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Black Magic in Islam

While Muhammad was ruling in Medina a delegation of about 60 Christians from the Najran Valley in North Yemen visited him.1 A bishop and his scholars wanted to know what kind of a spirit Muhammad had. They disputed with him in an investigatory dialogue for two or three days in the mosque (Masjid) at Medina.

Muhammad tried greatly to compromise with the Christians in order to win them for Islam without forsaking the principles of his faith. He accepted essential facts of the life of Christ. Yet he rejected Christ’s divinity and crucifixion. One can read Muhammad’s basic answers to the Christians in Sura al-e-Imran 3:33-64

The delegation from Najran would not compromise with Muhammad and deny the Son of God or disown his atoning death on the Cross. Muhammad was upset and said that the Christian and the Muslims should be exposed to the Judgment of Allah immediately. We read in Sura al-e-Imran 3:61

"Come! let us gather together,- our sons and your sons, our women and your women, ourselves and yourselves: Then let us earnestly pray, and invoke the curse of Allah on those who lie!"

Perhaps, Muhammad remembered the Judgment of Yahweh against Korah and his men that occurred during the days of Moses (Numbers.16:1-35). The earth opened up and swallowed the rebels alive. However, there are some critical and fundamental differences. We no longer live under the law of the Old Covenant but are confirmed in the Covenant of Grace by our Lord Jesus Christ.

Also, in an Islamic way, Muhammad altered the basis for Yahweh’s judgment against the men of Korah. The men of Korah were rebelling against the leadership of Moses while the Christians from Najran were making a peaceful inquiry. Yet, Muhammad said, "Let us pray and so lay the curse of Allah upon the ones who lie!" This is a destructive prayer, evoking the curse of Allah. Muslims implement prayers in the form of black magic to injure, damage, kill, or destroy their enemies. This is in complete contrast to command of Jesus who said,

But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, Matthew 5:44

The curse of Allah dissolves before all who live under the redeeming blood of Jesus . It is essential to remember the extent of what Muhammad did. Not only did he pray for the curse of Allah to be against the Bishop and his men, but he prayed that their sons and wives would be cursed too! Islam tries to harm not only the evangelists, but their wives and children as well.

Everyone who serves God among Muslims prays and commits all their family members to Jesus every day. They seek their divine care to prevent physical harm as well as spiritual protection for their family’s faith.

The bishop and his delegation did not accept the Muhammad’s superstition, because Jesus taught Christians not to test God.

Jesus said to him, "On the other hand, it is written, 'You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'" Matthew 4:7

But this challenge of Muslims against Christians, according to the Qur'an, continues even today. Such a prayer duel was renewed in Berlin in 1989! Long letters of curses and even death threats some times reach those who serve God among Muslims. Christianity has a different Spirit as evidenced by the words of the Apostle Paul in Galatians,

But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:8-9

Paul did not curse unbelievers or peaceful inquirers, nor did he hate opposing Jews or Gentiles. He wanted them all to be saved even when they cursed and stoned him. However, Paul fought against was every evil spirit which tried to bring the Church under the bondage of the Law or which sought to diminish the truth of Grace by Faith. The spirit of Islam is a power which, by the revelation of the supposed Angel Gabriel, has brought more than a billion Muslims under the bondage of Islamic Law. By contrast, Christ died upon the Calvary’s cross for everyone and opened the door of grace and salvation for all humankind. These words from Apostle Paul can be understood as a curse upon the spiritual bondage of Islam, not on the Muslims themselves, but on the evil spirit of hatred and cursing – may this evil spirit be totally drive it out!

Last edited 06-24-2001

1 The story of the Najran Christians is found in the book by Ibn Ishaq, The Life of Muhammad: A Translation of Ishaq's Sirat Rasul Allah, Translated by A. Guillaume, Oxford University Press, Oxford, England, (Re-issued in Karachi, Pakistan, 1967, 13th impression, 1998) 1955, p.270-277.