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Evidence for existence of Magic (Sihr)

Previously we discussed What is black magic and what is its relevance with Jinn (Demons). Most of our brothers ask for proof of magic from the Quran and Sunnah. So I wished to write an article on that as well.

Evidence from the Quran:

“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.” (Qur’an, al-Baqara: 102)


“And when they had thrown, Moses said, ‘What you have brought is [only] magic. Indeed, Allah will expose its worthlessness. Indeed, Allah does not amend the work of corrupters. And Allah will establish the truth by His words, even if the criminals dislike it’.”
(Yunus: 81-82)


“And he sensed within himself apprehension, did Moses. Allah said, “Fear not. Indeed, it is you who are superior. And throw what is in your right hand; it will swallow up what they have crafted. What they have crafted is but the trick of a magician, and the magician will not succeed wherever he is. So the magicians fell down in prostration. They said, “We have believed in the Lord of Haroon and Moses (Musa).”” (At-Taha: 67-70)


“He said, “Throw,” and when they threw, they bewitched the eyes of the people and struck terror into them, and they presented a great [feat of] magic. And We inspired to Moses, “Throw your staff,” and at once it devoured what they were falsifying.” (Al-A’raaf: 117-118)

“Say: ‘I seek refuge with (Allah), the Lord of the daybreak. From the evil of what He has created. And from the evil of the darkening (night), as it comes with its darkness; (or the moon as it sets or goes away). And from the evil of those who practice witchcraft when they blow in the knots. And from the evil of envious when he envies.” (Al-Falaq: 1-5)

Evidence from the Sunnah

[Bewitching Prophet Muhammad (saw)]

It was narrated that ‘Aisha(ra) said: The Messenger of Allah was bewitched by a man from Banu Zurayq who was called Labeed ibn Al-A’sam, until the Messenger of Allah imagined that he had done something when he had not done it. One day—or one night—when he was with me he invoked Allah for a long time, then he said: “O ‘Aisha, I feel that Allah has inspired me as to how to cure myself. Two men came to me; one of them sat at my head and the other at my feet. Then one of them said to the other: ‘What is hurting this man?’ He said: ‘He is bewitched.’ He said: ‘Who bewitched him?’ He said: ‘Labeed ibn Al- A’sam/ He said: ‘With what?’ He said: ‘With a comb, the hair gathered in it, and the outer skin of the pollen of a male date palm/ He said: ‘Where is it?’ He said: ‘In the well of Dharwaan/” So the Messenger of Allah went there with some of his Companions, then he came back and said: “O ‘A’ishah, it is as if its water is an infusion of henna leaves and the heads of its date palms are like the heads of devils.” I said: “O Messenger of Allah, will you not take it out?” He said: “Allah has healed me and I do not like for evil to be spread among the people.” And he ordered that the well be filled in with earth.

Therefore, Denial of existence of witchcraft is the denial of the words of Allah. May Allah guide us all to the right path. Ameen.

Courtesy of Sir Wahid Ibn Abdul-Salaam & Dr. Abdul-Mundhir Khaleel. JazakAllahu Khayran.

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