Magic and Sorcery

Dear brothers, we are living in a time where tests are clear to see. From injustices to the latest Coronavirus epidemic, there isn’t a day goes by where there is an element of stress or worry.

Many of us are able to cope with this without the need for any help. Alhamdullilah for the strength and resolve to do so. And other times, we require help when it’s needed.

Just like a health issue requires a doctor, we also have issues that are either spiritual in nature or maybe even changes we’d like to see in our lives. Of course, with everything there is a right and a wrong way to go about it.

Unfortunately, there is more and more cases of the wrong approach being taken by people in regards to these types of issues.

Todays’ reminder is on the danger of falling into the trap of relying on remedies from these so-called spiritual doctors or peers. A lot of these people prey on the pain and suffering of others and they offer an easy way out of the problem. However, the danger is that they use magic or sorcery to get the job done, which goes against our religion and the path given to us by the Prophet SAWS.

The imam mentioned the following hadith which speaks of these people. It’s translated to say:

“The Messenger of Allah said: ‘Whoever has intercourse with a menstruating woman, or with a woman in her rear, or who goes to a fortuneteller and believes what he says, he has disbelieved in that which was revealed to Muhammad.'”

Dear brothers, this is a real test in for our ummah. There are people today advertising these kind of services on TV channels we all have access to. And just to be clear, it is a real test and one that we have been warned away from. The 102nd ayat of Sura Baqarah confirms it when translated it says:

And they followed [instead] what the devils had recited during the reign of Solomon. It was not Solomon who disbelieved, but the devils disbelieved, teaching people magic and that which was revealed to the two angels at Babylon, Harut and Marut. But the two angels do not teach anyone unless they say, “We are a trial, so do not disbelieve

[by practicing magic]

.” And [yet] they learn from them that by which they cause separation between a man and his wife. But they do not harm anyone through it except by permission of Allah . And the people learn what harms them and does not benefit them. But the Children of Israel certainly knew that whoever purchased the magic would not have in the Hereafter any share. And wretched is that for which they sold themselves, if they only knew.

And so dear brothers, keep away from anyone who is offering taweez or amulets, peer sahibs and fortune tellers. The outcome of your tests lie only with Allah SWT and so remember that the believer is he who turns to his Lord at a time when he is in need. Let us use today’s reminder to not forget this fact and steer clear of traps such as the one’s mentioned today.

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