If someone is afflicted with the evil eye, how do they cure it?


The cure for the evil eye is that the one who is thought to have caused it washes and pours that water on the victim. The way to wash is specified in the following Hadith:

عَنْ أَبِي أُمَامَةَ بْنِ سَهْلِ بْنِ حُنَيْفٍ، قَالَ مَرَّ عَامِرُ بْنُ رَبِيعَةَ بِسَهْلِ بْنِ حُنَيْفٍ وَهُوَ يَغْتَسِلُ فَقَالَ لَمْ أَرَ كَالْيَوْمِ وَلاَ جِلْدَ مُخَبَّأَةٍ ‏.‏ فَمَا لَبِثَ أَنْ لُبِطَ بِهِ فَأُتِيَ بِهِ النَّبِيَّ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ فَقِيلَ لَهُ أَدْرِكْ سَهْلاً صَرِيعًا ‏.‏ قَالَ ‏”‏ مَنْ تَتَّهِمُونَ بِهِ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ قَالُوا عَامِرَ بْنَ رَبِيعَةَ ‏.‏ قَالَ ‏”‏ عَلاَمَ يَقْتُلُ أَحَدُكُمْ أَخَاهُ إِذَا رَأَى أَحَدُكُمْ مِنْ أَخِيهِ مَا يُعْجِبُهُ فَلْيَدْعُ لَهُ بِالْبَرَكَةِ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ ثُمَّ دَعَا بِمَاءٍ فَأَمَرَ عَامِرًا أَنْ يَتَوَضَّأَ فَيَغْسِلَ وَجْهَهُ وَيَدَيْهِ إِلَى الْمِرْفَقَيْنِ وَرُكْبَتَيْهِ وَدَاخِلَةَ إِزَارِهِ وَأَمَرَهُ أَنْ يَصُبَّ عَلَيْهِ ‏.‏ قَالَ سُفْيَانُ قَالَ مَعْمَرٌ عَنِ الزُّهْرِيِّ وَأَمَرَهُ أَنْ يَكْفَأَ الإِنَاءَ مِنْ خَلْفِهِ

It was narrated that Abu Umamah bin Sahl bin Hunaif said:
“ ‘Amir bin Rabi’ah passed by Sahl bin Hunaif when he was having a bath, and said: ‘I have never seen such beautiful skin.’ Straightaway, he (Sahl) fell to the ground. He was brought to the Prophet (ﷺ) and it was said: ‘Sahl has had a fit.’ He said: ‘Whom do you accuse with regard to him?’ They said: “ ‘Amir bin Rabi’ah.’ They said: ‘Why would anyone of you kill his brother? If he sees something that he likes, then let him pray for blessing for him.’ Then he called for water, and he told ‘Amir to perform ablution, then he washed his face and his arms up to the elbows, his knees and inside his lower garment, then he told him to pour the water over him

[Saheeh Ibn Majah no. 2844]

However, if one cannot do that, he can suffice by just washing his hands, face, and rinsing his mouth into a bowl and pouring it over the afflicted one.

Shaikh Bin Baz rahimahullah was asked:


[Regarding] the cure for the evil eye, can we suffice with the legislated ruqyah or do we have to wash for the one afflicted with it?


“The Legislated ruqyah is a cure and washing is a cure. If it is easy for the one who gave the evil eye to wash, that is the intended washing which is to wash the face, rinse the mouth, wash the inside of the izar, and the toes of the feet. This benefits. It is poured over the one afflicted with sickness and the wash should be made for the one afflicted with the evil eye. This benefits by the permission of Allah. If he washed his face and rinsed his mouth in a bowel and then poured it on the sick person, that will benefit by the permission of Allah. The intended washing is washing the face, rinsing the mouth, and washing the hands, inside the izar, the toes of the feet, and the knees. This benefits in curing the one afflicted. We tried washing our face, rinsing the mouth, and washing the hands alone and it sufficed by the permission of Allah in removing the evil eye. So if a person intends this and washing the face, hands, and rinsing the mouth in a bowl and pours it on a sick person, it will cure by the permission of Allah”.


And Allah knows best

Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan