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The Prohibition of Curing Magic by Using Magic – Shaikh AbdurRahmaan al Barraak

October 7, 2013

 


The following is Shaikh AbdurRahmaan bin Naasir al Barraak‘s reply to a question regarding curing magic using magic taken from the book: Shirk and what leads to it, the chapter on magic (Fatwa 17166)

The Arabic text of this speech is in this file: quote al Barraak

(originally from:

http://www.ajurry.com/vb/showthread.php?t=25441 )

 

Q: Is it permissible to cure magic by using magic when there is a need?

 

A (Shaikh AbdurRahman bin Naasir al-Barraak): All the praise belongs only to Allaah. Curing or removing magic is called “an-nushrah”. It is narrated from Jaabir that the Messenger of Allaah – sallallahu alayhe wa sallam was asked about an-nushrah, so he said: “It is from the work of shaytaan”1 (Imaams) Ahmad and Abu Dawood recorded it with a good chain. And in order to cure magic by using magic, one must go to a magician, ask him about who did the magic, and where is the location of the magic – and that is to nullify the work of the first magician. And it is known that the magician is a type of kaahin2. And it has been authentically reported from the Prophet – sallallahu alayhe wa sallam:

 

من أتى عرافا أو كاهنا فسأله ، فصدقه بما يقول ، فقد كفر بما أنزل على محمد

Whoever goes to an ‘Arraaf or a Kaahin3, asks him (about something), and believes what he says, has indeed disbelieved in what was sent down to Muhammad.”4

So it is not permissible to cure magic by using magic because that is from the work of shaytaan. And it requires asking the magician and believing him (which is prohibited due to the hadeeth he quoted).

Ibnul Qayyim said5:

 

And “An-Nushrah” is to remove magic from the bewitched one.  And it is of two types:

 

(1) Removing the magic using magic – and this is from the work of shaytaan1. This is what al-Hasan (al Basree)’s saying refers to (None cures magic by using magic except the magician)6 So the one doing the nushrah and the one the nushrah is being done to get closer to him (shaytaan) by doing what he loves so that he (shaytaan) will cease his actions towards the bewitched one.

 

(2)An-Nushrah by using Ruqyah2 and (reciting) the Ta’awwudhaat3 and dua and permissible medicines.  So this is permissible, on top of that it is recommended

(end of quoting from Ibnul Qayyim)

And some of the People of Knowledge have narrated from Sa’eed bin al-Musayyib – rahimahullah – that he viewed it as permissible to cure magic by using magic in cases of necessity. But it isn’t clear that the speech of Ibn al-Musayyib indicates that it is permissible to cure magic by using magic. Rather, it is possible that he meant: curing it by using allowable means. Even with that, Shaikh Uthaymeen indeed replied to this speech in “al-Qawl al-Mufeed” (2/73):

But in any case, even if Ibn al-Musayyib (had actually said it was permissible), or someone higher in status that Ibn al-Musayyib from those whose speech is not a proof (i.e. everyone other than the Prophet – sallallahu alayhe wa sallam) had viewed it as permissible, that doesn’t mean that Allaah has ruled it to be permissible – unless we refer back to the Book and the Sunnah – and the Messenger – (we ask that) Allaah raise his rank and grant him peace – was asked about an-Nushrah and he said: ‘It is from the work of shaytaan7‘”

Translated by Ummu Khadijah

Footnotes:

4With the wording:

من أَتَى عَرَّافًا أو كاهنًا فصَدَّقه بما يقولُ ، فقد كَفَر بما أُنْزِلَ على مُحَمَّدٍ

Declared saheeh by Shaikh Albaanee in Saheeh al Jaamee (5939)

There are other authentic wordings.

http://dorar.net/hadith? (a hadeeth encyclopedia)

Definition of the Arraaf, the Kaahin, and how the Magician is from them and like them

October 4, 2013

 

The following is a collection of select quotes – mainly taken from Shaikh Fawzaan’s unabridged explanation of Kitaabut Tawheed (which can be found on his website here: http://www.alfawzan.af.org.sa/sites/default/files/mostafeed.pdf ) and including one quote from Shaikh Bin Baz regarding the definition of the ‘Arraaf, the Kaahin, and how the Magician is from them and like them.

The Arabic texts for what was translated can be found in the following file: quotes

The page numbering is based on the (above) file at Shaikh Fawzaan’s website.

