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Prayer of Gabriel – Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan

In the name of Allah, the Entirely Merciful, the Specifically Merciful.

I delivered an online presentation on the evening of Isra and Mi’raj which coincides with the 27th Rajab. I dedicated most of the presentation to events that took place during the Prophet’s nocturnal journey from the Haram of Makkah to Masjid al-Aqsa.

After the presentation, I received many requests for the prayer that Gabriel taught the Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace ) when an Ifrit (high-ranking jinn) tried to cast a blaze of fire upon him. In response to these requests, and seeking Allah’s pleasure and protection, I have translated the hadith, which includes the prayer of Gabriel, as it appears in the Muwatta of Imam Malik. However, different versions of the hadith have been transmitted. The version translated below has been transmitted by a successor directly from the Messenger, peace be upon him, (without mentioning the name of a companion), so, on its own, it may be regarded as weak. However, it is important to know that all the different versions of the hadith corroborate this version, and this corroboration raises the status of the hadith to ‘sound’ or ‘hasan’.

The translation is as follows: Yahya bin Said said, “during the nocturnal journey of the Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) he saw an Ifrit following him with a blaze of fire. Whenever he looked back, he saw him. Angel Gabriel then said, “Should I not teach you a supplication – if you were to recite it, his flame will go out and he will fall on his mouth?” The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) replied in the affirmative. Gabriel then said:

“In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, I seek refuge in Allah, the Most Generous, and by His Perfect Words, the boundaries of which cannot be exceeded by anyone, whether he be devout or a criminal, from the evil that descends from the heavens, or that which ascends to it, and from the evils that are sown within the earth, and that which comes out of it, and from the trials of the night and the day, and from the visitors of the night except those that come in goodness, O Most Gracious.”

Another version of the hadith reads, “the Prophet, peace be upon him, recited it and the ifrit’s flame died out and he fell on his face.”

The Arabic version of the prayer is:

أَعُوذُ بِوَجْهِ اللهِ الْكَرِيْمِ وَبِكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّاتِ الَّتِي لَا يُجَاوِزُهُنَّ بَرٌّ، وَلَا فَاجِرٌ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا يَنْزِلُ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ وَمَا يَعْرُجُ فِيهَا، وَمِنْ شَرِّ مَا ذَرَأَ فِي الْأَرْضِ وشر ما يَخْرُجُ مِنْهَا، وَمِنْ فِتَنِ اللَّيْلِ والنَّهَارِ، وَمِنْ طَوَارِقِ اللَّيْلِ إِلَّا طَارِقًا يَطْرُقُ بِخَيْرٍ يَا رَحْمَانُ

Baby Stopped Drinking Milk

Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil eases concerns regarding a baby who won’t eat or drink.

My eight-month-old daughter has been ill for the past three months and has not been drinking milk. She refuses food and milk and has been in hospital three times to be fed via an NG tube.

The doctors don’t know what’s wrong with her and keep saying it might be viral. She gets well in the hospital then starts getting ill when she comes home. She used to be such a happy baby who slept and ate well. My mother thinks there may be a jinn with her or me or in the house. I really do not know what to do.

I pray this finds you well. May Allah reward you for reaching out to us.

Ruqya

O you who believe, seek help through patience and prayer. Surely, Allah is with those who are patient. (Sura al-Baqara 2:153)

I am so sorry to hear about your baby, and cannot imagine the heartbreak you are enduring. Please continue to make dua for your baby’s shifa. Dunya is a place of tribulation, and our children bring about our greatest tests.

Please ask your mother to ask around for a reputable shaykh or shaykha who can perform ruqya on your baby. Be careful not to let just anyone read over baby – please trust your intuition and Perform the Prayer of Guidance to help you ascertain if he/she is trustworthy.

Some signs of a charlatan would be someone asking you to do strange things like working with blood, odd sacrifices, or burial.

Prayer of Need

Please perform the Prayer of Need in the last third of the night, as often as you need to.

