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What is the ruling on making a black dot on the forehead of children?

Question: What do blessed Islamic scholars say about the following issue? It is famous amongst people that by making a black dot [also called Teeka] on the forehead of children they stay safe from the evil eye. Is it permissible as per Shari’ah to make a black dot on the forehead?

Questioner: Abdul Qadir (Mirpur Mathelo, Bab-ul-Islam, Sindh)

بِسْمِ اللّٰہِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّ حِیْمِ

اَلْجَوَابُ بِعَوْنِ الْمَلِکِ الْوَھَّابِ اَللّٰھُمَّ   ھِدَایَۃَ الْحَقِّ وَالصَّوَابِ

Answer: To make a black teeka on the forehead, chin or cheek of children in order to protect them from the evil eye is permissible as per Shari’ah. It is a method and remedy to stay safe from the evil eye and every such remedy that is not contrary to Shari’ah and has also been proved effective through experience is permissible. Making a black dot on the chin for protection from the evil eye has also been proved from the order given by Sayyiduna ‘Usman رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهُ. Therefore, there is no harm in it, it is permissible.

In Mirqat, ‘Allamah ‘Ali Bin Sultan Muhammad Qari رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه has said:

فی شرح السنة روی ان عثمان رضی اللّٰە عنە رأی صبیًا ملیحا فقال

دسموا نونتە کیلا تصیبە العین۔ و معنی دسموا سودوا، والنونة النقرۃ التی تکون فی ذقن الصبی الصغیر

i.e. it has been narrated from Sayyiduna ‘Usman-e-Ghani رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهُ in Sharh-us--Sunnah: When he رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهُ saw a cute baby, he رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهُ said: ‘Make a black dot or teeka on his chin so that he may not be affected by the evil eye.’ (In this narration) ‘دَسِّمُوْا’ means to blacken and ‘اَلنُّوْنَة’ means the small mark that is made on the chin of a small child. (Mirqat-ul-Mafatih, vol. 8, pp. 305, Taht-al-Hadees: 4531)

In Mirat-ul-Manajih, Mufti Ahmad Yar Khan رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه has said: If famous remedies practised by people are not contrary to Shari’ah, it is not necessary to stop them. Such as Naql [evidence as per Shari’ah] is not necessary for medicines, experience is sufficient. Similarly, Naql [evidence as per Shari’ah] is not necessary for Du’as and such remedies. If they are not contrary to Shari’ah, they are correct though Du’as which are proved from the Holy Quran and blessed Ahadees are better. (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 6, pp. 224; summarised)

Furthermore, according to another blessed Hadees he رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه has stated in its commentary: Remember, when our intellect does not work in medicines, it will not work in these remedies either, therefore it is not correct to object to these practices. (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 6, pp. 245)

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