Q190: Is it permissible to use white
magic which is employed for good and is the opposite of black
magic which is used by evil persons?
A: Magic in all its shapes and forms is
forbidden [even that which is used to undo magic] unless the matter
rests upon a greater benefit such as saving the life of a respected
person. (FM, pp. 417-18)
Q191: Inviting the souls in order to
ask them about their state and the barzakh and
other matters pertaining to the hereafter.
A: It is prohibited to invite a respected
soul whose summoning would cause him harm. Other than these
(respected souls), it is permissible. (FM, p. 418)
Exploiting the Angels
Q192: Some of them claim that they
exploit the angels.
A: There is no basis to this claim. (FM,
Asking for Intercession
Q193: Is it permissible to ask for
sustenance, a child, protection or intercession directly from
the infallible ones?
Follow up: Let me ask you first. Do you
seek this from them because they create, or sustain, or protect?
Response: Certainly not. But rather because
they are the means to Allah (s.w.t.), the intercessors with Him
in the disposal of affairs, and because they cannot do anything
but with the permission of Allah, the Sublime and Exalted.
Follow up: You mean that they ask Allah
the Exalted and He creates, and they ask Him and He sustains,
and they ask Him and He protects, and because they are intercessors,
whose pleas or supplications are not rejected, because of their
status with Allah, the Sublime, and for their guardianship over
Response: Yes, I mean that.
A: This is permissible. Allah (s.w.t.)
says: "...and seek means of nearness to Him..." (Qur'an,
5:35) and they (a.s.) are your means of approach to Allah (s.w.t.).
This is permissible. (FM, p. 421)