Other acts you can do: Give in charity, ask for pious people to make dua for you, make copious istighfar.

Using a Ta‘wiz

Please consider using a ta‘wiz on your baby for protection. Please write or print out the Ayat al-Kursi and three Quls. Put it in a locket or a soft cover of some sort, and pin it on your baby’s clothes. Do not hang it around your baby’s neck as it isn’t safe.

Possibility of Allergens

Is there something else in your home that could be harming your baby? Any mold? Pet fur? Any kind of allergen? Could you get an allergy test done on your baby?

Emotional Stress

What is the emotional climate at home? Babies are deeply sensitive and are very connected to their mothers. I do not know the circumstances of your home, but if there is trouble in your marriage, perhaps that may be upsetting your baby. I do not say this to cast any blame on you. Allah knows how hard you are trying.

May Allah heal your baby, and make her the coolness of your eyes.

Please see: Selected Prophetic Prayers for Spiritual, Physical and Emotional Wellbeing by Chaplain Ibrahim Long and A Reader on Patience and Reliance on Allah.

Raidah

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

How Can I Fend off Continual Jinn Harassment?

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah

Question: Assalamu alaykum

I am continuously sexually assaulted by a jinn. I am getting poor health and eating less. How I can get rid of this?

Answer: Assalam ‘alaykum. Thank you for writing in.

Dealing with Jinns is a serious affair which requires expert treatment. It is also often difficult to differentiate between genuine jinn possession and mental health issues. For this reason, it is imperative you seek professional help.

Suggestions

While it is very difficult to ascertain the details of your case and offer assistance long distance, perhaps the following 6 steps will be of help:

1. Ensure that there is nothing unlawful in your life, including the food you eat, relationships, listening to music, unlawful dancing, what you watch, and other sins. Jinns attack those who have ‘gaps’ in their religion.

2. Make sure you are saying your daily supplications and Quranic versus during the day and night, such as when entering the bathroom, before sleep, when waking up etc. These are the daily fortifications to the gaps in one’s religion.

3. Ensure that your prayers and other worship is sound and on time, and that you focus in them. Read some Quran daily and have a wird of dhikr you recite every day, morning and night. For example, you may read Imam al Haddad’s Wird al Latif, or Imam al Nawawi’s wird. These can be found online.

4. Seek out the person who you said originally helped you in this condition.

5. Seek out professional medical help from a psychotherapist or similar. Homeopathy can be an immense help in these cases. Homeopathy is widespread in your country so you should have no problem, however, seek out well known and reliable homeopaths.

6. Refer to the following posts that consist of further advice and recommended supplications and Quranic verses to recite for protection:

Are There Any Prayers For Driving Away Jinn?

Jinn Possession Archives

May Allah grant you protection and cure.

Warmest salams,
[Shaykh] Jamir Meah

Shaykh Jamir Meah grew up in Hampstead, London. In 2007, he traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he spent nine years studying the Islamic sciences on a one-to-one basis under the foremost scholars of the Ribaat, Tarim, with a main specialization and focus on Shafi’i fiqh. In early 2016, he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continues advanced studies in a range of Islamic sciences, as well as teaching. Jamir is a qualified homeopath.

Did the Prophet Dictate a Letter to Jinn?

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah

Question: Assalamu alaykum

Did the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) dictate a letter for jinn to be removed from Abu Dujana’s house?

Answer: Wa’alaykum assalam. Thank you for your question.

The narration that mentions that the Prophet dictated a letter to Sayiddna Ali for protecting Abu Dujana from jinn has two chains of transmission. One has been classified as a forgery. The other has some basis to it, but it is weak.

The Hirz of Abu Dujana

The narrations state that the Prophet dictated the following words to sayiddna Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) to give to Abu Dujana as protection against jinn in the latter’s home. The supplication for protection is known as the Hirz of Abu Dujana.

