AL-AHSA/DAMMAM – The Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Hai’a) in Al-Ahsa arrested a sorcerer who dealt in magic and provided his services to several men and women, who turned to him out of a lack of religious motivation and ignorance, that sorcery became the talk of the town.
Sheikh Adel Faqih, an expert in such matters and director of the Hai’a branch of sorcery in Riyadh, said, “We are in an Islamic country which is governed by Islamic law which prohibits polytheism. Sorcery and magic are considered polytheism in Islam. Unfortunately, sorcery is not a new phenomenon. It is a problem that has existed since the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).”
He explained that Saudi Arabia was an open country where people come for Haj and Umra from different societies and cultures from all parts of the world. Some of these people, he pointed out, think that sorcery scripts are a part of religion because sorcerers make use of certain Qur’anic terms to deceive simple people, Al-Youm Arabic daily said.
“We deal with sorcerers in a special way. No one should think that we mention the name of whomever files a report about sorcery. We protect the identity of informants. We merely receive the information and thank the individual for his help without involving him in any kind of confrontation,” Sheikh Faqih added,
He also said that they do not arrest a sorcerer simply because someone has filed a report against him. There are procedures that have to be followed. Investigations have to be made and information must be collected before an arrest can be made. Finally, no action can be taken without receiving permission from the authorities concerned , he added.
Sheikh Faqih explained that a sorcerer can be identified when he asks for the name of a patient and for the name of the patient’s mother or if he is seeking to buy an animal with certain features. He can also be identified if he asks for a sheep to be killed without mentioning Allah’s name and asks to stain the body with the animal’s blood or if he asks for similar unusual things.
Sheikh Faqih said, “Sorcery cannot be divided into two branches. There is only one kind of sorcery. There is no such thing as black or white magic. Allah said that magic is infidelity and no one can be a sorcerer unless he offers sacrifices to spirits and disbelieves in God.” “Sorcery deals with amulets and talismans which lead people to believe that such things can help them, but that Allah cannot,” he added.
“There are several awareness programs conducted by the Hai’a through local and international media to counteract the phenomenon of magicians and sorcerers,” Sheikh Faqih said.