The Turkish Religious Authority condemns the wearing of the ‘evil eye’, an amulet to which certain forces are attributed.
According to Diyanet, the authority at the head of over 85,000 mosques, Islam is not allowed to expect help from anything other than Allah. “For that reason, it is not allowed to wear amulets with the evil eye and similar things around the neck or anywhere to benefit from it,” says in a fatwa that appeared recently.
The evil eye, in blue, white and black, is widely used in Turkey. Evil eyes are used to avert forces, as well as wall decoration or in jewelry. The symbol can often be found on knickknacks offered in tourist shops. Since 2018 there has been an emoji of the evil eye.
Faith in the special powers of the talisman goes back thousands of years. The idea is that they provide protection against looks of others that can cause harm. Newborn babies would be particularly sensitive to adverse influences, just like pregnant women.
“ Many people believe in the power of the evil eye,” says a Turkish construction engineer to news channel Al Jazeera. “I know many examples of people who first received compliments for something, for example, a new pair of shoes, and then stumbled. That‘s the evil eye, a lot of people think. It wouldn’t hurt to have some protection anyway.”