Restraining yawning – The Permanent Committee

Q 3: I heard a man saying that when he yawns, he covers his mouth so that Satan may not enter inside him. He attributed this to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and claimed that it was mentioned in the Sahih (authentic) Book of Muslim. Is this true? 

A: It is Mustahab (desirable) for those who yawn to restrain it as much as possible and cover their mouths. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,

When one of you yawns, you should try to restrain it with the help of your hand, since it is Satan that enters therein. Narrated by Muslim.

In another narration, You should cover your mouth with your hand and not yawn in a loud voice, as Satan will laugh at you if you do so.  

May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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[Video] Jinn and Shaytan as mentioned in the Noble Qur’an

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Iblis has a devil named Qubqub, so beware of him O’ youth!

Qatadah said: ‘One of Iblis’s devils is called Qubqub. Iblis has ordered him to rest for forty years.’ Whenever a youth enters this path (of righteousness), Iblis tells Qubqub: ‘There he is, I have been preparing you for this type of youth. Deceive and seduce him.’

lbn Al-Jawzi in Dhamm ai-Hawti, 145.

Posted from the excellent Book – The Devil’s Deceptions (Talbis Iblis): By Imam Abu’l Faraj Ibn Al Jawzi. You are encouraged to buy this very beneficial Book – around 600 pages.

While [Prophet] Musa (‘alaihis-salaam) was in a gathering Iblis came wearing a hooded cape

‘Abdu’l-Rahiman Ibn Ziyad Ibn An’um said:

‘While [Prophet] Musa (‘alaihis-salaam) was in a gathering Iblis came wearing a hooded cape that changed in colors. When the devil came nearer he took off the cape and set it down and came to Musa saying: ‘Peace be upon you. Musa replied: ‘Who are you?’ He said: ‘I am Iblis. ‘ Musa responded: ‘No greetings from Allah to you, what brought you here?’ The devil said: ‘I came to greet you because of your high godly status.’ Musa said: ‘What have I seen you wearing?’ Iblis replied: ‘I use it (the cape) to capture the hearts of the sons of Adam.’

Musa asked: ‘What is it that if a human does will enable you to take him over?’

He replied: ‘If he becomes fond of himself, and considered his (good) deeds plentiful .’ I warn you from three things:

  • First, never be alone with a woman that is not lawful to you. Because whenever someone does so, I personally accompany him and use her to seduce him.
  • Second, never promise Allah something except that you fulfill your promise. Whenever someone promises Allah something I personally accompany him to prevent him from fulfilling his promise.
  • And never take an amount of money to give charity except that you make sure you give it to that charity. Whenever someone takes an amount of money to give to charity, I personally accompany him to persuade him not to give it.

Then Iblis walked away saying: ‘Woe to me, thrice, I have taught [Prophet] Musa from what to warn the sons of Adam.’

[Ibn AbI al-Dunya in Maka’d al-Shaytaan, 1 1 /47]

Posted from the Book – The Devil’s Deceptions (Talbis Iblis): By Imam Abu’l Faraj Ibn Al Jawzi, Dar as-sunnah Publishers. Page 75

The Devil’s Deceptions (Talbis Iblis): By Imam Abu’l Faraj Ibn Al Jawzi

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Paperback 592 Pages – ISBN : 9780904336051
Publisher : Dar as-Sunnah

Deception (talbis) is to present falsehood in the image of the truth. And misleading (ghuroor) is a form of ignorance that causes you to believe falsehood to be the truth, and bad to be good. It is caused by the presence of doubtful matters. lblis influences people as much as possible. His influence depends on how alert, negligent, ignorant and knowledgeable they are.

About The Book

It is from enmity and hopelessness of the devil that his endeavour to misguide mankind from the Path of Allah will persist. This misguidance takes many shades and forms; be it from planting seeds of doubt, or giving rise to deviant ideas antithetical to the sacred teachings of Islam, and essentially becoming entangled within regressive intellectual and rhetorical discourses. The Ummah has suffered varying levels of deviation, some of which remain prevalent today, while more continue to be uncovered – and such is the impact of delusive plottings of the devil and his allies.

