Evil Eye and Jinn Possession: How to Protect Your Children

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Protecting our children from the evil of this world as much as we can is waajib (obligatory) upon us. Our children are both blessings from Allah and an amanah (trusted to us by Allah). Protecting them now as children will InshaaAllah, help them grow up into healthy, strong adults. 

As they grow, equipping them with the proper Islamic knowledge to protect themselves becomes even more essential. Alhamdulilah our religion is a guide for how we should live a life that’s balanced in every way. Islam has not left anything out which is important. From the Quran and hadiths of the Prophet, sallalahu alayhi wasalaam, we can find everything we need including how to protect our children not only from things we can see but the many evils that we cannot see, namely shayaateenul jinn and the evil eye.

Jinn, sihir and evil eye!

Jinn, sihir, ayn (evil eye), etc. are all part of the Ilm ghayb (we know they exist, but it can’t be seen with our own eyes). The evil ones of the jinns (jaan) are called shayateen. Evil humans are also called shayateen and we need to seek Allah’s protection from them too.  Same thing goes for the evil eye; it can be just as deadly as any of the serious illnesses out there.

Brother Tim Humble does an excellent series in the topics of jinn, sihir, and ayn. I’ve watched many of his videos which are really fascinating so I highly encourage you (if you want to know more about this subject) to listen to those series on YouTube or on his own personal website, HERE.

What’s your view?

When it comes to the topics of jinn and evil eye, some people go to the extreme end. They attribute every illness and every problem they have in life to it. On the other hand, some people will disregard it altogether and refuse to believe they even exist. Both of these views are wrong. There are numerous ahaadeeth narrated by the companions from the Prophet on evil eye and jinn possession. There are also verses of the Quran which discuss these two topics. Without a doubt, we must believe the existence of these things. Protecting ourselves and our children therefore, becomes mandatory.

While protecting ourselves and our children is important, being careful to not be extreme in our views regarding the evil eye and jinn is just as important. We have to understand that not every illness and every problem in our lives stems from jinn or hasad. The best way we can make sure we have the correct idea and understanding about jinn and evil eye is to refer to the hadiths of the Prophet, sallalahu alayhi wasalaam, and implement his sunnah in protecting ourselves and our children from such things. We can do that through daily adhkar and relying on Allah.

Authentic hadiths on jinns and evil eye:

There are numerous ahaadeeth which discuss jinn and evil eye, both. Here are some of those ahaadeeth:

Imam Muslim, Ahmd, Ibn Hibban, Al-Hakim and At-Tabarani narrated that Abdullah bin Abbas said that the messenger of Allah,sallalahu alayhi wasalam said: “The evil eye is true, and if there is anything that would precede predestination, it would be the evil eye.

It was narrated by Imam Malik that ‘Amir bin Rabi’ah once saw Sahl bin Hunaif take a bath and said,

“By Allah I have never seen the skin of a virgin that is softer than what I have just seen.” Sahl fell to the ground. The Prophet then came to ‘Amir while angry and said to him, “Why would one of you kill his own brother? Why have not said Tabrik (Baraka Allah). He then commanded ‘Amir to take a bath for it.

Abu Sa’id narrated that the Prophet used to seek refuge with Allah from the jinn and the evil eye of mankind.

(At-Tirmidhi and An-Nasai’i).

Ya’laa ibn Murrah said:

“I saw the Allaah’s Messenger do three things which no one before or after me, saw. I went with him on a trip. On the way we passed by a woman sitting at the roadside with a young boy. She called out, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, this boy is afflicted with a trial, and from him we have also been afflicted with a trial. I do not know how many times per day he is seized with fits.’ He said, ‘Give him to me.’ So she lifted him up to the Prophet. He then placed the boy between himself and the middle of the saddle, opened the boy’s mouth and blew in it three times, saying, ‘In the name of Allaah; I am the slave of Allaah. Get out, enemy of Allaah!’ Then he gave the boy back to her and said, ‘Meet us on our return at this same place and inform us how he has faired.’ We then went. On our return, we found her in the same place with three sheep. When he said to her, ‘How has your son faired?’ she replied, ‘By the One who sent you with the truth, we have not detected anything [unusual] in his behaviour up to this time…’”

(Musnad Ahmad (vol: 4, p. 170), and al-Haakim, who declared it Sahih)

The Messenger of Allah (saw) is reported to have said:

“Verily, Shaytaan flows in the blood-streams of Adam’s descendants.”

