There is a Hadith in Mustadrak Al Hakim (Hadith 8074) reported on the authority of Sayyiduna Zayd ibn Arqam (radiyallahu ‘anhu) regarding magic that was done on Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).
Is it authentic?
Imam Hakim (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith authentic according to the standards of Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim. ‘Allamah Dhahabi (rahimahullah) states that Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim (rahimahumallah) have not reported Hadith from one of the narrators in this chain, but he is truthful (saduq). [i.e. His narrations will be deemed sound.]
(Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 4 pg. 360/361)
Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has also recorded this narration. ‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) states, “Tabarani has recorded this narration with a few chains, the narrators of one of these chains are reliable.”
(Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 5011, 5016. Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 6 pg. 281)
Imams Bukhari and Muslim (rahimahumallah) have recorded a similar narration on the authority of Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu ‘anha).
(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 3268, 5763, Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 2189)
The gist of the narration in question reported by Sayyiduna Zayd ibn Arqam (radiyallahu ‘anhu) is as follows:
A [Jewish] man used to visit Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). Once he tied a knot [a practice of the black magicians] and cast it in a well that belonged to an Ansari. Two angels came to visit Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), one sat at his head side and the other by his feet and began discussing Nabi’s (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) illness. One angel mentioned to the other that the same person who would visit Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) performed black magic on him and cast it into a well which was owned by an Ansari. The angel further said that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) should send someone to retrieve it from the well and untie the knot. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) did so. The person who performed the black magic would still visit Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) never rebuked him.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar