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Dearest brother, i was reading a few of the answered questions when i came across the one about `evil spirits in the house` and read your note that no evil spirits or jinn can harm us or cause any suffering to us. Correct me if i`m wrong but didn`t the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) also suffer upon the hands of magic, which like every other misfortune or fortune happens by the decree of Allah Subhanah? If these things cannot harm us and do not require a remedy, then why is such a story narrated in the hadith and why is a cure given in the form of sura-e-falaq and sura-e-annaas

 

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Magic on Prophet saws

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.

 

Your Question: i was reading a few of the answered questions when i came across the one about `evil spirits in the house` and read your note that no evil spirits or jinn can harm us or cause any suffering to us.

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 15 Surah Hijr verses 26-27: We created man from dried clay of rotten earth; and before him We had created the Jinn from the flame of heat.

 

Jinns are a creation like the human beings of Allah Subhanah, who have been given the power of intelligence and free will to choose between virtue and sin, good and evil, the Straight Path or fall astray.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraaf verse 27: He (Iblis the Jinn) and his party (the Shayateen amongst the Jinn can) see you from where you cannot see them. We have made these Shaitaans the friends of those who do not believe.

 

It is also evident from the above aayah, that human beings cannot see the Jinns; but they are able to see us.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 35 Surah Fatir verse 2: What Allah out of His Mercy doth bestow on mankind there is none can withhold: what He doth withhold there is none can grant apart from Him: and He is the Exalted in Power Full of Wisdom.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 17: "If Allah touch thee with affliction none can remove it but He; if He touch thee with happiness He hath power over all things.

 

It is the ardent belief of the believers who sincerely believe in Allah and the Last Day that everything, and I repeat everything in the Universe happens with the Precise Will and Permission of Allah Subhanah Alone. If Allah Subhanah Wills to help, protect or bestow His Mercy on one amongst mankind, no combination of humans and Jinns can withhold that Mercy from Allah; and if Allah Wills to afflict someone with a trial, no combination of humans and Jinns can remove that affliction! Thus the believers should be content in their belief that if all the Jinns and all the powers of the world got together and tried to harm someone in the unseen, they would not be able to do so in the least, without the Precise Will and Permission of Allah Subhanah.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 114 Surah An-Naas verses 1-6

1 Say: I seek refuge with the Lord and Cherisher of Mankind

2 The King (or Ruler) of Mankind

3 The Allah (or Judge) of Mankind

4 From the mischief of the Whisperer (of Evil) who withdraws (after his whisper)

5 (The same) who whispers into the hearts of mankind

6 Among Jinns and among Men.

 

Beloved brother, rest assured that the Jinns have not been bestowed with the power to touch, catch, move, pull, or hurt any human being. In light of the above absolutely clear guidance of the Holy Quran the absolute maximum the evil amongst the Jinn can do is whisper something in the hearts of mankind and inspire man towards evil and thus the disobedience of Allah.and not even an iota more! Other than this act of whispering into mens hearts, the Jinn race are absolutely powerless to do anything to any amongst the human race!

 

Your Statement: Correct me if i`m wrong but didn`t the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) also suffer upon the hands of magic

There is indeed an incident related in the authentic narrations by Hadrat Aisha (r.a.), the wife of the Prophet (saws) whereby she narrates the incident of the magic that was done on the Messenger of Allah (saws). Allah Subhanah informed the Prophet (saws) of the magic and its source, and protected him from its effect.


 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.400 Narrated by Aisha

that Allah's Messenger (saws) was affected by magic, so much that he used to think that he had done something which in fact, he did not do, and he invoked his Lord (for a remedy). Then (one day) he (saws) said, "O 'Aisha! Do you know that Allah has advised me as to the problem I consulted Him about?" 'Aisha said, "O Allah's Messenger (saws)! What's that?" He (saws) said, "Two men came to me and one of them sat at my head and the other at my feet, and one of them asked his companion, 'What is wrong with this man?' The latter replied, 'He is under the effect of magic.' The former asked, 'Who has worked magic on him?' The latter replied, 'Labid bin Al-A'sam.' The former asked, 'With what did he work the magic?' The latter replied, 'With a comb and the hair, which are stuck to the comb, and the skin of pollen of a date-palm tree.' The former asked, 'Where is that?' The latter replied, 'It is in Dharwan.' " Dharwan was a well in the dwelling place of the (tribe of) Bani Zuraiq. Allah's Messenger (saws) went to that well and returned to 'Aisha, saying, "By Allah, the water (of the well) was as red as the infusion of Hinna, (1) and the date-palm trees look like the heads of devils." Aisha added, "Allah's Messenger (saws) came to me and informed me about the well. I asked the Prophet (saws), 'O Allah's Messenger (saws), why didn't you take out the skin of pollen?' He (saws) said, 'As for me, Allah has cured me and I hated to draw the attention of the people to such evil.'"

 

First and foremost, the existence of Jinns and the doing and/or effects of magic are two absolutely unrelated things and one has nothing to do with the other! Secondly, In light of the clear guidance of the Holy Quran there are only two types of magic:

The magic or illusion that was performed by the magicians of Pharaohs Court in the incidents related with Prophet Moses (a.s.).

The magic taught by the Angels Harut and Marut, with the precise permission of and as a trial from Allah Subhanah to the disbelievers of Babylon, whereby differences would be created through this particular magic between a husband and a wife in marriage.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraf verses 116-118:

116 Said Moses (to the magicians): "Throw ye (first)." So when they (the magicians) threw, they bewitched the eyes of the people and struck terror into them: for they showed a great (feat of) magic.

