Pearl of Wisdom

when a person asked him, 'I taught my son this book, so what shall I make him work as?' replied, may Allah forgive your father, hand him over to any occupation, but [whatever you do] do not hand him over to five people: Do not give him to a sayya', nor a goldsmith, nor a butcher, nor a wheat-seller, and nor a slave trader.' So he asked, ?O Messenger of Allah (SAWA), what is a sayya'?' He replied, 'One who sells shrouds for the dead, wishing death for the people of my community, and indeed I love the births of my community more than all that the sun shines on. As for the goldsmith, he deals with the cheating of my community. The butcher is one who slaughters such that mercy is erased from his heart. The wheatseller monopolizes the food of my community, and it is more liked by me for a servant to meet Allah as a thief than to meet Him having a monopoly of food for forty days. As for the slave trader, Gabriel (AS) came to me and said, ?O Muhammad, the most evil of your community are those who sell people.'

Prophet Muhammad al-Mustafa [sawa]
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 103, p. 77, no. 1

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Question : #516 Category: Black Magic / Evil Eye
Subject: The eye pendant
Question: I have a question about the eye-pendant.
The eye pendant is widely used in countries like afghanistan, iran, pakistan , turkey etc... . It is believed to drive away evil eye.
I personally don't believe in this and everytime I have asked someone why they follow it, they have been unable to answer me with a convincing answer. How could an eye that is made by the hands of a human be then used to drive away black magic or evil eye ?

what do you recommend, use it or don't use it? and anything the Holy Quran says about this.

Answer: Salam alaykum
The concept of the 'evil eye' is a reality in Islamic thought, as in the Nahjul Balaghah we read "Injury by the evil eye is true and resorting to prayers to ward away its evils is true too."

That said, the only influence that an evil omen possesses is the psychological one. As Imam as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said in Ibid: "An evil omen affects only in the measure you consider it to possess. If you take it lightly, its influence would be trivial, but if you regard it seriously, it would affect you immensely and if you totally disregard it, it would have no effect."

The belief that a pendant will protect one from these forces is a form of Shirk/polytheism (relying on another force rather than Allah [swt]) as it has not been a prescribed as a tool to protect by His Messenger (pbuh) or the Ahl ul Bayt (as). The evil eye pendant is classic example of satanic deviations which has sprung into cultural rituals over time, which attempts to convince the people that the pendant will act as Wali or protector.

It is encouraged to promote to those who use the pendant to adopt a new approach such as placing the names and attributes of Allah (Al Asma Allah), or Ayah's from the Holy Book as an appropriate subsitute.


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