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.

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.

Celebrating the consummation of marriage

Question 13: There is an old custom in my country Tlemcen where at weddings a piece of cloth called a shirt is brought into the newlyweds’ room. After the groom enters the room of his bride, the bride’s family waits outside for the bloodstained shirt as proof that the marriage has been consummated. The shirt is then received by women and girls from among the bride’s family – staying with the groom’s family – who dance and utter cries of joy while waving the shirt before all the guests. Everyone then rejoices over the first blood stains indicating virginity. One hour later, the shirt is handed to the wife’s family who takes it back to their relatives to convey the glad tidings. Once they arrive, dancing and other shameful acts take place. It often happens that the shirt is taken out the next morning, which requires those entrusted with the shirt to stay at the husband’s family’s home, as they cannot return without it. If the shirt is not brought out, shameless male or female friends talk to the husband or wife in private – to keep others from being involved – asking about the details as to why they failed to consummate the marriage. If they are convinced that it has something to do with what is called “Al-Rabt” (the spell), then this is considered the worse thing of all.

However, there may be other reasons, which I being young and inexperienced may not be aware of. Everybody becomes saddened and help is sought from an expert woman or a scholar who can concoct a special amulet. In addition, the shirt may be brought out after many days have passed.

My question is about the permissibility of such a custom. I hope that Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) will guide you to explain the points and details of this matter clarifying the teachings of Allaah and His Messenger (peace be upon him) in this regard.

Answer: The wedding practices adopted in some countries, as those mentioned by the questioner, including joyous celebrations displaying the bloodstained piece of cloth after the consummation of marriage, and expressing sorrow and claiming that a sorcerer is needed to break the spell if the cloth is not presented, are prohibited groundless practices according to Islaam… read more here.

Tying a spell around the groom’s wrist

Question 8:  In our country, the following practices are conducted in marriage occasions:

A) Upon bidding the bride farewell, her brother shades her head with a Mus-haf (copy of the Qur’aan). They claim that this act is not a Bidd`ah (innovation in religion) as it involves religious behavior. We disagree with them as we see that the Mus-haf is a book that should be used for worship only.

B) On the wedding day, the groom wears an amulet around his wrist called “Al-Imaam Al-Damin”. This amulet contains some phrases such as “be in Allaah’s trust” and many others. Does this act count as Bidd`ah?

Answer: The practice they conduct with the bride is baseless in Sharee`ah (Islaamic law). With regard to the groom wearing an amulet around his wrist, if the amulet contains a Du`aa’ (supplication) to anyone other than Allaah, it is considered major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.