The term “evil eye” usually refers to the harm that comes to a person because of someone else’s jealousy or envy of him. Many Muslims believe that this is real, and some include specific practices to protect themselves or their loved ones from its effects. Others reject it as a superstition or the tale of “old wives.” What does Islam teach about the power of the evil eye?
Definition of an evil eye
The evil eye (al-ayn in :Arabic) is a term used to describe unhappiness, which is transmitted from one person to another out of jealousy or envy. The misfortune of the victim can manifest itself as a disease, loss of wealth or family, or a period of general failure. The man who does the evil eye can do this with or without intent.
What does the Quran and Hadith say about the evil eye
As Muslims, to decide whether something is real or superstition, we must turn to the Qur’an and the recorded practices and beliefs of the Prophet Muhammad (Hadith). The Quran explains:
“And verily, those who disbelieve would almost make you slip with their eyes through hatredness when they hear the Reminder (the Qur’ân), and they say: “Verily, he (Muhammad SAW) is a madman!” (Quran 68:51).
“Say:“ I seek refuge with the Lord of Dawn, from the harm of created things; from the evil deeds of darkness when it spreads; from the atrocities of those who practice the secret arts; and from the harm of the envious when he practices jealousy ”(Quran 113: 1-5).
The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, spoke of the reality of the evil eye and advised his followers to read some verses of the Quran in order to protect themselves. The Prophet also rebuked followers who admired someone or something, without praising Allah:
“Why did one of you kill your brother?” If you see something that you like, then pray for its blessing. ”
What is an evil eye cause?
Unfortunately, some Muslims blame every little thing that is “wrong” in their lives to the evil eye. People are accused of “casting a glance” on someone without any basis. There may even be cases in which a biological cause, such as mental illness, is attributed to the evil eye, and therefore healthy treatment is not pursued. We must be careful to recognize that there are biological disorders that can cause certain symptoms, and we should seek medical help for such diseases. We must also recognize that when things “go wrong” in our lives, we may be confronted with the test of Allah and must respond with reflection and repentance rather than blame.
Whether it is an evil eye or another reason, nothing touches our life without the Qadr of Allah behind it. We must believe that everything happens in our lives for some reason, and not overly obsessed with the possible consequences of the evil eye. Obsessive or paranoid about the evil eye is itself a disease (waswaas), as this prevents us from thinking mentally about the plans of Allah for us. Although we can take action to help strengthen our faith and protect ourselves from this evil, we cannot allow ourselves to be taken over with the whisperings of Shaytan. Only Allah can alleviate our calamity, and we must seek protection only from Him.
Protection from evil eyes
Only Allah can protect us from harm, and believe that otherwise it is a form of shirk. Some erroneous Muslims are trying to protect themselves from the evil eye with talismans, beads, “Hands of Fatima”, small Qurans hanging around their neck or attached to their bodies and the like. This is not a trivial question – these “lucky charms” offer no protection, and believing that otherwise a person transcends Islam in the destruction of kufr.
The best protection against the evil eye is those who bring a person closer to Allah through remembrance, prayer and reading the Quran. These remedies can be found in authentic sources of Islamic law, and not by rumors, hearsay or non-Islamic traditions.
Pray for the blessings of another: Muslims often say Masha-Allah when they praise or admire someone or something, reminding them and others that all good things come from Allah. Jealousy and envy should not enter the heart of a person who believes that Allah has blessed people according to His will.
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Ruqyah: This refers to the use of words from the Quran, which are read as a way of treating a suffering person (from evil eye). Reading ruqyah, as the Prophet Muhammad advised, influences the strengthening of the faith of the believer and reminds him of the power of Allah. This strength of mind and renewed faith can help one to resist or to fight any evil or disease directed by his or her way. Allah says in the Qur’an: “And We send down from the Qur’ân that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe (in Islâmic Monotheism and act on it), and it increases the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers) nothing but loss …” (17:82). Recommended verses for reading include:
The last two surahs of the Quran (Al-Falaq and An-Nas)
Ayat Al- Kursi
If you read ruqyah for another person, you can add: “Bismillaahi arqeeka min kulli shay’in yu’dheeka, min sharri kulli nafsin aw” aynin haasid Allaahu yashfeek, bismillaahi arqeek’ ((In the name of Allah, I perform ruqyah for you, from everything that harms you, from the evil of every soul or envious eyes, may Allah heal you. In the name of Allah I perform ruqyah for you).”
Du’a: It is recommended to read some of the following du’a.
“Hasbi Allah la ilaha illa Khuva”, alayhi tawakkaltu wa huwa Rabb-ul-arsh-il-azeem”. Allah is enough for me; there is no god but Him. On Him is my trust, He is the Lord of the Mighty Throne ”(Quran 9: 129).
“A’oodhu bi kalimat-Allah al-tammati min sharri maa khalaq”. I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah from the evil that He created.
“A’oodhu bi kalimaat Allaah al-taammah min kulli shaytaanin wa haammah wa min kulli aynin laammah”. I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah, from every devil and from all venomous reptiles and from every evil eye.
“A’oodhu bi kalimat-Allah al-tammati min ghadabihi wa ‘iqabihi, wa min sharri’ ibadihi wa min hamazat al-shayateeni wa a yahduroon”. I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah from His wrath and punishment, from the evil of slaves and from the evil motives of the devils and from their presence.
“Adhhib al-ba’s Rabb an-naas, wa’sfi anta al-Shaafi, la shifa’a illa shifa”uka shifa la yugaadir sakaman”. Take away the pain, Lord of mankind, and give healing, for you are a Healer, and there is no healing, but your healing, which leaves no trace of the disease.
Water: if the person who cast the evil eye is identified, it is also recommended that this person do the wudu and then pour the water over the person who was afflicted in order to rid them of evil.
Allah knows better the truth about His creation, and may He protect us all from all evil, Ameen.