This book is the sixth instalment from Dar as-Sunnah of the illustrious Imam, Abu’l-Faraj Ibn Jawzi. Being a complete translation of his well-known and prized work, Ibn Jawzi enumerates within it, many of the mechanisms and modus operandi used by the devil in deceiving and leading mankind away from the Straight Path. It is of particular value and importance because only by unearthing and accentuating some of the traps of the devil, can mankind avoid them as well as navigate others away from falling prey to his harm.

Speaking about the devil and his plotting, the author wrote that, “he was only able to do so while creeping during the night of ignorance. Had the dawn of knowledge shone on him, he would have been exposed. Thus I decided to warn from his plots for identifying evil is a form of warning from it.”

This translation of Tablees Iblees will provide important analysis in developing self-awareness and critical thinking to ward off many deceptions of the devil, which have plagued mankind from the time of Adam. For such reasons alone, this work is a valuable addition to the scholarly discourse it presents to the English speaking world.

About the Author:

‘Abu’l-Faraj Jamal al-Din Abdul Rahman ibn Ali Ibn Muhammad ibn Ali Ibn Ubayd Allah Ibn al-Jawzi al-Qurashi al Tamimi al Bakri al-Baghdadi al-Hanbali (509/510-597) was the Imam of the Hanbalis and foremost orator of kings and commoners in his time, whose gatherings reportedly reached one hundred thousand.

A hadith master, philologist, commentator of Qur’an, expert jurist, physician, and historian of superb character and exquisite manners.
Ibn al-Jawzi was a prolific author of over seven hundred books.

He was the author of a vast number of works of which several have been printed in recent times. He was famous as a preacher and the traveller Ibn Jubair gives an enthusiastic account of two of his sermons heard in Baghdad.

He was born in 509/510 AH in the city of Baghdad and grew up studying under the leading scholars of the time, He also was noted for his scholarship in the fields of history, linguistics, tafseer and fiqh. In fact, he became the leading scholar of the Hanbali Madhab of his time and played an important role in reviving and spreading it, especially after the become a favorite of the Abassid Caliph, al Mustadi

Ibn al-Jawzi was severely tried towards the end of his life when his criticism of Shaykh `Abd al-Qadir al-Gilani – his senior of forty years – led to accusations made against him to the Sultan al-Nasir by the Shaykh’s children and supporters. He was taken from Baghdad to the city of Wasit where he remained imprisoned for five years.

Ibn al-Jawzi passed away in 597 AH, two years after his release from Imprisonment.

Is Iblis an Angel ? – Permanent Committee

The origin of Iblis and his fate on the Day of Judgment

Q 3: Is Iblis (Satan) a jinn or a fallen angel? If he is a jinn, what is the point of the exception made in the Qur’anic Ayah (verse) which reads: So the angels prostrated themselves, all of them: …except Iblîs (Satan)

A: It is well-known that angels belong to a category of beings whom Allah (Exalted be He) has created from light. They never disobey the commands they receive from Allah. However, Allah (Exalted be He) mentions Iblis in the Qur’an that he was from the jinn. Allah (Exalted be He) says: And (remember) when We said to the angels: “Prostrate yourselves unto Adam.” So they prostrated themselves except Iblîs (Satan). He was one of the jinn; he disobeyed the Command of his Lord.” Justifying his refusal to prostrate himself to Adam, according to the Qur’anic text, Iblis addresses Allah (Exalted be He) saying: “You created me from fire, and him You created from clay”.

As for excepting Iblis from the general class of angels in the Ayah which reads: “So the angels prostrated themselves, all of them: …except Iblîs (Satan)” the Arabic word illa (i.e. Except), which ordinarily means except and is used as indicating Istithna’( exception ), is sometimes used to indicate Istithna’ Munqati` (an exception where the thing excluded is not of the same type as the thing that was mentioned before the word illa).

It is grammatically correct in Arabic to say:” ja’ al-qawmu illa himaran”, the meaning of which is that “all the people came except a donkey”; the people and the donkey belonging to two different classes. It is exactly in this sense that the word illa (except) is used here; the angels and Iblis belonged to two different classes.

