Magic and its cure

There is no difference between black, red, white or green magic. Any type of magic done to harm someone else is impermissible. Even to learn it is impermissible even though one is not acting with it. What is apparent from the texts and the statements of the Muslim scholars is that to learn magic in itself is disbelief. That is because it is not possible for one to learn it without disbelieving in the Book of Allaah.
Allaah says: {… Sulaimân did not disbelieve, but the Shayâtîn (devils) disbelieved, teaching men magic …} [al-Baqarah 2:102] Also in the same ayah: {… but neither of these two (angels) taught anyone (such things) till they had said, “We are for trial, so disbelieve not (by learning this magic from us).”…} and later in the ayah: {… And indeed they knew that the buyers of it (magic) would have no share in the Hereafter…}.

The magician/sorcerer does not have the ability to bring his magic into effect (to practice it) except by worshipping Shaytaan. Or, he may not exactly worship him, but he makes ihaanah i.e. by insulting or disgracing the Book of Allaah or anything else that may
have in it the remembrance of Allaah. Or, for example, by making sajdah (prostration) to the Shaytaan or anything other than Allaah in order that these devils allow him or give him the ability for his magic to have some sort of effect on the people who he wants it to affect.

It is impermissible to learn or to practice magic/sorcery, even if the goal or objective is correct e.g. if one wants to remove magic from someone by using magic – this is incorrect because the end does not justify the means. A disease is not cured with another disease, so it is impermissible to learn or teach magic no matter what the situation may be. 

By Shaykh Saalih as-Suhaymee

  1. Dawud
    May 11, 2010 at 10:32

    assalaamu alaykum,

    RE this topic, it would be worth mentioning the punishment in the law of Allah for the one practicing magic, especially given the supposed contraversy of the sentencing to death of people for practicing magic in saudia.

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