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Evidence for the Existence of the Evil Eye

Evidence from the Qur’aan

(i) The Verse in Soorah Yoosuf:
“And he said: ‘O my sons! Do not enter by one gate, but enter by different gates, and I cannot avail you against Allaah at all. Verily, the decision rests only with Allaah. In Him, I put my trust and let all those that trust, put their trust in Him.'”
(Yoosuf 12:67)

The majority of Mufassireen are agreed that the brothers of Yoosuf were handsome and good looking, and Ya’qoob feared that the people might affect them with the evil eye, for the evil eye is something real.*1*

(ii) The Verse in Soorah Qalam:
“And verily, those who disbelieve would almost make you slip with their eyes (through hatred) when they hear the Reminder (the Qur’aan), and they say: “Verily, he (Muhammad) is a madman!” But it is nothing else than a Reminder to all the ‘Aalameen (mankind, jinn and all that exists)’”. (Al-Qalam 68:51-52)

Ibn ‘Abbaas, Mujaahid and others said: “Make you slip with their eyes” means, they will put the evil eye on you. This Verse is evidence that the effect and impact of the evil eye is something real and happens by Allaah’s will. *2*

Evidence from the Sunnah

(i)    It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: The Messenger of Allaah said:
The evil eye is real,” and he forbade tattoos. *3*

(ii)    It was narrated from ‘A’ishah that the Prophet said:
Seek refuge with Allaah from the evil eye, for the evil eye is real” *4*

(iii)    It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said: The Messenger of Allaah said:
The evil eye is real and if anything were to overtake the divine decree, the evil eye would do so. If you are asked to wash (to treat someone for the effects of the evil eye) then do so.” *5*

(iv)    It was narrated that Asma’ bint ‘Umays said: “O Messenger of Allaah, the sons of Ja’far are smitten with the evil eye; should I recite Ruqya for them?” He said: “Yes, for if anything were to overtake the divine decree, it would be the evil eye.” *6*

(v)    It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas  said: The Messenger of Allaah  said:
The evil eye is real and can bring down a person from a high mountain.” *7*

(vi)    It was narrated that Jaabir ibn ‘Abdullah said: The Messenger of Allaah said: “Most of those who die of my Ummah, after the will and decree of Allaah, will die because of the evil eye.” *8*

An Incident from the times of the Prohphet (pbuh)

Imam Ahmad, Al-Nasaa’i, and Ibn Maajah nar-rated, in a report that was classed as Sahih by Ibn Hibbaan, that Abu Umaamah Sahl ibn Haneef said: Abu Sahl ibn Haneef did Ghusl in Al- Kharaar. He took off his cloak, and ‘Aamir ibn Rabee’ah was looking at him. Sahl was very white, with beautiful skin.

‘Aamir said: “I have never seen anything (as beautiful) as this, not even the skin of a virgin.”
And Sahl fell to the ground and became very sick. The Messenger of Allaah was told about his sickness, and it was said to him: “He cannot raise his head”.

He said: “Do you accuse anyone with regard to him?”
They said, “’Aamir ibn Rabee’ah” The Messenger of Allaah called him and rebuked him strongly, and then he said:
“Why would one of you kill his brother? Why did you not pray for blessing for him? Wash yourself for him”

So ‘Aamir washed his face, hands, forearms, knees and the sides of his feet, and inside his Izaar (lower garment) in a vessel, then it was poured over him from behind, and Sahl recovered straight away. *9*

Courtesy of Wahid ibn ‘Abdus Salaam Baali & Nasiruddin Al-Khattab. JazakAllahu Khairan.

*1* Tafseer Ibn Katheer -Al-Tabari – Al-Qurtubi – Al-Aloosi- Al- Suyooti — Al-Fakhr Al-Raazi
*2* Ibn Khatheer, 4/408.
*3* Fath Al-Baari, 10/203; Sahih Muslim, Baab Al-Tibb; Abu Dawood, 3879.
*4* Ibn Maajah, Baab Al-Tibb; Al-Haakim, Al-Mustadrak. Confirmed as Sahih by Al-Albaani (r)
*5* Sahih Muslim, Kitaab Al-Salaam. Al-Tirmidhi, 3063. Sahih by Al-Albaani in Sahih Al-Jaami’, 5163.
*6* Al-Tirmidhi, 2059, Sahih by Al-Albaani (r) in Sahih Al-Jaami’, 5/67, 5662.
*7* Musnad Ahmad; Al-Tabaraani; Al-Haakim in Al-Mustadrak. According to Al-Albaani (r): It is Hasan.
*8* Narrated by Al-Bukhaari in Al-Taareekh, Al-Albaani: A Hadith Hasan – Sahih Al-Jaami’, 1217.
*9* Muwatta’ Maalik, 2/938.

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  3. omar says:

    May Allah(S.W.T) protect us from nazr,sihr,badwa,and a difficulty we cannot handle..for indeed it is only through his rahmat that we fail and succeed…Trust in him and in-sha-Allah nothing but nothing will harm u…and if it does…who’s the best protecter!!Al-ham-du-lillahi tawakkaltu alallah!!

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