However, some scholars are of the view that Iblis originally belonged to the category of angels, but incurred the eternal curse of Allah (Exalted be He) when he disobeyed His command and persisted in rebellion.

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# The dominance of Jinn over Humans – The Permanent Committee

Q 2: Does the following Hadith bear evidence on the dominance of Jinn (creatures created from fire) over Humans? Abu Al-Sa’ib narrated: 

We visited Abu Sa`id Al-Khudry in his house and while we were waiting for him (to finish his Prayer) we heard something under his bed. We looked towards the sound and found a snake. I jumped up to kill it, but he (Abu Sa`id Al-Khudry) gestured that I should sit down. I sat down and when he finished (the Prayer) he pointed to a room in the house and said: Do you see this room? I said: Yes. He said: There was a young man amongst us who was newly wed. We went with Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) to take part in the Battle of the Trench, this young man used to ask for Allah’s Messenger’s (peace be upon him) permission to return to his family everyday at midday. One day, he sought permission from him and Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) (after granting him the permission) said to him: Carry your weapons with you for I fear the tribe of Qurayzhah (may harm you). The man took his weapons and came back to find his wife standing between the two doors. He was hit by jealousy and made a dash towards her with a spear in order to stab her. She said: Keep your spear away and enter the house until you see that which has made me come out. He entered and found a big snake coiled on the bed. He darted with the spear and pierced it and then went out, but the snake quivered and attacked him and no one knew which of them died first, the snake or the young man . . . “

 (Related by Muslim in his Sahih (authentic) Book of Hadith ‘Refer to Mishkah Al-Masabih,chapter on [The lawful and the prohibited to eat]’)

A: Firstly: The Hadith is Sahih (a Hadith that has been transmitted by people known for their uprightness and exactitude; free from eccentricity and blemish) in terms of its Sanad (chain of narrators) and Matn (text).

Secondly: Adam was created from clay in human form, then his offspring propagated. Jinn were created from fire then became living beings and were divided into males and females. The Prophet (peace be upon him) was sent to both humans and Jinn, some of them believed and some disbelieved. Humans can harm Jinn with or without knowledge and Jinn can harm humans, knock them down, or kill them just as a human may harm another human. A Jinny (a creature created from fire) may harm another Jinny. Indeed, whoever denies the power of Jinn while unaware of their condition follows that of which they have no knowledge and contradicts the guidance of the Qur’an concerning their power.

Allah (Exalted be He) says: He created man (Adam) from sounding clay like the clay of pottery. And the jinn: He created from a smokeless flame of fire. He also says: And indeed We created man (Adam) out of an extract of clay (water and earth). Allah addresses them in the same manner He addresses humans in His saying: Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinn and men) deny? And His saying: O assembly of jinn and men! If you have power to pass beyond the zones of the heavens and the earth, then pass beyond (them)! But you will never be able to pass them, except with authority (from Allâh)! Allah subjugated Jinn with their different forms to His ProphetSulayman (Solomon, peace be upon him). Allah (Exalted be He) says: So, We subjected to him the wind; it blew gently by his order whithersoever he willed, And also the Shayâtîn (devils) from the jinn (including) every kind of builder and diver, And also others bound in fetters. , He (Exalted be He) says: …and there were jinn that worked in front of him, by the Leave of his Lord. And whosoever of them turned aside from Our Command, We shall cause him to taste of the torment of the blazing Fire. He also says: And of the Shayâtîn (devils from the jinn) were some who dived for him, and did other work besides that Allah (Exalted be He) says: And (remember) when We sent towards you (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) a group (three to ten persons) of the jinn, (quietly) listening to the Qur’ân. When they stood in the presence thereof, they said: “Listen in silence!” And when it was finished, they returned to their people, as warners. They said: “O our people! Verily, we have heard a Book (this Qur’ân) sent down after Mûsâ (Moses), confirming what came before it: it guides to the truth and to the Straight Path (i.e. Islâm). O our people! Respond (with obedience) to Allâh’s Caller (i.e. Allâh’s Messenger Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), and believe in him (i.e. believe in that which Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم has brought from Allâh and follow him). He (Allâh) will forgive you of your sins, and will save you from a painful torment (i.e. Hell-fire) And whosoever does not respond to Allâh’s Caller, he cannot escape on earth, and there will be no Auliyâ’ (lords, helpers, supporters, protectors) for him besides Allâh (from Allâh’s punishment). Those are in manifest error. He also says: And on the Day when He will gather them (all) together (and say): “O you assembly of jinn! Many did you mislead of men,” and their Auliyâ’ (friends and helpers) amongst men will say: “Our Lord! We benefited one from the other, but now we have reached our appointed term which You did appoint for us.” He will say: “The Fire be your dwelling-place, you will dwell therein forever, except as Allâh may will. Certainly your Lord is All-Wise, All-Knowing.” And thus We do make the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers) Auliyâ’ (supporters and helpers) of one another (in committing crimes), because of that which they used to earn. Read also the Ayahs (Qur’anic verses) of Surah Al-Jinn for it tells you all about their form, actions, and the recompense of those who believed and those who disbelieved.

