The evil eye is also a fact mentioned in Verse 51 of Surah Al-Qalam. “And those who disbelieve would almost trip thee up with their eyes.” The Angel Gabriel performed ruqyah on Prophet Mohammad (saw) to protect him from the evil eye. Therefore it is permissible to use prayers to cure evil eye as long as they are understandable and without any trace of shirk/ polytheism.
The evil eye can be either caused by mankind or by the Jinn.
Abu Sated (ra) narrated that Prophet Mohammad (saw) has asked to seek protection from jinnat and from the evil eye of mankind. (At-tirmidhi, 2058). This hadith proves the phenomenon of evil eye from human beings.
As far as evil eye from the jinnat it concerned it has been proved by the following hadith: Narrated Umm Salamah (ra) that Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) saw a slave girl in her house who had a mark on her face. Prophet Mohammad (saw) remarked: " Seek Ruqyah for her, for verily she is afflicted with a look (evil eye)." (Al-Bukhari, 5739)
Evil eye is mainly due to envy. The envious person does not tolerate the happiness or prosperity of other people so he begins to envy them. Envy is the result of hatred and anger. The evil eye can be compared to an arrow that is released from the soul of the envier and it hits the person who is envied. It can affect the envied person if he or she does not have enough protection such as supplications. When it does not affect, the evil eye can boomerang. Then it can cause loss to the envier. (The Medicine of the Prophet, 138).
Evil eye can not produce any effect except by Allah's (swt) will. It can affect the envied person without his or her being seen by the envier. For instance, the envier may be staying far away from the envied yet he or she can cast evil eye even from a distance.
So, it is imperative that each one of us should try to protect ourselves by taking necessary precautions such as recitation of Qur'an, seeking Allah (swt)’s protection, remembrance and supplications.
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