# The Ruling Concerning Putting a Knife On a Child in Order to Protect him from Jinn

The Ruling Concerning Putting a Knife On a Child in Order to Protect Him


I have seen some people placing a knife on their small children and saying, “This is so the jinn do not come to him.” Is this practice correct?


This is an objectionable act and there is no sound source for it. It is not allowed to do such a thing. What is legally sanctioned is to seek refuge from them by Allah’s complete words from every devil and poisonous pest, as has been confirmed from the Prophet (peace be upon him). He used to seek protection by those words for his grandsons al-Hasan and al-Husain Ibn Ali. It is also sanctioned to make dua for them by asking Allah to protect them from every evil. As for putting a knife or something similar, of iron, wood or other substances, with the belief that such will protect them from the jinn, it is an evil practice that is not allowed.

Similar is the ruling with respect to hanging an amulet over them, which is what is called al-tama’im. This is not allowed because the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,

“Whoever hangs an amulet, Allah will not complete[his affair] for him” [1]

In another narration, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,

“Whoever wears an amulet has committed shirk.” [2]

May Allah bestow understanding of the religion upon all Muslims, and steadfastness in the religion. We seek refuge for ourselves and them3 from everything that differs from His pure law.

Shaikh Ibn Baz


1. Recorded by Ahmad, Ibn Hibban and others. Salih al-Usaimi concludes that it is hasan. See Salih Ibn Abdullah al-Usaimi, al-Dural-Nadheed fi Takhreej Kitab al-Tauheed (Dar ibn Khuzaima, 1413 A.H.), p. 38.– JZ

2. Recorded by Ahmad and al-Hakim. Al-Usaimi also concludes that this hadith is hasan. See al-Usaimi, p. 39.– JZ

3. In English, the more proper manner is to invoke for others first and then for oneself. However, in Arabic, the opposite is considered the proper manner of speech.– JZ

Source : Islamic Fatawa Regarding Women
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# How is it that the angels taught magic when teaching magic is a form of disbelief? – Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan

Why Did the Angels Teach Magic?
Q/A With Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan [hafithahullaah]


How is it that the angels taught magic when teaching magic is a form of disbelief?


This was a trial and a test for the people to see who was going to believe and who was going to disbelieve. So Allaah ta3alaa sent these two angels to teach the people magic to test them and see who was going to believe and who was going to disbelieve. Accordingly, they did not teach any of the people, as Allaah, the Exalted has said:

“ Except that they said: ‘ Verily we are only a trial, so do not disbelieve”

{Soorah al-Baqaarah, 2:102}

So they would advise the student to abandon the learning of magic, while clarifying that it is disbelief. They were not just teaching people and remaining quiet (about the disbelief of magic), rather they were advising them that this was disbelief .So when someone came forth by his own choice he disbelieved.

Allaah had the two angels teaching people magic as a test for them, not that magic is acceptable or that it is permissible. It was only to distinguish those who were going to disbelieve from those who were going to believe and accept the advice.

Duroos fee Sharh Nawaaqidh al-Islaam (p.145)

From: Things that Nullify One’s Islaam
By: Shaykhul Islaam Muhammad ibn ‘Abdil-Wahhab [rahimahullaah]
Explained by the Noble Scholar: Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan [hafithahullaah] P. 91


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

# Satan talking to Imam Ahmed on his death bed

Abdullah bin Ahmed said:

“When death approached my father, I sat with him and in my hand was a scrap of cloth with which I wanted to tie his beard and he began to drift in and out of consciousness, then he opened his eyes and said, indicating with his hand: “No, not yet. No, not yet” And he repeated it three times. After the third repetition ,I said to him: Oh, my father! What is this thing which you have said at this time? You fall into unconsciousness so that we say that you have gone,then you return (to consciousness) and say: “No, not yet. No, not yet”

He said to me : Oh, my son! Do you not know?” I said: “No”.

He said :” Satan – May Allah’s curse be upon him – stood before me, he lowered himself on his knuckles and said to me:”Oh, Ahmad! You have eluded me.” But I replied: “No, not yet, not yet until I die.”


The biography of Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal by Salahuddin Ali Abdul Mawjood
Translated by :Sameh Strauch, Publisher: Darussalam

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# Shaytan cast doubts into heart regarding the sincerity of one’s Tawbah – Permanent Committee

Q 2: I frequently remember the sins I used to commit before I was guided, especially when I see the place where I used to commit the sin or the person with whom I committed it. This upsets me and makes me feel pain and regret. I wonder if my Tawbah (repentance to Allah) will erase my sins. I often remember my sins while I am performing Salah (Prayer).