There is nothing strange about a Jinny hurting a human or inflicting harm on them just as a human may hurt a Jinny and inflict harm if the Jinny takes the form of an animal such as the one mentioned in the question and the Hadith related by Al-Bukharion the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: A strong demon of Jinn came to me yesterday suddenly, so as to spoil my Salah (Prayer), but Allah enabled me to overpower him, and so I caught him and intended to tie him to one of the pillars of the Masjid (mosque) so that all of you might see him, but I remembered the invocation of my brother Solomon: My Lord! Forgive me, and bestow upon me a kingdom such as shall not belong to any other after me so I let him go cursed. Generally, Jinn and humans are either Mu’mins (believers) or Kafirs (disbelievers), good or bad, beneficent or harmful but it is all by Allah’s Will as mentioned above.

Finally: The Jinn world and forms are screened from humans. It is an area where we know nothing except what is mentioned in the Qur’an or Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet). We should believe in the truth conveyed in the Qur’an and Sunnah with no doubt or denial. Similarly, we should refrain from interfering with what is unknown to us, for affirming or denying things that are unwarranted in the Qur’an or Sunnah is an act of ignorance which Allah (Exalted be He) forbids: And follow not (O man i.e., say not, or do not or witness not) that of which you have no knowledge. Verily! The hearing, and the sight, and the heart, of each of those one will be questioned (by Allâh).

May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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# An Insight into The Realm of Jinns and Magic – Shaykh ‘Abdul’Azeez al-Bura’ee [Audio|Ar-En]

# Can The Jinn Kidnap Humans – Hadith

At the time of ‘Umar, a man was kidnapped by the jinn and stayed with them for four years, then he came back and told the people that some mushrik jinn had kidnapped him, and he stayed with them as a prisoner, then some Muslim jinn launched a campaign against them and defeated them, and brought him back to his family.

This was mentioned in Manaar al-Sabeel and elsewhere.

Manaar al-Sabeel, 2/88. The story of the kidnapped man was reported by al-Bayhaqi (7/445-446) and its Isnaad was classed as Sahih by al-Albaani in al-Irwaa’, 6/150, no.1709

# Fingernail and Hair Clippings Are Not The Food of The Jinn by Shaykh ‘Uthmaan As-Saalimee (mp3/arabic-english)

Devil entering via a Person Yawning – Sahih Muslim

The son of Abu Said al-Khudri reported on the authority of his father that Allaah’s Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

When one of you yawns, he should keep his mouth shut with the help of his hand, for it is the devil that enters therein.

Sahih Muslim : Book 42 :The Book of Abstinence and Heart-Melting  Narrations), Chapter 09:Sneezing and the Disapproval of Yawning – Hadith 7130. Darussalam Publications.

 

# Whispers of satan: Twelve benecifial gems on obsessive thoughts in regards to the intention and Taharah

Here are some Fawa’id about the obsessive thoughts that some brothers/sisters might get when trying to perform acts of worship. I hope they make things easier for you in Shâ’ Allâh.

