Under influence of magic
Fatwa No: 88904

Question

My question pertains to "Sihr". I try to be a good practicing Muslim but I still have a lot to learn so any light you can shed on this topic I would really appreciate.
My husband and I have been married for over 7 years now (Al-Hamdu Lillaah) and I couldn't love him more, however we have had some severe marital trouble in the past. Both of us have just said and done things that were completely not the way 2 people who love each other like we do would treat the other! Just recently we purchased a beautiful home and a few weeks later I started to have severe chest pain. I went to the hospital and I was told I had a very large mass in my chest, however even after countless testing, not a single one of my 4 doctors could tell me what this mass is!! They have a surgery scheduled next week and I was told that the positioning of this mass is going to make it a surgery involving many risks. Many people suggested that it sounded like "Sihr" of some sort and someone recommended a Shaykh to me who dealt with these kinds of things. At my wicks end, I went to see him today and he gave me water to drink that he had read Qur'aan on. Immediately after drinking the water I began to tremble and became very light headed. He was convinced that it was indeed "Sihr."
My question is that I know we believe that "Sihr" is in fact existent but to what degree? What is it exactly that we believe about "Sihr"? I know that nothing happens without Allaah's will so why would "Sihr" have effected me? Does that mean I am weak in faith?
To what extent can I go to remove the "Sihr" from me if in fact this is what it is? Is it permissible to find out who initiated the "Sihr" and how is one to find out? Thank you kindly for your assistance.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger. We ask Allaah to exalt his mention as well as that of his family and all his companions.

 

There is an evidence both in the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) that magic exists and the reality proves it as well. Indeed it is envy as the questioner has stated. There is no difference of opinion among the scholars regarding the extent of the effect of magic, as it can lead to a separation between the husband and his wife and can cause a person to become sick and so on. Also there is no difference of opinion among the scholars that its effect can not reach the level of the miracles of the Prophets, like raising the dead, making animals speak, or parting the sea, and so on. What we have to believe, though, is that magic has the effects we stated above and that it really exists. We have also to believe that magic does not affect anybody save with the Permission and Will of Allaah. Allaah says (interpretation of meaning): {But do not harm anyone through it except by the Permission of Allaah.}[2:102]. Allaah does not will magic to happen except that there is a wisdom behind it. Allaah says (which means): {And you do not will except that Allaah wills. Indeed, Allaah is ever Knowing and Wise.}[76:30]. What Allaah wills is due to His Wisdom and Knowledge.

As regards how to get rid of magic, you could seek Ruqyah by the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) as they are a complete cure. However, it is not permissible to seek to remove magic with magic, or to go to magicians and fortune-tellers. Moreover, there is no religious means which leads to discovering who is a magician, and one should not believe that a specific person has afflicted him with magic without an evidence because the latter could be innocent, as there is no benefit in this suspicion in principle. Nonetheless, a person who is affected by magic, has to seek to get rid of it by permissible religious means.  

Allaah knows best.

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