Islamic Creed- Jinn and Witchcraft- Lesson (6-7): Kinds of Black Magic

2004-07-25


Black magic

Dear brother, this is the 6th lesson of the series The prohibition of dealing with magicians, sorcerers and wizards.

Dear brother, in this lecture we will tackle the subject of black magic in particular. The word black magic is frequently mentioned by many Muslims, and there are many fabricated As7adeth about this subject, the most well-known one of which is, "learn black magic but do not use it". Actually, this Hadith is false and has no basis in Islam. Anyway, the word 'magic' is mentioned in the following Noble Hadith:

((Some eloquent speech is as effective as magic, and some poems are full of words of wisdom.))

The Islamic ruling on poetry is mentioned in the following Noble Hadith:

((Poetry is in the same position as speech. The good of it is like good words and its bad part is like bad words.))

The subject of our lecture today is black magic which is based on dealing with Jinns, and one of the definition of black magic in Islam is whatever act that involves dealing with the devilish Jinns for the purpose of causing troubles to sh3er, or putting trust in other than Allah, Glorified and Sublime be He, seeking cure and recovery. When you, as a Muslim, mistakenly think that other than Allah the Almighty can cure you, grant you blessings, protect you, or drive harm away from you, then you are fulfilling the main purpose of black magic. Black magic is about keeping you away from Allah by depending entirely on other than Him, being charmed by the worldly pleasures, being indulgent in sins and seeking the pleasures which Allah, Glorified and Sublime be He, prohibits.

The only aim of black magic is to make people go astray, to mislead their minds, and to make their souls wretched. This is the key goal of magicians who deal with the devilish Jinns. Actually, among Jinn there are believers and disbelievers, the believing Jinn is called Jinn, while the disbelieving Jinn is called Shaytan (the devil). Thus, when we talk about Shayatin (devils), we mean the second kind of Jinns. Keep in mind that the main purpose of any kind of cooperation or communication with the evil Jinns and the sole aim of any kind of help given by them to magicians is to misguide people and corrupt them.

The definition of black magic

One of the precise definitions of black magic is that is it an act which brings someone closer to the Shaytan with the latter's help. Acting upon Islam brings one closer to Allah, while practicing black magic brings one closer to the Shaytan. Another definition of black magic is that it is some magic formulas and knots (in which witchcrafts blow), which badly affect both the heart and the body. When the man is afflicted with a touch from the Shayatin or is possessed by them, it will undermine his strength, so he will feel that he does not have the strength even to stand, he will be overcome by melancholy and he will feel that he is under unbearable psychological stress which is caused by the Shaytan. Furthermore, the main aim of the magicians who deal with Shayatin is to ruin marital relationships.

The first goal of the Shaytan is to make man desire a woman other than his wife


The painful reality is that 70% or 80%, without exaggeration, of Muslim families have troubled marital relationships due to the work of Shaytan; the major goal of Shaytan is to make you hate your wife and get bored of her; to say that you feel no affection for her. Also, Shaytan's main aim is to make you desire a woman other than your own wife. In fact, most TV shows aim at making men hate their wives and start a love-relationship with other than them, and this is one of Shaytan's work. The following Noble Hadith proves that martial relationship are affected by Shaytan when they become disturbed:

((All thanks are due to Allah that He granted me the love for Aishah.))

[Mentioned in the tradition]

I would like every Muslim husband to make every effort to have intimate relationship with his wife, because Allah the Almighty is pleased with the Muslim couples who have a good marital relationship. He says:

"And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth,"

[Ash-Shu'ara', 29]

"And from among His Signs are the night and the day, and the sun and the moon."

[Fussilat, 37]

"And among His Signs is this, that He created for you wives from among yourselves, that you may find repose in them, and He has put between you affection and mercy."

