Question 340: Some newspapers publish stories about entertainers with unusual skills, such as breaking stones on their chests, laying on sharp nails and instruments, bending metal beams with their eyes, puling cars with their fingers and otheramazing feats. What is the Sharee`ah ruling on these feats and the entertainers who perform them? What is the ruling on hosting and watching them?
Answer: Breaking stones on someone’s chest, laying on sharp nails and tools, bending metal beams with someone’s eyes, pulling cars with someone’s hair or teeth, crushing razor blades and glass, and other extraordinary acts that some foolish entertainers display are works of fraudulence, sorcery, and magic like the sorcerers of Fir`awn (Pharaoh) practiced. Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) states in Soorah (Qur’aanic chapter) Al-A`raaf: So when they threw, they bewitched the eyes of the people, and struck terror into them, and they displayed a great magic. He (Glorified be He) states in Soorah Taa-Haa, Then behold! their ropes and their sticks, by their magic, appeared to him as though they moved fast.... read more here.