It could have been other illnesses or calamities instead of magic. All these are a variety of trials from Allah, to test who a suffering person turn to in times of need. Allah chooses for the person a means of trial that He knows the person is better able to deal with, for a given test.
This trial may well be a ‘blessing in disguise’ as sins are wiped off with patience in face of any trial and adversity. If it persists long, it is good in terms of the sins erased and good deeds earned with patience and obedience of Allah. But if the ailment ceases in short time, the person is grateful and able to continue with other means of seeking reward and forgiveness for sins without the suffering. Moreover, after recovery, the experience may leave the person with an unshakable iman, reliance and trust (tawakkul) in Allah.
A curse, according to Islamic understanding, is to be distanced from the mercy of Allah. But far from being a curse, this may become a blessed experience for a believer with an increase in temporal and eternal good in so many ways, as described above. Day after day, for as long as the ailment persists, the Muslim does not put his life on hold and, instead, perseveres patiently, earning reward all the while, doing other good deeds all the more, feeling reassured and confident of the promise of Allah in Quran for times of trials and adversities that, “Surely, the help of Allah is near.” [Quran Surah Baqarah 2:214]
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