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Babylonian Magic

I have been receiving e-mails where people ask the question on ‘why Magic is forbidden? – What is so polytheistic about Magic?’

Well, as we discussed before, in the article – BlackMagic & Witchcraft.

“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. And the people learnt what harms them and does not benefit them. But the Children of Israel certainly knew that whoever purchased the magic would not have in the Hereafter any share. And wretched is that for which they sold themselves, if they only knew.” (al-baqara: 102)

For the knowledge of how Magic was practiced in Babylon, we need to go back in history, as far as we can, and see for what magic comprised of when it first came.

Fortunately, the British Museum holds clay tablets of Magic that seem to belong to the 600 BC of Assyria. For those of you who do not know Assyria – It was after the fall of the Akkadian Empire – 2080 BC, when it split into two separate nations; Assyria in the north, and Babylonia in the south. The clay tablets are inscribed in the Assyrian characters and it seems to have been copied from Babylonia for Ashurbanipal, the king of Assyria in the years 669 – 625 BC. It was excavated from the Royal library. Most of the tablets are found in pieces since we know that the Assyrian Royal Library was destroyed. However, the main content of these tablets remain clear to us. The carvings on these tablets are basically prayers and incantations to various deities.

The main title for these tablets is something that translates – “Prayers of the Lifting of the Hand”. Since these tablets are from the 600BC, we can imply that this truly is the Magic that was first practiced in Babylon. I wish to share some of the scans of those tablets but I do not wish to promote Sorcery here, So I would only put one scan out of them, just for the sake public presentation.


1. O …….!\ O ……!\ mighty one
2. O ……., who art unique, thou that brightenest
3. That givest light unto the nations
4. That unto the black-headed race art favorable
5. Bright is thy light, in heaven
6. Brilliant is thy torch, like the Fire-god
7. Thy brightness fills the broad earth !
8. The brightness of the nation he gathers, in thy sight . . .
9. O #### of the sky, whose purpose no man learns!
10. Overwhelming is thy light like the Sun-god [thy?] first-born!
11. Before thy face the great gods bow down, the fate of the world is set before thee!
12. In the evil of an eclipse of the Moon which in such and such a month on such and such a, day has taken place,
13. In the evil of the powers, of the portents, evil and not good, which are in my palace and my land,
14. The great gods beseech thee and thou givest counsel!
15. They take their stand all of them, they petition at thy feet!
40/50 lines.

All the tablets include such incantation, with the difference of referring to male/female/child/parent deities. I should mention; the “…….” Dotted line indicates a space left to add the ‘name of a deity’, to which the magician refers. I do not wish to include the names here, But the name of the deity also depend upon the issue for which the magician wishes to seek help for. For instance, if they want to separate two people, they refer to one deity that is relevant to such a practice. Likewise they refer to others deities for the sake of other purposes they seek. Overall, these incantations are nothing more than attributing to Demons, claiming them to be gods, and asking for a favor in return.

And indeed it is nothing but a Trial. May Allaah keep us safe from the Evil of That which He has created. Ameen.

9 Responses to “Babylonian Magic”

  1. Karim says:

    Excellent post and very informative. May Allah guide you on the path to informing people.

  2. Shauzoon says:

    Jazakallah khairan Brother.. your site is very helpful..

  3. Muhammad fawaad Iqbal says:

    Salam, your site is very informative. I love to read n learn about history from Qurani view, which I believe is the best. I have a question. Where did the angels ( harut & marut ) go after the Babylonian time? The time when they were sent to earth by Allah swt, was it after Hazrat Suleiman’s time or during their time? Was it namrud also termed as “The Akkadian name, Nabû-kudurri-uṣur” Nebuchadnezzar II ? ” ” نِبُوخَذنِصَّر nibūḫaḏniṣṣar; c 634 – 562 BC) was king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire, who reigned c. 605 BC – 562 BC. According to the Bible, he conquered Judah and Jerusalem, and sent the Jews into exile. He is credited with the construction of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and also known for the destruction of the First Temple.
    I’m a bit confused about the dates in these events, if you could take the time to explain it I’ll be thankful you.
    Allah Hafiz.

  4. Muhammad fawaad Iqbal says:

    Just one more thing , I read this but can’t figure it out why would they do that? “US forces under the command of General James T. Conway of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force were criticized for building the military base “Camp Alpha”, comprising among other facilities a helipad, on ancient Babylonian ruins following the 2003 invasion of Iraq.”
    Is there any religious explanation of these kind of invasions n killings n such actions?

    • Abdul says:

      Assalamualaekum Brother!
      They are doing all these things to just conquer the Jerusalem completely and to establish a strong Israeli-an territory!
      They are also waiting for the Dajjal(Anti-Christ), they want to complete some tasks before he physically appears, may be he is with them(ALLAH-HU-ALAM), bcz one Hadith of the prophet confirms that he was alive at the time of Prophet(SAW)

  5. Qasim Butt says:

    may ALLAH bless u for guiding the mankind.. jazakALLAH..

  6. Salahuddiyn abdar-rahiym says:

    >>>And the people learnt what harms them and does not benefit them.<<< My brother, take heed to the warnings from Allah. Regardless what you THINK your intent is, leave this stuff alone and do not lead others into it…its a fitna and a trap. AND whoever learns it will have no share in the aakhir.

  7. Here I see no evidence of these “gods” as demons, but as benevolent powers. It seems more probable that “Allah” was a personification of these in efforts to unite the Arabian world. Here is one link to describe such:

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