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What About Evil Eye

Imam Muslim [and Ahmad, Ibn Hibban, Al-Hakim and At-Tabarani] narrated that Ibn Abbas (r.a) said, The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:

“The evil eye is true, and if there is anything that would precede predestination, it would be evil eye.”

Sadly, some people who do not have sound comprehension or correct sight and hearing have rejected the fact that the evil eye causes harm, claiming that this is a superstitious, untrue belief. These people are indeed among the most ignorant people who have the least sound comprehension and the thickest minds. They are the farthest from acquiring knowledge of the soul and the heart and the effect of each on the natural world.

Moreover, Imam Muslim narrated that Anas (r.a) said:

“The Prophet ﷺ has allowed using Islamic prayer formulas (Ruqyah, divine remedy) against fever, the evil eye and sores.

Further, in the Sahihain it is narrated that Abu Hurairah (r.a) said that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “The evil eye is true.” [Abu Dawood, Ibn Maajah and Ahmad].

The best minds in every nation do not dispute the fact that the evil eye is true, although they differ on its causes and true effects. Some people say that when people who touch others by the evil eye feel evilness in their hearts, then their eyes transform the evil thoughts into harmful rays just like the type of snake that looks at its prey and causes it to perish.

Seek an Islamic Prayer Formula

Abu Dawood reported that Aishah (r.a) said:

“The person who touched others with the evil eye was commanded to perform ablution and the person whom he touched by the evil would wash with that water.” [Al-Bukhari, Muslim, An-Nasai, Ibn Maajah].

Furthermore, Aishah (r.a) narrated , as the Sahihain reported:

“The Prophet ﷺ commanded me, or commanded, that we should use Islamic prayer formulas from the evil eye.”

In addition, At Tirmidhi narrated that Asma bint Umays (r.a) said, “I said, O Messenger of Allah ﷺ! The children of Jafar are usually touched by the evil eye. Should I perform an Islamic prayer formula for them?” He said:

“Yes, If there is anything that precedes predestination, it would be the evil eye.” [An-Nasai and Ahmad]

Also, Imam Malik narrated that Amir bin Rabiah once saw Sahl bin Hunaif take a bath and said, “By Allah! I have never seen the skin of a virgin that is softer than what I have just seen.” Sahl fell to the ground. The Prophet ﷺ then  came to Amir while annoyed and said to him:

“Why would one of you kill his own brother? Why have you not said Tabrik (Baarak Allah – may Allah bless it)? Take a bath for it.”

Amir then washed his face, hands, elbows, knees, feet and a part of his garment in a pot for what he had done and then poured the used water on Sahl. Soon after, Sahl started moving about with the people. [An-Nasai, Ibn Maajah, Ahmad, Al-Hakim and Ibn Hibban]

Types of Evil Eye

There are two types of the evil eye, human and Jinn related. Umm Salamah (r.a) said that the Prophet ﷺ once saw a young girl, who had a certain expression on her face and said:

“Seek an Islamic prayer formula for her because she is touched by the evil eye.” [Al-Bukhari, Muslim, Al-Hakim, At-Tabarani]

Abu Sa’id (r.a) also narrated that:

The Prophet ﷺ used to seek refuge from the Jinn and the evil eye of mankind.” [At-Tirmidhi and An-Nasai]

The evil eye is actually the effect exerted by the soul on the victim. Souls vary in their essence, powers, characteristics and qualities. Therefore, the soul of an envious person can harm a victim profoundly, and this is why Allah has commanded His Messenger to seek refuge with Him from the evil eye.

Affecting Sight and Aborting Pregnancy

The harmful effect of an envious person on the envied person cannot be denied, except by those who are far away from reality. It is a fact that an evil envious soul touches the envied person in such an evil manner that it causes them harm. Similarly, the poisonous viper gets so enraged and evil when it meets the enemy that it has a special effect on the victim, sometimes leading to aborting the fetus or causing blindness. The Prophet ﷺ described the short tailed viper and the striped viper as having the ability that they can affect sight and abort pregnancy. Some types of snakes have a negative effect on people by their mere sight, because of the viciousness of such creatures and the effect of this viciousness on people.

Seek Refuge in Allah

Allah said to His Prophet ﷺ:

“And verily those who disbelieve would almost make you slip with their eyes (through hatred) when they hear the Reminder (the Qur’an)” [69:51]

Say: “I seek refuge with (Allah), the Lord of the daybreak, from the evil of what He has created, and from the evil of the darkening (night) as it comes with its darkness; (or the moon as it sets or goes away), and from the evil of those who practice witchcraft when they blow in the knots, and from the evil of the envier when he envies” [113:1-5]

Every person who touches others by the evil is an envious person, but not vice versa. Since envy includes the evil eye in its general meaning, seeking refuge from it includes seeking refuge from the evil eye also.

The evil eye includes throwing arrows of envy that depart the envious heart and soul in the direction of the envied person, sometimes falling on its target. It the envied person is unarmed and unprepared, the evil eye will cause him harm. If the envied person is prepared and armed, the arrows might turn back on the one who threw them. The evil eye starts when the envious person likes something then follows it with his evil thoughts and desires and then the evil eye touches the envied object.


InSha Allah by next week we shall post the following:

The Prophetic medicine for treating sorcery (the evil eye)


Three Ways of Going Astray

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  1. Sir what if we use the Islamic formula not for the evil eyes and jin related but use just like that. Well sir l have learned a lot from that and I will make sure that I will protect my family from evil eyes

    • Dear sister,
      I’m happy that you have learned a lot from this blog.
      If you read it, then you will be protected, in Sha Allah.
      May Allah protect us all from evil eyes.

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