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mahuruf
02-18-2006, 03:14 AM
Can someone advice me if “Magic” is acceptable in Islam. Some say no, but there aren’t enough reasons given to prove it. Thanks in advance :thankyou:
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*charisma*
02-18-2006, 03:23 AM
Assalamu Alaikum

It isn't allowed:

Question :

What is the correct ruling on one who practices magic or witchcraft?

Answer :

Praise be to Allaah.

Magic in all its forms in haraam according to all divinely-revealed laws, and there is scholarly consensus that magic and learning magic are haraam.

Magic goes against that which the Messengers brought and it opposes the purpose for which the Books were revealed.

Most of the scholars were of the view that the one who practices magic is a kaafir whom the authorities are obliged to execute.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Sulaymaan did not disbelieve, but the Shayaateen (devils) disbelieved, teaching men magic…”

[al-Baqarah 2:102]

“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)’”

[al-Baqarah 2:102]

This proves that that magic is kufr

Most of the Shaafa’i fuqahaa’ were of the view that the one who practices magic is not a kaafir unless he believes that magic is permitted or he believes something like the people of Babylon believed, that practicing magic would bring them closer to the seven stars [which they used to worship].

This is subject to further debate; there is no evidence to suggest that (describing the one who practices magic as a kaafir) is conditional upon his believing that to be permissible.

The correct view is that the one who practices magic is a kaafir, whether he believes it to be haraam or not. Simply doing magic is kufr. This is the apparent meaning of the evidence, and there are no other texts to contradict this.

Once it is proven that a person is guilty of practicing magic, then he must be killed. This was proven from a group of the Sahaabah, but it is not for individuals to carry out this hadd punishment without the command of the ruler or his deputy, because carrying out the hadd punishments without the authority of the ruler may lead to mischief, and destroy any sense of security in the society, and undermine the position of the ruler.

Shaykh Sulaymaan al-‘Alwaan (www.islam-qa.com)

fi aman Allah
w'salaam
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Ibn Abi Ahmed
02-18-2006, 03:26 AM
:sl:

Question :


Will the repentance of a witch (practitioner of witchcraft) be accepted by Allaah? Because I heard that a witch asked the Sahaabah about repenting after the death of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and no one answered her. What did they say to her? Would her faith benefit her before Allaah? Why do the scholars issue fatwas about the acceptance of the witch’s repentance in this case?.

Answer :

Praise be to Allaah.

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

“They followed what the Shayaateen (devils) gave out (falsely of the magic) in the lifetime of Sulaymaan (Solomon). Sulaymaan did not disbelieve, but the Shayaateen (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).’”

[al-Baqarah 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 practise witchcraft by doing something that does not constitute kufr. In that 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 other 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 kaafir 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 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 punishment by himself, rather the matter must be referred to the authorities.


There follow some fatwas of the scholars on this matter:

1 – Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

If a practitioner of witchcraft repents sincerely to Allaah, that will benefit him before Allaah, for Allaah accepts repentance from the mushrikeen and others, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And He it is Who accepts repentance from His slaves, and forgives sins”
[al-Shoora 42:25]

“And all of you beg Allaah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful”

[al-Noor 24:31]

But in this world it is not accepted. The correct view is that he is to be executed. If it is proven to the court that he is a practitioner of witchcraft, then he should be executed, even if he says, “I have repented.” His repentance between him and Allaah is valid, if he is sincere, and that will benefit him before Allaah, but according to the Islamic ruling he is to be executed, just as ‘Umar executed the practitioners of witchcraft, because their evil is great. They may say, “We have repented,” but they may be lying, and the people will be harmed and may not be safe from their evil because of the repentance that they show. So they should be executed, and their repentance will benefit them before Allaah if they are sincere. End quote.

Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, 8/111

2 – The Shaykh (may Allaah have mercy on him) also said:

The correct view according to the scholars is that the practitioner of witchcraft should be executed without being asked to repent, because of the seriousness of their evil. Some scholars are of the view that they should be asked to repent, and that they are like any other kaafirs who should be asked to repent. But the correct scholarly view is that they should not be asked to repent because their evil is so great, and because they conceal their evil and their kufr; they may claim to have repented but they are lying, and may cause a great deal of harm to people as a result. Hence the scholars were of the view that the one who is known and proven to be a practitioner of witchcraft should be executed even if he claims that he has repented and that he regrets what he has done; he should not be believed.

Hence it is narrated that ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) wrote to the commanders of the troops telling them to execute every practitioner of witchcraft they found, so as to guard against their evil. Abu ‘Uthmaan al-Nahdi said: “We executed three practitioners of witchcraft.” This is how it was narrated in Saheeh al-Bukhaari from Bajaalah ibn ‘Abdah. [It was also narrated by Abu Dawood with a saheeh isnaad, and the original report is in al-Bukhaari].

And it is narrated in a saheeh report that Hafsah executed a slave woman of hers because she found out that she was engaging in witchcraft. And when the great Sahaabi Jundub ibn ‘Abd-Allaah (may Allaah be pleased with him) saw a practitioner of witchcraft playing with his head – making the people think that he was cutting off his head and putting it back – he approached him without him realizing and killed him, and said: “Now put your head back if you are telling the truth!”

Conclusion: the evil of the practitioners of witchcraft is great, hence it is obligatory to execute them. If the authorities know that they are practitioners of witchcraft, and that is proven with shar’i evidence, then they have to execute them, so as to protect society from their evil and corruption. End quote.

3 –The Shaykh also said (8/111):

If he is executed, the funeral prayer should not be offered for him, and he should not be buried in the graveyard of the Muslims; he should be buried in the graveyard of the kaafirs. He should not be buried in the graveyard of the Muslims, the funeral prayer should not be offered for him, and he should not be washed or shrouded. We ask Allaah to keep us safe and sound.

4 – He also said:

The ruling on the practitioner of witchcraft who is known to make people imagine things, or whose actions result in harm for people, such as causing people to see things that are not there, making a man beloved to his wife or a wife beloved to her husband, or the opposite, which causes harm to people, if that is proven by means of evidence in the Islamic court, then this practitioner of witchcraft must be executed and his repentance should not be accepted even if he repents.

We have quoted above the report narrated from ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him), who ordered his commanders to kill the practitioners of witxhcraft so as to prevent their mischief on earth and to stop them disturbing the Muslims and causing harm to people. As soon as they are found out, then it is obligatory for the Muslim leaders to execute them even if they say “We have repented”, because there is no guarantee. If they are sincere in their repentance, that will benefit them before Allaah, because of the general meaning of the verse in which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And He it is Who accepts repentance from His slaves, and forgives sins, and He knows what you do”

[al-Shoora 42:25]

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 kaafir who may have a bad past, then Allaah blesses him by enabling him to repent without being forced do that by anyone and without anyone making any claims against him. End quote.

Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz (8/81, 82)

5 – The scholars of the Standing Committee said:

If the practitioner of witchcraft does any act of kufr in his magic, then he is to be executed as a hadd punishment for his kufr. If it is proven that he killed by means of his magic someone whose life is protected by sharee’ah, then he should be executed as a qasaas punishment. If he did not do any act of kufr or kill anyone by means of his magic, then there is a difference of scholarly opinion with regard to executing him for his witchcraft. But the correct view is that he should be executed as a hadd punishment for his apostasy. This is the view of Abu Haneefah, Maalik and Ahmad (may Allaah have mercy on them), because his magic ipso facto means that he is a kaafir, because the verse (interpretation of the meaning):


“They followed what the Shayaateen (devils) gave out (falsely of the magic) in the lifetime of Sulaymaan (Solomon). Sulaymaan did not disbelieve, but the Shayaateen (devils) disbelieved, teaching men magic

