Evil Eye

AHADITH ON AL-‘AYN (EVIL EYE)

Narrated ‘Aisha: The Prophet ordered me or somebody else to do Ruqya (if there was danger) from an evil eye. (Bukhari)

Narrated Um Salama: That the Prophet saw in her house a girl whose face had a black spot. He said. “She is under the effect of an evil eye; so treat her with a Ruqya.” (Bukhari)

Book 50, Number 50.1.1: Yahya related to me from Malik that Muhammad ibn Abi Umama ibn Sahl ibn Hunayf heard his father say, “My father, Sahl ibn Hunayf did a ghusl at al-Kharrar. He removed the jubbah he had on while Amir ibn Rabia was watching, and Sahl was a man with beautiful white skin. Amir said to him, ‘I have never seen anything like what I have seen today, not even the skin of a virgin.’ Sahl fell ill on the spot, and his condition grew worse. Somebody went to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and told him that Sahl was ill, and could not go with him. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, came to him, and Sahl told him what had happened with Amir. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘Why does one of you kill his brother? Why did you not say, “May Allah bless you?” (ta baraka-llah) The evil eye is true. Do wudu from it.’ Amir did wudu from it and Sahl went with the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and there was nothing wrong with him.”

Book 50, Number 50.1.2: Malik related to me from Ibn Shihab that Abu Umama ibn Sahl ibn Hunayf said, ”Amir ibn Rabia saw Sahl ibn Hunayf doing a ghusl and said, ‘I have not seen the like of what I see today, not even the skin of a maiden who has never been out of doors.’ Sahl fell to the ground. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, was approached and it was said, ‘Messenger of Allah, can you do anything about Sahl ibn Hunayf? By Allah, he can not raise his head.’ He said, ‘Do you suspect anyone of it?’ They said, ‘We suspect Amir ibn Rabia.’ ” He continued, “The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, summoned Amir and was furious with him and said, ‘Why does one of you kill his brother? Why did you not say, “May Allah bless you?” Do ghusl for it.’ Amir washed his face, hands, elbows, knees, the end of his feet, and inside his lower garment in a vessel. Then he poured it over him, and Sahl went off with the people, and there was nothing wrong with him.”

Book 50, Number 50.2.3: Yahya related to me from Malik that Humayd ibn Qays al-Makki said, “A man came to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, with the two sons of Jafar ibn Abi Talib. He said to their nursemaid, ‘Why do I see them so thin?’ Their nursemaid said, ‘Messenger of Allah, the evil eye goes quickly to them. Nothing stops us from asking someone to make talismans (using ayats of Qur’an) for them, except that we do not know what of that would agree with you.’ The Messenger of ,Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘Make talismans for them. Had anything been able to precede the decree, the evil eye would precede it.’ ”

Book 50, Number 50.2.4: Yahya related to me from Malik from Yahya ibn Said from Sulayman ibn Yasar that Urwa ibn az-Zubayr told him that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, entered the house of Umm Salama, the wife of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. There was a child weeping in the house, and they told him that it was from the evil eye. Urwa said, “The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘Why do you not find someone to make a talisman to protect it from the evil eye?’ ”

Book 50, Number 50.4.9: Yahya related to me from Malik from Yazid ibn Khusayfa that Amr ibn Abdullah ibn Kab as-Salami told him that Nafi ibn Jubayr told him that Uthman ibn Abi al-As came to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. Uthman said that he had a pain which was enough to kill him. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Rub it with your right hand seven times and say, ‘I take refuge with the might of Allah and His power from the evil of what I feel.’ ” Uthman added, “I said that, and Allah removed what I had. I still command my family and others to say it.”

Book 50, Number 50.4.10: Yahya related to me from Malik from Ibn Shihab from Urwa ibn az-Zubayr from A’isha that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, when he had a complaint, would recite the last three suras of Qur’an, over himself and blow. She said, “When his pain was great, I would recite it over him and wipe him with his right hand hoping for its blessing.”

