Those in the Fire will say to the custodians of hell:"Call on your Lord to make the punishment less for us for just one day." (Qur'an,40:49)
Harut And Marut
They follow what the demons recited during Solomon's reign. Solomon believed, but the demons did not, teaching people sorcery and what had been sent down to Harut and Marut, the two angels in Babylon...(Qur'an, 2:102)
Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Tower of Babel, sixteenth century, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna
...Harut and Marut, the two angels in Babylon, who taught no one without first saying to him: "We are merely a trial and temptation, so do not abandon belief." People learned from them how to separate a man and his wife. But they cannot harm anyone by it, except with God's permission. They have learned what will harm them and will not benefit them. They know that any who deal in it will have no share in the Hereafter. What an evil thing they have sold themselves for. If they only knew! (Qur'an, 2:102)
In order to deceive human beings, demons taught them the magic that they learned from Harut and Marut. However, Harut and Marut told their potential students that they were a test from God and warned them against abandoning belief. Only after this warning did they teach the people. For this reason, people must realize that magic is better off avoided.
A view of the ziggurat from the Hanging Gardens of Babylon
There is no room in the Qur'an for such superstitious beliefs, for:
Say: "I seek refuge with the Lord of Daybreak, from the evil of what He has created, from the evil of the darkness when it gathers, and from the evil of women who blow on knots…" (Qur'an, 113:1-4)
The same matter is spoken of in the verses mentioning Harut and Marut. Neither magic nor women who blow on knots have any power or efficacy, for only God, Lord of the Worlds, has true power. All believers rely on God and trust only in Him, hope for assistance from Him, tell Him all of their needs and anxieties, and take Him as their friend and guardian.
The Hour will come when people will believe in the stars and reject Qadar [the Divine Decree of destiny]. (Ahmad Diya' ad-Din al-Kamushkhanawi an-Naqshbandi, Ramuz al-Ahadith, vol. 1, p. 1540.)
Juan de Valdes Leal, Allegory of Death, the Hospital de la Santa Caridad, 1670-1672, Seville Juan de Valdes Leal, Finis Gloriae Mundi, the Hospital de la Santa Caridad, 1670-72, Seville
Those in the Fire will say tto tthe custtodiians off Hell: "Call on your Lord to make the punishment less for us for just one day.." (Qur'an, 40:49)
The evildoers will remain timelesly, for ever, in the punishment of Hell.. (Qur'an, 43:74)