Means of warding off the Sihr before it happens

Among the most important means of warding off the danger of sihr before it happens is seeking protection through the adhkaar prescribed in Islam, making du’aa’ and reciting prayers seeking refuge that were narrated from the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam. These include:

1- The Sunnah mentions adhkhaar by means of which one may gain protection from the shayaateen. These include:

Seeking refuge with Allah from the jinn. Allah says, “And if an evil whisper comes to you from Shaytaan, then seek refuge with Allah. Verily, He is All-Hearer,
All-Knower”. [al-A’raaf 7:200]

It was narrated from Sulaymaan ibn Sard that two men were trading insults in the presence of the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam, until the face of one of    them turned red. The Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam said, “I know a word which, if he were to say it, what he is suffering from would go away: ‘A’oodhu    Billaahi min al-Shaytaan il-rajeem (I seek refuge with Allaah from the accursed Shaytaan).’” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 3108; Muslim, 2610)

2 – Reciting al-Mi’wadhatayn (the last two Soorahs of the Qur’aan, al-Falaq and al-Naas).

It was narrated that Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri radiallahu anhu said: “The Messenger of Allaah sallallahu alaihe wassallam used to seek refuge with Allah from the jinn and from the evil eye until the Mi’wadhatayn were revealed, and when they were revealed he started to recite them and not anything else.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2058

3 – Reciting Aayat al-Kursiy

4 – Reciting Soorat al-Baqarah

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allaah sallallahu alaihe wassallam said: “Do not make your houses like graves, for the Shaytaan runs away from a house in which Soorat al-Baqarah is recited.”(Narrated by Muslim, 780)

5 – The last verses of Soorat al-Baqarah

It was narrated that Abu Mas’ood al-Ansaari said: “The Messenger of Allaah sallallahu alaihe wassallam said: ‘Whoever recites the last two verses of Soorat al-Baqarah at night, that will suffice him.’” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4723; Muslim, 807)

6 – Reciting “Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahu’l-mulk wa lahu’l-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer (There is no god except Allaah Alone with no partner or associate; His is the Sovereignty and His is the praise, and He is Able to do all things)” one hundred times after Fajr Salat.

7 – Remembering Allaah often (dhikr)

It was narrated from al-Haarith al-Ash’ari that the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam said: “Allaah commanded Yahyaa ibn Zakariyah (peace be upon him) five things to follow and to enjoin upon the Children of Israel… and he commanded them to remember Allaah, and the likeness of that is a man who was being pursued by the enemy, until he reached a strong fortress in which he found protection; similarly a man cannot find protection from the Shaytaan except by remembering Allah…” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2863)

8 – The adhaan

It was narrated that Suhayl ibn Abi Saalih said: “My father sent me to Bani Haarithah, and there was with me a slave of ours, or a companion of ours. Someone called out his name from a garden, and the one who was with me looked into the garden and did not see anything. I mentioned that to my father,
and he said, ‘If I had known that this was going to happen to you, I would not have sent you. But if you hear a voice then make the call for prayer, for I heard Abu Hurayrah radiallahu anhu narrating that the Messenger of Allaah sallallahu alaihe wassallam said: “When the Shaytaan hears the call to prayer, he runs away fast.”(Narrated by Muslim, 389).

9 – Reciting Qur’aan offers protection against the Shaytaan

Allaah says: “And when you (Muhammad) recite the Qur’aan, We put between you and those who believe not in the Hereafter, an invisible veil (or screen their hearts, so they hear or understand it not)[al-Israa’ 17:45]

They are also some of the most effective weapons for warding off sihr after it has happened, along with humbly beseeching Allaah constantly and asking Him to remove the harm and relieve the distress.

Among the du’aa’s which have been narrated from the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam to treat diseases such as sihr and other things is the ruqyah by means of which he sallallahu alaihe wassallam used to treat his companions:

“Allaahumma Rabb al-naas, adhhib il-ba’s, washfi anta al-Shaafi laa shifaa’a illa shifaa’uka shifaa’an laa yughaadir saqaman (O Allaah, Lord of mankind, remove the harm and heal him, for You are the Healer and there is no healing except Your healing, with a healing which does not leave any disease behind).”

There is also the ruqyah by means of which Jibreel treated the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam: “Bismillaah urqeeka min kulli shay’in yu’dheeka, wa min sharri kulli nafsin aw ‘aynin haasid Allaah yashfeek, bismillaah urqeek (In the name of Allaah I perform ruqyah for you, from every thing that is harming you, from the evil of every soul or envious eye may Allaah heal you, in the name of Allaah I perform ruqyah for you).” This should be repeated three times.

