Evil Eye and Social Media
15 Feb 2021
Some people say evil eye is a hoax, a superstition for the narrow-minded and the anxious. Despite the skepticism, did you know that this particular matter was mentioned in the Holy Quran, as well as hadith?
“And from the evil of the envier when he envies.” [113:5]
Ibn Abbas reported: The Prophet, Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him, said, “The evil eye is true. If anything could outrun the decree, it would be outran by the evil eye. When you perform a ritual bath, wash well. -Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim
Before we delve into the central issue of evil eye, let us first understand the essence of its definition. Generally, an evil eye is described as an envious person who harms another with his eye. The evil eye is like an arrow which comes from the soul of the envier towards the one who is envied; sometimes it hits him and sometimes it misses. If people are not careful with the evil eye, they might hit the target! Unfortunately, with the emergence of digitization and social media, the predicament has gotten worse as they are purposely becoming an easy target for the envious.
Nowadays, the existence of social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Tiktok are blatantly exposing ourselves to the envious, and what is worse, more and more people are jumping on the ‘showing off’ or ‘flexing’ bandwagon to secure more likes and social reach. People are exposing their wealth, happiness, children and simple innocent events which affects people laced in envy.
Have you ever wondered how evil eye affects one’s life? If unaware, it could lead to reduction in wealth, loss of children, physical sickness and even death! Hence, we have to constantly protect and arm ourselves via our own initiatives as well as reciting the right incantations and Quranic verses, known as Ruqyah.
How to Arm Oneself from the Evil Eye:
1. Stop sharing too much on social media
If you post your happy moments, you will attract envy. However, if you post your sorrows, you will attract people who are happy for your sadness. It is not an easy route to take, but laying under the radar will definitely help people focus less on your life. Try and share less so it will save you a lot of trouble.
2. Recite Quranic Verses as recommended by the Prophet
The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ has taught us that the following are a means of protection by Allah’s permission:
Reciting Surah Al-Fatiha (Chapter 1) frequently
Reciting Ayatul Kursi (2:255)
Surah Baqarah (Chapter 2:1-286)
Reciting the last two verses of Surah Baqarah (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
Remember, if you ever feel like posting one of your biggest achievements and happiest moments of your life, people are out there wishing that they were in your shoes, eliciting such ill feelings and intentions that could ruin your happiness. May Allah Almighty protect us from the evil that exists, especially the evil eye.
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About The Author:
Lily Syahirah Ramlan
Lily Syahirah is a Content Writer of SimplyIslam Academy based in Selangor, Malaysia. She recently graduated with a Bachelor's Degree of Education (Teaching English as a Second Language) from International Islamic University Malaysia in 2020. She is actively invovled in public speaking, English language debates, poetry and theatre and loves to express her work through writing. Her love for language arts and imagination has led her to produce, direct and write experimental plays she's passionate about during her degree years. She was also actively invovled as a Master of Ceremony (Emcee) where she hosts minor and major events in IIUM.