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Monday, 3 January 2011

How Harry Potter turned my daughter to the world of witchcraft and jinns.


The other day my cousin was telling me about a seminar she went to. The sheikh was talking about Islamic counselling. He told them about a story of a family of 2 girls aged 14 and 16 who were being brought up by a single mother. The mother took them to him because she couldn't understand why her two daughters are always fighting.

The sheikh asked the two girls what the problem was but they didn't speak, he then told the mother to go out of the room and spoke to them alone. When he asked the eldest daughter what the problem at home was the girl said that her younger sister was 'weird'. She started to tell him about how her younger sister looks at spells and potions on the internet and makes potions. She told him that after she started doing that strange things would start happening in the house , for example doors would keep opening and closing on their own or lights would just suddenly switch on and off.

The sheikh then spoke to the younger daughter and asked her about the spells and potions, the younger daughter told him that after she read and watched Harry Potter she was interested in magic. Which is why she was making spells and potions by going on the internet. The sheikh explained to her about what Islam says about magic and so she stopped.

But SubhanAllah can you believe this little girl didn't know she was doing anything wrong? I don't think many parents are aware how exposing their children to these sorts of books and films can affect them in this way.

I mean when I read and watched films such as harry potter I was old enough to know that the world of 'Hogwarts' wasn't real. However I remember when I was younger (and our family wasn't very practising) I would watch 'Charmed' a drama series about three witch sisters. My sisters and I would pretend we were doing spells and magic. The only thing is we didn't have Internet or even a computer at that time which meant we couldn't do research into magic and slowly we grew out of that phase.

This story highlighted to me that we need to protect our children and younger siblings from these kinds of books and films, yes sometimes it can be difficult because we were introduced to Harry potter in school and films are always on TV but if we are going to let them be exposed to it all, we need to teach them the Islamic views on magic, tell them of stories from the passed like those of Harut and Marut, and Sulayman AS so that they know that magic is a dark art and that anyone who practices magic is selling their soul to the devil and has no share in the hereafter. [If they're young you probably don't want to scare them, but keep an eye on what they get up to when on the computer]

"And when there came to them a Messenger from Allah confirming what was with them, a party of those who were given the scripture threw away the book of Allah behind their backs as if they did not know. And they followed what the devils gave out falsely of magic of the reign of Solomon; for Solomon did not disbelieve but the devils disbelieved, teaching men magic and such things that came down at Babylon to the two angels Harut and Marut, but neither of these two (angles) taught anyone (such things) until they had said: we are only for trial, so don't disbelieve. And from them (magicians) people learn that through which they would cause separation between a person and his spouse, but they could not thus harm anyone except by Allah's leave; and they learn that which harms them rather than profits them. And indeed they knew that its practitioner would have no share in the Hereafter. And how bad indeed was that for which they sold their own selves if they but knew" (2:101-2).

May Allah protect us and protect our offspring. Ameen.

'With the name of Allah, the most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Say: I seek refuge with (Allah) the Lord of the daybreak, from the evil of what He has created, and from the evil of the darkening (night) as it comes with its darkness, and from the evil of those who practice witchcraft when they blow knots, and from the evil of the envier when he envies.'- Surah Falaq


What I have written is from my memory of what my cousin told me and from her memory of the story the sheikh told her so don't quote me on that story. Any good I have said comes from Allah and any shortcomings are mine alone. Allahu Alam


This site is pretty good for some extra reading inshaAllah http://www.islamawareness.net/BlackMagic/magic.html

9 comments:

  1. i dont mean to be disrespectfull because i appreciate that they are your views and a serious part of your religion, but perhaps if you read the harry potter novels again you could appreciate that they are lighthearted fun and are not in any way going against any religion. I think that magic isnt a sin nor is it evil because there is evil everywhere, you can hardly accuse a fictional character of evil when there are the murderers and terrorists that are in our world. like i say though, i appreciate your views and religion.

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  2. Thank you for your comment, if you read again you will realise that the character of Harry Potter is not being accused but rather the concept of magic in the novel brainwashing a young teenage girl.

    Perhaps to understand why magic is against religion you may want to do a bit of research into how magic started and the history of it. Also try and do some more background reading on Islam and magic to understand the Muslim view point a little better.