And Allaah knows best.

May Allah keep us all in His protection from envy, evil eye and sihr.

Wishing you the best
Zakia Usmani

Sihr and its cure

A person struck by magic might experience the following:

Dislike of one’s spouse, as indicated in the Qur’an by the following verse, "And from these (angels) people learn that by which they cause separation between a man and his wife..." (Al-Baqarah, 2:102).

Different attitude in the house from that which is outside the house. For example, a person will feel that he is missing his family when is outside the house but when he goes home, love changes quickly to extreme hatred.

Inability to have sexual intercourse with one’s spouse.

Frequent miscarriage for pregnant women.

Sudden change in behavior without obvious reason.

Complete loss of appetite for food.

Thinking or imagining one has done something when in reality one has not.

Sudden obedience and/or love for a particular person.

It should be noted that if a person experiences some of the above symptoms this does not necessarily mean that he is either possessed by a jinn or struck by black magic. It might be due to physiological or psychological reasons.

As for curing this condition the following steps are recommended:
1) Putting one’s trust in Allah with sincere belief that He is the only cure for everything.

2) Reading Qur’aan and known supplications expressing seeking refuge, the most important and effective of which are:
a. Soorat al-Faatihah
b. Aayat al-Kursiy from Soorat al-Baqarah,
c. The verses from Soorat al-A’raaf, [al-A’raaf 7:106-122]
d. The verses from Soorat Yoonus, (Yoonus 10:79-82)
e. The verses from Soorat Ta-Ha, [Ta-Ha 20:65-69]
f. Soorat al-Kaafiroon
g. Soorat al-Ikhlaas and al-Mi’wadhatayn (i.e., Soorat al-Falaq and Soorat al-Naas) – to be recited three times.
h. Reciting some of the du’aa’s prescribed in sharee’ah, such as:
“Allaahumma Rabb al-Naas, adhhib al-ba’s wa’shfi, anta al-Shaafiy, laa shifaa’a illa shifaa’uka, shifaa’an laa yughaadiru saqaman (O Allaah, Lord of
mankind, remove the evil and grant healing, for You are the Healer. There is no healing except Your healing, which does not leave any sickness).”

2) Removing the elements of magic as was done by the Prophet when he was struck by black magic by a Jewish man called Lubaid Ben Al-‘Aasim.

3) Eating seven Aa’liya Al-Barniy dates (among the dates of Al-Madinah) first thing in the morning; if not possible, any dates will suffice, by the will of Allaah.

4) Cupping--removing excess blood.

5) Supplications.

And I ask Allaah to cure those who are suffering with evil eye and magic and ease their hardship, as He is the One who cures and there is no one else who can cure.

Zakia Usmani


Remedy for the envy

Envy is a serious disease with dire consequences which are manifested in the breakdown of social relations and spoiling interactions between people, which may sink to the lowest levels of ignorance and backwardness.

Hence Islam took a very firm stance against this serious disease. It is narrated that the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam said, “Do not envy one another, do no cut off ties with one another, do not hate one another; be, O slave of Allah, brothers.”

In order to avoid making this mistake, we must have a pure heart and calm manner. It is permissible to wish for a blessing the someone else enjoying, on condition that we do not hope to see it taken away from the other person, and that he does not resent the other person having it.

In reality when a person is envious of another, he is actually doubting the wisdom of Allah SWT and questioning His decision. This is because, ultimately, it is Allah who decided which favours to bestow on which people.

Since envy is a serious disease of the heart, diseases of the heart can only be treated with beneficial knowledge.

The one who envies should realise the certainty of his envy being harmful to his dunya and akhira. His envy manifests his anger towards Allah’s decree and his questioning of Allah’s wisdom in bestowing His blessings. This is a crime against Allah and he is only earning the wrath of Allah in doing so.

Envy results in grief and sadness as each time someone is blessed the envious soul only increases in jealousy, sorrow and hatred, to the point that his heart becomes pre-occupied with envy.

One should reflect over and enumerate the blessings that they have been bestowed with and not occupy himself with that which He has given to others. Reflecting over one’s own blessings allows one to increase in gratefulness towards Allah.

If one feels anything of this nature he should strive against his soul to curb any bad feeling and do the opposite of what one desires, instead of asking Allah to remove the blessings from this person he should instead do du’a that Allah increase His bounty on him, were he to be envious of someone’s praise he should not back-bite but strive, instead, to mention their good qualities too, thereby training his soul to fight and remove this envy.