Sahib Muslim

Who’s most affected by jinn and evil eye?

Although there is no official statistic on this, many sheikhs believe that women and children are far more likely to get possessed and do more often get possessed or harmed by jinns and evil eye.  The reason is that as women, we go through a period of time that we are not praying. In this time it is easy to forget to read our daily adhkaars which can lead to possession and/or being affected by evil eye. As for children, most of them don’t have the knowledge to read dua’s in the prescribed times leaving them to be easy targets, and Allah knows best.

How can we protect our children from ever falling victim to evil eye or jinn possession?

With great diligence and trust in Allah, we can make sure our children are safe by seeking Allah’s protection for them, always.  Here are steps you can take to protect your children from the invisible evil that’s always lurking around:

Say bismilaah when changing your baby’s diaper or undressing him/her to give them bath/shower.

In the Quran and hadiths of the Prophet, it is mentioned that the jinn see us and we cannot see them, unless we say “Bismilaah” in our moments of un-dressing for various reasons. The Prophet salalahu alayhi wassalam, said:

To put a barrier that will prevent the jinn from seeing the ‘awrah of the sons of Aadam, let any one of you say ‘Bismillah’ when entering the toilet.

At-Tirmidhi

So say bismilaah when you’re changing your child’s diaper or when giving them a bath. Saying bismilaah is a great protection and has so much benefit! (Read the benefits of saying bismilaah here).

Make sure to keep the children inside when it’s Maghrib time!

I think a lot of Muslim parents already aware of this but still don’t take their children inside when it’s maghrib time. I know it’s a hassle to interrupt kids playing by asking them to come in, but it really is important that they come in during maghrib. Unfortunately, in my neighbourhood, I always see Muslim children still playing outside when it’s time for maghrib and their parents don’t bother to get them inside.  This is not right. If you’re letting your child still play outside when the sun has set, know that you are putting your child at risk for being harmed by the devils that are roaming around at that time.

It was the Prophet’s advice to keep children inside when it is maghrib. Here are the hadiths that are highlighting this advice of the Prophet. The prophet, salalaahu alayhi wassalam said:

“When the wings of the night spread  – or when evening comes – keep your children in, for the devils come out at that time. Then when part of the night has passed, let them go. And close the doors and mention the name of Allaah, for the shaytaan (devil) does not open a closed door. And tie up your waterskins and mention the name of Allaah, and cover your vessels and mention the name of Allaah, even if you only put something over them, and extinguish your lamps.” {Bukhari}“

Do not let your animals and children go out when the sun has set, until the first part of the night is over, for the devils come out when the sun sets, until the first part of the night is over.”

Muslim

Practice good sleeping etiquettes with your children

Before putting children to sleep, it is recommended to make du’a for them, recite the mu’awathateyn (Sura al-falaq and Nas), ikhlas and ayatul kursi on them. Shaytan does not come near anyone who recites these specific ayahs and suras before sleeping.  It is also great to make children sleep on their right and not let them sleep on their stomachs even as babies (if you can that is! It’s nearly impossible to stop some children from sleeping on their stomachs because that’s just the most comfortable for them). Sleeping on the stomach was something the Prophet disliked.

Among the many great du’as you can recite for your children when they wake up in the morning and when it is maghrib time, is the dua that the messanger of Allah used recite, seeking refuge for his grandsons:

Ibn ‘Abbas narrated that the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) used to seek refuge for Al-Hasan and Al-Husain saying: “U’idhukuma bikalimatillahi-tammati,min kulli shaitanin wa hammatin, wa minkulli’ainin lammah (I seek refuge for the two of you in the Perfect Words of Allah, from every devil and every poisonous pest, and from every harmful eye).” And the Prophet would say: “It is with this that Ibrahim would seek refuge for Ishahaq and Ismail [peace be upon them].”

Tirmidhi

Recite specific du’as at their prescribed times

We have du’as we recite at the start of everything we do in our lives. Teach children as soon as they learn to speak these du’as.  It’s good for them to learn at an early age how to at least recite it so that they will practice it even when you (their parents) are not around.

