Q)However I have come across people esp from the Indian Subcontinent also other techniques esp using salt to remove evil eye effects or black magic from people esp children. They call it "Nazar Utarna" They use salt and remove the nazar / evil eye etc by clenching some salt in their fist and circling it around the face/body etc and then throwing it in the fire or outside the house. I personally have problems accepting this and in my view it is not islamic. My question or rather request is can you shed some light on the same / express your views so that I can convince my relatives that is is wrong and the only right way is the various duaas mentioned in your previous fatwas. Moreover it is a sin to do the same i.e use salt etc to remove evil eye effects?Jazakkum Allahu Khairan.
A)We have already issued Fatwa 91008 clarifying what the scholars may Allaah have mercy upon them determined that it is not permissible for a Muslim to take a means to bring benefit or repel harm except what is confirmed in the Sharee’ah or by experiment that it is so. Shaykh Saalih Al-Shaykh says: “The beliefs of the people in repelling evil eye are uncountable. To conclude, anything that the people do which they think that it is a means (of treatment) whereas it is not legislated in Sharee’ah nor decreed by Allaah to be so (a means of treatment), then it is not permissible to take it as such.”
Besides, the things that you mentioned in the question do not cure magic and evil eye, neither from an Islamic point of view nor from an experimental point of view. Rather, they are superstitions and illusions and a means of shaking the creed of Tawheed (worshipping Allaah alone). Moreover, this could be Shirk [associating partners to Allaah] if it is used to get closer to a jinn and the like. Therefore, one should avoid it.
It is enough for a Muslim to follow the commands of Sharee’ah.
] Likewise, wearing a black string in order to protect oneself from evil eye or from the harm of the people or the Jinn is considered Shirk. If one believes that it can harm by itself, then this is a major Shirk, and if one believes that it is a means of protection by Allaah's Will, then this is a minor Shirk, because Allaah did not make it as a means of protection neither by legislation nor decree. The Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "Whoever wears an amulet, he has indeed committed an act of Shirk." [Ahmad] Furthermore, the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "May Allaah not achieve (the aim) of the one who wears an amulet, and may Allaah not achieve the objective of whoever wears an item to protect him from envy and other evils." [Ahmad]