Sunni Insanity: Prophet Muhammad Was Bewitched

Praise be to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ), for Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

According to the Sunni teachings/theology, Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله‎‎) was bewitched and controlled by a Jewish magician up to a year.

The biggest and oldest Sunni-Salafi website on internet, IslamQA.info, states:

68814: The story of magic against the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and its meaning

Praise be to Allaah.
The hadeeth of magic against the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is a saheeh hadeeth which was narrated by al-Bukhaari, Muslim and other imams of hadeeth. Ahl al-Sunnah accept this story and no one denies it except an innovator. There follows the text of the hadeeth, its source, its meaning and the refutation by the scholars of those who deny it.

What about the authentic Sunni (not wahhabi, not salafi, not deobandi) sources?

Classification of hadith: Sahih (authentic)

Sunni collection: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī. In Sunni “Islam”, it’s considered the most authentic book after the Quran.

Sahih al-Bukhari Book 53 Hadith 400

Narrated Aisha:

Once the Prophet was bewitched so that he began to imagine that he had done a thing which in fact he had not done.

Classification of hadith: Sahih (authentic)

Sunni collection: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī. In Sunni “Islam”, it’s considered the most authentic book after the Quran.

Sahih al-Bukhari Book 54 Hadith 490

Narrated ‘Aisha:

Magic was worked on the Prophet so that he began to fancy that he was doing a thing which he was not actually doing. One day he invoked (Allah) for a long period and then said, “I feel that Allah has inspired me as how to cure myself. Two persons came to me (in my dream) and sat, one by my head and the other by my feet. One of them asked the other, “What is the ailment of this man?” The other replied, ‘He has been bewitched” The first asked, ‘Who has bewitched him?’ The other replied, ‘Lubaid bin Al-A’sam.’ The first one asked, ‘What material has he used?’ The other replied, ‘A comb, the hair gathered on it, and the outer skin of the pollen of the male date-palm.’ The first asked, ‘Where is that?’ The other replied, ‘It is in the well of Dharwan.’ ” So, the Prophet went out towards the well and then returned and said to me on his return, “Its date-palms (the date-palms near the well) are like the heads of the devils.” I asked, “Did you take out those things with which the magic was worked?” He said, “No, for I have been cured by Allah and I am afraid that this action may spread evil amongst the people.” Later on the well was filled up with earth

Classification of hadith: Sahih (authentic)

Sunni collection: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī. In Sunni “Islam”, it’s considered the most authentic book after the Quran.

Sahih al-Bukhari Book 71 Hadith 658

Narrated ‘Aisha:

A man called Labid bin al-A’sam from the tribe of Bani Zaraiq worked magic on Allah’s Apostle till Allah’s Apostle started imagining that he had done a thing that he had not really done. One day or one night he was with us, he invoked Allah and invoked for a long period, and then said, “O ‘Aisha! Do you know that Allah has instructed me concerning the matter I have asked him about? Two men came to me and one of them sat near my head and the other near my feet. One of them said to his companion, “What is the disease of this man?” The other replied, “He is under the effect of magic.’ The first one asked, ‘Who has worked the magic on him?’ The other replied, “Labid bin Al-A’sam.’ The first one asked, ‘What material did he use?’ The other replied, ‘A comb and the hairs stuck to it and the skin of pollen of a male date palm.’ The first one asked, ‘Where is that?’ The other replied, ‘(That is) in the well of Dharwan;
‘ ” So Allah’s Apostle along with some of his companions went there and came back saying, “O ‘Aisha, the color of its water is like the infusion of Henna leaves. The tops of the date-palm trees near it are like the heads of the devils.” I asked. “O Allah’s Apostle? Why did you not show it (to the people)?” He said, “Since Allah cured me, I disliked to let evil spread among the people.” Then he ordered that the well be filled up with earth.

Classification of hadith: Sahih (authentic)

Sunni collection: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī. In Sunni “Islam”, it’s considered the most authentic book after the Quran.

