What is the protection against black magic (sihir)?

What is the protection against black magic (sihir)?

People ask me frequently what they can do because they believe they have been inflicted by black magic (sihir).

In reality, it is not black magic in 99.9% of cases. I doubt we even have real black magic in this day and age. Real black magic is very, very rare. More often than not it is mental illness and we blame everyone but ourselves when we have problems.

Beware of people who say they can treat sihir

One has to be very careful about paying anyone to cure this as there are people who claim that they can do this and charge for it, but whom one should not trust.

What can you do if you think you have been inflicted by black magic?


Play ruqya for sihir – which is one hour long and is especially for sihir, not just healing. This will inshallah have a good result.

Do not neglect your salah

Black magic can inflict even those who are practicing and praying regularly, even on their prayer mat, but in order to rid oneself of sihir, it is very important that one prays regularly. This point cannot be underestimated.

It is not about ticking the box, it is about focusing. There is a difference between a person who works 9-5pm just to tick the box, without engaging their heart or soul and the one who works 9-5pm and earns the same wage but believes passionately in what they are doing and feels their work is making a difference. The output of the two may appear the same outwardly but they are completely different. This is the same with our salah.

Maintain daily dhikr and recitation

Try to remain in state of constant dhikr. This is your shield and will protect you.

If you are not maintaining a strong connection with Allah through adhkar you are vulnerable to whispers of shaytan and your nafs.

Psychological issues

The majority of the time people assume it is sihir when it is a psychological issue. When things in their life start to go wrong, it is easy to jump to the conclusion that someone has put hasad on you, or done magic, however it may well be that you need medication.

You can still have a mental illness even if you are a hafiz of the Quran.

Check yourself

It is common for us not to see faults within ourselves. Even when we are specialists we can still have blind spots about our own selves. A doctor can fall ill and a hairdresser can need a hair cut, being qualified in a field does not mean we can treat ourselves. Moreover, we all and an internal voice which paints us with rose-tinted glasses.

It is uncomfortable to face our own shortcomings. However we often blame others when the fault lies within our own selves. This is why is necessary to do a self-audit and check if the problems that are arising in one’s life could be stemming from one’s own personality traits, behaviours and attitudes.

When your friends are telling you something you cannot see in yourself, do not be defensive and justify how you are because you do not want to hear. It is bitter, but if you do not acknowledge your shortcomings, you cannot remedy them.

Shaykh Haytham Tamim

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Shaykh Haytham Tamim is the founder and main teacher of the Utrujj Foundation. He has provided a leading vision for Islamic learning in the UK, which has influenced the way Islamic knowledge is disseminated. He has orchestrated the design and delivery of over 200 unique courses since Utrujj started in 2001. His extensive expertise spans over 30 years across the main Islamic jurisprudence schools of thought. He has studied with some of the foremost scholars in their expertise; he holds some of the highest Ijazahs (certificates) in Quran, Hadith (the Prophetic traditions) and Fiqh (Islamic rulings). His own gift for teaching was evident when he gave his first sermon to a large audience at the age of 17 and went on to serve as a senior lecturer of Islamic transactions and comparative jurisprudence at the Islamic University of Beirut (Shariah College). He has continued to teach; travelling around the UK, Europe and wider afield, and won the 2015 BISCA award (British Imams & Scholars Contributions & Achievements Awards) for Outstanding Contribution to Education and Teaching.