Going to magicians and trying to find objects of magic

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Can we go to a magician only to confirm whether someone is under the influence of magic or not? And where can we find the objects used in magic?


All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.


It is Haraam (prohibited) to go to magicians whether it is to know symptoms and signs of magic or its place or anything else. One may go to them to reproach their work and to demonstrate its falsehood, since this is a form of enjoining what is good and forbidding what is bad as the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) did when he went to Ibn Sayyaad (a Jewish soothsayer who was living at the time of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ).

There are some signs and indications to magic, and a Muslim can know them by himself. Among these signs and indications are:

1) one's unexpected change from love to hate,

2) one's excessive distrust, extreme solicitude and ultimate hate of some places or people without some clear reason,

3) one's absent-mindedness and unusual glances,

4) deserting people, and

5) one's thinking that he is doing something but, in fact, he is not. In addition to other signs that differ from one person to another.

However, a person can pray to Allah morning and evening as recorded from the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) so that He, The Great and Almighty, may set one's situation right: "Oh! The Living and Everlasting. I seek with Your Mercy, set right all my affairs and never give me over to myself even for as little as a wink of an eye". [al-Haakim from Anas]. Such a supplication and its counterparts are to be used in general and this will be - Insha Allah - beneficial.

He can also seek help of some scholars who treat magic by al-Ruqyah al-Shariyyah (verses of the Quran and supplications from the Sunnah). Ibn Abi Haatim, may Allah have mercy on him, reported from Layth Ibn Saalim, may Allah have mercy on him, that he said describing the Ruqyah: 'I have been informed about these verses as being a cure of magic, Allah willing. They are to be read over a vessel that contains water, then water is poured out on the head of the bewitched person'.
These verses are:
1) {Then when they had cast down, Moosa (Moses) said: "What you have brought is sorcery, Allah will surely make it of no effect. Verily, Allah does not set right the work of the evil-doers. And Allah will establish and make apparent the truth by His Words, however much the criminals." [Quran 10:80-81].
2) {Thus truth was confirmed, and all that they did was made of no effect. So they were defeated there and then, and were returned disgraced. And the sorcerers fell down prostrate. They said: "We believe in the Lord of the 'Aalameen (mankind, jinns and all that exists). "The Lord of Moosa (Moses) and Haaroon (Aaron)."} [Quran 7:118-122].
3) {That which they have made is only a magician's trick, and the magician will never be successful, no matter whatever amount (of skill) he may attain."} [Quran 20:69].’
Moreover, if a person adds Surah al-Faatihah, verse 255 - Surah al-Baqarah, and Surahs 113 and 114, that is will be good. In addition, he has to practice Thikr morning and evening and to avoid forbidden actions and misdeeds.

Allah knows best. 

Mofti: Fatwa Team Supervised by Dr. Abdulla Al-Faqeeh


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