What is Evil Eye in islam ?

The evil eye usually comes from people who are jealous or envious (hasad). the “evil eye” is real, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“The evil eye is real, and if anything were to overtake the divine decree (al-qadar) it would be the evil eye.”

(Narrated by Muslim, 2188, from the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Abbaas).

The evil eye usually comes from people who are jealous or envious (hasad), it may also come from a person who is not jealous but merely likes something, because of the hadeeth:

“Whoever among you sees something in himself or in his possessions or in his brother that he likes, let him pray for blessing for it, because the evil eye is real.”

Narrated by Ibn al-Sunni in ‘Aml al-Yawm wa’l-Laylah, p. 168; and by al-Haakim, 4/216. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Kalim al-Tayyib, 243.

Protection against the evil eye

To get protection against the evil eye and hasad (destructive envy), there is no doubt that when a person is close to Allaah, always remembering Him (dhikr) and reading Qur’aan, he is less likely to be affected by the evil eye and other kinds of harm from the devils of mankind and the jinn.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to seek refuge with Allaah for himself, and the greatest means of seeking refuge that is available to the Muslim is reading the Book of Allaah, above all the Mi’wadhatayn (the last two Soorahs of the Qur’aan, al-Falaq and al-Naas), Soorat al-Faatihah and Aayat al-Kursiy [al-Baqarah 2:255].

Among the saheeh du’aa’s for refuge that have been narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) are: 

I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allaah from the evil of that which He has created.

Narrated by Muslim, al-Dhikr wa’l-Du’aa, 4881

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to seek refuge with Allaah for al-Hasan and al-Husayn. He said: ‘Your father [i.e., Ibraaheem] used to seek refuge with Allaah for Ismaa’eel and Ishaaq with these words: A’oodhu bi kalimaat Allaah al-taammah min kulli shaytaanin wa haammah wa min kulli ‘aynin laammah (I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allaah, from every devil and every poisonous reptile, and from every bad eye).

Narrated by al-Bukhaari, Ahaadeeth al-Anbiyaa’, 3120

The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded me, or he commanded (the people) to use ruqyah to deal with the evil eye.

narrated by al-Bukhaari, al-Tibb, 5297

The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded me, or he commanded (the people) to use ruqyah to deal with the evil eye.

Narrated by Abu Dawood, al-Tibb, 3382. Al-Albaani said, in Saheeh Sunan Abi Dawood, its isnaad is saheeh. No. 3282

And Allah knows best.