Praise be to Allaah.
After researching the matter, we could not find any evidence
or report which indicates that there is any special virtue for one who dies
as the result of witchcraft, except that if the victim of witchcraft bears
this calamity with patience, he will have the reward of those who are
patient, and what a great reward that is. Allaah says (interpretation of the
“Only those who are patient shall receive their reward in
full, without reckoning”
“And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear,
hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As‑
Saabiroon (the patient).
156. Who, when afflicted
with calamity, say: ‘Truly, to Allaah we belong and truly, to Him we shall
157. They are those on whom are the Salawaat (i.e. who are
blessed and will be forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who)
receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided ones”
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
said: “The greater reward comes with the greater trial. When Allaah loves a
people He tests them; whoever accepts that will earn divine pleasure and
whoever is discontent with that will earn divine wrath.” Narrated by
al-Tirmidhi, 2396; Ibn Maajah, 4031; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in
And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“Calamities will continue to befall the believing man and woman in regard to
themselves, their children and their wealth, until they meet Allaah with no
sins on them.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2399; classed as saheeh by
al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.
Al-Bukhaari (5653) and Muslim (2576) narrated that ‘Ata’ ibn
Abi Rabaah said: Ibn ‘Abbaas said to me: Shall I show you a woman from among
the people of Paradise?” I said, “Yes.” He said: “This black woman came to
the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and said, ‘I
suffer from epilepsy and I become uncovered. Pray to Allaah for me.’ He
said, ‘If you wish, you may bear it with patience and Paradise will be
yours, or if you wish I will pray to Allaah to heal you.’ She said, ‘I will
be patient.’ Then she said, ‘But I become uncovered; pray to Allaah for me
that I will not become uncovered.’ So he prayed for her.”
It should be noted that witchcraft is something real, and it
may lead to the victim becoming sick, and may even kill him.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: In
sharee’ah, witchcraft is divided into two kinds:
1 – Spells and incantations, i.e., recitations and unclear
words by means of which the practitioner of witchcraft is able to use the
devils to do what he wants of harming his victim. But Allaah says
(interpretation of the meaning):
“but they could not thus harm anyone except by Allaah’s
2 – Medicines and
potions that affect the body, mind, will and inclinations of the victim, so
that he turns away from a person or inclines towards him or her.
So they make a man incline towards his wife or towards
another woman, so that he becomes like a dumb beast that she can lead
wherever she wants. Or they make the opposite happen.
They affect the victims physically by weakening him little by
little, until he dies.
Or they make him imagine things to be other than they really
Their affect on his mind may go so far as to make him insane
– Allaah forbid.
End quote from Sharh Kitaab al-Tawheed, 2/5.
The victim may attain the reward of the martyr, if the
witchcraft leads to him suffering a stomach disease, the plague or pleurisy,
or it leads to a woman dying in pregnancy. Ahmad (23804), Abu Dawood (3111)
and al-Nasaa’i (1846) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) said: “What do you think martyrdom is?” They said:
“Being killed for the sake of Allaah.” The Messenger of Allaah (peace
and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Martyrdom is seven things
besides being killed for the sake of Allaah, The one who dies of the plague
is a martyr; the one who dies by drowning is a martyr; the one who dies of
pleurisy is a martyr; the one who dies of a stomach disease is a martyr; the
who dies by burning is a martyr; the one who dies beneath a collapsed wall
or building is a martyr; and the woman who dies in pregnancy is a martyr.”
This hadeeth was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.
It says in ‘Awn al-Ma’bood:
… “the one who dies by
drowning” – if his journey was for a permissible purpose. “The one who dies
of pleurisy” – this refers to ulcers or abscesses which a person gets in his
side, then they open and the pain ceases at the time of death; its signs
include pain beneath the ribs and difficulty in breathing accompanied by
fever and coughing. “The one who dies of a stomach disease” – this refers to
diarrhoea or dropsy, or pain in the stomach. …
“the woman who dies in pregnancy” – al-Khattaabi said: this
means, if she dies with a child in her womb. End quote.
And Allaah knows best.