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NULLIFIERS OF ISLAAM -15





By

A. Haroun (Abu Imran)

Sihr and Magic.. Cont'd

Charms and Amulets

It was narrated from Zaynab the wife of ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood from ‘Abd-Allaah ( رضي الله عنهم) that he said: 

“I heard the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) say, ‘Spells, amulets and love-charms are shirk.” I said, “Why do you say this? By Allaah, my eye was weeping with a discharge and I kept going to So and so, the Jew, who did a spell for me. When he did the spell, it calmed down.” ‘Abd-Allaah said: “That was just the work of the Shaytaan who was picking it with his hand, and when (the Jew) uttered the spell, he stopped. All you needed to do was to say as the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to say: ‘Adhhib il-ba’s Rabb al-naas ishfi anta al-Shaafi laa shifaa’a illa shifaa’uka shifaa’an laa yughaadiru saqaman (Remove the harm, O Lord of mankind, and heal, You are the Healer. There is no healing but Your healing, a healing which leaves no disease behind.’'
رواه أبو داود و ابن ماجة 

It was narrated that ‘Uqbah ibn ‘Aamir (رضي الله عنه) said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: “Whoever wears an amulet, may Allaah not fulfil his need, and whoever wears a sea-shell, may Allaah not give him peace.” 
رواه إمام أحمد


It was reported on the authority of Imraan bn Husayn (رضي الله عنه) that the  prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) saw a man and on his hands was a yellow ring and he (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: what is this? He (the man) said: (I put it on) because of an ailment, he (صلى الله عليه و سلم) then said: remove it, for verily it will increase you in nothing except weakness (in faith), and if you were to die and it is on you, YOU WILL NEVER FIND SUCCESS!"
رواه أحمد

It is from the forms of shirk that a person  uses amulets, lockets or pendants with the belief that it has some power wether to harm or heal or prevent an ailment. This also includes talisman which are sometimes hung in houses and cars.

Another type of charms that are prohibited are those called tiwalah (تولة) or Love charms. They are thought to cause a man to love his wife more or a wife to love her husband more, and this is very rampant in Nigeria, may Allaah protect us.

As for materials that have the words of Allaah ( Qur'aan) inscribed on them, some of the companions regarded them as makrooh and not permitted (like Uqbah ibn ‘Aamir, and ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood) while others considered them permissible (like Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas رضي الله عنه). However, for those who use them, care should be taken such that they do not begin to hold the objects in which the words were inscribed as though they themselves had any power to protect.

As for ruqyah, any form of ruqyah that is not according to the directive of the rasul (صلى الله عليه و سلم) is prohibited.

SUPERSTITIONS

Superstitions (tiyarah) are integral parts of African tradition which a conscious muslim should stay away from for the scholars have classified them as forms of shirk! From the few I can mention common in Nigeria includes:
*traders believing that having a female as their first customer brings bad luck
*hitting the left foot on stone indicates ill omen
*If an owl/raven howls near your house, someone is going to die
*bird poop landing on your head is a sign of good luck... etc
While some of these are just  childs play, some have severe consequences on a person's belief.

TREATMENT FOR SIHR (witchcraft and Magic).

Please know that it is prohibited to cure sihr with sihr! The Islamicaly prescribed purnishment for practicing sorcery is death!

Here are some ways prescribed to treat a person afflicted by sorcery, witchcraft or magic.

*Undoing the diabolic construct. 
Witches and sorcerers typicaly use a combination of materials one of which is usually a personal belonging of the person to bewitch him. This includes the person's hair, piece of cloth, picture, etc. This may be found and destroyed to reverse the effect.

*Forcing the the witch or sorcerer to undo his/her witchcraft by threatening him with death for instance.

*Reciting from the Qur'an.
From the verses and chapters that can be used to perform ruqyah for someone afflicted with sihr includes:

● al muawwadhatayn (naas and Falaq - Q 113 & 114)
●Aayaatul Kursiyy (Q2:255)
●suratul Fatihah
● Q 7 : 106 -122
● Q 10 : 79 -82
● Q 20 : 65-69
And others.

* Reciting some of the du'aas prescribed in the sunnah

● “Bismillah urqeek, min kulli shay in yu'dheek, wa min sharri kulli nafsin aw ‘aynin hasidin Allah yashfeek, bismillah urqeek (In the name of Allah I perform ruqyah for you, from everything that is harming you, from the evil of every soul or envious eye may Allah heal you, in the name of Allah I perform ruqyah for you).”

● “Allahumma Rabb al-Nas, adhhib al-bas washfi, anta al-Shafiy, la shifaa'a illa shifaa'uka, shifa'an la yughaadiru saqaman (O Allah, Lord of mankind, remove the evil and grant healing, for You are the Healer. There is no healing except Your healing, which does not leave any sickness).”

These may be recited into water and the person afflicted may drink from it and wash his body with it. May Allaah protect us from the evils of what he has created.

The topic is so wide that I may not be able to cover it in just these posts. Perhaps I will make intermittent posts on it outside the scope of this series. In the next post we will look at the next nullifer of Islaam bi qudratillaahi ta'aalaa.
و فوق كل ذي علم عليم.

TO BE CONTINUED IN SHA ALLAAH....

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