One should seek refuge in Allah from hasad and make du’a that Allah removes it.

May Allah protect us all from the diseases of the heart.

Zakia Usmani


The characteristics of the envier

Do you know what are the characteristics of the envier?

1 - The envier is always angry at the decrees of Allah.
2 - The envier always complains and rarely thanks Allah even if he owns the whole world.
3 - He follows up the mistakes of the one whom he envies, and tries to seek out his faults, and exposes them and exaggerates about them before others.
4 - He conceals or ignores or belittles the good qualities and distinguishing characteristics of the person whom he envies.
5 - So you will notice that the envier cannot speak in front of the one whom he envies without addressing him in a laughing, jocular manner, but deep down he is filled with hatred and resentment that is clear from the way in which he looks at him.
6 - He clearly criticizes the one whom he envies, with or without evidence.
7 - He looks for opportunities and makes the most of any chance to harm the one whom he envies in himself or his wealth.
8 - Finally, the envier is a troubled man, due to the resentment that is always festering in his heart, so depression and dullness show on his face.

In the next post I will tell you about the remedy for the envy insha Allah.

Zakia Usmani


Envy [Hasad]

Envy (Hasad) means resenting the blessings of Allah that are enjoyed by the one who is envied, and wishing that it be taken away. In other words, the envier wishes that the blessing be taken away from the one whom he envies, whether the blessing comes to him or not.

So the envier resents the blessing of Allah and wishes that it be taken away, and he may even make efforts to take it away.

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (RA) said: The Messenger of Allah sallallau alaihe wassallam said: "My Ummah will be stricken with the disease of the other nations." They said: "What is the disease of the other nations?" He sallallau alaihe wassallam said: "Insolence, arrogance, accumulation (of wealth), competition in worldly gains, mutual hatred and envy, until there will be wrongdoing and then killing."

The issue of the evil eye includes all people, even those who are righteous if they do not pay attention to it, whereas envy is limited to certain people. Hence the envious person has certain characteristics by which he/she may be distinguished, such as the way he/she looks and smiles, the expression on his/her face, and the way he/she speaks. All of that points to what is in his/her heart. Whatever a person conceals in his/her heart will inevitably show on his/her face and through slips of the tongue, in the way he/her looks and smiles, and in all his movements and expressions.

By His wisdom, Allah has made man's face a mirror which reflects the thoughts that are hidden in his mind and heart. The effects of sickness are seen in the sick man's face, and the sorrow of one who is grieving and depressed shows on his face, and the good health of one who is sound is reflected on his face. If a person is happy and content, his hidden thoughts show on his face and through slips of the tongue. If a believer is true and sincere in his faith and humble before the Most Merciful, and reads the Qur'an frequently, that joy and light will show on his face; his nature will be humble and kind, and his speech will be polite and noble. The opposite is also true: the effects of an evildoer's immoral actions and sin will be reflected in his face and in slips of the tongue, even if he outwardly resembles those who are righteous.

By the same token, the envier who resents the good things that people have and wishes that the blessings of Allah be taken away, is sick at heart and lacking in faith. No matter how much he tries to conceal what he feels inwardly, he will soon let out the envy that he feels.

So how to recognize the envier? Well we will discuss this in the next post insha Allah.

May Allah SWT protect all of us.

Zakia Usmani


How to protect from evil eye?

The best way to protect one from evil eye is to come closer to Allah and always remembering Him (dhikr) and reciting the Qur’an. The Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam used to seek refuge with Allah for himself by reciting the Mi’wadhatayn (the last two Surahs of the Qur’an, al-Falaq and al-Naas), Soorat al-Faatihah and Aayat al-Kursiy [al-Baqarah 2:255].

The Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam used to seek refuge from evil eye by reciting these dua’s :
“A’oodhu bi kalimaat Allaah al-taammaati min sharri maa khalaq (I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allaah from the evil of that which He has created).” (Narrated by Muslim 4881)

A’oodhu bi kalimaat Allaah al-taammah min kulli shaytaanin wa haammah wa min kulli ‘aynin laammah (I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allaah, from every devil and every poisonous reptile, and from every bad eye).’”(Narrated by al-Bukhaari 3120).

