A man who works with my father convinced him that was being affected by the evil eye. He brought him an amulet and said: Put it in your pocket and it will protect you against the evil eye. Then after that he got a paper on which was written alif, ba’, ‘ayn, daal [Arabic letters] and at the bottom of the paper it said “Allaah is the protector” and some other incomprehensible letters and mumbo jumbo and scribbles. We want to get rid of this paper because it is something that is not permitted in Islam, but we do not know the correct way to get rid of it without bringing any harm upon ourselves. I hope that you can offer us some helpful words and advise us.
Praise be to Allaah.
The evil eye
is real as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told
us, and the way to protect oneself against it is by reciting the ruqyahs
that are prescribed in sharee’ah and by reciting the wirds of the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), not by using amulets or by
using the charms written by liars and charlatans. For more information about
the evil eye and the ways of protecting oneself against it, please see
question no. 20954 and
amulets and charms for the purpose of protecting oneself against the evil
eye and witchcraft comes under the heading of wearing amulets which is
forbidden. It was narrated from ‘Uqbah ibn ‘Aamir al-Juhani (may Allaah be
pleased with him) that some people came to the Messenger of Allaah
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and he accepted the oath of
allegiance from nine of them and not from one man. They said: O Messenger of
Allaah, you accepted the allegiance of nine and not from one. He said: “He
is wearing an amulet.” So he put his hand in (his garment) and broke it,
then he accepted his oath of allegiance and said: “Whoever wears an amulet
has associated others with Allaah (shirk).” Narrated by Ahmad (16781);
classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah (492).
(17440) also narrated that ‘Uqbah ibn ‘Aamir (may Allaah be pleased with
him) said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) say: “Whoever wears an amulet, may Allaah never fulfil
his wish and whoever wears a seashell, may Allaah never protect him from
what he fears.” This hadeeth was classed as hasan by al-Arna’oot in his
commentary on al-Musnad.
were worn to ward off the evil eye.
(may Allaah have mercy on him) said: Amulets were things that they used to
wear in the belief that they could ward off calamity.
(may Allaah have mercy on him) said: The Arabs used to put amulets on their
children to protect them against the evil eye, or so they claimed. This was
declared invalid by sharee’ah. Al-Ta’reefaat al-I’tiqaadiyyah, p.
scholarly view is that amulets are forbidden even if they are composed of
words from the Qur’aan. See question no.
10543. As for those that contain
unknown letters and words, there is no difference of opinion; they are
haraam and there is no guarantee that they are not magic or that they are
not seeking the help of the jinn.
The way to get rid of amulets and magic when they are
discovered is by undoing the knots – if there are knots – and separating the
pieces, then destroying them by burning and the like, because it is narrated
that Zayd ibn Arqam (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: A Jewish man used
to enter upon the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) who
trusted him. He tied some knots and placed them in a well belonging to a man
from among the Ansaar. He suffered because of that for several days – or,
according to the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah, for six months – then two angels came
to visit him. One sat at his head and the other at his feet. One of them
said, “Do you know what is ailing him?” He said: “So and so who used to
enter upon him tied some knots for him and threw them into the well of So
and so, the Ansaari. He should send a man to him to take the bundle out, and
he will find that the water has turned yellow.” Then Jibreel came to him,
bringing the revelation of al-Mi’wadhatayn, and he told him that a Jewish
man had bewitched him and that the materials used were in the well of So and
so. Then he sent a man – according to another isnaad, he sent ‘Ali (may
Allaah be pleased with him) – who found that the water had turned yellow. He
took out the bundle and brought it to him, and he told him to untie it and
recite a verse of Qur’aan. He started to recite and untie it, and every time
he untied a knot, he felt a little better, until he was fully recovered.”
Narrated by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah,
6/615; al-Haakim, 4/460; al-Nasaa’i, 2/172; Ahmad, 4/367;
Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: Efforts
should be made to find out what the witch has done. If he has put some hair,
for example, in a certain place, or put it in a comb and so on, if it is
known that he has put it in a certain place, it should be taken out and
burned or destroyed. Then its effects will be cancelled out and what the
witch wanted to do will be annulled.
Majmoo’ Fataawa wa Maqaalaat al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz,
So to get rid of the paper that your father has, tear it up and burn it, and remind him to repent to Allaah from having worn an amulet.
And Allaah knows best.