Was Mohammed Under a Spell?

May 2008 version

Mohammed was bewitched. Bukhari vol.4 book 53 chapter 34 and vol.4 no.400 p.267

Mohammed at one point was bewitched: "Narrated 'Aisha: Magic was worked on the Prophet so that he began to fancy that he was doing a thing which he was not actually doing. One day he invoked (Allah) for a long period and then said, 'I feel that Allah has inspired me as how to cure myself.'..." Bukhari vol.4 book 54 no.490 p.317. See also vol.4 no.400 p.267, vol.8 no.89 p.56-57, vol.8 no.400 p.266-267. vol.7 book 71 no.658-660 p.441-443.

Narrated 'Aisha: The Prophet continued for such-and-such a period imagining that he has had sexual relation with his wife, and in fact he had not. One day he said, to me, "O 'Aisha! Allah has instructed me regarding a matter about which I had asked Him. There came to me two men, one of them sat near my feet and the other near my head. The one near my feet, asked the one near my head (pointing at me), 'What is wrong with this man?' The latter replied, 'He is under the effect of magic. The first one asked, 'Who has worked magic on him?' The other replied, 'Lubaid bin A'sam." The first one asked, 'What material (did use?).' The other replied, 'The skin of the pollen of a male date tree with a comb and the hair stuck to it, Kept under a stone in the well of Dharwan.'" Then the Prophet went to that well and said, "This is the same well which was shown to me in the dream. The tops of its datepalm trees look like the heads of the devils, and its water looks like the Henna infusion."...'Aisha added, "(The magician) Lubaid bin A'sam was a man from Bani Zuraiq, an ally of the Jews." Bukhari vol.8 book 73 no.89 p.57 See also Bukhari vol.8 book 73 no.400 p.266

Mohammed was under a spell Sahih Muslim vol.2 book 4 no.1888 p.411

Mohammed was bewitched Sahih Muslim vol.3 book 24 no.5428-5429 p.1192-1193

Labid bin el-Asam the Jew put Mohammed under a spell. Ibn-i-Majah vol.5 book 31 no.3435 p.60-61

These hadiths show that Mohammed was under an evil spell. While one Muslim noticed that these hadiths did not actually use the word "bewitched", there is no fundamental difference between being under an evil spell and bewitched.

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