1.The intention:

Ibn-ul-Qayyim: The one who sits down in order to make ablution, has intended the ablution (!!!). The one who arises in order to pray, has intended the prayer. The sensible one hardly performs an act of worship but that he has already intended it. The fact is that if Allah had obliged us an act without intention, then it would have been impossible. (al-Islah, p. 67)

Ibn-ul-Qayyim: To doubt the intention of one’s action is a type of madness. (Ibid, p.67)

2. The verbal intention.

Ibn-ul-Qayyim: The devil has made the verbal intention into a battlefield for those with whispters (wiswas). He imprisons them by it and punishes them with it. You see how they strive in order to utter it correctly – and it has nothing to do with the prayer. (Ibid, p.67)

3. Where do they come from?

Ibn-ul-Qayyim: al-Ghazali said that whispers (waswasah) either spring from ignorance about the religion or also from a madness and both belong to the greatest deficiencies (Ibid, p.69)

4. Free time and work:

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen: Free time is deadly. The one who is not busied by knowledge or work gets these obsessive thoughts. (al-Liqa ash-Shahri 45)

5. Perhaps a drop of urine exited?

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen: There are those who, after having urinated, feel something down there and (they) drop the pants in order to look. Do not do that. Ignore it. (al-Liqa ash-Shahri 46)

(Shaykh al-Fawzân also said in one of his tapes that this (these obsessive thoughts regarding drops etc) should be ignored)

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen: After urinating and that the last drop has went out, one should just wash the glans and nothing more. (al-Liqa ash-Shahri 46)

6. Shaking it and pressing from…

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen: There are people who, after having urinated, press their penises from the anal to the glans and some shake them. This is an INNOVATION. (al-Liqa ash-Shahri 46)

7. Two doubt their Wudhu

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen: Two kinds of persons always doubt their ablution: the one with obsessive thouhts and the one with constant gases. The person with the obsessive thoughts should wean himself from it and ignore them and the person with the gases goes with that which is convincing until he hears or feels something. (al-Liqa ash-Shahri 61)

8. Jumping into a river for Ghusl and then doubting it?!

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen: Obsessive thoughts (Wiswas) are dangerous. A man came to a Shaykh1 and said: I bath in the flood Tigris after orgasm. I then pray and persuade myself to [think that] I am not clean. The Shaykh then said: Do not pray. The prophet said that the mad one is not responsible for his deeds until he becomes normal and you are mad. (al-Liqa ash-Shahri 23)

1. (The shaykh mentions in his FHM tape 5 that the shaykh was Ibn ‘aqil al-Hanbali)

9. To BREAK the wudhu in order to be sure of one’s next wudhu?

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen: An example of these obsessive thoughts is to doubt whether one is clean or not and in order to be sure, one BREAKS THE ABLUTION. (al-Liqa ash-Shahri 23)

Please note: Some people who know that they are clean, but to be “sure”, they break the wudhu by touching the penis or farting etc, look at this stupidness, they BREAK THE WUDHU to be sure? And then they remake the wudhu not realising that they were already convinced of the former wudhu, they would otherwise not BREAK IT, you can’t break something that is not there.

10. What do they lead to?

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen: Obsessive thoughts lead to madness. (FHM 5)

11. The preseminal fluid issue

Ibn ‘Uthaymeen: There are people who imagine that they they got preseminal fluid as soon as they think. These are the whispers of the devil and should be ignored. (Sharh-ul-Bulugh 1/421)

12. Why do jews not get whispers when they pray?

Ibn-ul-Qayyim: Ibn ‘Abbas was asked why the jews not get whispers when they pray. He said: What should the devil do with a ruined heart? (al-Wabil, p.52)

Just a quick note: I will in Shâ’ Allâh gather some Fawâ’id in regards to other kinds of Wiswas (such as ‘Aqîdah, belief etc). These were more leaning towards Taharah and the intention. Bârak Allâhu fîkum. aFatwa.com

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# A Deserted Sunnah: Saying , ” Bismillah” when you Trip – Hadith

