Major Sins by Imam Dhahabi – Sorcery






3) Sorcery

Sorcery is a major sin because the sorcerer must necessarily disbelieve and the accursed Devil has no other motive for teaching a person witchcraft than that he might thereby ascribe associates to Allah.

Allah, the Almighty, says,

{Solomon did not disbelieve but Satan disbelieved, teaching men magic, and such things as came down at Babylon to the angels Harut and Marut. But neither of these taught anyone (such things) without saying, ‘We are only for trial,’ so do not blaspheme.’ They learned from them the means to sow discord between man and wife. But they could not harm anyone except by Allah’s permission. And they learned what harmed them, not what profited them. And they knew that the buyers of (magic) would have no share in the happiness of the Hereafter.} (AI- Baqarah: 102)

Thus, you might find some people who are astray delving in learning sorcery and thinking that it is just unlawful. Actually, they do not consider what they do as disbelief, but it is! They embark on learning all kinds of sorcery: Pure sorcery, increasing or decreasing the love between a man and a woman, making a man important and the like. All of these practices are done by means of some unknown words, most of which lead to unbelief.

The penalty for a sorcerer is to be killed. This is because he is an unbeliever. The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said,

“Avoid the seven heinous sins.” (Reported before)

And he mentioned sorcery.

“The penalty for a sorcerer is the sword.” (Reported by Tirmidhi)

Bijalah Ibn Abah related, ‘Umar رضى اللّهُ عنه came to us one year before his death and said,

“Kill every sorcerer (male or female).” (Reported by Abu Dawud)

Wahb Ibn Munabbih said, “I read in a book: ‘Allah the Almighty says, ‘There is no god but Me. He is not of Me who practices sorcery, or asks someone to practice with him. The one who foretells or the foretold, the one who seeks an omen or for whom an omen is sought.” (4 Reported by Al- Haythami in “Majma’ Az-Zawa’id to Al-Bazzar)

`Ali Ibn Abi Talib رضى اللّهُ عنه said, “A fortuneteller is a sorcerer, a sorcerer is a disbeliever.”

Abu Musa Al-Ashari رضى اللّهُ عنه related that the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said,

“The drunkard, the one who severs the ties of kinship, and whoever believes in sorcery will not enter Paradise.” (Reported by Ahmad)

Ibn Mas’ud رضى اللّهُ عنه related that the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said,

“Incantations, amulets and spells are Shirk (polytheism).” (Reported by Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah and Ahmad)

These are treated as Shirk because the ignorant believes that these things can affect what has been predetermined by Allah. However, Al-Khattabi said, “Incantations or healing words are permitted if they consist of the Qur’an or the Most Beautiful Names of Allah.”

The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم used to recite (incantate) Al-Hasan and Al-Husain رضي اللّهُ عنهما by saying,

“I seek refuge for you in Allah’s Perfect Words from every Devil, beast or envious.” (Reported by Bukhari)



About Umm Omar

I've been a Muslimah for 4 years now الحمد لله and I can say for sure that Islam changed many things in my life including my overall character and behaviour. I'm not a scholar by far, just a simple seeker of knowledge enjoying reading beneficial books and articles about my religion, the best book among all being the Qur'an, you simply can find all the answer you need if you just read it carefully and find all the explanations you need from the Sunnah of Rasoul ALLAH صلى الله عليه و سلم, i.e. ahadith without which we wouldn't be able to understand many things. I hope you'll all enjoy my blog and learn something beneficial for you. I'm quite new to blogging, so I hope you'll be patient till i learn how to make my blog look better and add more posts with time in sha' ALLAH. In conclusion, for all those who at times lose hope and feel down, one of my most favourite ayahs from the Qur'an from Surah Al Zumar: 39:53. Say: "O 'Ibâdî (My slaves) who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allâh, verily Allâh forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. Do not forget the remembrance of Allâh, Verily, in the remembrance of Allâh do hearts find rest!!!

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