Have you ever told someone something that you’re about to do prematurely and then kicked yourself because it hasn’t happened yet and now you’ve put the evil eye- or nazar- on it so it’s not likely to ever be fulfilled?!
If you’re not Muslim you might knock on wood to protect what you just said. If you’re Muslim you might say inshaAllah, God Willing or for stronger protection (when speaking about children or property), mashaAllah la quwatta illa billah- God has willed and there is no power or might except His- as a reminder that simply mentioning something prematurely (it’s quite common when admiring something too) doesn’t give the person power to change anything; it works as a reminder that God is still in charge
This is funny but also true because sometimes one believes that ‘the evil eye’ is actually evil and occurs because of ‘the green eye’ -jealousy- but other times, we just see it as something we ‘jinxed’ by speaking about it too early, indeed my little sister speaks about ‘self-nazar’. So you can actually jinx yourself! The best way to protect yourself from this is to refrain from speaking about things before they have been manifest and maybe even being mindful, whilst speaking, that everything is from the Almighty and not from yourself at all- and there is no pride in that!!
There is no evidence in Islam to say that it is a practice of the Muslims to wear an amulet for protection. However, now that we’ve established it’s real and has been around for centuries, we need to remember that the way of protecting oneself is by saying the prayers that have been taught to us, with presence of heart and with reflection on the profound meanings of these words:
So that’s it from me for now,
Until next time,
Peace and Love,
PS To help me on my journey to enoughism I will write down 3 things I am grateful for at the end of each post. These are:
1. My new job. Praise the Lord, it’s great to be back in the working world!
2. Meeting other mums always inspires me, especially if they’ve got older kids, as it’s a subject I’m always wondering about, with it being the ‘next stage’ for us to go through. It’s good to swap stories and tips. A mother I met today spoke about her 22 year old son, finally ‘returning’ after being so difficult from the age of 17 upwards. It’s hard to hear stories like this- 5 years of craziness! But also, it’s quite hopeful as he did ‘come back’! I can’t imagine how that would feel if it happened to us. May God help us!
3. Feeling excited about a couple of writing competition opportunities via Twitter. I don’t know if I’m going to enter them yet, but it’s fab to be in touch with the right people and have a choice. Will keep you posted!
Take care my dears,
I’ll be in touch,
P.S.S Don’t forget, my book Finding Peace Through Prayer and Love, published by Beacon Books is already out via Amazon. Check it out today!