Question: Among us are some members of a dervish order; one of them is a relative of ours. He is an illiterate man, not gifted by any agility or wit, but he drank a sip of water from the hands of the head of this order to be able to perform charlatan tricks and sorcery before the people. He can strike his stomach with every cutting weapon such as daggers, swords, pieces of wood, bullets, etc. He is neither a practicing Muslim, nor does he perform the obligatory acts of worship enjoined by Allaah such as Salaah (Prayer), Sawm (Fasting) and others.
Please clarify the opinion of Islaam regarding this matter. What is the secret of his ability to strike himself in this manner? Please reply in writing, as this phenomenon takes place in our country and in other Arab and Muslim countries as well.
Answer: Allaah sent Muhammad (peace be upon him) as the Final Messenger, on the authority of Qur’aanic texts and Ijmaa‘ (scholarly consensus), as Allaah says (what means)… read more here.