When a person establishes that Wicca and Satanism are poles
apart it is easy to think that Wicca is a harmless religion. It may even appear
that Wicca in the 21st century is little more than harmonious hippy sentiments
and ancient nature based religions converted into a form of environmentalism.
However this is not the reality. Dealing with witchcraft in seriousness, or in
fun, is a dangerous pastime. Letting the lines blur between whom or what
controls the destinies of mankind is risky, even perilous. Although it seems
clear that the vast majority of Wiccans neither believe in nor knowingly work
with Satan, the Islamic opinion is that Wiccan religion is heavily influenced
by Satan, whether the practitioners intend it to be so or not.
First let us examine one of the most basic principles of
Islam. As one of the pillars of faith a Muslim believes in Qadr, or
divine destiny. Whatever happens in our lives, both the good, and what we
perceive as bad, is part of what God decreed long before we even came into existence.
Nothing happens without the permission of God, not even a leaf falling from a
tree or a raindrop falling on your window pane. Therefore, to imagine that
someone or some magic words are able to change good into bad or bring about
desirable outcomes is really quite absurd. To put our faith in something else
other than God Himself is useless, but not only that, for a Muslim it is
Believing that God has partners or that there are people
who have more access to God then others is a major sin, and Satan wants nothing
more than to lead people away from God and onto a path of destruction. Therein
lays the danger in Wicca. Those who consider Wicca as a religion say that
casting spells is little more than asking for divine help. However God because
of his love for His creation has given us the Quran and the authentic Sunnah
(teachings of Prophet Muhammad) from which we learn the correct way to ask for
divine help. Divine help is not found with the aid of bells, candles, brooms,
caldrons, wands or other Wiccan paraphernalia. A person should put his trust
in God and ask help from Him alone. God alone is the one who bestows blessings
or removes harm and relives distress.
“None in the heavens and the earth knows the Unseen except
God, nor can they perceive when they shall be resurrected.”(Quran 27: 65)
Witchcraft, fortune telling and psychic predictions are
no more than tricks from Satan designed to lead human beings to their doom.
Having said that however, the existence of magic is confirmed by the Quran and
traditions of Prophet Muhammad. It is a reality and a truth. The trick lies
in making people believe that playing with forces of evil is harmless. Even if
the matter at hand is benign, magic in all its forms turns a person’s face away
from God. Magic is an art that requires skill and proficiency, and it is a
type of knowledge that has a foundation, methodology and principles. Learning
it is not permissible in Islam. The craft and its close relatives such as
Tarot cards, reading tea leaves and horoscopes are forbidden to Muslims.
“Whoever goes to a fortune teller and asks him
about anything, his prayers will not be accepted for forty days.”
This speaks volumes about the gravity of the situation
and in some countries even fooling with magic and magic implements is
punishable by law.
Recently two men were arrested at a United Arab Emirates
airport. In their luggage was found 1200 objects classified illegal in 28
categories, these included texts containing magic spells and rituals,
talismans, animal hides and bones, containers holding blood and other liquids,
strings and strange rings. The director of customs there mentioned that people’s
credulity was often repaid with fraud. This is another reason why Wicca is not
accepted by Islam, whether it is practiced as a religion or not.
People who claim to be able to tell you what will happen
in the future are for the most part making false predictions based on their
knowledge of personalities, body language etc. However there are another
category of people who really do deal with Satan and his minions both from the
jinn and from mankind. These people are enveloped in evil whether they realise
it or not and sadly a great deal of harm can be done by people who think they
are doing good or indulging in a harmless pastime.
There is a kind of magic that is aimed at creating hatred
or love. It is done by tying knots and blowing on them, and using potions. This
magic is capable of making a man love or hate his wife, or a woman love or hate
her husband. It may also affect a person’s relationship with people other than
his or her spouse. Hence God has commanded us to seek refuge with Him from the
evil of those who blow onto knots, and to seek refuge with Him from every evil.
Say: “I seek refuge with God, the Lord of the daybreak, From
the evil of what He has created, And from the evil of the darkening (night) as
it comes with its darkness; (or the moon as it sets or goes away), And from the
evil of those who practise witchcraft when they blow in the knots, And from the
evil of the envier when he envies.” (Quran 113)
In conclusion ancient pagan belief systems are just
that, ancient pagan belief systems. There is no need to reinvent beliefs
thousands of years old. God has given us a religion (i.e. Islam) worthy of
humankind and it truly does hold all the answers. Wicca may seem like a
peaceful oasis to many but true peace lies in obeying the commandments of God
and living the life predetermined for you by God.