Sihr of Love (Sihr Al-Mahabba/Al-Tiwala)

The Prophet (PBUH) said:

Ar-ruqa At-Tama'im and At-Tiwala are acts of polytheism Transmitted by Imam Ahmad (1/381), Abu Dawud (3883), Ibn Majja (3530) and Al-Hakim (4/418)

According to Ibn Ai-Athir, at-Tiwala is a type of sihr which makes a man love his wife. The reason why this type of sihr’s classed by the Prophet (PBUH) as an act of polytheism is because those who have it done for them believe that it has an effect and does the opposite of what Allah (SWT) has prescribed. An-Nihaya: 1/200

I would like to emphasise that the ruqya referred to in the above hadith is the one which seeks the assistance of Jinn and devils and consists of acts classed as polytheistic. However, the ruqya which is based on the Qur'an and lawful supplications of Allah is lawful, according to scholars. It is reported in Sahih Muslim that the Prophet (PBUH) was quoted as saying:

There is no harm in using ruqya as a means of treatment provided it does not consist of anything polytheistic.



  1. Excessive love and passion
  2. Extreme desire to have sexual intercourse
  3. Impatience of remaining without having sexual intercourse
  4. Extreme lust at the sight of one's wife
  5. Blind obedience to one's wife

Adverse Effects

  1. Sometimes a man falls ill as a result of this sihr
  2. Sometimes the sihr backfires, and the man would hate his wife, This is due to a lack of knowledge of the principles of sihr
  3. Sometimes a woman asks the sahir to prepare a double-effect sihr which makes her husband love her alone and hate all other women, This results in the man's hating his mother, sisters, maternal aunts, paternal aunts and all female kinship
  4. Sometimes the double-effect sihr backfires, and the man ends up hating all women, even his wife