Islamic View on Sorcery (Black Magic) & Fortune Telling

What is Black Magic/Sorcery?

Sorcery or the Arabic term “Sihr” which is used in the Quran means to use magic/black magic to mislead or harm others. Anyone that uses black magic is actually engaging with jinn (demons) and both sides try to fulfill each other’s requests and demands to achieve a certian outcome. So there is no such thing as natural forces or powers, it’s all done through the help of jinn.

What is a Jinn?

A jinn is an unseen living being that is created by Allah from fire. Shaytan (Satan) is a type of jinn and in fact, he is the leader for all disbelieving jinns. According to some scholars, jinn lived on earth before humans for a long period and Iblees (the leading jinn/Satan) was a pious believer who got the opportunity to live among the angels. His disobedience and refusal to Allah when he was asked to make sujood (bowing down) to prophet Adam caused him to lose his status and become a cursed being. There are jinn who are believers of Allah but the group of jinn that I will be talking about in this section are the disbelievers (Satan’s followers).

Dealing with Jinn and Black Magic

As I mentioned earlier, the only way for a human to perform sorcery/black magic is by being affiliated with jinn. In Islam, it is forbidden to get involved with magic, fortune-telling or any related activities. Therefore, there is no such thing as a Muslim magician or a Muslim fortune-teller. Anyone who gets involved with jinn has automatically become a disbeliever. For a person to learn magic and use it to communicate with jinns, technically he/she is practicing rituals that are against Islamic teachings, and are eventually selling their eman (belief) and paradise for a worldly cheap price. These humans requesting help are just fooled in believing that they are gaining benefits: “And there were men from mankind who sought refuge in men from the jinn, so they (only) increased them in burden” (Chapter Al-Jinn, verse 6). In street terms, these humans are only “getting played” and they are gaining nothing out of it but the hellfire in the akhira (hereafter). If someone believes that a being can provide to them besides Allah then they are committing “shirk”: the only sin (agreed by all scholars) that Allah never forgives without exception.

Fortune Telling and Psychics

I know most people do not get involved with these type of acts but recently I’ve been hearing/reading about many cases where certain people are going to psychics, healers, and fortune tellers seeking their help and advice. And sadly, a lot of these cases are by Muslims. In case you’re not well-educated about your deen (religion) or unintentionally got involved, know that this is unacceptable in Islam. The prophet Mohammed (PBUH) said: “Whoever goes to a fortune-teller asking him about something, his prayer will not be accepted for 40 nights” (Sahih Muslim). Also, prophet (PBUH) said: “whoever goes to a fortune-teller and believes what he says, then he disbelieved in what has been revealed by Allah to the prophet Mohammed (PBUH)” (Sunan Abu Dawoud).

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Curses and The Eye (Envy)

It is possible for the average person to be affected by curses and spells even though they are not associated with magicians, fortune-tellers, etc. This can be done by someone they know who has hatered for them and who uses black magic to make a spell on them. This happened to the prophet Mohammed (PBUH) once when a Jewish man who dealt with black magic took some hairs of the Prophet and put a spell on him. Allah protected the Prophet (PBUH) by sending two angels to discover the source of magic and to break the spell/curse. Due to this incident, Allah revealed two small chapters (will be discussed later on) so Muslims can use them to protect themselves. Another type of curse that can harm an individual is mentioned in the Quran as “Al Hasad” (envy/curse of the eye). It’s done intentionally or unintentionally by someone who envies or wishes to have something that the effected person owns. To prevent yourself from harming others unintentionally, it’s recommended that you say “MashAllah” (God willed it) when you see something that interests you. And a last case that is common among all of us is that when you stay away from the remembrance of Allah and commit a lot of sin, expect for Satan and his followers to touch you, which will result in fear and discomfort in your heart.

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How to Protect Yourself from Satan/Jinn?

If you are a person suffering from magic, curses, jinn or even mental/psychological disorders (anxiety, depression, etc.), then I have great news for you! The prophet Mohammed (PBUH) said: “Whoever says (There is no God but Allah, He is One with no partners, The Ownership [kingdom] and Praises are all to Him and He is capable of all things) then it is as if he freed ten slaves, gained 100 good deeds, erased 100 bad deeds, and has been protected from shaytan (and his evil doings)” (Saheeh Muslim). Saying it in Arabic: “La Ellaha ela Allah wahadahu la shareek Lah, Lahu Al-mulk wa lahu Al-Hamd, wa huwa A’la kul Shay’en Qadeer”. Also, as reported by the scholars from the practices of the Prophet, you should try to do all of the following: in your home, always open windows to let air in, remove all pictures from the walls, never let a dog stay inside the house, and always play a recording/recitation of the Quran (Chapter Al-Baqara). Keep yourself clean (wudu/shower) and keep your home clean when you can because jinns don’t come near clean people/environments. Remembering Allah and mentioning His names is your number one protection as mentioned in the above hadith; you must complete your 5 daily prayers every day and do tasbeeh (Subhan Allah, Alhamdulilah, Allahu Akbar). Doing zikr (short verbal prayers) on a daily basis, especially in the morning and at night, is important. There are a lot of zikr but some of the popular ones that are used for protection against magic and devils are reciting chapter Al-Ekhlas, Al-Falaq and An-Nas. These are 3 small chapters in the Quran that are only one page combined. Reading Ayatul Kursi (Verse of the Chair) in the morning, after every prayer and at night before you sleep is another good option. And finally, if you are facing any moments of fear (from devils or anything harmful) then say what the prophet Mohammed (PBUH) used to say: “A’authu bekalemat Allah Altamat min shari ma Khalaq”. This means “I seek refuge in Allah’s perfect words from all evil creation”.

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