Is it tantamount to shirk to believe in the efficacy of the evil eye and the prayers of the oppressed?


Huzooraa was asked regarding when it is said that the evil eye of someone has affected us or that any trouble or distress has been caused by the prayers of an oppressed person and whether such thinking is considered shirk.

Huzooraa, in a letter dated 7 March 2018, gave the following reply to this question:

“Being affected by an evil eye or the supplication of the oppressed has nothing to do with shirk because in both cases, the result is effectuated by God Almighty and not the one who casts an evil eye nor the oppressed person. The beholder of the evil eye merely expresses an unintentional desire and a sigh arises from the pain of the oppressed person which God accepts and sets it into action.

“Hence, both matters have nothing to do with shirk, especially since both of these matters are proven by the sayings of the Holy Prophetsa.

“It is narrated in the ahadith that the Holy Prophetsa advised:

اتَّقِ دَعْوَةَ الْمَظْلُومِ، فَإِنَّهَا لَيْسَ بَيْنَهَا وَبَيْنَ اللهِ حِجَابٌ

‘Fear the curse of the oppressed as there is no screen between his invocation and Allah the Exalted.’ (Sahih al-Bukhari, Kitab al-Mazalimi wal-Ghasb)

“Similarly, it is mentioned:

العَيْنُ حَقٌّ وَنَهَى عَنِ الوَشْمِ

“The Holy Prophetsa said, ‘It is true that one could be affected by an evil eye’, and he forbade the tattooing of the body.’

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