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.

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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.

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.

What is the ruling on employing Jinn to cure diseases?

Question 349: Some people employ the help of Jinn (creatures created from fire) to cure diseases claiming that their patients are possessed, and they earn money from this occupation. What is the Islaamic ruling on this? Is it Halaal (lawful) or Haraam (prohibited)?

Answer: It is not permissible for Muslims to employ the help of Jinn for any reason, because the Jinn will never serve humans unless the latter obey them by committing acts in disobedience of Allaah, Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), and Kufr (disbelief). 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. He (Exalted be He) also states, And on the Day when He will gather them (all) together (and say): “O you assembly of jinn! Many did you mislead of men,” and their Awliyaa’ (friends and helpers) amongst men will say: “Our Lord! We benefited one from the other, but now we have reached our appointed term which You did appoint for us.” He will say: “The Fire be your dwelling-place, you will dwell therein forever, except as Allaah may will. Earnings from this work are Haraam. Being possessed by Jinn or afflicted with other diseases can be treated by the Qur’aan, prescribed Du`a’ (supplications), and medication administered by reliable specialists of sound Eemaan (faith)... read more here.

Reading horoscopes published in the newspapers and magazines?

Question 348: What is the ruling on reading horoscopes published in the newspapers and magazines and believing in what they say?

Answer: Depending on astrology and horoscopes to know the future counts as an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) committed by the early Magians, the disbelieving philosophers and their kind. Claiming knowledge of the future means knowing about the Ghayb (the Unseen), which counts as major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship that takes the Muslim out of Islaam) and violation of Allaah’s Command. This act is falsehood and deceit to usurp people’s money and corrupt their beliefs.

Accordingly, it is not permissible to publish, cast a look in, promote or believe in horoscopes, as this counts as a form of disbelief and goes against Tawheed (monotheism). Every Muslim should be careful of and give up these matters and depend on Allaah (Exalted be He) in all affairs... read more here.

Going to soothsayers or their likes who request a sick person to slaughter any animal

Question 347: A healer requests a sick man to bring a she-camel whereby he walks around with all his children four or seven times after gathering them in the house, then, slaughters it. The sick man is supposed to remain in the she-camel’s blood for a period of time. Is this action Haraam (prohibited)? Is it permissible to eat from the she-camel’s meat, knowing that they pronounced the Name of Allaah upon slaughtering it? Please, advise. May Allaah reward you with the best!

Answer: A sick Muslim is permitted to seek treatment through Islaamically lawful Ruqyah, which involves recitation of Aayaat of the Qur’aan and invocations reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him). He may also resort to lawful medicines.

However, visiting soothsayers or the like who request the sick to slaughter a she-camel, a sheep, a chicken, or any animal is not permissible. This is because slaughtering is an act of worship that must be dedicated to Allaah Alone. Allah (Exalted be He) states, Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): “Verily, my Salaah (prayer), my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allaah, the Lord of the ‘Aalameen (mankind, jinn and all that exists). He has no partner. 

It is not permissible to eat from this camel’s meat even if the Name of Allaah is mentioned upon slaughtering, because it was slaughtered for the sake of other than Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) – an act which is considered major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship that takes the Muslim out of Islaam) that takes the doer out of the pale of Islaam... read more here.

What is the ruling on seeking the help of Jinn to cure sorcery?

Question 346: Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) is a widely spread phenomenon in the town where I live. People practice charlatanry, Sihr (sorcery), and seek help from the Awliyaa’ (pious people). I read a book entitled “`Ilaaj Al-Umur Al-Sihriyyah” (How to treat matters related to sorcery) and another book entitled “Al-Shirk wa Mazhaahiruhoo” (Shirk and its manifestations) in which I found a number of Saheeh (authentic) Hadeeths which permit practicing Ruqyah (reciting Qur’an and saying supplications over the sick as a cure). I have, thus, practiced Ruqyah and because of the many patients afflicted with possession and Sihr, I have been practicing it day and night. Am I permitted to seek the help of Jinn (creatures created from fire) to get rid of Sihr or even to order the jinnee to search for hidden amulets?

Answer: It is not permissible to seek help from the Jinn and those who are not in someone’s reach. This is Shirk as it is an act of worship that should be dedicated to Allaah Alone, not to any person, jinn, angel, or any other being. A living person who is capable of providing assistance may be sought to help in agriculture, construction, combating enemies, etc. The Jinn, on the other hand, must not be sought for help whether they are reachable or absent. This is because Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He)states, You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help (for each and everything). The Prophet (peace be upon him) stated, “If you need assistance, supplicate to Allaah Alone for help.”... read more here.

Is it permissible to take medication prescribed by sorcerers without going to them?

Question 345: I certainly know that going to a sorcerer is absolutely forbidden. However, I hear that there is a sorcerer who prescribes useful medication for people. Is it permissible for me to use this medication without going to this man? It is worth mentioning that the composition of this medication is unknown to me.

Answer: It is not permissible to take medication prescribed by sorcerers, even if you do not go to them. The sorcerers commit unlawful acts and seek help from the devils. There is no good in them or in their medication... read more here.

How can a person totally recover from sorcery’s effect?

Question 344: How can a person get rid of Sihr (sorcery)? Indeed, the woman affected regularly recites Adkaar (invocations) and her Wird (portion of Qur’aan recited with consistency). Also, a Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing) has been recited over her but the signs of Sihr are still apparent, as food and water accumulate by the end of the Pharynx. Whenever she reads certain Aayaat to ward off Sihr, she feels itching. Kindly, give us the legal opinion in this regard. We hope that the person who provides the answer practices Ruqyah himself.

Answer: Removing Sihr is permissible by the Qur’aan and the legal formulae of supplications as well as the permissible medicines. This should be repeated until the person affected by Sihr is cured by Allaah’s will... read more here.

What is the ruling on learning sorcery for treating those bewitched?

Question 343: What is the ruling on learning sorcery for the purpose of treating those affected by magic?

Answer: It is not permissible to learn sorcery whether for the purpose of breaking a spell affecting a person or treating diseases... read more here.

What is the ruling on going to sorcerers to get rid of sorcery?

Question 342: What is the Islaamic ruling on a bewitched man who went to fraudulent diviners to neutralize his spell and give him a counter-spell? Is he permitted to keep this counter-spell?

Answer: It is not permissible for a Muslim to go to magicians in order to neutralize a magic spell or whatsoever. The Prophet (peace be upon him) stated, If anyone resorts to a diviner or a soothsayer and believes in what he says, then he disbelieves in what was revealed to Muhammad. One who does so must repent to Allaah (Glorified be He) for this action, trust in Him and resolve never to do it again. Moreover, one must get rid of this counter-spell because it takes the ruling of prohibited amulets that involve Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). However, a Muslim should seek treatment through lawful medicines and Islamically lawful Ruqyah... read more here.