Magic Related

Date page was first added: 27th December 2020.

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1. Introduction
2. Superstitions
3. Kid’s Book about magic to beware of
4. Dawah Leaflets
5. Islamic Books
6. Talks/Lectures
7. Websites
8. Articles
9. Legislated Dhikr and Dua’s for preventative measures against magic and evil eye
10. How to perform Ruqyah
11. Fatawa on Amulets

1. Introduction

The intention behind this page is to provide information regarding the grave and heinous practice of magic which is Kufr and one of the nullifiers of Islam (Refer to the text of Nawaaqid al-Islaam here: Related topics or subject areas will also be covered such as sorcery, evil eye, ruqyah, jinn, charms, amulets, talismans, omens, astrology, fortune tellers, soothsayers, superstitious beliefs and practices, etc.

Magic and superstitious beliefs are so widespread throughout the world, even in Muslim lands. Ignorance of the Deen (correct beliefs and rulings) and various other factors such as; a) the popularity of horror movies (many of which contain or portray any of the following; demonic possession, exorcism, human sacrifices, slaughtering animals for other than Allah’s sake, ghosts, poltergeists, chants invoking others besides Allah, curses and cursed objects, satanic rituals, magicians, wizards, witches, magic and illusionary tricks, magical items/relics, sorcery, ouija boards, amulets, fortune-telling, omens, numerology, tarot cards, psychics, seances, etc), and b) Harry Potter books (which contain various spells) and other well-known books like “The Hobbit”, has made the occult and magic more alluring, may Allah protect us from it.

This page contains links to further resources and more knowledge-based information and insight, and is currently being updated so more content may be added soon, inshaa’Allaah.

2. Superstitions

Common Superstitions

* A person cannot drown before going under three times.
* Evil spirits cannot harm you when you are standing in a circle.
* Friday the thirteenth is an unlucky day.
* A rabbit’s foot brings good luck.
* You can break a bad luck spell by turning seven times in a clockwise circle.
* To make a happy marriage, the bride must wear: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.
* The wedding veil protects the bride from the evil eye.

[These were taken from, The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) and Skeptical Inquirer Magazine@]

Source: The Book, “The Ruling of Sorcery, Fortune-Telling and Related Issues”, The Eminent ash-Shaykh ‘Abdul-Azeez bin ‘Abdullaah bin Baz (rahimahullah), First Edition, May 2006, Tarbiyyah Bookstore Publishing, p. 16.

Origins of some superstitions

“Here we run through the surprising cultural histories behind some of the world’s most common supernatural beliefs.”

1. “Knocking on wood”

The actual origins, and even meanings of the phrase are as varied as the cultures which use it, which some suggesting roots in the Indo-European or Celtic belief that spirits good and bad resided in trees who could be either called upon for protection or chased away by knocking on their home, and others (particularly Christians) linking the practice to the magical power of the wooden Crucifix.

2. “Throwing Salt Over Your Shoulder”

Like ‘knocking on wood,’ this superstition also involves the idea of ‘warding off evil’ – in this case, the Devil himself. In Learnardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, Jesus’ betrayer, Judas Iscariot, is portrayed as having accidentally spilled salt. Since Judas was associated with doing something bad, the argument goes that, ipso facto, so was salt, and throwing it over your shoulder would blind the devil waiting there.

3. “Walking Under a Ladder”

The superstition of not wanting to walk under a ladder also has roots in Christian symbolism: the “Holy Trinity” of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit led to an association of the number three with something sacred. The triangle, with its three sides, came to be regarded as sacred as well, and a ladder of course forms a triangle, so naturally, to walk under that ladder would be to destroy the sanctity of the Trinity and thus incur punishment.

For more origins of common superstitions, refer to the source article: 18 Superstitions from around the world:

Article – India: The Land of Bizarre Rituals And Superstitions

Baby tossing, a very dangerous ritual based on baseless superstition, is practiced commonly in some parts of India. It is thought to bring good fortune in a toddler’s life.

This nonsensical ritual is not a friendly toss but a terrifying one where the newborn is dropped from a height of whopping 50 feet, preferably from the top of a temple…

Cutting nails and hair on Saturdays is also deemed as taboo Indian Hindu society. It is believed that cutting nails and hair on Saturday bring bad luck which is why most of the Indians don’t clip their nails and trim their hair on Saturdays. No saloon on Saturdays! They believe that such act angers planet Saturn (shani), which then brings bad luck…

Another cruel and evil custom, prevalent in Indian society, pertaining to nuptial knot is of “Sati”. According to the commission (prevention) of Sati act 1987, “Sati” is defined as the act of burning alive of a widow along with the body of her deceased husband. It is, undoubtedly a heinous crime against humanity. Though the Indian government has enacted laws to arrest this barbaric act, yet it is alive and kicking in various parts of India.

Numerology also has a considerable share in Indian superstitions. Indians regard thirteen and eighteen as unlucky numbers. You will find no apartment and floor bearing number “13” in Indian hotels.

According to numerology, the number eight is also unlucky since it is ruled by the planet Shani (again Shani!) and therefore if you’re ruled by the number eight then there shall be lots of obstructions, limitations, and frustrations in your way.”

Source and more information:

Article: The superstitious side of Pakistan

“Occult practices are believed to be widespread in Pakistan where religious beliefs, superstitions and illiteracy play a big role in everyday life. A recent grave-digging incident in Karachi has highlighted this.”

