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Evil Eye

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Evil Eye (Persian: Chishm zakhm, چَشْم زَخْم) is a damage to humans or other beings thought to be caused by being looked at by a person. The notion does not explicitly occur in the Qur'an, but the majority of Quranic exegetes believe that Wa In Yakad Verse was revealed about the evil eye. There are hadiths which are explicit about the reality of evil eyes, providing recommendations for protection against them, including the recitation of al-Mu'awwidhatayn, Qur'an 2 (sura al-Baqara), al-Kursi Verse and Wa In Yakad Verse.


The Notion

The evil eye is a damage to a human person or other animals and objects thought to be caused by being looked at by some evil-eyed person.[1] The evil eye is a non-volitional state arising from a feeling of envy for a person's happiness, success, beauty, admiration, and the like. Some people believe that the evil eye is an effect of one's psychological faculties.[2] The evil eye is closely tied to envy, and in some hadiths, envy is said to be the origin of evil eyes. [3]According to al-Allama al-Majlisi, some exegetes of the Qur'an take the verse 5 of Qur'an 113 [4] in which the envy of envious people is mentioned to be about evil eyes.[5]

The Reality of Evil Eye

In the Qur'an

Main article: Wa In Yakad Verse

There is no explicit word in the Qur'an which means evil eye, but many exegetes of the Qur'an take the verse Qur'an 68:51,