Why you should not tell your plans to anyone? According to Islam

There are numerous Hadith and Quranic verses stopping us from sharing future plans with others as it may have a negative impact on the plan itself.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ has asked us to maintain our privacy

Muslims believe in the existence of the evil eye as there are numerous hadiths about it. We should not share forthcoming good news and plan with everyone as the evil eye may alter it.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ has advised us to maintain privacy while sharing our goals, achievements, and plans with others.

According to a narration by Mu’adh ibn Jabal, the PBUH ﷺ said: Seek help while your needs are being met in seclusion as those who are blessed are always envied.

‘O, Allah! I seek Refuge with Your Perfect Words from every devil and from poisonous pests and from every evil, harmful, envious eye.’ ” – Sahih al-Bukhari 3371

The devil is an evil figure who tends to become happy at the loss of the people of Allah. He is the open enemy of all the people and he can throw his card when things are being blessed to you to make things worse for you.

Quran teaches you to keep your plans secret

Even if we read Surah Yousuf, we shall know that plans should be kept private. 

Prophet Yaqoob عليه السلام told Prophet Yousuf عليه السلام in the Quran: “O my son, do not relate your vision to your brothers or they will contrive against you a plan. Indeed Satan, to man, is a manifest enemy.” –  Quran 12:5

Thereby, we should make sure that if a plan is in the process and things are going as per plan, we don’t need to share it with everyone. We can share it when the plan has become successful.

How can we apply the Hadith and Quran in our daily life?

You see, when you get a hint that you will be promoted, remain relaxed and keep the news to yourself until you really get promoted: not everyone gets promoted and everyone wants to.

If you have conceived a child, don’t tell it to everyone; there are many who are waiting for the blessing. If you are blessed with health, don’t make it public: there are many who cherish it! 

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.