The incidence of witchcraft or black magic is looked at with abhorrence in Islam. Prophet Mohammed, peace be unto him, advised his followers against witchcraft by the way he reacted to evil eye. It is not only practice against Allah, it is also against a fellow human being who may be ignorant of witchcraft. In Islam, all actions which derive their power from anything apart from God is punishable.
Capital punishment given to a witch is a means of curbing evil. This is also a sign for other witches to see how they too will end. Though this is very good attention for such delicate action, the concept of witchcraft and its punishment is now used to eliminate enemies. Due to punishment meted out for witchcraft, enormous executions have been done in Saudi Arabia.
We know impacts of witchcraft, nevertheless, executions of defaulters have not limited its incidence. It should be a marker that punishing evil-doers with death does not in any way change others. Rather, punishment makes them hardened which does not help. Most Islamic scholars are influenced by host cultures that practice witchcraft which alone could make them rationalize the effects of such practice. That will result in deceiving others who might seek advice. Perhaps, it is opportunity of defeating evil forever, an opportunity to remove fear, to create love in Islam.