Essence of Magic
Fatwa No: 83703

  • Fatwa Date:28-1-2002 - Thul-Qi'dah 15, 1422
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Question

If someone puts black magic on you, are you allowed to do something about it, and is there a thing as black magic? I fell in love with a boy who is from a different branch of Islam and I went to a man who helps people (by writing amulets etc.) but he said that 3 persons had done black magic to me and that me loving that boy was a result of that. He gave me charmed water, and said that I should put sea water at each corner of the room and that it would then Insha Allah, disappear. He also wrote an amulet with verses from the Qur'an, to wear it but I don't wear it. It gives me a bad feeling. Please answer my question. I have been on Internet for days, searched books on this topic on what Islam says, if black magic exists, etc…but one says it is allowed, the other it isn't.

Answer

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  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

 

Black magic means using talismans, enigmas and mysteries to seek help of devils in order to effect the hearts and bodies of some persons.

This practice is among the major sins. Abu Hurayrah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Avoid the seven great destructive sins”; they (the people) asked, “O Allah's Apostle! What are they?” He said, “To join partners in worship with Allah; to practice sorcery; to kill the life which Allah has forbidden except for a just cause; to consume Riba (usury); to consume the property of an orphan; to give one's back to the enemy and flee from the battlefield at the time of fighting; and to accuse chaste women who never even think of anything touching chastity and are good believers.

No doubt, practicing magic is totally contrary to one's true faith in Islam, because this act consists of Shirk (associating partners to Allah) in many forms, such as worshipping Satan, seeking his help and refuge, etc.

Allah Says (what means): {And they followed [instead] what the devils had recited during the reign of Solomon. It was not Solomon who disbelieved, but the devils disbelieved, teaching people magic and that which was revealed to the two angels at Babylon, Harut and Marut. But the two angels do not teach anyone unless they say, “We are a trial, so do not disbelieve [by practicing magic].” And [yet] they learn from them that by which they cause separation between a man and his wife. But they do not harm anyone through it except by permission of Allah.} [Quran 2:102]

The best treatment for any magic is the recitation of the Quran and the authentic supplications taught by the Prophet Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ). In fact, the whole Quran is a remedy and a benefit for the one who believes in it. However, there are some Quranic portions, that have special qualities such as: Surah Al-Fatiha, Ayat al-Kursi (Quran 2:255), the last three Surahs of the Quran, and the last two verses of Surah al-Baqarah (2:285-286), etc.

It is also permissible for the one who is bewitched to ask a pious, religious person to recite upon him some verses of the Quran and authentic supplications; this is what is called Ruqyah.

But going to fortune-tellers or magicians is forbidden. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “The person who goes to a fortune-teller and believes in his sayings has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammad.” [Ahmad]

Therefore, using talismans or amulets given by magicians or fortune-tellers is forbidden.

To conclude, the existence of black magic is a fact and practicing it is Kufr (disbelief). Whoever seeks help from the devils while practicing magic is a disbeliever according to the consensus of the Muslim scholars. And whoever claims that practicing it is permissible, is mistaken.

Allah knows best.

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