Harut and Marut


Assalamu Alaikum Shaykh,

I want asked story about angel of harut and marut…..I really confused story about angel harut and marut….why Allah send them to the world.


wa `alaykum salam,

Allah answered your question in the Holy Qur’an. Allah informs us in Surat al-Baqara 2:102,  that those who learned magic were first warned that if they did so, they would commit unbelief and destroy their afterlife in exchange for the benefit in this worldly life, “And vile was the price for which they did sell their souls, if they but knew!”. So many people did so, knowing they had sold their souls. May Allah protect us all from that.

Ibn Kathir, in his Tafsir says:

Sunayd said that Hajjaj said that Ibn Jurayj commented on this Ayah (2:102), “No one dares practice magic except a disbeliever. As for the fitnah, it involves trials and freedom of choice.” The scholars who stated that learning magic is disbelief relied on this ayah for evidence. They also mentioned the hadith that Abu Bakr Al-Bazzar recorded from `Abdullah, which states, “Whoever came to a soothsayer or a sorcerer and believed in what he said, will have disbelieved in what Allah revealed to Muhammad (s).” This Hadith has an authentic chain of narration and there are other Hadiths which support it.

And this is not different than other tests in this life, by which Allah checks our faith, for tests often involve a choice between that which is prohibited or disliked by our Lord and that which is permitted or encouraged. Other tests involve making the best moral choice.

Taher Siddiqui

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