Evil Eye and Envy

Types and Signs of the Evil Eye


1- The Human Evil Eye.

2- The Jinni Evil Eye.

Ibn Al-Qayem (May Allah have Mercy on Him) said: '' There are two kinds of eyes: the human evil eye and the jinni evil eye. Om Salamah (May Allah be Pleased with Her) said that Allah's Messenger (PGBUH) saw a girl in her house whose face had a black spot so he said: '' She is under the effect of an evil eye, so treat her with Ruqya''(Al-Tib Al-Nabawi -164).


Regarding the Signs of the Evil Eye, the following issues need to be dealt with:


1) Issues related to the diagnosis of the evil eye are not a matter of metaphysics or the supernatural, the evil eye has signs and effects that show its affliction. Previously mentioned were a number of prophetic sayings that denote this concept, as indicated by the relation of Om Salama (May Allah be Pleased with Her) when Allah's Messenger (PGBUH) saw a girl in her house whose face had a black spot so he said: '' She's under the effect of an evil eye, so treat her with Ruqya''. Also Asmaa (May Allah be Pleased with Her) told Allah's Messenger (PGBUH) about Gaafar's children (May Allah be Pleased with them All) that ''The evil eye goes quickly to them''. This clearly indicates that there are certain signs that can be seen, according to which the affliction of an evil eye is detected. Knowledgeable people dealt with this matter and clarified it, as previously mentioned.


2) There is a constant relation between the evil eye and all the other diseases related to human psyche such as epilepsy, magic etc. The symptoms of these ailments could be common as the evil spirits dominates man. Thus, the therapist needs to be extremely cautious and not pass hasty judgments regarding the afflicted case. He should clinically study all aspects of the case, in a psychological and objective manner to be able to properly diagnose the ailment and prescribe the necessary medication for the cure, Allah Willing.


3) The legitimate interest necessitates that the therapist makes sure of the psychological and physiological soundness of the patient, by advising him to take the necessary medical examinations to prove that he is physiologically sound.


4) The therapist has to be careful about a serious and important thing which is that a victim may demonstrate signs of an evil eye affliction while at the same time he suffers from a certain physiological ailment. Thus, the ailments could be the result of mere physiological causes, of an evil eye affliction. The therapist should only handle the incantation (Ruqya) only without interfering with the medical issues as it is beyond his knowledge. It can not be said that every cancer case is due to evil eye affliction or envy; the therapist should give advice to the victim and his relatives to make use of the available sensuous means that leads to his cure by going to hospitals and specialized physicians.


The effects of an evil eye may appear on the victim during incantation where he starts to feel better though the medical means he adopted were of no avail in relieving his psychological and physiological pains. Thus, the legal duty of the therapist is to provide advice and guidance to the victim, along with the medical follow up. In this case, we would be combining between the legitimate and the sensual means used in treatment. Following these means is good and of benefit to the patient, Allah Willing.


5) Regarding this topic, it is necessary to refer to an important point which not to be hasty in diagnosing the case, especially on the part of the public and the patient's relatives. They should rather resort to knowledgeable and experienced people. As previously mentioned, the symptoms could be those of a physiological condition or affliction of an evil eye caused by evil spirits. Here lies the importance of being deliberate in the diagnosis and ask those who can provide advice and guidance.
Undoubtedly, the prophetic sayings have proven beyond any shadow of doubt that there are evil eye signs that show on the affected one, including feeling of heat, coldness, and fatigue. These symptoms could affect one's general condition and his relation with others.



Hadith related to the Evil Eye


Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: “The evil eye is real and if anything were to overtake the divine decree (Qadr), it would be the evil eye..." That is if anything else were to beat the decree of Allah it would be the evil eye, i.e. in its speed.

It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbas (RA) said: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “The evil eye is real and can bring down a person from a high mountain.” (Sahih al jamia 4146).  What is meant here is that the evil eye follows a person, by Allah’s will, until it causes him to fall from a high mountain or another understanding is Al ‘Ayn is so powerful it could bring down the highest mountain. Therefore we must consider the effects it can have on the human body.

Find the abridged version.

The Prophet ﷺ came out and travelled with him towards Makkah, until they were in the mountain pass of al-Kharaar in al-Jahfah. There Sahl ibn Haneef did ghusl, and he was a handsome white-skinned man with beautiful skin. ‘Aamir ibn Rabee’ah, one of Banu ‘Adiyy ibn Ka’b 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 Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came 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, “Aamir ibn Rabee’ah looked at him.” So the Messenger of Allah ﷺ called ‘Aamir 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. (TabarakAllah)” 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.

