Is there anyway a young woman can protect herself from the evil eye without veiling her face? Can wearing Quranic scripture save you from the evil eye? And what about wearing necklaces and charms in the shape of an eye or hands because I heard these can protect you and are they haram? How can I save and protect myself from evil eye?
Praise be to Allaah.
You should know that hijaab is obligatory, and no one has the right to choose the rulings that they like and leave those for which they feel no inclination, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“O you who believe! Enter perfectly in Islam (by obeying all the rules and regulations of the Islamic religion) and follow not the footsteps of Shaytaan (Satan). Verily, he is to you a plain enemy”[al-Baqarah 2:208]
Obeying Allaah’s command to observe hijaab will protect you from the evil eye by Allaah’s Leave in this world, and will protect you from the punishment of Allaah in the Hereafter.
With regard to wearing Qur-aanic verses or certain shapes, Imaam Ahmad narrated in his Musnad from ‘Uqbah ibn ‘Aamir (RadiyAllaahu ‘anhu) that the Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) said: “Whoever wears an amulet, may Allaah not fulfil his need, and whoever wears seashells [for protection from the evil eye] may Allaah not protect him.” According to another report, a group came to the Messenger of Allaah (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) and he accepted the bay’ah [allegiance] of nine of them, but not from one of them. They said, “O Messenger of Allaah, you accepted the bay’ah of nine and not from this one.” He said, “He is wearing an amulet.” Then he took it in his hand and broke it, and the Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) accepted his bay’ah. He said, “Whoever wears an amulet is guilty of shirk.” [From Fataawa al-‘Ayn wa’l-Hasad, p. 277]
With regard to dealing with the evil eye and hasad (destructive envy), there is no doubt that when a person is close to Allaah, always remembering Him (dhikr) and reading Qur-aan, he is less likely to be affected by the evil eye and other kinds of harm from the devils of mankind and the jinn. Rasoolullaah (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) used to seek refuge with Allaah for himself, and the greatest means of seeking refuge that is available to the Muslim is reading:
The Book of Allaah- the Qur-aan;
Mu-‘awwadhatayn (the last two Soorahs of the Qur-aan, al-Falaq and an-Naas);
and Aayat al-Kursiy [al-Baqarah 2:255].
Among the saheeh du’aa’s for refuge that have been narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) are:
“A’oodhu bi kalimaati-llaahit-taammaati min sharri maa khalaq (I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allaah from the evil of that which He has created).” [Muslim, al-Dhikr wa’l-Du’aa, 4881].
It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas (RadiyAllaahu ‘anhu) said: “The Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) used to seek refuge with Allaah for al-Hasan and al-Husayn. He said: ‘Your father [i.e., Ibraaheem] used to seek refuge with Allaah for Ismaa’eel and Ishaaq with these words: A‘oodhu bi kalimaati-llaahit-taammah min kulli shaytaaninn wa haammah wa min kulli ‘aynill laammah (I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allaah, from every devil and every poisonous reptile, and from every bad eye).’”[al-Bukhaari, Ahaadeeth al-Anbiyaa’, 3120].
With regard to the meaning of laammah (translated here as “bad”), al-Khattaabi said: “What is meant here is every disease or harm that a person may suffer such as insanity or mental disturbance.”
It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed (RadiyAllaahu ‘anhu) that Jibreel came to Rasoolullaah (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) and said: “O Muhammad, are you ill?” He said, “Yes.” He said, “Bismillaahi arqeeka min kulli shay’in yu’dheeka, min sharri kulli nafsinn aw ‘ayninn 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, al-Salaam, 4056]
Undoubtedly, when a person persists 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 him from the evil eye, because it will be like a stronghold for him, by Allaah’s Leave. So everyone should strive to recite these adhkaar. One of the best treatments is the use of ruqyah, which the Messenger of Allaah (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) permitted for protection from the evil eye and he instructed people to use it.
It was narrated that ‘Aa’ishah (RadiyAllaahu ‘anhaa) said: “The Messenger of Allaah (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) commanded me, or he commanded (the people) to use ruqyah to deal with the evil eye.” [al-Bukhaari, al-Tibb, 5297]
And it was narrated that ‘Aa’ishah (RadiyAllaahu ‘anhaa) said: “The man who cast the evil eye would be commanded to do wudoo’, and then the man who was affected would wash himself with (the water).” [Abu Dawood, al-Tibb, 3382. Al-Albaani said, in Saheeh Sunan Abi Dawood, its isnaad is saheeh. No. 3282]
These are some of the du’aa’s and treatments which offer protection – by Allaah’s leave – from the evil eye and from destructive envy (hasad). We ask Allaah to protect us from that. And Allaah knows best.
See Zaad al-Ma’aad by Ibn al-Qayyim, 4/162.
Shaykh Saalih al-Munajjid