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.

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.

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.

Going to churches to treat epilepsy

Question: The common cure for epilepsy here in Egypt is to go to a church, especially the Mary Girgis Church, or to go to practitioners of Sihr (witchcraft) and soothsayers, who are widespread in villages. Sometimes, recovery is secured. Is it permissible to do so given that the epileptic may die if he is not treated quickly? What is the lawful treatment, sanctioned by Allaah, to this seizure, as there is a cure for every disease except for old age? Please give us a detailed explanation regarding the cure.

Answer: It is not permissible to resort to churches, practitioners of Sihr (witchcraft), or soothsayers for treating epilepsy... read more here.

Playing recordings of Qur’aan recitation for hours for a sick person

Question 287: What is your opinion concerning playing recordings of Qur’aan recitation for hours for the sick, and playing specific Aayaat that remedy Sihr (sorcery), `Ayn (the envious eye) and Jinn (creatures created from fire)?

Answer: Playing recordings of the Qur’aan and Du`aa’ (supplication) cannot be a substitute for Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and supplications over the sick as a cure), because Ruqyah requires conviction while performing it and being face to face in order to blow over the patient’s body. This cannot be achieved merely through playing recordings on a device... read more here.

Seeking the help of Jinn in finding out whether a patient is stricken by an evil eye or spells

Question 286: What is the ruling on seeking the help of Jinn (creatures created from fire) in finding out the `Ayn (envious eye) or spells [i.e., who cast it and what type it is]? Is it permissible to believe a Jinn who has possessed a person in what he says about sorcery and `Ayn, and take an action based on that?

Answer: It is not permissible to seek the help of Jinn in finding out what the problem is and how to treat it, because seeking the help of Jinn is Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). Allaah (Exalted be He) states, ‘And verily, there were men among mankind who took shelter with the males among the jinn, but they (jinn) increased them (mankind) in sin and transgression. Allaah (Exalted be He) also states... read more here.

Reciting Ruqyah through a microphone or a telephone

Question 285: What is the ruling on using a microphone or a telephone to recite the Qur’aan for Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing), or reciting Ruqyah over a large number of people at the same time?

Answer: Ruqyah should be recited directly over the patient, not through a microphone or a telephone. This contradicts what was done by the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him), his Sahaabah (Companions, may Allaah be pleased with them) and their Taabi`oon (Followers, the generation after the Companions of the Prophet). The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, Anyone who introduces anything into this matter of ours (Islaam) that is not a part of it will have it rejected.... read more here.

A patient smelling the leather of wolves on the pretext that this reveals the existence/non-existence of Jinn

Question 284: What is the ruling on people who have a patient smell the leather of wolves under the pretense that this reveals the existence/non-existence of Jinn (creatures created from fire). They claim that Jinn fear wolves, flee from them and are troubled by their presence.

Answer: It is not permissible for a person who performs Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing) to use the leather of wolves to have patients smell it to be able to diagnose their illness. This is a form of deception and corrupt belief; therefore, it should be totally prohibited. Moreover, saying that Jinn fear wolves is a baseless superstition... read more here.

Stamping papers with large seals incised with Aayaat, invocations and statements of thikr

Question 283: What is the ruling on putting large seals in which Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses), invocations and supplications are written to ward off Sihr (sorcery), envy, or jinn? The seal is dipped into water containing saffron to stamp papers that will be dissolved later and soaked in water to be drunk as a kind of Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing).

Answer: This is not permissible because one of the conditions of a lawful Ruqyah is that the intention of both the person who makes the Ruqyah and the person on whom it will be performed, should be seeking cure from Allaah’s Book by writing the Aayaat... read more here.