One way to teach your child/children is for you and all those around to say out loud whatever du’a they’re saying. Every time you go to the bathroom, say out loud the du’a for entering the bathroom. Whenever you’re eating food, saying “bismilaah” out loud will help them learn. You will be surprised how quickly their little minds memorize everything!  This is also great protection for them from all evil jinn, inshaaAllah.

Hide your blessings

One of the best ways to prevent evil eye from afflicting your family, specifically your children, is to not display all their good accomplishments, and other details specific to them. We are living in an age where people want to share everything about their lives. It’s important to value your child’s privacy and not display their grades, accomplishments even if you’re extremely proud of them and want the world to know how great of a kid you have. There are a lot of people who are just envious. Try to protect your kids by not over sharing information about them and also teach them not to boast about themselves. It’s great to always be humble and discreet.

Dress children well

I understand children are children and have no requirement for hijab but still, you have to always keep the safety of your children in the back of your mind. There are some crazy, evil people out there who pry on kids. Choose clothing that are age appropriate but are still modest enough to cover up your child well. Don’t allow strangers to take pictures of your child, and don’t display all of their pictures especially ones where they’re in a bathtub on social media. Children’s pictures have been stolen and used by pedophiles before from the parents social media. It’s disturbing some of the things we hear about.

Allah is the best of protectors

No matter how much we want to protect and shield our children, we can’t be with them every moment of every minute.  We cannot always be there to protect them. What we can do is encourage them to depend on Allah, fear Allah and love Allah. Encouraging them to always have trust in Allah is the best thing we can do for our children. Also, reciting the daily adhkaar will help!

Make it a habit to always say ‘Bismillah’ whenever you all leave the house or entire it. Teach them not to fear nothing but Allah because Allah will give them great protection from all evil things, by following the sunnah of the Prophet (sallalaahu alayhi wassalam). After all, Allah is the best of protectors and whoever has Allah’s protection will not be harmed if the entire world was to come together against him or her.

Abdullah bin Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) reports that

‘One day I was behind the Prophet (Peace be upon him), and he said to me, “O young man, I shall teach you some words [of advice]: Be mindful of Allah, and Allah will protect you. Be mindful of Allah, and you will find Him before you. If you ask, then ask only from Allah; and if you seek help, then seek help only from Allah. Know that if the whole of mankind were to come together to benefit you in anything, they would not be able to benefit you, except with that which Allah has already decreed for you, and know that if the whole of mankind were to come together to harm you in anything, they would not be able to harm you, except with that which Allah has already decreed for you. The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried.” 

Tirmidhi

May Allah protect our children and our entire families from all evil. Allahuma amin!

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14 thoughts on “Evil Eye and Jinn Possession: How to Protect Your Children

  1. Papatia says:

    Ameen! It feels good to know I’m not the only mother stressing evil eye and jinns. Masha’Allah. Houb salam sister.

  2. Yolannda Mayo says:

    Mashallah jazakallahu khayiran I appreciate this sister

    • muslimmothersource says:

      Waiyaaki! Thank you for your encouraging words💕💕

  3. Nazir Ahmad Mogray Bellow says:

    It is very good.But one is having jinn with him.How to get rid of it?

  4. Aabidah says:

    Asalaam wu alaykum, jazak Allah for this informative article.

    I can relate to alot that is mentioned as my child was a victim to this. Unfortunately I was also negligent about children playing outside at certain times. I was under the impression that only at magrib time should we be in doors, however i later found out that it is actually between asr and magrib. I had to refer to alot of hadiths for guidance on how to deal with it.

    My daughter was 4 years old playing outside with her friends just after asr Salah, whilst playing she fell down and couldn’t stand up We later found out through an mri scan that she suffered a stroke. Strangely enough after an intense medical investigation, the drs could not find a medical cause to the stroke. They couldn’t explain why it happened and if it might happen again.

    I later consulted with a Moulana who mentioned that it was possibly a jinn that pushed her and caused the stroke. He explained that she might have seen or felt it. Alhumdulillah she has recovered but I do believe that it scarrs them.

    This is extremely dangerous. I don’t think we fully understand the concept of the evil eye. May Allah swt guide us.

    • N. Ali says:

      Walaykum salaam sister.

      I hope and pray that your daughter is doing much better now. Yes, unfortunately not many really discusses these important things with parents. But Alhamdulilah that you know now. Continue to educate yourself, teach yourself and children the daily recommended adhkars and InshaaAllah all will well with you.

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