Was the Messenger of Allaah afflicted with Sihr?

Question: Was magic worked on the Prophet (peace be upon him) and was he affected by it?

Answer: The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) is human. Therefore, it is normal for him to be afflicted by the worldly misfortunes befalling people such as diseases, pain, assault or oppression and other things that are irrelevant to his mission… read more here.

Believing that knot-tying cures diseases

Question: A sister of mine performed Hajj with my father along with some people from our country. On the Day of `Arafah, an Iranian woman brought a silk thread and asked my sister and the women with her saying: Could any one of you who is performing Hajj for the first time tie a knot with that silk thread? The eldest woman among them, who had performed Hajj before, told them to tie the knot for her and they did.

My question is: Is the Hajj of the person who tied the knot valid? The Iranian woman told them that one of her relatives is a sick man who gets cured through this tying of knots. My sister and the women with her felt shy to tell my father as he may have stopped her.

Answer: This is an impermissible deed. If the woman who did so had no knowledge, she would be excused due to her ignorance. But if she knew that it was impermissible for her to do so, she would be a sinner and must repent to Allaah and seek His forgiveness and never do anything like this again… read more here.

Breaking a spell by a counter spell

Question: Many people believe that a man who is under a spell should go to a certain person to break the spell by means of amulets. Amazingly enough, the amulets sometimes work and the spell is broken; what is Your Eminence’s opinion? Also, was the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) really affected by magic?

Answer: Breaking a spell by means of another spell is not permissible. It is not permissible to go to soothsayers or ask them to come to examine a person who has been affected by magic… read more here.

Breaking the spell of a sorcerer using a counter spell

Question: One sister sent a question to my wife stating that when the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) was under a spell, it was not broken except when Jibreel (Gabriel, peace be upon him) came and told him of the spell as it is authentically related. Is it then permissible for someone who is under a spell to attempt breaking it (by resorting to sorcery)? (This is the wording of the sister’s question).


She also says that this is what she understood upon reading Tafseer (exegesis of the meanings of the Qur’aan) of Soorah Al-Falaq in Tafseer Ibn Katheer. Appreciate your clarification.

Answer: It is not permissible to break the spell of witchcraft by means of using a counter spell. It is incumbent upon whoever is affected by a spell to seek the cure through lawful types of treatment such as Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing) and using permissible medications, for the Prophet (peace be upon him) said… read more here.

Treating Sihr with Ruqyah and Sharee`ah-Approved supplications

Question: If we find out that someone has bewitched another person, how can we break the influence of this magic in a permissible way prescribed by Sharee‘ah (Islaamic law)?

Answer: Resorting to witchcraft as a means of treatment is Haraam (prohibited). In fact, it is an act of Shirk Akbar (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah). Therefore, it is unlawful to undo witchcraft by using witchcraft… read more here.

Visiting sorcerers and enchanters to treat diseases

Question: I am a Muslim person and I suffer from a severe illness. I went to a witchdoctor who told me the causes of my disease. He told me that he can cure my disease on condition that I slaughter a sacrifice or mix wine with a tree branch, otherwise I will die. What should I do, especially that my illness has worsened?

Answer: Firstly: Regarding the stated situation, it is forbidden to go to practitioners of witchcraft or sorcerers who claim that they can diagnose diseases and learn their causes through supernatural means… read more here.

Seeking treatment in unlawful means and consulting sorcerers and soothsayers

Question: Firstly: In some areas of our country there are people who treat the sick with the meat of predatory beasts, birds, and animals, whether the meat is Halaal (lawful) or Haraam (prohibited). What is the ruling on this? Please give us a Fatwaa and may Allaah reward you.

Secondly: What is the ruling on consulting sorcerers, soothsayers, and astrologers?

Answer: Firstly: It is prohibited to eat the meat of animals that have fangs, such as lions, wolves, and tigers, or to eat the meat of birds of prey with talons, such as owls and falcons, or to eat the meat of domesticated animals, such as donkeys and mules… read more here.

