How Do I Protect Myself From The Evil Eye?

Shaykh Farid Dingle answers a question on how to protect oneself from the evil eye.




How do we protect ourselves from the evil eye and jealousy, but without being excessive? For example if you have a child and you want to protect him/her from evil eye, do you just not post a photo of your baby? I don’t understand how to be moderate in it without being excessive in it. Please provide some guidance on this matter.



Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

The Evil Eye

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Showing off in one’s acts of worship, or in worldly possessions or achievements is forbidden. What is wrong with it is that one looks at a blessing that is from Allah, and ascribes it to one’s ownself. Then one seeks that it be seen by others so that one’s rank my rise in their eyes. This results in pride, and has been compared to polytheism: ‘Indeed even a slight amount of showing off is worshipping gods besides Allah.’ [Hakim]

Talking about one’s baby and showing pictures to others can be ostentation and haram. You have to look at your heart when you are doing it and after when people respond. If you are eager to get likes on your Facebook page, for example, or you are waiting for someone to show that they are impressed, or the opposite, you are crestfallen when you don’t get the attention you wanted, then it is ostentation.

If you feel this, you have to get it out of you heart and change your intention before you take an action. Otherwise, you will be acting upon ostentation and doing something forbidden and hated in Allah’s eyes.

It can also be a way of sharing the joy and thanking Allah. If all you want is to show others how happy you are with Allah, and there is not hankering in your heart for their praise then it is not ostentation, inshaAllah.

Breaking others’ hearts

Sometimes, even if we don’t mean to, we break other people’s hearts by mentioning a blessing in our lives that others don’t have. You mention how your baby is staying to coo and you hurt the person you are talking to because she doesn’t have a baby, or her baby has a disability.

This is not sinful if you don’t intend to harm them and you don’t know that it will hurt they feelings, but you do have to be careful.

‘The Most-Merciful only shows mercy to those who are merciful. Show mercy to those on Earth, and He upon high shall show you mercy.’ [Tirmidhi and others]

So you have to look at the scenario, and many other similar scenarios, from these three angles.

I pray this helps.



Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani


Is There a Dua Protecting Children from Bad Intentions of People?

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah

Question: Assalamu alaykum

I am a mother of a 3 year old son. My in-laws want to harm my son. I feel it.

Is there a Dua to protect him from evil people?

Answer: Assalam ‘alaykum. I am sorry to hear about the difficulties you’re facing. May Allah make things easy for you and protect you and your family.

I’m sure living with dominating in-laws can be very difficult and get you down. You have not mentioned your husband’s role or opinion in this. If he is someone you feel you can talk to about your concerns, then you should do so. You have more right than in-laws to the decisions made about your son and where he spends his time. Tell your husband how you feel and discuss ways to find a resolution, including moving out of that area.

If you do not feel comfortable speaking to your husband, see if there is anyone from your family or a neutral figure who may step in and speak on your behalf. As a last resort, is it possible for you to put your foot down, without any serious consequences for you? Do be careful, as unfortunately, in many countries, customs and fixed mind-set prevent people from seeing and doing what is just and proper.


Despite our moments of feeling powerless, and obstructed by the will of others, Allah gives us the most powerful means to overcome situations, that is du’a, something that no one can stop. Allah hears your plea, just try to be patient in the meantime and do whatever you can.

– Recite the Tawaudh (أعوذُ بِٱللَّهِ مِنَ ٱلشَّيۡطَٰنِ ٱلرَّجِيمِ), the three 3 Quls (al Ikhlas, al Falaq, Al Nas) and Ayat al Kursi over your child in the night and the morning.

– Also, recite over your son often and when he goes out,

أُعِيذُكَ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّةِ مِنْ كُلِّ شَيْطَانٍ ، وَهَامَّةٍ ، وَمِنْ كُلِّ عَيْنٍ لَامَّةٍ

I commend you to the protection of Allah’s perfect words from every devil, vermin, and every evil eye. [al Bukhari]

أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ التَّامَّاتِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ

I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah from the evil of that which He has created.
[al Muslim]

– For yourself, make the following supplications,

يَا حَيُّ يَا قَـيُّومُ بِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغِيثُ أَصْلِحْ لِي شَأْنِي كُلَّهُ ، وَلَا تَكِلْنِي إِلَى نَفْسِي طَرْفَةَ عَيْنٍ

O Ever Living, O Self-Subsisting and Supporter of all, by Your mercy I seek assistance, rectify for me all of my affairs and do not leave me to myself, even for the blink of an eye. [al Hakim]

