Islamic Witch Hunts

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The belief in possession by jinn, witchcraft, and the effects of the "evil eye" are mainstream Islamic beliefs, supported by sahih (authentic) hadith. Prophet Muhammad believed himself to have been affected by the evil eye[1] and the witchcraft of a Jew.[2] Consequently, the evil eye is considered a fact[3] that is responsible for the deaths of many Muslims (second only to the will of Allah).[4]

Today, the motif of the Hand of Fatima (daughter of Muhammad) is used everywhere in North Africa, especially in jewelry and in door knockers, because it "keeps away the Evil Eye,"[5] and according to Islamic scholars, witches must be executed without hesitation.[6]

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See Also

  • Witchcraft - A hub page that leads to other articles related to Witchcraft

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  1. "Abu Sa'id reported that Gabriel came to AJlah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) and said: Muhammad, have you fallen ill? Thereupon he said: Yes. He (Gabriel) said:" In the name of Allah I exercise you from everything and safeguard you from every evil that may harm you and from the eye of a jealous one. Allah would cure you and I invoke the name of Allah for you." - Sahih Muslim 26:5425
  2. "A'isha reported that a Jew from among the Jews of Banu Zuraiq who was called Labid b. al-A'sam cast spell upon Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) with the result that he (under the influence of the spell) felt that he had been doing something whereas in fact he had not been doing that..." - Sahih Muslim 26:5428
  3. "Abu Huraira reported so many abidith from Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) and he reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The influence of an evil eye is a fact." - Sahih Muslim 26:5426
  4. Definition of the evil eye, and ways of protecting oneself against it and treating it - Islam Q&A, Fatwa No. 20954
  5. Nick Bartel - The Hand of Fatima - Horace Mann
  6. Will the repentance of a witch be accepted? - Islam Q&A, Fatwa No. 69914