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Different Types of Sihr

Sihr of Separation

Allah (‘Azza wa Jalla) says: (…and they follow what the Satans recited over Sulayman’s Kingdom. Sulayman disbelieved not but the Satans disbelieved, teaching the people sorcery, and that which was sent down upon Babylon’s two angels, Harut and Marut; they taught not anyone, without they said, ‘We are but a temptation; do not disbelieve.’ From them they learned how they might divide a man and his wife, yet they did not hurt any man thereby, save by the leave of Allah, and they learnt what they hurt them and did not profit them, knowing well that whosoever buys it shall have no share in the world to come; evil then was that they sold themselves for; if they had but known.) (2:102)

Jabir (RA) reported that the Prophet (Peace and Blessing upon Him) said: “Iblis would lay his throne on water and would send his brigade of demons. The lowest among them in rank is the one who is most notorious in stirring up fitna. One of the demons would, after a mission, come and say to Iblis, ‘I have done so and so.’ Iblis would reply, ‘You have not done anything.’ Another one would come and say: ‘I have not left such and such person until I separated him from his wife.’ Iblis would come closer to his demon and say, ‘How good you are.'” Muslim in An-Nawawi : 17/157

Definition of Sihr of Separation

It is a sihr which aims to separate between two spouses, or stir up hatred between two friends or two partners.

Types of Sihr of Separation

1. Separating a person from his/her mother
2. Separating a person from his/her father
3. Separating a person from his/her brother
4. Separating a person from his/her friend
5. Separating a person from his/her business partner
6. Separating a person from his/her spouse. This is the most dangerous and prevalent type

Symptoms of Sihr of Separation

1. A sudden change in attitude from love to hate.
2. A great deal of suspicion is aroused between the two people concerned.
3. No excuses are accepted by either party, even if one of them is in the wrong.
4. Exaggerating the causes of disputes between two people, even though they may be trivial.
5. Changing the mental image that a woman may have of her husband, or changing the mental image that a man may have of his wife; so that the man would see his wife in an ugly way, even though she is beautiful. In reality, it is the demon who is entrusted with the task of performing this type of sihr and would make it appear to the husband very ugly image of the wife. Also, wife would see her husband in a horrible way.
6. The person affected by sihr hates anything the other party does.
7. The person affected by sihr hates the place in which the other party stays. For instance, a husband may be in good mood when he is outdoors, but when he returns home, he feels quiet depressed.

According to Al-Hafidh Ibn Kathir, the cause of separation between two spouses through this sihr is that each of them appears to the other as an ugly or ill-mannered person. Tafsir lbn Kathir: 1/144

How does the sihr of separation take place?

A person goes to a sorcerer and requests that a certain person be separated from his wife. The sorcerer would ask his client to provide the name of the person and that of his mother, and traces of the person’s smell from his/her hair, garment or handkerchief etc… If this is too difficult to obtain, the sorcerer would perform sihr on some water, then ask his client to spill it along the way which that person normally uses. If person crosses the place of water, then he/she would be affected by sihr. Another way of doing it is by adding the water into his food or drink.

Different Types of Sihr

Sihr Al-Mahabba/At-Tiwala (Love)

The Prophet (Peace and Blessing upon Him) said: “Ar-ruqa, at-tama’im and at-tiwala are acts of polytheism.” Transmitted by Imam Ahmad (1/381), Abu Dawud (3883), Ibn Majja (3530) and Al-Hakim (4/418)

According to Ibn Al-Athir, at-tiwala is a type of sihr which makes a man love his wife. The reason why this type of sihr is classed by the Prophet (Peace and Blessing upon Him) as an act of polytheism/shirk is because those who have it done for them believe that it has an effect and does the opposite of what Allah (‘Azza wa Jalla) has prescribed. An-Nihaya: 1/200

I would like to emphasize that the ruqyah referred to in the above hadith is the one which seeks the assistance of Jinn and devils and consists of acts classed as polytheistic. However, the ruqyah which is based on the Qur’an and lawful supplications of Allah is lawful, according to scholars. It is reported in Sahih Muslim that the Prophet (Peace and Blessing upon Him) was quoted as saying: “There is no harm in using ruqyah as a means of treatment provided it does not consist of anything polytheistic/shirk.”