[Ar-Rum, 21]

Actually, when the spouses' marital relationship lacks affection and compassion, and there is a gap instead, their household will be full of boredom and monotony due to the fact that their relationship has not been established according to Allah's Method. Allah the Almighty intends to spread affection and mercy between the spouses. He says:

"And from these (angels) people learn that by which they cause separation between man and his wife"

[Al-Baqarah, 102]

This means all the sincere love and deep affection of the believing husbands should be for their wives, unlike the immoral people and those who are disobedient to Allah, as they enjoy this relationship with women other than their own wives. You may see someone who is extremely unkind and cruel to his wife, and he looks sullen when he is at home, whereas he says the sweetest and the kindest words to other female stranger (non-Mahram female) when he meets them at home, in meetings, in festivals, in travel, in picnics, at work or at his office. This man treats women other than his wife with all his kindness, affection, tenderness, gentleness, profound apology, smile, and gentle comments, while he shows his wife nothing but extreme cruelty. Actually, this is out of the work of Shaytan, which is explained clearly in the following Noble Ayah in which Allah the Almighty says:

"And from these (angels) people learn that by which they cause separation between man and his wife"

[Al-Baqarah, 102]

Shaytan intends to blow in the strong covenant which should remain fir

Allah the Almighty says:

"And from the evil of the witchcrafts when they blow in the knots,"

[Al-Falaq, 4]

The word "the knots" in this Ayah has many meanings, one of which is that they are the firm and strong covenants mentioned in the Noble Ayah below:

"And how could you take it (back) while you have gone in unto each other, and they have taken from you a firm and strong covenant?"

[An-Nisa', 21]

This knot should remain firm against Shaytan's plot to loosen it. It was narrated that the Mother of Believers Mrs. Aishah, may Allah be pleased with her, once asked the Prophet, peace be upon him:

(("How is your love for me?" The Prophet, peace be upon him, answered, "It is like the firm knot of the rope))

This is a reference to the knot that never loosens. Since that time the word 'knot' became a symbol (of their love), so Mrs. Aishah, may Allah be pleased with her, used to ask the Prophet, peace be upon him, from time to time:

(("How is the knot?" and he, peace be upon him, would reply, "It is in the same condition.))

It was narrated in Sahih Hadith that the Mother of Believers Aishah, my Allah be pleased with her, once told the Prophet, peace be upon him, about the story of a companion called Abu Zara'. She told him about his high morals, his great kindness and gentleness towards his wife, and she described him as the best husband in the word, but unfortunately, he divorced his wife in the end. The Prophet, peace be upon him, said to her:

((I am to you as Abu Zara' was to his wife Um Zara', except I will not divorce you.))

Dear brother, I always notice that when some husbands want to joke with their wives, they only joke about marrying another women. The husband is just joking, but he does not notice that his joke will make his wife's unstable emotionally speaking, and will make her anxious, so such a joke will cause harm to her. Thus, the Prophet, peace be upon him, said to her:

((…except I will not divorce you.))

He said these words in order to pacify her, while some husbands never alleviate their wives' worries. The wife is always worried thinking about her husband's harmful joke, and whenever she feels at ease he repeats that joke.

Dear brother, Al-Imam Al-Qurtubi, may Allah have mercy upon his soul, defined black magic as a prohibited matter which does exist in reality. This means that it is a fact which occurs, but it is forbidden, just like Zina (adultery), which takes place, but this does not make it lawful. When any act of black magic is performed, Allah the Almighty creates whatever He wills.

The difference between Mu'jizah and Karamah

Dear brother, Allah the Almighty supported His Prophets and Messengers, peace be upon them, with extraordinary signs (Mu'jizah) in order to prove their Prophethood. Thus, any extraordinary event that Allah caused to happen at the hand of Prophets, peace be upon them, in order to challenge people is called Mu'jizah, while the Karamah is something extraordinary that Allah causes to happen at the hand of one of His Auliya' ( His pious worshippers). One may ask, who is Al-Wali (singular of Auliya')? The precise definition is mentioned in the following Noble Ayah:

"No doubt! Verily, the Auliya' of Allah [i.e. those who believe in the Oneness of Allah and fear Allah much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which he has forbidden), and love Allah much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained)], no fear shall come upon them nor shall they grieve, * Those who believed (in the Oneness of Allah - Islamic Monotheism), and used to fear Allah much (by abstaining from evil deeds and sins and by doing righteous deeds)."