Book 50, Number 50.4.11: Yahya related to me from Malik from Yahya ibn Said from Amra bint Abd ar-Rahman that Abu Bakr as-Siddiq visited A’isha while she had a complaint and a jewish woman was writing a talisman for her. Abu Bakr said, “Write it for her from the Book of Allah.”

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EVIL EYE IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER?

By Anayat Durrani

June 10, 2001, 02:49 PM

Arabia OnLine

The evil eye is centered on the belief that jealousy, envy, or praise can inflict misfortune. That piercing stare. Sharp glare. Venomous glance. Beware to those on whom befall the evil eye. For centuries, the evil eye has been blamed as the cause behind everything from withering crops, to headaches, impotency, disease, and even death. But how real is the threat of the evil eye? Is it an old wives’ tale? Superstition? To those who believe in the power of the evil eye, it is terrifyingly real. So real is the fear, that many go to great lengths to shield themselves from the wrath of the evil eye.

The evil eye is centered on the belief that jealousy, envy, or praise can inflict all kinds of misfortune. The penetrating look is believed to cause illness, injury, or death upon its intentional or unintentional target. Most prevalent is the belief that the evil eye can cause things to whither away or dry up — the loss of crops, drying up of milk in nursing mothers, impotency in men, illness among children, are all commonly attributed to the evil eye. Those most susceptible to the evil eye are women, children, crops and domestic animals. Women are believed to be at greatest risk as new brides, during pregnancy, and at childbirth. And if you’re good looking, watch out! A woman’s risk increases in proportion to her beauty. Children are at highest risk at birth and before either baptism or circumcision. Domestic animals who supposedly are the most likely to come under the spell of the evil eye are cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, horses, mules and camels.Belief in the evil eye is ancient. Reference to the evil eye is found on Sumerian, Babylonian and Assyrian clay tablets. It is also found in the writings of Greeks and Romans and in the Bible and Talmud. The belief is prevalent in almost every region. It is part of the folklore of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa and is particularly strong in the Mediterranean basin. Almost every country in the world is well acquainted with the concept of the evil eye. In Arabic the evil eye is known as ‘al ayn’, or ‘ayn hasooda’, in Turkish, ‘nazar’ or ‘kem goz’, in Greek, ‘baskania’, in Italian, ‘mal occhio’, in Chinese ‘ok ngan’, in Norway ‘skørtunge’, in Spanish ‘mal de ojo’ and in Armenian, ‘pasternak’. In the United States and England, the evil eye is usually referred to as “overlooking”.

From earliest times, those credited with inflicting the evil eye have been women, particularly old women, strangers (especially those with blue eyes), and malformed individuals. Measures taken to ward off the evil eye vary from culture to culture but range from the saying of prayers and wearing of sacred text to beads, amulets, talismans, and charms. Many of these objects are in the form of a hand, eye, or horseshoe and are usually blue. The eye-in-hand charm is common in the Middle East. In Greece and Turkey, the blue glass eye and blue beads are the most commonly used. These objects are hung on men, women, children, animals, crops, and anyone or anything else thought to be in harms way.Though the use of protective amulets and charms is forbidden in Islam because it is considered a form of idolatry, the use of protective objects is still commonly seen among Muslims. These objects contain the color blue, such as beads or charms that are worn by children and animals. Blue is sometimes painted on the shutters of houses to protect against the evil eye. Common is the hamsa hand charm, also called the “hand of Fatima,” named after the daughter of Prophet Mohammed. Mothers often pin these kinds of charms on the clothing of their newborn babies along with verses from the Quran, like Ayat Al-Kursi, to protect their little ones from the affects of praise or the evil eye. Despite the use of these protective objects among some Muslims, Islam instead teaches Muslims to seek refuge and protection with God from the evils of envy. To protect from the envy of others, many Muslims use the phrase ‘Ma sha’a Allah wa la Kuwata illa Billah’ (Whatever Allah wishes and There is no Power except with Allah). Muslims also recite verses from the Quran like Ayat Al-Kursi, Surat Al-Fatiha, Surat An-Naas, and Surat Al-Falaq: “Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of the Daybreak from the evil of that which He has created; from the evil of the darkness when it is intense; and from the evil of malignant witchcraft; and from the evil of the envier when he envieth.” (Surat Al-Falaq or “The Daybreak,” 113:1-5) For centuries, combating the evil eye has come in many forms among various cultures. Incantations and prayers have been used since the 7th century. Ancient Greeks spat upon themselves and medieval nurses licked the faces of children.

