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.

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.

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.

What is the ruling on going to soothsayers and diviners?

Question 350: What is the ruling on soothsayers and diviners who claim to have knowledge of all things? Sometimes we ask them about a lost item and they may give us true information about it.

Answer: It is not permissible to visit, consult, or believe soothsayers and diviners. The Prophet (peace be upon him) stated, If anyone resorts to a diviner or a soothsayer and believes in what he says, then he will be a disbeliever in what was revealed to Muhammad. He (peace be upon him) also stated, Anyone who visits a diviner and asks him about anything, his prayers will not be accepted for forty nights. Related by Muslim in his Saheeh (authentic) Book of Hadeeth. By their claim of the knowledge of the Ghayb (the Unseen), diviners and soothsayers have disbelieved in Allaah the Almighty and left the pale of Islaam, as knowledge of the Ghayb is exclusive to Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He). He (Glorified be He) states, Say: “None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghayb (Unseen) except Allaah” He (Glorified and Exalted be He) also states, “(He Alone is) the All-Knower of the Ghayb (Unseen), and He reveals to none His Ghayb (Unseen).” Except to a Messenger (from mankind) whom He has chosen (He informs him of unseen as much as He likes)... read more here.

Ruling on visiting, consulting and believing soothsayers and the like

All perfect praise be to Allaah Alone. May peace and blessing be upon the Noblest Prophet Muhammad, his Family, and Companions. Some people are widely known to rely on soothsayers, astrologers, diviners, and sorcerers to unveil the future, bring luck, fulfill marriage, succeed in exams, and other matters that are only known to Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He). Allaah (Exalted be He) says: (He Alone is) the All-Knower of the Ghayb (Unseen), and He reveals to none His Ghayb (Unseen).” Except to a Messenger (from mankind) whom He has chosen (He informs him of unseen as much as He likes), and then He makes a band of watching guards (angels) to march before him and behind him. Allaah (Glorified be He) says: Say: “None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghayb (Unseen) except Allaah, nor can they perceive when they shall be resurrected.” Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) and His Messenger (peace be upon him) declared the delusion and evil end of the soothsayers, diviners, sorcerers, and the like assuring that they have no knowledge of the Ghayb (the Unseen) and they tell people lies and deliberately attribute falsehood to Allaah… read more here.

Note: This article was published in Islaamic Research Journal, Edition number 17.