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Prepared by iBti$am Badar

13th August 2009

Black Magic__Practices and Beliefs May 19, 2009

Dedication

I dedicate this project to my parents. My father whose love and care make everything possible for me, and my mother whose presence is the constant source of encouragement that keeps me going through life.

Black Magic__Practices and Beliefs May 19, 2009

Table of Contents
Acknowledgement Abstract 1. Introduction
1.1 Research Topic Introduction 1.2 Working Hypothesis 1.3 Research Strategy Description 1.4 References 2. Core Concepts 2.1 What? 2.2 Why? 2.3 How? 2.3 Origin 2.3 Symptoms 2.3 Methods 2.3 Effects 2.3 Protection 3. Belief & Practice Rate In Pakistan 3.1 Belief In Black Magic 3.2 Ratio of Black Magic Involvement 4. Black Magic & Education 5. Immunity & Protection 5.1 Dispelling 5.1.1 Quran Recitation 5.5.2 Talisman 5.2 Islamic Way of Life 5.3 Avoid Advertisement 5.4 Awareness 5.5 Eradication Appendix A. References

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Acknowledgements
All praises for ALLAH ALMIGHTY, the Most Merciful, the Most Gracious, Who helped and blessed me all the way along for the completion of the project. Further I thank my friends, who are always there when I need them.

My immense gratitude goes to Ms. Adeela. Her valuable and expert guidance, scholarly criticism, sympathetic attitude, and mesmerizing way of delivering lectures developed my interest in English course, gave us believe that English language is not difficult and made me feel a confidence on my self in speaking English and also improve our communication skill! For the first time I felt my heart a feeling of certainty sense of self-reliance. The interest in this course, she developed, helped me a lot towards the completion of this project.

Author, Ibtisam Badar

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Abstract
Black magic is the negative use of energies and power by jealous and malicious human beings, whose main objective is to harm or deprive others from something. Magic has the power to seduce, dement and kill. While many people do not believe in black magic, there are also many who do. Believers are either practicing the magic or are the recipient of an evil spell.

The black magic practices are not only common in illiterate people, but in educationally sound communities as well. Although the literacy rate is increasing among people, the practice rate of Black Magic hasn’t decreased; in fact it is increasing constantly with the increase of jealousy, frustration, greed, selfishness, negativity and inability to accept other’s happiness and growth. It is a crime that must be stopped by educating people of its adverse effects and by highlighting it under Quran and Sunnah. Strong actions must be taken against those who practice it and those who go to sorcerers for casting it on others.

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1. INTRODUCTION
1.1 Research Topic Introduction
The research topic I chose for your course is focused on the black magic. The research questions I wished to answer were: Do people really practice black magic in our country, nowadays? Is the practice of black magic decreasing with increasing literacy rate? How well can we address this problem? I chose this topic partly as a result of my interest developed from a lot of stories, related to black magic, we hear from people living around us. Additionally, I was intrigued by the advertisements we see in newspapers about dispelling its effects. Some people strongly disagree with its very existence, whereas some believe in it, while some others say that their lives have been affected by it. I wanted to investigate whether black magic is truly injuring peoples ' lives, and whether education, both Islamic and scientific, helping people realize that practicing black magic is pure ignorance. I do not feel it is acceptable to ignore those kinds of crimes which are beyond so-called rational scientific reasons. I think black magic is one of those social problems that are just ignored in order to prove ourselves as being rational, and mostly they are not addressed as they should be.

I believe that it is a very appropriate topic. It is a rarely-investigated crime that can be highlighted in a research topic. It is a very effective method to view problems from others perspectives to arrive at real solutions that may be helpful and appropriate in eradicating this evil practice.

1.2 Working Hypothesis
The black magic practices are not only common in illiterate people, but in educationally sound communities as well. It is a crime that must be stopped by educating people of its adverse effects and by highlighting it under Quran and Sunnah. Strong actions must be taken against those who practice it and those who go to sorcerers for casting it on others.