A: Anyone who makes sincere Tawbah to Allah, Allah promises to accept their Tawbah. Even better still, Allah, out of His Graciousness and Generosity, turns the sins into good deeds.

Allah may (He be Exalted) says: Except those who repent and believe (in Islâmic Monotheism), and do righteous deeds; for those, Allâh will change their sins into good deeds, and Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surah Al-Furqan, 25:70)

Allah also (Exalted be He) says: And verily, I am indeed forgiving to him who repents, believes (in My Oneness, and associates none in worship with Me) and does righteous good deeds, and then remains constant in doing them, (till his death). (Surah Ta-Ha, 20:82)

Satan strives hard to seduce humans to make them fall into evil and sin. If the person escapes from the snares of Satan, and he see that they have turned to Allah,he starts to cast doubts into their heart regarding the sincerity of their Tawbah and magnify their sin in their eyes, making them think that Allah will not forgive such sins, because they are too many and too grave.

He makes them forget that Allah states Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship) to be the worst of all sins and the evilest of all misdeeds, and then He mentions the major sins, and promises to accept the Tawbah of anyone who turn to Him penitently and does righteous good deeds.

If Satan does not find response, he starts to remind people of their past sins and misdeeds to make them feel sad.

Allah (Exalted be He) says: Secret counsels (conspiracies) are only from Shaitân (Satan), in order that he may cause grief to the believers. But he cannot harm them in the least, except as Allâh permits. And in Allâh let the believers put their trust. (Surah Al-Mujadalah, 58:10)

Allah (may He be Exalted and Praised) orders His believing servants to seek His Refuge from Satan and describes him as “the retreating whisperer”, because he whispers to people and then retreats and flees once a Muslim seeks refuge with Allah and seeks His Help.

Allah (Exalted be He) says: Say: “I seek refuge with (Allâh) the Lord of mankind, “The King of mankind – “The Ilâh (God) of mankind, “From the evil of the whisperer (devil who whispers evil in the hearts of men) who withdraws (from his whispering in one’s heart after one remembers Allâh). “Who whispers in the breasts of mankind. “Of jinn and men.”

So, you have to seek Allah’s Refuge from Satan and perform a lot of Dhikr (remembrance of Allah) and Istighfar (seeking forgiveness from Allah).

According to an authentic Hadith, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “Anyone who says: ‘La ilaha illa Allahu wahdahu la sharika lahu lahul-mulku walahul-hamdu wa-huwa ‘alakulli shay’in qadir (There is no deity except Allah, Alone, with no partner or associate; His is the Sovereignty and His is the Praise, and He is over all things Omnipotent),’one hundred times every day, it will be equivalent for them to freeing ten slaves, and one hundred good deeds will be recorded for them, and one hundred bad deeds will be erased from them and it will be a protection for them against Satan on that day until evening comes. No one will come with anything better than it (on the Day of Resurrection), except for one who does more than this.”

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

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# Beaware of the living and gathering places of Jinn

The jinn live upon the same earth as humans do.

Most of them can be found among the ruins and dilapidated areas, as well as the places where there are many impure things, such as, bathrooms, hashish dens, garbage dumps, the places of the camels, cemeteries.

For that reason, as Ibn Taimiya said, those people who are close to Satan usually inhibit such areas. There are hadith that say that one should not pray in bathrooms due to the impurities present and because it is the abode of Satan, or in cemeteries as this leads to polytheism and it is also a home for the devils.

Many of them are in the places which may be sources of evil, such as the marketplaces.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) gave the following advice to one of his Companions,

“If you can, do not be the first one to enter the marketplace. And do not be the last to leave it. For they are the places of Satan and therein he raises his banner.”

This hadith was recorded in Sahih Muslim.

The devils live in the same houses in which people live. One can stop them from entering or repel them from such houses by remembering or mentioning Allah dhikr), reciting the Quran, in particular, surah al-Baqara and Ayatul Kursee (verse 255 of that surah).

The Prophet (peace be upon him) stated that the devils spread out and roam about increasingly when the dark first comes, and, therefore, he has advised Muslims to bring in their children during that period of time. This is stated in a hadith that was recorded by both AI-Bukhari and Muslim.

