Reexamining Satan’s Influence and Control over Muhammad

by Saif min Suyufillah

Being a Response to a Muslim Dawagandist’s Defense of his prophet’s bewitchmentSam Shamoun

Muslim dawagandist Jalal Abualrub produced a pdf file (*) for his debate with David Wood in order to defend his prophet from the charges leveled by Wood and others (including myself).

In this rebuttal we will address Jalal’s defense of his prophet’s bewitchment and control by Satan.
Muhammad and Black Magic

Jalal writes concerning Muhammad falling under the control of black magic:

11) David Wood wrote: ‘Muhammad fell victim to black magic.’

  1. There is no black or green magic. The same hadith quoted here states Prophet Muhammad was cured from the effect of magic: Madinah’s Jews did magic against Muhammad (Bukhari andMuslim), who suffered in the same way Prophet Moses suffered when, {Their ropes and their sticks, by their magic, appeared to him [Musa (Moses)] as though they moved fast} (20:66).
  2. The Quran and Sunna used the same words, ‘Yukhayyalu Ilaihi’, to describe both cases, Muhammad’s and Moses’, where one would think he did or saw something which he did not do or see. Absolutely no Ayah or Hadeeth said the Prophet was saying the Quran under the influence of magic or that his religion was affected, or that he started being delirious. These are all false accusations.
  3. Whatever Mr. Wood may say about Muhammad also applies to Moses, unless he likes the Hadeeth only and dismisses the Ayah. (Is Muhammad a Prophet?, p. 10)

Talk about being desperate! In the first place, Jalal is splitting hairs here since whether one wants to call it black magic or simply magic the point still stands that Muhammad was affected by it.

Furthermore, the reason why Wood and others call this “black” magic is to denote the fact that this kind of magic (in fact all of it) is evil since God doesn’t approve of it.

Moreover, Wood didn’t invent this term to describe what happened to Muhammad. Jalal can blame his fellow Muslims for translating the Arabic as black magic:

And from the evil of the envier when he envieth) this refers to Labid Ibn al-A’sam, the Jew, who was envious of the Prophet (pbuh) and used BLACK MAGIC to separate him from ‘A’ishah’. (Tanwîr al-Miqbâs min Tafsîr Ibn ‘Abbâs, Q. 113:5; source; bold and capital emphasis ours)

(Of the jinn and of mankind) He says: Satan whispers in the hearts of the jinn just as he whispers in the hearts of mankind. The last two surahs were revealed about Labid Ibn al-A’sam, the Jew, who used black magic on the Prophet (pbuh) and when the Prophet (pbuh) read these two surahs on Labid’s BLACK MAGIC, Allah relieved him from it and it was as if he was untied from his fetters’. (Tanwîr al-Miqbâs min Tafsîr Ibn ‘Abbâs, Q. 114:6; source: bold and capital emphasis ours)

Thus, Jalal must contend with the fact that Muhammad came under the control of a Jewish magician.

This leads us to the problem with Muhammad being affected by sorcery. The Holy Bible says that God’s true servants (including his emissaries) cannot come under the control of Satan such as sorcery or black magic since Yahweh protects them:

There is no sorcery against Jacob, no divination against Israel. It will now be said of Jacob and of Israel, ‘See what God has done!’” Numbers 23:23

“The seventy-two returned with joy and said, ‘Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.’ He replied, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.’” Luke 10:17-20

This in itself sufficiently proves that Muhammad wasn’t a prophet of the true God and exposes the lie of the Quran that Moses was affected by the magic of the Egyptian sorcerers.

In fact, the Quran itself says that Satan will not be able to harm any of Allah’s righteous slaves:

O you who believe! take care of your souls; he who errs cannot hurt you WHEN YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT WAY; to Allah is your return, of all (of you), so He will inform you of what you did. S. 5:105 Shakir

He said: O Iblis! what excuse have you that you are not with those who make obeisance? He said: I am not such that I should make obeisance to a mortal whom Thou hast created of the essence of black mud fashioned in shape. He said: Then get out of it, for surely you are driven away: And surely on you is curse until the day of judgment. He said: My Lord! then respite me till the time when they are raised. He said: So surely you are of the respited ones Till the period of the time made known. He said: My Lord! because Thou hast made life evil to me, I will certainly make (evil) fair-seeming to them on earth, and I will certainly cause them all to deviate Except Thy servants from among them, the devoted ones. He said: This is a right way with Me: Surely, as regards My servants, you have no authority over them except those who follow you of the deviators. And surely Hell is the promised place of them all: It has seven gates; for every gate there shall be a separate party of them. S. 15:32-44 Shakir

And when thou recitest the Qur’an, seek refuge in Allah from Satan the outcast. Lo! he hath no power over those who believe and put trust in their Lord. His power is ONLY over those who make a friend of him, and those who ascribe partners unto Him (Allah). S. 16:98-100 Pickthall

