If bacteria, virus and other micro-organisms are the only factors which come to our mind when we think of diseases, then it is high time we did some reconsideration. If we consider the physical factors as being the only cause behind the various diseases and if we try to protect ourselves only from them then we may be putting ourselves in a risky situation. If we look at this point from an Islamic perspective then the revelations may startle us. After all Islam has thrown light on this matter in a comprehensive way. Apart from all the physical factors responsible for making people sick Islam also shows that spiritual entities, such as jinnat are equally responsible for afflicting us with a multitude of physical problems.
It is a matter of common knowledge that Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) had been afflicted with black magic by Lubaid bin al-A’sam, who was a magician belonging to the tribe of Bani Zuraiq- an ally of the Jews. At this point of time, Allah (swt) revealed Surah Falaq and Surah Naas, the last two verses of the Holy Quran. These two supplications are specially meant to protect us from the ill-effects of black magic and envy. According to a hadith which is related to the incident about Prophet Mohammad (pbuh)’s black magic affliction: a comb, a wax image with needles pricked into it, hair strands and a chord with eleven knots on it had been found. As Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) repeated Surah Falaq and Surah Naas, (which were revealed to him at that time by Hazrat Gibriel (pbuh), miraculously the knots started loosening one by one and the needles started coming out too. Soon after, Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) was completely free from the charm. This incidence clearly shows that Surah Falaq and Surah Naas, collectively known as Al-Mu’awwidhatayn, are supplications through which we can seek Allah (swt)’s refuge from the evils of black magic, Satanic whispers and envy.
Now in order to demonstrate the inextricable link between diseases and black magic, I may need to mention another authentic hadith.
Iman Malik recorded from Hazrat Ayesha (ra) that whenever the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) was suffering from an ailment, he would recite the Mu’awwidhatayn and blow over himself. Then if his pain was severe then Hazrat Ayesha said that she would recite the Mu’awwidhatayn over him and take his hand and wipe it over him, seeking the blessing of those Surahs (Al-Bukhari and Abu Dawud).
Since the Mu’awwidhatayn had been specially revealed by Allah (swt) as a cure of black magic, therefore, the above mentioned hadith brings out the link between black magic and diseases. Recitation of Mu’awwidhatayn by the Holy prophet (pbuh) at the time of his illness shows that illnesses can be brought about by the evil jinnat also.
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