‘In the name of Allah the All Gracious, the All Merciful. This is a letter from Muhammad the Messenger of the Lord of the Worlds to those who enter the home from the populace, the visitors and the pious, except a person who comes with good, O’ Rahman. To proceed: there is clemency for us and you in the truth. If you are loving and passionate, or sinful and invading or desiring the truth or intending evil, then this is the book of Allah which declares the truth over us and you. Indeed we desire to end what you were doing. Our angels record what you are plotting. Leave the person who has with him this letter of mine and move over to the idolaters and to those who claim that there is a deity other than Allah. There is no deity besides Him, everything besides Him shall perish. For Him alone is the divine decree and to Him alone will everything be returned. They will be overpowered. Haa Meem, they will not be helped. Haa Meem `Ain Seen Qaaf. Disperse O enemies of Allah and the proof of Allah has reached. There is no power to do good and no strength to stay away from evil except from Allah. Soon Allah will suffice them and He is the All Hearing and the All Knowledgeable.’

The Narrations and their Rulings

Ibn Jawzi mentions in his Kitab al Mawdu’at, al Dhahabi in his Tartib al Mawdu’at, and Ibn Hajr in his al Isaba, one chain narrated by a Musa al Ansary. This narration has been widely stated by the muhadithin as a fabricated narration with the additional note that the ‘sahabi’ narrating it, Musa al Ansary, is unknown.

A similar in text, but with a different chain of narration is transmitted by al Baihaqy in his Dala’il al Nubuwwa, and Ibn Arraq in his Tanzih al Shariah. These scholars classed the hadith as weak and stated that many of the hadith scholars have not commented much on this narration, nor censured it. They hold that it is permissible to act upon the hadith, i.e. use the du’a for the purpose of protection from jinn, as it is well known that acting upon a weak hadith is permissible.

And Allah knows best.

Warmest salams,
[Shaykh] Jamir Meah

Shaykh Jamir Meah grew up in Hampstead, London. In 2007, he traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he spent nine years studying the Islamic sciences on a one-to-one basis under the foremost scholars of the Ribaat, Tarim, with a main specialization and focus on Shafi’i fiqh. In early 2016, he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continues advanced studies in a range of Islamic sciences, as well as teaching. Jamir is a qualified homeopath.

Jinn, Black Magic and How to Protect Yourself, by Shaykh Amer Jamil

In just under an hour, Shaykh Amer Jamil explains the essential what-you-need-to-know about sihr (black magic). It’s a reality – do you know how to recognise the signs and how to protect against it?

What is Black Magic and How Do We Recognise The Signs?

How Do We Protect Against Black Magic?

Resources on sihr (black magic) and related matters for seekers

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What Is Preventing People from Seeing My Business Over My Competitor?

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah

Question: I have an institute. My direct competition is right opposite my office. They have numerous students for the same courses we offer. We have hardly a handful. Clients see them first and end up being dissatisfied. After a year, some clients “suddenly” discover us. Is there some sort of hidden element blinding the people from seeing us? A bad djinn? A Satan helper?

Answer: In the Name of God, the Merciful and Compassionate.

Thank you for your question. May Allah grant you the best of states and guide you to what is pleasing to Him.

When we feel stuck or lost in any given situation, it’s often wise to trace back one’s steps and see what may have gone wrong. It is also very useful to look at the situation from different perspectives so we can see clearly the way forward and find a solution. An easy way to do this is looking at it from both a spiritual perspective and a worldly viewpoint. With this approach in mind, I hope the following advice will be of benefit insha Allah.

A SPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVE

Intention: The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) stated, “Verily, works are according to intention.”[1] When we begin any act, it is important to start with the correct intention. Correct intention means to direct the ultimate purpose of your works to God. Correct intention also includes serving God’s creation, providing a communal need, earning a lawful income to provide for oneself and family etc.

