Evil Eye Symbol: Does it Really Protect?

Mahad Arshad

Feb 7th, 2021

In the name of Allah, the most Merciful, the most Just. All glory, praises, and gratitude belong to Him.

If you are active on the internet, especially on social media, I am sure by now you may have seen this blue eye symbol. You may have seen it be used in a variety of different ways, primarily to ward off evil eye, bad luck or anything of that nature. This trendy emoji that took off in popularity recently is actually not that recent. This symbol has been around for centuries, and is popularly seen in Turkish markets, being sold as whatever buyers believe it to be. For some it is a decoration, for others, a souvenir, and for the rest, a pendant or necklace which will protect them from evil and or harm.

While this has been circling around the internet, it has unfortunately crept into the

homes of some of the Muslims as well. And if not the homes then maybe in the social media bio’s or captions. The point being that this is a public service announcement to the Muslims who are still unaware of what this symbol actually represents. The Muslims have for some reason adopted this notion that hanging this symbol in the house or wearing it as a necklace will protect them from evil but it will not! It will not do anything but attract more evil. The Prophet ﷺ told us, “Spells amulets and love charms are shirk” (Abu Dawood). You may be putting your trust in these plastic objects that can bring no good for you, yet you believe it will protect you. This is no different than those who take idols as their God and seek protection in them.

We as Muslims know and must be firm in that only Allah alone can protect us. Every time we say the shahadah, during Salah or otherwise, we take an oath and bare witness that Allah alone is whom we consider as our provider, our caretaker, our creator and so on. When we bring such symbols into our homes and wear them around our necks or have such false beliefs about them, we are violating that very oath.

In short, PLEASE STAY AWAY from this symbol! If you truly want protection from evil spirits, evil energy, bad luck, whatever it may be, we as Muslims

have plenty of ways to attain such protection. “Say, "I seek refuge in the Lord of daybreak…And from the evil of an envier when he envies." (Quran 113:1-5)” is one example. Another is to make it a habit to recite Surah al-Falaq, Surah an-Naas and Surah al-Ikhlaas in the morning and in the evening every single day. According to a hadith: The Prophet said: ‘Qul Hoo wAllahu Ahad’ and ‘Muwaidaitain’ [al-Falaq and an-Naas] when you enter the evening and when you wake up in the morning three times and it will protect you from everything.” (Tirmidhi 3575) and there are many other ways one can be protected. Point being, we have ways to directly seek protection in the One who is capable of protecting us and that is Allah. We should stay firm in our belief and always refer back to the Quran and the Sunnah to deal with whatever calamity that faces us.

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