    I agree there is a lot of evil in the world (murderers, rapists, terrorists and corrupt world leaders to name but a few) but I also believe magic is evil and all the people that commit all of these sins will need to answer for their actions on the day of judgement, they will be brought to justice by the King of al kings, the Lord of heaven and earth, the Most Just, the Creator of everything...God

    Again thank you for your comment, your views are much appreciated (=

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    1. Look. Harry Potter is NOT haram. The younger daughter was wrong in trying to participate in spells and potions. But reading the books and watching the movies is nothing to be ashamed of. As long as you do not BELIEVE in magic, there's nothing wrong in finding entertainment in a rather good series.

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  3. I can see that we are not going to agree on this but what i also meant to say was that j K rowling said, when asked in an interview something about her view of magic, she said that she believed in God and didnt want anyone to think that she was supporting evil magic.

    Also on the subject of the young girl practising magic, perhaps her mother or elder sister should have told her what she was doing wrong because in the harry potter novels there is good AND evil magic and I dont suppose that many non religous people think of of it as sinful so she would not have realised that it is against your religion.

    I personally am not religious and i do not believe that magic is evil because a point that is heavily stressed in the harry potter novels is that there is good and evil everywhere and in eveyone which is also one of the reasons that i am against racism becaus there is good and bad in every culture, religion, race and every other type of person, so i dont think you could be correct in brandin every person (such as magical people in this case) from a particular category as good or bad. But these are just my opinions and have probabky developed because i have never been religous.
    :D xxx

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  4. Don't worry sis, I get where you're coming from, I've just read into the history of magic and know how it is performed etc from what I have learnt magic has never been 'good' Allahu Alam (God knows best), magic that is supposed to be 'good' has always been linked to jinns deceiving people into thinking they're doing something 'good' but it involved them selling their souls to the devil so to speak, and that's a whole different story in itself.

    May I suggest you listen to some talks by Yasir Qadhi on magic, maybe read about Harut and Marut the angels that taught magic, the Prophet Sulayman(Soloman) peace be upon him, the story of Babylon etc. It'd be interesting to get your thoughts after learning about magic from the Islamic point of view.

    Never stop questioning things and never just believe what everyone else says or believes, learn things for yourself, it's the most rewarding feeling in the world. You seem very intelligent I pray that you do find answers to your questions on Islam and are rightly guided.

    ;)

    Peace be with you

    iHijabi xxx

    P.S. A good reliable website to answer some of your questions is www.islamqa.com

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  5. i was wondering why magic is considered evil when there are parts of magic that dont hurt anybody. because most things that are considered evil hurt people and i cant understand why you think of magic as evil when lots of it is used in healing or other innocent uses such as predicting the future or in the harry potter novels, charms that produce bunches of flowers or change vinegar to water. That sounds quite rude but i cant put it any other way because literally cant understand HOW it can be evil. If you could explain it to me that would be great!

    peut que tes rêves soient remplis d'amour
    may your dreams be filed with love
    Courtney xxx

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  6. I'll give it my best shot, I am not a scholar so what I say is from what I have learnt.

    The things you said about flowers being produced etc are fictional, as are the Harry Potter novels. However, magic is not fictional. As Muslims, we believe that only God knows your future and only He can heal and that everything happens by His will, so if someone claims that they can do that then it is seen as blasphemy.

    You also have to understand how magic works (Muslims believe its with the help of spirits or demons known as 'Jinn') God has told humans and Jinn that they cannot intermingle, they live alongside us but it is forbidden for them to contact or communicate with each other. So people that do magic are calling upon the spirits/demons, the spirits that answer them and help them are actually the helpers and followers of satan (satan's job is to trick and deceive humans into disobeying God) Therefore by practising magic they are disobeying God and obeying Satan.

    The jinns only help people in exchange for the person they're helping disbelieve in God by believing Satan is their Lord instead of God. (selling your soul to the devil)

    I don't know if that made any sense, but you have to remember a lot of what you see and read about magic is fiction (as in someone imagined it up) in real life magic doesn't work like that. Magic to most religious people is seen as a dark art. We don't really believe that there is white magic and black magic but that all magic is black magic (when people think they are doing something good with magic, it's actually Satan tricking them into thinking that)

    I'd like to make clear that we don't hate the sinner but we hate the sin. And we always try to help our brothers and sisters in humanity from falling for Satans traps, sometimes this action can be mistaken for Muslims being harsh and intolerant.

    Hope that helped sis (=

    iHijabi

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  7. Salaam,

    Well worth watching: 'Exorcism (Ruqya) Course - Magic and the Magician (Episode 5) - Abu Ibraheem & Tim Humble'

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3MxhLcA19s&list=PLXTvr99HY20JZTqRBuYALDY9tfncgx7ee

    Wasalaam

    Mohammed

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