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Street magic

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May I know the stand of our brother muslim regarding the street magics / tricks performed by anyone publicly (David Blaine to name one).

 

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Street magic

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

The street magic some people perform is no more than an illusionary art and a technique and play of ones hands; and not the type of magic which has been absolutely forbidden in Islam. If one claims that one is practicing or performing an illusion, or performing a trick of the hands, etc. there is no harm in it; but it would be best and purer for a believer to abstain from it.

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 3.267 Narrated by An Numan bin Bashir

The Prophet (saws) said "Both legal and illegal things are obvious, and in between them are (suspicious) doubtful matters. So whoever forsakes those doubtful things lest he may commit a sin, will definitely avoid what is clearly illegal; and whoever indulges in these (suspicious) doubtful things bravely, is likely to commit what is clearly illegal. Sins are Allah's Hima (i.e. private pasture) and whoever pastures (his sheep) near it, is likely to get in it at any moment."

 

If one claims or is believed to be a magician, or that his tricks are performed by super-natural forces; than such acts are absolutely forbidden and considered akin to the sin of disbelief in Islam. Although the English term magic is used for these performing illusionists, it cannot be considered as real magic or sehr. Real magic or sehr is something one does with the help of the evil Shayateen and Jinn that may cause fitnah, discord, or hurt to other individuals.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your Brother in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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