Recognising a magician

Distinctive Features of A Sahir’s (magician’s) Work
If you find one of these following charcteristics in a person who treats people suffering from sihr or other relate illnesses, then this person is surely a sahir (magician).
1.) He asks the patient his and his mother’s names.
2.) He takes a sweaty garment from the patient (a piece of cloth, hat ect..)
3.) He sometimes asks for an animal, with certain specifications, in order to slaughter it without saying the name of Allah. He may use the sacrificial blood to stain some painful areas of the patient, or throw the carcass in on a ruined site.
4.) He writes incantations.
5.) He recites unclear incantations
6.) He gives the patient a hijab (incantation written on a piece of paper), which contains squares within which letters or figures are written.
7.) He instructs the patient to isolate himself/herself in a dark room and to not talk to people for a certain period of time.
8.) He sometimes instructs the patient to not touch water for a certain period of time, usually forty days. This indicates the this particular jinn working for the sahir is Christian.
9.) He gives the patient some items to bury in the ground.
10.) He gives the patient some pieces of paper to burn to use as incens for their body.
11.) He murmurs unclear words.
12.) He sometimes informs the patient his name, his town and the reason for his visit.
13.) He writes broken letters on a piece of paper (hijab) or on a plate made of white porcelain, and instructs the patient to dissolve the writing in water, and then drink it.”

Shaykh Sulaymaan al-‘Alwaan ( had this to say about practioners of magic:
Magic in all its forms in haraam according to all divinely-revealed laws, and there is scholarly consensus that magic and learning magic are haraam. Magic goes against that which the Messengers brought and it opposes the purpose for which the Books were revealed. Most of the scholars were of the view that the one who practices magic is a kaafir whom the authorities are obliged to execute.
“But neither of these two (angels) taught anyone (such things) till they had said, ‘We are for trial, so disbelieve not (by learning this magic from us)’”[Quran al-Baqarah 2:102]

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