Difference between Sihr (witchcraft) and ‘Ayn (the evil eye)

Question: What is the difference between Sihr (witchcraft) and ‘Ayn (the evil eye)?Is the evil eye something real from the perspective of religion and does it have a legal ruling on it? What is the remedy for both the envier and the envied if the evil eye has a real effect?

Answer: In the linguistic sense the word Sihr means: What is hidden and its means are secret. In the terminological sense, Sihr is the practice of using charms and spells, some of which afflict hearts and bodies causing the person to fall ill, sometimes to die, or cause separation between man and his wife… read more here.

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Curing the feeling of envy toward others

Question: I sometimes feel hardness in my heart and something like inconspicuous Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) or envy, what is the remedy for this? Moreover, I used to invoke Allaah with the Du’aa’ (supplication) that was said by the Prophet (peace be upon him): O Allaah, I seek refuge with You from associating anything with You knowingly, and I seek Your forgiveness for what I know not. I make Du`aa’ to Allaah also to grant forgiveness and mercy to those whom I envy in order to expiate my sins towards them. Is there any other remedy that cures this dangerous malady?

Answer: You have to observe a lot of Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah), recite the glorious Qur’aan, do many supererogatory acts of `Ibaadah (worship) and keep the company of righteous people… read more here.

How to be cured from an evil eye

Question: Is it permissible to treat the harm caused by the evil (envious) eye using the incense of alum, herbs, leaves, and the like?

Answer: It is not permissible to treat the harm caused by the cast of evil eye with what was mentioned, as they are not among the usual means of treatment… read more here.

The reality of the evil or envious eye

Question: What is the reality of the evil or envious eye? Allaah (Exalted be He) says: “And from the evil of the envier when he envies.” Is the following Hadeeth authentic:One third of those who are in the graves are there because of the evil eye. ? What should someone do and say if they think that they are envied? Will it cure them if they use water with which the envier has washed themselves? Should they drink that water or wash themselves with?

Answer: The Arabic word `Ayn (literally, the eye) is derived from (`Aana – Ya`inu) and refers to when a person harms another by casting an evil eye on him. It usually starts with admiration for something felt by the person who casts an evil eye… read more here.

What is the ruling on carrying amulets or let people carry them?

Question 305: What is the opinion of Islaam on carrying amulets and saying charms?

Answer: It is not permissible to carry amulets or let people put them on; as the Prophet (peace be upon him) prohibited us to do this saying, If one ties an amulet, Allaah will not accomplish his affairs for him. The Prophet (peace be upon him) also says, [Illegal] Ruqyah, amulets and love-potions are acts of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). The Ruqyah here means: All words that are not from Qur’aan and Sharee`ah-based supplications. Concerning Ruqyahs with (verses from) Qur’aan and Sharee`ah-based supplications, which are recited on the patient; they are permissible as the Prophet (peace be upon him) says, There is no harm in Ruqyah as long as it does not include Shirk. Amulets are: things carried or tied in order to get rid of the evil eye and relieve or get rid of affliction... read more here.

Digging a grave for anyone who is afflicted with an Evil eye or is incurably ill as a treatment

Question 304: Some people, when they or one of their relatives is afflicted with the evil eye and they despair of treating it, say that they dig a grave for the afflicted person thus he will recover if Allaah wills. Does this have an origin in the Islaamic Law; and if not, is the person who digs the grave for that purpose considered sinful? Would you please give us your opinion, may Allaah reward you!

Answer: Digging a grave to treat a person afflicted with the evil eye has no origin in the Purified Sharee`ah (Islaamic Law); rather it is definitely a superstition that should be abandoned and warned against... read more here.

Playing recordings of Qur’aan recitation for hours for a sick person

Question 287: What is your opinion concerning playing recordings of Qur’aan recitation for hours for the sick, and playing specific Aayaat that remedy Sihr (sorcery), `Ayn (the envious eye) and Jinn (creatures created from fire)?

Answer: Playing recordings of the Qur’aan and Du`aa’ (supplication) cannot be a substitute for Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and supplications over the sick as a cure), because Ruqyah requires conviction while performing it and being face to face in order to blow over the patient’s body. This cannot be achieved merely through playing recordings on a device... read more here.

Seeking the help of Jinn in finding out whether a patient is stricken by an evil eye or spells

Question 286: What is the ruling on seeking the help of Jinn (creatures created from fire) in finding out the `Ayn (envious eye) or spells [i.e., who cast it and what type it is]? Is it permissible to believe a Jinn who has possessed a person in what he says about sorcery and `Ayn, and take an action based on that?