When such intentions are made, we can confidently proceed with the knowledge that we are on the right footing. This applies to everything in life, and in doing so, all our acts, from the mundane to most significant events in life, have the potential to be acts of worship, gain reward, maximize blessings, and more importantly, are an opportunity to draw closer to God.

Therefore, it is always a good idea to go back and review our intentions in any given act. If you find that your intentions were not as they should have been, don’t worry, simply renew your intention firmly now and move on (optimally pray two rakats of salat tawba first, see below). If you find you already had praiseworthy intentions, then simply renew them and work through the other suggestions below.

Looking inward: God, Exalted is He, tells us in the oft-quoted verse, “Allah does not change a people’s condition unless they change what is in their hearts.” [2] When we find things are not going the way we would like, even despite having good intentions, the next step is to look inward and inspect ourselves and our relationship with others. Introspection is key to finding the answer to many of our spiritual and worldly problems. For example, we may ask ourselves:

– Are we persisting in any sin, in our private or professional life, whether by action or words?
– Are we fulfilling the rights of Allah in our daily life and trying to abide by the shariah as best as we can?
– Have we been remiss in fulfilling the rights of our fellow human beings, relatives or strangers?
– Have we been unjust to anyone, or owe anyone anything?
– When we look inside our hearts, do we harbor rancor, ill feelings, or any other undesirable feelings towards anyone?

There are many, many questions one could ask oneself.

Sit still in a quiet room for 5-10 minutes and inspect your heart’s content. If you find anything disagreeable by Islamic standards, or that you would be ashamed to say out loud, then turn to Allah and ask Him to remove it from your heart and replace it with its opposite.

Just as the physical body requires cleansing from toxins through detox and fasting, the spiritual heart requires cleansing also. Its detox is the introspection of the inner self, taking oneself into account, and asking God to remove whatever is objectionable.

Understanding that everything is from God: Abdullah bin ‘Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them both) reports:

“One day I was riding behind the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, when he said, ‘Young man, I will teach you some words. Be mindful of Allah, and He will take care of you. Be mindful of Him, and you shall find Him at your side. If you ask, ask of Allah. If you need help, seek it from Allah. Know that if the whole world were to gather together in order to help you, they would not be able to help you except if Allah had written so. And if the whole world were to gather together in order to harm you, they would not harm you except if Allah had written so. The pens have been lifted, and the pages are dry.’”[3]

We can deduce many profound lessons from this hadith, but the one most important for us in this situation is that we understand and have conviction that Allah alone has the power to benefit or harm. This is a fundamental principle of our belief, that all good and evil is from God.

Once we understand this, our experience of the various difficulties and tests that befall us in this life becomes more manageable, as we appreciate that ultimately it is in line with the divine Will of God and from divine Wisdom, even if we cannot perceive it. When viewed from this perspective, we can face challenging situations with an inner strength and contentment, and with patience and hope. Be positive and work forward, in the certainty that God is in charge.

It may also be beneficial to study a basic course in Aqidah, such as those offered in the SeekersHub courses page. Sound knowledge of belief fortifies one’s faith and brings about certainty in God’s Decree.

The Prayers of Repentance and Need: Two powerful prayers will be of considerable benefit to you in your situation, Salat al-tawbah (Repentance) and Salat al-haja (Need). The prayer of repentance is a doorway to success, as God loves the one who asks for forgiveness and loves to forgive. Ask Allah to forgive all your sins, those that you are aware of and those concealed to you. Likewise, the prayer of Need is an opportunity to ask God for what you need and want in worldly affairs and in the afterlife. They consist of two rakats and du’a afterwards.