Lawful treatment for a spell

Question: What is the treatment for Sihr (witchcraft) approved by Sharee`ah (Islaamic law)? Is it permissible to use nerve-sedatives, which are commonly used for treating patients with psychological disorders, knowing that they contain anesthetics?How should we deal with our mother who is afflicted by Sihr and seeks the help of a sorcerer for treatment? We have advised her that her doing so is considered Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) and we will read to her your answer, In-shaa’-Allaah (if Allaah wills). Is she considered a Mushrik (one who associates others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), bearing in mind that when she goes into a fit due to the disease, she becomes so disturbed in her mind that she appears to be mad, but she is sage in the best sense of the word once she regains sanity.

Answer: First, it is not permissible to treat Sihr with Sihr; rather, it should be treated with Ruqyah (recitation for healing or protection) through reciting the Qur’aan and the Prophetic Athkaar (invocations and remembrances said at certain times on a regular basis) reported to be used as Ruqyah and asking Allaah to heal her… read more here.

Ruling on going to soothsayers and believing them

Question: Is it permissible for Muslims to go to a soothsayer and consult him about their illness and the latter informs them that they are bewitched? Then the patient asks the soothsayer to break the spell, and the soothsayer pours lead over their heads with a vessel full of water and gives them the name of the person who bewitched them! Also, is it permissible for a woman to ask a soothsayer to tell her the name of her future daughter in law, or ask whether her daughter in law loves or hates her husband’s family?

Answer: It is permissible for Muslims to visit an internist, a surgeon, or a neurologist, etc., to diagnose their cases and treat them, based on their medical knowledge, using medicines sanctioned by Sharee‘ah (Islaamic law), because all this comes under implementation of ordinary means… read more here.

Visiting a sorcerer to remove a spell

Question: If a person is afflicted by Sihr (witchcraft), is it permissible for them to go to a sorcerer to remove it?

Answer: This is not permissible, and the basic ruling on it finds its origin in the Hadeeth reported by Imaam Ahmad and Aboo Dawood on the authority of Jaabir (may Allaah be pleased with them) who said… read more here.

Visiting a sorcerer to break a spell

Question: A man got married to a woman who loved him very much; after a period of time, she started to hate him strongly with no clear reason. It was said that this must have been due to the work of magic, so some people told the husband to go to a witchdoctor who would remove the effect of magic. They told him that this would be considered a self-defense procedure to maintain his relationship with his wife and told him that necessities make prohibited matters permissible. But the husband did not accept this and regarded it as an act of Kufr (disbelief).

Is it permissible for him to resort to witchcraft to undo the witchcraft that has been done to him or should he rather surrender to his fate and endure it? Is resorting to witchcraft in this case considered self-defense or Kufr?

Answer: It is not permissible for you to go to a magician to undo for you the witchcraft afflicting you by using witchcraft like it, based on the general meaning of the following Hadeeth of the Prophet (peace be upon him)… read more here.

Causing harm to others

Question: If one drives his enemy into madness and then that mad person commits an evil act and kills himself, or any other crime, who should be held accountable for these sins on the Day of Judgment? Is it the mad person, or his enemy who drove him mad, or the one who worked magic on him? Which of the three bears the sin? Given that the madman’s enemy did not drive him mad himself, but hired a sorcerer to drive him mad.

Answer: Causing harm to others is forbidden; one who does so bears as much of sin as he has committed. It is also prohibited to hire a sorcerer to harm a person, and the work of that sorcerer is considered Kufr (disbelief), as Allaah says (what means)… read more here.

A woman going to see a male doctor

Question: I have been married to a woman for three years and she has not been able to give birth until now. I want her to be examined by a doctor, but there are no female doctors available; only male doctors. Is it permissible for her to be examined by a male doctor, knowing that she has refused such thing? Furthermore, my wife is now living with her family due to some family problems and they will not let her come back to me except if I dealt with them aggressively. They are harsh and impious, and wish to separate us against our will. If I file a lawsuit against them, they will force my wife to ask for divorce.

