With the Africa Cup of Nations now underway in Cameroon, a ‘juju’ witch doctor made a controversial announcement that Senegalese captain Sadio Mane would die through a heart attack if he played at the tournament.
But Mane, a devout Muslim, is currently in the tournament, shrugging off the threat by the witch doctor, saying that all lives belong to Allah.
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“I grew up convinced that death is in the hands of Allah only, and I believe that human life is neither advanced nor delayed, and I will participate in the match normally,” the Liverpool star said, Nigeria’s Pulse reported .
“And if I suffer a heart attack and die on the field, this magician will be only a means to achieve the command of Allah, so do not be deceived by him.”
Led by Mane, the Teranga Lions kicked off their campaign in Cameroon with a 1-0 victory over Zimbabwe on Monday.
Mané converted a penalty seven minutes into stoppage time to hand one of the favorites their first victory in the tournament.
Forbidden in Islam
Islamic tradition holds that Muslims should rely on God alone to keep them safe from sorcery and malicious spirits rather than resorting to talismans, which are charms or amulets bearing symbols or precious stones believed to have magical powers, or other means of protection.
Black magic is one of the well-established facts and it is mentioned in the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet. As for the Islamic legal status on practicing black magic, it is Haram (prohibited), and this makes one’s prayer unaccepted for forty days, and believing in what the magician or the sorcerer says renders one a Kafir (disbeliever).
Concerning the severity of believing in black magic, the Prophet said:
“Anyone who goes to a diviner, a practitioner of (black) magic or a soothsayer, asking something and believing in what he says, denies what was revealed to Muhammad.” (Narrated by Al-Bazzar, Abu Ya’la)
Concerning the evils of practicing black magic, the Prophet said:
“Whoever practices (black) magic is a Mushrik (polytheist).” (Narrated by At-Tabarani)
The magic spells can be dispelled by the power of the Quran, which has been sent down as a cure and mercy for the believers. To get rid of satanic whispers, black magic, witchcraft, evil-eye etc., a Muslim should be keen to read the authentic supplications particularly Ayat Al-Kursi and Surat Al-Ikhlas, Al-Falaq and An-Naas (last three chapters of the Qur’an).