Questions To The Scholars November 2006
Questions to the Scholars
1. If a female believes she is afflicted with the evil eye, but she does not know who has done this to her, what should she do?
Answer: She should perform legislated curing (ruqyah). She should do this a half an hour, or 15 min. before sleeping at night. She can do this herself, or another upright woman , can assist her in this, or people that are known to use the correct legislated curing, and are known for their uprightness in the religion. She should stay far away from those who use magic or sorcery. She should read the mua’withat (surah an Nas and Falaq) as well as surah al Ikhlas ayat al Kursi and surah al Fatihah. She should say: I seek refuge with the complete words of Allah from the evil that was created, and other legislated supplications.
(Shiekh Abdul Azeez ar Rajhi)
Additional information:The Committee for Religious Verdicts in Saudi Arabia was asked a similar question, from what they responded was:
Usage of surah al Ikhlas, al Mua’withat (surah an Nas and Falaq), al Fatihah, and other chapters and verses of the Quran in reading over the sick is from the permissible forms of curing (ruqyah) that the Messenger (salallahu alaihi wa salam) legislated through his actions and approvals of his companions. It is recorded in Sahih al Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of ‘Ayesha, that she said: The Messenger (sallallahu alahi wa salam) during his final illness used to recite al Mua’withat and blow into his hands. When this became to difficult for him, I (‘Ayesha) would do this for him.
On of the narrators of the hadeeth said: How was this done (blowing)? Imam Az Zuhree replied: He would (recite) and then blow air mixed with a slight amount of saliva in his hands and then wipe them over his face.
It is also recorded in Sahih al Bukhari on the authority of Abu Sa’eed al Khudree who said: A group of companions of the Messenger (sallalahu alahi wa salam) were on a journey when they came to a village of people living in the desert. They (the companions) requested from the people of this village to be guests with them. The people rejected this request and the companions left them. After some time, the leader of the village people was bitten (snake, scorpion, etc) The villagers then approached the companions seeking medicine or someone to cure their leader. The companions replied that they will not do so except that they give them something in return. They prepared for them a large amount of sheep. One of the companions then read surah al Fatihah over the leader and performed ruqyah by using his saliva (blowing air mixed with saliva into his hands and wiping over the sick leader). The leader was cured and the companions took the sheep but later questioned one another about the permissibility of eating from them being that they were a price made for curing with the Quran. The Messenger (sallalahu alahi wa salam) was informed and approved of the action. He also requested that a piece of the sheep be saved for him. Therefore, in the first hadeeth, you have the action of the Messenger (sallalahu alahi wa salam) himself, and in the second narration, you have his approval of the actions of his companions performing ruqyah with surah al Fatiha.
(source: Fatawah of the Committee #446)
Mustafa George DeBerry
Ruwais,United Arab Emirates