Kindly give me your opinion in this regard. Some people advise me to go to sorcerers, and I know that going to and believing sorcerers is an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). I am really at a loss and do not know whether to go to sorcerers or not. Kindly guide me to the right decision. May Allaah guide you!

Answer: Firstly, it is permissible for your wife to be examined by a specialized male doctor to know the reasons behind the delay of pregnancy when specialized female doctors are lacking, provided that there is no Khulwah (being alone with a member of the opposite sex) between her and the doctor… read more here.

A sorcerer using something against Islaam

Question: A woman was bewitched by a sorcerer to marry a specific man. Later, the bewitched woman became insane and the sorcerer was arrested by the civil court officials. He confessed to the crime when asked. What is the prescribed penalty for him?

Answer: When a sorcerer uses something that is against Islaam, he should be sentenced to death for Riddah (apostasy). If it is confirmed that he killed a person by sorcery, he should be killed in retaliation… read more here.

Learning Sihr (witchcraft)

Question: I heard someone saying: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Learn Sihr (witchcraft), but do not practice it.” Is this a Hadeeth Saheeh (a Hadeeth that has been transmitted by people known for their uprightness and exactitude; free from eccentricity and blemish)?

Answer: To the best of my knowledge, this is a Hadeeth Mawdoo` (fabricated Hadeeth) that has not been reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him)… read more here.

Hadeeth: “Learn Sihr (witchcraft), but do not practice it.”

Question: What is the meaning of “Learn Sihr (witchcraft), but do not practice it,” because some people say it is a weak Hadeeth?

Answer: It is illegal to learn Sihr whether to use it or protect yourself by it. Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) mentions in the Qur’aan that learning it is an act of Kufr (disbelief)… read more here.

Death and life predestined by Allaah

Question: Some Yemeni tribes believe that if an elderly lady who is stricken in years looks at any young man or woman, or even a male or female child, she will capture their soul, and if she wills, she can bring them back to life. Is this belief based on any evidence from the Book of Allaah or the Sunnah of His Messenger (peace be upon him), or any of the Messenger’s Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet)? Moreover, any lady accused of this will be cast out by her children or providers and will be left in the open under the scorching sun. There is a man who is said to find out if an elderly lady is really a “soul taker” or just a normal lady. Kindly answer our question. May Allaah reward you!

Answer: We know no solid proof concerning the two kinds of men and women mentioned above from the sanctified Sharee`ah; it is not permissible even to think of the existence of such things… read more here.

Difference between Sihr (witchcraft) and ‘Ayn (the evil eye)

Question: What is the difference between Sihr (witchcraft) and ‘Ayn (the evil eye)?Is the evil eye something real from the perspective of religion and does it have a legal ruling on it? What is the remedy for both the envier and the envied if the evil eye has a real effect?

Answer: In the linguistic sense the word Sihr means: What is hidden and its means are secret. In the terminological sense, Sihr is the practice of using charms and spells, some of which afflict hearts and bodies causing the person to fall ill, sometimes to die, or cause separation between man and his wife… read more here.

Is Sihr (witchcraft) lawful?

Question: Is Sihr (witchcraft) lawful? Take into consideration that most of the Guadeloupe Island population where I live, believe in it. For example, a girl will take a part of the clothing of a young man she loves and gives it to a sorcerer who casts a spell and makes the young man fall in love with her. A good sorcerer may prevent you from gambling or smoking, is this true? Can a sorcerer do these things?

Answer: Sihr is anything including practicing things with fine, abstruse, and causeless characters. There are different types. The ruling on approaching it differs according to the difference of types. Likewise, it differs according to its existence in reality. For example, Sihr applies to eloquence and articulacy… read more here.