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1.3 Research Strategy Description
What did I need to discover in my research?         Is black magic still under practice? Has education played any role in decreasing its practice? How does black magic works? Is there any immunity or protection against black magic? What drives people to go for black magic? Where do people look for dispelling black magic? Which social classes are more involved in practicing black magic? How this evil practice can be stopped?

Where did I look for answers?      Search engines including Google, Alta Vista, and a few more. Journal articles Books Word of mouth information collection Conducted a survey

1.4 References
For references, please refer to the appendix given at the end of the document.

2. CORE CONCEPTS
2.1 What?
Magic is an undeniable fact. Magic, in religion and superstition, is the practice to influence events, objects, people and physical phenomena by paranormal means and/or invoking the supernatural.

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2.2 Why?
Black magic is most often used to bring harm to other people. With increase of jealousy, frustration, greed, selfishness, negativity and inability to accept others happiness & growth, heart burning or some base cause, the use of Black magic has become the most common way to harm and hurt people.

While black magic is often used in the name of that most sublime of emotions, love, it is anything but pristine, because the means used to attain the desired objective under the umbrella of black magic are often beyond the pale - morally and ethically. And in the process, most of the times people get hurt. The most common reasons of practicing it are to:         bring to bay reluctant lovers; to break a marriage; take revenge from someone; bring someone to financial crisis; give mental depression; suppress someone’s happiness and growth; provide physical harm; take someone’s life;

2.3 How?
A follower of Black Magic tries to obtain favors from superior forces of Satan by making sacrifices, by destroying things or people, by doing filthy acts_ both morally and religiously, or even by humiliating himself in groveling submission.

2.4 Origin
The practice of magic started before the time period of last Holy Prophet Mohammad (SAW). The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) was also afflicted with black magic. A jewish person tried to spell him, but Allah saved him from his bad endeavor.

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2.5 Symptoms
General symptoms seen in the people, suffering from Black Magic’s effect, are as follows:           mental blockage, nightmares, negative thoughts feeling of heaviness and weight on one’s heart, faster and erratic heartbeat appearance of blood spots on clothes blue marks on body without getting hurt quarrels in the family without any reason feeling of someone’s presence in the house chronic fatigue, panic attacks, severe headaches, food becomes tasteless gold becomes white in color and changes in composition psychic attacks unseen physical attacks

2.6 Methods
Magicians, or Amileens as they are commonly known, practice grotesque things that invoke forces of evil. They create dark environment to attract dark forces, and carry out their practices with filth around them. They most commonly read words of Holy Book (May Allah Forgive Us All) in reverse order, and disrespect the Holy Book to make Satan and negative forces happy to carry out desired results. This is why they are strongly condemned and will be given a severe punishment by Allah (SWT).

Black magic practitioners make use of blood and bones that they usually get from graves and animals. They make sacrifices of animals, most commonly hens and goats, and often use their remains in their practices. They are also said to use skunk’s hair for some purposes.

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Amileens make use of clothes, hair, nails, and/or blood of the persons on whom magic is to be cast. Amileens, when are able to invoke dark forces, they do work/ ’amal’ on things like locks and throw them in dark wells and filthy places after putting name of the person for whom the whole exercise is done. They write spells on paper and draw maps portraying ill-will for their preys, and hide those maps where they cannot be found easily like in graves, grounds or walls. Most common practice is to make a puppet and to stick pins over it, and then hide it by means of any person or Jinn. As the amil stick pins on the puppet, it inflicts pain on the victim. Unless the puppet is found, and all pins removed, the victim remains under the influence of black magic and the resulting pain. Some practices involve rituals on food. When someone drinks or eats the affected food, s/he falls to the prey. This is said to be most affective on sweet dishes.

There would be a lot of other methods that I have not authored here, the reason being lack of appropriate resources and the discreet ways of practitioners.

