The Office of the Supreme Leader

Practical Laws of Islam

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    • Enjoining the Good and Forbidding Evil
    • Ḥarām Gains
    • Chess and Gambling Instruments
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    • Magic, Conjuring, and Evocation of Spirits and Jinn
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      Magic, Conjuring, and Evocation of Spirits and Jinn
      Q1223. What is the view on teaching, learning, and watching conjuring? And what is the view on performing (to an audience) illusionary tricks which depend on quick handwork?
      A: It is ḥarām to learn or teach or learn conjuring which is considered as a kind of magic. As for entertainment accompanied by sleight of hand and quick movement that are not considered magic, there is no harm in them.
      Q1224. Is it permissible to learn fortune telling, geomancy, jafr, and similar things which tell about the unseen?
      A: Nowadays, people’s knowledge of these sciences cannot be relied on — with absolute certainty — in discovering the unseen. However, there is no harm in learning sciences like jafr and raml (geomancy) in the proper way provided that it does not lead to vileness.
      Q1225. Is it permissible to train in magic and apply it? And is it permissible to evoke the spirits of humans, angels, and jinn?
      A: Magic is ḥarām, so is training in it unless it is taken up for a sensible and legitimate reason. Regarding evocation of spirits, angels, and jinn, the ruling varies in terms of cases, means, and objectives.
      Q1226. What is the view on believers seeking healing with spiritual healers (those who utilize spirits for treating diseases) if the patient is sure that they do not do but good?
      A: There is no harm in it in itself if the process is achieved through lawful means according to Islam.
      Q1227. Is it permissible to take up divination by means of the sands and earn a living thereof?
      A: Telling a lie is not permissible.
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