Is it allowed to Counter Magic with Another Magic?
Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu. Hayyakumullahu O ustadz!
My little sister is afflicted with a disease caused by magic (witchcraft), and she had been treated with ruqyah according to shari’a, but Allah has not yet granted her recovery, and now it is the second year of it already. Some said that: The knot must be taken, whereas it could only be taken by a kyai (religious leader) or a shaman.
Question: Are we allowed to do the nusyrah (treating magical-induced disease with magic) by the help of a kyai in order to be safer? For information, this kyai is a kyai from NU (Nahdlatul Ulama, a large Islamic organization in Indonesia, -ed) and he treats people using some verses of the Qur’an, but he comes from another congregation.
Because when the Prophet -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- was bewitched, Allah cured him when the knot was taken, and its whereabout was known through the divine revelation, but what about us? May Allah rewards you with plenty of goodnesses.
Wa’alaikum salam warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu.
May Allah ennoble you. Brother, may Allah soon grant your sister a recovery. It is true that if the knot (the source of witchcraft) could be taken and destroyed, it would be better and the recovery would be faster, as what happened to the Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- when he was bewitched. But if it couldn’t be found, then it was enough for us to treat the patient with ruqyah using the verses of the Qur’an, and remembrances that the Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- had taught us.
As for going to a shaman so that he could help in finding the magic knot, it is still not allowed to do. Because it is impossible for that shaman to find it but with the help of jinn too. And jinn would not help any human being except after the man agreed to commit infidelity to Allah. Allah the Exalted decreed, telling us about the saying of the jinn:
(وَأَنَّهُ كَانَ رِجَالٌ مِنَ الْأِنْسِ يَعُوذُونَ بِرِجَالٍ مِنَ الْجِنِّ فَزَادُوهُمْ رَهَقاً) (الجـن:6)
“and that “some from among the humans used to seek protection of some among the jinn, and thus they increased the arrogance of the jinn”;” (Qs. 72:6)
Also, it is mentioned in a hadith that whoever went to a shaman, and justified what he said, then he has denied the divine revelation received by the Prophet -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him-. As the Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- said,
مَنْ أَتَى كَاهِنًا أَوْ عَرَّافًا فَصَدَّقَهُ بِمَا يَقُولُ فَقَدْ كَفَرَ بِمَا أُنْزِلَ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ
“Whoever went to a shaman, or a soothsayer, and justified what he said, then he has denied what has been revealed to Muhammad -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him-.” (Narrated by Ahmad, and classed as valid by Sheikh Al Albani in his book, “Shahih Al-jami’”, hadith no: 5939)
Brother, you need to know that some of the kyai – whom we believed hold firmly to the religion- do the things that are similar to the shamans. Thus, we should not value a thing based on its name, but based on its true core, because a poison would still be dangerous, although we called it “milk”.
Don’t be fooled by some of them who tried to cover the their spells of satan with the verses from the Qur’an, or with some Arabic words, because this is how they deceive their clients.
My advice is; try to find the knot at places that are presumed to be used as its storage, such as on the cupboard, or under the bed, or on trees around the house, etc, and pray to Allah to make it easier for you to find it, while at the same time keep reciting the suggested ruqya to the patient. And fear Allah, and ask for His forgiveness often, because Allah has promised to show the way out of problem for those who feared Him, Allah decreed,
(وَمَنْ يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَلْ لَهُ مَخْرَجاً) (الطلاق: من الآية2)
“Allah will find a way out for him who fears Allah,” (Qs. 65:2)
(وَمَنْ يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَلْ لَهُ مِنْ أَمْرِهِ يُسْراً) (الطلاق: من الآية4)
“Allah will create ease for him who fears Allah.” (Qs. 65:4)
If the knot was found, then we say, All praises be to Allah, but if it wasn’t yet, then don’t be desperate, and keep reciting the suggested ruqya to her, either directly or through the help of a cassette.
If Allah ordained recovery for her, then it is His mercy and grace, and if it didn’t happen, it was something that Allah wished according to a wisdom that only He knew about. Our obligation was only doing the efforts, while the result was all up to Allah.
And if a believer could be patient in enduring the trial that afflicted him, then that trial would be an expiation for his sins or something that raised his degree. The Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- said:
مَا يُصِيبُ الْمُؤْمِنَ مِنْ وَصَبٍ وَلَا نَصَبٍ وَلَا سَقَمٍ وَلَا حَزَنٍ حَتَّى الْهَمِّ يُهَمُّهُ إِلَّا كُفِّرَ بِهِ مِنْ سَيِّئَاتِهِ
“A believer doesn’t afflicted with continuous illness, tiredness, disease, and sadness, until his anxiety, but Allah will erase by it some of his evil doings.” (Narrated by Al Bukhari and Muslim).
It is better for us to be patient for a while, to get an eternal happiness, rather than getting a temporary happiness that costs us our beliefs.
We pray to Allah, by His most beautiful names, and greatest attributes, to cure our sick brothers and sisters. Verily, He is the All-Hearing, and Granter of the prayers.
And guidance comes from Allah.
Answered by: Ustadz Abdullah Roy, MA.