2.7 Effects
Black magic practices make Jinns go and do the harm to the victim. Jinns carry out each and every order given to them to produce the desired results. Black magic can really play havoc with the life of the target person by destroying any aspect of life, may it be the one or all of the following:         career/ business or wealth/prosperity/poverty in spite of hard labour creating family problems or unnecessary tensions/phobias adversely affecting children and family/discord between spouses creating chronic health problems repeated miscarriages or death of children destroying mental peace, intelligence and happiness cause inner turmoil, unrest and uncharacteristic/abnormal behavior/suicidal tendencies cause unnatural deaths in extreme circumstances

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The effects of black magic can be experienced even thousands of miles away, but gets reduced as the distance from the place, where it had originally been cast, increases. They become more fatal and dangerous with time, if untreated, like a horrible disease.

2.8 Protection
In our society,people who indulge in such evil practices, and who is supposed to be under the influence of magic is taken to so called ‘amil 's, Babajees and Magicians, who recite certain words and then discover whether the person is really a victim of black magic or not. These aamils play with the psyche of the people with such expertise that no one can doubt their capability. Only a few ‘amil 's are pious people, spend their lives in finding the effects of various Quranic verses and help people with these verses. Most amileens are illiterate with no knowledge of religion and they can harm people with their practices. There is evidence of effects by Kufar to harm the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) by Magic and Allah gave the Last two Surahs of Quran to give him protection against magic and evil.

3. BELIEF & PRACTICE RATES IN PAKISTAN
3.1 Belief in Black Magic
While many people do not believe in black magic, there are also many who do. But with the passage of time, the ratio of those who believe in the existence of black magic is constantly decreasing, while the number of people, either practicing magic or being the recipient of this evil doing, is increasing rapidly. As with black magic, belief in the evil eye is a problem that is sometimes encountered by modern health practitioners. In such instances the practitioner needs to recognize the patient 's beliefs, and possibly include elements of traditional remedies along with modern medical approaches to treat the symptoms. Often, however, belief in such powers can keep people from seeking needed medical attention.

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Gallup Pakistan carried out a national survey. According to the survey: 52% of the respondents said that they believed in “Taveez Ganda”, a traditional practice of appealing to the saints, which many also regard as a superstition. In the same survey, 44% said they believed in “Kala Jadoo” (Black Magic) and 40% said they believed in palmistry in the year 2004.

Now the ratio is increased 46.25% people now believe in black magic. The survey was carried out among a national sample of men and women from all the four provinces of the country comprising a cross section of people belonging to various age, income and education groups.

3.2 Ratio of Black Magic Involvement
The following table summarizes the world wide ration of Black Magic practice: Now the ratio is increased 46.25% people now believe in black magic. The survey was carried out among a national sample of men and women from all the four provinces of the country comprising a cross section of people belonging to various age, income and education groups.

Country Pakistan

Ratio 44% to 52% people believe in Black Magic.

Turkey

20% people are involved in it.

India

More than 59.1% people are involved and believe on Black Magic.

Srilanka

More than 32.1% people are involved in it.

Bangladesh

59.5% people are involved in it.

Indonesia

35% people are involved in it. Table: 3.1 “Ratio of Black Magic Involvement”

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4. BLACK MAGIC & EDUCATION
No doubt, there is a close relationship between ignorance and Black Magic practice. Pakistan, with its grinding poverty and illiteracy, engenders superstition, making for the perfect breeding ground for desperate measures like Black Magic. A common belief is that Black Magic practice is common only among the people who are uneducated and illiterate. This was true till a few years ago. With the increase in literacy rate the practice rate of Black Magic is thought to decline. But this is not the case. With increase of literacy rate, as the luck would have it, there is seen an increase in jealousy, frustration, greed, selfishness, negativity and inability to accept other 's happiness & growth. That is the reason, the rate at which people are using Black magic to take out their vindictiveness and get an evil kind of satisfaction from the turmoil of others, is increasing constantly. To support this fact, I have searched various incidents and discussions regarding Black Magic. My search resulted in the fact that even the educated people are willing to go great lengths to make their dreams come true. The incidents of black magic are increasing day to day in Asia, particularly in Pakistan and India, though the literacy rate in these two countries is constantly increasing.

