The Evil Eye Is Real, By Murtadha Gusau

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious and the Bestower of Mercy

All thanks and praise is due to Allah, we seek His help and forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil within ourselves and the consequences of our evil deeds.

Whoever Allah guides will never be led astray, and whoever Allah leads astray will never find guidance. I bear witness there is no god but Allah, alone without any partners, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and His Messenger.

“O you who have believed, fear Allah as He should be feared and do not die except as Muslims in submission to Him.” [Quran, 3:102]

“O mankind, fear your Lord, who created you from one soul and created from it its mate and dispersed from both of them many men and women. And fear Allah, through whom you ask one another, and the wombs. Verily, Allah is ever watching over you.” [Quran, 4:1]

“O you who have believed, fear Allah and speak words of appropriate justice. He will then amend for you your deeds and forgive your sins, and whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly attained a great attainment.” [Quran, 33:70-71]

Verily, the most truthful speech is the Book of Allah, the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad, and the worst affairs are newly invented matters (in the religion). Every newly invented matter is a religious innovation, and every religious innovation is misguidance, and every misguidance is in the Hellfire.

To proceed:

Servants of Allah! The evil eye (kambun baka) is the name for a sickness or misfortune transmitted, usually with or without intention, by someone who is envious, jealous, and covetous or even a pious person from among man or jinn. It could affect children, adults, livestock, and any kind of materialistic items, and the most vulnerable are the very young, the wealthy and the beautiful. To cast out an evil eye its not necessary to see the victim, the evil-eye can be transmitted even just by visualising or imagining or even with a very limited description of the target person. For example, a person can cast-out an evil eye even on himself just by imagining or while look at himself in the mirror or even a blind person can cast out an evil eye just by visualising the target person or a mother could herself un-intentionally cast out a evil eye on her child…etc.

Brothers and sisters! Our beloved Prophet (Peace be upon him) has therefore advised us to recite ‘Mashaa Allah’, to prevent the casting-out an evil eye, therefore one should say ‘Mashaa Allah’ when praising or looking at anyone or any thing with excitement, in-order to avoid casting an evil eye to them.

Evil Eye In the Quran and Sunnah

Allah the Most High said:

“..And from the evil of the envier when he envieth.” [Quran, Surah Al Falaq 113]

And the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

“The evil eye is real, and if anything were to overtake the divine decree (al-qadar) it would be the evil eye.” [Muslim]

Symptoms of Evil Eye

My respected people! Primary symptoms of evil eye are feelings of physical and/or emotional tiredness, unexplained bad luck or unfavourable incidences and illness. It is thought to cause drowsiness, drooping eyelids, listlessness, fatigue, weariness, lack of concentration, restlessness, discomfort, cramps, convulsions, headaches, hiccough, clumsiness, stomachaches, dry coughs, diarrhoea, itching, hair loss, dry skin, vomiting, the drying up of the milk of nursing mothers and livestock, problems with the blood and eyesight, impairment of sexual activity, impotence, sterility, disorders in menstruation, problems in pregnancy and childbirth, deficient breast milk, mastitis, and among babies and young children, incessant crying and fretting, a baby’s refusal to suckle or drink milk and other symptoms include lack of rain, the drying up of wells, the withering of fruit, sudden loss to business, and so on.

Treatment of Evil Eye with Zikr and Du’a

Brothers and sisters! In the previous sermon we learned how to cure a person with the method of washing. However, If the person who has put the evil eye is not known, then one can ask Allah to cure him by reciting some verses of the Quran and do as prescribed in the Shari’ah. It will by Allah’s leave cure the affected person, as always have been.

The affected person should hold his hands up together and recite into them Al-Fatihah (1st Surah of Quran), Ayatul-Kursi (verse 255 of Surah Baqara 2nd Surah) and Al-Mu’awwizatain (Last two Surahs of Quran/Falaq and Nas), then blow into his hands and wipe them all over his body.

The sick person may also recite the Verses over Olive oil (Zaitun oil) and smear it on the site affected with evil eye; he may also recite the above verses over water and wash himself with it; he may even drink from that water.

If the sick person is able to recite prayers for refuge, he may recite the prayers bellow. All narrated from Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).

1. A’udhu bi kalimaatillaahil-taammati min sharri ma khalaq. Meaning: I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah from the evil of that which He has created.

2. A’udhu bi kalimaat Allaah Al-taammah min kulli shaytaanin wa haammah wa min kulli ‘aynin laammah. Meaning: I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah, from every devil and every poisonous reptile, and from every evil eye.

3. Allahumma rabban nasi, azhibil-ba’sa washfi anta shafi, la shifa’a illa shifa’uka, shifa’an la yughadiru saqaman. Meaning: O Allah, the Lord of people, drive away the pain, and heal me, for You are the Healer, there is no cure except Your Cure; a cure that does not leave any illness, but that it cures it.

If the sick person cannot move and is unable to recite the above prayers, then a third person can help him through the following:

1. Put your hand on the patient’s forehead and recite the chapters:

Surahs Al-Ikhlas, Al-Falaq and An-Nas (Last three Surahs of Quran)

2. Put your hand on the patient’s forehead and say:

Bismillahi yubrika, min kulli daa’in yushfika, wa min sharri haasidin iza hasada, wa min sharri kulli zi ‘ain. Meaning: In the name of Allah, He will heal you, from any illness He will cure you, from the evil of the jealous when he gets jealous, and from the evil of a person with an evil eye.

