Evil Eye is real and it can have a significant impact on both your physical and spiritual productivity, so you need to be aware of it and seek protection from evil eye.
“And indeed, those who disbelieve would almost make you slip with their eyes when they hear the message, and they say, ‘Indeed, he is mad.’” [Quran,68:51]
Hence evil eye is real. The evil eye is genuine, and if anything were to override the divine decision (al-qadar), it would be the evil eye, according to the Prophet salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. [Muslim] In the name of Allah, let’s find out how to protect ourselves from the evil eye.
How does the evil eye work?
Al-‘ayn, which translates as “the evil eye,” is an Arabic term for giving someone the bad eye. It begins when a person likes something, and when they repeatedly gaze at the target of their envy, their negative emotions have an impact on that thing.
It’s not by accident that Allah instructed His Prophet to invoke Him for protection from the envious person’s wickedness in a surah: Wa min sharri haasidin idhaa hasad— And from the evil of the envier when he envies . . . [Quran.113:5]
Difference between the jealousy (envy) and the evil eye?
Not all envious people give someone the evil eye, yet everyone who does so is jealous. Seeking refuge with Allah from the one who envies also includes seeking refuge with Him from the one who casts the evil eye on another because the word haasid (envies) has a broader connotation than the term ‘aa’in (one who puts the evil eye on another). The evil eye is like an arrow that shoots from the spirit of the one who envies and who bestows the evil eye upon another, sometimes striking the one who is envied and receiving the evil eye and other times missing. If the target is unprotected and exposed, it will have an impact on him. But if the target person is protected, the evil eye has no effect and may fire back at the one that is causing it [Ibn al Qayyim, Zaad al-Ma’aad].
What does the evil eye do?
To understand the impact of the evil eye, let’s look at an occurrence from the Qur’an. The Prophet emerged and proceeded toward Makkah till they reached the al-Kharaar mountain pass in al-Jahfah. Sahl ibn Haneef, a charming white-skinned man with lovely skin, performed a ghusl there. While performing ghusl, ‘Aamir ibn Rabee’ah, a member of Banu ‘Adiyy ibn Ka’b, turned to him and stated, “I have never seen such exquisite skin as this, not even the skin of a virgin,” at which point Sahl collapsed to the ground. They went to the Messenger of Allah and requested that he do something for Sahl since, by Allah, he was unable to raise his head. “Are you making any accusations about him?” “‘Aamir ibn Rabee’ah glanced at him,” they claimed. As a result, the Prophet of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) summoned ‘Aamir and severely reprimanded him. Why would one of you kill his brother, he questioned. If you find something appealing, ask God to bless the person. Then he instructed him to wash himself for him. He then used the jug to wash his face, hands, forearms, knees, sides of his feet, and inside his izaar (lower garment). The water was then poured over him by a man who approached from behind, pouring it over his head and back. Sahl got up and joined the crowd after he did that to him, and there was nothing wrong with him [Ahmad, An-Nasaa’i, and others] This was the effect of someone admiring another without praying for blessings for the person. It shows that al-‘ayn can make you seriously ill.
There are Four ways to Protect yourself from the Evil Eye.
1. Use Surah Ikhlas and Al-Mu’awwidhatayn with the appropriate intention.
This refers to the final two chapters of the Qur’an, surah Al-Falaq and surah An-Naas, which are the two surahs for seeking protection.
Both surahs are actually two supplications that begin with the word “may” (awadha), which is Arabic for “he refuged.” Declare, “I take refuge in the Lord.” Therefore, the next time you say them, do it with a firm belief that they are a true supplication and shield for you.
According to Ibn Al-Qayyim, “the effectiveness of these surahs is great to repel magic, evil eye, and the rest of the evils and the need for a slave to seek Allah’s protection from these two surahs is greater than his need for self, eating, drinking, and wearing dress [Al-Fawwaid]
a. Three times each in the morning and evening, recite Surahs Al-Ikhlaas, Al-Falaq, and An-Naas.
“When you enter the evening and when you awaken in the morning, repeat “Qul Hoo wallahu Ahad” and “Muwaidaitain” three times,” the Prophet stated, “and it will protect you from everything.”
Aby Daud (# 5084), (Tirmidhee # 3575).
In the instance that you make this a habit, may Allah grant protection from evil eye and protect you and give you the excellent reward of reviving a sunnah!
b. Before going to bed, recite these surahs over your entire body.
