Abu Dhabi is taking a step back in following other Muslim countries criminalizing “sorcery.” We have seen countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia pursue witches and sorcerers under Sharia laws. Abu Dhabi currently treats sorcerers as a form of fraud but now wants heavier criminal penalty as a form of blasphemy.
Sorcery is a form of free speech, though it can amount to fraud in some cases. Thus, the 1983 law in Abu Dhabi comes closer to the mark in treating the matter as a matter of fraudulent conduct, though it is wrong to prohibit consenting adults to participate in such associations as a categorical matter. However, the Koran speaks of sorcerers and genies as unIslamic.
Hadeya Al Hammad, an Emirati lawyer in Abu Dhabi, insisted that while this should be viewed as a scam it is also a form of blasphemy under Sharia law and should warrant higher punishments.