And the devils run away from the call to prayer and cannot stand listening to it. And in the month of Ramadhaan they are chained.

The devils love to sit between the shade and the sunlight. For this reason the Prophet (peace be upon him) forbade the Muslims to sit in such places. This hadith was recorded in the books of Sunan and other works and it is sahih.

Source : The World of Jinn and Devils | Umar S. Ashqar

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# It is not only humans which are possessed – Invitation to Islam

It is not only humans which are possessed, but also animals, trees and other objects. By doing this, the evil Jinn hope to make people worship others besides Allaah. The possession of idols is one way to do this.

Not so long ago the world-wide phenomenon of Hindu idols drinking milk, shocked the world. From Bombay to London, Delhi to California, countless idols were lapping up milk. Ganesh[6] the elephant god, Hanuman the monkey god and even Shiva lingam, the male private organ(!), all seemed to guzzle down the milk as if there was no tomorrow!

Unfortunately people were taken in by this (including Muslims) and many flocked to feed (?) the Hindu gods. Anyone who knows about Jinn possession, will undoubtedly know that this is a classic attempt to make people commit shirk (associating partners with Allaah). And it worked, as many people started to worship these lifeless pieces of wood and marble. Anyone with half a brain would say to themselves, ‘why on earth does a god need to be fed?!! Surely if Ganesh, Hanuman or Shiva were divine then they wouldn’t need feeding?’ However, such common sense seemed to be lacking as the Jinns played havoc with these gullible people.

Footnotes :

[6] Ganesh, the elephant headed deity, seemed to be the biggest drinker! In fact it didn’t just stop at milk. At the time of these occurrences, a woman in India decided to see if Ganesh would drink anything else – so she offered him whiskey!! And Lo and behold Ganesh drank the Whiskey!!! Suffice to say, the woman was kicked out of India.

Source : Invitation to Islam, Issue 4, January 1998

# Seeking help from the jinn to fulfill one’s needs – Permanent Committee


What is the ruling on invoking the Jinn (creatures created from fire) against a certain person to harm them, like saying, “Take so-and-so” or “Harm them”? What is the ruling on someone who does that? I heard someone say that whoever seeks the help of the Jinn, their Salah (Prayer) and Sawm (Fast) will not be accepted. In addition, when they die, funeral prayer should not be offered for them, their funeral should not be followed and they should not be buried in the Muslim graveyards.


Seeking the help of the Jinn and turning to them to fulfill needs, such as asking them to harm or benefit a person, is an act of Shirk (associating others in worship with Allah).

It is a kind of mutual benefiting between Jinn and mankind; the Jinn fulfill the human’s needs and in return they get the human’s veneration, trust, and reliance.

Allah (Exalted be He) 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.

Allah (Exalted be He) also says, ‘And verily, there were men among mankind who took shelter with the males among the jinn, but they (jinn) increased them (mankind) in sin and transgression. Therefore, seeking the help of the Jinn to harm others or asking for their protection against another’s evil are all acts of Shirk.

Whoever does so, their Salah and Sawm will be nullified; for Allah (Exalted be He) says, “If you join others in worship with Allâh, (then) surely (all) your deeds will be in vain, and you will certainly be among the losers”.

Anyone who is known for doing so, funeral prayer should not be offered for them, their funeral should not be followed and they should not be buried in the Muslim graveyards.

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

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Qadiyanis reject the Jinn as being a creation apart from mankind – Shaykh Al-Albaanee

From the misguided beliefs of the Qadiyanis is that they reject the Jinn as being a creation apart from mankind. So they distort the apparent meaning of all the ayaat and ahaadeeth that clearly prove their existence and their distinction from mankind amongst creation, instead claiming that these texts refer to humans themselves or a specific group from amongst mankind. This is even the case with Iblees (i.e. the Devil) himself as they allege that he was a human being that was evil! So how misguided they are!!

Taken from : Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and the Qadiyani Sect – by Imaam Muhammad Naasir-ud-Deen Al-Albaanee

# Hypnosis is a type of soothsaying, in which a hypnotist seeks the help of a Jinn – Permanent Committee


What is the ruling on hypnosis through which the hypnotist possess power over the hypnotized and have the ability to dominate them and make them abandon a forbidden act, cure them from a psychological disturbance, or make them carry out theirs (the hypnotist) orders?


