It is common amongst Asian families to put a ‘kaala tikka’ or a black mark on their babies as a means to get rid of bad luck/nazar. Is it permissible to do this?
It is permissible to put a black mark on babies. There are many Sahih Ahadith regarding the evil eye being true and how it can have a bad affect on people.
Allamah Abdul Mustafa Aazmi (رحمة الله عليه) writes – “It is not prohibited to mark the child by putting Kajal (black mark) etc. on their forehead or cheek or to insert wooden plank wrapped in cloth (like a scarecrow) in the fields, so that the first glance is made on that thing so the evil eye is not casted. The evil eye is proved from many hadith and cannot be rejected. It is stated in a hadith shareef that,
“When you look at anything you possess or that which some other Muslim possesses and you like it, immediately recite – تَبَارَکَ اللہُ اَحْسَنُ الْخَالِقِیْنَ اَللّٰھُمَّ بَارِکْ فِیْہِ – (tabaaRa kAllahu aHsanul khaaliQeena Allaahumma baarik feehi) – this will avoid the evil eye.”
[Fatawa Shaami 9/601 & Jannati Zewar Page 411]
Allah knows best.
Answered by Mawlana Mohammed Kashif