Du’a (supplication): Your use of invocations and Quranic verses is commendable. Below are some simple supplications from the Sunnah which may be useful to you. It may be a good idea to have a set time in the day and night to recite these:

Supplication for increase in sustenance and good works

اللهم انى أسالك علماً نافعاً و رزقاً طيباً و عملاً متقبلاً

“O’ Allah, I ask you [to grant me] beneficial knowledge, goodly sustenance, and accepted acts” (Ibn Majah)

Seeking protection from the devils and jinn

أَعُوذُ بكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّاتِ الَّتِي لَا يُجَاوِزُهُنَّ بَرٌّ ولَا فَاجرٌ مِنْ شّرِّ مَا خَلقَ، وبَرَأَ وذَرَأَ، ومِنْ شَرِّ مَا يَنْزِلُ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ وِمنْ شَرِّ مَا يَعْرُجُ فيهَا، ومِن شَرِّ مَا ذَرَأَ في الأَرْضِ  ومِنْ شَرِّ مَا يَخْرُجُ مِنْهَا، وِمنْ شَرِّ فِتَنِ اللَّيْلِ والنَّهارِ، ومِنْ شَرِّ كُلِّ طارِقٍ إِلَّا طَارِقاً يَطْرُقُ بخَيْرٍ يَا رَحْمَنُ

“I take refuge within Allah’s perfect words which no righteous or unrighteous person can transgress, from all the evil that He has created, made and originated. (I take refuge) from the evil that descends from the sky and the evil that rises up to it. (I take refuge) from the evil that is spread on Earth and the evil that springs from it, and I take refuge from the evil of the tribulations of night and day, and the evil of one who visits at night except the one who brings good, O Merciful One.” (Husn al-Hasin)

When confronted with a difficult situation:

اللَّهُمَّ لاَ سَهْلاً إِلّاَ مَا جَعَلّتَهٌ سَهْلاً وَأَنّتَ تَجّعَلَ الحَزَنَ إِذَا شِئتَ سَهْلاً

Oh Allah! Nothing is easy except what You have made easy. If You wish, You can make the difficult easy (Ibn al Sunni)

When feeling helpless regarding matter:

حسبي اللهِ ونعم الوکيل

Allah is my sufficiency, and how perfect a benefactor (Abu Dawud). This invocation can be is best repeated 3 times or more in odd counts.

For increase in Reliance on God:

حَسْبِيَ اللّهُ لا إِلَـهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ عَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ وَهُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ  الْعَظِيمِ

Allah is sufficient for me. There is none worthy of worship but Him. I have placed my trust in Him, and He is the Lord of the Majestic Throne.

Recitation:
According to one Hadith, the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him), used to invoke Allah’s protection against the mischief of Jinn and the evil gaze of men (using various words) until Allah revealed the Surahs  al-Falaq and al-Nas. Thereafter, the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) firmly held on to these and discarded all others. This is a testimony to both the tremendous importance and powerfulness of these very two short surahs. Recite them at night before going to bed and when you wake up.

Sadaqah: An extremely potent, yet often neglected, tool to fulfill one’s needs, achieve one’s ambitions, and to expiate sins, is to give regular charity. It doesn’t have to be large amounts, small and regular payments are better than unsustainable large payments. Monetary charity is good, but if money is tight, there are many other ways to give charity, such as sharing food or helping people in need, so long as it is with the right intention. Many people have attested to change in life circumstances through the simple act of giving charity.

Good Opinion (Husn al-dhan): Lastly, try to always maintain a good opinion of people. Whilst you can’t rule out “hidden elements” affecting your school, it is not something you can know for sure, so the best way forward is to not think about it in this way for now. Good opinion of others can only bring good, while suspicion and ill-feeling usually only bring more problems.

To summarise the spiritual aspect of finding a solution, these are the main points:

1. Renew your intention for your business venture/school
2. Reflect on your inward state 5-10 minutes anytime of the day or night. Resolve to give up any sins, reflect on your relationships with those around you and firmly decide to restore all rights to others.
3. Increase your certainty that everything is from God through the supplications mentioned and taking a basic course in Belief.
4. Prayers of Repentance and Need – Pray these two simple prayers at any time, at home or in the office, with short but sincere du’a at the end .
5. Du’a and Recitation – Make a set time in the morning and evening to repeat these simple supplications/surahs with focus and sincerity.
6. Give small amounts of sadaqah regularly, if able.
7. Try to maintain good opinion of everyone (Husn al dhan).

