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Assalamu Alaikum, the Madinah Islamic Magazine was created to share traditional Islamic knowledge from our heritage, from a time when Islam surpassed the world in it’s understanding and the fitnah (strife) of today didn’t exist.

The Magazine follows a simple structure outlined by Jibril (Gabriel) himself in the hadith of Jibril when He came to teach the Muslims about all the different areas of knowledge our religion entailed. He asked the prophet (saws) four simple question’s so the muslims could hear the prophets replies and understand what the Deen (Islam) was about. Hence each Issue of the Magazine will present articles, primarily taken from my website, SunnahMuakada.wordpress.com written by various scholars, as well as articles from myself regarding these four areas of Knowledge, and at times others.

‘Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “While we were sitting with the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless with him and grant him peace, one day a man came up to us whose clothes were extremely white, whose hair was extremely black, upon whom traces of traveling could not be seen, and whom none of us knew, until he sat down close to the Prophet, may Allah bless with him and grant him peace, so that he rested his knees upon his knees and placed his two hands upon his thighs and said, ‘Muhammad, tell me about Islam.’

The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless with him and grant him peace, said, ‘Islam is that you witness that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and you establish the prayer, and you give the Zakat, and you fast Ramadan, and you perform the hajj of the House if you are able to take a way to it.’

He said, ‘You have told the truth,’ and we were amazed at him asking him and [then] telling him that he told the truth. He said, ‘Tell me about Iman.’ He said, ‘That you affirm Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, and the Last Day, and that you affirm the Decree, the good of it and the bad of it.’ He said, ‘You have told the truth.’ He said, ‘Tell me about Ihsan.’ He said, ‘That you worship Allah as if you see Him, for if you don’t see Him then truly He sees you.’ He said, ‘Tell me about the Hour.’ He said, ‘The one asked about it knows no more than the one asking.’

He said, ‘Then tell me about its tokens.’ He said, ‘That the female slave should give birth to her mistress, and you see poor, naked, barefoot shepherds of sheep and goats competing in making tall buildings.’ He went away, and I remained some time. Then he asked, ‘Umar, do you know who the questioner was?’ I said, ‘Allah and His Messenger know best.’ He said, ‘He was Jibril who came to you to teach you your deen’.” (Muslim)

Sayyid Rami al Rifai

Ramadan 1436 AH.

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Punishment Under Islamic Law For Practicing Sihr [Dark Magic]

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The Messenger of Allaah said, “He is not of us, the one who (looks for) evil omens, or the one on whose behalf they are sought (omens are signs, information, from the unseen used against people), or the one who practices soothsaying, or the one on whose behalf it is practiced; or the one who practices sorcery, or the one for whom sorcery is done.” (At-Tabaraanee)

He also said, “And the magician will never be successful no matter what amount (of skill) he may attain” (Taahaa 20:69). This hadith doesn’t mean sihr (dark magic) doesn’t work, it means that the sihr used will only be a tool in taking a person to his fate, his fate isnt the sihr (dark magic) but what is given after it has passed, so magic won’t be successful  in changing what he grants. Allah will grant the person increase in his life on the back of the sahir (the one who did sihr on him) because of the sihr (dark magic) he suffered, so the sahir (sorcerer) any misfortune he suffers in his life, or anything he falls short in will be because of the people he did sihr on. As a result of this the Sahir, both the one who practices it or has it done for him is continually in a state of falling short in his life, this is how the sahir never prospers.

No matter what benefit he receives from the sihr it is always short of what he would have received had he worked for it himself.

The Prophet (saws) commanded: “Kill every sorcerer, for this is the punishment ordained by Allah.”

This is the fiqh (legal) opinion of Imam Abu Haneefah, Imam Maalik, and Imam Ahmad the founders of the Madhhabs of Law in Islam, in all four madhhabs (schools of Law) including the Shafii Madhhab practicing Sihr is a capital punishment and one of the worst sins a person can commit on the same level with Kufr, leaving Islam, because Allah says many times in the Quran it is Kufr (2:102).

Allah in a single verse (2:102) says Sihr is Disbelief (Kufr) multiple times to emphasis this point, that the person who practices dark magic and the person who has it practiced for him have left Islam:

“And they followed [instead] what the devils had recited during the reign of Solomon. It was not Solomon who disbelieved, but the devils disbelieved, (by) 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 (the Sahir is in a state of loss in his life). But the Children of Israel certainly knew that whoever purchased the magic (practiced it or had it practiced for them) would not have in the Hereafter any share. And wretched is that for which they sold themselves, if they only knew.” (the extent of their loss in this life and the next)(2:102)

Imam Ahmad said, “Capital punishment for the sorcerer has been authentically reported from three companions of the Prophet. It is reported from Umar that he wrote, “Kill every sorcerer and sorceress.” Bujaalah (a sub-narrator of the hadith) said, “Then we killed three sorceresses.” It is also authentically reported from Hafsah (the Prophet’s wife) that she ordered a maid of hers to be killed because she did sorcery on her.” The great companion Jundub bin Kaab, it was also authentically reported that he beheaded a magician who was playing his magic in front of Waleed and said, “Let him use his magic for his own benefit now”, in this is the ruling on street magicians, hence capital punishment is not simply for dark magic used on people but any kind of illusions or tricks people play on people, illustrating how strict Islam is on any kind of magic.

According to Imam Malik, a person who practices Sihr (magic), but does not have it done for himself is similar to the person Allah describes in the following verse: “And they learned what hurt them, and did not profit them, knowing well that whoso buys it shall have no share in the world to come.” (al-Baqarah 2/102) According to the verse, Imam Malik ruled that the punishment for practicing Sihr is the death sentence. (Muwatta, 628)

According to Ibn Qudamah, the punishment for practicing Sihr was also the death sentence and this is the opinion reported by the companions of the prophet (saws), among others, of Umar (ra), Uthman Ibn Affan (ra), Ibn Umar (ra), Hafsa (ra), Jundub Ibn Abdullah (ra), Jundub Ibn Ka’b (ra), Qays Ibn Sa’d (ra) and Umar Ibn Abdu’l-Aziz, it is also the view of Abu Hanifa and Malik. Continue reading