Praise be to Allaah.
Your feeling that you have sinned, and the pain that you feel
in your heart because of that, indicate that your faith is sound and that
your heart is pure. This is a blessing that Allaah has bestowed upon you,
for those whose hearts are truly alive are those who are affected by sin and
who flee to Allaah in repentance and seeking forgiveness. As for those whose
hearts are deadened, they are not affected by commission of sins, as it is
said: The dead feel no pain.
Allaah says concerning the people of faith (interpretation of
“Verily, those who are Al-Muttaqoon (the pious), when an
evil thought comes to them from Shaytaan (Satan), they remember (Allaah),
and (indeed) they then see (aright)”
What is meant is that they commit sins, then they remember
the punishment of Allaah and His great reward, and His promises and
warnings, so they repent and turn to Him, and they seek refuge with Allaah,
and come straight back to Him. “and (indeed) they then see (aright)”
i.e., they realize the error of their ways and set themselves straight. End
quote from Tafseer Ibn Katheer.
All you have to do is repent and seek forgiveness, and
remember that you are turning to a Lord Who is Most Merciful, Who rejoices
over the repentance of His slave and accepts it from him, and turns his bad
deeds into good deeds, no matter what these bad deeds were.
It is as if you do not realize that Allaah accept the
repentance of kaafirs, atheists, evildoers and sinners if they repent and
turn back to Him, so how can He not accept the repentance of believers if
they fall into sin, when they are the ones who love Him and turn to Him, who
bow and prostrate, who do wudoo’ and purify themselves, and know that no one
can forgive their sins except Him, and no one can help them to mend their
ways except Him; so they hasten to regret (their sin) and seek His
forgiveness, and say: Our Lord, we have wronged ourselves, and if You do not
forgive us and have mercy on us, we will be among the losers. The Most
Merciful says to His angels: My slave knew that no one forgives sins except
Me. I bear witness to you that I have forgiven him. Then his sorrow and
worry disperse, and contact with Allaah is re-established and he feels
comforted. By Allaah, how sweet is the joy of the penitents and how
beautiful is the return of the sinners.
The Most Merciful Lord says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Know they not that
Allaah accepts repentance from His slaves and takes the Sadaqaat (alms,
charity), and that Allaah Alone is the One Who forgives and accepts
repentance, Most Merciful?”
“And those who invoke
not any other ilaah (god) along with Allaah, nor kill such person as Allaah
has forbidden, except for just cause, nor commit illegal sexual intercourse
__ and whoever does this shall receive the punishment.
69. The torment will be
doubled to him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will abide therein in
70. Except those who
repent and believe (in Islamic Monotheism), and do righteous deeds; for
those, Allaah will change their sins into good deeds, and Allaah is
Oft‑Forgiving, Most Merciful”
al-Bukhaari (7507) and Muslim (2758) narrated that Abu
Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: I heard the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: “A man committed a sin and
said: ‘O Lord, forgive me.’ His Lord said: ‘Does My slave realize that he
has a Lord Who forgives sin, and calls people to account for sin? I have
forgiven My slave.’ Then as much time passed as Allaah willed, then he
sinned again and said: ‘My Lord, I have sinned again, please forgive it.’
[Allaah] said: ‘Does My slave realize that he has a Lord Who forgives sin,
and calls people to account for sin? I have forgiven My slave.’ Then as much
time passed as Allaah willed, then he sinned again and said: ‘My Lord, I
have sinned again, please forgive it.’ [Allaah] said: ‘Does My slave realize
that he has a Lord Who forgives sin, and calls people to account for sin? I
have forgiven My slave.’”
And Muslim (2749) narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be
pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) said: “By the One in Whose hand is my soul, if you did
not commit sin, Allaah would dispense with you and create people who would
commit sins then ask Allaah for forgiveness, then he would forgive them.”
So hasten to repent, regret your sin and seek forgiveness,
and do a lot of righteous deeds, and receive glad tidings of goodness and
One of the tricks of the shaytaan is to make sin appear
attractive to a person, so as to make him fall into it, then make him
despair of repenting; he gives him false advice: How can you return to
Allaah when you have done what you did? Do you not feel ashamed before Him?
Do you think He will accept it from you? A person’s sin may be major, such
as zina, then he leads him through that into something that constitutes
kufr, such as not praying. So think about how the shaytaan toys with this
As for the believer, the shaytaan has no way to reach him in
this manner, because he knows what we have stated above, about repentance
being essential and about his Lord rejoicing over it, and how He honours
those who repent and turns their bad deeds into good deeds.
It is not permissible to go to practitioners of witchcraft,
soothsayers or fortune-tellers, even if that is in order to undo a spell,
which is called nushrah. Rather spells are to be treated with Qur’aanic
verses and Prophetic du’aa’s, and by turning to the Creator of mankind, may
He be glorified and exalted. See the answer to question no.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
said: “Whoever goes to a fortune-teller and asks him about something, his
prayer will not be accepted for forty days.” Narrated by Muslim (2230).
And he said: “Whoever has intercourse with a menstruating
woman or with a woman in her back passage, or goes to a fortune-teller and
believes what he says, has disbelieved in that which Allaah revealed to
Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).”
Narrated by Ahmad (9779), Abu Dawood (3904), al-Tirmidhi
(135) and Ibn Majaah (936); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn
This is to be understood as referring to minor kufr,
according to many scholars, unless he believes that the practitioner of
witchcraft or fortune-teller has knowledge of the unseen.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
“…and asks him about something, his prayer will not be accepted for forty
days” – the apparent meaning of the hadeeth is that just asking him
something means that his prayer will not be accepted for forty days, but
this is not absolute. Asking a fortune-teller and the like falls into
1 – Asking him a question. This is haraam because the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever goes to a
fortune-teller …” The fact that punishment is confirmed when asking him
indicates that it is haraam, because there is no punishment except for doing
a haraam action.
2 – Asking him and believing him, and paying attention to
what he says. This is kufr because believing that he has knowledge of the
unseen is disbelieving the Qur'aan, as Allaah says (interpretation of the
“Say: None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghayb
(Unseen) except Allaah”
3 – Asking him in order to test him and find out whether he
is telling the truth or lying, not in order to follow what he says. There is
nothing wrong with this and it is not included in the hadeeth. The Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) asked Ibn Sayyaad: “What am
I hiding from you?” He said: Al-dukh (referring to Soorat al-Dukhaan).
He said: “Be off with you! You
will never go beyond your rank.” The Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him) was asking about something that he was
concealing from him in order to test him, and he told him of it.
4 – Asking him in order to show up his inability and lies, so
he tests him with things. This may be obligatory or essential.
Undoubtedly, disproving the sorcerer’s statements is
something essential, and it may be obligatory. So asking questions of the
fortune-teller is not haraam in all cases, rather it depends on what is
indicated by the shar’i evidence. End quote from al-Qawl al-Mufeed
Based on this, if you did not believe that this practitioner
of witchcraft had knowledge of the unseen, then you are safe from major
kufr, praise be to Allaah.
Some scholars are of the view that it is permissible to undo
witchcraft with witchcraft, but this is a weak view, that opens the door to
evil and encourages practitioners of witchcraft to carry on with their
falsehood and encourages others to learn witchcraft on the grounds that they
will benefit people.
Wearing an amulet in the belief that it can bring benefit or
cause harm is major shirk. Believing that it has some effect is minor shirk.
See question no. 34817.
We ask Allaah to accept your repentance and to erase your
sins, and to give you well being in your religious and worldly affairs.
And Allaah knows best.