Even in modern Greece, Hungary, and Ireland and among some Muslims societies, peasant mothers spit in the faces of their children or dirty them with soil in order to diminish the effects of the evil eye or flattery. In India, women and children line their eyes with kohl to protect them against the evil eye as well as from giving off the evil eye.Today, belief in the evil eye is very much alive, especially so in Italy, Greece, Turkey, India, South America, and the Arab world. And while there are many who insist the evil eye is nothing more than good old-fashioned superstition, to the believers of the evil eye its powers are nothing to be taken lightly.

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EVIL EYE: ENVIOUS PEOPLE

Our Dialogue

Question: Whenever our four-month-old son cries a little more than usual or runs a mild temperature, my wife says that this is the result of an evil eye cast by some of our relatives who may have admired him during a visit.

Response: I find it difficult to believe this could be true. It is true that an evil eye could cause problems. The Prophet, peace be upon him, is quoted as saying: “An (evil) eye can make a thick rope go through a needle hole.” Some people are so envious that a desire to see other people deprived of what they have is very strong in their minds. Such people look at others, who enjoy one aspect or another of Allah’s grace, with an evil eye. The great majority of people are not like that. There is no need, therefore, to be unduly worried about relatives who admire your child or speak highly of them. If you feel unduly worried about this, it could destroy your social life. [It is a good practice to praise Allah when someone is admiring your child — by saying ‘Masha’Allah’.]The Prophet, peace be upon him, has taught us what to do in order to seek Allah’s protection for our children. You can pray to Him in these words: “It is by Allah’s complete words that I seek protection against the evil perpetrated by His creatures.” Another prayer which you may repeat for your child is: “I seek protection for you with Allah’s complete words against every devil and evil and against every evil eye.”Moreover, if you read the last two surahs of the Qur’an, “Al-Falaq”, or the Daybreak, and “An-Naas”, or Men, you protect him from evil eyes and from harm caused by other people, you can always be certain that these prayers are answered because they undoubtedly are. Liked things and Fear of The Evil Eye (169)

Allah The Exalted said with respect to the story of the two men: “Why do you not, when you enter into your garded say: Mã shã’a ‘allãhu lã quwwata ‘illã bil-lãhi”(180) The Prophet said: “The `Ein (the [evil] eye) is true, and if there was anything that was going to beat Fate, the evil eye would have beaten it.” Reported by Muslim and Ahmad by way of ‘Ibn `Abbãs. Al-Albãni included this hadeeth in The Authentic of Good Sayings as #187.

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THE EVIL EYE AND ENVY

Author Unknown (Taken from a lecture thats was posted by OmmRafiq)

Al Hamdu lillaahi Rabbil ‘Aalmeen was Salaatu was-Salaamu ‘alaa Nabeeyyinaa Muhammad wa ‘alaa Allihi wa Sahbihi wa man tab’a Sunnatihi ilaa Yawmideen.