عَنْ أَبِى الْمَلِيحِ عَنْ رَجُلٍ قَالَ كُنْتُ رَدِيفَ النَّبِىِّ -صلى الله عليه وسلم- فَعَثَرَتْ دَابَّتُهُ فَقُلْتُ تَعِسَ الشَّيْطَانُ . فَقَالَ « لاَ تَقُلْ تَعِسَ الشَّيْطَانُ فَإِنَّكَ إِذَا قُلْتَ ذَلِكَ تَعَاظَمَ حَتَّى يَكُونَ مِثْلَ الْبَيْتِ وَيَقُولَ بِقُوَّتِى وَلَكِنْ قُلْ بِسْمِ اللَّهِ فَإِنَّكَ إِذَا قُلْتَ ذَلِكَ تَصَاغَرَ حَتَّى يَكُونَ مِثْلَ الذُّبَابِ ».

Abu Al-Malih narrated that a man said: “I was riding behind the Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa salim) and his mount stumbled. I said: “May the Shaytan perish! The Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa salim) said: “ Do not say” May the Shaytan perish,” because when you say that he swells up so much that he becomes like a house and says,” By my power.” Rather say say: Bismillah (In the name of Allah), “for if you say that the Shaytan shrinks until he becomes like a fly.”

Collected by Abu Dawud (4982 ) and Ahmed (5/59)  graded Sahih by Shaykh Abdul Muhsin Al-Abbadd (may Allah preserve him

 

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# The Jinn That Was Scared of Shaykh ibn Baaz

The Jinn Flee

Shaykh Badar ibn Naadhir al-Mashaaree narrates(19):

‘One of the (ruqyah) reciters narrates: “That day, I read upon a man who was possessed by a jinn and I spoke to the jinn and said to him; ‘Leave this man, otherwise I will take you to Shaykh Ibn Baaz.’ The jinn cried out, saying: ‘No! By Allaah, if we see Shaykh Ibn Baaz coming along a path, we (change and) go the other way!””

Footnotes:
19) Mawaaqif Mudhee’ah fee Hayaat al-Imaam ‘Abdul ‘Azeez Ibn Baaz – Page 79.

* Transcribed from: Jewels of Guidance || …Gems from the lives of the three imaams, Ibn Baaz, al-Albaanee, Ibn ‘Uthaymeen – may Allaah have mercy upon them all

# “Beware of enabling Shaytaan to establish himself …” – Ibn al-Qayyim Al-Jazwiyyah

Ibn al-Qayyim Al-Jazwiyyah `rahimahullah says:

“Beware of enabling Shaytaan to establish himself in the very home of your thoughts and intentions, as he will corrupt them in such a manner that will make difficult its correction thereafter. He will cast all sort of whisperings and harmful thoughts at you and he will prevent you from thinking about what may benefit you and it is you who have aided him against yourself by empowering him over your heart and thoughts and he then placed you in the possession of such thoughts.”

Al-Fawaa’id of Ibn Al-Qayyim Al-Jazwiyyah,page. 309

# Dua to ward off the deception of the Obstinate Shaytaans – Hadith

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم Protecting Himself from the Shayaateen

Ja’far bin Sulaymaan ad-Duba’ee narrated:  Aboo at-Tayyaaj narrated to us, he said:  “I said to ‘Abdur-Rahmaan bin Khanbash at-Tameemee – and he was an old man – ‘did you reach the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم (during his lifetime)?’  He said, ‘Yes.’ He said: ‘So I said:  How did the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم act on the night the shayaateen plotted against him?’  So he said: ‘Indeed the shayaateen descended that night upon the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم from the valleys and mountain paths, and amongst them was a shaytaan, in his hand was a flame of fire, wanting to burn the face of Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم with it.  So Jibreel – عليه السلام – descended to him and said:  ‘O Muhammad! Say:dua-to-ward-off-obstinate-shaytaan