Watch any Islamic channels and you will be surprised to see, people of various social classes, calling from around the world in the programs like Istikhara, asking the Maulana Sahib about their problems like continued illness, problems in marriages, tensions in families and financial problems. Mostly magic is mentioned the cause behind these problems and Maulana Sahib usually gives wazaifs with promise of unlocking the Bandish. There are many other professors and amils in Karachi who advertise their services in various newspapers. The Urdu daily, Qaumi, for example, carries an average of six to 10 ads a day, while Mag advertises a whole page every week. One can gauge the target market from the publication. Interestingly, it is common to see cars like BMWs and VTIs, jeeps and Corollas parked outside the homes of amils, particularly one in Kharadar. Glimpses of gold-bangled hands, peeping out from ‘chaddars’ worn by women who frequent these sites, prove that it is not just the lower middle class that is visiting the amils but women of all classes.

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How efficacious this practice is, is a moot point, but more and more people are getting addicted to it as a result of an innate desire for control. Though the literacy rate among people has increased, deviation from religion Islam has increased all the same. This deviation has resulted in a sudden increase of various evil practices including Black Magic. But question is, Is there anyone trying to stop these evil doers from doing this practice or the rate of its practice will go on growing?

5. IMMUNITY & PROTECTION
It is true that by reciting Quran Sharif and offering regular prayers, one can be saved from forces of evils but people are now vulnerable to dark forces due to present lifestyle. Its need of the time that Muslims should adopt Islamic lifestyle and also government should do something to stop people from selling evil in the markets.

5.1 Dispelling
If a person is affected by black magic, it is Sunnah to dispel black magic and cure himself. But it is forbidden in Islam to go to a magician or a soothsayer or the like to dispel the magic. Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported, “Anyone who goes to a diviner, a practitioner of magic or a soothsayer, asking something and believing in what he says, denies what was revealed to Muhammad.” (Reported by AlBazzar and Abu Ya’la)

5.1.1

Quran Recitataion

Dispelling magic by the power of the Glorious Quran is highly commendable. This is based on what is known in the Sunnah that angel Gabriel used the Quran (the Two Protective Surahs, i.e. Al-Falaq and An-Nas) in dispelling the evil charm done to the Holy Prophet (SAW) by the Jews. Moreover, surat AlBaqarah is known to have the power of driving away evil spirits and dispelling magic.

5.1.2

Talisman

The taweez (Quanic verses written on a clean material) may be used for dispelling magic or as a

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Black Magic__Practices and Beliefs May 19, 2009 protective measure to keep devils at bay. The Sahaaba asked Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) about Taweez. He said, “ ‘It is a power from the power of Allah ' It is a means of cure, but Allah is the ultimate Shafee (Curer).”

5.2 Islamic Way of Life
Allah tells us how to protect ourselves from it by calling upon Him alone and not any others. Muslims are taught what to recite when seeking help from Allah against apparent evils such as black magic, witchcraft and curses. Reciting Quran and making dhikar protects us from its affects. We must start leading our lives according to Islam which will prevent Satan and falsehood to prevail in our lives. Iman and Takwa is what the need of time today.

5.3 Avoid Advertisement
In Pakistan, Government has no check on black magicians. Therefore their strength is increasing day by day. Black magicians have no restrictions even about advertising. They give the appealing and impressive ads on electronic and print media which is promoting the practice of black magic. This should be prevented immediately.

5.4 Awareness
There is a vast majority of Muslims who deny the very existence of Black Magic. Ignorance creates vulnerability to such evil. We must educate that while there is no sound scientific evidence yet to support the existence of Black Magic, and it is scoffed at by many, and while many of those who have attempted it have come out with their hands and pockets empty, it is, nonetheless, a universally practiced craft. And often terrifying one.