Read more here:

Article: The History Behind Popular Indian Subcontinental Superstitions

“Some Others Superstitions Include:

– Right eye twitching is useful for men, and the left one is useful for women.
– Lemon and green chilies can fend off the evil eye.
– Lizard falling on you brings good karma, and sometimes back luck.
– Bat entering into the house can cause demise.
– Gemstones have mystical powers.
– Wearing an amulet protects you.
– Itching in hand brings money.”


3. Kid’s Book about magic to beware of

1. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow – Jessica Townsend
2. Magic Faraway Tree – Enid Blyton
3. The Wizards of Once – Cressida Cowell
4. The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner – Terry Pratchett
5. The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien
6. Mary Poppins – P. L. Travers
7. Dragon Rider – Cornelia Funke
8. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K Rowling
9. The BFG – Roald Dahl
10. Ellie’s Magic Wellies – Amy Sparkles
11. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
12. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis
13. Frankie’s Magic Football: Summer Holiday Showdown – Frank Lampard

Source and more details:

4. Dawah Leaflets

A brief excerpt from the leaflet:


A Muslim is not permitted to visit fortune tellers and soothsayers, those who claim knowledge of the unseen and the future. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “Whoever visits a fortune teller and consults him, then his prayer will not be accepted for forty days.” (Muslim, no. 2230). It is also authentically reported that he said: “Whoever visits a fortune teller or a soothsayer and believes him, has certainly disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammed.” (Abu Dawood, no. 3904)

This leaflet can be downloaded here:

5. Islamic Books

Book 1:

Book 2:

Book 3:

Book 4:

Book 5:

6. Talks/Lectures

World of Jinn & Magic (by Abu ‘Iyaad Amjad Rafiq)

Listen/download Part 1 here: World of Jinn & Magic (part 1).mp3

This lecture was accompanied by slides, which can be viewed/downloaded here:
World of Jinn & Magic slides.pdf

Listen/download Part 2 here: World of Jinn & Magic (part 2).mp3

The link mentioned in the talk relating to Islamic Ruqyah can be found here:
Islamic Ruqyah For Warding Off the Devils and the Magic of the Magicians From the Qur’an

Astrology is from the Types of Magic ― Abu Khadeejah ‘Abdul-Wāhid
Listen here:

Magic In Light Of The Qur’aan And Sunnah By Abu Iyaad
Listen here:

Magic & Sorcery by Abu Khadeejah
Listen here:

Rulings Of Ruqyah (Incantations) by Abu Iyaad – Parts 1 & 2
Listen here:

Friday the 13th & Evil Omens – Khutbah by Hasan Somali
Listen here:

Selected Chapters from Kitāb At-Tawhīd – Chapter: An Explanation of Some of the Types of Sorcery – By Al-‘Allāmah ‘Abdullāh Al-Ghudayyān Rahimahullah
Listen here:

7. Websites

8. Articles

These article links are from the Dajjaal.Com resource:

Magic (Sihr) is True and Real, Its Meaning and Its Ruling:

Shaykh Saalih Aal ash-Shaykh: The Ruling on Seeking Aid From the Jinn:

Prophet Solomon, the Devils (Shayaateen), Magic, the Angels Harut and Marut and Baabil (Babylon):

Some of the Signs of Magicians, Sorcerers and How To Identify Them:

The Historical Connection Between Ancestor Worship (Shirk), Astrology, Magic and the Occult:

Shaykh Ibn al-Uthaymeen on the Magic that Expels from Islam and the Magic Which Does Not:

9. Legislated Dhikr and Dua’s for preventative measures against magic and evil eye

Qur’anic recitations:

– The recitation of Ayaatul Kursee after every fard salaah after the legislated dhikrs after the salaams.
– The recitation of Ayaatul Kursee before going to sleep.
– Other preventative measures from the Qur’aan include: reciting Sooratul-Ikhlaas, Al-Falaq, and Al-Naas.
– These soorahs should be recited after the fard salaah, as well as three times at the beginning of the day after salaatul-Fajr, at the start of the evening after salaatul-Maghrib, and at bedtime.
– In addition, the two verses at the end of Sooratul-Baqarah should be recited at the beginning of the night.

Source: The Book, “The Ruling of Sorcery, Fortune-Telling and Related Issues”, The Eminent ash-Shaykh ‘Abdul-Azeez bin ‘Abdullaah bin Baz (rahimahullah), First Edition, May 2006, Tarbiyyah Bookstore Publishing, pp. 24-26.

Recitations from the Sunnah (authentic ahadith):

21 Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree vol. 7 no. 5743 Kitaabut-Tibb
22 Saheeh Muslim no. 2187 Kitaabus-Salaam

Source: The Book, “The Ruling of Sorcery, Fortune-Telling and Related Issues”, The Eminent ash-Shaykh ‘Abdul-Azeez bin ‘Abdullaah bin Baz (rahimahullah), First Edition, May 2006, Tarbiyyah Bookstore Publishing, pp. 28-29.

Recommended Dhikr booklet:

10. How to Perform Ruqyah

Advice about Ruqiyyah, compiled by the Shaykh, the Muhaddith Rabee’ bin Hadi al-Madkhali:

Nine Ways To Perform Ruqyah On Yourself For Sickness, Evil-Eye, Possession and Magic:

Islamic Ruqyah For Warding Off the Devils and the Magic of the Magicians From the Qur’an:

11. Fatawa on Amulets

Wearing Amulets is Forbidden even if They are from the Qur’aan:

The Ruling of Suspending Qur’anic amulets:

Obscure Amulets:

Incantations and Amulets: