Dua For Cure From Sickness and Protection From The Evil Eye?

26 June, 2020

QAsalam Alaikum, I want to know some dua that a patient can read for shifa (cure from illness). My mother is very sick so kindly tell me dua from hadith and Quran that one can recite for shifa. Plus I wanna know can the evil eye make you sick? Is it true? Like if a person was happy and fine and suddenly life changes and they become sick. Can that happen due to the evil eye and especially when you know that people are jealous of one's position? If yes what can one do for protection from the evil eye? Thanks

A Muslim should recite supplications from the Quran and Sunnah whatever the nature and degree of illness.

One may also perform ruqyah to seek cure for illness.

Prophet Muhammad said the evil eye is true, and we have several supplications for protection from the evil eye which you will find in the links below.

Assalamu alaykum, and thank you for sending in your question to our website.

Sister, I am sorry to hear that your family has been afflicted with illness and distress.

I ask Allah to grant your mother complete and quick cure.


As for your first question, indeed, the Quran and sunnah have provided us with many supplications (dua’s) to ask Allah for cure from ailments and diseases.

Whatever the nature and degree of illness, a Muslim may recite these dua’s to ask Allah for cure.

Also, the praiseworthy action of ruqyah may be performed in order to seek cure for illness through the blessed words of the Quran and sunnah.

What is Ruqyah and How is it Done?

To perform ruqyah, specified verses from Quran and authentic dua’s from sunnah are recited. This can be done either by someone who is righteous, or by the sick person themselves, and then blown over their body.

These incantations can also be blown over water, and the patient can then be given this water to drink.

A word of caution, sister: whenever cure is sought for a Muslim through dua or ruqyah, one should avoid any words of recitation that are not proved from the Quran and sunnah.

Also, one should never visit witch-doctors or other charlatans who charge money for performing ruqyah upon others.

For more details about the Islamic ordainment of ruqyah and how it can/should be performed, please click here.

For authentic dua’s from the sunnah, which can be recited to ask Allah for cure for all kinds of illness, along with their translations in Urdu, please click here.

The Evil Eye is True

As for your second question, sister, yes indeed it is true that the evil eye is real.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,

“The evil eye is true and if anything could be faster (in having an effect) than the predestination, then the evil eye would have been (that thing).” [Sahih Muslim]

It can so happen that a healthy and blessed person, whom people see enjoying many blessings from Allah, is suddenly afflicted with illness, depression, and even poverty.

It can be because of the envy and “ain” (i.e. the effect of the eye) cast upon them by people.

Be Careful

The eye can be cast upon a victim even unintentionally, and not just by enviers.

Even those people who greatly admire and love a person may inadvertently cast the eye upon them, as a result of looking at them with excessive love/admiration:

In a hadith narrated in Muwatta Imam Malik, we get to know of how a companion of the Prophet named Sahl ibn Hunayf who had beautiful white skin, once got afflicted with the effect of the eye when his companion admired and praised his skin.

When the Prophet was informed of this, he said, “Why does one of you kill his brother? Why did you not say, ‘May Allah bless you?’”

This indicates that the evil eye can even be cast upon someone when they are admired greatly by another Muslim who is their sincere well-wisher.

So we all should be careful about suspecting or accusing other Muslims of casting an evil eye upon us.

Instead, we should focus on praying for blessing and cure for our brothers and sisters in Islam. This is a must especially when we see them either enjoying blessings or being afflicted with hardships, respectively.

The ruqyah and dua’s prescribed in Shari’ah should be used even for seeking treatment and cure from the evil eye.

5 Prophetic Ways to Protect Your Children from All Evil

Discovering Islam Team

08 April, 2017

Children are a trust from Allah. Not only must we attend to their physical, intellectual and spiritual needs, we must also keep them from harm.

Protecting our children from the evil in this world is the responsibility of every parent.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is reported to have said:

 Every one of you (people) is a shepherd. And every one is responsible for whatever falls under his responsibility. A man is like a shepherd of his own family, and he is responsible for them. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Whether it is from seen or unseen forces, the Prophet advised us on how we can safeguard our children.

Here are 5 Prophetic ways to protect your children:

1. Du’a for Protection

The Prophet used to say the following to seek the protection of Allah for Al-Hassan and Al-Hussein:

u‛eedhukumaa bi kalimaat-illaahi-taammati min kulli shayṭaanin, wa haammatin, wa min kulli ‛aynin laammah.

I seek protection for you in the perfect words of Allah from every devil, and every beast, and from every evil eye. (Al-Bukhari 4/119)

It is advised to say this du’a over your children in the morning, evening and before leaving the house.

2. Recite the Last Three Chapters of the Quran & Ayat ul-Kursi

Surah Al-Ikhlas, Surah Al-Falaq, and Surah An-Nas are well known for their protective properties. Recite these chapters into your hands and wipe them over the children before they sleep.