[al-Baqarah 2:102]

indicates that all practitioners of witchcraft are kaafirs. And it is proven in Saheeh al-Bukhaari that Bajaalah ibn ‘Abdah said: ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) wrote saying: Execute every practitioner of witchcraft, male or female, and we executed three practitioners of witchcraft. And it was narrated that Hafsah, the Mother of the Believers (may Allaah be pleased with her) ordered that a slave girl of hers who had put a spell on her be executed, and she was executed. Narrated by Maalik in al-Muwatta’. And it is proven that Jundub said: The punishment for the practitioner of witchcraft is a blow with the sword. Narrated by al-Tirmidhi who said: the correct view is that it is mawqoof.

Based on this, the ruling on the practitioner of witchcraft asked about in the question is that he should be executed according to the correct scholarly view. The one whose job it is to confirm that witchcraft has taken place and to carry out the punishment is the ruler who is charge of the Muslims’ affairs, so as to ward off mischief and close the door to chaos. End quote.

Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 1/551-553

6 – Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said:

Is this execution a hadd 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 that 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 out. End quote.

Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 9/508, 509. This is a commentary on Kitaab al-Tawheed.

7 – Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen also said:

The view that (practitioners of witchcraft) should be executed is in accordance with the principles of sharee’ah, because they spread mischief on earth and their mischief is one of the greatest forms of mischief. So executing them is obligatory for the ruler, and it is not permissible for the ruler to fail to execute them, because if such people are left alone and their actions become widespread, they will cause mischief in their own land and in the land of others. But if they are executed the people will be safe from their evil and the people will be deterred from indulging in witchcraft. End quote.

Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthyameen (9/509). This is a commentary on Kitaab al-Tawheed.

And Allaah knows best.


Also See:

Is Sihr Real?

Ways Of Treating Sihr

Sihr and its Types

Black Magic and Satanic Possession

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mahuruf
02-23-2006, 03:00 AM
JazzakAllahkher,

Sister :sister: charisma and Brother :brother: Amed,

I thank you very much for the elaborated information. This saves me from a major sin that I was about to commit. Last Jummah day as usual I gave a lift to a teenage student who has learned magic and he agreed to teach me the basic magic. Although I argued with him that it’s against Islam and Islam does not permit, his middle aged father did not respond to my argument instead praised his son’s interests in magic. Now I have some thing concrete to show him and his father and help them to get out of this evil hobby.

Once again BIG THANKS to both of you.
:thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou:
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NoName55
09-15-2007, 02:03 PM
Thank you Wa salam Alaikum
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aligzander
10-20-2007, 04:09 PM
Originally Posted by mahuruf
Can someone advice me if “Magic” is acceptable in Islam. Some say no, but there aren’t enough reasons given to prove it. Thanks in advance :thankyou:


Magic (as-sihr) is an act of kufr (disbelief), and one of the seven sins which doom a person to Hell. It causes harm but no benefit. Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) says of the one who learns it:

"..... and the magician will never be successful, no matter what amount [of skill] he may attain."
SURAH TA-HA 69

The prescribed punishment for the one who practices magic is death, and his income is haram and impure. But people who are ignorant wrongdoers and weak in faith go to magicians to help them harm someone or take revenge on someone. Some people commit the sin of going to a magician to ask his help in undoing the magic of someone else, when they should turn to Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) to help them and heal them by reciting His words, such as the surahs(chapter of the Qur'an) that offer protection (al-Falaq and An-Nas), and so on.
MUHAMMAD SALIH AL-MUNAJJID
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Samkurd
10-27-2007, 10:33 PM
Black magic is very common in morocco. Some believe in it some don't. My cousin went to morocco and a cab driver took him to this house to prove it to him and he walked in, they told him not to answer if anyone yelled his name because it would invite the jinn into his body. He said he walked in a room an just saw a woman who turned round and she had no face it was just all black and he raaaaan out!! now he never messes with that kind of stuff
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islamic
10-27-2007, 10:36 PM
Originally Posted by mahuruf
Can someone advice me if “Magic” is acceptable in Islam. Some say no, but there aren’t enough reasons given to prove it. Thanks in advance :thankyou:
there are many other brothers and sister replying your in more detail on your question but brother, no magic :)
Try to teach that teenage namaz and something good about Islam, don't let him teach you magic and don't let him continue with that. Teach him something good, teach him Islam :)
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*~Sofia~*
10-28-2007, 04:04 PM
Salams,