Shaikh Fawzaan said:

Fortune-telling means: claiming knowledge of the unseen by using devilish means. So the Kaahin (fortune-teller) is: the one who informs about the hidden things with regards to the future, or things which are lost, because he has humiliated himself for the devils. Because the devils have an ability that mankind doesn’t have. They can ascend in the sky and they try to eavesdrop (on the angels’ conversations) in the sky. Then they tell what they have heard to whoever humiliates themselves for them from mankind. Then this person takes the one word which was heard in the sky (told to them by the devils) and mixes with it 100 lies in order to deceive the people1.

And the devils don’t inform anyone unless they obey them, disbelieve in Allaah – Exalted and Lofty is He, worship others along with Allaah, and carried out all that the devils have dictated to him from disbelief and polytheism. If a person does not do that, then the devils do not obey the Believer who worships only Allaah (God, The Creator). They only obey the one who does what they desire from disbelief in Allaah and worshiping others with Allaah. (p.504-5)

Shaikh Fawzaan said:

He (the author – Imaam Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhaab) said: “And it is said: He (the ‘Arraaf) is: the Kaahin (fortune-teller)”

Meaning: the ‘Arraaf and the Kaahin are the same. Because each of them informs about the hidden matters through the use of the devils. So all of them work for the devils even if they differ in title – this is an ‘Arraaf, this is a Kaahin – for the meaning is one, and the work is one – and that (work) is: claiming to have knowledge of the unseen, hidden matters, even though (the names) differ in wording.

(the author said):

And the Kaahin is the one who informs about the hidden matters with regards to the future”

By way of the devils telling him what they know from those things that mankind doesn’t know. Because the devils know some things that people don’t know. They will tell people about any future events they may know about (see footnote #1) if the people humiliate themselves for them, seek to get closer to them, and do what they desire from disbelieving in Allaah and worshiping others with Him.

So when a person from mankind seeks nearness to a person from the jinn by doing what he (the jinnee) wants, then the jinnee will serve him (the human) in what he seeks from him (by telling him anything he may know) about the hidden, unseen matters. (p.512-513)

Shaikh Fawzaan said:

He (the author) said:

The ‘Arraaf is: the name for the Kaahin (fortune-teller), the Munajjim (astrologer), the Rammaal (one who claims knowledge of the unseen, hidden matters by drawing lines in the sand) and those like them.”

Because the word “’Arraaf” is general. Everyone who claims to know the future – whether by using fortune-telling, or astrology, or by drawing lines in the sand – comes under this (term). For all of them work with the devils and seek closeness to them. For this reason, Allaah, The Most High, said (translated):

Shall I inform you (O people!) upon whom the Shayâtin (devils) descend? They descend on every lying (one who tells lies), sinful person who gives ear (to the devils and they pour what they may have heard of the unseen from the angels), and most of them are liars.2 (Ash-Shu’ara 26:221-3)\

What falls under this is the Kaahin, the Munajjim, the Rammaal, and the ‘Arraaf – all of them fall under the words: “lying, sinful person” (26:222) and the devils descend upon them.

In opposition to the Prophets – alayhimus-salaatu was-salaam – for indeed the angels descend upon them. For this reason He (Allaah) said (translated):

And the devils have not descended with it” (26:210) meaning: with the Qur’an. “Neither would it suit them, nor they can (produce it). Verily, they have been removed far from hearing it.3 (26:211 – 212)

So the Prophets – alayhimus-salaatu was-salaam – the angels descend upon them from The Most Merciful. As for the Kuhhaan, then the devils descend upon them. So this includes everyone who speaks about knowing matters by way of these means from those who inform about these things by using those methods that they call drawing lines in the sand, and the rest of (these methods). So this is a comprehensive explanation.

As for (their) differing in the methods (wasaa’il) – this one uses this, that one uses that – then the result is one, the result is (their) claiming knowledge of the unseen, hidden matters. What is important is the result and the ruling.

The result is: informing about knowledge of the unseen, hidden matters and claiming to share with Allaah – He is the Most High and Free from all deficiencies and defects – in knowing the unseen, hidden matters.