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي عَبْدُكَ بنْتُ عَبْدِكَ بنْتُ أَمَتِكَ نَاصِيَتِي بِيَدِكَ ، مَاضٍ فِيَّ حُكْمُكَ ، عَدْلٌ فِيَّ قَضَاءُكَ أَسْأَلُكَ بِكُلِّ اسْمٍ هُوَ لَكَ سَمَّيْتَ بِهِ نَفْسَكَ أَوْ أَنْزَلْتَهُ فِي كِتَابِكَ ، أَوْ عَلَّمْتَهُ أَحَدًا مِنْ خَلْقِكَ أَوِ اسْتَأْثَرْتَ بِهِ فِي عِلْمِ الْغَيْبِ عِنْدَكَ ، أَنْ تَجْعَلَ الْقُرْآنَ رَبِيعَ قَلْبِي ، وَنُورَ صَدْرِي ، وَجَلاءَ حُزْنِي ، وذَهَابَ هَمِّي

O Allah, I am Your slave, son of Your slave, son of Your handmaid, my forelock is in Your hand (i.e. You have total mastery over me), Your command over me is forever executed and Your decree over me is just.” I ask You by every name belonging to You which You named Yourself with, or revealed in Your Book, or You taught to any of Your creation, or You have preserved in the knowledge of the unseen with You, that You make the Qur’an the life of my heart and the light of my bosom, and a departure for my sorrow and a release for my anxiety. Note: Allah will take away the anxiety and sorrow out of the heart of him who recites this supplication, as mentioned in this hadith by our Prophet ﷺ’ [Ahmad]

– Please also make du’a in your own words, and ask for whatever you need and hope for.

May Allah find you a way out of every difficult situation, and make your heart tranquil.

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Warmest salams,
[Shaykh] Jamir Meah

Shaykh Jamir Meah grew up in Hampstead, London. In 2007, he traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he spent nine years studying the Islamic sciences on a one-to-one basis under the foremost scholars of the Ribaat, Tarim, with a main specialization and focus on Shafi’i fiqh. In early 2016, he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continues advanced studies in a range of Islamic sciences, as well as teaching. Jamir is a qualified homeopath.

How Can I Protect Myself From Black Magic?

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah

Question: Assalam alaykum

My family is known to do black magic and evil eye. They recently took photos of me and have these copies on their phones. I am scared and worried.

What can be done to be protected?

Answer: Wa alaykum assalam,

Thank you for your question.

If you feel like you can ask the family members to delete your photos without causing problems, then do so.

If not, then ensure that you keep yourself protected by doing the following:

1. Observing your obligatory prayers on time.

2. Recite the the 3 “Quls” (al-Ikhlas, al-Falaq, and al-Nas) every morning and every night, ideally 3 times.

3. Recite Ayat al-Kursi every morning and night.

4. Recite the following supplication in the morning and evening, ideally after each prayer if you feel the need:

أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ التَّامَّةِ مِنْ كُلِّ شَيْطَانٍ وَهَامَّةٍ وَمِنْ كُلِّ عَيْنٍ لَامَّةٍ

I seek refuge in Allah most perfect words from every devil, harmful thing, and accusing eye. (Bukhari])

5. Keep your tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah as much as possible.

You may also find the following answer useful:

The Evil Eye: A Reality?

May Allah protect you at all times.

Warmest salams,

[Shaykh] Jamir Meah

Shaykh Jamir Meah grew up in Hampstead, London. In 2007, he traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he spent nine years studying the Islamic sciences on a one-to-one basis under the foremost scholars of the Ribaat, Tarim, with a main specialization and focus on Shafi’i fiqh. In early 2016, he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continues advanced studies in a range of Islamic sciences, as well as teaching. Jamir is a qualified homeopath.

What Is the Wisdom Behind Allah’s Creating the Evil Eye?

Answered by SeekersHub Answers Service


Assalam alaykum, Why has Allah created evil eye? It sometimes harms innocents too and can drag someone to death. Is there any wisdom in this?


In the Name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate

Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah

I pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits.

The evil eye is a reality. It can be powerful. Qadi Abu Bakr Ibn al-Arabi al-Maliki and others explain that it is from Allah’s Will that sometimes He creates harmful effects from the evil or jealous glances and looks of others.

Please see, The Evil Eye: A Reality?

The Suffering of Others

The sufferings of the innocent, such as from natural disasters, disease, or the inhumanity of others, are temporary, and shall be a source of triumph in the next life, the infinite sphere of Allah’s name al-Rahim, the All-compassionate. Children who die find eternal bliss.