By doing the above, you will feel you have simply, but thoroughly and methodically, taken all the steps you can from a spiritual perspective. Resolving the rights of others should be the absolute priority before all else.

THE WORLDLY PERSPECTIVE

The second side to finding a solution to your problem lies in exploring worldly means.

Courses offered: You mentioned that you offer the same courses as your competitor. Perhaps you can explore other related courses that they do not offer. Alternatively, think of ideas and ways to adapt and present your courses in order to distinguish your school from others.

Marketing: It would be a good idea to review your marketing strategy. Make sure your posters are attractive and professional. Look at different public spaces for distributing posters or leaflets for your school, such as community centers, mosques, supermarkets, libraries, and advertise in local papers etc. The wider you advertise the more likely people will notice, especially if they come across your school’s name often. Make sure your school name is a good one! Also, get a professional and memorable logo designed and include it in all your marketing.

Online presence: If you haven’t already, get a good website made for the school and make it easy to use and informative. Write a mission statement and give clear information on your courses and fees. Choose a design and layout that stands out compared to other similar schools.

Free taster lessons: Giving free knowledge is an excellent way to bring in new customers. Free taster lessons and short courses are an excellent publicity strategy which benefits both the business and the client.

Pricing: Make sure your prices are competitive and reasonable. If you can, offer seasonal discounts or block booking discounts.

Events: Organize free events at your school that are related to your school subjects. Make it relevant to the interests and needs of your clients. You could ask guest speakers to come and give talks or hold discussions about subjects important to the students you get. Many professionals, such as writers, artists, doctors, local politicians, teachers, business people, religious scholars etc. are happy to speak for free. In this way your school takes on a new and interactive dimension.

Design and Layout: Ensure that your school is designed and set-up in way that is appealing to your young students. Open spaces, natural light, and bright clean rooms are much more noticeable and appealing than dull or drab looking classrooms.

Ask for advice and brainstorm in a team: Working in team is a great way to bring together and share ideas and work out different solutions to a company’s problems. Consult with others and get advice before making any decisions.

Moving location: If you feel that you have done all the above then it may well be worth moving your school to a new location. You mentioned that both schools are in extremely close proximity and that people don’t notice you, despite your poster. Is it a possibility that they get confused and think it’s an extension of the same school? A move to new premises (if possible) may well be a good idea and a turning point for your business, in terms of both distinguishing the two schools and for resolving the feeling that unknown factors may perhaps be at work where you currently are.

I hope the above advice will help in resolving your issue. May Allah increase you in every good and protect of you from every harm, in this life and the next. And true success is from Allah alone.

Warmest salams,
Jamir

[1] Nawawi, M, Riyaad as Saliheen, Mu’assasah al Risalah, annoted by Shuayb Anaut, p. 29

[2] The Holy Quran, [13:11]

[3] Nawawi, M, [Hadith: 19] 40 Hadith al Nawawi, Dar al Minhaj, p 71.

Shaykh Jamir Meah grew up in Hampstead, London. In 2007 he travelled to Tarim, Yemen, where he spent nine years studying the Islamic sciences on a one-to-one basis under the foremost scholars of the Ribaat, Tarim. Sciences studied include: grammar and morphology, theology, and legal methodology, with my main specialization and focus on Shafi’i fiqh, completing the entire Hadrami curriculum. His teachers include Mufti Muhammad Ba’Oudan, Habib Ali Mashhur Bin Hafiz, Mufti Muhammad Ali al-Khatib, Habib Abdullah Mehdar, and Habib Abu Bakr Bilfaqih.

Is There Any Relation Between Sleep Paralysis and Jinn?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: Is there any mention of sleep paralysis relating to jinns in the Quran or Sunna?