[Yunus, 62-63]

The devoted worshipper of Allah does not have to do something extraordinary, to fly for example, in order to become one of Allah's Auliya'. Some people claim that their Sheikh fly, but in reality it is just a lie. He does not have to walk on the surface of water, to fly in the air or to perform other miraculous deed in order to become a devoted worshipper of Allah. Allah the Almighty says:

"No doubt! Verily, the Auliya' of Allah [i.e. those who believe in the Oneness of Allah and fear Allah much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which he has forbidden), and love Allah much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained)], no fear shall come upon them nor shall they grieve, * Those who believed (in the Oneness of Allah - Islamic Monotheism), and used to fear Allah much (by abstaining from evil deeds and sins and by doing righteous deeds)."

[Yunus, 62-63]

This is the exact meaning of Al-Wali. However, sometimes Allah the Almighty may cause an extraordinary thing to happen at the hand of one of His pious worshippers out of honoring him, but Al-Wali should not mention it to people, because he is not infallible, so they will accuse him of being a liar. In my opinion, the Karamah of Al-Awliya' should not be circulated among people nor denied. Thus, the extraordinary thing that Allah causes to happen at the hand of one of His pious worshippers is called Karamah. For example, consider the Karamah of Virgin Maryam (Mary), may Allah be please with her, who was not a Prophet, but rather one of the steadfast affirmers of truth. When she gave birth to Prophet Isa (Jesus), peace be upon him, miraculously by the Will of Allah the Almighty, this is called Karamah granted to her by Allah as Prophet Isa, peace be upon them, had no father. Can you deny this Karamah? Of course, you cannot. Also, can you deny the Karamah of the People of the Cave who were not Prophets but rather righteous worshippers of Allah? Definitely, you cannot. Allah the Almighty mentions them saying:

"And they stayed in their Cave three hundred (solar) years, and add nine (for lunar years)."

[Al-Kahf, 25]

Thus, when Allah the Almighty caused something extraordinary to happen at the hand of one of his Prophets, peace be upon them, it is called Mu'jizah, but when He causes it to happen at the hand of one of His Awliya', according to the definition mentioned in the Noble Qur'an, it is called Karamah.

Knowledge is the greatest Karamah (honor) Allah grants to man

What is really amazing concerning this subject is that knowledge is the greatest Karamah ever bestowed by Allah the Almighty upon man, and this Karamah is not based on miraculous matters. Allah the Almighty says:

"And taught you that which you knew not. And Ever Great is the Grace of Allah unto you (O Muhammad, peace be upon him)."

[An-Nisa', 113]

As I said earlier, the extraordinary thing is called Mu'jizah, when it happens at the hand of one of Allah's Prophets, peace be upon them, and it is called Karamah when it happens at the hand of one of His Awliya'. On other hand, when it happens at the hand of magicians, then it is called delusions which happen with the help of the Jinn with whom magicians deal. They can do things beyond human capabilities like crossing enormous distances quickly, getting unrevealed information and so on… However, the Jinn, with whom the magician deals, does not provide him with any information from the unseen future, but rather from the concealed present, or the concealed past by the help of his Qareen (the Shaytan who is appointed by Allah to accompany a person, and who pushes him to do evil things and to disobey Allah).

Shaytan does not get information from the unseen future

Actually, the sorcerer cannot predict the future, because no one knows Al-Ghaib (the Unseen) except Allah the Almighty, and this is an indisputable truth. Allah the Almighty says:

"Say (O Muhammad, peace be upon him): "I don't tell you that with me are the treasures of Allah, nor (that) I know the unseen"."

