Sorcery does not affect the validity of marriage

12-7-2014 | IslamWeb


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. I got married under the influence of sihr/magic. Without this magic I would have never married the girl. But I also made a very big mistake I still regret until this day. At that time a friend of mine took me to a sahir/magician and I didn’t know that he was a sahir. The friend told me that this was a Imam (scholar). So I went with him to that man and he gave me some things to do. And as stupid as I was I did this. But I decided to marry the girl any way. I am still married to her and have 3 sons. Question: 1) How grave is my mistake to go that sahir without knowing and doing as he ordered me to do? 2) Can I tell my wife that I know what she or her parents did to me? 3) Will Alllah punish me for this? 4) Is this marriage a blessed one and can I continue it? Pleas advise me sincerely as to what to do.


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, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and messenger.

Undoubtedly, it is impermissible for a Muslim to go to sorcerers or engage in any magic or sorcery practices which they advise. If you did not know that this man was a sorcerer or that what he gave you was a magic spell, you bear no sin for that. Allaah, The Exalted, says (what means): {…And there is no blame upon you for that in which you have erred but [only for] what your hearts intended. And ever is Allaah Forgiving and Merciful.} [Quran 33:5]

If you fear being affected by a magic spell, you should keenly recite the Ruqyah (Quranic healing), which has been explained in Fataawa 82918 and 84806.

However, you have no right to accuse your wife or her parents of practicing magic or sorcery without clear evidence. Please refer to Fataawa 128834 and 92167.

It should be noted that magic or sorcery has no effect on the validity of marriage. Whenever the due conditions and pillars of a marriage contract are fulfilled, it is valid. The most important conditions are the presence of a Wali (matrimonial guardian) and witnesses. For more benefit, please refer to Fatwa 83629.

Finally, if this girl is righteous, you are advised to keep her in marriage and live with her in kindness. In this case, you should not inform her of anything that happened in the past; but conceal what you have done and treat her and your children kindly and respectfully.

Allaah Knows best.