Why Do We Say Masha’Allah?

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There is a misconception amongst many Muslims today, and it is to do with the phrase “Masha’Allah, TabarakAllah” and the phrase “Masha’Allah la hawla wala quwata illah billah”. A lot of people believe it is said in order to repel the evil eye, but this is not correct.

For as long as I can remember, I have always said Masha’Allah when making compliment about somebody, or something. I believed its the normal thing to say to thank Allah and more significantly, to ward off the evil eye.

I stumbled across a quote that preached differently, and I decided to do more research on the topic.

Why? Because protecting ourselves from the evil eye is a very important aspect of our lives, especially nowadays that we share a lot of our lives on social media, photos of our kids or siblings, happy events or happenings in our lives, and so on.

 shared in this article about how in the Emirates, the preferred local methods for distancing the evil are through reciting Quranic verses and/or voicing “mashallah”.

It was also shared on Theblueabaya.com how in Saudi Arabia, so much emphasis is made on saying “Masha’Allah” when making a compliment about anyone and anything.

Remember to say Mashallah!

Which made me to come to a conclusion that majority of people who say Masha’Allah do so traditionally, not because they understand its significance.

What is Masha’Allah?

Masha’Allah is a Quranic word. It means ‘God has willed it’.

Masha’Allah is not only an Arabic expression of appreciation and thankfulness towards Allah but also expressing the belief that whatsoever happens only happens by of the will of Allah.

Surah-al-Kahf carries the whole depth, context, meaning and importance of this phrase Mashallah.

Verses 32-44 in Surah Al-Kahf (Q18) is a story of two men. One man was blessed with gardens of fruit and wealth. The other man had nothing but a strong belief in Allah. The man who was blessed with everything did not thank Allah and acted arrogantly and in the end, everything that he had perished. This story from the Quran reminds us that we should use say;

Masha’Allah  – God Has Willed It” or more completely  “Masha’Allah La quwwata illa billah – Allah has willed it, there is no power except Allah”  when mentioning the good things that he has given to us or to anyone else.

In conclusion, Masha’Allah should be said when Giving thanks to Allah. It doesn’t repel the evil eye.

So what should we say after making a compliment to ward off evil eye?

The CORRECT Sunnah is to make Du’aa for the blessing of Allah upon that person or object, so Insha’Allah they can be protected from the Evil Eye:

The Prophet (sallalahu alayhi wa salam) said:

إِذَا رَأَى أَحَدُكُمْ مِنْ أَخِيهِ مَا يُعْجِبُهُ ، فَلْيَدْعُ

“ Whenever one of you sees something with his brother that amazes him, ask Allah to bless him.”

Saying this repels jealously and envy, whether its done willingly or unwillingly.

Narrated Sahl ibn Haneef (ra) that the Prophet (SAW) came out and traveled with him towards Makkah, until they were in the mountain pass of al-Kharaar in al-Jahfah. There Sahl ibn Haneef did ghusl, and he was a handsome white-skinned man with beautiful skin. ‘Aamir ibn Rabee’ah, one of Banu ‘Adiyy ibn Ka’b looked at him whilst he was doing ghusl and said: “I have never seen such beautiful skin as this, not even the skin of a virgin,” and Sahl fell to the ground. They went to Messenger of Allah (saws) came and said, “O Messenger of Allah, can you do anything for Sahl, because by Allah he cannot raise his head.” He said, “Do you accuse anyone with regard to him?” They said, “ ‘Aamir ibn Rabee’ah looked at him.” So the Messenger of Allah (saws) called ‘Aamir and rebuked him strongly. He said, “Why would one of you kill his brother? If you see something that you like, then pray for blessing for him.” Then he said to him, “Wash yourself for him.” So he washed his face, hands, forearms, knees and the sides of his feet, and inside his izaar (lower garment) in the vessel. Then that water was poured over him, and a man poured it over his head and back from behind. He did that to him, then Sahl got up and joined the people and there was nothing wrong with him. [Imam Ahmad (15550), Maalik (1811), al-Nasaa’i and Ibn Hibbaan – Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Mishkaat, 4562]

Hence, next time we see a beautiful child, nice car, nice house, we MUST make du’aa for Allah to bless it Insha’Allah.

Directly to a Person: BarakAllahu feek/feekum (may Allah bless you)
If direct person is Female: BarakAllahu feeki (may Allah bless you)
To a Male: Allahumma Barik lahu (may Allah bless him)
To a Female: Allahumma Barik laha (may Allah bless her)
To an object such as a Car, etc: BarakAllahu laka fiha (may Allah bless it)


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