Monday, 3 January 2011
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
Posted by i-Hijabi at 19:52