It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed that Jibreel came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and said: “O Muhammad, are you ill?” He said, “Yes.” He said, “Bismillaahi arqeeka min kulli shay’in yu’dheeka, min sharri kulli nafsin aw ‘aynin haasid Allaahu yashfeek, bismillaahi arqeek (In the name of Allaah I perform ruqyah for you, from everything that is harming you, from the evil of every soul or envious eye may Allaah heal you, in the name of Allaah I perform ruqyah for you).” (Narrated by Muslim, 4056)

Another way of protecting oneself from the evil eye is persisting in reciting the adhkaar (dhikr) for morning and evening, and the adhkaar for going to sleep, and others, this will have a great effect in protecting oneself from the evil eye. So strive to recite these adhkaar.

It was narrated that ‘Aa’ishah radiallahu anha said: “The one who had put the evil eye on another would be ordered to do wudu, then the one who had been struck by the evil eye would wash with it (that water).” (Sunan Al-Bayhaqi, 9/252)

The one who is asked to wash is obliged to do so. Many people feel embarrassed to ask one who they think has put the evil eye on them to wash for them. But this embarrassment is inappropriate. The evil eye may come even from one who is righteous. Hence some of the scholars stated that it is obligatory for the one who has put the evil eye on another to do wudu, because the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam said, “If you are asked to wash, then do so.”

He sallallahu alaihe wassallam commanded such a person to wash, and the command implies that it is obligatory.

The above du’ aas and adkaar prevent the effects of the eye from taking hold and repel them, depending on the strength of faith of the one who says them, and the strength of his soul, his potential, and the strength of his trust in Allah and the steadfastness of his heart. For they are a weapon, and a weapon is only as good as the one who wields it.

Remember if you likes something you must hasten to pray for blessing for the thing that you like by saying “Baarik Allahu fih (May Allah bless it)” or “Allahumma baarik ‘ alayhi (O Allah, bless it) or Masha Allah (That which Allah wills {will come to pass}).

Wishing you the best
Zakia Usmani


The evil eye and its symptoms

In these challenging times….
We all have problems.

Still, no problem is too big for us…because the truth is…
All the problems can be overcome and all the problems have solutions.
BUT what if a problem persists?

Because some problems are not easy to solve
 -----> Agreed!

Difficulties, failures, obstacles, and problems are issues that concern us all no matter where we live and what our situation in life is. We all go through pain and problems in our lives.

So, what’s the solution?
The evil eye is like an arrow which comes from the soul of the one who envies towards the one who is envied and on whom the evil eye is put; sometimes it hits him and sometimes it misses. If the target is exposed and unprotected, it will affect him, but if the target is cautious and armed, the arrow will have no effect and may even come back on the one who launched it.

The evil eye refers to when one person harms another by means of the eye.
It was narrated that Jabir (RA) said: The Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessing upon Him) said:

"The evil eye will put a man into his grave and a camel into the cooking pot." [Hilyat Al-Awliya' by Abu Na'im. Shaykh Al-Albani (may Allah have mercy on him) said: It is a Hasan Hadith - Al-Silsilah Al-Sahihah, 1250.]
Evil eye can follow a man until it makes him fall from a high mountain, and if it is able to overpower a healthy man it can kill him and put him in his grave, and if it overpowers a camel, it will fall and be injured, and its owner will slaughter it and cook it in a pot. So the evil eye is real and its effects are real. It may kill, or it may affect the spot or the things that the envier likes in the body of the person affected, or in himself or his possessions. This is the view of the scholars of this Ummah, such as Malik, Al-Shafi'i, Ahmad and others.

As for the symptoms of being affected by the evil eye, Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez al-Sadhaan (may Allaah preserve him) said:
If it is not a real sickness, then the symptoms may take the following forms: 

Headaches that move from one part of the head to another; yellow pallor in the face; sweating and urinating a great deal; weak appetite; tingling, heat or cold in the limbs; palpitations in the heart; pain in the lower back and shoulders; sadness and anxiety; sleeplessness at night; strong reactions due to abnormal fears; a lot of burping, yawning and sighing; withdrawal and love of solitude; apathy and laziness; a tendency to sleep; health problems with no known medical cause.

These signs or some of them may be present according to the strength of the evil eye or the number of people who put the evil eye on others.
The difference between the evil eye and envy.

The Hasid (envier) is an envious man whose envy is accompanied by resentment, so he wishes that the blessing be taken away, whereas the 'A'in (the one who puts the evil eye on another) simply likes a thing. Hence the evil eye may come from a righteous man or woman, and a man may put the evil eye on his own wealth, child or family without realizing it. But the evil eye and envy have the same effect, which is causing harm to the thing that is liked or envied.

Insha Allah in the post, I will explain how to protect ourselves from evil eye.
Wishing you the best
Zakia Usmani