Bought a new car? Take a selfie. Put it on social media. 

Child’s birthday? Take a selfie. Put it on social media. 

For anything and everything? Take a selfie and put it on social media for all to see!

Then we wonder why things go terribly wrong. 

In a hadeeth of our beloved Nabi Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam he is reported to have said:

Seek the fulfilment of your personal needs as clandestinely as possible for every favour (of Allah that you enjoy) there is definitely an envier!

The above hadeeth is not just information but more of a warning and when a warning is not heeded the consequence are most likely to be disastrous.

So whilst it may be the trend to post everything on social media and let the world know of almost every detail of our lives we should also bear in mind the outcome of our actions. Whilst we may gloat and feel proud to be the envy of many of our friends and family we should also realise that we are sowing the seeds of our own destruction by flaunting the favours of Allah Ta’ala. In times where materialism is rampant and rife and success is only measured by worldly possessions, the evil eyes of those around you is just a malevolent glance away. Nothing else needs to be done to place you on the path of destruction. This is precisely what the Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam sought refuge from when he asked for protection from the evil eye.

Islam is a religion that advocates and promotes purity of the heart in an unprecedented way. But whilst it does this it also recognises the prevalence of jealousy in every human being which can be easily stirred. It is for this reason we are warned in the above hadeeth of displaying and exhibiting all that we do and that which we own.

It is narrated from Hadrat Abdullaah Bin Abbas Radiyallaahu Anhu that the Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam said: “The evil eye is real and if anything were to overtake the divine decree (Taqdeer), then it would be the evil eye.” (Tirmidhi)

The next time you decide to post a selfie or show off your latest achievement or possession via social media give thought to the above hadeeth. You could just be saving yourself from a potentially dangerous situation.

As said by a scholar, “A private life, is a safe life. But it’s difficult to kill the ego and desire, and not share half of our lives with half the world”.

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