jazakhallah khair for all bros n sisters who replied to the original post..alhamdulillah it has taught me alot :thumbs_up

Jazakhallah once again :)

w'salam
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islamicboard
10-28-2007, 07:39 PM
Originally Posted by mahuruf
Can someone advice me if “Magic” is acceptable in Islam. Some say no, but there aren’t enough reasons given to prove it. Thanks in advance :thankyou:
asalamu alaikum

magic is forbidden in islam. i dont know that exact chapter or verse but allah says: buyers of magic would have no share in the Hereafter.
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SAAJIDAH
10-29-2007, 12:22 AM
Assalama-lakhaum, The Message On Magic, I Sent Is A Incident That Has Happened To Me,someone Close To Me Has Done Blackmagic On Me That Invoved Jinns That Hurt Me Tortured Me And Nearly Separated Me And My Husband.. I Pray Pepole Stop Doing These Evil Acts. Not Only My Whole Life Has Changed But Made Me Realise What Magic Involves And How Dangers It Is.and Today My Imaan Is Stronger Than Ever.i Belive In The Quran It Says "teaching Men Magic,and Such Things As Came Down At Babylon To The Angles Hurut And Marut.but Neiother Of These Taught Anyone(such Things) Without Saying We Are Only For Trial",(2:102) Yet I Still Believe No Creation Can Harm Anyone Except By Allah Swt Permission..
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barney
10-29-2007, 12:39 AM
Just to clarify. Does doing slight of hand, ball and cup, card trick, rabbit from hat magic count for puropses? Or is it Just the ouji board, pentagram, summoning spirit kind of magic?
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thydavidcome
11-07-2007, 04:33 AM
Originally Posted by barney
Just to clarify. Does doing slight of hand, ball and cup, card trick, rabbit from hat magic count for puropses? Or is it Just the ouji board, pentagram, summoning spirit kind of magic?
ball and cup, slight of hand, card tricks, rabbit in hat, sawning people in half isnt magic. it is all TRICKS and illusions that fool the perception of the human mind.

Real magic is completely different such as summoning spirits

Tricks = OK
Real Magic = Haraam
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Malaikah
11-07-2007, 04:45 AM
Originally Posted by barney
Just to clarify. Does doing slight of hand, ball and cup, card trick, rabbit from hat magic count for puropses? Or is it Just the ouji board, pentagram, summoning spirit kind of magic?
Black magic in Islam refers to getting the jinn* to do things for you. Usually very evil things, because the jinn will not help a human until that human does very evil acts, which is why black magic is disbelief.

*Jinn- a creation, who, like humans will also be accountable on the day of judgment. They are invisible, and the devil is a jinn.
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thydavidcome
11-07-2007, 04:50 AM
Originally Posted by Malaikah
Black magic in Islam refers to getting the jinn* to do things for you. Usually very evil things, because the jinn will not help a human until that human does very evil acts, which is why black magic is disbelief.

*Jinn- a creation, who, like humans will also be accountable on the day of judgment. They are invisible, and the devil is a jinn.
Jinns are not always invisible
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Malaikah
11-07-2007, 05:00 AM
They are invisible by default but can apparently make themselves visible in other forms... as far as I know.
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Thought
11-08-2007, 09:51 PM
Originally Posted by 'Ubaydullah
:sl:

Question :


Will the repentance of a witch (practitioner of witchcraft) be accepted by Allaah? Because I heard that a witch asked the Sahaabah about repenting after the death of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and no one answered her. What did they say to her? Would her faith benefit her before Allaah? Why do the scholars issue fatwas about the acceptance of the witch’s repentance in this case?.

