Sihr is the word used by Allah (Ta’ala) in the Quraan for
magic. Sihr is among the occult sciences. Literally, the definition of Sihr is
– “Every effect whose cause or origin is subtle, mysterious or supernatural.”
(Lisaanul Arab and Qaamoos).
In the literal sense of the term, Sihr will apply to all
things and effects whose causes and origin are unknown, subtle, mysterious, supernatural,
and incomprehensive, irrespective of whether the causes of the effects and
manifestations are tangible or intangible, visible, or invisible, material or
immaterial, natural or supernatural.
As long as the causes or the relationship between the cause
and effect remain concealed, the circumstance will be literally described as
Examples of such hidden and mysterious causes
Incantations, words uttered or recited.
Specially prepared formulas and potions.
Jinn and shayateen.
Power of the mind.
Stars, planets, and other heavenly bodies.
A concealed magnet.
The above are merely some hidden causes of events that come
within the literal definition of the word, Sihr. Besides these, there are a
great variety of effects in nature; the causes of which are hidden, subtle or
mysterious. Such effects of obscure causes can all be described as Sihr in the
literal sense of the term.
Sihr in the terminology of the Shariah does not cover all
effects with hidden causes. The definition of Sihr in shar’i terms is: “Sihr is
an act in which proximity to shaitaan (the devil) is gained and by virtue of
shaaitaan’s aid, the act becomes Sihr (magic).”
Sihr in the shar’i sense thus refers to all such acts,
manifestations, effects and demonstrations achieved by means of satanic
influence and aid. The aid, influence and proximity to shayateen are obtained
by pleasing them.
The pleasure of the shayateen can be obtained
in several ways:
Uttering incantations of kufr and shirk.
Lauding shaitaan with praises.
Worshiping of the stars and planets.
Murdering an innocent person and drinking his blood.
Remaining perpetually in state of impurity (Janaabat).
involves impurities, shayateen, jinn, satanic rituals, kufr (disbelief) and
PROOFS FROM THE SHARIAH
وَاتَّبَعُوا مَا تَتْلُو الشَّيَاطِينُ عَلَىٰ مُلْكِ
سُلَيْمَانَۖ وَمَا كَفَرَ سُلَيْمَانُ وَلَٰكِنَّ الشَّيَاطِينَ كَفَرُوا
يُعَلِّمُونَ النَّاسَ السِّحْرَ وَمَا أُنزِلَ عَلَى الْمَلَكَيْنِ بِبَابِلَ
هَارُوتَ وَمَارُوتَۚ وَمَا يُعَلِّمَانِ مِنْ أَحَدٍ حَتَّىٰ يَقُولَا إِنَّمَا
نَحْنُ فِتْنَةٌ فَلَا تَكْفُرْۖ فَيَتَعَلَّمُونَ مِنْهُمَا مَا يُفَرِّقُونَ
بِهِ بَيْنَ الْمَرْءِ وَزَوْجِهِۚ وَمَا هُم بِضَارِّينَ بِهِ مِنْ أَحَدٍ إِلَّا
بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِۚ وَيَتَعَلَّمُونَ مَا يَضُرُّهُمْ وَلَا يَنفَعُهُمْۚ وَلَقَدْ
عَلِمُوا لَمَنِ اشْتَرَاهُ مَا لَهُ فِي الْآخِرَةِ مِنْ خَلَاقٍۚ وَلَبِئْسَ مَا
شَرَوْا بِهِ أَنفُسَهُمْۚ لَوْ كَانُوا يَعْلَمُونَ
Almighty Allah (Ta’ala) says: “And they followed [instead] what the devils had
recited during the reign of Suleiman. It was not Solomon, who disbelieved, but
the devils disbelieved, teaching people magic and that which was revealed to
the two angels at Babylon, Harut and Marut. But the two angels did not teach
anyone unless they say, “We are a trial, so do not disbelieve [by
practicing magic].” And [yet] they learnt from them which they cause
separation between a man and his wife. But they do not harm anyone through it
except by the permission of Allah. And the people learn what harms them and
does not benefit them. But the Children of Israel certainly knew that whoever
purchased the magic would not have in the Hereafter any share. And wretched is
that for which they sold themselves, if they only knew”.
(Aayah 102 Surah Al
شَرِّ النَّفَّاثَاتِ فِي الْعُقَدِ
Almighty Allah (Ta’ala) says: “And from the evil of those who blow upon
4 Surah Al Falaq 113)
Nabi (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam)
said: “Whoever blows on knots practices magic, and whoever practices magic is a
ibn Mas`ud (Radhiallahu Anhu)
reported: “Anyone who goes to a diviner, a practitioner of magic or a
soothsayer, asking something and believing in what he says, denies what was
revealed to Muhammad (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam).”
(Al-Bazzar and Abu
Anha) narrated: Magic was performed on Nabi (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam) so that he began to think that he was doing a thing
which he was not actually doing. One day he invoked (Allah Ta’ala) for a long
period and then said, “I feel that Allah (Ta’ala) has inspired me as how to cure myself.
Two persons came to me
(in my dream) and sat, one by my head and the other by my feet. One of them
asked the other, “What is the ailment of this man?” The other
replied, ‘He has been bewitched” The first asked, ‘Who has bewitched him?’
The other replied, ‘Lubaid bin Al-A’sam.’ The first one asked, ‘What material
has he used?’ The other replied, ‘A comb, the hair gathered on it, and the
outer skin of the pollen of the male date-palm.’ The first asked, ‘Where is
that?’ The other replied, ‘It is in the well of Dharwan.’ ”
So, Nabi (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam) went out towards the well and then returned and said
to me on his return, “Its date-palms (the date-palms near the well) are
like the heads of the devils.” I asked, “Did you take out those
things with which the magic was worked?” He said, “No, for I have
been cured by Allah (Ta’ala) and I am afraid that this action may spread evil
amongst the people.” Later, the well was filled up with earth.
(Sahih Bukhari 490)
in a world of cause and effect.
When someone engages in
the sinful and evil practice of magic, it may cause a negative influence upon
the individual who was targeted. However, it must be unambiguously
clear that this is all through the
knowledge and power of Almighty Allah (Ta’ala).
SYMPTOMS OF BLACK-MAGIC (JAADOO / SIHR)
With regards to Sihr there are
four main symptoms:
Systematic and repeated blockages in life (personal and Professional).
Untreatable and/or unexplained medical conditions.
Unusual mental states
(excessive anger, depression, or fear).
Specific nightmares or dreams
All other symptoms fall broadly
into one of the above four categories.
Feeling relaxed or calm out of your home while
feeling anxious, and apprehensive at
Fighting with your spouse for no reason, or for small reasons.
Unappreciation of the good done by the spouse.
Feelings of love when apart from the spouse
with feelings of loathing when together.
Inability to produce offspring even though both
husband and wife are medically fit.
Constant headaches and/or body pains.
Rashes, eczema, psoriasis, or other skin
Irregular menstrual periods in females or other
Difficulties in having intimate relations
Heat in the body or falling asleep during Quraan