‘A’oodhu bikalimaatil-laahit-taammaatil-latee laa yujaawizuhunna barrun wa laa faajirun
min sharri maa khalaqa,wa bara’a wa dhara’a,
wa min sharri maa yanzilu minas-samaa’i,
wa min sharri maa ya’ruju feehaa,
wa min sharri maa dhara’a fil-ardhi,
wa min sharri maa yakhruju minhaa,
wa min sharri fitanil-layli wannahaari,
wa min sharri kulli taariqin ‘illaa taariqan yatruqu bikhayrin yaa Rahmaan

Listen :

(( I seek refuge by the complete, perfect words of Allaah, which no righteous one nor wicked one can exceed, from the evil of what He has created, and from the evil of what descends from the heavens, and from the evil of what ascends to them, and from the evil of what is sown in the earth and is created, and from the evil of what comes out from it, and from the evil of the fitan of the night and the day, and from the evil of everyone who comes knocking, except for the one who comes knocking with khayr, O Rahmaan! ))

So it (this du’aa) extinguished their fire, and Allaah تبارك و تعالى defeated them.” [2]

Footnotes:

[2]  Traced to as-Suyootee in al-Jaami’ al-Kabeer (1/11/2) to Ahmad, and at-Tabaraanee in al-Kabeer, and Ibnus-Sunnee in ‘Amalul-Yawmi wal-Laylah from ‘Abdur-Rahmaan bin Khanbash, and from Ahmad (3/319), and Ibnus-Sunnee (631) from Ja’far bin Sulaymaan ad-Duba’ee from Aboo at-Tayyaaj.  Al-Albaanee said: “And the isnaad is saheeh, its men up to Ibn Khanbash are on the condition of Muslim…”  See As-Saheehah (#840).

Source : Protecting oneself from shaytaan and from harm through the Words of Remembrance found in the Authentic Sunnah – (Part I)http://salafiyyah-kuwait.blogspot.com

Notes from AbdurRahman Meda:

  •  English transliteration of this dua is added by me taking it from hisn al muslim ,published by dar-us-salam
  •  Footnotes given in the Hisn al Muslim : [2]  Ahmad 3/419, with an authentic chain of narration, and Ibn As-Sunni (n0. 637). Al-Arna’ut, graded its chain authentic in his checking of Al-‘Aqeedah At-Tahaawiyyah p.133. See laso Majma’uz-Zawaa’id, 10/127.

# Knocking on Wood for Protection from The Evil Eye – Ibn-Baz

Question:

This question is from Abu-Umar, from Damascus: Sometimes, as soon as I mention a blessing Allah has bestowed on a relative or a friend, some people knock on wood. They do that as an expression of fear of the evil eye. In some instances, they demand of one to knock on wood by saying: “Knock on wood”. What is the validity of such behaviour? Please advise us. May Allah reward you.

Answer by Shaykh Ibn Baz:

This is reprehensible behaviour, which must not be done, and the underlying belief is corrupt. Instead, when a person gains a blessing, he has to thank Allah for it, and to beg Him to perfect that blessing and make him grateful. Allah says,

 <<And when your Lord proclaimed: If ye give thanks, I will give you more; but if ye are thankless, lo! My punishment is dire>>. [Ibraheem Sura, Ayah No. 70]

He also says,

<<Therefore remember Me, I will remember you. Give thanks to Me, and reject not Me>>. [Al-Baqara Sura, Ayah No. 152]

May Allah grant success to all of us.

Source : Ibn-Baz’s Collection of Fatwas and Articles, Vol. 8, p. 424

# A man claiming that angels help him in treating people – Permanent Committee

All praise be to Allah Alone and peace and blessings be upon the Last Prophet, Muhammad, his family and Companions. To commence:

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’ has perused the letter submitted to his Honor, the General Mufti by the questioner through Sa`d Al-Husayn. The letter was referred to the Committee by the Secretariat-General for the Council of Senior Scholars under the number 16 on 3/1/1421 A.H. The text of the question is as follows:

A man in Breen, governorate of Al-Zarqa’, named Muhammad Idris Al-Hawamdah, claims that he treats people through reading the Qur’an on water after diagnosing the disease. According to him, an angel standing above his eyes enables him to see the disease. We tried in vain to convince him that angels do not come down to any person after the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) with revelation. He insists on his claim adding that this is a Karamah (an extraordinary event performed by a pious person) given to him by Allah. He confirms that he has no connection with the Jinn (creatures created from fire), Muslims or non-Muslims, at all; rather, he deals only with the angels. What is the ruling on the person who claims so? He tempted many citizens of the Gulf States generally and Saudi people in particular. May Allah reward you.