After reciting the surah Al-Ikhlaas, the Surah Al-Falaq, and the Surah An-Nas, Allah’s Messenger used to cup his hands together, blow over them, and then massage his hands over whatever portions of his body he could, beginning with the front of his body, his head, and his face. He used to repeat that action three times. [Al-Bukhari]
It will be a wonderful sadaqah jaariyah for you if you begin instilling this practice in your kids at a young age.
2. Say “a’oodhu bi kalimaatillaahit-taammaati min sharri maa khalaq”
Whoever says at dusk: “-I seek refuge in the complete words of Allah from the evil in what He has created- no harm shall affect him.” [Muslim] It just takes ten seconds, but it’s important to incorporate this into your evening routine.
3. Dua for protection from evil eye for Kids.
Children can be harmed by the evil eye even though we take all possible measures to ensure their education and future, thus we should safeguard them in accordance with the Sunnah and ask Allah for protection from evil eye! The Prophet would invoke Allah to protect al-Hasan and al-Husayn and say:
أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ التَّامَّةِ مِنْ كُلِّ شَيْطَانٍ وَهَامَّةٍ وَمِنْ كُلِّ عَيْنٍ لاَمَّةٍ
– I seek refuge for you both in the perfect words of Allah, from every devil and every poisonous reptile, and from every evil eye [At-Tirmidhee, Abu Dawood]. The phrase “I seek refuge for you both” (U’eedhukumaa) can be changed to “U’eedhuka” (for a boy), “U’eedhuki” (for a girl), or “U’eedhukum” (for more than three children). This supplication should be stored in memory and used frequently on the kids. If necessary, use a sticky note around the house to remind you.
4. Make a blessings prayer.
Although it is true that those who feel jealous (hasad) are the source of the evil eye, the scholars clarified that someone who just enjoys something might also be the source of the evil eye. Whoever among you finds something he likes in himself, his belongings, or in his brother, let him pray for blessing for it because the evil eye is real [Ibn al-Sunni, al-Haakim]. It can even do harm to you, your goods, or a loved one. It is advised to say something along the lines of Allahumma baarik feehu, feeha or feehi (O Allah, bless him, her, or it).
Pray for them the next time you see anything good that someone else has or even just the beauty of your children or spouse. This also indicates that it’s acceptable to admire someone’s possessions and desire them for yourself, so long as you don’t intend to deprive them of them and make sure to pray for their well-being.
5. The expression “Masha’Allah laa quwatta illaa billaa” is not always associated with the evil eye.
The hadith from Anas ibn Maalik states that the Prophet of Allah said: “Whoever sees something that he likes, and says, ‘Ma sha Allaah laa quwwata illa Billaah’, the evil eye will not affect him is classified as da’eef jiddan (very weak).” Allah says: It was better for you to say when you entered your garden: Mashaa’Allaah laa hawla wa laa quwwatta illaa billaah [Quran, 18:39]. This verse has nothing to do with envy; rather, Allah ruined the man’s garden as punishment for his disbelief and sin.
6. Research the Sunnah’s Practises.
Performing ruqyah (reciting specific ayaat and supplications) and, if you know who gave the evil eye, asking that person to wash themselves and pour the water over the affected person are two examples of these cures. If the evil has been done and someone—or yourself—has already been affected by the evil eye, it is crucial to follow the instructions from the sunnah. It is very advised to learn about these remedies from reliable sources. The book The World of the Jinn and Devils by Dr. Umar Sulaiman al Ashqar serves as an illustration.
How to Protect Yourself from Evil Eye on Social Media
We share a lot of things on social media: our life updates, good things, and bad things to people known and unknown. And in the process, knowingly or unknowingly, we share things we should not be sharing like our personal things like your materialistic possessions which can make others jealous on social media who are trying to get and achieve what you have gained already. This may cast an Evil Eye on you. The Best way to Protect Yourself from the Evil eye on Social media is to restrict sharing your personal details on social media or share with only a small group of trusted people. It is natural for worldly people to get envious of your success and possessions.
Ameen. Follow these steps to protect yourself from the evil eye. May Allah ‘azza wa jall keep us all safe from the sins of the world and heal everyone who is afflicted with physical and spiritual illnesses and grant protection from the evil eye.
I hope you will gain from this.