Seeking Refuge from the Evil Eye for Children
Compiled & Translated
Abbas Abu Yahya
From Ibn Abbas who said the Messenger of Allaah –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam– used to seek refuge for al-Hassan and al-Hussein, he would say:
أعوذ بكلمات الله التامة من كل شيطان وهامة ، ومن كل عين لامة
‘I seek refuge for you two with Allaah’s perfect words from every Shaytaan (devil) and poisonous creature and every evil eye.’
He –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam– said that this is how Ibrahim used to seek refuge for Ishaaq and Ismaeel.’
[Collected by Bukhari & Tirmidhi with the extra wording, authenticated by Albaani]
Abul Ulaa AbdurRahmaan al-Mubarakfooree -Rahimullaah- said:
‘Allaah’s words’: ‘It has been said that they are the Qur’aan and it has also been said they are Allaah’s names.’
‘Perfect’: ‘Al-Jazari said: ‘Indeed Allaah’s speech has been described as being Perfect, because it is not permissible for any of His speech to have deficiency or fault like there is in the speech of people.’
‘It has been said that the meaning of ‘Perfect’ here is that it benefits the one seeking refuge with these ‘Perfect words’, and protect him from illnesses and this would be sufficient for him.’
‘Poisonous creature’: ‘Every type of creature that kills with poison. And it is possible that it could mean any crawling animal even if it does not kill, like insects.’
‘Evil eye’: ‘From every evil type of affliction from the eye.’
[Taken from: ‘Tuhfahtul Ahawadhi’ an explanation of Sunan at-Tirmidhi]
How to Seek Refuge from the Evil Eye for Children
Muhaddith, Shaykh, Allamaa’
Muhammad Nasir uddeen al-Albaani
Shaykh al-Albaani was asked over the phone:
Caller: Aslaamu alaykum.
Shaykh: Wa alaykum as-Salaam.
Caller: O Shaykh regarding ‘I seek refuge for you two with Allaah’s perfect words from every Shaytaan (devil) and poisonous creature and every evil eye.’ Is this said three consecutive times or just once?
Shaykh: No, it is mentioned once, however if it appears to the one saying this Dua’ that he needs to repeat it without specifying three times, then there is no problem with that.
Caller: and should he place his hand on the head of the one sought refuge for?
Shaykh: Yes, yes!
Caller: Even in congregation, if it is a group of children together, how can he place his hand upon all of them?
Shaykh: He should place his two hands on two of the children, then repeat this on the rest of the children.
Caller: Right hand and left hand, with both hands?
Shaykh: Yes, yes.
Caller: Regarding the hadeeth that the Messenger –sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam–
would not sleep until he recited Soorah Mulk, al – Isra, Zumar, and Sajdah, is this when he lies down on his bed at night, or before he lies down?
Shaykh: What is important is that he recites before he falls asleep, whether it is whilst he is sitting or lying then it is up to him’
[Taken from: ‘Silsilah Huda wa Noor’ tape No. 323 at 3:42mins]