After the Committee examined the question, it gave the following answer:

The angels (peace be upon them) do not do anything except by the command of Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He), and it is beyond the capacity of man to control them however he wants. The claim that man deals with the angels or that they help him has no conclusive evidence.

The reality is that evil spirits that are jinn or devils may communicate with many people believing that they are angels. They are spirits that communicate with star worshippers and other idolaters. Thus, it is not permissible for a muslim to claim that he deals with the angels, nor is it permissible for Muslims to believe him. If a man is proved to seek the help of jinn or spirits in treating the patients, it will not be permissible to visit him for treatment.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) stated, Anyone who visits a diviner and asks him about anything, his prayers extending to forty nights will not be accepted. Related by Muslim in his Sahih (authentic) Book of Hadith. He (peace be upon him) also stated, If anyone resorts to a diviner or a soothsayer and believes in what he says, he will be a disbeliever in what was revealed to Muhammad. Related by Imam Ahmad and Ahl-ul-Sunan (authors of Hadith compilations classified by jurisprudential themes) through a good Sanad (chain of narrators). These  Hadith and others indicate that it is prohibited to consult or believe diviners and soothsayers who claim knowledge of the Ghayb (the Unseen) or seek the help of jinn, provided their behaviors confirm that.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’

Member     Member     Member     Chairman
Bakr Abu Zayd     Salih Al-Fawzan     `Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan     `Abdul-`Aziz Al Al-Shaykh

Source : alifta.net Fatwas of Permanent Committee>Group 2>Volume 1: `Aqidah>Tawhid-ul-Uluhiyyah

# Imam Ahmad ordered the jinn to leave and they responded

It is related that Imam Ahmad was sitting in his mosque. There came to him one of his companions from the caliph al-Mutawakil. The man said to Ahmad, “In the house of the commander of the Believers, there is a slave-girl who is possessed. He sent me to you for you to pray for her recovery.” Ahmad gave him a pair of wooden shoes and said, “Go to the house of the commander of the believers and sit at the head of the slave girl and say to the jinn, Ahmad has said to you, “Which do you prefer: leaving this slave-girl or being struck by these shoes seventy times?”

The man went with the shoes to the slave girl and he did as he was instructed. He heard from the tongue of the slave-girl, “Listening and obedience is for Ahmad. If he were to order us to leave Iraq, we would leave it. He obeys Allah and for whoever obeys Allah, everything is obedient to him.” It left the slave girl. She became better and afterwards she gave birth to children. Then Ahmad died and the jinn returned again to the slave girl. The commander called the same companion again to come. He came with the same shoes and said to the jinn, “Leave or else I will strike you with this shoe.” The jinn said, “I will not leave nor will I obey you but Ahmad ibn Hanbal obeyed Allah and we were ordered to obey him.”

Source : The World of the Jinn & Devils –  Umar S. al-Ashqar

# Satan whispers : “You are doing that ostentatiously, to be seen of men and for a good reputation.”

Purity and Ostentation

Question: 

Many times a person thinks about doing a good deed and then Satan comes to him and whispers to him, saying, “You are doing that ostentatiously, to be seen of men and for a good reputation.” Therefore, he makes us go away from the good deed. How can one remain free of such occurrences?

Response: 

One can remain free of such occurrences by seeking refuge in Allah from the accursed Satan, as well as by continually performing good deeds. He should not pay attention to such whisperings that make him stop doing good deeds. If he turns away from such whisperings and seeks refuge in Allah from the accursed Satan, such whisperings will stop by the permission of Allah.

Shaikh Ibn Uthaimin

Source : Fatwas regarding Women – Muhammed al-Musnad , Darussalam Publications

Leaving off Righteous Deeds Due To the Fear of Showing off