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An envious person and a person possessing the evil eye are similiar in one respect, but differ in another. They both generate evil within their souls and then aim it at their intended targets. The soul of the evil eye spawns its poison in the presence or abscence of their object.
*May Allah ta`ala protect us from those who act in this manner aameen.
The difference between the two is the evil eye can afflict an animal, inanamiate object, money or possessions of someone the eye's bearer does not envy. And sometimes, if the carrier of the eye has only scratched the surface in their struggle to remove envy from their soul, their envy will revert back to them. Without a doubt, whenever this individual fixes their eyes on something, their look is a glaring glance of admiration, coupled with their soul's sowing of ill-will intended to afflict the object of their envy.
Others aside from the Mufassireen have said concerning the verse:
"And verily, those who disbelieve would almost make you slip with their eyes through hatred when they hear the Reminder...Al-Qalam:51
"They intended to inflict harm on the Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu alaihi wa sallaam) by glaring at him with the evil eye. Armed with their evil look, this group looked at him and said, "We have never seen (or heard) anything like him or his argument."
(According to one narration)
One day a she camel or fat cow passed by one of these evildoers who then fixed his eyes upon the creature and commanded his servant, "Take a basket and some dirham and bring us a piece of its meat." The animal kept walking until it fell down, and then it was slaughtered..
"There was an Arab who went two or three days without eating. One day as he was about to eat his wheat a camel passed by him. He called out, 'I have never seen a camel or sheep as good as this one! The animal took a few steps then a portion of it fell to the ground. One of the disbelievers (who witnessed this) asked the man to smite the Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) with his evil eye just as he had done others."
However, Allah protected His Prophet and revealed:
"And verily, those who disbelieve would almost make you slip with their eyes." Al-Qalam:51
to be continued... inshaAllah page 4 and 5