There is one very important thing to understand when discussing the evil eye and envy. Allah, ~ Glory be to Him in the Highest ~ has willed everything to occur according to His pre-knowledge of events. Everything in this world is associated with this fact which is known as Qadar. All things are connected to Qadar and Qadar is brought about by causes. Qadar occurs according to your actions. Your actions are the causes of Qadar. For example: it is Qadar that you will become pregnant and have a boy. Your actions are the cause for you becoming pregnant. However, another person can wish for the same — to become pregnant. The causes are attempted, but the result is not pregnancy. We may find two people praying for the same thing yet it is granted to only one of them. Why, if the causes are the same, has the Qadar of one being to have something while the other not? It is because certain conditions are missing. One of them may not pray properly, or, though he supplicates to Allah for the thing he wishes, he is lazy in praying and does not commit himself to prayer. Or it may be that he prays regularly and properly but his earnings are from a haraam source. How can one expect to have his supplications answered if he lives his life upon haram provisions? The Messenger of Allah ~ peace be upon him ~ said: Allah the Almighty is good and accepts only that which is good. Allah has commanded the faithful to do that which He has commanded the Messengers, and the Almighty has said: “O Messengers! Eat of the good things and do right!” (23:51) And Allah the Almighty has said: “O you who believe! Eat of the good things wherewith We have provided you.” (2:172) Then he mentioned [the case of ] the man who, having journeyed far, is disheveled and dusty, and who spreads out his hands to the sky [saying] “O Lord! O Lord!”, while his food is unlawful, his drink is unlawful, his clothing unlawful, and he is nourished unlawfully, so how can he be unanswered? (An-Nawawi’s Forty Hadeeth Number 10)

Therefore, when you are denied some blessing from Allah, the most obvious reason for this denial is yourself. The same thing applies to the evil eye. The evil eye and envy are both from Allah, t’ala and Qadar. They are no different than the other things in life. They are a part of Qadar — a part of the prewritten occurrences of your life. And your actions are the cause of your Qadar.

TREATMENT

There are basically two ways to treat the evil eye. Which of the two are to be done depends upon whether or not you know who gave you the evil eye.

GHUSL

Abu Umaamah bin Sahl bin Haneef related: “Sahl was bathing in Al-Kharraar [ a wadi in Al Madinah]. He removed his coat of arms which he was wearing. !Aamir bin Rabee’ah was watching him. Sahl had very white, smooth skin. ‘Aamir said: ‘I have never until now seen skin such as that of the virgin bride.’ Sahl immediately fell to the ground becoming very weak. The Messenger of Allah , peace be upon him, was told about his affliction of weakness. It was said to him: “He cannot raise his head.” He asked them: ‘Did anyone make a suggestion about him?’ They replied: ”Aamir bin Rabee’ah.’ Thereupon the Messenger of Allah called for him. He became angry with him and said: ‘For what do one of you kill one of your brothers? Could you not ask that he be blessed? Go and wash for him.’ ‘Aamir went and washed his face, his arms and elbows, and his knees and feet. Then his izaar (lower garment) was dipped into the water pot. This water was then poured over Sahl’s back who immediately returned to normal. (Maalik)

The only time this method of treatment, which is known as ightisaal, is to be used is when you are sure who gave you the evil eye. The only way you can be sure of this is when it occurs after a specific comment from a person and you are immediately affected. Otherwise, it is impossible to determine for sure that you have been afflicted with the evil eye. It is not appropriate that we accuse people of what we are not sure, nor that we be suspicious every time some sickness or evil befalls us. Thought we or our children may fall ill after having been among a group of people, this does not necessarily mean that we have been afflicted with the eye. It could be a natural illness. If we jump to the conclusion that someone has given us the eye, we may falsely accuse a Muslim, which is a sin in itself.

RUQYAH

‘Aiesha related: ” The Prophet, peace be upon him, ordered me to use Ruqyah to treat the evil eye.” Al Bukhari

Asmaa bint Umays said to the Prophet: “O Messenger of Allah. The people of Ja’far are constantly affected by the evil eye. Should I treat them with Ruqyah? He replied: “Yes, for if anything will overcome what is written it is the evil eye. ” (At-Tirmithi)

PERFORMANCE OF RUYQYAH

How is Ruqyah performed? There are two steps involved. 1) reading of Qur’an. The following was consistently read by the Prophet, peace be upon him:

a. suratal Fatihah

b. ayatul Kursi

c. al mu’aawidhataan (the two surahs of refuge: suratal Falaq and suratan Naas)

2) ad’eeyah (supplications), specifically the following

a. A’uthu bi kalimaat illahit taamah min sharri ma khalaq (Muslim)

b. A’uthu bi kalimaat illahit taamah min kulli shaytaani wa hammah, wa min kulli ‘aynin laamah. (Al Bukhari)

The question may arise: Must everything be recited in Arabic? Qur’aan must be recited in Arabic. A dua may be said in one’s own language, though Arabic is more complete and more correct. If you are able to say it in Arabic, even with difficulty, it is better. Try to learn the Arabic, but in an emergency situation, say it however you can.

