Why are people affected by evil eye? How to find quick relief from evil eye and envy?

The concept of the evil eye

The concept of evil eye is an old one. At some point in ancient times it apparently got mixed up with superstitions, probably involving the ill-will or curse of those who envy. However, Islam speaks about evil eye as a reality, to be taken seriously. Those who envy others’ gifts and who secretly wish to possess others’ gifts; as muslims we also envy others’ beauty, possessions …it may be a beautiful face, a beautiful voice, a nice hijab, car, house etc. However, there is a difference between envy and jealousy. jealousy is a very destructive. It has tremendous potential of destroying relationships with family and friends with long-term consequences.Normally, when we are jealous, we want to possess the thing coveted whereas envy  is more than jealousy; you would prefer to deprive the other from Allah’s bounty.  anyway, when we see a nice thing, we are asked to say “Masha Allah”

The word masha Allah = what Allah wishes. Everything happens by the will and wishes of Allah; expressing the belief that what so happens only happens because of the will of Allah.

more completely”  Masha’ Allah La quwwata illa billah” Allah has willed it, there is no power except Allah” when mentioning the good things that he has given to us or to anyone else.

Let us look into the words Insha Allah and Masha Allah for more understanding. Insha Allah = if Allah wills and Masha Allah = Allah has already willed it!!!!

The word Masha Allah has a positive effect on the thing we covet because it is Allah’s word, and it puts a barrier between your envy/jealousy and the beautiful object. in other words, it shields it against disaster. This is why we recite surah Al Falaq and An nass as protection. It is important that Muslims learn to protect themselves against evil eyes. Envy or jealousy is known as “hasad” in Arabic.

“Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of the Daybreak
From the evil of that which He 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.”
Surah Al-Falaq (113:1-5)


I would like all of us to meditate upon this verse profoundly and ask Allah Azzawajal to protect us and our gifts from evil eyes and the jealous evil persons. We ask Allah to cure us from envy/jealousy and from coveting others gift, if we are afflicted by this sinful act.

“And covet not the thing in which Allah hath made some of you excel others. Unto men a fortune from that which they have earned, and unto women a fortune from that which they have earned. (Envy not one another) but ask Allah of His bounty. Lo! Allah is ever Knower of all things.”  (4:32) An-Nissa.

It will be interesting if our dear readers read surah Kahf for more understanding of this word ‘insha Allah’

Coming back to the problem of evil eye, notice the symptoms:

 The negative energy of an envious person can cause physical symptoms that are not related to a disease, such as weakness, eye infections, upset stomach, fever and nausea. Also, it is likely that the affected person will have personal, family or professional problems without any apparent cause….

“..And from the evil of the envier when he envieth.”[Quran Surah Al Falaq 113]


Prophet(SA) said: “The evil eye is real, and if anything were to overtake the divine decree (al-qadar) it would be the evil eye.” [Muslim]


Islam teaches Muslims to seek protection and refuge in Allah from the evils of envy through the recitation of prayers, verses from the Quran and supplications.

Symptoms of Evil Eye

. Body weakness

. Lack of apetit

. Face turns yellow or looses its colour

. Cry without reason

. Feeling body shakes

. Tightness on the chest

. Yawning

. Laziness and lake of strength for work

. Sometimes Dizziness

. Nauseas

. Arm and leg pain

. Headaches

. Pain moving in body

. Burps

. Disease that don’t get cured with medicine

. Lack of interest in daily activities

. Women loosing hair

. Hatred to meet Family, Friends and People

. Destruction in business

. Blockages in Business

. Whatever work you are expert in cannot perform and feels sick

The Treatment of the Evil Eye

There are categories of treatment for those afflicted with the evil eye.

The first category: Treatments before the evil eye occurs:

There are many types, which is as follows:

*  Protect yourself and those whom you fear for from it with remembrances,  supplications and seeking refuge that is in accordance with the Qur’an  and Sunnah, as is mentioned in the first category for the treatment of  magic.

* supplicate for whom you fear might be afflicted with it  (if you see something within yourself, your wealth, your son, your  brother or anything that amazes you) with blessing. From the statement  of the Prophet (saws)

”  If anyone says from his brother what amazes him, let him supplicate for  him with blessings: This is what Allah wills, there is no strength  except with Allah, O Allah bless him with it. ”

* Guard anything or anyone that is attractive and may be a recipient of the evil eye. This means:

1)  When a person has a beautiful family he should guard them by seeking  protection from Allah for them, teaching and commanding them to do so,  and also by dressing them properly not to expose their bodies or beauty  so as not to be envied and affected by the evil eye. The Prophet (saws) used to seek protection for Hassan and Hussein by saying:

” I seek refuge for both of you in the perfect words of Allah and from every satan, vermin, and from every evil eye.”

2) If someone has wealth, he should guard it by asking Allah to bless and protect it and be thankful to Allah.

3) If someone has good news and he knows people will envy him because of it, he should guard it by keeping it secret.