Hypnosis is a type of soothsaying, in which a hypnotist seeks the help of a Jinn and makes him overpower a hypnotized person and talk through him.

The Jinn gives the hypnotized person power to do certain actions, if he agrees to obey the hypnotist and is truthful with him in return for mutual benefits. Accordingly, the Jinn causes the hypnotized person to obey the hypnotist in any actions or to give any information asked from him, if it is being honest with the hypnotist. It is therefore not permissible to utilize hypnosis or to use it to find a stolen or lost object, to cure a sick person, or to do anything through a hypnotized person. In fact, this is Shirk, due to what was previously mentioned and because it is resorting to other than Allah in matters that are beyond those ordinarily permitted by Allah for His Creation.


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# Shaytan at the head of each of other paths – Tafseer Ibn Kathir

‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood radiallaahu ‘anhu said:

The Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam drew a line for us and said. “This is Allaah’s Straight Path.” Then he drew lines to its right and left and then said. “These ore other paths. Upon every one of them there is a devil calling towards it.”

Then he recited: “Indeed this is My Straight Path, so follow it, and do not follow other paths that will separate you from His Path.” [Soorah al-An’aam 6:153].” [1]

[1] Hasan: Related by Ahmad (1/435) and an-Nasaa’ee (7/49), from Ibn Mas’ood radiallaahu ‘anhu. It was authenticated by al-Albaanee in Dhilaalul-Jannah fee Takhreejis-Sunnah (no.16).

The Following is taken from Tafseer Ibn Kathir of the verse : Soorah al-An’aam 6:153

Imam Ahmad recorded that, An-Nawwas bin Sam`an said that the Messenger of Allah said,

(Allah has given a parable of the straight path, and on the two sides of this path, there are two walls containing door ways. On these door ways, there are curtains that are lowered down. on the gate of this path there is a caller heralding, `O people! come and enter the straight path all together and do not divide. ‘ There is also another caller that heralds from above the path, who says when a person wants to remove the curtain on any of these doors, `Woe to you! Do not open this door, for if you open it, you will enter it. The (straight) path is Islam, the two walls are Allah’s set limits, the open doors lead to Allah’s prohibitions, the caller on the gate of the path is Allah’s Book (the Qur’an), while the caller from above the path is Allah’s admonition in the heart of every Muslim.)

At-Tirmidhi and An-Nasa’i also recorded this Hadith, and At-Tirmidhi said, “Hasan Gharib.”

# Precious Gem : Shaytan has three ways of tempting man – Imam Ibn al-Qayyim

A Precious Gem: The Satanic Ways of Tempting

Satan has three ways of tempting man:

One: Increase and extravagance; to have more than one needs. This addition is the way, which Satan uses to enter the heart. To protect oneself from that is to be careful not to fulfill all the needs of the soul like food, sleep, pleasure, or rest. Whenever you close this door, you would be safe from any enemy.

Two: Negligence; whoever remembers Allah is protected by the fortress of remembering Him. When he neglects that he will be  opening the door of this fortress and the enemy will enter. It would then be difficult to drive him out.

Three: Caring for what is not his business in all matters of life.

Soure : Al-Fawaa’id : A Collection of Wise Sayings – Imam Ibn al-Qayyim
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# Selections from “Essay on the Jinn – Demonic Visions” : Shaikh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah

Those involved in incantations and oaths often swear by some devils to help them against others. Sometimes the evil JINN fulfill their request but frequently they do not, especially when the JINN against whom help is sought is honored among them. Neither the one chanting incantations nor his incantations have any power to force the devils to help them. The reciter of incantations earnestly entreats a being whom he considered great – which may or may not be the case – to harm others who may conceivably be greater. In the case where someone entreats the JINN to harm someone whom the JINN hold in high esteem, they will ignore him. In fact, it may prevent them from even responding at all. Their situations is quite similar to that of humans except that human beings are generally more intelligent, truthful, just and trustworthy while the JINN tend to be ignorant, untruthful, oppressive and treacherous.

Ibn Taymeeyah mentioned the following  historical incident concerning al-Hallaaj and a group of his followers,

“Some of them requested some sweets from al-Hallaaj, so he got up and went to a spot a short distance away, then returned with a plateful of sweets. It was later discovered that it had been stolen from a candy shop in Yemen and carried by a devil to that area.”

