Prophetic guidance in treating evil-eye
Fatwa No: 32262

  • Fatwa Date:8-3-2012 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 15, 1433
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Question

My wife was afflicted with an evil eye that caused red spots to appear on her body for several days, then disappear and come again after a short period of time. One Shaykh said that she had been inflicted with an evil eye. What should I do?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds.  I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

Evil eye is Fate that Allaah The Almighty decreed and the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) assured us of its immediate effect. In a Hadeeth (narration) on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbaas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) mentioned that the effect of the evil eye is a well-established fact. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]  In another narration, the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said that had there been anything preceding Fate, it would have been the evil eye due to the harm it causes. He  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) ordered the person with the evil eye (the envier) to take a bath and make ablution so that the envied person could take a bath with that water if the latter requested the former to do so. [Muslim]

Thus, if the person with the evil eye is known, he is to be asked to take a bath. Then, the inflicted person should take a bath with the same water used by the first person to wash with.

It was mentioned in a Hadeeth on the authority of Sahl ibn Hunayf  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him that he was walking with the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) towards Makkah. On their way, Sahl  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him who was a white man with a good body and skin, took a bath. ‘Aamir ibn Abi Rabee‘ah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him from the clan of Bani ‘Adiyy ibn Ka‘b, looked at him while he was bathing. ‘Aamir  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him admired his body and skin and envied him. As a result, Sahl  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him fell unconscious on the ground.

Later, he informed the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) about what had happened. Thereupon, the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) called ‘Aamir  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him and looked at him angrily. He ordered him saying that if he admires something, he should say: "Allaahuma baarik ‘alayhi (O Allaah! Bless it for him.)" and ordered him to take a bath. ‘Aamir  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him washed his face, his hands up to the elbows, the tops of his feet and the edge of his lower clothes. The water he used was poured over the head and back of Sahl  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him and the water container was turned over behind him. Afterwards, Sahl  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him started to walk around unharmed. [Ahmad]

If the person with the evil eye is unknown, the patient should resort to Allaah The Almighty and read the invocations mentioned in the Sunnah (Prophetic tradition).

Allaah Knows best.

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