Islamic fear of “evil eye” causing major problems in Saudi Arabia
From Arab News:
The abnormal and obsessive fear of the evil eye, or envy, makes many people in this country act in strange and irrational ways to ward off harm, say experts.
This includes not wanting to wear new clothes, moving to a new home, or buying a new car. A common practice among some women is to collect the water left over after washing dishes at weddings to protect themselves.
They then run advertisements selling this water as a first line of defense against those who harm others with the envy in their hearts. Date pits are also commonly collected, say the experts.
Ali Zairi, a psychology consultant at Al-Nakhil Medical Center, said that the fear of the evil eye is often passed down from parents to their children. These adults believe that envy has caused the failures in their lives.
He said there are also uneducated medicine men in villages around the country who reinforce these beliefs, unaware that some conditions are caused by medical problems.
People who have these beliefs can become delusional and suffer from various psychological disorders including depression, obsessive neurosis and introversion.
“Exaggerated fear of the evil eye can deprive men and women of the joys of a normal life, and throw them into a state of perpetual suspicion and distrust of every- thing. This makes their lives miserable.” Zairi said many also do not realize they need psychiatric treatment.
Sheikh Muhammad Al-Nojaimi, a member of the Islamic Fiqh Academy, said “the woes caused by the evil eye is an undeniable fact established in the Qur’an and the sayings of the Prophet, peace be upon him.”
Al-Nojaimi said the Prophet, peace be upon him, said: “The evil eye is a fact and … could even cause death.” However, he warned that sometimes people have to seek medical help for mental and other illnesses.
“They deny themselves the pleasures that Almighty Allah made lawful for them. This is against the religious faith,” he said. “A Muslim should believe that he is given only what Allah has destined for him, nothing else.” Al-Nojaimi said that it is obligatory for Muslims to rely on Allah and seek help when they discover they have an imagined affliction.
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