(232) What to say when in fear of afflicting something or someone with one’s eye — دعاء من خشي أن يصيب شيئاً بعينه

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‘If you see something from your brother, yourself or wealth which you find impressing, then invoke blessings for it, for the evil eye is indeed true’.

The Evil Eye: To look at something and be impressed with it, causing harm to befall it. This “looking” may or may not involve jealousy, and can occur unintentionally, indeed be part of a person’s nature! A person can even inflict harm on himself.

From the supplications for the protection against the Evil Eye:

اللّهُـمَّ بارِك عَلَـيه.

Allahumma barik AAalayh.

‘O Allah, send blessing upon him.’

ما شاءَ الله، لا قُوَّةَ إلاّ بالله.

Ma shaal-lah, la quwwata illa billah.

‘(this is) that which Allah has willed, there is no power except with Allah.’