Dealing with the Evil Eye in the face of Social Media

The evil eye is real! You may not think much of it, but that seeming look of admiration you notice from people may sometimes be laced with envy. Now that is a cocktail of calamity. The evil eye may bring a lot of harm to a person. It may lead to a reduction in wealth, children and may even cause death.

The evil eye is so serious that the Holy Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said regarding it: “if anything were to overtake the divine decree, it would be the evil eye.”[At-Tirmidhi].

With social media nowadays, many are falling victim to the evil eye without even realising so. Many Muslims fall in the trappings of the shaitan and are always posting pictures of themselves with updates of their lives on social media. Such people are fascinated with the comments and likes that they get from their online “friends”. Perhaps in the midst of all the high-fives and thumbs up, will be some insincere “likes.” With constricted and jealous hearts abound, you might not know who would have wished you bad.

Constantly putting pictures and information of yourself and your family on social media is outing yourself in the public domain. What is in the public domain attracts a lot of interest and not all of it will be good. If only you were to see the hearts of some of the first people to like your status you would have thought twice before you put anything out there.

How to Protect Oneself from the Evil Eye

#1. Hide the good things

Since not all the “likes” are real wishes of goodness, you will safe yourself a whole lot of trouble if you hid the good things in your life. Remember, only few people out there are passionate about you as you. Lay low, and you will be safe. If you stay out of sight, most likely you’ll be out of many people’s minds.

#2. Recite Permissible Supplications

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ has taught us that the following are a means of protection by Allaah’s permission:

  • Reciting Surah Al-Fatiha(Chapter 1) frequently
  • Reciting Ayatul Kursi (2:255)
  • Surah Baqrah (Chapter 2:1-286)
  • Reciting the last two verses of Surah Baqrah (2:285-286)
  • Reciting Surah Ikhlas (Chapter 112) and al-Ma’udhatain (Chapters 113 and 114)

Regarding the last point, the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ has said:

“Recite the two Surah al-Ikhlas and al-Ma’udhatain in the evening and in the morning, three times, and that will suffice you against everything.” [At-Tirmidhi]

As technological advances put powerful gadgets in your hands, there is an ever increasing urge to capture a Kodak moment and share it with the world. However, next time you want to share the picture of your beautiful 2 year old daughter, just remember that someone somewhere may look at her grudgingly.

Perhaps if we reduce our share-mania on social media, we will start having peace within ourselves and our families. That trade-off is huge!

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