Brothers and sisters! As much as the skeptics would like to argue against it, the ‘evil eye’ is real – it is not a product of superstition, nor is it based on high-flying assumptions. Evidence of the evil eye can be found in the true words of the Noble Quran and our beloved Noble Prophet (Peace be upon him) as mentioned.

So now let me delve into the deeper meaning and connotations attached to the concept of the ‘evil eye’ that plagues so many of us in our daily lives.

My people! The evil eye is referred to as ‘Al-ayn’ in Arabic, which is the incidence of a person causing harm to another – consciously or unconsciously – with his eye. It may start off with the person just liking or appreciating something in another individual, but the feeling may fester into more negative feelings of jealousy and sheer envy, which may end up harming the other person. The Noble Prophet (Peace be upon him) was warned by Allah (SWT) regarding the harmful effects of the evil eye and commanded His Prophet to seek refuge in Him.

“Say, “I seek refuge in the Lord of daybreak…And from the evil of an envier when he envies.” [Quran, 113:1-5]

Not everyone who may envy another puts the evil eye on that individual and may not harbour any ill will for that individual’s fortune (unconscious) but in most cases, the one who deeply envies another and harbours deep jealousy and resentment will end up putting the evil eye on the other (conscious). The evil eye, in essence, has been described as an ‘arrow’ that gushes out of the heart of the envier towards the person/object of his envy – it may hit the person and bring misfortune upon them if they do not take precautions against it, or it may miss the targeted person if he takes certain spiritual precautions and seeks Allah’s (SWT) protection. The harm of the evil eye may be proportionate to the level of jealousy and malice that resides in the heart of the envier. However, it is important to note that the evil eye cannot be cast without the Will of Allah (SWT) and so, the only protection from the evil eye lies in the refuge of Allah (SWT). The evil eye can essentially be cast by anyone, even a person’s loved ones, which may be an unconscious consequence on their part. Hence, it is pertinent for each and every one of us to take the necessary steps in order to protect ourselves from the evil eye of those around us.

The answer lies in the words of Allah (SWT). One must engage in Ruqyah (Quranic recitation and the words laid down by the Noble Prophet (Peace be upon him)) and constant remembrance of Allah (SWT) (Zikr). It is a fact that those who are close to Allah (SWT), who recite the Noble Quran and engage in daily Zikr have a much lower probability of being afflicted by the evil eye and its harmful effects. According to Prophetic tradition, the greatest means of protection against the evil eye lies in the recitation of the following as mentioned:

● Surah al-Falaq

● Surah an-Nas

● Surah al-Ikhlas

● Surah al-Fatiha

● Ayatul-Kursi

● Surah Baqarah

Brothers and sisters! Make it a habit to recite Surah al-Falaq, Surah an-Nas and Surah al-Ikhlas in the morning and in the evening every single day. According to a hadith, the Prophet said:

“Qul Huwallahu Ahad and Mu’awwizatain [al-Falaq and an-Nas], when you enter the evening and when you wake up in the morning three times and it will protect you from everything.” [Tirmidhi]

Moreover, the Noble Prophet (Peace be upon him) also taught us several other Du’as that should be recited in order to seek Allah’s (SWT) refuge from the evil that resides in this world.

A person must engage in the remembrance of Allah (SWT) (Zikr) as much as he/she can during the day and during the evening, especially before going to sleep. Zikr, in essence, serves as an armour for the believer and protects him/her from the evil that may try to infiltrate that armour. Hence, we must strive to do Zikr and use Ruqyah, as outlined by the Prophet (Peace be upon him), in order to safeguard ourselves.

It was narrated that Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said:

“The Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) commanded me, or he commanded (the people) to use Ruqyah to deal with the evil eye.” [Bukhari]

Allah (SWT) has given His followers the tools to combat the effects of the evil eye and we should make it a habit to implement those tools in our daily lives in order to prevent the evil eye from affecting us, our families and our properties.

I ask Allah to assist us in living by the Quran and Sunnah. I pray He lets us recognise the truth for what it is and helps us to follow it, and that He lets us see falsehood for what it is and helps us to avoid it.

O Allah! Guide us and protect us from the causes of ignorance and destruction! Save us from the defects of ourselves! Cause the last of our deeds to be the best and most righteous! And forgive all of us.

My respected people! Anything good I have said in my today’s Khutbah (Sermon) is from Allah the Almighty, and any mistakes are my own and we seek refuge in Allah from giving wrong advice and from all forms of calamities and fitnah. And I ask Allah’s forgiveness if I stepped beyond bounds in anything I said or I do.

May Allah be praised; and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon His Messenger Muhammad and upon his family and Companions.

With this I conclude my Khutbah (Sermon) and ask Allah, the Almighty and the Sublime, to forgive all of our sins. So seek his forgiveness, He is all forgiving and Most Merciful.

This Jumu’ah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) was prepared for delivery today, Friday, Rabi’ul Awwal 19, 1439 AH (December 8, 2017), by Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, the Chief Imam of Nagazi-Uvete Jumu’ah and late Alhaji Abdurrahman Okene’s Mosques, Okene Kogi State, Nigeria. He can be reached via: +2348038289761.