Some cure evil eye or other illness through use of many things: like burning incense or writing verses of Qur'an on paper, putting it in water and drinking it. Sometimes, they make cures to allow a couple to have children by using rice, dates or coconuts and have certain rituals of writing Qur'an in Saffron....If this allowed in Islam? How about blowing on ZamZam water and drinking it after reading Qur'an or putting black marks to ward off evil?
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.
The rule of burning incense or writing some Qur'anic verses on a paper and burning that paper to treat a person from evil eye depends on how this is done. Using incense that has a bad smell to treat a sick person from evil eye and similar illnesses is not permissible as it is but an imitation of what magicians and jugglers do. But if it is used as a traditional medicine that treats some known physical illnesses, there is no harm in that if it is proved by experience to be treatment for such illnesses.
The Permanent Council of Scientific Research and Fatwa in Saudi Arabia was asked to give a Fatwa about the lawfulness of using herbs and leaves as incense and burning them to cure evil eye. The Permanent Council answered that it is unlawful to use the mentioned procedure in treating evil eye as that procedure is not a known means of achieving this goal. The reason for burning these things might be to please some Satans and seek help from them. As for using good scented incense it is lawful provided that the person does not believe that it could bring any profit or protection from any harm. Satans hate the good smell because of their bad souls.
Writing some Qur'anic verses on a piece of paper and putting this paper in some water before giving that water to a sick person to drink is lawful according to some eminent scholars. Ibn Al Qayyim, said: 'A group of the righteous ancestors (Salaf) believe that in order to cure the Ain (evil eye) some Qur'anic verses are washed in some water and the water is given to the sick person who drinks it as a treatment of the evil eye'.
Mujahid said: 'The Qur'an can be written with saffron or ink then washed and given to a sick person to drink it'. The same thing was narrated from Abu Qulaba. It is also narrated from Ibn Abbas that he ordered that some Qur'an be written and washed with some water and used as a treatment for a woman who had difficulties delivering. So, the acts and opinions of these righteous ancestors, along with the fact that there is cure for people in the Qur'an, are enough evidence that this is lawful. Moreover, know that the Prophet permitted using legal Ruqiya in treating Al Ain (evil eye) as reported by Muslim in a sound Hadith.
So, the Muslim should treat himself or any other person only with what is proved from the Prophet as there is no disagreement among scholars over using such a treatment and it will help him by the Will of Allah.
Among what the Prophet used to tell people to do to treat Al Ain and get treated from Al Ain (evil eye) is the following: The person who has done Ain should do a special form of ablutions and pour the water of that ablution on the person who has been struck by Al Ain. As mentioned in a Hadith that 'Amir ibn Rabia saw Sahl ibn Hunayf doing a ghusl and said, 'I have not seen the like of what I see today, not even the skin of a maiden who has never been out of doors.' Sahl fell to the ground. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, was approached and it was said, 'Messenger of Allah, can you do anything about Sahl ibn Hunayf? By Allah, he can not raise his head.' He said, 'Do you suspect anyone of it?' They said, 'We suspect Amir ibn Rabia.' "
He continued, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, summoned Amir and was furious with him and said, 'Why does one of you kill his brother? Why did you not say, "May Allah bless you?" Do ghusl for it.' Amir washed his face, hands, elbows, knees, the end of his feet, and inside his lower garment in a vessel. Then he poured it over him, and Sahl went off with the people, and there was nothing wrong with him."(Al Muattah)
Ibn Al Qayyim said that this illness Al Ain can be cured by reciting Al Falaq, Al Nas, Al Fatiha, the verse of Al Kursi and the Prophetic Du'a (supplications) many times.
As for treating sterility by rice, dates, coconut, and the like, this depends on medical experimentation. If it is scientifically proved that they can cure this abnormality, there is no harm in using them for such purpose. The scholars establish as a general rule that the drugs are a cause for cure. The causes are either religious like Qur'an and Du'a, or materialistic like drugs. The effect of the drug must be clearly physically not illusionary and imaginary otherwise it should not be used. In fact, some jugglers try to convince sick people to use drugs that are not proven scientifically or by experience to treat diseases. This kind of deception should not be accepted or encouraged. The Lawmaker forbids wearing the ring and the thread to treat diseases or prevent them, as these are not normal causes for cure.
As for reading the Qur'an on some Zam Zam water and drinking this Zam Zam water to ward off or chase evil, there is no harm in that.
In fact, there is cure and treatment in the Qur'an for the people. The Prophet said in a sound Hadith that: "The water of Zam Zam is enough for whatever it is drunk for. If you drink it to get cured Allah cures you. If you drink it to get fed Allah feeds you. If you drink it to satisfy your thirst Allah satisfies it for you. It is stroke of Gabriel's foot and it is the drink that Allah provided Ismael" (Daraqutny and Al Hakem).
Al Al Bani added: 'And if you drink it seeking refuge from Allah, Allah gives you refuge'.
Ahmad and Al Baihaqi narrated in a sound Hadith from Jabir that the Prophet said: "Zam Zam water is for what it is drunk for".
Allah knows best.
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