Few days back I wrote a micro blog on Evil eye with a very casual perspective. It was not taken up casually by fellow Muslims. So here I am writing an elaborate one.
Superstition and age old things we do (as Indians) to protect a child from Evil eye is to put a dot of khol (Kajal) on the forehead and/or on the feet. Other than this the amulets put around the neck serves as a protection. Besides this there are other multiple things done in different religions to get rid of an evil eye.
Many Muslims do not believe in such phenomenon as it translate that there’s something more powerful than Allah SWT. But the logical thinking of many people can be put to rest by a Hadith narrated by Prophet Mohammed PUBH. It goes,
‘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)
Indeed the wearing of an amulet and putting kohl to protect the baby from Evil eye is a Shirk in Islam. I was ignorant then to have put an amulet around Ina’s neck. But as a year passed I removed it. I started reciting the dua’s and Kuls. I made Ina learn the surahs and Duas at a very tender age. When she was not even 3 she learnt almost 6-7 Duas and a Surah, Ma shaa Allah. Each time she would learn something new it was an achievement for me. I started praying the dua against Evil eye every now and then. Whenever I was or wasn’t cautious about her I would pray the four kuls.
The dua against Evil eye:
A’udhu bi kalimatil lahil tammati
Min kulli shaitanin hammah
Wa min kulli ‘aynin lammah
I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah,
From every devil, every beast and every evil eye.
You may not know what intentions the other person had when she/he said, ‘bohat pyaara baby hai’ ‘so healthy’ ‘oh such chubby cheeks ‘ or just a look at your child.
Pray your duas whenever someone compliments your child. No I’m not asking you all to judge people but make it a habit to recite the dua as much as you can on a daily basis or before bed.
Every religion have there own culture and beliefs of putting the evil eye at bay. Seeking protection from your lord is never harmful than putting an amulet that’s more infectious (child make suck it all the time or it make get wet while feeding) and a khol that leaves a stain.
Buri nazar wale …. (aage ki line aati hogi)
Happy parenting to you!