Nor will magicians be able to prosper in their use of magic against God’s true prophets:

They said: “O Moses! whether wilt thou that thou throw (first) or that we be the first to throw?” He said, “Nay, throw ye first!” Then behold their ropes and their rods – so it seemed to him on account of their magic – began to be in lively motion! So Moses conceived in his mind a (sort of) fear. We said: “Fear not! for thou hast indeed the upper hand: Throw that which is in thy right hand: Quickly will it swallow up that which they have faked what they have faked is but a magician’s trick: and the magician thrives not, (no matter) where he goes.” So the magicians were thrown down to prostration: they said, “We believe in the Lord of Aaron and Moses”. S. 20:65-70 Y. Ali

Jalal is now in a major dilemma since if Muhammad was truly pleasing to Allah then his god would have never allowed the devil or a Jew to control his mind through magic to such an extent that he started imagining that he was having sex with all of his wives:

XLVI. Magic

The words of Allah Almighty, “The shaytans rejected, teaching people sorcery and what had been sent down to Harut and Marut, the two angels in Babylon, who taught no one until they had said to him, ‘We are merely a trial and temptation, so do not reject.’ People learned from them how to separate a man and his wife but they cannot harm anyone by it, except with Allah’s permission. They have learned what will harm them and will not benefit them. They know that any who deal in it will have no share in the Next World.” (2:102)

And His words, “Magicians do not prosper wherever they go.” (20:69)

And His words, “Do you succumb to magic with your eyes wide-open?” (21:3)

And His words, “And suddenly their ropes and staffs appeared to him, by their magic, to be slithering about.” (20:66)

And His words, “And from the evil of women who blow on knots.” (113:4) An-naffathat are female practitioners of magic.

“So how have you been bewitched?” (23:89) meaning blinded…

XLVIII. Should the source of magic be extracted from where it is?

Qatada said, “I asked Sa’id ibn al-Musayyab, ‘If a man is bewitched or unable to come to his wife, can he seek to undo it or use nushra*?’ ‘Yes,’ he answered, ‘There is no harm in that. By it they desire to put things right. That which is beneficial for people is not forbidden.’”

[Nushra is reciting verses over water which is then used by the person afflicted.]

5432. ‘Urwa related that ‘A’isha said, “The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, was bewitched so that he would imagine that he had had intercourse with his wives when he had not”. (Sufyan said, “This is the worst type of magic when it does that.”) He said, “A’isha, do you know that Allah has given me a decision in what I asked Him about? Two men came to me and one of them sat at my head and the other and at my feet, and the one at my head said to the other, ‘What ails the man?’ ‘Bewitched,’ he answered. He said, ‘And who has bewitched him?’ He replied, ‘Labid ibn al-A’sam, a man of the Banu Zurayq, the allies of the Jews, who is a hypocrite.’ He said, ‘Using what?” He replied, ‘A comb and flax fibres.’ He asked, ‘Where is it?’ He said, ‘Inside a male palm spadex under a stone in the well of Dharwan.’” The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, went to the well to remove it. He said, “This is the well that I was shown.” Its water was the colour of henna infusion and the date palms looks like the heads of devils. He said, “It was taken out.” I asked, “Why do not use nushra?’ He replied, “By Allah, Allah has cured me. I dislike to provoke evil against anyone.” (Aisha Bewley,The Sahih Collection of al-Bukhari, Chapter 79. The Book of Medicine; source)

To make matters worse the Islamic sources say that Muhammad’s condition lasted for at least six months or even nearly a year!

(Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind…) [114:1-6]. The commentators of the Qur’an said: “The Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, had a Jewish servant boy. The Jews approached him and kept after him until he gave them some fallen hair from the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, as well as a few teeth from his comb. The Jews used these to cast a spell of black magic on him. The person who was behind this was the Jew Labid ibn al-A‘sam. He then put the hair in a well belonging to Banu Zurayq called Dharwan. The Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, fell ill for a period of six month, during which the hair of his head fell off; he imagined that he slept with his wives when he did not, and was withering away without knowing the reason. As he was one day sleeping, he saw two angels coming to him. One of them sat at his head and the other at his feet. The angel who sat at his head asked: ‘What is wrong with the man?’ The second angel responded: ‘A spell of black magic was cast on him’. The first one asked: ‘And who is responsible for this sorcery?’ The second angel answered: ‘It is Labid ibn al-A‘sam, the Jew’. The first angel asked again: ‘What did he use to cast black magic on him?’ The second angel said: ‘He used a comb and fallen hair’. The first angel asked: ‘Where is it now?’ The second angel said: ‘It is inside the spadix of a palm tree beneath the stepping stone which is inside the well of Dharwan’, at which point the Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, woke up. He said: ‘O ‘A’ishah, do you not think that this is from Allah to inform me of the cause of my illness?’ He then sent ‘Ali [ibn Abi Talib], al-Zubayr [ibn al-‘Awwam] and ‘Ammar [ibn Yasir] who drained the water of that well as one would drain the dust of henna. They lifted the stone and got the spadix out and found therein some of the hair of the Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, as well a few teeth from his comb. (‘Ali ibn Ahmad al-Wahidi, Asbab al-Nuzul, Q. 113-114; source 1, 2; bold, capital and underline emphasis ours)


Unauthentic source.



