Did anyone bewitch Hazrat Prophet? If So, How?
According to our sources, our prophet is reported to have been affected by magic. The reason for the incantation was that the Jewish people could not accept the prophethood of Him. The maintenance of the Kaaba, offering food and drinks to the pilgrims had long been undertaken by the tribe of Quraish, the ancestors of our Prophet. In addition to all of these, they were not able to tolerate the proclamation by the Qurashi people that from now on the prophecy was theirs; so they displayed their evil intention. However, the fast increase in the numbers of Muslims and the affection of people for our prophet agitated the Jewish and they resorted to vile ways. Attempting to kill him by poisoning is one of them. We compiled the narrations regarding the issue as follows.
One of the accounts about the magic against our Prophet is narrated by is wife Aisha (peace be upon her), wife of the Prophet and the mother of all believers, who did witness all his acts:
Lubaid bin Al-A'sam, of Bani Zurayq Jews, bewitched our Prophet (pbuh). The magic was affected the Prophet so much that he began to fancy that he was doing something which he was not actually doing. One day, when we were together, he offered supplication to Allah and repeated it and then said. " Oh, Aisha! Have you felt it? Allah has inspired me as how to cure myself. About what? Oh Messenger of Allah, I replied. Two persons came to me (in my dream) and sat, one by my head and the other by my feet. One of them asked the other, "What is the ailment of this man?" The other replied, 'He has been bewitched" The first one asked, 'Who has bewitched him? The other replied, 'Lubaid bin Al-A'sam, of Bani Zurayq Jews.' The first one asked, 'What has he cast the spell on?' The other replied, ' On a comb, the hair gathered on it, and on the outer skin of the pollen of the male date-palm.' The first one asked, 'Where is it now?' The other replied, 'It is in the well of Dharwan.' " So, the Prophet, accompanied by some of his companions, went out towards the well and then returned and said to me on his return, " The water of the well was blurred as if henna was added into it and the date-palms near the well were like the heads of the devils." ." I asked, "Did you take out those things on which the spell was cast?" He said, "No, I have been cured by Allah. I was afraid that it could harm people. Then the Prophet ordered it to be buried and it was buried. (1)
Kadi Iyaz said that the magic affected only his body and organs, but had no any effect on his reasoning. (2)
(1) Bukhari, Tibb, 47, 49, 50; Jizyah, 14, Adab, 56; Badul-Halk, 11; Muslim, Salam, 43,
(2) Ibn Hajar, Fathul-Bari, X, 185.