Sunday, July 1, 2012

The 'eye' that apparently causes 99% of Arabs' misfortunes

Wake up and have some common sense people. It saddens me to see that almost a whole race blames their misfortunes on the 'eye'. We are not speaking here of the eye that is the symbol of the anti-Christ and the masons. It supposedly is the 'eye' of people who envy you and wish they had what you own while also wishing that you are deprived of it. Say for example you purchase a new car and your neighbor congratulates you on it enviously or gives it an envious look so the next day when you get into a car accident whilst driving your new car to work you blame it on the 'eye'. Maybe you were driving above the speed limit; texting while driving; driving out of your lane…etc. and you blame it on your neighbour's envy instead of on your hazardous driving. And even if you were driving safely why put the blame on the eye?  

We blame many things on the ' envious eye': illness, poor academic results, late marriage, loss of hair, divorce, death of family and friends, losing valuables, damage of valuables, losing an opportunity, economic problems, emotional distress, and anything other misfortunes you can think of.

 Some incidents are just meant to happen. We don't mind when good things happen to us even if we did not have a hand in it, but when bad things happen to us we want to blame it on someone and want to make reason out of everything. If you won the lottery and you haven’t even bought a lottery ticket you might not even ask "How did I win?", while if you are sent a high phone bill you will automatically ask "How did this happen?" Life is full of misfortunes and those who cannot deal with them always find someone to take the blame for what is happening. Trust me; I have heard the most ridiculous stories and most of them obviously have nothing to do with an envious eye.

 Here is a story I heard a couple of days ago, ridicule it as you wish for it is a ridiculous story. We shall call the hero of the story X to avoid gossiping. X went on a summer vacation from a country having a hot climate to a country with a cooler climate. During the vacation her children kept getting sick (obviously from the change of weather in this case), but she blames it on the envious eye of people who kept telling her that her children are very light-skinned (having light skin is a favorable trait in Arab countries, except maybe in Lebanon where having a tan is very trendy). Blaming it on the envious eye, she took her children to the beach where they got tanned by the sun. And supposedly after that they no longer got sick anymore (not that they most likely adapted to the weather after the first couple of weeks or so). That is one of the stories of the many that you may hear in an Arab society
Some things happen as consequences of previous events, others we can say (as Muslims) are written in Al-Lawh Al-Mahfooz (اللوح المحفوظ) which is mentioned in the Qur'an in Surat Al-Buruj. This Lawh or board has everything that will happen during this life on it. Of course, now the non-Muslims reading this are going to be like "Muslims are crazy they believe that God writes on a board." It's not literally a blackboard written on with chalk, we don’t know what it looks like. So going back to our subject, why do many people put their misfortunes on the 'eye'? .Maybe they do so because it is the easiest way to explain things even if it makes no sense. Allah does speak of envy "الحسد" in Surat Al-Falaq. But what is envy that is meant in the Qur'an? If you go back to the tafseer/explanation of the Qur'an you will find that many scholars explain envy here as a feeling followed by an action. A person can envy you for the job you have, if they do nothing to eliminate their feeling it stops at that point (a feeling). But if the person tries to frame you for stealing something from the workplace so as to get you fired then this envy is harmful and will have an effect on you. This is the envy that Allah warns us of, not simply a feeling.

Many of you will say: "But envy is not the eye ".العين" There is only one hadeeth (saying of the Prophet Muhammad pbuh) mentioning the 'eye': " "الْعَيْنُ حَقٌّ which means 'the eye is true'. But that is no excuse for us to suppose that the eye is the cause of most of our problems and misfortunes. And if you are still afraid of getting hit by the envious eye, read the ""معوّذات which are the last three Surahs of the Qur'an: Surat Al-nas, Al-Ikhlas, and Al-Falaq (three times each).