117 We put it into Moses's mind by inspiration: "throw (now) thy rod": and behold! It swallows up straightway all the falsehoods which they fake!

118 Thus Truth was confirmed and all that they did was made of no effect.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 102: They followed what the evil ones gave out (falsely) against the power of Solomon; the blasphemers were not Solomon but the evil ones 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 thus 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. And vile was the price for which they did sell their souls if they but knew!

 

Your Question: If these things cannot harm us and do not require a remedy, then why is such a story narrated in the hadith and why is a cure given in the form of sura-e-falaq and sura-e-annaas

Affliction, harm, trouble, or misfortunes can reach man in one of two ways:

Through the evil deeds man does to himself with his own hands by indulging in what is prohibited by Allah (shirk, disbelief, addiction to wine, gambling, illegal sexual intercourse, indulgence in riba, etc.)

As a trial and a test from Allah Subhanah to see what man does when afflicted with these situations. (accidents, diseases, death, etc.)

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verse 62: How then when they are seized by misfortune because of the deeds which their hands have sent forth?

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verses 155-157:

155 Be sure We shall test you with something of fear, and hunger, some loss in goods, or lives, or the fruits (of your toil); but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere.

156 Who say when afflicted with calamity: "To Allah we belong and to Him is our return."

157 They are those on whom (descend) blessings from Allah and Mercy, and they are the ones that receive guidance.

 

It is only natural and in accordance with logic that when one is afflicted by any misfortune, or trouble, or harm, one will try to locate the source of his misfortune and try to put it aright. If a thorn pricks someone, one removes the thorn to relieve his pain. If one knows that consuming alcohol makes him sick and causes him to lose his senses, he should abstain from it.

 

But as much as one tries to avoid them, some afflictions which come from Allah Subhanah like accidents, diseases, death, etc. have no remedy. The virtuous ones recognize these trials are from their Lord and bear them with patience, and the disbelievers in the Lord try to seek help in the unseen from other sources to relieve them from these trials!

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 17: If Allah touch thee with affliction none can remove it but He; if He touch thee with happiness He hath power over all things.

 

Your Question: If these things cannot harm us and do not require a remedy, then why is such a story narrated in the hadith and why is a cure given in the form of sura-e-falaq and sura-e-annaas

For every harm, trouble or evil which one brings upon himself with his own hands by indulging in what is prohibited and harmful, one can abstain from the evil to remove its harm. But the only remedy for affliction that one does not bring upon himself with his own hands is to put his trust and belief in Allah Alone and bear these with patience; for none save Allah Subhanah can remove these afflictions!

 

The evil whisperings of the Shayateen which inspire man to disobey their Lord, or the harmful effects one fears from magic or jealousy, or spells, or charms, etc., or any evil one fears from any quarter of the unseen; it would be impossible for man to search for the origin of these evils.thus Allah Subhanah, in His Sublime Mercy and Grace towards His believing slaves, has given the ultimate remedy an anti-biotic to relieve the believers from fearing any and all such evils of the unseen through the recitation of the Muawwedaat (Surah Falaq and Surah Naas)!

 

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 1019 Narrated by Abu Sa'id al-Khudri

The Prophet (saws) used to seek Allahs protection against the Shayateen (amongst the Jinns) and the evil eye (spells, charms, magic, envy, etc.) till Surahs al-Falaq and an-Naas were revealed. After they were revealed he stuck to them and discarded everything beside them.

 

Once a believer recites the Muawwedaat (Surah Falaq and Surah Naas), keeps his full faith and trust in the Power and Strength of his Lord Most High Alone, and declares himself to be in the refuge of none save the Lord Most Majestic, he need not fear any evil or harm approaching him from the unseen!

 

If one just looks around the ungodly and unrighteous societies we unfortunately live in today, one can see the mayhem, chaos, pain, agony, and fear the ignorant cause upon themselves and their loved ones in their search to protect themselves from these unseen evils of Jinns and magic! They approach every unscrupulous peer, faqir, moulvis, the so-called experts in the removal of Jinns and magic, and some, in their utter disbelief and desperation even seek the help of those who are dead and buried in their graves!

 

The wisdom behind the revelation of the Muawwedaat is to reinforce the belief of the believers that everything, absolutely everything is in the Absolute Control and Domain of none save the Lord Most High, and once the believers have put their faith and trust in their Lord and sought His Protection from any evil approaching them from the unseen, there is absolutely nothing and no one they need to fear or seek a remedy or cure from, except Him and Him Alone!

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 113 Surah Al-Falaq verses 1-5:

1 Say: I seek refuge with the Lord of the Dawn

2 From the mischief of created things;

3 From the mischief of Darkness as it overspreads;

4 From the mischief of those who practice Secret Arts;

5 And from the mischief of the envious one as he practices envy.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 114 Surah Al-Naas verses 1-6:

1 Say: I seek refuge with the Lord and Cherisher of Mankind

2 The King (or Ruler) of Mankind

3 The Allah (or Judge) of Mankind

4 From the mischief of the Whisperer (of Evil) who withdraws (after his whisper)

5 (The same) who whispers into the hearts of mankind

6 Among Jinns and among Men.

 

If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of never ever being misled; but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of being led astray.

 

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

 

Your Brother in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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