I have constant feelings of doubt in magic. I constantly tell myself that I do believe in it, however I feel that I don't and only think that I do due to fear of Allah. A few days ago I had this thought "If I really do believe can I swear by Allah that it is true?" And I couldn't bring myself to do so. Am I a disbeliever and if I am, how do I start believing?

  • WHat do you mean by believing in magic? Magic IS a reality and there is no doubt in it. It is a big haraam though. Your question needs some explanation – Zia Ul Rehman Mughal Jan 12 '17 at 16:22

There should be no doubt or hesitance in affirming the teachings of Islam. This is definitely an issue which you urgently need to overcome, as true doubt is Kufr. -- But maybe you are ignorant on this topic and knowledge will quell these evil thoughts?

Strengthening your Islamic knowledge and logic/reason is the way to overcome this issue. -- Magic is real. It can affect people physically. Some of the most truthful people (including the Prophet (ﷺ) himself) were afflicted by magic.. experiencing what they were not going through, among other things; they didn't just make these things up. And Ruqyah helped counter symptoms of magic.

Moreover, the Creator who made everything would know what is real or not. Magic is subject to His Will too. He said it is real and that those who engage in it (to hurt others, etc) are disbelievers. Magicians often utilize Jinn, whom we are forbidden to turn to.

Refer to people of knowledge/scholars to help you further. Or feel free to ask more questions here if you have them. May Allah (ﷻ) guide us all and keep us firm on Islam.

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    I'm doubtful that magic being real is a necessary belief. I'm not aware of it being explicitly mentioned that magic works in the Quran, or any mutawatir hadith. You could reject the ahadith talking about magic having effects in the world, and interpret the verses of the Quran that reference magic to mean "people believe and practice this, and that's the evil part; it doesn't actually work, like astrology". It seems to me that would be fisq, not kufr; perhaps this could be addressed in your answer. – G. Bach Jan 10 '17 at 23:41
  • I know that doubt is kufr but since I tried to get rid of these doubts doesn't that make me a believer? – Uzzal Jan 11 '17 at 7:54
  • @GBach - That approach to Islam isn't correct. It's not for people to reject hadith arbitrarily or to interpret the Qur'an as they see fit. Moreover, consider re-reading the Qur’an, because Allah (ﷻ) mentions real-world effects of magic which include separation of spouses (2:102), causing illusions such as the sticks that appeared to move like snakes to Moses (20:66), among others. God didn’t say they ‘intended’/’tried’/‘assumed' to do these things via magic, rather that these things actually happen/happened as a result of people using magic. And then of course, more evidence from the Sunnah. – Muslimah يا رب العالمين Jan 11 '17 at 13:43
  • @Mitun Khan - Assuming you had true doubts, trying to get rid of them is good (and the only way to overcome them) but it is not enough; if you then successfully reject/overcome all doubt and affirm that magic is real after you sought faith.. then of course you would be a Muslim. – Muslimah يا رب العالمين Jan 11 '17 at 13:43
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    @Insight01 I agree that it's not a sound methodology from an Islamic perspective, but that's not the question, the question I raised is "does not believing those ahadith constitute kufr", and I don't think it does. You may be arriving at an Islamically incorrect view, but that alone doesn't imply you're being a kafir. That's why I asked about other texts that unambiguously state or imply that magic exists and has real effects in the world. Rejecting anything in the Quran is clearly kufr; rejecting ahad ahadith is not. – G. Bach Jan 16 '17 at 15:42

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