Ibn Taymeeyah went on to say, 

# Proving the Truth of Jinn’s Inhabitation of Human Beings and Refuting Those Who Deny This – Fatwas of Ibn Baz

 Fatwas of Ibn Baz – alifta.net

A reply sent to Shaykh `Aly Tantawy on 12/11/1408 A.H.

Praise be to Allah. May peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah, his Companions, and those who follow his guidance!

Some short and long articles were published in local newspapers and others in the month of Sha`ban of this year (1407 A.H.) regarding the declaration of some members of the Jinn who possessed Muslim women in Riyadh. They declared that they had become Muslims before me after they had declared this before brother `Abdullah ibn Mushrif Al-`Umary who lives in Riyadh. Al-`Umary recited some Adhkar (invocations) on the Jinn-possessed lady and talked to the Jinn, reminding him of Allah (Exalted be He) and His Omnipotence as well as frightening him with the grievous sin of injustice. After the Jinn said that he is a Buddhist disbeliever, the shaykh called him to Islam and to come out of the woman whom he was possessing. Accordingly, the Jinn complied and declared his conversion to Islam before shaykh Al-`Umary. Then, shaykh Al-`Umary and the guardians of the woman wanted to come to me with the woman to hear the Jinn member’s conversion to Islam. When they were all present, I asked the Jinn about the reason for embracing Islam. He spoke on the tongue of the woman but in a manly voice. All this happened in the presence of the woman who was sitting in the chair next to me beside her brother, sister and shaykh Al-`Umary as well as some shayks who witnessed and heard the speech of the Jinn while openly declaring his conversion to Islam. He said he was a Buddhist from India. On my part, I advised him to observe Taqwa (fearing Allah as He should be feared) and to leave the body of this woman as he is making her suffer. The Jinn submitted to my order and said that he embraced Islam willingly. Therefore, I advised him to call his people to Islam after Allah (Exalted be He) had guided him to the right path. He came out of the woman’s body and his last word was “As-salamu `alaykum” (peace be upon you), then the woman spoke with her normal voice and felt comfortable and relaxed from the pain he was causing to her. After the lapse of a month or more, she visited me again with her brothers, maternal uncle, and sister and told me that she was very well, her condition was stable and the Jinn had never returned to her. When I asked her about how she felt when she was possessed by this Jinn, she said that she always had deviant ideas contradicting the Shari`ah, in addition to an inclination to the Buddhist religion, and a desire to read its books. However, after this Jinn was exercised from her, she no longer had such ideas, as she returned to her normal state away from such abominable ideas.

# Seeking Allaah’s protection for your children from all Shayaateen – Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

Placing children under Allaah’s protection

The Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallem) used to seek refuge for Al-Hasan and Al-Husayn and say:

أُعيـذُكُمـا بِكَلِـماتِ اللهِ التّـامَّة، مِنْ كُلِّ شَيْـطانٍ وَهـامَّة، وَمِنْ كُـلِّ عَـيْنٍ لامَّـة

U’eedhukuma bi kalimaat Allaah At-taammati min kulli shaytaanin wa haammah wa min kulli ‘aynin laammah

(I seek refuge for you both in the perfect words of Allaah, from every shaytaan and every poisonous reptile, and from every ‘ayn).

At-Tirmidhi, 2060; Abu Dawood, 4737.

And he would say,

“Thus Ibraaheem used to seek refuge with Allaah for Ishaaq and Ismaa’eel, (‘Alaihumaa Salaam).”

Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 3371.

Fataawa Ash-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 2/117, 118

A vision is from Allah and a dream is from Shaytan – Permanent Committee

Q 12: I see in a dream that i have a car accident or that one of my relatives is killed (may Allah forbid). i usually have this dream after Fajr (dawn) prayer. Please give me some insight regarding this matter.

A: This dream is from Satan and you have to spit three times to your left and seek refuge in Allah from Satan and what you have seen once you wake up. You should then turn on your other side and this dream will not harm you. You should not tell anyone about it, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) stated, “A good dream is from Allah and a bad dream is from Satan.

Anyone who sees something (in a dream) that they hate, should spit to their left three times and seek refuge with Allah three times from the evil of Satan and of what they have seen. Then they should turn on the other side and it will not harm them. They should tell no one about it.”

