Curing through Magical Spells (An-Nushrah)
Jabir (May Allah be pleased with him) narrates: Allah’s Messenger (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) was asked about An-Nushrah (the act of seeking cure from magical spells/incantation), he (May the peace and
blessing of Allah be upon him) said, “It is one of the deeds of Satan.” [Ahmad and Abu Dawud have reported it with good chain of narrators (Isnad)].
Imam Abu Dawud reported that when asked by Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal (May Allah be pleased with him) about this, he said: “Ibn Mas’ud disliked all this.” Al-Bukhari reports from Qatadah (May Allah be pleased with him) : I said to Ibn Al-Musaiyab, “A man is under a magical spell or is unable to cohabitate with his
wife, should we treat him by An-Nushrah or apply some other means to cure the
spell/sorcery?” Ibn Al-Musaiyab (May Allah be pleased with him) replied, “It is alright because they intend restoration or mending. That which benefits is not forbidden.”
Imam Al-Hasan (Al-Basri (May Allah be pleased with him)) is of the view that only a sorcerer (magician) can break the spell of another sorcerer.
Ibn Al-Qaiyim (May Allah be pleased with him) wrote that An-Nushrah is removing the effects of sorcery/spell from the affected one, and it is of two types:
1) The use of magic (sorcery) to remove the effects of another magic and it is an act of Satan to which the comment of Imam Al-Hasan (Al-Basri (May Allah be pleased with him) ) applies i.e., that the one who performs sorcery and the patient, both get closer to Satan by that which he
loves. Satan then removes the effects of magic from the afflicted.
2) The effects of magic can be removed by making recitation of Qur’anic verses; by offering legitimate prayers (Ruqyah) as well as by using pharmaceutical preparations. This type of
Nushrah is permissible.
Important issues of the Chapter
1) Prohibition of An-Nushrah.
2) The difference between the prohibited and what is permitted for the removal of such problems.