Believing that it does exist is a part of our Imaan, as it is mentioned in Holy Quran and Sunnah. The

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Black Magic__Practices and Beliefs May 19, 2009 word “magic” is mentioned in Quran for 60 times. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever blows on knots practices magic, and whoever practices magic is a mushrik (polytheist).” (Reported by At-Tabarani) The Qur 'an talks about black magic in surat Al-Baqarah: “And they followed what the Shaitans chanted of sorcery in the reign of Sulaiman, and Sulaiman was not an unbeliever, but the Shaitans disbelieved, they taught men sorcery and that was sent down to the two angels at Babel, Harut and Marut, yet these two taught no man until they had said, "Surely we are only a trial, therefore do not be a disbeliever." Even then men learned from these two, magic by which they might cause a separation between a man and his wife; and they cannot hurt with it any one except with Allah’s permission, and they learned what harmed them and did not profit them, and certainly they know that he who bought it should have no share of good in the hereafter and evil was the price for which they sold their souls, had they but known this.” (Al-Baqarah: 102 )

5.5 Eradication
Black Magic is becoming common in Pakistan. With no check from government, these amils openly do business and erect large hoarding, claiming to provide you services if you need your beloved in your feet etc. Religious parties have never raised voice against this practice even when it is strictly forbidden in Islam.

Steps must be taken to eradicate the increasing trend of black magic.      Punishment with heavy fines Severe punishments for black magicians, So that they become example for others. Educate the people from Islamic point of view so that they can avoid themselves from this evil Any kind of promotion, like banners or media advertisement, should be avoided Sites of magicians should be banned on the internet

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APPENDIX

A. References
 Sheikh Atiyyah Saqr, former head of Al-Azhar Fatwa Committee Ishtiaq Ali Mehkri. “Black Mysteries.” Dawn, the Internet Edition (August 8,2002). Retrieved from the world wide web: http://DAWN.com Dr. Amir Liaqat. Geo TV. Alim Online. Wilson Catherina. “Reality of Magic.” New York: Quorum Books, 1990 Contrell, Rebert F. “Black Magic History in Asia.” Oxford University Press, 2000 Sana Farooq (December 2, 2006). Retrieved from the world wide web: http://fare.tunes.org Retrieved from the world wide web: http://ethicsnvalues.com.uk Ali Musa. “Practices of Black Magic.” Sunna Bucha (May 1, 2006). Retrieved from the world wide web: http://chowrangi.com.pk/ Retrieved from the world wide web: http://Blackmagici.com/effects Abeer Ghazi. Forces of Darkness. Readers Digest. Shahid Hameed, Dawood K. “Immunity and Protection” Communication Conference Tariq Raza. The World Book Encyclopedia. Chicago, World Book. John Anderson, P.H Shirley.. “People Trend Towards Black Magic.” Intercom 42 (July/August 2001)



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References:  Sheikh Atiyyah Saqr, former head of Al-Azhar Fatwa Committee Ishtiaq Ali Mehkri. “Black Mysteries.” Dawn, the Internet Edition (August 8,2002). Retrieved from the world wide web: http://DAWN.com Dr. Amir Liaqat. Geo TV. Alim Online. Wilson Catherina. “Reality of Magic.” New York: Quorum Books, 1990 Contrell, Rebert F. “Black Magic History in Asia.” Oxford University Press, 2000 Sana Farooq (December 2, 2006). Retrieved from the world wide web: http://fare.tunes.org Retrieved from the world wide web: http://ethicsnvalues.com.uk Ali Musa. “Practices of Black Magic.” Sunna Bucha (May 1, 2006). Retrieved from the world wide web: http://chowrangi.com.pk/ Retrieved from the world wide web: http://Blackmagici.com/effects Abeer Ghazi. Forces of Darkness. Readers Digest. Shahid Hameed, Dawood K. “Immunity and Protection” Communication Conference Tariq Raza. The World Book Encyclopedia. Chicago, World Book. John Anderson, P.H Shirley.. “People Trend Towards Black Magic.” Intercom 42 (July/August 2001)              17 | P a g e

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