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

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# Take a siesta for the Shayaateen do not take a siesta

“Take a siesta for the Shayaateen do not take a siesta”

(at-Tabaraani in al-Awsat and Abu Na’eem in at-Tibb, al-Albaani declared it hasan in Saheehul Jami’ no. 4307 or Volume 4 Page 174)

Siesta : short afternoon rest (Qaylūlah or Qā’ilah )

Differing from Satan

Satan appears in the form of a sincere advisor and claims that he is giving sincere advice to humans. It is incumbent upon the person to do the opposite of what he orders and to say to him, “If you were to advise anyone, you should advise yourself. You have put yourself in the Hell-fire. And you have earned the wrath of Allah. How can anyone advise another when he does not advise himself?” Al-Haarith ibn Qais said, “If Satan comes to you while you are praying, and says, “You are showing off,” then rebuke him and make it even longer!”” This was his insight, may Allah have mercy on him.

If we are aware that there is some act that is pleasing to Satan or is one of his characteristics, then we must act in a contrary manner. For example, if Satan eats with his left hand, then we must eat with our right hand.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,  “Each of you should eat with his right drink with his right, take with his right and give with his right for Satan eats with his left, drinks with his left, gives with his left and takes with his left”. Also Satan drinks with us if we drink standing; therefore the Prophet (peace be upon him) taught us that we should drink sitting.

Also the Prophet (peace be upon him) told us that we should take a short nap at midday because Satan does not do so. He said, “Take a short nap because Satan does not take a short nap”

Source : The world of jinn and devils – Umar S.Ashqar

The time for the Qayloolah
According to the Sunnah, is the time for the qayloolah (siesta) before or after the Zhuhr prayer?
It is before they pray the Zhuhr prayer. (Then), after the (mid-day) heat has lessened, they can pray (the Zhuhr prayer). And the meaning of his (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) saying:
«Perform the Zhuhr (prayer) when it is cool», [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree, No.538] is that you should do the qayloolah before (the Zhuhr prayer).
And if he were to sleep after the Zhuhr prayer, then it is not considered as the qayloolah.
Shaykh ‘Abdur-Razzaaq ‘Afeefee
Fataawa wa Rasaa.il Shaykh ‘Abdur-Razzaaq ‘Afeefee – Page 412, Fatwa No.27
Published: 16 March 2007

# The Permanent Committee’s statement about jinn possessing humans

The Permanent Committee’s statement about jinn possessing humans

Praises be to Allah, Lord of `Alamin (mankind, jinn and all that exists) and peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions.

To answer the inquiry of Hammad ibn `Abdullah Al-Hammad, a tax notary public, about what was written by: Muhammad ibn `Abdullah Al-Fawzan in Al-Jazirah Newspaper, issue no. 10168 dating 29/4/1421A.H. denying the fact that humans can be possessed by the Jinn, the Permanent Committee of Scholarly Research and Ifta’ states:

There is evidence from the Book of Allah, may He be Glorified and Exalted, and the Sunnah of His Prophet (peace be upon him), as well as the consensus of Ummah (nation) on the possibility and occurrence of this condition, i.e. A Jinn possessing the body of a human. Allah, the Exalted, states, Those who eat Ribâ (usury) will not stand (on the Day of Resurrection) except like the standing of a person beaten by Shaitân (Satan) leading him to insanity. Ibn Jarir, may Allah have mercy on him, said: He (Allah) means that Satan leads him to insanity during his lifetime as Satan causes him depression and seizure, (Al-Mas) means insanity.

Al-Baghawy, may Allah have mercy on him, commented on this Ayah (verse), will not stand (on the Day of Resurrection) except like the standing of a person beaten by Shaitân (Satan) leading him to insanity. with a similar statement.

Ibn Kathir, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “The people referred to in the Ayah will be resurrected from their graves on the Day of Resurrection in a very similar condition to someone who is possessed by Satan, in terms of the very odd state they will be in.” Ibn `Abbas, may Allah be pleased with them, said, “The usurer is resurrected on the Day of Resurrection as a choking insane person”, narrated by Ibn Abu Hatim. He said it was narrated from `Awf ibn Malik, Sa`id ibn Jubayr, Al-Suddy, Al-Rabi` ibn Anas, Qatadah and Muqatil ibn Hayyan with close wording.

Al-Qurtuby, may Allah have mercy on him, said: This Ayah (Qur’anic verse) is a proof against those who denied the possession of Jinn in human beings thinking that it is a natural disposition and that Satan can never enter a human or be a part of him.

