I came across a few posts and articles about Al-A’in or the Evil Eye. At first, I don’t really bother about it. I mean, just because I don’t know what it is, I tend to ignore it and pretend it has nothing to do with me. But a tweet from Shaykh Sajid Umar on evil eye got my attention instantly:
“The evil eye is a real phenomenon. Think about that the next time you post a picture of your children online. May Allah protect us all.”
What is it so harmful about the evil eye which can turn into a mishap if people post a picture of their children online? I was curious. This must be something serious till Shaykh Sajid Umar would tweet about it right?
So I began to do some research to understand more about Al-A’in. Surprisingly, I was shocked with my findings about Al-A’in. I then realised that it can happen to anyone whether they realised it or not.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) mentioned and narrated by Abu Huraira:
The effect of an evil eye is real. (Sahih Bukhari)
What actually is the evil eye or Al-A’in? A’in is defined as the eye in arabic. But, this syndrome does not necessarily involve the eyes only. It is mainly related to the heart. When you see or hear something which makes you feel impressed, the feeling might develop into jealousy and hasad. Once jealousy penetrated into one’s heart, it could caused illness or even death to the victim.
For example, a man A posted a picture of him went on a yearly vacation oversea on social media. But, without him knowing, someone else B felt impressed with him joyfulness and slowly developed the feeling of jealousy inside of him. B kept praising him and do not seek refuge from Allah that the happiness A attained was from Allah. Thus, the shaytan will eventually blow the fire of jealousy into B and the evil eye will effect A’s health.
Hence, we need to ensure we are always protected against other’s hasad and there are few methods in doing so:
1. Applying supplication (du’a) as follows:
Ibn Abbas narrated that Rasulullah (peace be upon him) seek refuge for his grandchildren, Hassan and Hussain:
I seek protection for you two by the perfect words of Allah from every shaytan, and dangerous creature, and from every eye that is evil.
2. When we see someone with good fortune, we need to pray to Allah to bless the person.
This was advised in a hadith recorded by Imam Ahmad about a story of two men who went for a trip and stopped by to take a bath when one of them saw the other’s skin and found it so beautiful. When the evil eye affected the man, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) told him that he needs to ask Allah to bless him instead (whenever you see something which pleases you).
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said,”
“Why would one of you kill his brother? If you see something you like, then pray for blessing for him.” (Imam Ahmad)
Therefore, when we come across anything or anyone we like or adore, it is advisable to pray to Allah to bless him/her/it. One of the simple du’as is Allahumma bariklahu (for man) which means May Allah bless him or Barakallahu feek (May Allah bless you). And always equip ourselves with these surahs: Al-Ikhlas, Al-Falaq and An-Nas.
Sometimes, evil eye can occur even if we have no intention to show off our happiness and success. It can happen if we are not careful enough to protect ourselves with the remembrance of Allah.
3. Do Ruqyah
However, for those who have afflicted with the evil eye, one of the ways to cure it, is by doing ruqyah. Ruqyah is the recitation of the Quran seeking the refuge in Allah, remembrance and supplications that are used as a means of treating sicknesses and other problems as the Quran is the source of healing (www.assimalhakeem.net). There are few hadith mentioning about the Ruqyah on evil eye:
Umm Salamah narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) saw in her house a girl whose face had a black spot. He said,”She is under the effect of the evil eye, so treat her with a Ruqyah.” (Sahih Bukhari)
A’ishah R.A narrated,” Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) ordered me or somebody else to do Ruqyah (if there was a danger) from an evil eye.” (Sahih Bukhari)
Apparently, evil eye is widely known to other races and religions too. There are many names being addressed to the evil eye. Perhaps this syndrome or sickness has gotten many people to be really careful with their contentments. But I’m not saying we can’t share our good stories with others like birth of our children, weddings or even vacations. The rule of thumb is to be extra careful and learn how to protect ourselves by remembering Allah. It is more appropriate if we share our good news with people who care for us and would pray for our blessings.
This article is meant to educate others to safeguard our eyes and hearts with good intentions so that we will not create the evil eye unintentionally. Although this article is quite brief, I hope you will get some benefit from it, InshaAllah. You may search for more information regarding this. May Allah protect us from the Al-A’in and any sort of evil out there.