There should be a precaution against learning the Arabic without understanding the meaning. You are asked to recite with understanding, not mere parroting of the words. This is often seen in people when they are making tawaf around the Ka’aba. They recite after someone who is reading a string of ad’eeyah from a book, yet they may not understand a single word of what they say. It is much better for them to recite in their own language or learn one dua on their own in Arabic, along with its meaning, than to repeat words that they do not understand just for the sake of recitation.

PREVENTION

Ruqyah and ghusl are to be used when one has been afflicted. However, there are ways we can protect ourselves beforehand so that we won’t be harmed.

Tabreek: when we see that we, members of our families, or others around us have been blessed by Allah in any aspect, we should acknowledge this and ask Allah to bless us even more. This is done by saying: Maa sha Allah tabaarak Allah, or Barak Allahu feehi or Allahumma Baraka alayhi or, as the man in suratal Kahf said: ma sha Allah, la quwata ila Billah. If others admire something and do not say this, say it yourself as a protection and as a reminder.

Dua: We have been advised by the Prophet, peace be upon him, to read certain duas in the morning and in the evening to protect ourselves from Shaitan and evil in general. This collection of dua is called Husn Al Muslim

The Muslim’s Protection (stronghold; fortress) (Maisah, I am sending you this in pocket form Eng./Ara. Two books that contain these duas in English, besides the one I am sending you are: “Remembrance and Prayer” by Muhammad Al-Ghazali and “Let Us Remember Allah and Praise Him” by Abdul Rahman Dimashkyah)

Caution: If you find that some people always admire what they see in you or in others and they consistently fail to mention Allah in their admiration, even after you’ve reminded them to do so, beware. People who are not concerned with dhikr Allah are the type of people you should protect yourself from. Don’t make known or discuss any particular blessing of yours to them. This is a measure of caution only. It doesn’t mean that you should walk around in a state of fear of everyone. Just try to be aware. Do your part and then trust in Allah to protect you. Very importantly, don’t tell a lie so as to avoid revealing some blessing you may have been given. For example, if someone comments on how much your child eats, don’t exclaim, “Oh no! He never eats. He eats very little!” when actually the opposite is true. Just say, “Ma sha Allah, tabaraak Allah” reminding the person to acknowledge this as a blessing from Allah. Lying is not proper nor permissible here. We must acknowledge that the Evil Eye is a reality of life. The point is not that we should suspect and fear everyone around us or think that everything bad is from the Evil Eye. Such an attitude may stop one from seeking needed medical treatment. The point is that we should understand that it exists, that it can happen to us if we do not protect ourselves, and that it can be treated. How can we determine whether we have been afflicted with the eye and need Ruqyah or we have a medical problem that requires a doctor’s attention? Actually, such a question shows the common attitude of today’s Muslim. Most, when they are sick or hurt in some way, will run directly to the doctor or pharmacy, neglecting the Qur’an. This is quite a shameful thing since Qur’an tells us: It is a guide and a healing for those who believe. (41:44)

INNOVATIONS IN TREATING THE EVIL EYE

Many innovative practices have found their way into treating people afflicted by the eye. A number of these practices were started by well-intending, yet ignorant Muslims who were only trying to help. Among them are:

Foreign or incomprehensible expressions used in Ruqyah

1. A person, in treating the eye, may pronounce over the patient some strange expressions. This stems from non-Arabic speakers mispronouncing or adding expressions of their own to Qur’aanic verses and supplications. Some cleverly deceitful people include words form Qur’an and dua just to let people feel that they know what they are doing.

