Magic

Posted on March 6, 2007. Filed under: 101 - Ruboobiyyah and Uloohiyyah |

Real Magic is of only one type – shirk. The other type of magic is fake magic, and this includes modern day tricks and illusions. Both types, however, are haram. We are concerned primarily here with the real type of magic.

The reality of magic is seeking help from the jinn. Jinn are made of smokeless fire. They can take different forms, they are invisible to us, and they are stronger than men on average. They can transform matter and transport it even through walls,

“He said: “O chiefs! Which of you can bring me her throne before they come to me surrendering themselves in obedience?” An Ifrit (strong) from the jinns said: “I will bring it to you before you rise from your place (council). And verily, I am indeed strong, and trustworthy for such work.” One with whom was knowledge of the Scripture said: “I will bring it to you within the twinkling of an eye!” then when [Sulaiman (Solomon)] saw it placed before him, he said: “This is by the Grace of my Lord to test me whether I am grateful or ungrateful! And whoever is grateful, truly, his gratitude is for (the good of) his ownself, and whoever is ungrateful, (he is ungrateful only for the loss of his ownself). Certainly! My Lord is Rich (Free of all wants), Bountiful.”” (27:38-40)

Men have been preferred over jinn by Allah, and this is proven when Allah commanded the jinn to prostrate to Adam. Men have been preferred over jinn due to being given knowledge and intellect. Jinn learn our languages, and follow the religions we follow. Since the time of Adam, the jinn have suffered from an inferiority complex.

Generally speaking the worlds of men and jinn do not cross each other. The only intentional encounter that exists between the two is that of black magic.

The nature of jinns is that they crave attention and adoration. In order for the jinn to work for you, it must be ‘pleased’, i.e. worshipped.

No human being other than Sulaymaan (as) can control jinn. All black magicians worship Shaytaan. Even pious Jews and Christians will not be black magicians. Black magic is literally selling one’s soul to the devil.

“They followed what the Shayatin (devils) gave out (falsely of the magic) in the lifetime of Sulaiman (Solomon). Sulaiman did not disbelieve, but the Shayatin (devils) disbelieved, teaching men magic and such things that came down at Babylon to the two angels, Harut and Marut, but neither of these two (angels) taught anyone (such things) till they had said, “We are only for trial, so disbelieve not (by learning this magic from us).” And from these (angels) people learn that by which they cause separation between man and his wife, but they could not thus harm anyone except by Allah’s Leave. And they learn that which harms them and profits them not. And indeed they knew that the buyers of it (magic) would have no share in the Hereafter. And how bad indeed was that for which they sold their ownselves, if they but knew.” (2:102)

Types of Magic

  1. Summon jinns to attack or even kill other people, or take over their bodies.
  1. Summon jinns to break marriages, prevent or hinder intercourse. This is the most common type of black magic and is what was mentioned in Surah al-Baqarah.
  1. Blow on knots with incantations. This is mentioned in Surah Falaq (“And from the evil of the witchcrafts when they blow in the knots,” (113:4) and happened to the Prophet(saw) but didn’t affect the religion or Quran as the orientalists claim. It just made him forget if he was with one of his wives or not. This also shows virtue in Surah an-Nas and al-Falaq infighting magic.
  1. Fighting magic with magic. This is when someone tries to use “white” magic or try to use magic to lift other spells. It is not possible for someone to have control of the jinn after Propphet Sulayman (as). Once “while praying an obligatory prayer, he (saw) clenched his fist (during it), so when he had finished, the people said: ‘O Messenger of Allaah, did something happen during the prayer?’ He said: No, except that the devil wanted to pass in front of me, so I strangled him until I could feel the coldness of his tongue on my hand By Allaah! Had my brother Sulaimaan not beaten me to it (38:35-38), I would have tied him (the devil) to one of the pillars of the mosque so that the children of Madinah could walk round him. (Ahmad)
  1. Those whom the jinns whisper to, while pretending to see future; any type of fortune-tellers. The Prophet (saw) said, “They (the Jinn) would pass the information back down until it reaches the lips of a magician fortune-teller. Sometimes a meteor would overtake them before they could pass it on. If they passed it on before being struck, they would add to it a hundred lies.” (Al-Bukhari and Tirmidhi)
  1. Looking at the stars to predict the future.

We can see from the ayah in Surah al-Baqarah that practicing magic is kufr. The Prophet (saw) also said, “Whoever ties a knot and blows into it has practiced sorcery, and whosoever practiced sorcery has associated partners with Allaah. Whoever wears anything for protection (i.e. talismans, pendants etc.) will be left in its care.” (An-Nasaa’ee)

“Keep away from the seven destructive sins!” They said, “What are they, O Messenger of Allaah?” He answered, “Associating partners with Allaah; Practicing Sorcery; taking a life, which Allaah has made forbidden except for a just cause (according to Islaamic Law); eating Riba (usury) eating up an orphan’s wealth; fleeing from the battle field at the time of fighting (with the unbelievers); and accusing chaste women, who never think of anything that can touch their chastity and who are good believers, of fornication.” (Al-Bukhari & Muslim)

The penalty for practicing magic is death.

“Capital punishment for the sorcerer has been authentically reported from three companions of the Prophet. It is reported from Umar that he wrote, “Kill every sorcerer and sorceress.” Bujaalah (a sub-narrator) said, “Then we killed three sorceresses.” It is also authentically reported from Hafsah that she ordered a maid of hers to be killed because she did sorcery on her.” Jundub bin Kaab was also authentically reported that he beheaded a magician who was playing his magic in front of Waleed and said, “Let him use his magic for his own benefit now.” (Al-Imaam Ahmad)

Astrology vs. Astronomy

Astronomy: Physical science which maps the movement of stars.

Astrology: Paranormal, metaphysical craft which pretends to predict the future. Zodiacal signs come under this category.

“Allah created these stars for three reasons: (i) To adorn the heaven, (ii) as missiles against the devils and (ii) as signs by which (the traveller) may be guided; and so whoever claims more than this for them has is erroneous and has lost his reward (on the Day of Resurrection) and taken upon himself that of which he has no knowledge.” (Al-Bukhari)

“We have adorned the lowest heaven with lamps (stars), and We have made them the means of driving away shayaateen.” (Al-Mulk, 67:5)

“…as well as the stars; to be used for navigation” (An-Nahl, 16:16)

Fortune telling is the least form of black magic.

Ibn Abbaas reported that the Prophet (saw) said, “Whoever learns a part of astrology, has learnt a part of magic. Those who learn more accumulate more.” (Abu Dawud)

“Whoever visits a soothsayer and believes in what he says has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammad.” (Related by Abu Dawood and Al-Haakim in his Mustadrak)

“Whoever went to a fortune-teller and asked him about some matter (i.e. of the unseen), will have his prayer rejected for forty days.” (Muslim)

This hadith does not mention believing the fortune-teller, its simply asking them, even if for fun.

To believe anything from them is kufr and just going is sin. If you believe what they have said, then you have given them an Attribute of Allah.

To combat black magic is by turning to Allah. The jinn cannot bear to hear the Quran, so if someone cannot bear to hear the Quran, then this is a sign of black magic.

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