Most Common (Al-Ayn) Evil Eye Symptoms and Ways To Remove It
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Most Common (Al-Ayn) Evil Eye Symptoms and Ways To Remove It

Known as Al-Ayn in Islamic Culture, Evil Eye is a popular term to describe the destructive or hostile glance cast by someone intentionally or unintentionally on someone or something. This hostile glance or Nazar brings misfortune, harm, sickness, bad luck, and other severe threats if left untreated or ignored. People often consciously cast this hostile glance out of jealousy, anger, or greed. If you wish to cure it, you must be aware of evil eye symptoms and ways to remove them, which we will mention in this article.

What does the Quran say about the Evil Eye (Al-’Ayn)?

Al-Ayn or Evil Eye is described in the Quran as the natural human feeling of jealousy or hatred towards someone or something. This feeling generally comes when people are not thankful enough to Allah or God for what they have. There are various Quran verses that can be recited for protection or to lift the evil eye curse. Here are three of them:

  • Al-Qalam: 51 - Verse 51 and 52 of the Quran are recited for seeking protection against the evil eye. Verse 51 states, "And indeed, those who disbelieve would almost make you slip with their eyes when they hear the message, and they say, "Indeed, he is mad." Verse 52 states, "But it is not except a reminder to the worlds."
  • Al-Baqarah: 10 - Verse 10 of the Quran describes that people suffer from the evil eye because of jealousy, hatred, and lack of gratitude towards God and other people. Verse 10 states, "In their hearts is a disease, so Allah has increased their disease, and for them is a painful punishment because they [habitually] used to lie".
  • Al-Falaq: 5 - Al-Falaq is the 113th Chapter of the Quran, consisting of five verses. These verses seek protection against the evil eye from God. Verse 5 of Al-Falaq states, "And from the evil of an envier when he envies".

What are the Different Evil Eye Types in Islam?

There are four different types of evil eye that a person can cast on someone or something to cause harm, injury. and misfortune. These are:

  • Ayn: This type of evil eye is cast by someone who loves you or knows you without any hatred or evil intentions. They unconsciously cast an evil eye on you by overpraising you or something. The prophet said, if anything could take over the decree of Allah, it would have been the evil eye.
  • Hasad: This type of evil eye is cast by someone who is jealous and wants to snatch something precious you have. It is cast consciously by that person out of hatred. Iblees disobeyed the order of Allah out of envy towards Adam because he used to think that he was superior to Adam.
  • Nafs: This type of evil eye is cast by a person on himself out of admiration or self-praise. The prophet recites this verse to remove Nafs, “Whoever among you sees something in himself or his possessions or his brother that he likes, let him pray for blessings for it because the evil eye is real.”
  • Nathara: This type of evil eye is believed to have originated from the Jinn. People believe that Jinn, humans, and even animals have the power to cast an evil eye on someone or something.

What Causes Al-’Ayn?

Al-Ayn is majorly caused by negative emotions like anger, greed, hatred, jealousy, etc. Sometimes, people cast it consciously and sometimes unconsciously. Here are the most common causes of al-ayn:

  • Al-'ayn is a negative consequence of jealousy or envy (hasad): In Quran, it is mentioned that jealousy or envy is the primary negative emotion that causes someone to cast evil or sinister glances on someone or something.
  • Al-'ayn has nothing to do with the physical eyes but rather a feeling of the heart: Evil eye or Nazar is not a physical glance, but a feeling/emotion of the heart that carries negative/dark energies. These energies, when passed on to someone or something, cause injury, harm, and misfortune.
  • Unchecked filthy feeling towards someone: When someone has negative emotions or filthy feelings towards someone, they intentionally or unintentionally cast al-ayn on that person to cause harm and injury.
  • Jealousy feeds Jinn to harm the object of jealousy: Evil eye is the negative consequence of envy or jealousy. People believe that jealousy feeds Jinn and Shaytan. This negative emotion lets them get to the others.
  • It can also come from a critical eye (loves to criticize): When people criticize someone, they consciously or unconsciously transfer their negative energies/emotions to someone else in the form of al-ayn.
  • Whoever causes ayn will be accountable on the day of judgment: In Quran, it is mentioned that anyone who intends to harm someone, or something out of jealousy, hatred, or anger has to account for their actions to God on the day of judgment.
  • Fleeting jealousy but sustained jealousy is what causes ayn, and only a person with a filthy heart can let jealousy grow: Jealousy is a filthy emotion that grows in a person when he hates someone so much. Due to this emotion, the person casts an evil eye on someone/something with the intention of harm or injury.

How can Al-’Ayn affect someone?

Here are some of the most common signs that show the affliction of al-ayn on someone or something. Evil eye affects the person on a physical, mental, and emotional level. A person can witness the following signs if afflicted with al-ayn:

  • Constant yawning: When a person is afflicted with Al-Ayn, they start yawning or feeling lethargic/exhausted continuously while engaged in any activity.
  • Whisperings: A person can hear unusual whisperings affecting their mental state when afflicted with the evil eye.
  • Headaches: Constant headache is a common and visible sign of the affliction. A person always feels uneasy or starts losing their mental control.
  • Shaking and constantly shivering: While the body temperature remains normal, a person still feels constant shivering or shaking. 
  • Crying for no reason: Al-Ayn affects a person deeply on an emotional level. The person freaks out without reason and often cries about small or irrelevant things.
  • Palor / Paleness: Face becomes pale in affliction without any medical reason.
  • Sudden weight loss or loss of appetite: A person doesn't feel like eating much when afflicted with the evil eye. This leads to sudden weight loss or loss of appetite.
  • Isolation and dislike for people: A person experiences sudden mood swings. They start disliking people for no reason or fighting with them on irrelevant issues.
  • Other illnesses: Apart from constant headache and loss of appetite, a person can feel nausea, dizziness, fever, and other illnesses as well when afflicted with Al-Ayn.
  • Dizziness: As a person feels a lack of energy in the body, constant dizziness is a common sign.
  • Lack of motivation and laziness: Negative energies affect the person's body and don't find motivation towards anything.
  • Anger and irritability: Sudden anger and irritability are the common signs of evil eye affliction.
  • Fear of death and suicidal thoughts: A person often feels depressed and thinks about suicide when they experience financial or emotional loss.
  • Vomiting: A person experiences continuous vomiting, especially during RUQYA (a process of warding off Al-Ayn).
  • Diarrhea: A person also feels physically ill, and diarrhea is one common sign.