Symptoms of Sihr of Love

1. Excessive love and passion.
2. Extreme desire to have sexual intercourse.
3. Impatience of remaining without having sexual intercourse.
4. Extreme lust at the sight of one’s wife.
5. Blind obedience to one’s wife.

How the Sihr of Love Takes Place?

Marital squabbles often happen and are resolved within a short time, and life goes back to normal between a man and his wife. However, a woman who cannot show patience, would immediately go to a sahir and ask him to work out a sihr which would let her be very much loved by her husband. This may be due to a defect in her faith, or to her ignorance of the fact that this is unlawful. The sahir would ask her to provide a trace of her husband’s scent (a handkerchief, cap, piece of cloth or flannel) provided that these items contain the smell of her husband’s sweat so they should not be new or clean. The sahir would take some threads from these items, blow on them, tie a knot around them, and ask the woman to bury them in a deserted place. The sahir would also prepare a spell in water or food -the worst sihr is done in filth or menses discharge- and ask the woman to put it in her husband’s food, drink or perfume.

Adverse Effects of Sihr of Love

1. Sometimes a man falls ill as a result of this sihr. I even heard that a man was ill for about three years.
2. Sometimes the sihr backfires, and the man would hate his wife. This is due to a lack of knowledge of the principles of sihr.
3. Sometimes a woman asks the sahir to prepare a double-effect sihr which makes her husband love her alone and hate all other women. This results in the man’s hating his mother, sisters, maternal aunts, paternal aunts and all female kinship.
4. Sometimes the double-effect sihr backfires, and the man ends up by hating all women, even his wife. I knew a similar case in which a man hated his wife and eventually divorced her. The woman went back to the sorcerer to cancel the sihr, only to find that the sahir had died.

Causes of Sihr of Love

1. Marital squabbles
2. The woman runs after her husband’s wealth, especially if he is rich.
3. The woman suspects that her husband is going to marry another woman – although this is lawful under Islamic Law- and there is no harm in it. However, a woman of the present time, especially one influenced by the destructive media, would believe that if her husband wants to marry another woman it means that he does not love her anymore. This is a mistake because there are several factors which cause a man to marry up to four women, despite his love of the first wife. There is, for instance, his desire to have many children, his inability to stay without sexual intercourse during his wife’s menstruation, during her post-natal bleeding {damu an-nifas), or his intention to establish a relationship with a certain family.

Lawful Manners

This is my advice to a Muslim woman that if she wants to enchant her husband, she can do so by:

– Making herself look very beautiful and attractive to her husband, without letting him come across any ugly feature or unpleasant smell in you.
– Giving him a nice smile.
– Talking to him nicely.
– Keeping good company with him
– Safeguarding his wealth
– Taking good care of your children
– Obeying him in all matters, except a matter in which he obliges you to disobey Allah.

However, there is a stark contradiction in our society today, concerning these matters. For example, if a woman is invited to a party at her friend’s, she would wear her best dress and her best jewelry as if she were on her wedding night. When she comes back home, she takes off her jewelry and puts it back for the next party or the next visit, whilst her poor husband, who has bought that jewelry and that dress is deprived of enjoying her wearing them. He always sees her in old garments, with the smell of cooking, onions and garlic.

If she were a bit considerate, she would realize that her husband is the one who deserves to see her in such a beautiful appearance. Therefore, when your husband goes to work, try to finish the housework, then wash yourself, make yourself look beautiful and attractive, and wait for him. When he comes back home, and sees a beautiful woman before him, finds dinner ready and a tidy home, his love for you will increase and he will feel very much more attached to you. Hence, this is the lawful form of attraction, especially if your intention in making yourself look beautiful is to obey Allah and help your husband abstain from looking at other women. A person who is full up (has eaten food) does not have a desire for food, but a person who is deprived of food has a craving for it.

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