Allah(s.w.t) instructs us in surah Al-Falak and An-Nas to seek His refuge from many evils and their sources which can harm us in our life. In the last verse of Al-Falak He tells us that the refuge be sought from the evil of a jealous person when he is jealous.
“And from the evil of an envier(jealous) when he envies.” -Al-Falak[113:5]
The jealousy causes us harm in these ways which are mentioned below.
The evil eye(al-ayn or nazr) is the evil effect which causes harm and damage to the object of jealousy. It causes harm to the person who is envied by someone who is envious of him in anyway or it may harm the persons wealth, property, business and family which belongs to him.
Ibn ‘Abbas reported Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w) as saying:
The influence of an evil eye 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 2188].
The evil eye comes from the person who envies or becomes jealous of something which he doesn’t have and desire of it or he doesn’t want the person to have a blessing from Allah or it may be that the one who is jealous have no idea that he is being jealous. Scholars say that every evil eye is from a jealous person but not every jealous person has an evil eye. The Al-Ayn in arabic is referred to an evil eye but actually a look by the eye of an envier on the object is not necessary to have the effect of evil eye on it. People may hear or know about anything and then that thing could get affected. It is not the evil of eye which affects but it is the evil feeling of the heart of an envious person and the evil eye only comes from an evil person who doesn’t stop the jealousy from growing in his heart. We get the details of evil eye from the numerable hadiths in which prophet(s.a.w.) mentioned about it. We should seek Allah’s protection from it by using prescribed duas and by recitation of the Qur’an. We should use mu’awwazatain(Al-falaq & An-nas) as means of seeking Allah’s protection from the evil eye. And one of the ways to protect yourself from it is that you should not show off or flaunt what you have, but today we are doing opposite of it by showing off things that Allah(s.w.t) blessed us with, like on Instagram taking pictures every time of what we have, what we eat and what we do. It doesn’t mean that we should not use these technologies but we should only use them in a manner which is beneficial. Below is the for the protection from the evil eye;
“A’oodhu bi kalimaat-Illaahit-taamah min kulli shaytaanin wa haammah wa min kulli ‘aynin laammah (I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allaah from every devil and vermin and from every envious eye).” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (3191) from the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Abbaas.
The second way that the jealousy harms us is that it removes the good deeds of that person who becomes jealous and does not stop himself from having that feeling. The fact of matter is that it is a feeling which is evil and that it only causes harm, it harms the one who has it and can harm the one towards he has it.
Narrated Abu Hurayrah:
The Prophet (s.a.w) said: Avoid envy, for envy devours good deeds just as fire devours fuel or (he said) “grass.” -[abu Dawud]
A believer does not let this feeling unchecked if he has it he makes efforts to remove it from his heart. The believer should make a sincere for the one towards he feels jealous.
The third way it is harmful is that it could break the ties of relationships. It ruins the relations and develops a feeling of hatred between people and reduces the love. Wherever it is present whether in family members, relatives, friends or within other people it may become the cause of turmoil between the people. For instance, the jealousy between two young brothers where one is jealous with the other. One brother feels that the father or mother loves and cares his brother more than him. This feeling might remain in his heart and can gradually increase and at any day of his life this feeling could burst up and ruin the relation between them.
And one of the first reasons why did the Kabīl(Cane) killed his brother Habīl(Abil) is because of jealousy. Jealousy(hasad) became the reason for the first murder to happen in the history of humankind.
May Allah(s.w.t) protect us all from the evil eye and from all harms of jealousy. Ameen
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