The ruling is: All of these people are disbelievers, because they claim to share with Allaah, The Most High, in an attribute which is from His greatest attributes, and that is: knowing the unseen, hidden matters. (p.513-514)

Shakh Bin Baz said4:

It is not permissible to seek treatment from magicians or fortune-tellers. Because the Prophet – sallallahu alayhe wa sallam – prohibited going to the fortune-tellers and magicians. He – sallallahu alayhe wa sallam – said (translated): “Don’t go to them.” And he – alaihe as-salaatu was-salaam – said (translated): “Whoever goes to an ‘Arraaf and asks him about something, his salaah is not accepted for 40 days.” (Imaam) Muslim collected and narrated it in his Saheeh5

And the ‘Arraaf (one who claims knowledge of the unseen/hidden matters) is a general term which includes the Kaahin (fortune-teller), the astrologer, the magician, the Rammaal (one who draws lines in the sand and claims to be able to tell from that the unseen/hidden matters) and whoever resembles them…

Shaikh Fawzaan said:

It is not permissible to go to magicians or to believe them. For magicians are like Kuhhaan (fortune-tellers), or more evil than Kuhhaan. And the Prophet – sallallahu alayhe wa sallam – said:

من أتى كَاهِنًا لم تُقبل له صلاة أربعين يومًا

“Whoever goes to a Kaahin (fortune-teller), his salaah is not accepted for 40 days.”6

And he – sallallahu alayhe wa sallam – said:

من أتى كاهنًا أو عرّافًا فصدّقه بما يقول فقد كفر بما أُنزل على محمَّد صلى الله عليه وسلم

“Whoever goes to a Kaahin or an ‘Arraaf, then believes in what he says, has indeed disbelieved in what was sent down to Muhammad – sallallahu alayhe wa sallam.”7

And magic is from the Taghoot and from Jibt as has preceeded – and it is more evil than fortune-telling. Since it is obligatory for the Muslims to boycott and distance themselves from the Kaahin, and the one who goes to him (the Kaahin) – his salaah is not accepted for 40 days, and he disbelieves in what was sent down to Muhammad – sallallahu alayhe wa sallam, then how can some people go to magicians and conjurers when they may order him to commit shirk, they may order him to sacrifice an animal for other than Allaah?! This matter is very dangerous. The Muslims must warn from this trial (balaa’), this epidemic, and this danger so that it doesn’t spread amongst the Muslims. (p.490)

Shaikh Fawzaan said:

The appropriateness of this chapter with regards to the chapter which came before it : the chapter before this one clarified magic and the ruling on the magician, as well as clarifying some of the types of magic. And this chapter is about the ruling of the Kuhhaan (fortune-tellers). That is because of the resemblance between the Kuhhaan and the magicians. Because both magic and fortune-telling are devilish actions which negate and oppose the Aqeedah (correct belief). (p.504)

Translated by Ummu Khadijah

Footnotes

1 ‘Urwa reported from ‘A’isha that she said that people asked Allaah’s Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) about the kahins. Allaah’s Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said to them: It is nothing (i. e. it is a mere superstition). They said: Allaah’s Messenger, they at times narrate to us things which we find true. Thereupon Allaah’s Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: That is a word pertaining to truth which a jinn snatches away and then cackles into the ear of his friend as the hen does. And then they mix in it more than one hundred lies.

From Saheeh Muslim, Kitaabus Salaam (book of Salutation and Greetings), chapter: Kihaabah (fortune-telling) is prohibited and it is prohibited to go to the Kaahin (fortune-teller)

This hadeeth taken from: http://spubs.com/sps/smm/

2Translation of these verses taken from: www.thenoblequran.com

3Translation of these two verses taken from: www.thenoblequran.com

5With the wording:

من أتى عرَّافًا فسألَه عن شيٍء لم تُقْبَلْ لهُ صلاةٌ أربعين ليلةً

(there being only one difference in the wording – “nights” as opposed to “days”, though there are other authentic ahaadeeth which mention “days”)

Found in Saheeh Muslim, Kitaabus Salaam (book of Salutation and Greetings) under the chapter “Kihaanah (e.g. fortune-telling) is forbidden and it is forbidden to go to the Kaahin (fortune-teller)”:

Safiyya reported from some of the wives of Allaah’s Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) Allaah’s Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) having said: He who visits a diviner (‘Arraf) and asks him about anything, his prayers extending to forty nights will not be accepted

The translation of the hadeeth taken from: http://spubs.com/sps/smm/

6 I couldn’t find this exact wording. However, many scholars have said that a hadeeth can be narrated by meaning if certain conditions are met. For example what Shaikh Uthaymeen said here:

http://www.ibnothaimeen.com/all/books/article_16871.shtml under the heading:

رواية الحديث بالمعنى

7 Shaikh Albaanee declared it Saheeh in Saheeh al Jaamee’ (5939)

Signs of the Practitioners of Magic

September 25, 2012

Taken from:

http://www.dajjaal.com/liar/articles/lnhnu-some-of-the-signs-of-magicians-sorcerers-and-how-to-identify-them.cfm

Magicians practicing sorcery have certain features and signs that prove that they are obeying and worshipping the devils (shayaateen) and are in league with them. The ruling of magic (witchcraft, sorcery) is that it is disbelief (kufr) and anyone indulging in it is a kafir (disbeliever). There is no such thing as “good” magic. All magic (sihr) is haraam.

Please note that when many of these signs are combined and found together, it gives a much greater likelihood of this person being a magician. Some of these signs are such which if found in isolation may simply hint at the person being a magician, and others are such which if found on their own are clear signs of a magician.

Signs of the Practitioners of Magic (Sihr)

From these signs are:

  • The magician will ask you for some clothingwhich has been in direct contact with your body, they are looking for something which has traces of sweat upon it. It can also be a comb, or some hair, or a picture (photo).
  • The magician will ask you for your name and the name of your mother. This type of magician is potentially greater in his disbelief than others, because the devils are prepared to work for him through names alone, without the need for any clothing or hair and the likes, which indicates his obedience to the devils is greater than others, and that he has reached a level with these devils that other lesser magicians have not.
  • He will chant or mumblewhat are talismans (spells, amulets) but in a language that is not understandable.
  • He will ask a person to keep away from the people for a defined timein a room in which no sunlight enters.
  • He will often be found in a dark room.
  • He will often use bukhoor (incense) or a fire in which he will put bukhoor (incense).
  • The magician will ask you for a sacrificial animal(chicken, sheep etc.) with a given description (i.e. age, size etc.) so that it is sacrificed in a specific way (without Allaah’s name being mentioned), and then its blood is used to smear on to the patient’s body (where he has his pain or disease), or the patient may be requested to go to a deserted buildings or places and asked to smear the blood, or it may be on stones or on trees in a certain location.
  • On some occasions the magician may tell the person his name, his mother’s name, the place he has come from, or the reason (problem, ailment, need) for which he has come. He gets this knowledge through the devils he is giving obedience to, and which he is summoning for this purpose.
  • He may give the person an amulet in the shape of a triangle or a square (made out of paper, or a cloth), or it could be out of leather, or it could be made out of silver, and inside of it there are written calls for help from the devils, coded through numbers and symbols, and words written backwards. He may ask the person to hang them around his neck or put them under the pillow.
  • He will write talismans, or amulets in which he mixes parts of the Qur’an, the names of the Prophets, or Companions, along with unknown names, symbols and combinations of numbers and letters.
  • He will write or prepare talismans on paper or otherwise and which will often contain five pointed stars – these five pointed stars represent Satanin occult symbolism.
  • He may give the person certain artifactsand ask him to bury them in the earth, in a specific location.
  • He may give the person pieces of paper mixed with pieces of woodand ask him to burn these papers and wood and use them as bukhoor (incense, fumigation) to fumigate himself with the smoke. And these papers are likely to be pages of the Qur’an torn into small pieces.
  • He may give him the skin of an animal (like a fox or wolf or jackal), or its teeth and ask him to carry them, or he may give him black threads, or cordsto hang in his car.
  • He may ask the person to wear a garmenthe gives him and ask him to wear it on a specific defined days, and the garment will be filled with talismans and amulets (they will be stitched into the garment).
  • He may give the person a ring to wear onto which talismans are etched, or a small padlock with its key insertedaround which a talisman is attached with sellotape. And other odd things like this.
  • From the signs of the magician is belittlement of the Qur’an and its desecration, and this takes place in many ways.

These signs are found amongst many people claiming to be “faith-healers”, and they come out in the garb of faith, pretending to be pious, and they place advertisements in the papers and on the radio and television (in some Muslim lands) and in the Western lands also. So you should beware of these liars and worshipers of the devils, and warn everyone against them – to see how these people became magicians in the first place, read the following article:

  • What a Man or Woman Must Do To Become a Magician (Saahir) – (see here)

(end of article)

Also see:

Jinn & Shayateen (Devils)