The Turkish religious authority has forbidden the use of the eye-shaped blue glass ornament as it is prohibited under Islam.
In Turkey, the blue glass eye-shaped amulets are used to keep away the ward off malevolent or jealous intentions.
However, a recently publish fatwa by the Diyanet, a body that governs matters pertaining to Islam in Turkey, said that the use of the ornaments known as nazarlik or nazar boncugu is prohibited under Islam.
“Although the nature and condition of the evil eye are not known precisely, it is accepted by religion that some people can create negative effects with their gaze,” the Diyanet said in an advisory published on its website.
“In our religion, attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs that attribute the ultimate influence on anything other than Allah are forbidden. For this reason, it is not permissible to wear evil eye amulets and similar things around the neck or anywhere for the purpose of benefiting from them.”