We have often heard that the phenomenon of black magic dates back to the ancient times. This is quite true and in order to trace the history of black magic we will have to go back to the 10th century B.C, when King Sulaiman (alaihis salam), the son of Prophet Dawud (alaihis salam), ruled Jerusalem.
Regarding both the father and the son the Holy Quran says:
“And we verily gave knowledge to Dawud and Sulaiman and they said, ‘Praise be to Allah, who has favored us above many of His believing servants”. (TMQ-27:15)
Sulaiman alaihis salam was gifted with special powers by Allah (swt). This is mentioned in the Holy Quran.
"So, We subjected to him the wind, it blew gently to his order whithersoever he willed, " (TMQ -38:36)
"And Sulaiman inherited (the knowledge of) Dawud. He said, ‘O mankind! We have been taught the language of birds and on us have been bestowed all things. This verily, is an evident grace (from Allah)." (TMQ-27:16)
“And to Sulaiman (We subject) the wind, its morning (stride from sunrise till mid-noon) was a month’s journey and its afternoon (stride from mod-day decline of the sun till the sunset) was a month’s (journey i.e. in one month he could travel two months’ journey). And We caused a fount of (molten) brass to flow for him and there were jinns that worked in front of him, by the Leave of His Lord and whoever of them turned aside from Our Command, We shall cause him to taste the torment of the blazing sun”. (TMQ-34:12)
During the reign of Hazrat Sulaiman Alaihis Salam the followers of Satan and the evil jinnat used to goad people into blasphemy and when the people indulged in blasphemy the jinns became pleased with them and shared with them black magic tricks. The people thought that since the blasphemous things which they uttered brought about comfort and ease so they began to note down the so-called magic spells, in books. When Sulaiman alahis salam saw all this happening he seized all the books and placed them under his throne. After his death the magicians and the followers of Satan unearthed those books and showed them to the people. They attributed the special powers of Sulaiman alahis salam to black magic found in those books. By making such baseless allegations against Sulaiman alahis salam the Jews labeled him as a disbeliever. The Jews also refuted Sulaiman alhis salam’s Prophet hood and regarded him as a mere black magician. (nauzubillah). However, all these charges leveled against Sulaiman alais salam have been refuted in the Holy Quran.
Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran:
“They followed what the devils gave out (falsely of the magic) in the lifetime of Sulaiman. Sulaiman did not disbelieve but the devils disbelieved, teaching men magic and such things that came down at Babylon to the two angels, Harut and Marut, but neither of the two (angels) taught anyone (such things) till they said, ‘We are only for trial, so disbelieve not (by learning the magic from us)". And from these (angels) people learn that by which they cause separation between man and his wife, but they could not harm anyone except by Allah’s Leave. And they learn that which harms them and profits them not. And indeed they knew that the buyers of it (magic) would have no share in the Hereafter. And how bad indeed was that for which they sold their ownselves, if they but knew”. (TMQ-2:102)
Thereby, Allah refuted the Jew’s accusations by saying, in the above mentioned verse, that when black magic is forbidden and how could Sulaiman alaihis salam, (who is a believer) do something which was forbidden by Allah (swt)?
Allah (swt) has mentioned about Harut and Marut briefly in the verse 2:102. We should also believe in it- without going into unnecessary details. Verse 2:102 shows that Allah (swt) had taught Harut and Marut the knowledge of black magic. Apparently Allah (swt) intended to show to the people what black magic was all about so that they would stop regarding the Prophets as mere black magicians. The knowledge if real black magic would have helped them in differentiating between the miracles of the Prophets and the weird black magic tricks. As a matter of fact, black magic had become so common during this period that the people had even started regarding the Prophets as black magicians. In order to bust this misconception and to test the people Allah (swt) had sent the two angels, Harut and Marut. Though the angels had made it clear at the onset that black magic is tantamount to disbelief and whoever learns black magic from them will get no share in the Hereafter yet the Jews had become so depraved that they did not mend their ways. They continued to learn more tricks of black magic through which they could break happy, prosperous homes and create discord between married couples.
So through the Quranic verse 2:102 we get a glimpse into the history of black magic. However, black magic did not originate during the rein of Sulaiman alahis salam but many centuries before that. The Holy Quran has mentioned that when Prophet Moosa alahis salam requested Firoan to give up his false claim of being the Lord of mankind, the latter had confronted Prophet Moosa alahis salam with his magicians. However, by the Grace of Allah (swt), the magicians soon realized that Moosa alahis salam possessed much superior powers than them. Ultimately all of them declared their belief in the oneness of Allah (swt).
Through the eons gone by, Satan and his ilk have continued with their evil plot of creating mischief in this world with black magic.
In the subsequent posts, I shall Inshallah discuss about one such tool of Satan with which he tries to harm mankind- i.e. Voodoo dolls.
Keep Me In Your Prayers,