Shaykh-ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allah have mercy on him, wrote in Majmu` Al-Fatawa (The Compendium of Fatwas) vol. 24, pp. 276-277,

“The existence of Jinn is affirmed in the Book of Allah, Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) and according to the consensus of the Salaf (Righteous Predecessors) of this Ummah and its leading scholars. Moreover, the entrance of a jinn into a human body is also confirmed by the consensus of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jama`ah (those adhering to the Sunnah and the Muslim main body). Allah, the Exalted states, Those who eat Ribâ (usury) will not stand (on the Day of Resurrection) except like the standing of a person beaten by Shaitân (Satan) leading him to insanity. In the Sahih (authentic) Book of Hadith compiled by Al-Bukhari and/ or Muslim) it is reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) stated, Satan circulates in the human body as blood does.

`Abdullah son ofImam Ahmad ibn Hanbal said, “I told my father that some people claim that Jinn can never enter the body of a person. So he said, ‘O son! They tell lies. Satan can even speak on the tongue of those whom he possesses.'” Shaykh-ul-Islam said, “What he [`Abdullah] said is self-evident. The Jinn may possess someone and cause him to speak a language that he does not even know. A possessed person may be violently beaten, beatings that even a camel may not endure, yet he neither feels the beating nor is aware of the words he says.” Then he said, “None of the leading Muslim scholars ever denied the ability of Jinn entering the body of a human being. Whoever denies this fact and assumes that the Shari`ah (Islamic law) denies it too, is fabricating lies against Shari`ah as there is no Shari`ah-based evidence that denies this fact.” (End of quote).

Through the Shari`ah-based evidence that we have mentioned and the consensus of the scholars of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jama`ah (those adhering to the Sunnah and the Muslim main body) concerning the possibility of Jinn entering a human body, it becomes clear for the readers that those who denied this fact are totally wrong. Consequently, the writer Muhammad ibn `Abdullah Al-Fawzan should return to the right and not speak about matters he does not know very well. Allah, the Exalted, states, And follow not (O man i.e., say not, or do not or witness not) that of which you have no knowledge. Attributing things to Allah with no basis of reliable knowledge is more grievous than Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship) as far as prohibition is concerned. Allah, the Exalted, states, Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): “(But) the things that my Lord has indeed forbidden are Al-Fawâhish (great evil sins and every kind of unlawful sexual intercourse) whether committed openly or secretly, sins (of all kinds), unrighteous oppression, joining partners (in worship) with Allâh for which He has given no authority, and saying things about Allâh of which you have no knowledge.”

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

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The Story of Gharaniq is False: Tafsir of Surah Al-Najm – Permanent Committee

Q: The following text was mentioned in “Mukhtasar Sirat Al-Rasul” (The Abridged Biography of the Prophet): “The Prophet (peace be upon him) recited Surah Al-Najm in their presence, and when he reached Allah’s Saying (which means), Have you then considered Al-Lât, and Al-‘Uzzâ (two idols of the pagan Arabs) And Manât (another idol of the pagan Arabs), the other third? (Surah Al-Najm, 53: 19-20), Satan threw into his recitation the words: ‘These are the exalted Gharaniq (Cranes), whose intercession is hoped for.’ They (the disbelievers) thought that the Prophet (peace be upon him) really said it, and they rejoiced greatly.” Is this tale true? If yes, does Satan have the power to cast into his recitation the aforesaid words? Please advise, and many thanks to you!

A: The tale of Gharaniq was mentioned by many scholars of Tafsir (explanation of the meanings of the Qur’an) in their interpretation of Allah’s Saying (the meanings of which are translated as), Never did We send a Messenger or a Prophet before you but when he did recite the revelation or narrated or spoke, Shaitân (Satan) threw (some falsehood) in it. (Surah Al-Hajj, 22: 52), and in the Tafsir of Allah’s Saying, Have you then considered Al-Lât, and Al-‘Uzzâ (two idols of the pagan Arabs) And Manât (another idol of the pagan Arabs), the other third? It was narrated through many chains of narration with different wordings.However, all of them are Mursal (with no Companion of the Prophet in the chain of narration), and were never reported through authentic chains of narration, as mentioned by Al-Hafizh ibn Kathir (may Allah be merciful to him) in his Tafsir. After he mentioned this tale through all its chains of narration, he said, “However, all of them are Mursal and disconnected.”