It was narrated from ‘Aisha that:

When the Prophet (peace be upon him) went to bed every night, he would hold his hands together and blow into them, and recite into them Qul Huwa Allah Ahad, Qul a’oodhu bi rabb il-falaq and Qul a’oodhu bi rabb in-nas. Then he would wipe them over whatever he could of his body, starting with his head and face and the front of his body, and he would do that three times. (Al-Bukhari 5017)

An-Nasa’i recorded that Ibn ‘Abis Al-Juhani said that the Prophet said to him:

“O Ibn Abis! Shall I guide you to, or inform you, of the best thing that those who seek protection use for protection)”

He replied:

“Of course, O Messenger of Allah!’’

The Prophet said:

 “Say: ‘I seek refuge with the Lord of Al-Falaq.’’ and “Say: ‘I seek refuge with the Lord of mankind.’” “These two Surahs” (are the best protection.)

Similarly, Ayatul kursi, the 255th verse of Surah Al-Baqarah, is renowned as a protection against the Satan. Parents should include Ayatul kursi in the daily remembrance that is recited over your children.

Abu Hurayrah said:

The Messenger of Allah put me in charge of guarding the zakat of Ramadan. Someone came to me and started grabbing (taking illegally) handful of the food. I took hold of him and said:

‘I will take you to the Messenger of Allah.’

He said: ‘I will teach you some words by means of which Allah will benefit you.’

I said: ‘What are they?’

He said: ‘When you go to your bed, recite this ayah: “Allah! La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), Al-Hayyul-Qayyoom (the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists)…” (Surah al-Baqarah, 2:255). Then Allah will appoint a guard for you who will stay with you and no Satan will come near you until morning.’

The Messenger of Allah asked me:

‘What did your prisoner do last night?’

I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, he taught me something, and claimed that Allah would benefit me by it.’

He said:

‘What was it?’

I said:

‘He taught me to recite Ayatul kursi when I go to bed, and said that no Satan would come near me until morning, and that Allah would appoint a guard for me who would stay with me.’

The prophet said:

 ‘He told you the truth, although he is an inveterate liar. That was the Satan’ (Al-Bukhari; Muslim)

3. Surah Al-Baqarah

Recitation of Surah Al-Baqarah is known to keep the devil away from the home. Since many tribulations are satanic in nature (evil eye, possession, black magic), keeping Satan away from your homes is fundamental for protecting your family.

Abu Hurayrah reports that the Messenger of Allah said:

“Do not make your houses like graves, for the Shaytan runs away from a house in which Surat al-Baqarah is recited.” (Muslim, 780)

Sahl ibn Sa’d said that the Messenger of Allah said:

“Everything has a hump (or, high peak), and Al-Baqarah is the high peak of the Quran. Whoever recites Al-Baqarah at night in his house, then Shaytan will not enter that house for three nights. Whoever recites it during a day in his house, then Shaytan will not enter that house for three days.” (Abu Al-Qasim At-Tabarani)

4. Etiquettes in the Toilet

The toilet is an area of filth and the jinn are attracted to such dirty places. The Prophet taught us ways to protect ourselves from their influence and potential harm when using the washroom. It is important to teach these etiquettes to your children from a young age.

These include saying the Sunnah du’as upon entering and leaving the toilet.


It is good practice for parents to keep the daily du’as visible around the house for the children to read. Stick these du’as onto your wall, or keep them in the appropriate places, to encourage your children to seek protection in Allah and facilitate their memorization.


5. Precautions at Maghrib Time

The Prophet recommended not allowing our children outdoors around the time of Maghrib as at this time the devils are out. Practically, this means keeping them indoors thirty minutes before the start of the Maghrib prayer, and one hour after Maghrib begins.

The Prophet said:

“When night falls, keep your children indoors, for the devils are out and about at this time. When an hour of the night goes by, you can let them go.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

The Prophet said:

“Do not send out your cattle or your children when the sun sets until the blackness of the night descends, for indeed the Satans are sent forth when the Sun sets until the blackness of the night descends.” (Muslim)

It is also recommended to cover food and drink, and close the doors and curtains of the house at Maghrib time.

The Prophet said:

“Cover your dishes, close your containers, shut your doors, and keep your children indoors at nightfall, for the Jinn are out and about and stalking.” (Al-Bukhari)

In all things, the Prophet (peace be upon him) gave us the best and most complete advice. The Prophet Muhammad is the best of examples with regards to protecting our children from the evil in this world.

Adhere to his Sunnah and it will be sufficient insha’Allah.


How to Protect Your Marriage from the Evil Eye

Sadaf Farooqi

14 March, 2017

“O Allah, protect them both from the eye.”

