Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: Assalam’aleykum

A project of mine has been afflicted with problem after problem, on multiple fronts. I just can’t explain where these problems are coming from. The worry and stress are making me unwell.

Is it possible it could be due to evil eye? Just in case it is, what can I do to alleviate?

Answer: Walaikum assalam,

I pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits.

The most important adab in seeking is complete neediness to Allah. Take this as an opportunity to turn to Him, in utter need—need for the Fulfiller of needs, rather than the needs themselves—and He will respond. The response will be in the best of ways, in the best of times, on condition of patience, gratitude, and trust in Him.

Three practices that facilitate trust in Allah are:

1. Perform the prayer of need (salat al-haja):

How Does One Perform The Prayer Of Need (salat al-haja)?

2. Recite this brief Prophetic supplication, regularly:

Some Prophetic Supplications for Difficulty and Distress

3. Many of our teachers, including Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, recommend this practice, an application of a Qur’anic invocation:

After Isha, recite Hasbuna’l Llahu wa ni`ma’l Wakeel (Allah is our sufficiency and is the best of guardians) 450 times, sitting alone in a quiet room, facing the qibla, in state of wudu, with reflection on its meanings.

This is taken from the Qur’anic praise of true believers, in Surah Aal-Imran:

“Those whose faith only increased when people said, ‘Fear your enemy: they have amassed a great army against you,’ and who replied, ‘God is enough for us: He is the best protector,’ returned with grace and bounty from God; no harm befell them. They pursued God’s good pleasure. God’s favour is great indeed.” [3.173-175]

[What About the Evil Eye?]

The greatest protection from all harm is complete trust in Allah, and remaining in remembrance of Allah. Allah Most High says, “And whoever places their trust in Allah, He is indeed their sufficiency.” [Qur’an, 65.3] And He says, “In the Name of Allah, by whose name nothing on earth nor in the heavens can harm one, and He is indeed All-Hearing, and All-Knowing.”

With that, recite Ayat al-Kursi, and the Three Qul’s upon waking, before sleep, and after every obligatory prayer—striving for presence of heart, and with complete trust in Allah.

Means Are a Test

Means are a test in life: our success is simple in sincerity, and right striving—and right responses when we have testing choices. Leave results, ultimately, to Allah Most High.

And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.

wassalam,

Faraz Rabbani

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