Ibn Khuzaymah said that this tale was fabricated by the Zanadiqah (Heretics); it was also denied by Abu Bakr ibn Al-‘Araby, Al-Qadi ‘Iyad and others, who disapproved of both its Sanad (chain of narrators) and Matn (the text). As for the Sanad, it is due to the above-mentioned reasons. As for the Matn, it is due to what was stated by Ibn Al-‘Araby that when Allah (Exalted be He) sends the Angel to His Messenger, He instills in him (His Messenger) the knowledge that it is the Angel who sends down Wahy (Revelation) to him; Satan can never put on his lips words, which throw him into confusion, and so he recites them as Qur’an. As there is Ijma‘ (unanimous consensus) on the infallibility of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) and the impossibility of his committing Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship), he could not have said these words by mistake, or thinking that they were Qur’an. He could not have preferred pleasing his people over pleasing his Lord, which made him wish that Allah would not reveal anything to him that might displease them. Moreover, the evidence used to prove the authenticity of this tale, which is inferred from Allah’s saying, Verily, they were about to tempt you away from that which We have revealed (the Qur’ân) unto you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم), to fabricate something other than it against Us (Surah Al-Isra’, 17: 73) certainly does not prove its authenticity. Rather, it proves the innocence of the Prophet (peace be upon him) of the accusation of reciting these polytheistic words, as the Ayah indicates denial and negation, not affirmation.It is also evident that Satan merely threw some falsehood into his recitation, but he did put such polytheistic words on his tongue nor inspired these words inside him, which he actually recited, read, or uttered, whether inattentively, by mistake or on purpose, until Jibril (Gabriel) came and corrected him, and he (peace be upon him) grieved over what happened. It was not also proven that the Ayah was revealed to console the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) for what he was afflicted with according to this tale, to prop up such an interpretation with all the errors that it contains.

The Jumhur (dominant majority) of Ahl-ul-Sunnah (those adhering to the Sunnah) agreed with Ibn Al-‘Araby on what he said. They stated that the meaning of the Ayah is: Never did Allah send a Messenger or a Prophet before you (O Muhammad) but when he did recite the revelation or narrated or spoke, a devil from among mankind or jinn would throw during his recitation or speech some false words spoken by that devil and heard by the attendants. Or the devil would whisper evil thoughts to the Kafirs (disbelievers) and hypocrites who thought them to be part of the Wahy, while they are not so. Allah then abolishes whatever words, whisperings or deception which Satan throws in and completely eliminates them, to establish the truth by His Words, for the Perfection of His Knowledge and Profound Wisdom. This is the Way of Allah with His Messengers, Prophets and their enemies, to fulfill the purpose of trying and testing mankind, so that the wicked is distinguished from the good; so that the Kafirs and hypocrites who are to be destroyed through their following the falsehood that Satan casts may be destroyed after a clear evidence, and the people of unwavering faith, whose hearts rest secure in Iman (belief), who are guided to the Straight Path, may live after clear evidence.

Thus, it becomes clear through the previously mentioned that the tale of Gharaniq is false. Satan does not have the power to thrust some falsehood into the mouth of the Prophet (peace be upon him) which he then recites or utters. Satan might have thrown some false words while the Prophet (peace be upon him) was reciting; words which were uttered by Satan and heard by the attendants, or Satan might have whispered some evil inspirations in the soul of the disbelievers and hypocrites, which they thought them to be part of the Wahy, while they are not. Allah then abolishes such Satanic sayings, eliminates misconception and establishes His revelations.

It also becomes clear that the opinion of Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul-Wahab (may Allah be merciful to him) is the same of the Jumhur (dominant majority) of scholars, which holds that Satan has thrown some falsehood or evil whispering during recitation, but certainly not on the tongue of the Prophet (peace be upon him), or in his soul, or in the souls of the true believers. It was only in the ears of Kafirs, or inside their souls, which they thought to be part of the Qur’an. The wisdom of Allah entails that He destroys falsehood and establishes His revelations, so that the truth triumphs out of His Mercy to the people. Allah is All-Knowledgeable, All-Wise. The scholars of Islam are unanimously agreed on the infallibility of Messengers in all and everything that they convey from Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) to mankind.

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# Ruling on Jinn companionship for human – Fatwas of Nur `Ala Al-Darb

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!

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