Q: There is a man in our area who lives alone and claims that he has Jinn (creatures created from fire) living in his house, and according to him, he cannot turn the lights on during the night, and most nights he closes his eyes. A few people who claim that they can deal with Jinn have visited his house and said that indeed Jinn live there and eat with him. He also claims that there is a female Jinni accompanies him. Is it true that the Jinn can control humans in that way? And, in our Shari`ah (Islamic law) is there a way to exorcise Jinn from this house? Please advise us, may Allah reward you with the best!
A: Yes, this may happen to some people. The Jinn may accompany a person and may lead him astray. They may convince the person with things that harm humans, and give them some foreseen information which they overhear or find out by traveling from one place to another. For example, they may tell a person that the prince of a country has passed away, or that someone has died in a certain country. The Jinn inform each other and are very quick in moving from one place to another. They can overhear things from the angels in the heavens and then inform their human companions. So, it is possible that humans have companions from the Jinn. A companion of Jinn is called a soothsayer and this has been happening for a long time. Every human has a devil and an angel as a companion.
It is possible that the man’s devil companion invites Jinn and they assist each other in carrying out their evil doings with this man or this woman. Thus, befriending Jinn and taking them as helpers or protectors, and using them to assist in harming or benefiting humans may happen and is possible. However, it is Haram (prohibited) for Muslims to befriend jinn, or use their services in soothsaying and witchcraft to harm humans. Rather, humans should beware of them, and Muslims are required to fight them in order to eliminate their evil doings. Also, rulers should send someone to ask the practitioners of witchcraft to repent and return to the truth and the right path, otherwise they will be tormented, beaten and jailed, until they abandon this mischief.
If the practitioners of witchcraft invoke or seek help from the Jinn, then they are to be warned that this is major Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship that takes the Muslim out of Islam); and their punishment is death. However, if the ruler finds out that they claim to know Al-Ghayb (the Unseen) through the jinn and that such and such will happen, then they should be asked to repent, so either they repent or they are subject to capital punishment for being Kafirs (disbelievers). This is because claiming to know the Unseen is disbelief. Allah (Exalted be He) says: Say: “None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghaib (Unseen) except Allâh, nor can they perceive when they shall be resurrected.” And: And to Allâh belongs the Ghaib (Unseen) of the heavens and the earth Allah (Exalted be He) told His Prophet (peace be upon him):
Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): “I possess no power over benefit or harm to myself except as Allâh wills. If I had the knowledge of the Ghaib (Unseen), I should have secured for myself an abundance of wealth, and no evil should have touched me. I am but a warner, and a bringer of glad tidings unto people who believe.” So, if Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who is the best of creation, and the pre-eminent amongst the descendants of Adam does not know the Unseen, then why should anyone else have priority?
It is Wajib (obligatory) to end this ordeal. As for the person whom you mentioned in your question who lives alone, claims that he has a female jinni companion, turns off the light of his house at night and closes his eyes, this is all part of disillusioning people and taking their money wrongfully as he tells them to do such and such a thing, and this and that will happen. Rulers who have a minimum adherence to Shari`ah should not leave this improper matter to continue as it is obligatory on any Muslim ruler to give a helping hand to these people to get rid of their sorcery and charlatanry.
Thus, if this person repents and returns to Allah (Exalted be He) and the truth, Jinn will be driven away from him, because they only affect every sinful liar and those who befriend them. So, if he repents and returns to Allah (Exalted be He) and truthfully seeks refuge in Him from their evil, Allah (Exalted be He) will protect him from them.
Some of the ways to prevent this is reciting Qur’an a lot, seeking refuge in the Perfect Words of Allah when one enters their house, and saying: “Bismillahi alladhi la yadurru ma`a ismihi shai’un fil-ardi wa-la fil-sama’i wa huwa al-Sami`u al-‘Alim (In the Name of Allah, with Whose Name nothing on the earth or in the heaven can cause harm, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing)”
three times every morning and evening. By doing so, nothing can harm a person. A person should also say: “A‘udhu bi kalimatillah al-tammat min sharri ma khalaq (I seek refuge in the Perfect Words of Allah from the evil of what He has created),” these are all ways of preventing and being safe from the evil of the devils, both jinn and human. It is not permitted that this person or similar people to admit to this falsehood and this charlatanry, sorcery and Munkar (that which is unacceptable or disapproved of by Shari`ah and Muslims of sound intellect) with which they lead people astray, and which does not affect anyone except those who are ignorant. May Allah grant us His Help!
Source : Fatwas of Nur `Ala Al-Darb – alifta.net
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