In this world, the sufferings of the innocent are equally a trial for bystanders and onlookers, who are not innocent if they can do something to alleviate them. The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “The believer is not someone who spends the night while his neighbor is hungry” (Mustadrak (5), 4.167. S). Scholars of Sacred Law mention that while some duties in Islam are of defined amount, such as the five daily prayers, fasting the month of Ramadan, the hajj once in a lifetime-others are equally obligatory but ofundefined amount, such as cooperating with one another in good works, feeding the hungry, helping the distressed, or providing disaster relief. Someone who can help a sufferer by spending his money, his time, his influence, his advice, or if nothing else, his prayers, must. From Allah’s wisdom, this too is of the trial of mankind “with good and evil, as a test” (Qur’an 21:35).

Please see: Suffering and Divine Wisdom

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Is This Black Magic?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil

Question: I am concerned by a series of recent and drastic changes in my life. People have started to distrust me for no good reason. I have an increased number of dreams, each one stranger than the other. I am feeling extremely lethargic. My fiancé no longer wants to marry me. Am I being targeted by black magic? How can I protect myself?

Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray this finds you well. May Allah grant you shifa and protect you from harm.


“And put your full trust in Allah; and Allah suffices as an Ever-Trusted Trustee.” [Qur’an, 33:3]

Please continue doing your fardh salats, on time, as a means of protection from all types of harm. Read the three Quls and Ayatul Kursi at least in the morning and evening. If you can, read them after every fardh prayer. Try your best to keep in wudu.

Pray Salatul Hajat and ask Allah to lift this tribulation from you.


Check if you have wronged anyone in words or actions, intentionally or unintentionally. If you have, do your best to mend ties and ask for forgiveness. Give sadaqa and make dua for ease.

Seek help

Ask for help from a trustworthy scholar in your area. A sign that one is sincere in helping you is refusal to accept money.

If your former fiancé is willing to give your relationship another chance, then suggest couples counselling to him. If not, then trust that although the Decree of Allah not always easy to bear, it is always khayr.

I pray that Allah eases your tribulation and draws you ever nearer to Him through this hardship.

Please refer to the following links:

How to Counteract the Effects of Black Magic
Is Someone Using Black Magic to Destroy My Marriage?
The Evil Eye: A Reality?
ANSWERS: How do I protect myself from spiritual harm and evil forces?


Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

How Should I Get Rid of Big Ants in My Kitchen?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: As salam alaykum,

Big ants are all over my kitchen. Everyday I find lots of them in the kitchen… Now they have started biting my body… And I am feeling very uneasy and stressful…Is it something related to black magic or evil eye? How am I suppose to get rid of this?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

I pray that you are well, insha’Allah.

Ask Allah to lift your distress and difficulty, and consider calling some kind of pest control.

See also: How Does One Perform The Prayer Of Need (salat al-haja)? and: Are My Problems Due to Evil Eye?
And Allah alone knows best.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Are My Problems Due to Evil Eye?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: Assalam’aleykum

A project of mine has been afflicted with problem after problem, on multiple fronts. I just can’t explain where these problems are coming from. The worry and stress are making me unwell.

Is it possible it could be due to evil eye? Just in case it is, what can I do to alleviate?

Answer: Walaikum assalam,

I pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits.

The most important adab in seeking is complete neediness to Allah. Take this as an opportunity to turn to Him, in utter need—need for the Fulfiller of needs, rather than the needs themselves—and He will respond. The response will be in the best of ways, in the best of times, on condition of patience, gratitude, and trust in Him.

Three practices that facilitate trust in Allah are:

1. Perform the prayer of need (salat al-haja):

How Does One Perform The Prayer Of Need (salat al-haja)?

2. Recite this brief Prophetic supplication, regularly:

Some Prophetic Supplications for Difficulty and Distress

3. Many of our teachers, including Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, recommend this practice, an application of a Qur’anic invocation:

After Isha, recite Hasbuna’l Llahu wa ni`ma’l Wakeel (Allah is our sufficiency and is the best of guardians) 450 times, sitting alone in a quiet room, facing the qibla, in state of wudu, with reflection on its meanings.

This is taken from the Qur’anic praise of true believers, in Surah Aal-Imran:

“Those whose faith only increased when people said, ‘Fear your enemy: they have amassed a great army against you,’ and who replied, ‘God is enough for us: He is the best protector,’ returned with grace and bounty from God; no harm befell them. They pursued God’s good pleasure. God’s favour is great indeed.” [3.173-175]

[What About the Evil Eye?]

