Sihr in English terms is Black Magic or Jadu according to the Indian understanding. We do not like to use the word BLACK MAGIC because some people believe that even BLACK MAGIC can be good, whereas no Black Magic can be good because it all involves Shirk. Allah also uses the word SIHR in Quraan and we understand that this word only relates to evil and wrong doing.
Sihr has primary effects and secondary effects. The primary effect is to block a persons life and this will show that the person is affected with Sihr. The secondary effect of Sihr will show us how the Sihr has been done and that will give us the clue for the treatment. This is the way to proceed when diagnosing. Diagnosing is a revolution in Ruqya because once you know and identify the problem, then you have won 50% of the fight. An example of explanation will be that if you put a sweet on the floor it will attract many ants. If you remove the ants then more will come. The idea is to remove the sweet in order to also easily stop more ants from coming. In this example the sweet represents the Sihr and the ants represent Jinn. The Sihr is the actual “black magic” that is sent to the person to destroy their life, and it is the Sihr that makes the person feel all the symptoms.
The Effects of Sihr
There are many ways in which Sihr is done, however, most people feel the effects in four basic categories of their life. The four categories are listed below. Please bare in mind that these categories give just a basic idea of how the Sihr may have been done or wether or no the person may even be affected with Sihr.
1. Eaten Sihr
When a person has eaten Sihr, they will have unusual pains in the stomach that may last for months or even years. Doctors will give names for these pains like ulcers, cron disease, piles, consistent constipation, acid reflux, etc. This type of Sihr can be removed with Senna leaves or Sidr mixed with Quraan. Eaten Sihr can also be done by accident, but the person will not feel the full effects of the Sihr because the Sihr may have been meant for someone else – Allah knows best.
2. Sihr Put in The Body
This type of Sihr is sent with the Jinn to put in the body. It could be anywhere like in the brain, chest, stomach, legs, private parts etc. You recognise this by the pains the patients will have. The pains will always be unusual and repetitive and systematic like headaches and difficulty learning, concentrating and craziness while for women it is to stop them from having babies or stop women having sexual relations with their husbands to block them totally. Sometimes this Sihr is put in the body only to keep a Jinn in the body like in the shoulder and there will be a Jinn there causing pain and blockages in life and if you try to remove that Jinn it will be difficult because it will be attached to the Sihr.
How can you be sure that the pain is due to Sihr and Jinn and Ayn.? You cannot be 100% sure but you will do hijaama anyway because Nabi (PBUH) said hijaama is remedy for 40 diseases. Even if the patient has a natural pain like breaking a knee, and if a Jinn comes into the body, it will likely to go into the knee and it will find that weak place, sit there and make it worse.
3. Symbolic Sihr
Symbolic Sihr means that sorcerers will use symbols to harm the person like the symbol of knots – like in Surah Falaq, when they blow on knots so it means they tie up a persons life, mind or womb or relations to get confused etc. Sorcerers use symbols very much as they did for Nabi (PBUH). The hair is mostly used to affect the mind and that was how it affected Nabi (PBUH) because he was imagining things so that is to tie your mind so you cant think, then they put it in a skunk or hyhina or dry well used for toilet or under a stone all to drive someone crazy. By this method you can see that sorcery itself is just words, because if you take the hair, knots, skunk itself without saying anything then it will have no effect. It is the satanic words recited or shirk attached to the elements, however the elements are there to just make it stronger or used to improve the effects of the Sihr. Similarly like Ruqya where you use Quraan reciting, but by using things like water, oil and hijaama it is just there to increase the effect of Quraan.
4. Contact Sihr
Most of the time this type of Sihr is attached by walking on it. This is mostly accidentally which means someone put Sihr somewhere and anyone who walks on it will get the Sihr, or it could be for a purpose, like if they put it on your way in-front to your shop or house or somewhere where you always sit. Contact Sihr usually gives skin problems like Psoriasis or Eczema. Doctors have no explanation of how these skin diseases appear or understand how it works. Psoriasis only comes by physical contact. This Sihr also brings some Jinn. If this Sihr was not meant for you, you will still get it but the effects will be much less but if it was meant for you then you will feel the full effect.
Sihr is treated according to how it is done, example, if eaten Sihr, it has to be removed from the stomach. Removing Sihr does not depend on the effect of Sihr but how it is done. The mistake of most people who are not experienced in Ruqya is to attack the Jinn without removing the Sihr. When the Jinn is attacked and they have been attached by Sihr this will have very little results, even if it is forced to leave, the Sihr will force it to come back. However, if the Sihr is removed them most of the time the Jinn will leave by himself because there is nothing keeping it with the person.