Baby Stopped Drinking Milk

Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil eases concerns regarding a baby who won’t eat or drink.

My eight-month-old daughter has been ill for the past three months and has not been drinking milk. She refuses food and milk and has been in hospital three times to be fed via an NG tube.

The doctors don’t know what’s wrong with her and keep saying it might be viral. She gets well in the hospital then starts getting ill when she comes home. She used to be such a happy baby who slept and ate well. My mother thinks there may be a jinn with her or me or in the house. I really do not know what to do.

I pray this finds you well. May Allah reward you for reaching out to us.


O you who believe, seek help through patience and prayer. Surely, Allah is with those who are patient. (Sura al-Baqara 2:153)

I am so sorry to hear about your baby, and cannot imagine the heartbreak you are enduring. Please continue to make dua for your baby’s shifa. Dunya is a place of tribulation, and our children bring about our greatest tests.

Please ask your mother to ask around for a reputable shaykh or shaykha who can perform ruqya on your baby. Be careful not to let just anyone read over baby – please trust your intuition and Perform the Prayer of Guidance to help you ascertain if he/she is trustworthy.

Some signs of a charlatan would be someone asking you to do strange things like working with blood, odd sacrifices, or burial.

Prayer of Need

Please perform the Prayer of Need in the last third of the night, as often as you need to.

Other acts you can do: Give in charity, ask for pious people to make dua for you, make copious istighfar.

Using a Ta‘wiz

Please consider using a ta‘wiz on your baby for protection. Please write or print out the Ayat al-Kursi and three Quls. Put it in a locket or a soft cover of some sort, and pin it on your baby’s clothes. Do not hang it around your baby’s neck as it isn’t safe.

Possibility of Allergens

Is there something else in your home that could be harming your baby? Any mold? Pet fur? Any kind of allergen? Could you get an allergy test done on your baby?

Emotional Stress

What is the emotional climate at home? Babies are deeply sensitive and are very connected to their mothers. I do not know the circumstances of your home, but if there is trouble in your marriage, perhaps that may be upsetting your baby. I do not say this to cast any blame on you. Allah knows how hard you are trying.

May Allah heal your baby, and make her the coolness of your eyes.

Please see: Selected Prophetic Prayers for Spiritual, Physical and Emotional Wellbeing by Chaplain Ibrahim Long and A Reader on Patience and Reliance on Allah.


Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

How to Counteract the Effects of Black Magic

Answered by Shaykh Rami Nsour

Question: Assalamu alaikum. I have a friend who is suffering from major problems at home. Somebody has done black magic on her family . When she goes to sleep she feels something pulling her down and when she woke up in the morning she had deep bruises and scratches on her leg. They experience different things every day. They read Quran on a regular basis but are starting to lose hope in the words of God. I told them to continue reading and not to lose hope.  Is there anything you can recommend to help?

Answer: What you have advised them is the best thing that you could tell them, which is to keep reading the Book of Allah and to have faith in it. One thing that I would say is that you could also educate them on the point of who it is reading the Quran.

During the time of Umar ibn Al Khattab (radiya Allahu anhu), he used to recite something in the ears of insane people and they would be freed of the jinn inside them. One man, who was not insane, wanted to know what Umar was reciting and so he pretended to be insane and then went to Umar. Umar then recited the Fatiha in his ear.

The man then went on to others and began claiming that he could cure the insane. An insane person came to him and sat for the reading. When the man recited Fatiha into the ear of the man, he heard the voice of the jinn inside the man saying, “Yes, this is the Fatiha, but where is Umar?”

So, although you might have two people reading the Quran, their level of spirituality and connection to Allah and the Quran are different. The state of the person will also have an effect on whether it works or not. You may advise the family to find someone pious to recite.

You should also remind them though, that there are people that are charlatans and can take money from people and claim to be able to help. They should look to a person with knowledge of the deen (fiqh) and piety (wara) to ask about reading in their house. They may also ask that person to write them a ruqya (taweez) but it should only be something with Quran, Hadith or the Names of Allah.