Until then, as salam alaykum to you all

Sister Ammaara


What is evil eye?

Evil eye (Ayn Al-Hasūd or Nazar) centralises on the fact that envy, jealousy, or even praise can inflict misfortune or cast unwanted magic on an innocent person.

The penetrating venomous gaze, whether it is intentional or unintentional, is believed to cause harm, illness, injury and even death on the targeted person. According to Islamic tradition the “evil eye” is real, as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “The evil eye is real, and if anything were to overtake the divine decree (al-qadar) it would be the evil eye.” (Muslim, 2188)

Types of People at Risk Although anyone can be affected by it, there are some more vulnerable than others as can be a person’s belongings, success, crops or domestic animals. Women and children are most susceptible to the evil eye and the risk increases particularly for those who are newly wed brides, women during pregnancy or at childbirth along with anyone who is very attractive, because the risk of suffering from the ill-effects of the evil eye increases in proportion to the person’s beauty.

Preventative Measures in Different Cultures Different cultures adopt different measures to ward off the evil eye. Some recite prayers whereas others may wear sacred texts, beads, amulets, talismans, or charms. Many of these objects are blue in colour and may be in the form of a hand, eye, or a horseshoe. They are worn by men, women, children, animals, crops, or anything that is thought to be in harms way. Islamic Rulings and Preventative Solutions The use of protective amulets and charms is forbidden in Islam because it is considered to be a form of shirk (idolatry). However, some Muslims are still seen to wear such charms despite the Islamic ruling against them. Mothers pin them on the clothing of their newborn babies along with verses from the Quran, such Ayat Al-Kursi (surah 2:255) as a taweez to protect them from the
affects of praise or the evil eye. Islam teaches Muslims to seek protection and refuge in Allah from the evils of envy through the recitation of prayers, verses
from the Quran and supplications. The hijaab is also key element for protection against the evil eye. And since women are most
likely to be afflicted by it, then it is one of the reasons why Allah made the hijaab is obligatory on them – as a means of protection- that is why it is forbidden for believing women to display any of their beauty in front of non-mahrams (any person that a woman is able to marry), as Allah says in the quran:

“… and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent (like both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer palms of hands or one eye or dress like veil, gloves, headcover, apron), and to draw their veils all over Juyoobihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband’s fathers, or their sons, or their husband’s sons, or their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islam), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who
lack vigour, or small children who have no sense of feminine gender. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allaah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful” [Surah Noor 24:31]

Treatments Against the Evil Eye There are many preventative measures and treatments in Islam that a person can adopt to safeguard themselves against the
evil eye. The main one is the remembrance of Allah (dhikr) and the reading of the Qur’aan. Any person engaged in these acts is less likely to be affected by the evil eye, destructive envy (hasud) and other kinds of harm
from the devils of humankind and the jinn. Others forms of treatment include dua’s, invocations and Rukya: The Prophet (pbuh) used to seek refuge with Allaah for himself by reciting Surat Al-Fatiha, Ayat Al-Kursi (surah 2:255), Surah An-Nas and Surat Al-Falaq.

Other dua’s narrated from the Prophet (pbuh) are: “A’oudhu bi kalimaat Allaah al-taammaati min sharri maa khalaq (I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allaah from the evil of that which He has created).” (Muslim, 4881) 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 Allaah, from every devil and every poisonous reptile, and from every bad eye) ( Bukhari, 3120).

“Bismillaahi arqeeka min kulli shay’in yu’dheeka, min sharri kulli nafsin aw ‘aynin haasid Allaahu yashfeek, bismillaahi arqeek (In the name of Allaah I perform ruqya for you, from everything that is harming you, from the evil of every soul or envious eye may Allah heal you, in the name of Allah I perform ruqya for you).” (Muslim, 4056).

The Prophet (pbuh) also instructed the use of rukya to anyone who was under the influence of the evil eye as Aisha (RA)
narrated: “The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) commanded me, or he commanded (the people) to use ruqya to deal with the evil eye.” (Bukhari, 5297).

Rukya is reciting any of the above verses and blowing on the afflicted person. Aisha (RA) also narrated another treatment for the evil eye, “The man who cast the evil eye would be commanded to do wudu (ablution)’, and then the man who was affected would wash himself with (the water).” (Abu Dawu)

To prevent anyone from unintentionally casting an evil eye through praise, it is recommended to say ‘Ma sha’a Allah wa la Kuwata illa Billah’ (Whatever Allah wishes and there is no Power except with Allah). Undoubtedly, persisting in reciting daily prayers (adhkaar) as prescribed by the prophet (pbuh) and pertaining in the observation of the Hijaab is a means of protection from many evils of this world, including that of the evil eye as well as shielding us against the punishment in the Hereafter.

We should strive to make it an habitual exercise to recite these prayers and not result in the wearing of charms of any form or pertain to do anything that goes against the teachings of Islam.