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Protection Against Envy

Ibn al-Qayyim mentions ten ways in which a person can save himself from the harm of envy:
1) Taking refuge with Allāh

2) Taqwa of Allāh, fulfilling what He has ordered and avoiding what He has proscribed.

3) Bearing what he is afflicted with steadfastly, being patient and not fighting or killing the envier.

4) Placing one’s reliance, tawakkul, in Allāh because He suffices anyone who places his trust in Him.

5) Avoid thinking about it and trying to concentrate on other things. This is one of the best ways of removing the evil.

6) Turning to Allāh, being sincere to Him, loving Him and making this his priority

7) Repenting to Allāh since what has afflicted him is because of what his own hands have worked.

8) Giving charity because this has an amazing effect in removing trial.

9) Being kind to the envier and doing well to him. This is especially effective in extinguishing the fire of envy but it is also incredibly hard for a person to do.

10) Making one’s Tawḥīd solely for Allāh and knowing that everything lies in His hands. This is the bedrock of all that has preceded.

Safeguarding Against the Evil-Eye

There are numerous ways to save oneself from the evil eye:

1) Reciting Sūrah al-Falaq and Sūrah al-Nās.

2) Supplication. ʿĀ’ishah (raḍiy Allāhu ʿanha) reported that the Messenger of Allāh (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said,

“Caution is of no avail against the decree but supplication benefits those things that have occurred and have not yet occurred. While tribulation is descending, the supplication meets it and they remain locked in struggle until the Day of Judgement.”[1]

Ibn ʿUmar reported that the Messenger of Allāh (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said, “Supplication brings about benefit to those things that have occurred and those things that have not yet occurred. So, servants of Allāh, devote yourselves to supplication.”[2]

Thawbān reported that the Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said, “Nothing but supplication averts the decree and nothing but righteousness increases the life-span. A person is deprived of provision due to performing sins.”[3]

3) Ruqya, incantation. ʿĀ’ishah said, ‘The Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) ordered me – or ordered – that a person do ruqya from the evil-eye.’[4] Umm Salamah said, ‘The Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) saw a slave-girl in my house whose face was blackening. He said, “Perform ruqya on her because she has been afflicted by the gaze.”[5]

4) To take a bath. Tirmidhi records from Ibn ʿAbbās (raḍiy Allāhu ʿanhu) that the Messenger of Allāh (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) would say, “If there was anything that could precede the decree, it would have been the evil eye and when you are asked to bathe, bathe.” ʿĀ’ishah reports that the person with an evil eye would be ordered to perform ablution and then for the afflicted to take a bath from that water.[6]

5) Truffles, the Messenger of Allāh (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said, “Truffles are a type of manna and their water is a cure for the evil eye.”[7]

Finally, when a person sees something pleasing he should invoke blessings for it by saying bārakAllāh (may Allāh bless you) and in this way prevent the evil-eye affecting it.[8] Many scholars said that a person can also say mashāAllāh (it is as Allāh willed) or mashāAllāh lā quwwata illā bi’llāh (it is as Allāh willed, there is no strength but in Allāh), basing their view on the following verse,

“Why, when you entered your garden, did you not say, “It is as Allāh wills, there is no strength but in Allāh”[9]

Notes: This article has been sourced translated from Bada’i` al-Fawa’id, by Ibn al-Qayyim, vol. 2, pp. 764-776

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[1] Hakim

[2] Tirmidhi

[3] Ibn Majah

[4] Bukhārī

[5] Bukhārī

[6] Abū Dawūd

[7] Bukhārī

[8] Ibn Mājah

[9] Al-Qur’ān, 18:39

About Shaikh Abu Rumaysah Refi Shafi

Abu Rumaysah Refi Shafi was born and brought up in High Wycombe. He currently studies with Shaykh Haitham Al-Haddad and, previously, Shaykh Abu AbdiRahman Al-Libee. He graduated from Imperial College from the faculty of Electronic Engineering. He currently works as a Software Engineer and is the chairman of WISE (Wycombe Islamic Society). He is very active in his local community, especially with his Masjid and working with youth. He has translated a number of books such as 'The Criterion between the Friends of Allah and the Friends of Shaytan,' and 'Relief from Distress (the Dua of Yunus 'alayhī al-Salām),' both by Ibn Taymiyyah as well as many others. He has also written an explanation of Surah al-Fatihah called ‘The Spiritual Cure.’ He currently gives weekly circles in High Wycombe on a variety of topics covering aqidah, fiqh, hadith, tafsir and Arabic Language. He is also a Lecturer for MRDF.


  1. JazakAllah for the reminders. i’m glad that i receive your site updates on my mail from time to time.
    If ye don’t mind, can i copy some of the articles and use it on my blog while referencing as the source.

  2. the wuthu water of the inflicter
    Wudu should not be done excessively that leads to a jug being used to bath in/swallowed – a small amount suffices. (The Inflicter) When he/she rinses their mouth they swallow…the nose can be done symbolically where as long as enough water touchs the soft bone it suffices. Wudu is a spiritual action of worship so when you try and deduce ilah (legal reasoning) from it to explain something from the unseen it is not going to make sense. That is why we hear and obey such an action without rationalising it first – although knowing how to perform the process (the way of the prophet Muhammed -saw-) is essential.

  3. mr
    Kamah (truffles); the prophet s.a.w said kamah is among the manna and its water (extract or juice) cures the eye.

    The kamah ( truffles) grows wild underground and does not have leaves or stems. The essence of kamah ( truffles) is partly earthly and partly steamy and remains concealed underground during winter then starts to grow above ground with spring rainfall.

    ( Healing with the medicine of the prophet s.a.w, Ibn qayyim jawziyah, p315)

  4. miss
    Wish I could get clarification on the issue of using the ablution water from another person to cure the one afflicted with the evil eye;because as I know islam is pure and accepts only that which is pure.So how can the ablution water from the one with the evil eye which is supposed to be filled with his sins and also dirt from his nose and mouth be used for a bath?!I humbly await a response,Jazakallah khair.

  5. mohammed uzairu

    truflles check this link out and read about truffles

  6. Re: Truffles/Manna
    Some people have noted that it is a desert fungus found in North Africa. See below for a link with more information. There are other uses mentioned in The Prophet’s Medicine of Ibn Qayyim regarding this manna and its medicinal effect for eyesight etc.

  7. truffles
    truffles are an underground fungus that grows on the roots of some trees

  8. @ Alhamdulillah

    I assume it means the edible underground fungi,specifically the Desert Truffles [ “The genera Terfezia and Tirmania of the family Terfeziaceae are known as the “desert truffles” of Africa and the Middle East”]

  9. Point number 4
    About point number 4: it says we should take a bath from the same water as we’ve done the ablution; what if you’ve used that water to rinse your mouth or blown your nose ?

  10. Salaam,

    Can someone elaborate on what is my meant by truffles?

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