Question: Assalamu ‘alaykum. I have noticed that many of my friends are very worried about the evil eye or “nazar.” I recognize that the evil eye is real, but apart from saying mash’Allah and insh’Allah, I have never been too concerned about it. However, my friends also hesitate to discuss future plans or reveal information because of genuine fears of the evil eye. Is it wise to have such fears?
Wa ‘alaykum assaalm wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.
I pray you are well.
No, you should not go to lengths about worrying about the evil eye. This is very common in some communities, and it just causes paranoia.
Follow the sunnas of seeking protection through the recitation of the last three suras thrice morning and evening, and mention the name of Allah when seeing something you like. Beyond that, excessive worrying about a matter that cannot be controlled, which may or may not happen is not wise.
Please refer to this article, as it provides the Qur’anic perspective on the matter.
May Allah bless you with the best of both worlds.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.