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04-23-2020, 01:26 PM
As Salam alaikum

Is it true that a witch can never be forgiven?..
What if one does equivalent to a witch?...

I heard that a witch is to be killed after repenting?

Any hope?...

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04-28-2020, 06:17 PM
السلام عليكم

"...Praise be to Allaah.

Learning witchcraft and practicing it constitute kufr (disbelief). Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

They followed what the shayateen (devils) gave out (falsely of the magic) in the lifetime of Sulaymaan (peace be upon him). Sulaymaan (peace be upon him) did not disbelieve, but the shayateen (devils) disbelieved, teaching men magic and such things that came down at Babylon to the two angels, Haaroot and Maaroot, but neither of these two (angels) taught anyone (such things) till they had said, ‘We are for trial, so disbelieve not (by learning this magic from us).’” [2:102]

A practitioner of witchcraft may do something that makes him an apostate, so he commits kufr and should be executed for his apostasy. Or he may practice witchcraft by doing something that does not constitute kufr. In the latter case there is a difference of scholarly opinion, but the correct view is that he should also be executed if it is proven that he is a practitioner of witchcraft. This is what the sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them) did and enjoined others to do. If he is executed, he should not be washed or shrouded or buried in the Muslim graveyard.

There should be no hesitation in executing the practitioner of witchcraft, whether we say that he is a kafir (disbeliever) or not, because this is what is proven from the companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). Executing him prevents the spread of evil and serves as a deterrent to his fellow practitioners of witchcraft.

If a practitioner of witchcraft repents sincerely to Allaah, then Allaah will accept his repentance. This is between him and his Lord, before the matter reaches the courts. But if the matter reaches the Islamic court, then the qaadi (Muslim judge) should execute him without asking him to repent, so as to rid society of his evil. But it is not permissible for any individual to carry out the hadd (Islamically prescribed) punishment by himself, rather the matter must be referred to the authorities. [...]

"...6 Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said: Is this execution a hadd (legally prescribed) punishment or killing him because of his kufr? Both are possible, based on the details about the kufr of the practitioner of witchcraft that we have discussed above. But based on the above discussion we say: if a person’s witchcraft constitutes kufr, then his execution is that of an apostate, but if his witchcraft does not constitute kufr, then it comes under the heading of protection against serious harm, and it must be implemented as the ruler sees fit.

Conclusion: Practitioners of witchcraft must be executed, whether or not we say that it is because of their kufr, because they make people sick and may even kill them, they cause separation between husband and wife, and vice versa, and they may bring about reconciliation between enemies and thus attain their goals. One of them may bewitch a person to make him like him and get what he wants from him, such as if one of them bewitches a woman in order to have his way with her, and because they spread mischief on earth. So it is obligatory for the authorities to execute them without asking them to repent, so long as this is done to ward off their harm and the great damage they may cause. The hadd punishment has nothing to do with being asked to repent; when the offender is caught, the hadd punishment must be carried out1. End quote. ..."

Repenting Before Being Apprehended

"...If a person comes to the authorities without having been found out and tells them that he has repented, and that in the past he used to do such and such, but he has repented to Allaah and he seems outwardly to be good, then his repentance should be accepted, because he has come voluntarily, seeking goodness and announcing his repentance without having been found out and without anyone making any claims against him. So if he comes in a manner that does not suggest any kind of trickery, then his repentance should be accepted, because he has come repenting and expressing regret, like any other kafir who may have a bad past, then Allaah blesses him by enabling him to repent without being forced to do so by anyone and without anyone making any claims against him2. End quote. ...."

Tawbah (Repentance)

"...Sincere repentance is not merely the matter of words spoken on the tongue. Rather, the acceptance of repentance is subject to the condition that the person gives up the sin straight away, that he regrets what has happened in the past, that he resolves not to go back to the thing he has repented from, that he restores people’s rights or property if his sin involved wrongdoing towards others, and that he repents before the agony of death is upon him..."3

Source (Adapted from): https://islamqa.info/en/answers/6991...nce-of-a-witch

1. Majmoo’ Fatawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen. This is a commentary on Kitab al-Tawheed.

2. Majmoo’ Fatawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baz.

3. https://islamqa.info/en/answers/14289/repentance


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