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Is This Internet Video Dealing with Magic Authentic and Permissible to Act Upon?

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah

Question: Assalamu alaykum

I have send you a link to ans internet video dealing with magic. Is it authentic and permissible to act upon?

Answer: Wa’alaykum assalam. Thank you for your question.

There is no shariah basis for the method outlined in the video to find out who has cast a spell, nor is there any legal basis or authenticity for the invocation mentioned in it. As such, it should be avoided.

The Video

It is clear that the person in the video is not particularly qualified to give out or recite such invocations as is evident from the written invocation itself. It is full of grammatical and spelling errors. What it seems he meant to say was something like this:

توكل يا جبرائيل ويا ميكائيل ويا كسفيائيل وبينوا لي من هو الذي عمل السحر لفلان ابن فلانة، وأسقوا ورقته قبل باقي الأوراق…

As for the name كسفيائيل, I do not know what or who this is referring to.

Is it Shirk?

I would be hesitant to say it is shirk, as what I presume he means by the word توكل, is engaging these angels with the task of exposing the spell caster by name via the falling leaf.

As we know, angels are created beings and slaves just like us and they never stray from obedience and what they have been ordered to do. Each angel has a role that he never abandons nor exceeds. As such, these methods and invocations should be avoided. Rather, one should rely on and seek help from Allah, the creator of angels, men, and magic, and ask Him for what we need.

General Advice

The internet is full of this sort of information and almost all of it is unqualified or hoaxes. I advise the questioner to stay clear of such videos and instead turn their attention to Allah and his Messenger ﷺ as well seek understanding and advice from qualified local scholars.

One should also protect oneself daily from evils through the sunna invocations found in supplication books as well as reciting established verses of the Quran in the morning and evening.

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Warmest salams,
[Shaykh] Jamir Meah

Shaykh Jamir Meah grew up in Hampstead, London. In 2007, he traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he spent nine years studying the Islamic sciences on a one-to-one basis under the foremost scholars of the Ribaat, Tarim, with a main specialization and focus on Shafi’i fiqh. In early 2016, he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continues advanced studies in a range of Islamic sciences, as well as teaching. Jamir is a qualified homeopath.