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Salam. I hope you're all doing well inshallah. To begin with, I was going to ask about magic and jinn. Whether magic is simply the act of deception, and whether jinn can actually communicate and cross to our reality. Personally, I do not believe in magic the way it is portrayed in movies and such, nor do I believe in the ability to communicate with jinn. Anyhow, as I started to read more, specifically regarding quran 2:102, I came across (forgive me) some ridiculous sounding tafseer. I can accept all regarding the story of Harut and Marut, but not when it tells that the woman they desired was turned to Venus. It refers to Venus as a star too. It feels as though it was taken from the Roman mythology, stories told long before islam. Venus, the goddess of sex, fertility, beauty, prosperity and desire. [http://www.al-islam.org/hayat-al-qulub-vol-1-allamah-muhammad-baqir-al-majlisi/account-harut-and-marut]. I did notice, after reading that the two were hung by their feet, that the writer of this article must have used sources outside of islam too (2 peter 2:4; Jude 1:6). Perhaps this is why he deduced the woman became venus? Some sunni sources (presumably using at-tabari as point of reference?) claim Harut and Marut to be humans with angelic attributes. Others have stories consistent with that in al-islam [http://www.aulia-e-hind.com/HarutMarut.htm]. Are there any better (reliable) sources that explain their story a little better? Thank you. Jazakum Allah kheiran.
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