Narrated by Abdullah ibn Abbas Allah's Messenger ﷺ said: “The influence of an evil eyes is a fact;  if anything would precede the destiny it would be the influence of an evil eye,  and when you are asked to take bath (as a cure) from the influence of an evil eye, you should take bath.’ Sahih Muslim Hadith 5427. So the person who has been afflicted by ‘Ayn should try and get the water of the person who has afflicted him with it.

Umm Salaamah said that the Prophet ﷺ once saw a young girl, who had a certain expression on her face and said ‘Seek an Islamic prayer formula for her because she is touched by the evil eye’. (Bukhari)


Evidence for the existence of envy :

Allah says:

Many of the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) wish that if they could turn you away as disbelievers after you have believed, out of envy from their ownselves, even after the truth (that Muhammad is Allah's Messenger) has become manifest unto them. (Al-Baqarah 2:109)
And Allah says:
Or do they envy men (Muhammad and his followers) for what Allah has given them of His Bounty? Then, We had already given the family of Ibrahim the Book and Al-Hikmah (As-Sunnah - Divine Revelation to those Prophets not written in the form of a book), and conferred upon them a great kingdom. (Al-Nisa 4:54)
And He says:
And from the evil of the envier when he envies. (Al-Falaq 113:5)

Evidence from the Sunnah

Al-Tirmidhi narrated that the freed slave of Al-Zubayr (RA) said: The Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessing upon Him) said:
"The disease of the nations who came before you has started to spread among you: jealousy and hatred. This is the 'shaver' (destroyer); I do not say that it shaves hair, but that it shaves (destroys) faith. By the One in Whose Hand is my soul, you will not enter Paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another. Shall I not tell you of that which will strengthen love between you? Spread (the greeting of) Salam amongst yourselves."
It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (RA) said: The Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessing upon Him) said:
"My Ummah will be stricken with the disease of the other nations." They said: "What is the disease of the other nations?" He (Peace and Blessing upon Him) said: "Insolence, arrogance, accumulation (of wealth), competition in worldly gains, mutual hatred and envy, until there will be wrongdoing and then killing."

The type of evil eye

1. The eye of a human originates from a human being and the evidence for this is the saying of the messenger of Allah (SAW) narrated by Imaam Malik in his Muatta "The one who knows in great detail his brother affects can harm him".

2. The eye of the jinn; this originates from a jinn and the evidence for this is the narration of Umm Salamah (May Allah be pleased with her) who said the prophet (SAW) saw in her house a slave girl with a discoloration on her face and said perform ruqyah for her for she has been afflicted by the eye of a jinn.

Definition of Evil Eye

There are different types of Evil Eye;

1.     Al ‘Ayn  (العين)  is defined as the envious eye from someone who may love you, or know you and not have evil intentions.

2.   Al Hasad (الحســـد) is defined as the eye from someone who hates you or dislikes you from.

3.     An Nafs (النفس) is defined as the envious eye you can put on yourself.

4.     An Nathara (النظرة) is the envious eye that come from the jinn.

Evil eye and envy from an evil soul

There are signs that would indicate a person is afflicted with the evil eye. These symptoms show when the person is doing the action they have been given evil eye for.


Constant yawning without wanting sleep
Constant burping without eating
Increases when listening to or reading Quran
Itching begins when person carries out an act for which the evil eye has been given, for example if the evil eye has been given because of a person wealth, they will start itching when they come into contact with money
Appearance of spots and boils on the person’s body
Hot and could flushes for no reason
Tight chested
Tiredness, Laziness
Putting on weight without necessarily eating more
Some cases of Cancer
Some cases of Psychological conditions such as delusion and fear
Forgetfulness and sleepiness while doing studying, reading Quran or going to school etc.
Allergic, rhinitis and sinusitis
Sneezing a lot without for no reason
Cold, flu
Hair Loss
Darkening under the eyes
Becoming pale
Permanent headaches
Spots under the skin
Pains at the mouth of the stomach which doctors cannot explain
The desire to get out of the house or hatred in staying in  
The feeling of death and despair
To see dead people in your sleep, or lizard or cats
To see people who have given you the evil eye looking at you in a strange and scary way
Physical ailments which doctors cannot explain, and going from one problem to another
Seeing ants in the house
Children crying constantly for no reason