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Attempts to Bewitch the Prophet Muhammed [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] – Sh. Ibn Uthaymeen

 

Question:

Is it true that there were attempts to bewitch the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم?

 

Answer:

 
According to Sahih Al-Bukhari, Sahih Muslim and other books of Hadith, it is true, but the magic could not affect divine revelations or Shari‘ah matters. All what that magic could do was that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم imagined having done something he had not actually done. That magic was the work of a Jew called Lubaid Ibn-Al-A‘sam.  The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم was cured of it when Allah revealed it to him and gave him protection by Al-Falaq and An-Nas Suras.  Regarding prophet-hood, the magic had no effect on the Prophet‘s صلى الله عليه وسلم behavior concerning revelations or acts of worship.

 

There are those who deny the bewitchment of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. They argue that if accepted, the bewitchment incident could be taken to support the accusation, ―”Ye are but following a man bewitched”. [Al-Baqara Sura, Ayah 102].

 

However, the incident does not necessitate agreement with those who describe the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم as bewitched, for their accusation is directed towards the divine revelations, which they consider as nonsensical utterances made by someone under the influence of magic. As for the magic done unto the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, it had no effect on divine revelations or acts of worship. Misinterpretation of the incident by some should not oblige us to dismiss it as unreal.

 

[Ibn-Uthaymeen, The Precious Collection, Vol. 2, pp. 134-135]

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