2. Beads, Charms, Amulets and Talismans Some people seek protection in these objects. They hang them around their neck or on their arms as bracelets. Such actions contradict sincere belief in Allah and attribute divine power to created things. This is shirk and is mentioned as such in the following hadith: Uqbah bin ‘Aamir reported: “When a group of ten men came to the Prophet, peace be upon him, he only accepted the oath of allegiance from nine. They asked: ‘O Messenger of Allah, why did you take the covenant from nine of us and refuse this man?’ The Prophet, peace be upon him, said: “Verily, he has a talisman on him.’ The man then put his hand in his cloak, pulled out the talisman and broke it. When the Prophet, peace be upon him, finished taking the oath from him, he turned and said: “Whoever wears a talisman has committed Shirk!” (At-Tirmithi and Ahmed)

Two of the most common talismans of today are the rabbit’s foot and the horseshoe. Among Muslims in particular, we will find verses from the Qur’an hanging on the walls of homes for protection, or a gold medallion inscribed with verses, especially ayatul Kursi, hung around the neck or pinned to a baby’s clothing. Such things are not permissible. Though some scholars have allowed these practices, the majority, including most of the Sahabah and the Taabi’een, have denounced it. The Qur’an is to be read, and its blessings are gained through reading and believing in it.

Others seek protection in things, such as animal heads, feet, teeth, a picture of a hand with an eye in the middle. (The five fingers of the hand are meant to represent the five ayats of suratul Falaq meaning “The five ayats of Al Falaq are protection against the eye”.) Some, in pretending to have knowledge to cure or ward off the eye, place drawings or writings which may or may not include words from the Qur’an or hadith, inside leather or cloth pouches. They then close them and hang them around the neck or place them under the bed. Don’t do or accept such things. Whenever you are told to do something like this, ask for the proof from the Qur’an and Sunnah. Do not accept such things if there is no sound evidence for their use.

Many people do these things for money, others for popularity. A few actually believe in what they are doing. Do they have a claim to ignorance? An ignorant Muslim is a non-Arab how cannot read the Qur’an or the Sunnah, nor does he or she have access to a scholar. Such a person has a claim to ignorance. As for Muslims who have no such claim, they are responsible for themselves and those around them, for they can easily fall into shirk. The Prophet, peace be upon him, has warned us: “The Hour will not approach until some groups of my nation worship idols.” (Abu Daoud 3\4329)

INNOVATIONS IN TABREEK

You may find that some people, when they fear someone’s anger and wish to protect themselves from him, will tell that person to say “Salla ‘alan Nabi.” ( say sallalaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam on the Prophet). Such a thing is also an innovation. We are to say this when the Prophet’s name is mentioned, but we are to mention Allah’s Name and see His blessings and protection when we fear something or need help. We are told to say “ma shaa Allah tabarak Allah” or “barak Allhu feehi” or “Allahumma Barak alaihi” or “ma shaa Allah, la quwata ila Billah” when we admire something we see in others or wish to protect our blessings from the evil of others. This is what the Qur’an and Sunnah direct us to do. Any other expressions are innovative and deficient.

ENVY

Envy differs from the Evil Eye in that not only does the person admire a quality or blessing that you have, but he envies you to the extent that he wishes that you do not have this thing, or that it be taken away from you. In the case of the Evil Eye, you may not wish such a thing but the admiration of it is excessive.

Is it possible to envy oneself? No, it is not. Look at the definition of envy and you’ll realize why it is impossible. Envy is to admire something in someone excessively and wish that it be taken away from them. We don’t wish such things for ourselves. However, we can give ourselves the Evil Eye. An example is seen in the story of the man with the two lush gardens in suratul Kahf who was arrogant and full of pride in his possessions. He neither thanked Allah for the blessings he had received, nor did he acknowledge that they had come from Him.

HOW TO PROTECT OURSELVES

1) Seek refuge in Allah from the evil that He created – Only Allah can give us true and complete protection from evil. No matter who we turn to or where we hide, if we do not seek Allah’s protection and trust in Him, evil will seek us out. For example: A king rules over the land. A person who is afraid of something or someone goes to this king seeking protection. The king puts him in a castle. The person feels safe that no one can defy the king and therefore cannot harm him in the king’s castle. Now, if that same person comes to the king and says to him: “I seek your protection but I’m not sure that you can protect me.” How will the king react? He’ll expel the man from his kingdom! What then, of Allah, t’ala? If we seek His protection and trust in Him, He will care for us. But if we turn to Him with doubt in our heart as to His ability to save us from something, can we rightfully expect His help? Read the Qur’an believing in the help that it will give you. Seek Allah’s help sincerely and earnestly saying: Yaa Rabbi, anaa dhakhaltu himaayatak — O my Lord, I have entered into Your protection.

2) Taqwaa – Remembering and fearing Allah always plays an important role in the life of a Muslim. You should strive to increase your taqwaa. This will keep you away from evil. Remember Allah and He will remember you. When something bad befalls you don’t say: Why did Allah do this to me? rather say: What did I do to deserve this? Always remember that good comes from Allah and that evil is from your own self. Every act we perform we should remember Allah: in obedience to our husbands, in treating others kindly. We should always have Allah and His pleasure in our minds when we do things. We are seeking reward from Allah, not from the people themselves. It is when we forget this and we forget Allah that we really lose. Once we forget Allah, we will forget all.

{Satan has got the better of them; so he has made them forget the remembrance of Allah. They are the party of Satan. Truly it is the part of Satan that will lose.} (58:19)

{And be not like those who forgot Allah; and He made them forget themselves! Such are the rebellious transgressors!} (58: 19)

3) Sabr (patience) If you feel that someone is envying you, be patient. Anger and fighting will only aggravate the situation and an accusation could be unfair. Just be patient.

4) Tawakkul. Make sure that your words and deeds are correct, that you have done whatever is necessary and proper to protect yourself, then trust in Allah. Tawakkul – trusting in Allah – is an essential ingredient of a Muslim’s faith. Wit it, he can accept and bear even the worst of hardships. Without it, the simplest of difficulties will knock him down. So, do what is required of you as a Muslim to protect yourself from evil, then place your fill trust in Allah.

5) Avoid Hatred and Revenge. If the eye or envy does befall you from a person, don’t think about it. Don’t consume yourself with hatred towards that person. Such hatred will give him the ability to harm you even more and possibly ruin your life. Rather than turning your mind to revenge, involve yourself with more positive thoughts, such as how to come closer to Allah, how to improve your Islam.

6) Taubah. Repent from the sins you’ve committed, things you know you did as well as things you don’t know. In other words, a general taubah. If you find yourself facing difficulty with someone, consider that Allah has placed this person on your way to harm you. Take the opportunity to repent. If you feel that you are free of sin, then consider this person’s evil as a test.

7) Good deeds and sadaqah. These will cleanse us from our sins. Doing these things is a way of thanking Allah. Al-Mugheerah related that the Prophet, peace be upon him, used to stand ( in the prayer) or pray until both his feet or legs became swollen. He was asked why (he offered such an unbearable prayer0 and he said: “Should I not be a thankful servant?” (Al Bukhari)

8) Return Good for Bad – Be kind to the one who has eyed or envied you. (My comment: or just leave the person alone) Nor can goodness and evil be equal. Repel (evil) with what is better. Then will he, between whom and you was hatred, become as it were, your friend and intimate. And no one will be granted such goodness except those who exercise patience and self-restraint – none but persons of the greatest good fortune. And if an incitement to discord is made to you by the Satan, seek refuge in Allah. He is the One Who Hears and Knows all things. (31: 34-36)

There is precedence in the Qur’an for giving us the right to return bad treatment equally without exceeding the harm that was done. The limit to this is that it does not involve an explicitly prohibited deed. For instance, if your neighbor mistreats you or your husband doesn’t give you your full rights. You can’t turn around and mistreat your neighbor or deny your husband his rights in retaliation. If someone says to you, “Key Kaafir!”, you shouldn’t respond with the same. Similarly, don’t try to envy the envier. The best course of action in all cases is to return bad treatment with good as the ayah states, “. . . repel (evil) with what is better.”

