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.

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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.

Hadeeth: “Learn Sihr (witchcraft), but do not practice it.”

Question 61: What is the degree of authenticity of the following Hadeeth: “Learn witchcraft but do not practice it?

Answer: This Hadeeth is not Saheeh (authentic)… read more here.