The evil eye is defined as a sickness or misfortune transmitted, usually with or without intention, by someone who is envious, jealous, and covetous from among man or jinn. It affects children, adults, livestock, vehicles, property, businesses, and any kind of materialistic items.




Proof from Quraan


وَإِن يَكَادُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَيُزْلِقُونَكَ بِأَبْصَارِهِمْ لَمَّا سَمِعُوا الذِّكْرَ وَيَقُولُونَ إِنَّهُ لَمَجْنُونٌ



Almighty Allah (Ta’ala) says: And verily, those who disbelieve would almost make you slip with their eyes…”

(Aayah 51, Surah Al-Qalam, 68)


وَمِن شَرِّ حَاسِدٍ إِذَا حَسَدَ

 [الـفلق: 5]


Almighty Allah (Ta’ala) says: “And from the evil of the envier when he envied.”

(Aayah 5 Surah Al Falaq 113)


Proof from Hadith


وَحَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ الدَّارِمِيُّ، وَحَجَّاجُ بْنُ الشَّاعِرِ، وَأَحْمَدُ بْنُ خِرَاشٍ، قَالَ عَبْدُ اللَّهِ أَخْبَرَنَا وَقَالَ الآخَرَانِ، حَدَّثَنَا مُسْلِمُ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا وُهَيْبٌ، عَنِ ابْنِ، طَاوُسٍ عَنْ أَبِيهِ، عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ: “‏ الْعَيْنُ حَقٌّ وَلَوْ كَانَ شَىْءٌ سَابَقَ الْقَدَرَ سَبَقَتْهُ الْعَيْنُ وَإِذَا اسْتُغْسِلْتُمْ فَاغْسِلُوا ‏


Narrated by Abdullah ibn Abbas (Radhiallahu Anhu): Allah’s Messenger (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: ‘The influence of an ‘evil eye’ is real; if anything would precede the destiny it would be the influence of an ‘evil eye.”

(Sahih Muslim Hadith 5427)


Narrated by Jabir bin Abdullah (Radhiallahu Anhu): “Evil-eye is true. It could put a camel in the cooking pot and a man in the grave.”

(Kashfu’l-Khafa, 2: 76, narrated Abu Naim)


We are advised to recite ‘Masha Allah’, to prevent the casting-out of an evil eye, therefore one should say ‘Masha Allah’ when praising or looking at anyone or anything with excitement.




Below is a list of some of the signs of the effects of the evil eye. Please note that with all three inflictions (the evil eye, black magic, and jinn), the list of symptoms provided in this treatise are not exhaustive.



These symptoms could be caused by other means. It is meant only as general information for educational purposes. For an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis please see a trained professional.


The following are some symptoms we can look out for.


Changing of the colour of the face. The faces of people will go dark, some pale, or a yellow pallor.


Difficulty sleeping at night and feeling sleepy during the day. Sweating while sleeping from the forehead, back, hands and feet.


Feeling of boredom, hopelessness, carelessness, listlessness, and or apathy.


Frequent urination although you are not diabetic.


Feeling partially or completely uninspired, aspirations feel out of reach for ambitions you have.


You feel as though you are inadequate.


You always procrastinate in trying.


No zest or zeal for life.


No desire or will to do things you enjoyed.


Inability to excel at what you were good at.


Headaches that move from one part of the head to another.


Loss of appetite.


Abnormal heat or cold in the limbs.


Palpitations of the heart.


Pain in the lower back and shoulders.


Unexplainable sadness and anxiety.


Strong reactions due to abnormal fears.


Withdrawal and love of solitude.