From B. Zurayq: Labid b. A’sam who bewitched the apostle of God so that he could not come at his wives.1 (The Life of Muhammad, A Translation of Ibn Ishaq’s Sirat Rasul Allah, with introduction and notes by Alfred Guillaume [Karachi Oxford University Press, Karachi, Tenth Impression 1995), p. 240; bold and capital emphasis ours)

1 In commenting on this Suhayli asserts that the tradition is sound and is accepted by the traditionists. He found in the Jami’ of Mu‘ammar b. Rashad (a work which I cannot find mentioned by Brockelmann) the statement THAT THE SPELL LASTED FOR A YEAR. He adds that the Mu‘tazila and Modernists rejected the tradition ON THE GROUND THAT PROPHETS COULD NOT BE BEWITCHED OTHERWISE THEY WOULD COMMIT SIN and that would be contrary to the word of God ‘And God will protect thee from men’ (5.71). He finds the tradition unassailable. It is properly attested and intellectually acceptable. The prophets were not preserved from bodily afflictions in which category sorcery falls. (Ibid.)

Now let us contrast this again with what the Quran says regarding Moses’ encounter with the Egyptian magicians:

They said: “O Musa (Moses)! Either you throw first or we be the first to throw?” [Musa (Moses)] said: “Nay, throw you (first)!” Then behold, their ropes and their sticks, by their magic, appeared to him as though they moved fast. So Musa (Moses) conceived a fear in himself. We (Allah) said: “Fear not! Surely, you will have the upper hand. And throw that which is in your right hand! It will swallow up that which they have made. That which they have made is only a magician’s trick, and the magician will never be successful, no matter whatever amount (of skill) he may attain.” So the magicians fell down prostrate. They said: “We believe in the Lord of Harun (Aaron) and Musa (Moses).” S. 20:65-68 Hilali-Khan

According to the above, even though Moses got afraid God came to his aid right away to protect him, unlike Muhammad who only received deliverance from his deity nearly a year later!

With the foregoing in perspective these are the questions that Jalal must answer,

  • Why didn’t Allah prevent Muhammad from being controlled by magic if the Quran is correct that Satan will not affect those that are righteous before Allah?
  • Moreover, what was Muhammad actually doing during the entire year that he thought he was sleeping with his wives? After all, for him to believe he was really having sex implies that he was pleasuring himself in some manner otherwise how could he think that he was actually engaging in intercourse? Isn’t this rather humiliating?
  • And why would Allah humiliate his prophet in such a way, allowing him to think he was having sex when he really wasn’t, thereby shaming him in front of the Muslims and unbelievers?
  • Moreover, why would Allah allow Muhammad’s wives to go on without having sex with their husband for nearly a year? What kind of god is this that would actually permit a man to neglect his marital duties with his spouses when he could have simply healed him from the very start?
  • Do Muslims like Jalal really want non-Muslims to believe that for an entire year Muhammad wasn’t receiving “revelations” when he was under this state? Can Jalal (or any other Muslim) provide a conclusive statement from the Islamic texts which say that he wasn’t being inspired during this period of time that Satan had him under his control?
  • Wouldn’t this imply that Satan is more powerful than Allah seeing that he was able to bewitch Muhammad for nearly a year even though the Quran says that he wouldn’t be able to harm Allah’s righteous servants?
  • Or should we assume that Muhammad wasn’t righteous enough and was in fact a deviator, which explains why Allah would allow him to be so humiliated by the devil?

We will let Jalal sort out this mess.


Read the definition of immunity.

In biology, immunity is the balanced state of having adequate biological defenses to fight infection, disease, or other unwanted biological invasion, while having adequate tolerance to avoid allergy, and autoimmune diseases.
So good immunity does not mean that one would never receive the germs or pathogens /disease causing micro organisms,but it means that when he gets any such entry,he would be able to fight it and survive it without any complications.

Similarly,for magic,it is more appreciable surviving it,fighting it and breaking the spells without being effected,and getting well without any complications.

Regarding the questions about one year and the sex,I could not find any authentic source you have mentioned.

Regarding your claim of satanic verses see the responses 1 , 2 and regarding the death of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.w ,see the detailed discussion.