode of Bliss (Illiyeen). No human being or devil has the power to summon the deceased from these abodes. Evil jinn assume the forms of the deceased and in this way deceive and mislead. people. Never be impressed with this type of seemingly supernatural fraud.
Q. Is numerology permissible? One gives one’s name and birth date to the numerologist and he/she will tell you exactly what type of person you are and your problem. Future events are also predicted.
A. Numerology is not permissible. It is akin to kufr. It is prohibited in the Hadith. It is the same as fortunetelling, albeit by a different method.
Q. Is dream interpretation also not fortune-telling?
A. Dream interpretation is not fortune-telling. Dream interpretation was done even by Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and the Sahaabah. In this interpretation one is merely informed of the meaning of the dream in the same way as a language is translated or a difficult part in a book is explained. Thus, dream interpretation is a form of translation.
I have been hearing conflicting views about fortune-telling. Is it permissible to go to an astrologer/fortune-teller who studies the palm of one’s hand and predicts the future.?
There are no conflicting views on this evil and kabeerah sin. It is haraam to visit astrologers or fortune-tellers of any kind. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:
“Forty days of Salaat of a person who
visits a fortune-teller is not accepted.”
(Saheeh Muslim, Musnad-e-Ahmad)
“He who visits a fortune-teller and believes
him (i.e. his predictions), verily he has
committed kufr.” (Ahmad)
Besides these narrations, there are other Ahadith too which severely condemn astrologers/fortune-tellers and their evil profession.
Q. Is nazar true? What should be recited to protect against nazar?
A. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “The eye (i.e. the evil gaze) is a reality.” The evil gaze of some people can be harmful. Recite often the last two verses of Surah Qalam (in the 29th Juz), and make dua for protection against all evil influences.
Q. Please comment on the evil eye.
A. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Verily, a bad gaze is reality.” The effect of a person’s gaze can be disastrous in the health of the person to whom the gaze is directed. It could result in serious illness of the person. Once when someone lapsed into unconsciousness due to the gaze of another person, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Why do any one of you desire to kill his brother. Why don’t you offer a dua of barkat for him.” Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) instructed that if one’s gaze falls on someone and one is attracted to that person, be it a child, then one should immediately say: Baarakal-laahu alayka. (May Allah grant you barkat in it – i.e. whatever the ni’mat may be, whether beauty, health, intelligence, etc.). It is also narrated in the Hadith that when one sees a beautiful person or even an animal, one should say: Baara kallaah or Ma shaa-Allaah. This will neutralize the effect of the eye. The effect of a strong stare could be evil even if not accompanied by an evil intention. A person staring at someone may innocently make a good comment. Nevertheless, the effect of the gazes could be evil. One should therefore always recite the short Dua when viewing something or someone beautiful. If evil nathr (gaze) is suspected on someone, adopt the following prescription: Recite once Surah Faatihah, then the first five verses of Surah Baqarah until Muflihoon, Aayatul Kursi, Surah Ikhlaas, Surah Falaq and Surah Naas. Then the last two aayats (50 and 51) of Surah Qalam. After having recited these aayaat and Surahs, blow on the affected person. Repeat the process a second time and blow on the person. Then repeat it a third time and blow on the person. Repeat this process in the morning and the evening for three days. Insha’Allah, the evil effect will be cured.