“The Messenger of Allah صلى ألله عليه و سلم had a Jewish servant boy.
The Jews approached him and kept after him until he gave them some fallen hair from the Prophet صلى ألله عليه و سلم as well as a few teeth from his comb.
They used these to cast a spell of black magic on the Prophet صلى ألله عليه و سلم .
The person who was behind this was Labid ibn al-A’sam.
He then put the hair in a well belonging to Banu Zurayq called Dharwan.
The Messenger of Allah صلى ألله عليه و سلم fell ill for a period of six months during which the hair of his head started falling, he imagined that he had slept with his wives when he had not and he began withering away without knowing the reason.
As he was one day sleeping, he saw two angels coming to him. One of them sat by his head and the other by his feet.
The angel who sat by his head asked, “What is wrong with the man?” The second angel responded, “A spell of black magic has been cast on him.”
The first one asked, “And who is responsible for this sorcery?” The second angel answered, “It is Labid ibn al-A’sam, the Jew.”
The first angel asked again, “What did he use to cast black magic on him?” The second angel said, “He used a comb and fallen hair.”
The first angel asked: “Where is it now?” The second angel said, “It is inside the spadix of a palm tree beneath the stepping stone which is inside the well of Dharwan“, at which point the Messenger of Allah صلى ألله عليه و سلم woke up.
The Prophet صلى ألله عليه و سلم said, “O ‘A’ishah, do you not think that this is from Allah to inform me of the cause of my illness?”
He then sent ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib, al-Zubayr ibn al-’Awwam and ‘Ammar ibn Yasir who drained the water of that well as one would drain the dust of henna.
They lifted the stone and got the spadix out and found therein some of the hair of the Messenger of Allah صلى ألله عليه و سلم as well a few teeth from his comb.” – Ali bin Ahmad al-Wahidi, Asbab un-Nuzul
Halaqah Tafsir : An-Nas 1–6
Dar-us-Salaam – December 4th, 2011.
Length < 15 Minutes
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