[Al-An'am, 50]

For example, Prophet Sulaiman (Solomon), peace be upon him, charged the Jinn with laborious tasks, but after his death, they continued performing these exhausting tasks as they did not notice that he, peace be upon him, had died. Allah the Almighty says:

"So when he fell down, the jinns saw clearly that if they had known the unseen, they would not have stayed in the humiliating torment."

[Saba', 14]

Thus, the Jinn who provides the sorcerer with information can never predict the future, but he can only get information about the unrevealed present. To illustrate this point, consider the following example: if the sorcerer is in Damascus, the Jinn can cross the distance from Damascus to Aleppo in the blink of an eye, and then can come back and inform the sorcerer about what is going on now in Aleppo. This is called the unseen present. Also, the Jinn gets information about the unseen past of a dead person with the help of the Shaytan who used to accompany that person. Thus, sorcerers claim that they call the dead while in reality they only contact with the Qareen of the dead person who provides them with the smallest details of the dead person's life, and it is just a tissue of lies. Thus, when an extraordinary thing happens at the hand of a sorcerer, it is a mere delusion.

The impact of black magic on the hearts

According to the above-mentioned points, there are three kinds of extraordinary things: Mu'jizah, Karamah and delusions; when an extraordinary thing happens at the hand of a righteous and chaste believer, it is called Karamah, when it happens at the hand of a Prophet, it is called Mu'jizah and when it happens at the hand of a magician it is a mere delusion. Actually, this brings us to the fact that everything (man has been granted, such as characteristics and lusts) is neutral since man is given the free will, and it can be means of performing actions legally or illegally. When the extraordinary thing happens lawfully, it is called Karamah, but when it happens illegally, it is a delusion.

Let me mention another definition of black magic: It is some conjuring tricks that some people perform in order to gain money. However, as these tricks should be perfect and neat, only few skilled people can perform them. Allah the Almighty says:

"they bewitched the eyes of the people,"

[Al-A'raf, 116]

One of my friends told me that when he was in India, he saw a magician playing tricks with a boy. That magician threw a rope he had upwards, and it astonishingly remained in that position and did not fall. That boy climbed it then he disappeared. After that, the magician ordered him to come down, but there was no answer, so that magician also climbed the rope and followed the boy. After a while, the head of that boy fell down, then his first hand, then his second hand and then his body, which was really incredible. Some journalists came and captured that scene on film, but nothing was recorded. This is the meaning of the Noble Ayah below in which Allah the Almighty says:

"They bewitched the eyes of the people, and struck terror into them"

[Al-A'raf, 116]

Actually, no one can deny that black magic has its impact on the heart making it love things or detest them. Moreover, it can make man commit an act of Shirk (polytheism), and as I said previously the magician's prime goal is to cause conflicts between man and his wife, and to intervene between a person and his heart by sickness and serious illness (to distract his heart from accepting guidance). There are many real incidents which prove this point. Thus, we should not unreasonably deny this fact because black magic does exist in reality.

The Islamic ruling on black magic

Dear brother, the ruling on black magic in Islam is that it is absolutely forbidden. Imam Ahmad, may Allah have mercy upon his soul, said that the one who learns black magic or teaches it to people is considered a Kafir (disbeliever), which means learning black magic or teaching it to people expels the person from Islam, and this completely refutes the saying, "Learn black magic, but do not use it", so this saying has no basis in Islam. Also, Imam Malik and Imam Abu Hanifah stated clearly that black magic is Kufr (disbelief). They based their opinion on some Noble As7adeth in which the Prophet, peace be upon him, said that whoever uses black magic commits an act of Kufr. Thus, any contact between human beings and the devilish Jinns is a kind of black magic, which in its turn is Kufr, and it is a grave sin.

Dear brother, in brief, learning black magic is prohibited in Islam. It includes concealment, phantasm, sometimes sleight of hand, drugs, fumes, forbidden spells, asking help from the Jinns and using meaningless words and phrases which have particular meaning for them in order to harm sh3er, to damage their properties, to destroy relationships and to destroy social links. In order to practise black magic, the devilish Jinns connect with the devilish human beings who are completely submitted to them, and who worship them instead of Allah the Almighty. The following inclusive and comprehensive Noble Ayah explains clearly the relationship between the Jinns and human beings. Allah the Almighty says:

"And thus We do make the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers, etc.) Auliya' (supporters and helpers) one to another (in committing crimes etc.), because of that which they used to earn."

[Al-An 'am, 129]

Thus, the wrong-doers of Jinns can get full control over the wrong-doers of human beings, while they have no control over the righteous pure believer who has a strong relation with Allah the Almighty. He says:

"Certainly, you shall have no authority over My slaves,"

[Al-Hijr, 42]

The believer is strongly forted and safely sheltered, and whoever is touched by an impulse from Shaytan has an extremely potent weapon which is seeking refuge with Allah the Almighty.

The kinds of black magic

Dear brother, there are many kinds of black magic, one of which is performed by the liar astrologers who worship the planets, they think that planets have power over the world and can cause good or evil things. This kind of black magic is called astrology. Have you ever heard about the astrologers? The astrologer is the one who believes that planets have power over the world, and bring benefit or cause harm, in other words they worship these planets beside Allah the Almighty.

Also, there is another kind of black magic which has no relation to the Jinn, and it is called hypnosis. The one who hypnotizes other people has a very strong personality, so when he stares at a person, he makes him sleep, and then that person becomes under his control. This subject is discussed in details in psychology, and was called by earlier Muslim scholars the magic of the people of illusions and strong personality. Hence, it is not related to the subject of our lecture today, because we are tackling the black magic which is based on seeking help from the devilish Jinns. Consider the following example of the tricks which are done simply by the sleight of hand: If a magician puts a coin in the palm of his hand, and attaches the coin in a hidden manner to his sleeve by an elastic band in order to pull it secretly, that coin disappears as he tightly closes his hand, and then opens it. This is also not related to our subject. It is called sleight of hand and jugglery which are only performed by fairly skilled magicians.

The subject of our lecture today is not related to those who have psychological power and who performs hypnosis, or to the astrologers who claim that the future can be foretold by gauging the movements of planets and stars. Thus, we want to focus exclusively on black magic which is based on the relationship between the magician and the devilish Jinns. This is the subject of today's lecture.

Let me ask you this question, how did the magicians of Fir'aun (Pharaoh) bewitch the eyes of people? It was mentioned in details in some books that they brought rubber tubes, painted them to look like snakes, filled them with mercury and put them on hot surface. When mercury expanded under heat, those rubber tubes moved exactly like snakes. Allah the Almighty says:

"By their magic, appeared to him as though they moved fast."

[Ta-Ha, 66]

This is called clever acts which require extraordinary skills or some substances which have certain effects such as the anesthetic or the resuscitative effect. For example, when someone takes drugs, he will falsely feel that he becomes a superman, and he will be under grand illusion due to the anesthetic effect. As for sorcerers, some of their acts are related to ruining relationships between people. For example, when a coffee cup reader (Coffee cup reading is a fortune telling method in which someone drinks most of the coffee in a cup and leaves the sediments to settle, then the coffee cup reader interprets the shapes formed by the sediments for divination) says to a person, "Your bitter foe is lying in ambush and is planning to do harm to you", this will destroy the relationships between people which is the main goal of sorcerers and magicians.

Thus, there is a great difference between the kind of magic which is based on disguising and imagination as a result of the sleight of hand, skilful tricks and artfulness, and the black magic which is based on the connection between the evil Jinns and astrologers, sorcerers, magicians and charlatans through prohibited magic spells. Black magic is, insha-Allah, the subject of today's lecture.

Black magic is Kufr

Allah the Almighty says:

"They followed what the Shayatin (devils) gave out (falsely of the magic) in the lifetime of Sulaiman (Solomon). Sulaiman did not disbelieve, but the Shayatin (devils) disbelieved, teaching men magic and such things that came down at Babylon to the two angels, Harut and Marut, but neither of these two (angels) taught anyone (such things) till they had said, "We are only for trial, so disbelieve not (by learning this magic from us)." And from these (angels) people learn that by which they cause separation between man and his wife, but they could not thus 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 own selves, if they but knew."

