10 Things to do to protect against the Evil Eye

Nazar/Evil Eye can impact some people, but how do we protect ourselves from it? Here, Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli outlines 10 ways as described by the Prophet and Ahlulbayt (a).

Asma' bint Umais, ridhwan Allai Ta'ala alayha, an honorable lady, no doubt, came to the Holy Prophet and she said, "Ya Rasul Allah, there are people who are looking with an evil eye on to my children, the sons of Ja'far. Is this true? Do we accept this? The Prophet of Islam says, yes, this can indeed happen, meaning that the evil eye does indeed exist.

The question that arises here therefore is, those individuals who believe in the impact and the reality of the nazar and the evil eye come forward and say there are remedies. There are ways in which this can be treated. And they are from the Ahl al-Bayt, a number of remedies exist ways to protect the human being from the evil eye.

For example, the eighth holy Imam, Imam Ali Musa Ar-Ridha, salawatullahi wa as-salaamu alayh, comes forward and says in one narration it is mentioned that somebody came to him and presented him with a small pot of a perfume. It was a wonderful perfume. The Imam took it. There was another individual in the room.

He looked at the perfume and said, This is an amazing perfume and stared at it. The Imam, alayhi assalaam, then looked at those around him and said: if you want to protect yourself from the evil eye, make sure that you recite Surat ul-Fatihah (1), Ayat ul-Kursi (2:255), Surat ul-Ikhlas (112)and Mawdhatain (Qul Audhubirabbinnas and Qul Audhu bi Rabbil Falaq, 113 & 114). Recite these, but not only recite it - write it down and carry it with you, it will be a protection for you. The Sixth holy Imam has another recommendation. He says: in addition to all this, make sure you say 'MashaAllah la kuwwata illa bil Allah, Al 'Aliyyil 'Adheem'. And he says repeat this often to say:'MashaAllah la kuwwata illa bil Allah, Al 'Aliyyil 'Adheem'.

Similarly, we are told of the recitation of the last three verses of Surah al-Baqarah. The Prophet of Islam would say Ayat al-Kursi,  Mawdhatain, as well as the three last verses of Surah Baqarah also are helpful against that particular detrimental eye. What else can a the human being do of great importance is to recite chapter sixty-one verse fifty eight. This way,

وَإِنْ يَكَادُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَيُزْلِقُونَكَ بِأَبْصَارِهِمْ لَمَّا سَمِعُوا الذِّكْرَ وَيَقُولُونَ إِنَّهُ لَمَجْنُونٌ

Wa iny-yakaadu'lladhina kafaru la-yuzliqunaka biabsaarihim lamma sami'u z-Zikra wa yaquluna innahu lamajnun [And those who disbelieve would almost smite you with their eyes when they hear the reminder, and they say: Most surely he is mad. (68:51)]

A recommendation is, there are places such as, for example in some countries where you can find them sold [ayah written on a frame] this ayat to place them at home. If you feel that there is a negative impact, if you feel that this is actually detrimental, buy it and place it in your house.

What else can be done? We are told narrations of the Ahl al-Bayt, one dhikr is of great importance that repels any malicious intentions of the evil eye, and that is when the individual recites salawaat 'ala Muhammad wa 'aali Muhammad [Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammad wa 'aali Muhammad]

In addition to all this, of great significance and benefit is Sadaqah, is to pay charity for the sake of Allah Subbhanah Wa Ta'ala. This is so significant. You know, narrations after narrations says, you want to be protected, you want to be safeguarded, then give for the sake of Allah. And by the way, sometimes when we give Sadaqah, when we give charity for the sake of Allah, we think we've done a favor to that person.

You and I may have may helped their Duniyah, but they have helped our Akhirah. No doubt they have been sent by Allah as an opportunity for us to protect ourselves in Duniyah, but importantly to excel on the Day of Qiyamah.