The Prohibition of Curing Magic by using Magic – Shaikh Fawzaan (2)



The following translated from:




Question: Is it permissible to pray behind a magician or the one who believes in magic? And is it permissible to cure magic by using magic when there is no other way?



Answer (by Shaikh Fawzaan): Magic is from the greatest of the major sins as the Prophet – sallallahu alayhe wa sallam – said: “Avoid the seven great destructive sins” They (the Companions) said: “What are they, O Messenger of Allaah?” He replied: “(1) Worshiping others with Allaah, (2) magic, and (3) murder…1 to the end of the hadeeth. So magic is considered to be from the great destructive sins and it comes after worshiping others with Allaah – Lofty and Exalted is He. Magic is disbelief. Allaah – He is The Most High and Free from all deficiencies and defects – mentioned about the Jews that they traded the Book of Allaah for magic. He, The Most High, said (translated):

…a party of those who were given the Scripture threw away the Book of Allâh behind their backs as if they did not know! They followed what the Shayâtin (devils) gave out (falsely of the magic) in the lifetime of Sulaimân (Solomon). Sulaimân did not disbelieve, but the Shayâtin (devils) disbelieved, teaching men magic…”2



And it is disbelief. Allaah – He is The Most High and Free from all deficiencies and defects – said (translated):

And these two did not teach anyone until they had said, ‘We are only a trial, so do not disbelieve’” (2:102)

This shows that learning magic is disbelief. And at the end of this verse (2:102) He said (translated):

And indeed they knew that the buyers of it (magic) would have no share in the Hereafter”3


Meaning: they will have no portion (in the Hereafter). This shows that the magician, when he doesn’t repent to Allaah – that he will have no portion in the Hereafter and that he is a disbeliever, because magic is disbelief. Due to this, salaah behind a magician is not correct. Likewise (behind) the one who believes in magic – believing it to be something correct and that it is permissible to practice it – then this one is like the magician and takes the same ruling.



As for the issue of curing magic by using magic, then many of the Scholars have stated that this is not permissible. Because treatment can only be by using what is halaal and what is allowed. Allaah did not put a cure for the Muslims in what He made forbidden to them. The Prophet – sallallahu alayhe wa sallam – said:

Treat each other but don’t treat each other with the haraam.”4

And Ibn Mas’ood narrated that he (sallallahu alayhe wa sallam) said:

Indeed Allaah did not put a cure for you in what He has forbidden you from.”5

And from the greatest of the forbidden things is magic, so it is not permissible to use it as a treatment, nor to (try to) cure magic by using it. Magic is only cured with permissible medicines, with (recitation of) verses of the Quran, and with transmitted (authentic) dua’s. This is what it is permissible to cure magic with. As for curing it by using magic, then this is the nushrah about which the Prophet – sallallahu alayhe wa sallam – said:

It is from the work of shaytaan.”6

And al-Hasan (al-Basree) said: “None cures magic by using magic7 except the magician”8

And many of the Scholars have prohibited this (curing magic by using magic).


Translated by Ummu Khadijah



1Saheeh Bukhari, Kitaabul Wasaayaa (Book of Wills and Testaments) narrated by Abu Hurairah

2From al Baqarah (2:101-102) – the Translation of these verses taken from:

3Translation of this verse from:

4Shaikh Albaanee declared it saheeh in Saheehul Jaamee (1762)

5 Shaikh Albaanee declared it saheeh in Silsilah Saheehah (4/175)

7See Shaikh Fawzaan’s excellent explanation of Kitaabut-Tawheed which can be downloaded from here: First volume, (in explanation of ch.27) p.521 in the pdf reader, but p.522 on the text, where he said: قصده: حل السحر بالسحر مثله“He (al-Hasan al-Basree) meant: the curing of magic by using magic”

8Ibn Muflih mentioned it (this statement) in al-Adab ash-Shar’iyyah from Ibnul Jawzee in Jaamee al-Masaaneed

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