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The advent of Magic

Posted on: Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Allah said, ‘And such things that came down at Babylon to the two angels, Harut and Marut, but neither of these two (angels) taught anyone (such things) till they had said, “We are for trial, so disbelieve not (by learning this magic from us).” And from these (angels) people learn that by which they cause separation between man and his wife‘ (Surah Al Bakhara, # 102)

Abu Ja`far Ar-Razi said that Ar-Rabi’ bin Anas said that Qays bin `Abbad said that Ibn `Abbas said, “When someone came to the angels to learn magic, they would discourage him and say to him, `We are only a test, so do not fall into disbelief.’ They had knowledge of what is good and evil and what constitutes belief or disbelief, and they thus knew that magic is a form of disbelief. When the person who came to learn magic still insisted on learning it, they commanded him to go to such and such place, where if he went, Satan would meet him and teach him magic. When this man would learn magic, the light (of faith) would depart him, and he would see it shining (and flying away) in the sky. He would then proclaim, `O my sorrow! Woe unto me! What should I do.” Al-Hasan Al-Basri said that this Ayah means, “The angels were sent with magic, so that the people whom Allah willed would be tried and tested. Allah made them promise that they would not teach anyone until first proclaiming, `We are a test for you, do not fall into disbelief.”’ It was recorded by Ibn Abi Hatim. Also, Qatadah said, “Allah took their covenant to not teach anyone magic until they said, `We are a test. Therefore, do not fall in disbelief.”’

Also, As-Suddi said, “When a man would come to the two angels they would advise him, `Do not fall into disbelief. We are a test. ‘ When the man would ignore their advice, they would say, `Go to that pile of ashes and urinate on it.’ When he would urinate on the ashes, a light, meaning the light of faith, would depart from him and would shine until it entered heaven. Then something black that appeared to be smoke would descend and enter his ears and the rest of his body, and this is Allah’s anger. When he told the angels what happened, they would teach him magic. So Allah’s statement, ‘But neither of these two (angels) taught anyone (such things) till they had said, “We are for trial, so disbelieve not (by learning this magic from us.‘ (Surah Al Bakhara, # 102)

Magic existed before Prophet Solomon. Beforehand, the devils used to ascend to heaven and eavesdrop on the conversations of the angels about what will occur on the earth regarding death, other incidents or unseen matters. They would convey this news to the soothsayers, and the soothsayers would in turn convey the news to the people. The people would believe what the soothsayers told them as being true. When the soothsayers trusted the devils, the devils started to lie to them and added other words to the true news that they heard, to the extent of adding seventy false words to each true word. The people recorded these words in some books. Soon after, the Children of Israel said that the Jinns know matters of the Unseen. When Solomon was sent as a Prophet, he collected these books in a box and buried it under his throne; any devil that dared get near the box was burned. Solomon said, `I will not hear of anyone who says that the devils know the Unseen, but I will cut off his head.’ When Solomon died and the scholars who knew the truth about Solomon perished, there came another generation. To them, the devil materialized in the shape of a human and said to some of the Children of Israel, `Should I lead you to a treasure that you will never be able to use up’ They said. `Yes.’ He said, `Dig under this throne,’ and he went with them and showed them Solomon’s throne. They said to him, `Come closer.’ He said, `No. I will wait for you here, and if you do not find the treasure then kill me. ‘ They dug and found the buried books, and Satan said to them, `Solomon only controlled the humans, devils and birds with this magic.’ Thereafter, the news that Solomon was a sorcerer spread among the people, and the Children of Israel adopted these books. When Muhammad came, they disputed with him relying on these books. Hence Allah’s statement, ‘Sulayman did not disbelieve, but the Shayatin (devils) disbelieved'(Surah Al-Bakhara, # 102).

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5 Responses to "The advent of Magic"

I was just telling my mom the other day that inshallah if Allah wills and i go to heaven i’m gonna ask for howgorts school of witchcraft and wisardry, and i would be the good kind of course :p i didn’t know that satan could go to where jannah is, interesting post

since i have known that my phuppos did it to confine my life !! i have known that truly it exists.
but it is so darn evil that may God never find any reason to forgive it!

Advent of magic was a wonderful story. Loved reading it when I was a kid..

it’s actually amazing when u learn of these things. all my life i never knew, and it was only a few years ago that i heard all this for the first time…we truly are blessed to have been given all this knowledge. so many people still go to fortune tellers and witchdoctors – and if they only knew the reality of that, and the consequences of that, they’d run away so fast…

Eloquence .. Jazakallah for visiting my humble blog 🙂

AD .. True !

Lubbu … Aawww .. I missed you so much !!!
I dint read it until a week ago, and was really fascinated by how it all started.

Dreamlife … I couldnt agree more with you. Its really a shame seeing how people turn to witchdoctors and psychics for help, indulging themselves in Kufr .. May Allah save us all from such things, Ameen.

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