How can you Protect Yourself and Loved Ones from Al-’Ayn?

Evil Eye or Al-Ayn is not a superstitious belief but something that exists in today's world. It affects people physically, financially, emotionally, and mentally. The effects of Al-Ayn can be fatal sometimes and thus needs proper protection against it. Here are some of the effective ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from the harmful effects of al-ayn:

  • Seek refuge in Allah in prayer

In Quran and Islamic culture, it is mentioned that only God has the power to fight against evil energies. Thus if you feel the affliction of al-ayn on yourself or your loved ones, you should seek refuge in Allah through prayers. You should ask God to grant you protection against the evil energies and forgive you for your lack of gratitude.

  • Recite the verses of the Quran

One of the best Ruqya to ward off al-ayn is to recite the verses of the Quran, which acts as a protection against evil glance. These verses hold the faith towards God that good will conquer the bad. There are various protection verses in the Quran that people can recite while afflicting with al-ayn. 

For example, Reciting Surat Al-Baqarah, Ayat ul Kursi, Surat Al-Falaq, and An-Naas, grant you positivity and protection against the negative and ill thoughts.

  • Don't be flashy (no point flaunting what you have) to stir people's jealousy

Self-admiration and praise are prominent reasons behind the affliction of al-ayn. People believe that everyone should be thankful to God for their achievements and success and should not flash about it. Because when someone flashes about their accomplishments, it brings evil eyes of people on them intentionally or unintentionally. Thus a person should always be grateful to God for their success and achievements.

a female model wearing a red string evil eye bracelet on her right wrist

  • Rid yourself of any jealous feelings too

Jealousy is the main cause of al-ayn. It is a negative emotion that casts negative energies on others too. Thus a person should never be jealous of someone's achievements or success. Always remain kind, and no ill intentions or glances will come towards you.

  • Thank Allah back with your blessings

Always be grateful to God for everything you have. When you are humble and thankful to God for all your blessings, God will seek protection for you against al-ayn.

  • If you know who caused the jealousy, got to that person and ask for their repentance (water cleansing ritual)

It is one of the effective Ruqya against al-ayn in which a person who casts an evil eye on someone washes for an afflicted person. Then, that water is poured over the afflicted person to grant them protection and blessings against the evil eye.

  • Put your trust in Allah and not in other people

There is a concept called Tawakkul, where people put their faith in God and believe that God will save them from all evil energies and intentions. Only Allah can grant refuge against every devil and poisonous reptile.

  • Have an Imam perform a Ruqya ritual

Ruqyah is the process of warding off al-ayn from an afflicted person by reciting the verses of the Quran. Usually, this ritual is performed by an Imam who has complete faith in God. They put all their dependence and reliance on Allah to cure and heal the afflicted person.

  • Wears al-’ayn talismans or beads

Another effective way to seek protection against al-ayn is to wear protective evil eye talismans, beads, or jewelry. These sacred protection amulets keep the negative and dark spirits away from you. Also, they bring positivity, good luck, and fortune to your life.

Is it Haram (forbidden) to Wear an Evil Eye?

Yes, it is forbidden to wear an evil eye by some religious authorities like Turkey. In Turkey, the use of evil eye amulets under Islam is prohibited. This is because the religious authorities believe that any other behavior or attributes that influence on anything other than Allah are not permitted in their religion.

What are the Hadith in Islam and the 5 Hadiths about an evil eye?

Hadith is the collection of sayings of Prophet Mohammad in Islam that offers moral guidance to believers against evil spirits. People believe that the evil eye is real, supported by several hadiths of Prophet Mohammad. The five famous hadiths about an evil eye in Islam are:

  1. The influence of an evil eye is a fact; if anything precedes the destiny, it would be the influence of an evil eye, and when you are asked to take a bath (as a cure) from the impact of it, you should take a bath. (Muslim 2188).
  2. It is crucial to seek refuge from the evil eye of Jinn and Humans.
  3. Only an evil eye of a human can overcome the divine decree. Thus when you are requested to wash, you must wash.
  4. The Prophet saw a girl in his house having a black spot on her face, indicating the presence of an evil eye. To ward off the evil eye, he treated her with Ruqyah.
  5. Reciting Ruqyah can ward off the evil eye, and thus the Prophet seeks someone to do this.

Final Note

Hadiths and Quran Verses indicate the Evil Eye's presence and its harmful impact on people's lives. Anyone can cast an evil eye on anything/anyone intentionally or unintentionally. Intentionally, people cast it when they are angry, jealous, or have hatred towards someone. The evil eye can affect an afflicted person mentally, emotionally, financially, and physically. Thus it is necessary to cure its effects through several protection methods such as wearing evil eye jewelry wherever you go.

The best way to seek protection against evil spirits and glances is to put your complete faith in God and be humble towards your blessings. Be kind to others, and kindness will come back to you.