[Al-Baqarah, 102]

Prophet Sulaiman (Solomon), peace be upon him, "did not" practise black magic. Allah says:

"Sulaiman did not disbelieve"

This means black magic is Kufr. Allah says:

"but the Shayatin (devils) disbelieved"

Thus, this is the first Islamic ruling on black magic; it is Kufr

The Jinns are happy about subjecting mankind to them

Allah the Almighty says:

"And on the Day when He will gather them (all) together (and say): "O you assembly of jinns! Many did you mislead of men,"

[Al-An 'am, 128]

It means they make many people go astray. He says:

"And on the Day when He will gather them (all) together (and say): "O you assembly of jinns! Many did you mislead of men," and their Auliya' (friends and helpers, etc.) amongst men will say: "Our Lord! We benefited one from the other, but now we have reached our appointed term which You did appoint for us." He will say: "The Fire be your dwelling-place, you will dwell therein forever, except as Allah may will. Certainly your Lord is All-Wise, All-Knowing."

[Al-An'am, 128]

In the previous lectures, I talked about the mutual benefit between the Jinns and humankind; humankind enjoy getting some information about the unseen and they boast about it, or they enjoy performing some extraordinary acts, while the Jinns enjoy subjecting humankind to them. Thus, "Many did you mislead of men" means you make many of them go astray.

In Surat Yunus, Allah the Almighty says:

"Then when they had cast down, Musa (Moses) said: "What you have brought is sorcery, Allah will surely make it of no effect. Verily, Allah does not set right the work of Al-Mufsidun (the evil-doers, corrupts, etc.)."

[Yunus, 81]

Accordingly, the evil-doer will never ever succeed in their evil plots; he will only attain partial success, but he will never achieve the real success which he desires. Allah the Almighty says in Surat Ta-Ha:

"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."

[TaHa, 69]

He will achieve neither success nor prosperity. Allah the Almighty says:

"Musa (Moses) said: "Say you (this) about the truth when it has come to you? Is this magic? But the magicians will never be successful."

[Yunus, 77]

Whoever deals with magicians is a vicious sinful liar


Dear brother, consider the following proof which is derived from the Noble Qur'an. Allah the Almighty says:

"(Shall I inform you (O people!) upon whom the Shayatin (devils) descend?* They descend on every lying (one who tells lies), sinful person."

[Ash-Shu'ara', 221-222]

This means they descend upon every deviant liar. Allah the Almighty says:

"(Shall I inform you (O people!) upon whom the Shayatin (devils) descend?* They descend on every lying (one who tells lies), sinful person.* Who gives ear (to the devils and they pour what they may have heard of the unseen from the angels), and most of them are liars."

[Ash-Shu'ara', 221-223]

This is a full and comprehensive description. Thus, the one who deals with magicians as well as the magician who deals with the devilish Jinns is a vicious sinful liar.

Black magic is one of the major sins and is Shirk

I would like to move now to the proofs derived from the Noble As7adeth: Imam Al-Bukhari and Muslim in their authentic collection of Hadith reported on the authority of Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said:

(("Avoid the seven great destructive sins." The people enquire, "O Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him)! What are they?" He said, "To join sh3er in worship along with Allah, to practice sorcery, to kill the life which Allah has forbidden except for a just cause, (according to Islamic law), to eat up Riba (usury), to eat up an orphan's wealth, to give back to the enemy and fleeing from the battlefield at the time of fighting, and to accuse, chaste women, who never even think of anything touching chastity and are good believers.))

[Agreed upon]

Thus, black magic is one of the major sins. Some scholars said that "the magician has committed Shirk, so he should be called to repent to Allah before being punished."