Answer :

Praise be to Allaah.

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

“They followed what the Shayaateen (devils) gave out (falsely of the magic) in the lifetime of Sulaymaan (Solomon). Sulaymaan did not disbelieve, but the Shayaateen (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).’”

[al-Baqarah 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 practise witchcraft by doing something that does not constitute kufr. In that 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 other 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 kaafir 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 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 punishment by himself, rather the matter must be referred to the authorities.


There follow some fatwas of the scholars on this matter:

1 – Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

If a practitioner of witchcraft repents sincerely to Allaah, that will benefit him before Allaah, for Allaah accepts repentance from the mushrikeen and others, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And He it is Who accepts repentance from His slaves, and forgives sins”
[al-Shoora 42:25]

“And all of you beg Allaah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful”

[al-Noor 24:31]

But in this world it is not accepted. The correct view is that he is to be executed. If it is proven to the court that he is a practitioner of witchcraft, then he should be executed, even if he says, “I have repented.” His repentance between him and Allaah is valid, if he is sincere, and that will benefit him before Allaah, but according to the Islamic ruling he is to be executed, just as ‘Umar executed the practitioners of witchcraft, because their evil is great. They may say, “We have repented,” but they may be lying, and the people will be harmed and may not be safe from their evil because of the repentance that they show. So they should be executed, and their repentance will benefit them before Allaah if they are sincere. End quote.

Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, 8/111

2 – The Shaykh (may Allaah have mercy on him) also said:

The correct view according to the scholars is that the practitioner of witchcraft should be executed without being asked to repent, because of the seriousness of their evil. Some scholars are of the view that they should be asked to repent, and that they are like any other kaafirs who should be asked to repent. But the correct scholarly view is that they should not be asked to repent because their evil is so great, and because they conceal their evil and their kufr; they may claim to have repented but they are lying, and may cause a great deal of harm to people as a result. Hence the scholars were of the view that the one who is known and proven to be a practitioner of witchcraft should be executed even if he claims that he has repented and that he regrets what he has done; he should not be believed.

Hence it is narrated that ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) wrote to the commanders of the troops telling them to execute every practitioner of witchcraft they found, so as to guard against their evil. Abu ‘Uthmaan al-Nahdi said: “We executed three practitioners of witchcraft.” This is how it was narrated in Saheeh al-Bukhaari from Bajaalah ibn ‘Abdah. [It was also narrated by Abu Dawood with a saheeh isnaad, and the original report is in al-Bukhaari].

And it is narrated in a saheeh report that Hafsah executed a slave woman of hers because she found out that she was engaging in witchcraft. And when the great Sahaabi Jundub ibn ‘Abd-Allaah (may Allaah be pleased with him) saw a practitioner of witchcraft playing with his head – making the people think that he was cutting off his head and putting it back – he approached him without him realizing and killed him, and said: “Now put your head back if you are telling the truth!”

Conclusion: the evil of the practitioners of witchcraft is great, hence it is obligatory to execute them. If the authorities know that they are practitioners of witchcraft, and that is proven with shar’i evidence, then they have to execute them, so as to protect society from their evil and corruption. End quote.

3 –The Shaykh also said (8/111):

If he is executed, the funeral prayer should not be offered for him, and he should not be buried in the graveyard of the Muslims; he should be buried in the graveyard of the kaafirs. He should not be buried in the graveyard of the Muslims, the funeral prayer should not be offered for him, and he should not be washed or shrouded. We ask Allaah to keep us safe and sound.

