Many people from different religions, including Sunnism, believe in magic. Some even go as far as saying that there is good magic and bad magic and theybelieve that the "good" magic will benefit them. The following is an example of a Bukhari Hadith where Sunnis get such views:
The Book of Bukhari, Volume 7: #671:Narrated Saad:"Whoever takes seven 'Ajwa dates in the morning will not be effected by magic or poison on that day."
The above Hadith is repeated many times in slightly different forms in both the books of Bukhari and Muslim and is thus considered amongst the highlyauthentic Hadiths (For example, see The Book of Bukhari, Volume 7: #356 - The Book of Bukhari, Volume 7: #663 - The Book of Bukhari, Volume 7: #664- The Book of Muslim, Book 023: #5081).When one attempts to expose the clear falsehood of such Hadiths, the popular Sunni reply is that they believe in magic because it is in the Quran and theyquote verse 2:102 to support this view. Some even go as far a saying that magic is like technology to primitive people. Before accepting the Sunni view onmagic, it is worth checking for oneself what the Quran says about this subject.Here is the interpretation of verse 2:102:And they followed what the devils recite regarding Solomon's kingship. Solomon did not reject, but the devils rejected by teaching the people the magicand what was descended on the two kings Harut and Marut at Babylon. They do not teach anyone until they say: "We are but a test, so do not reject". Sothey learn from them what they separate with between the person and his mate, and they are not harming with it anyone except with The God'spermission. And they learn what harms them and does not benefit them, and they have known that for who bought it, there is no share of happiness inthe ending, and miserable indeed is what they bought with themselves, if they were knowing. [2:102]Verse 2:102 doesn't define what magic is. It simply says that the devils (which can be human or jinn) teach people two things: Magic and what wasdescended on two Babylonian kings. From the verse, it is not possible to tell which thing (magic or what was descended on the two kings) is what they useto try to separate couples. However, as clear from the verse, both of the things they learned cannot benefit the people who learned it. So what otherverses in the Quran can help us understand the definition of magic?He said: "Throw." So when they threw, they bewitched/tricked the people's eyes/sights and they terrified them, and they came with great magic. [7:116]If The God refers to the magic in 7:116 as "great" then it must really have been extraordinary by any standard. However, according to 7:116 even such"great" magic is nothing but tricking the people's eyes, in other words it is not real.Verse 20:66 confirms that unlike technology, magic is not real, it is only an illusion of the eyes:He said: "Rather you throw." So then their ropes and their sticks gave him the illusion, because of their magic, that they are moving [20:66]Even the rejecters know deep inside that magic is only trickery and is not real, thus they reject The God's message because they think it is only a trick:They would have said: "But our eyes/sights got confused, but we are a bewitched nation. [15:15]Their hearts/minds are being distracted and they secretly conspire, those who caused injustice/oppression (say): 'Is that except a human similar to you?Do you get the magic while you are seeing?' [21:3]So when Moses came to them with Our clear evidences/signs, they said: 'What is that except fabricated magic, and We did not hear about that in ourprimitive forefathers.' [28:36]Thus The God refutes the rejecters on judgment day by telling them that what they are seeing is real not magic:So is that magic? Or you do not see? [52:15]Technology succeeds in changing people's lives and making it better. On the other hand, because magic is only a visual illusion that tricks the eye, itdoesn't succeed in changing anything in reality. Hence, even children know that a circus magician doesn't really make a handkerchief disappear out of thisuniverse.Moses Said: "Do you say to the truth when it came to you, 'is that magic?'" while the magicians do not succeed. [10:77]'And throw what is in your right hand, it snatches quickly what they made, truly they made a magician's plot, and the magician does not succeed when hegets.' [20:69]Of course, some aspects of technology make use of "eye trickery" like magic. For example, interlaced TV relies on eye trickery to deceive us into thinkingthat the picture is continuous. Similarly, shuttered glasses in Virtual Reality environments deceive us into thinking that we are seeing a 3D object.However, even in those cases, the technology itself (the TV and the shuttered glasses) is real not magic.As a result of Bukhari and other Hadith superstitions, many Sunnis believe that magical miracles can be performed through saintly people ("awliyaa").They use the Quran for superstitious rituals and recite some verses or chapters a certain number of times thinking that it wards off magic or that it helpsthem get what they want. Absurd ceremonies such as exorcism and "ruqyah" are bought to cure illnesses or ward off evil (For example, see The Book of Bukhari, Volume 7, #633).