Women are often the easiest victims according to statistics. Islam explicitly forbids ''learning, teaching and practicing magic'' as well as consulting magicians, fortune-tellers, wizards and the likes because they go against the will of Allah, the only one to decide on the destiny of each individual, the Gran Mufti for Islamic Affairs, Ali Ahmad Masha'al, explains in newspaper Gulf News.
Saudi Arabia carried out two death sentence for witchcraft in 2011: a man from Sudan and an Arab woman were beheaded in a period of a few months. The year before, a Lebanese sorcerer, well-known from television, was arrested when entering the oil state. He was brought to trial and sentenced to death. The sentence was not carried out in the end because of strong international pressure. Despite the arrests and the severe penalties, many people are still seduced by magic. In March Saudi Arabia counted more than 580 cases, causing the country to form a special police team to fight ''all sorcerers and charlatans'' in the Kingdom, investing half a million euros and launching a large-scale national campaign. (ANSAmed).