Safiyyah, daughter of Abi 'Ubaid, narrated on the authority of some of the wives of the Prophet, peace be upon him, that he said:

((He who goes to one who claims to tell about matters of the Unseen and believes in him, his Salat (prayers) will not be accepted for forty days.))

[Muslim]

It means Allah the Almighty will not accept someone's prayers for forty days if he goes to a soothsayer, asks him to predict his future, and believes him.

Abu Hurayrah and Al-Hasan, may Allah be pleased with them, said that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said:

((Whoever goes to a fortune-teller and believes what he says, he has disbelieved in that which was revealed to Muhammad, peace be upon him.))

[At-Tirmidhi]

Also, the Prophet, peace be upon him, said:

((He is not amongst us (Muslims) who sees an evil omen in something or seen for him (by foreteller), who foretells or been foretold, and who practises magic or has magic made for him.))

[Al-Mundhiri and At-Tabarani]

Some questions and answers

Q: Can a magician predict the unknown or undiscovered scientific facts with the help of the Jinns?

A: That can happen if it is within the limit of the Jinns' capability or if these facts are related to the unknown present or the past

Q: Is there a relationship between humans and the believing Jinns?

A: No, there is not, because this relationship is based on misleading and corruption, while the believing Jinns never do that. Hence, any relationship between humankind and Jinns is prohibited and sinful, and this relationship is made exclusively with the devilish Jinns.

Q: Should we believe the story that the Prophet was bewitched or not?

A: Well, there is no harm if you believe that the Prophet, peace be upon him, was bewitched, but that he was not affected by black magic. Also, there is no problem if you believe that he, peace be upon him, was not bewitched. It is just as a bullet-proof vehicle; it was shot, but it was not affected by bullet, or it was not shot. Thus, you can accept either of these two opinions. Actually, the Hadith in which this story was narrated is Ahad Hadith (Ahad Hadith is the one which is narrated by people whose number does not reach that of the Mutawatir case), while Allah the Almighty refutes the disbelievers' false claim in the following Noble Qur'an:

"They said: "You are only of those bewitched!"

[Ash-Shu'ara', 153]

Anyway, it is the same whether you believe that the Prophet, peace be upon him, was bewitched but was not affected by black magic or you believe that he, peace be upon him, was not bewitched, without going into details. The clearest example of what I meant is the bulletproof vehicle that I have just mentioned. Either the vehicle was shot but was not affected by the bullet or it was not shot. However, when Allah the Almighty protects something, it does not mean that people will make no attempt to damage it. Although Allah the Almighty protects the Noble Qur'an, in the USA a book that is called "The True Furqan was written. The authors of that book tried to distort the Noble Qur'an. In one of its verses they claimed that Allah says, "O Muhammad (peace be upon him) did you mislead My Servants?" He (peace be upon him) said, "O My Lord, I went astray from the Right Path, and when they followed me, they went astray too." Thus, Allah's Preservation of the Noble Qur'an does not mean that there will be no attempt to corrupt it, but Allah the Almighty will foil all these attempts.

Q: Is the Muslim who treats someone from the Jinns possession a liar or an honest person?

A: If he tries to bring him closer to Allah the Almighty and reauthors some Ayat of the Noble Qur'an in front of him, he is an honest person.
In other words, if he treats him according to the teachings of the Noble Qur'an and the Noble Sunnah, then there is nothing wrong with this. Whereas, if he follows the ways of the magicians, such as asking him to bring him a black cock or a sheep with two horns which is heavy and expensive, if he reauthors in front of him some meaningless spells or if he makes him enter a dark room which is full of incense and smoke, then he is definitely a liar. Hence, as I have just said, if he asks him to reauthor the Noble Qur'an, to get closer to Allah the Almighty, to make Dua' with an attentive heart, to remember Allah the Almighty a lot, to reauthor some Suwar of the Noble Qur'an like Surat Al-Baqarah, Surat Aal-'Imran, Surat Al-Falaq and Surat An-Nas, and Ayat Al-Kursi (the Ayah of the Throne), then there is no problem at all.