The greatest protection from all harm is complete trust in Allah, and remaining in remembrance of Allah. Allah Most High says, “And whoever places their trust in Allah, He is indeed their sufficiency.” [Qur’an, 65.3] And He says, “In the Name of Allah, by whose name nothing on earth nor in the heavens can harm one, and He is indeed All-Hearing, and All-Knowing.”

With that, recite Ayat al-Kursi, and the Three Qul’s upon waking, before sleep, and after every obligatory prayer—striving for presence of heart, and with complete trust in Allah.

Means Are a Test

Means are a test in life: our success is simple in sincerity, and right striving—and right responses when we have testing choices. Leave results, ultimately, to Allah Most High.

And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.


Faraz Rabbani

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Can You Give Me a Supplication Wich Will Protect Me From Evil Eye?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam’aleykum,

Can you give me a supplication wich will protect me from evil eye?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

The evil eye is true and a reality as the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) informed us. [Bukhari, and elsewhere]

Nevertheless, it would be from the sunna to recite Surah al-Falaq and Surah al-Nas daily, as well as asking Allah Most High for complete well-being (`afiya).

And all of this coupled with Ayat al-Kursi and other supplications from the sunna, such as, “I seek refuge in Allah’s most perfect words from every devil, harmful thing, and accusing eye. (a`udhu bi kalimatillahi al-tammati min kulli shaytaanin wa hammatin wa min kulli `aynin lammah)” [Bukhari]

أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ التَّامَّةِ مِنْ كُلِّ شَيْطَانٍ وَهَامَّةٍ وَمِنْ كُلِّ عَيْنٍ لَامَّةٍ

Please also see: The Evil Eye: A Reality? and: Is it Permissible to Use Amulets to Deflect Evil Eye?

And Allah alone gives success.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Is Someone Using Black Magic to Destroy My Marriage?

Answered by Shaykh Rami Nsour

Question: I hope this reaches you in the best of health and imaan. I got married a few months ago and everything was at first, but then my husband started arguing with me about petty things constantly. He’s gotten very ill, suffering from back, arm, knee, shoulder pain, headaches, lack of intimacy, lack of appetite, mood swings etc.

He acts harsh towards me and threatens me with divorce.  He says he doesn’t know why he is unhappy with me, because at other times he says I’m the perfect wife. The doctors don’t even know exactly what is wrong with him.

Recently I’ve been getting dreams of jinns trying to wrestle with me whilst I’m in bed etc, then I’ve woken up feeling shaken because it was so real. I even had another dream where I woke suddenly because I felt like there was some dark male figure hugging me whilst laying besides me on the left hand side of the bed. (I was not sharing a bed with my husband at the time) The figure was hot. I awoke feeling shaken again. Now I always read ayatul kursi and the 4 quls before going to bed.

I  had another dream where my mother had asked me who had given me these gifts she found in my room. I answered her and asked her why it was important? She said the gifts indicated that someone had ”done something to me”. I’m just frustrated, upset, confused now I was wondering if this relates to my marriage? I feel like someone is doing magic to interfere in our marriage. I’m not sure. Is there anyway of really finding out?

Please advise me about what I can do to find out if something is going on and what I can do in the meantime to protect our marriage and help my husband.

Answer: There is no exact way of finding out for sure what is going on. There is a chance that it could be related to something on the unseen realm, such as jinn or magic, and there is also the chance that it could be a mental health issue or emotional issue that he is dealing with.

What I would suggest is that you cover all the bases in trying to treat what is going on. Continue to do what you are doing in terms of Quran recitation and dhikr.

You should also increase the amount of whatever you are doing as long as it is within your capacity, as moderation is also prescribed. You should encourage your husband to increase his acts of worship and to be in the company of good people and shuyukh, as that has a healing effect.

Also remember that there is a lot of good found in seeking knowledge and a special protection granted to seekers of knowledge, so you and your husband should make a serious effort to seek knowledge. His emotions may be coming from ignorance of the deen and the cure for this is to study.

You should also seek outside help from both clinicians/therapists as well as people trained in spiritual matters. See if there are any therapists that can help you and your husband understand the possibilities of what might be going on. In terms of people versed in spiritual matters, you should only go to people who are knowledgeable of the Quran and Sunna and are know for following the tenets of the faith.

Beware of charlatans, people who are not qualified and those who seeking money for this type of work. Having a knowledgeable teacher locally or by phone will also be a help for you and your husband to work through issues that you are having as a couple or spiritual issues. They may also be able to identify signs of what might possibly be the cause of what your husband is experiencing.

And Allah knows best.


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