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Question(41):

Is magic a true thing, or it is just conveying doubts, and fantasies to the people?

Answer:

Magic is something real, without any doubt, and it has real influence. However, whether it transforms the thing in essence, moves the still, or causes the thing in motion to become still, is an imagination and not reality. And contemplate the Saying of Allaah, The Most Blessed and Most High, concerning the story of the magicians from the people of Fir’awwn. Allaah () Says:

They bewitched the eyes of the people, and struck terror into them, and they displayed a great magic. [Qur’aan, soorat al- A’raaf (7): 116)].

How did they bewitch the eyes of the people? They bewitched the eyes of the people until the people got to the point where they started looking at the robes and sticks (of the magicians) as if they were snakes in motion–just as Allaah, The Most High, has Said in soorat Taaha (no.20):

By their magic, appeared to him as though they moved fast. [Qur’aan, soorat Taaha (20): 66].

So, with regard to influencing the transformation of things and moving the motionless, or rendering the moving thing still,magic has no effect whatsoever. However, as far as its ability to enchant or affect the bewitched until he sees the still moving and the moving still, then such effect is very apparent, and therefore it has a reality. For this reason it affects the body, intelligence, and senses of the bewitched, and it may destroy him.