Why is Black Magic Forbidden in Islam?

Islam Contributor
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Black magic, commonly referred to as “Sihr” in the Holy Quran, is one of the most condemned acts for a Muslim. All kinds of magic are haram, considering that the idea upon which it is founded goes against the principles of Islam.

Being Muslims, we believe that only Allah (SWT) has the power to change fate and design the path for us to follow. Magic invalidates this concept by giving humans the power to control destiny, thus defying Allah (SWT).

The Holy Prophet (SAW) said, “Verily, spells, amulets, and charms are acts of idolatry.” (Sunan Abu Dawood 3883)

Magic, in itself, is something that defies the laws of this world. Therefore, those who practice it readily oppose the path Allah (SWT) has chosen. These activities equate to shirk.

It has been made clear time and time again that Allah (SWT) will forgive any sin except shirk, if a person remains in that state of mind moments before death. Thus, one must never believe that he or she is capable of more than what Allah (SWT) has provided them with.

“O men! you are they who stand in need of Allah. And Allah is He who is self-sufficient, the praised one.” (Surah Fatir 35:15)

Well, how is black magic done?

It is believed that some people utilise the power of evil jinn or devils for satanic practices by offering them various favours. This can be referred to as making pacts with the jinn in exchange for services or knowledge, which is considered haram.

According to Hazrat Aisha (RA), when some people asked the Holy Prophet (SAW) about soothsayers (those who possess the knowledge of the future), he commented, “They are upon nothing.” Then, the people said, “O Messenger of Allah, sometimes they speak about things that come true.”

The Holy Prophet (SAW) replied, “Those are the words snatched by the jinn, who whisper it into the ears of their friends and it is mixed with more than one hundred lies.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

In the present day, there aren’t as many practitioners of black magic as compared to the amount of those who simply claim to know how to practise it. About 90% of the claims made are completely false, utilising others’ ignorance regarding magic to make easy money.

Yet, many people fall into this trap, paying large amounts of money just to make their wishes come true.

Often, naive people tend to mistake basic magic tricks and illusions for black magic as well, believing that certain frauds are knowledgeable in the field.

It is mentioned in Surah Al-A’raf, “So when they cast, they deceived the people’s eyes and frightened them, and they produced a mighty enchantment.” (Verse 116)

Now, how can one keep themselves protected from black magic and break the spell if you are affected ?

The last two surahs of the Holy Quran, i.e. Surah Al-Falak and Surah Al-Naas were specifically revealed to ward off any black magic cast on the person.

It must also be kept in mind that due to the human nature of constantly thinking of the worst, one might believe that they’re under the influence of black magic, but so might not be the case. It is suggested to consult doctors and psychiatrists first.

Most of all, firm faith in Allah (SWT) and the Holy Prophet (SAW), along with the regular recitation of the Holy Quran will undoubtedly protect one from the evil magic.

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