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Black Magic (Sihr) and Jinn


Black Magic, in other words Witchcraft (Sihr in Arabic), is an agreement set up between a Witch (Sahir in Arabic) and a Demon, which stipulates that the Witch commit certain illegal or polytheistic acts, in return for the Demon’s assistance and obedience in fulfilling the Witch’s request.

“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)

Although witchcraft originally spread from Babylon, however it was practiced more by the pharaohs in Egypt. Since Qur’an tells us about its origin, the True name for Witchcraft (Black Magic) is ‘Sihr’ – an Arabic word, having the following literal meanings.

  • Al-Layth:“Sihr is an act which brings one closer to, and with the help, of Satan (demon/devil)”
  • Ibn-Mandhur: “When a Sahir (witch) makes something false appear to be real, or makes something appear to people different than its true form, it means that he has given an object a status other than its own (real status), that is called Sihr”
  • Ibn-Faris: Some say that Sihr is to make what is false appear to be true”
  • Shamir, on authority of Ibn-Aisha: “Arabs have given it the name Sihr because; it can transform good health into illness”
  • Ibn-Al-Qayyim: “Sihr consists of the effects of evil souls (demons) and the reaction of the resultant forces”

The latest and most appropriate meaning comes from Ibn Quddama Al-Maqdisi in Al-Mughni stating:

“Sihr is a set of uqad (knots), ruqa (incantations), and words uttered or written, or carried out in such a way as to affect the body of the subject (al-mashur), his heart and mind, without even coming into contact with him/her. The reality of Sihr is that there are some types that can kill, cause one to fall ill, or act as an obstacle against a man having sexual intercourse with his wife. Other types can separate spouses, and can make them hate or love each other.”

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Courtesy of Dr. Umar Sulaiman & Jamaal al-Din. JazakAllahu Khairan.

5 Responses to “Black Magic (Sihr) and Jinn”

  1. […] 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 […]

  2. Zuhayra says:


    I am curious. If it was possible for the prophet Solomon to control the Jinn without becoming corrupt himself, then why can we not use those same means today? His books were hidden, but I have noticed that many of the ways in which curses and possessions are enacted involve the writing of Allah (swt) to be inscribed backwards in order to attract the Jinn by means of Shirkh. Yet, why is it that we can not reverse the already reversed magic in order to form a solution other than the Quran. Astalfrullah, I am not saying that the Quran is not enough, but are there truly no other ways than what has been lost to us or turned evil?

  3. Rochelle says:

    Good day,

    Iwould like to know if you are able to help me please. My family and I have been victims of black magic.. Its hard to believe I nthese things when you have never been exposed to it or its symtoms. I still have a hard time believing that this has actually happened to us. I am now divorced.. I vould never understand why there was never peace in the house, why he never wanted to be at home, why he didn’t even look at me, notice me in any way.. Till I started reading up on these things.. We were so close before all this hsppened. Very much inlove aven after 10 years of marraige.. Later ifound out rthat his mother and sisters were trying to seperate us for years already.. When they found the woman they thought was more suitable for him. They worked with her, her mother and sister and started this whole task to seperate us.. He looked like he couldn’t stand me like I was a piece of dirt.. We would fight intensely and he would leave.. He started drinking heavily.. Now they don’t want him paying support.. They don’t like our kids so they have been messing with his and the kids relaitionship to the point that has almost forgotten them.. He is not who I married. My kids and I are struggling so.. Nothing is going right.. Its as though everything just baxkfires on us. Its as though they have ears listening to us. I have rried getting help which just backfires.. Pastors just tell me that if I don’t believe in it that it can’t harm us. Yet these things were happening even before I knew of it.. My ex does not believe in this either. I really want to help him and stop these people not only for him but for our kids as well. These people get everything to go their way.. He has now married this can I help him and us as I don’t know which way anymore.. Please

    Thank you for your time


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