4 – He also said:

The ruling on the practitioner of witchcraft who is known to make people imagine things, or whose actions result in harm for people, such as causing people to see things that are not there, making a man beloved to his wife or a wife beloved to her husband, or the opposite, which causes harm to people, if that is proven by means of evidence in the Islamic court, then this practitioner of witchcraft must be executed and his repentance should not be accepted even if he repents.

We have quoted above the report narrated from ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him), who ordered his commanders to kill the practitioners of witxhcraft so as to prevent their mischief on earth and to stop them disturbing the Muslims and causing harm to people. As soon as they are found out, then it is obligatory for the Muslim leaders to execute them even if they say “We have repented”, because there is no guarantee. If they are sincere in their repentance, that will benefit them before Allaah, because of the general meaning of the verse in which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And He it is Who accepts repentance from His slaves, and forgives sins, and He knows what you do”

[al-Shoora 42:25]

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 kaafir who may have a bad past, then Allaah blesses him by enabling him to repent without being forced do that by anyone and without anyone making any claims against him. End quote.

Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz (8/81, 82)

5 – The scholars of the Standing Committee said:

If the practitioner of witchcraft does any act of kufr in his magic, then he is to be executed as a hadd punishment for his kufr. If it is proven that he killed by means of his magic someone whose life is protected by sharee’ah, then he should be executed as a qasaas punishment. If he did not do any act of kufr or kill anyone by means of his magic, then there is a difference of scholarly opinion with regard to executing him for his witchcraft. But the correct view is that he should be executed as a hadd punishment for his apostasy. This is the view of Abu Haneefah, Maalik and Ahmad (may Allaah have mercy on them), because his magic ipso facto means that he is a kaafir, because the verse (interpretation of the meaning):


“They followed what the Shayaateen (devils) gave out (falsely of the magic) in the lifetime of Sulaymaan (Solomon). Sulaymaan did not disbelieve, but the Shayaateen (devils) disbelieved, teaching men magic

[al-Baqarah 2:102]

indicates that all practitioners of witchcraft are kaafirs. And it is proven in Saheeh al-Bukhaari that Bajaalah ibn ‘Abdah said: ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) wrote saying: Execute every practitioner of witchcraft, male or female, and we executed three practitioners of witchcraft. And it was narrated that Hafsah, the Mother of the Believers (may Allaah be pleased with her) ordered that a slave girl of hers who had put a spell on her be executed, and she was executed. Narrated by Maalik in al-Muwatta’. And it is proven that Jundub said: The punishment for the practitioner of witchcraft is a blow with the sword. Narrated by al-Tirmidhi who said: the correct view is that it is mawqoof.

Based on this, the ruling on the practitioner of witchcraft asked about in the question is that he should be executed according to the correct scholarly view. The one whose job it is to confirm that witchcraft has taken place and to carry out the punishment is the ruler who is charge of the Muslims’ affairs, so as to ward off mischief and close the door to chaos. End quote.

Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 1/551-553

6 – Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said:

Is this execution a hadd 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 that 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 out. End quote.

Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 9/508, 509. This is a commentary on Kitaab al-Tawheed.

7 – Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen also said:

The view that (practitioners of witchcraft) should be executed is in accordance with the principles of sharee’ah, because they spread mischief on earth and their mischief is one of the greatest forms of mischief. So executing them is obligatory for the ruler, and it is not permissible for the ruler to fail to execute them, because if such people are left alone and their actions become widespread, they will cause mischief in their own land and in the land of others. But if they are executed the people will be safe from their evil and the people will be deterred from indulging in witchcraft. End quote.

Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthyameen (9/509). This is a commentary on Kitaab al-Tawheed.

And Allaah knows best.


Also See:

Is Sihr Real?

Ways Of Treating Sihr

Sihr and its Types

Black Magic and Satanic Possession

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interesting topic, i just had a similar discussion on another forum (dutch). many people called me crazy because i said it was haraam.
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crayon
12-10-2007, 01:53 PM
Until I studied it in islamic class in school, I didn't even know that magic actually existed! :S
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