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How to Avoid the Evil Eye On Social Media

Everything that happens in your life, you take a nice picture of it and push it down. Doesn’t it happen nowadays? Watch out! Be careful! People are suffering and struggling.


The evil eye is the truth.

You are inviting people to have the evil eye on you: look what I ate! I’ve seen people’s profiles every meal, they change the picture! Why?

“Because I had turkey.”

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“Wow! Did you have turkey?”

“And I have this and that, and this is the juice I had and the drink I had, and this is where I went, and this is the hotel I stayed in, and this is how beautiful this was, this is the dress I bought…”

Every single thing and every while you dress your child and the picture is up, and you dress another child and the picture is up…

2 Lessons from Chapter Yusuf

There is a lesson, go back to chapter Yusuf, there are two times that we learn a lesson in this regard.

And he said, “O my sons, do not enter from one gate but enter from different gates; and I cannot avail you against [the decree of] Allah at all. The decision is only for Allah ; upon Him I have relied, and upon Him let those who would rely [indeed] rely.” (Quran 12:67)

One was when the brothers were all entering into that particular palace in order to get their food, the Father says: “enter separately.”

And one of the reasons mentioned in the books of tafseer is, “so that the people’s eye does not catch you all, and does not affect you with the evil eye.”

That was one of the lessons that we learn.

He said, “O my son, do not relate your vision to your brothers or they will contrive against you a plan. Indeed Satan, to man, is a manifest enemy. (Quran 12:5)

And here, as well the father says:

“Do not relate this dream to your brothers.”

How to Avoid the Evil Eye

So, my brothers and sisters think for a moment before you upload your pictures and before you actually put your food and everything else.

You know, we are not saying that you should divorce yourself completely from technology, but what we are saying make good use of it, make the best use of it, but do not use it to destroy your own self.

You can tell genuine people sometimes some goodness you’ve been in, but it does not have to be everything.

Because, let me be honest, you send one, two, three, ten pictures and some people who see it are wishing for it all their lives, working towards it, and you have it with so much ease.

Do you think they will be able to digest it? They will come a stage in their lives when they start feeling something towards you… Look at this person they have heaven on earth! And they don’t know the problems you have in this dunya.

Imagine if we were to put up profiles about the bad things that happened in our lives all the time, we would be living in gloom and doom. But man is such, by nature, he wants a good picture of himself.

So, there’s no harm in portraying that good image, but it does not need to be the finer details of your life. Leave that between you and your loved ones.

And sometimes if you really want perhaps once in a while, you may want to share it with a selected view.

About Dr. Mufti Menk
Dr. Mufti Ismail Menk is a leading global Islamic scholar born and raised in Zimbabwe. He studied Shariah in Madinah and holds a Doctorate of Social Guidance from Aldersgate University. Mufti Menk’s work has gained worldwide recognition and he has been named one of “The Top 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World” since 2010.