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Magic or illness?


I was an extraordinarily bright student with achievements of state level and 4 gold medals that I received from Chief of the Air staff but all of a sudden i begun to feel frightened drowsy and having intrusive thoughts.Its been 7 years now and my sufferrings are not ending. I think a relative who i suppose was jealous of my achievements has casted a spell of some sort of magic on me.He has no child even after 10 years of marriage. What is the truth of black magic in Islam and how can we break its spell?


Salamun Alaykum

Thank you for your query.

Sometimes it is not possible or difficult to correctly diagnose the problem by consulting online. There can be various possibilities about this issue.

  • Possibility of depression with delusional thoughts.
  • Possibility of Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia may result in some combination of hallucinations, delusions, and extremely disordered thinking and behavior that impairs daily functioning, and can be disabling.
  • If a person thinks that someone has bewitched him is a paranoid thought which itself harms.
    Paranoia is the feeling that you’re being threatened in some way, such as people watching you or acting against you, even though there’s no proof that it’s true. It happens to a lot of people at some point. Even when you know that your concerns aren’t based in reality, they can be troubling if they happen too often.
  • Or just a cultural and traditional habit of putting every negative thing to be the effect of magic

Meaning of magic(سحر):

According to the dictionary, magic has two meanings:
Deception, guile, sleight of hand and legerdemain; and according to the book Qamus al-Lughah, magic means ‘to deceive’.

کُلُّ ماَ لَطُفَ وَ دَقَّ.

“All such things, the causes of which are invisible and mysterious.”
In Raghib’s book al-Mufradat, which is devoted to analysing words appearing in the Qur’an, three meanings have been mentioned for it:
a. Deception and imaginations, which are devoid of reality – like sleight of hand.
b. Attracting the Satans by special means and seeking assistance from them.
And there is another meaning that some have been given to imagine and that is: It is possible to transform the essence and form of people or entities by certain means; for example, transforming man by means of it, into an animal. However, this kind is nothing more than mere fancy, and without an iota of reality.
Studying the 51 instances of the usage of the word سحر (magic) and its derivatives in the chapters of the Noble Qur’an, such as Taha, Shu’ara, Yunus, A’raf, etc., in connection with the stories of the prophets Musa (a.s.), ‘Isa (a.s.) and the Noble Prophet (S), we conclude that magic, according to the Qur’an, can be classified into two categories:
Those instances wherein the objective is deception, jugglery, sleight of hand and legerdemain and possesses no reality,

On the other hand, the evil eye exists. In verse 51 of Surah al-Qalam, we read:

وَ إِنْ يَكَادُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَيُزْلِقُونَكَ بِأَبْصَارِهِمْ لَمَّا سَمِعُوا الذِّكْرَ

“And those who disbelieve would almost smite you with their eyes when they hear the reminder…” (68:51).
In view of the above verse the question that arises is: Does injury by means of an evil eye possess any reality?
Many people are of the belief that some kinds of eyes possess a peculiar influence such that if they happen to look at something in wonder, they destroy it or break it, and if they happen to look at a person, they can make him sick or (even) insane.
According to the intellect, this is not something which is impossible. Many of today’s scientists believe that concealed in some eyes lies a special magnetic force which possesses great utility, such that it can even be developed by means of training and exercise; the magnetic sleep is induced by means of this very magnetic force of the eyes.
In a world wherein x-rays are able to perform tasks, the like of which even the most destructive of weapons are unable to perform, acknowledging the presence of a force in certain eyes that is capable of influencing someone by means of some special waves should not appear to be fantastic.
It has been widely reported that people have personally witnessed individuals, possessing this mysterious power of the eyes, to have incapacitated humans, animals and things by injuring them by means of ‘evil eye’.
Thus, not only should one not insist on rejecting such issues but instead acknowledge the possibility of their occurrence – scientifically and intellectually.
In the Islamic traditions too, various expressions meet the eye which, to a certain extent, corroborate the existence of such an issue.

In Nahj al-Balagha we read:

الْعَيْنُ حَقٌّ وَ الرُّقَـى حَقٌ‏.

“Injury by the evil eye is true and resorting to prayers to ward away its evils is true too”

We do not have anything as black magic. And it cannot be said that every problem in our life is caused by magic. To prevent the evil eye, keep reciting Ayatul Kursi and the 4 Qul especially Surah Falaq and Surah Naas.


What are the ways through which one can protect himself against the evil eye?

It begins when the person likes something, then his evil soul dwells on the matter, and by continually looking at the person who has the thing of which he feels jealous, he directs his spell towards him.

Late Shaykh Abbas Qummi (may Allah bless him) has recommended the recitation of verse 51 of chapter al-Qalam to ward off the spell cast by the evil eye. Given the circumstance in which the verse was revealed, reciting it is good. In addition to this verse, reciting other verses of the Quran such as Sura “al-Nās”, “falaq”, “al-Hamd” and “al-Tawhid” have been recommended for protecting oneself against the evil eye.


Do the folllowing every day to keep the evil eye away:

  1. Recite Ayatul Kursi
  2. Recite  4 Qul especially Surah Falaq and Surah Naas(معوذتین)
  3. Recite three times : ما شاءالله لا قوه الا بالله العلي العظيم
  4. Recite verse 51 of Surah Qalam.


Along with the above things, pray 5 times a day, recite Quran every day with translation and recite Duas and Tasbeeh of Salawat and Allah’s attributes and stay focused on your studies and see Allah(swt) will definitely help you. Keep the positive energy and don’t worry what others think about you or your progress and hence leave everything on Allah(swt).

God knows best.

May Allah(swt) grant you success


Syed Haider