Sahih al-Bukhari Book 75 Hadith 400

Narrated ‘Aisha:

that Allah’s Apostle was affected by magic, so much that he used to think that he had done something which in fact, he did not do, and he invoked his Lord (for a remedy). Then (one day) he said, “O ‘Aisha!) Do you know that Allah has advised me as to the problem I consulted Him about?” ‘Aisha said, “O Allah’s Apostle! What’s that?” He said, “Two men came to me and one of them sat at my head and the other at my feet, and one of them asked his companion, ‘What is wrong with this man?’ The latter replied, ‘He is under the effect of magic.’ The former asked, ‘Who has worked magic on him?’ The latter replied, ‘Labid bin Al-A’sam.’ The former asked, ‘With what did he work the magic?’ The latter replied, ‘With a comb and the hair, which are stuck to the comb, and the skin of pollen of a date-palm tree.’ The former asked, ‘Where is that?’ The latter replied, ‘It is in Dharwan.’ Dharwan was a well in the dwelling place of the (tribe of) Bani Zuraiq. Allah’s Apostle went to that well and returned to ‘Aisha, saying, ‘By Allah, the water (of the well) was as red as the infusion of Hinna, (1) and the date-palm trees look like the heads of devils.’ ‘Aisha added, Allah’s Apostle came to me and informed me about the well. I asked the Prophet, ‘O Allah’s Apostle, why didn’t you take out the skin of pollen?’ He said, ‘As for me, Allah has cured me and I hated to draw the attention of the people to such evil (which they might learn and harm others with).’ ” Narrated Hisham’s father: ‘Aisha said, “Allah’s Apostle was bewitched, so he invoked Allah repeatedly requesting Him to cure him from that magic).” Hisham then narrated the above narration. (See Hadith No. 658, Vol. 7)

According to the famous and respected Sunni scholar, Ibn Ishaq:

“Labid bin A’sam . . . bewitched the apostle of God so that he could not come at his wives.”

Source: Ibn Ishaq, Sirat Rasul Allah (The Life of Muhammad), A. Guillaume, tr. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1980), p. 240.

Guillaume adds a note saying that, according to Sunni tradition, “the spell lasted for a year.”(Ibid., p. 240).

Another famous and respected Sunni scholar Ibn al-Qayyim, said:

This has been denied by some people who said that this could not have happened to him, and they thought that it was a shortcoming and a fault. But it is not as they think, rather it comes under the heading of sickness and pain that befell him; it is a kind of illness which befell him just as he was also affected by poison – there is no difference between the two. It is proven in al-Saheehayn that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was bewitched until he thought that he had had intercourse with his wives when he had not done so, and that is the worst kind of witchcraft.” Al-Qaadi ‘Iyaad said: Witchcraft is a kind of sickness which happened to him like other kinds of sickness. That cannot be denied and it does not detract from his Prophethood.

Source: Zad al-Ma’ad (Provisions of the Hereafter), 4/124.

Conclusion

First of all, it is valuable to point out to the fact that this particular insult directed at the Prophet again comes from the “authentic” Sunni ahadith narrated by Aisha. Not the first, nor the last mockery directed against the Prophet of Islam by that woman.

Second, if according to the Sunni religion the Prophets of God could be, and were, bewitched and came under the control of mortal men by the use of magic (even up to one year), then how can we be sure that the message(s) and act(ion)s they preached and carried out were in accordance with the God’s true will and not of those that had control over them? Scary thing. Alhamduillah, such nonsense is refuted by the true scholars of Islam.

Thirdly, Sunnis themselves can’t agree on anything related to this story; some claim it’s fake (despite being narrated in numerous prestigious Sunni books by Aisha herself, and labeled authentic), some claim that the Prophet could engage in minor sins, but not major ones, some claim that Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله) was infallible only during this story, some that only for a period of time in life, and at the end we have a silly justification by IslamQA.info’s for that made up, fake and ridicolous “authentic” story found in the most authentic Sunni books.

Mockery after mockery of Islam by the Sunni religion. (Shia) Muslims believe that Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وآله), and his purified family, were always infallible (incapable of making mistakes or being wrong – otherwise how could they lead the Muslim nation?), that no Jewish magician ever exercised any control over the Prophet. Seems like Labid bin Al-A’sam wasn’t the only Jew who had a profound control and influence over the Sunni religion.

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And do not mix the truth with falsehood or conceal the truth while you know [it]. [2:42]

 

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