Witchcraft and Sorcery in the Quran

Question:

Thank you for a great site where we know we will always get the Quranic truth and not human fabrication. I would like to ask if witchcraft and sorcery is mentioned or recognised in the Quran? wasalam.

Reply:

The words “Sihr” (as in 20:71 and 37:15) and “Sahir” (as in 7:109 and 26:34), which mean magic and magician respectively, are used in numerous verses in the Quran in relation to the story of Moses and the magicians of Pharaoh. These words refer to magic as such rather than witchcraft. When we inquire about witchcraft and sorcery we find these referred to in the following Quranic verses:

"And they followed what the devils recited upon the kingdom of Solomon. Solomon did not disbelieve, but the devils disbelieved. They taught the people sorcery, and what was brought down upon the two angels in Babylon, Haroot and Maroot. Both of them did not teach anyone without saying: "We are a test, so do not disbelieve." Then they learn from them what they use to separate a person from their partner, but they do not harm anyone with it except by God’s permission, and they learn what harms them and does not benefit them, and they know that whoever buys into that will have no share in the Hereafter. Miserable indeed is what they sell themselves for, if they only knew." 2:102

also:

"And (I also seek refuge in God) from the evil of those who blow on knots (a practice of witchcraft)" 113:4

The above verses confirm a number of prime issues:

1- Witchcraft and sorcery are condemned by God (2:102).

2- Those who practice witchcraft/sorcery cannot harm people against the will of God (2:102).

3- The opening word in Sura 113 is "Say", this tells us that we should utter the words in this Sura in order to seek God's protection from all evil. We seek God's protection against all evil among what He created (113:2), against witchcraft (113:4), and against the harmful power of envy (113:5).