The Prophet 

Physical - Evil Eye effects a person physically. Once the envier hits the envied with it, it can cause immediate physical discomfort and even serious medical harm. The Evil Eye can give general symptoms or make a person generally very ill depending on the strength and number of people who gave it. Most commonly people start feeling very tired, excessively sleeping, sweating, visiting toilet a lot and feeling flushed with palpitations in the chest. Evil eye can even cause death.


Psychological - The Evil Eye effects a person psychologically. Once the envier hits the envied with it, they can develop sudden anxiety and depression. In serious cases even leading to suicidal attempts. Most commonly especially when the envier envies a talent or achievement the person has, it can cause a total mental blockage and sudden disability to perform what they were talented and good at. People will also commonly experience difficulty concentrating and memory loss. This can have a detrimental effect on the life of a person.


Spiritual - The Evil Eye can have a significant effect on a person spiritually. Due to physical symptoms such as excessive sleep, a person often misses prayers or finds it too difficult to get up and pray. If it is accompanied by a Jinn it also causes to become distant from Allah and difficult in performing acts of worship. The Jinn sent with Envy will work to destroy the person in that which they were envied alongside working to destroy their faith and adherence to the religion, due to the evil nature of envious Jinn and the envier who sent them through their hatred and jealously.



[These are a summary of effects of the Evil Eye. There are many more, each case is different.]






These are a summary of symptoms of the Evil Eye. There are many more, each case is different.


Excessive sleeping, sleepy during the day / unable to sleep at night, sweating during sleep

Excessive yawning, feeling very sleepy listening or reciting Qur'an and during salah 

Unexplained frequent urinating, palpitations in chest, pale or dark in the face

Unexplained excessive hair fall out (including beard hair for men)

Feeling very bored, unmotivated and lazy to do things

Unable to concentrate  and feeling a mental block

Loss of memory and becoming very forgetful

Sudden loss of attracive physical feature

Sudden loss of praiseworthy attribute

Sudden loss of a talent and skill

Unexplained anxiety & distress



Qur'anic Verses


“And verily, those who disbelieve would almost make you slip with their eyes (through hatred)”

[Surah Al-Qalam 68:51]


Ibn ‘Abbaas and others said, commenting on this verse: this means, they put the evil eye on you with their glances. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The evil eye is real and if anything were to overtake the divine decree, it would be the evil eye. When you are asked to take a bath (to provide a cure) from the influence of the evil eye, you should take a bath.” (Narrated by Muslim. Al-Nasaa’i]


Hadith Narrations


Jabir quoted the Prophet (peace and blessing upon him) as saying: "Most of the deaths of my people, after Allah's Qadh (Preordainment) and Qadar (Destiny), are caused by the evil eye.'' (Transmitted by Al-Bukhari in At-Tarikh, and classed by Sheikh Albani as authentic in Sahih Al-Jami'(4144)


Imam Ahmad, Malik, al-Nasai and Ibn Hibban narrated from Sahl ibn Haneef that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came out and traveled with him towards Makkah, until they were in the mountain pass of al-Kharar in al-Jahfah. There Sahl ibn Haneef did ghusl (bathed), and he was a handsome white-skinned man with beautiful skin. ‘Amir ibn Rabee’ah, one of Banu ‘Adiyy ibn K’ab looked at him whilst he was doing ghusl and said: “I have never seen such beautiful skin as this, not even the skin of a virgin,” and Sahl fell to the ground. They went to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and said, “O Messenger of Allah, can you do anything for Sahl, because by Allah he cannot raise his head.” He said, “Do you accuse anyone with regard to him?” They said, “‘Amir ibn Rabee’ah looked at him.” So the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) called ‘Amir and rebuked him strongly. He said, “Why would one of you kill his brother? If you see something that you like, then pray for blessing for him.” Then he said to him, “Wash yourself for him.” So he washed his face, hands, forearms, knees and the sides of his feet, and inside his izaar (lower garment) in the vessel. Then that water was poured over him, and a man poured it over his head and back from behind. He did that to him, then Sahl got up and joined the people and there was nothing wrong with him. Classed as saheeh (authentic) by al-Albani in al-Mishkat.


A'isha reported: ''The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to tell me to seek Ruqya against the evil eye.''

(Al-Bukhari: 10/170 and Muslim: 2195)



[These are a summary of proofs of the Evil Eye in Islam. There are many more verses and hadith narrations.














Among the saheeh du’aa’s for refuge that have been narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) are: 


“A’oodhu 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).”(Narrated by Muslim, al-Dhikr wa’l-Du’aa, 4881) 


It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them both) said: “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to seek refuge with Allaah for al-Hasan and al-Husayn. He said: ‘Your father [i.e., Ibraaheem] used to seek refuge with Allaah for Ismaa’eel and Ishaaq with these words: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).’”(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, Ahaadeeth al-Anbiyaa’, 3120). 


With regard to the meaning of laammah (translated here as “bad”), al-Khattaabi said: “What is meant here is every disease or harm that a person may suffer such as insanity or mental disturbance.” 


It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed that Jibreel came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and said: “O Muhammad, are you ill?” He said, “Yes.” He said, “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 ruqyah for you, from everything that is harming you, from the evil of every soul or envious eye may Allaah heal you, in the name of Allaah I perform ruqyah for you).” (Narrated by Muslim,al-Salaam, 4056) 


Undoubtedly, when a person persists in reciting the adhkaar (dhikr) for morning and evening, and theadhkaar for going to sleep, and others, this will have a great effect in protecting him from the evil eye, because it will be like a stronghold for him, by Allaah’s Leave.  So everyone should strive to recite these adhkaar. One of the best treatments is the use of ruqyah, which the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) permitted for protection from the evil eye and he instructed people to use it. 


It was narrated that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded me, or he commanded (the people) to use ruqyah to deal with the evil eye.” (narrated by al-Bukhaari, al-Tibb, 5297) 


And it was narrated that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: “The man who cast the evil eye would be commanded to do wudoo’, and then the man who was affected would wash himself with (the water).”

(Narrated by Abu Dawood, al-Tibb, 3382. Al-Albaani said, in Saheeh Sunan Abi Dawood, its isnaad is saheeh. No. 3282) 


These are some of the du’aa’s and treatments which offer protection – by Allaah’s leave – from the evil eye and from destructive envy (hasad). We ask Allaah to protect us from that. And Allaah knows best. 

See Zaad al-Ma’aad by Ibn al-Qayyim, 4/162.


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