What is the evil eye?

The Arabic word al-‘ayn (translated as the evil eye) refers to when a person harms another with his eye. It starts when the person likes a thing, then his evil feelings affect it by means of his repeated looking at the object of his jealousy.

It’s not for nothing that  Allah taught His Prophet to seek refuge with Him from the evil of the envier in a surah you should use yourself for protection: 

Wa min sharri haasidin idhaa hasad— And from the evil of the envier when he envies . . . [Quran.113:5]

Steps to protect yourself from The Evil Eye

1. Recite Duaa

“Oh Allah I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah from the evil He has created”. (Sahih Muslim)

“I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah from every devil, every poisonous reptile and every evil eye”. (Sahih Bukhari)

2. Read the Quran

i. Surah Baqarah

The Prophet of Allah (pbuh) said: “Satan runs away from the house in which Surah Al-Baqara is recited.”

(Sahih Muslim)

ii. Surah Falaq and Naas

“The Messenger of Allah  used to seek refuge with Allah from the jinn and from the evil eye until the Mu’wadaitain (Surah Falaq and Surah Naas) were revealed, and whey they were revealed He started to recite them and not anything else.”


iii. Ayat Al Kursi

Abu Hurairah reported: [A thief who was trying to steal the sadaqah] said: “When you go to bed, recite Ayatul Kursi for then a guardian from Allah will be appointed to watch over you, and Shaytan cannot approach you till dawn.” When the Prophet  heard, he replied: “He told you the truth though he is a liar. He (the thief) was the Shaytan.”

(Sahih Bukhari)