9) Qadaa and Qadr. Submit yourself to it. Once you understand and fully accept in your heart that whatever Allah has fated for you , good or bad, cannot be prevented, you will be better able to deal with what comes your way. “Be mindful of Allah, and Allah will protect you. Be mindful of Allah and you will find Him in front of you. If you ask, ask of Allah; if you seek help, seek help of Allah. Know that if the nation were to gather together to benefit you with anything, it would benefit you only with something that Allah had already prescribed for you, and that if they gather together to harm you with anything, they would harm you only with something Allah had already prescribed for you. The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried.”

Superstitious beliefs which negate one’s belief in Qadaa and Qadr are common throughout the world. For example, a mother places a black thread around a child’s arm to protect it against the Evil Eye. The thread comes off while bathing the child. The mother, being busy, forgets to retie the thread. The child wanders off and gets hurt. The mot her says: “If I had fixed the thread this wouldn’t have happened.” Where is her faith in Allah? When told that such things are shirk, she will deny it and insist that the thread is the protector. Such a person claims to believe in Allah, yet their actions contradict their belief.

10) Acknowledge blessings and be thankful – Why would a person envy you? Perhaps you have been given something special that he does not have. Be thankful to Allah for everything, great and small, that He has given you. Share this thankfulness with others by sharing what you have been given. One of the most important things in protecting yourself from yourself, from others, and protecting others from you is to acknowledge Allah’s favor upon His creation. Ask Allah’s blessings for yourself and for the person. Say. “Ma sha Allah, la quwata ila Billah.” Never forget that what you or they have is a blessing from Allah. You have been given things they have not and they have been given things that you haven’t. One of the causes of Shaitan’s fall was from his arrogance and jealousy of Adam. Even before Adam was created, when mud was collected from the four corners of the earth for his creation, Iblees was envious and would circle around the body of Adam saying: “Why all this for this ting!” He was jealous. When he was asked to bow down before him he responded by saying to Allah: “But You created him from sand and me from fire!”

Another example of such jealousy is found in the Jews. They were jealous when Muhammad appeared among the Arabs even though his Prophethood was written in their books. They had the knowledge that the prophet would appear in a place with palm trees. Therefore, they expected him to be a Jew from Madinah, which is filled with palm trees. When the prophet turned out to be an Arab, they rejected him out of jealousy, thereby rejecting faith.

All of us have been given good things in life in some way or another. Health, youthfulness, time, money, children, knowledge – we tend to take all of these gifts for granted and look to others as if they have so much more and we have so little. We should thank Allah for His gifts and remember that everything we have in this life is a test as well as an object of account on the Day of Judgment. : Masha Allah tabaarak Allah, or Barak Allahu feehi or Allahumma Baraka alayhi or, as the man in suratal Kahf said: Masha Allah, la quwata ila Billah.

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10 thoughts on “Evil Eye”

  1. Mashalla I will be implementing these remedies as soon as possible… I have been afflicted with the ayn from a colleague from work and it has affected my performance tremendously. InshAllah these remedies work and Allah the Almighty can hear my prayers.

  2. Asalamu Alaikum, Saffiya. Welcome to Islamic Articles and thanks for commenting. Please look into getting hijamah done as well. May Allah cure you and protect you from all evil ameen.

  3. Really worth Reading!
    i really enjoyed.
    if we want to ask any personal question, how can we contact you directly?

  4. If you are a woman then you can contact me emailfhws at gmail dot com but if you are a brother please don’t. JazakAllahu khair.

  5. The article is wonderful and has very important role in our lives. Thank you and jazak Allah khair. If a muslim sister can contact by email why a muslim brother cannot contact? Please explain fearing Allah SWT. thanks

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