Answer: It is not permissible to seek the help of Jinn in finding out what the problem is and how to treat it, because seeking the help of Jinn is Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). Allaah (Exalted be He) states, ‘And verily, there were men among mankind who took shelter with the males among the jinn, but they (jinn) increased them (mankind) in sin and transgression. Allaah (Exalted be He) also states... read more here.

Reciting Ruqyah through a microphone or a telephone

Question 285: What is the ruling on using a microphone or a telephone to recite the Qur’aan for Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing), or reciting Ruqyah over a large number of people at the same time?

Answer: Ruqyah should be recited directly over the patient, not through a microphone or a telephone. This contradicts what was done by the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him), his Sahaabah (Companions, may Allaah be pleased with them) and their Taabi`oon (Followers, the generation after the Companions of the Prophet). The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, Anyone who introduces anything into this matter of ours (Islaam) that is not a part of it will have it rejected.... read more here.

A patient smelling the leather of wolves on the pretext that this reveals the existence/non-existence of Jinn

Question 284: What is the ruling on people who have a patient smell the leather of wolves under the pretense that this reveals the existence/non-existence of Jinn (creatures created from fire). They claim that Jinn fear wolves, flee from them and are troubled by their presence.

Answer: It is not permissible for a person who performs Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing) to use the leather of wolves to have patients smell it to be able to diagnose their illness. This is a form of deception and corrupt belief; therefore, it should be totally prohibited. Moreover, saying that Jinn fear wolves is a baseless superstition... read more here.

Stamping papers with large seals incised with Aayaat, invocations and statements of thikr

Question 283: What is the ruling on putting large seals in which Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses), invocations and supplications are written to ward off Sihr (sorcery), envy, or jinn? The seal is dipped into water containing saffron to stamp papers that will be dissolved later and soaked in water to be drunk as a kind of Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing).

Answer: This is not permissible because one of the conditions of a lawful Ruqyah is that the intention of both the person who makes the Ruqyah and the person on whom it will be performed, should be seeking cure from Allaah’s Book by writing the Aayaat... read more here.

Touching any part of a woman’s body while performing the Ruqyah

Question 282: Is it permissible to touch a woman’s hand, forehead, or neck for treatment? This is done by doctors in hospitals on the pretext of trying to put pressure on the Jinn (creatures created from fire) and get rid of it. What are the restrictions concerning this matter?

Answer: It is not permissible for a person doing Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and supplications over the sick seeking healing) to touch any part of a woman’s body if the latter is using this treatment method, because this involves Fitnah (sedition). In fact, this person should use Ruqyah without touching her. Moreover, there is a difference between a person using Ruqyah and a doctor, because the latter may not be able to treat the patient except by touching the place in need of treatment, unlike the former whose work depends on recitation and blowing and does not require touching... read more here.

Seeking the help of person’s Qareen (a personal Jinn) to verify who has casted the evil eye

Question 281: Is it correct that a sick person can visualize the `Ayn (one who casts an evil eye) as a result of Qur’aan being recited over him, or the person who does the Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing) asking his Qareen (a personal Jinn companion for humans) to show the sick person the one who cast an evil eye on him?

Answer: The claim that the sick person can visualize the one who cast an eye on him while the Qur’aan is being recited over him, or the reciter’s telling him to do so is a devilish action and is not permitted, because it denotes seeking the help of Satan. The jinn is the one who makes the patient visualize the person who afflicted him with the evil eye, and this is Haraam (prohibited), because it entails seeking the help of Satan, and this could cause enmity, fear and terror. This falls under the Aayah (Qur’aanic verse), ‘And verily, there were men among mankind who took shelter with the males among the jinn, but they (jinn) increased them (mankind) in sin and transgression.... read more here.

Slaughtering an animal to ward off the evil eye from the new house or car

Question 274: It is customary for our fellow Bedouins that when someone builds a new house or buys a new car, he slaughters an animal. It is believed that this will protect the house or the car against destruction or envy. When we advise people, they say it is charity.

Answer:  It is not permissible to slaughter an animal with such intention. Moreover, if the person slaughters it intending to draw closer to the Jinn to ward off their harm, it will be considered an act of major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship that takes the Muslim out of Islaam). Allaah (Exalted be He) states, Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): “Verily, my Salaah (prayer), my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allaah, the Lord of the ‘Aalameen (mankind, jinn and all that exists). He has no partner.... read more here.