I make this silent dua for the young, attractive-looking married Muslim couple onscreen, as I watch them flirt with and tease each other in their vlog on YouTube.

I cast a glance at the number of subscribers on their channel: more than 300,000. I know that with each day, each one of their uploaded videos gets thousands more views. I then read a comment made by a female viewer under their video, which goes something like this, “My own husband and I have never joked with each other the way you both do. He does not even talk to me freely, ever since we’ve been married”. She follows it with a sad face emoji.

Welcome to the new-age digital world, where your followers and subscribers on online social media know more about you and your daily life, than most of your biological family members, with some of whom it is obligatory to join relations.

An era in which most people under the age of 40 would rather post an image on Instagram with a 100-word heartfelt rant expressing their honest feelings, than dial their paternal aunt’s personal cellphone number to ask how she is doing.

An age in which some youngsters do not even remember the names of some of their first-cousins, but do have more than 5 close “online” friends whom they’ve never even met in real life.

This is the digital age that awaits our young children: the generation referred to as the “millenials”. As I glance over at my young children, two of whom are almost at the threshold of puberty, I wonder what kind of challenges they will face as adults, in a world where personal privacy is becoming a rare gem?

facebookI do know one thing for sure, though: that they will need to be more on guard about being afflicted with “`ain” — an Arabic word for “the eye”, also known as “nadhar” in Islamic terminology. This is because they will dwell in a world that might not give them much importance unless they often show off or ‘share’ something on social media, in the quest for likes, followers, fans, and subscribers.

Existence of ‘The Eye’ is a Fact

There is no denying the fact that in this world, there still exist some incomprehensible illnesses and afflictions that many people become a victim of and are harmed by, for which doctors and scientists have still not found either a cure, or a ‘logical’ explanation.

This is all the more true for those physical and mental afflictions resulting from the eye, whose ill-effects are chronic and prolonged in nature, and which are not cured by the use of traditional or alternative medicines, or even counseling and therapy.

As the victim steadily “goes down” in life, in front of the pained eyes of their close family and friends, losing their health, happiness, youth, provision, and success with time, they become reduced to a ‘vegetated’ stalemate state of depression and disease. Everyone around them wonders, “What happened to him/her? And how do we find a cure?” They proceed to run from one doctor to the next, but are unable to find a cure. It is only then that they think of seeking spiritual cure from the teachings of Islam.

However, for a Muslim, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Prevention is better than cure, and this is actually the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah’s Messenger as saying:

“The influence of an evil eye is a fact. If anything would precede the destiny, it would be the (influence of an evil) eye”. (Sahih Muslim: 2188)

Some Muslims tend to crack jokes about how other Muslims are supposedly very “paranoid” about the ill-effects of the eye. However, it is quite clear from the above narration that Prophet Muhammad has sincerely warned Muslims about the harms of the eye, and has also advised them to strive to protect themselves from it.

Abu Sa`id Al Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) reported:

“The Messenger of Allah used to seek protection against the evil of jinn and the evil eye, until Surah Al Falaq and Surah Al Naas were revealed. After they were revealed, he took to them for seeking Allah’s protection and left everything besides them”.  (Al  Tirmidhi)

According to the above narration, therefore, one of the best ways of protecting oneself from the harms of the eye, is to recite the last two chapters of the Quran, and to blow them upon oneself. Even the Prophet sought to protect himself, so it is imperative that we also do the same.

Narrated `Aisha:

“The Prophet ordered me (or somebody else) to do Ruqyah if there was (danger from) an evil eye.” (Sahih al-Bukhari: 5738)

“Ruqyah” is the name given to the practice of seeking cure for someone who is afflicted with the eye, by reciting parts of the Quran and then blowing it upon them. The Quran is therefore the most effective means of not just protection from the eye, but also a cure from its harmful effects.

Conclusion: Take Precautions & Be Discreet

Besides the protection afforded by following the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, a Muslim should also be discreet when they are interacting with people, whether the latter are close to them or not, by not sharing candid details of the blessings that Allah has granted to them. This includes their online interactions as well.

When Allah blesses us with provisions, especially those that are profound, hard-to-get, and unique, it is one of the dues of showing gratitude to Allah for these provisions, that we strive to protect them from waning, and from being undermined or lost due to our carelessness and indiscretion.

A happy marriage between two individuals whom Allah has also blessed with guidance upon Islam, which remains successful even with the passage of time and the traversal of trials, is one such blessing. Marital love is becoming more and more rare in an age where adultery is more fair-seeming and rampant, and most marriages lose their steam increasingly quickly after tying the knot.

So — be it guidance upon the truth, knowledge of Islam, the ability to do consistent good deeds, a righteous spouse, a happy family life, beautiful children, or tangible blessings — resist the urge to snap that ‘group selfie’ and share it on social media!

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