Answer: assalamu alaykum

I have not been able to find anything in the Qur’an or sunna connecting sleep paralysis with the Jinn. There are certain later scholars that mention it as one of the potential causes for sleep paralysis. However, if this is true, it would certainly be considered the exception.

Sleep paralysis is in fact quite common. As with other health issues, if one is worried about something a doctor should be consulted. I should also point out that some of the causes linked to sleep paralysis could be tackled by fulfilling the prophetic guidelines of giving one’s body its due rights: healthy diet, proper rest, improved sleep hygiene, and so forth. Stress is also cited as a possible cause and here having a healthy spiritual component is important through prayer, supplication, and reciting Qur’an.

You should continue to ask Allah to grant you health and well being. One of the supplications related by Bukhari and Muslim from the Prophet (God bless him) relating to well-being is :

اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّ النَّاسِ أَذْهِبْ البَأْسَ ، وَاشْفِ أَنْتَ الشَّافِي ، لَا شِفَاءَ إِلَّا شِفَاؤُكَ شِفَاءً لَا يُغَادِرُ سَقَمًا

Finally, try to sleep on a state of purity, recite the four “Quls”, and the following before sleeping:

أَعُوذُ بِكلِمَاتِ الله التّامّاتِ مِن شَرّ مَا خَلَقَ

May we all be granted health and well-being inwardly and outwardly.

Salman

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Is It Permissible To Seek the Aid of Jinn?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: I have come across many individuals claiming that they have a baba with them alongside their spirit who time to time take over their body to answer questions of others and prepare tawiz for various reasons and ailments. Is this true according to Islam?

Answer: assalamu `alaykum

It is in the realm of the possible for a person to exert control over unseen beings, such as the jinn, and communicate with them.

We know, for example, that the Prophet Sulayman (God bless him) was given the ability to control Jinn, as per the Qur’anic verse, “and his hosts of the jinn, men, and the birds were gathered for him.” (27:17)

However, the question of such an ability being exercised by normal people for the purposes you mention is a different issue. Aside from the fact that many who purport to exercise such an ability for the purposes of prescribing ta`wiz and the like are charlatans, there is the question of whether such an action is legally permitted to begin with.

Some scholars have stated that it would be permitted to seek the aid of the Jinn for that which is permitted, and impermissible for that which is impermissible. This position was famously held by Ibn Taymiyya. [Majmu` al-Fatawa (11:307)]

Other scholars stated that it is unconditionally impermissible to seek the aid of Jinn, a position indicated in the words of scholars, such as Qadi `Iyad and Ibn Hajar al-Haytami. [Tartid al-Madarik (3:318); Fatawa Hadithiyya (88)] This was also adopted by a number of contempoary scholars, such as Shaykh Wahba Zuhayli.

Given the difference of opinion, the nature of this action, and the types of people we see claiming to exercise this ability, it would best to avoid this practice and those who engage in it.

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

Is Iblis Really from the Jinn? Why Is Iblis Blaming Allah for Leading Him Astray?

Answered by Ustadha Rahma Ahmed

Question: As it can be read in the Qur’an, Allah commands the angels to prostrate to Adam. However Iblis does not. And it clearly states that Iblis is from the Jinn. So why is Iblis held accountable for not prostrating when clearly the command is for Angels? Also why is Iblis blaming Allah to leading him astray?

Answer: As salaamu ’alaykum wa rahmat Ullahi wa barakatuhu

Pray this reaches you in a best state of faith and health.

وَإِذۡ قُلۡنَا لِلۡمَلَـٰٓٮِٕكَةِ ٱسۡجُدُواْ لِأَدَمَ فَسَجَدُوٓاْ إِلَّآ إِبۡلِيسَ أَبَىٰ وَٱسۡتَكۡبَرَ وَكَانَ مِنَ ٱلۡكَـٰفِرِينَ
[al-Baqarah 2:34]

”And when We said unto the angels: Prostrate yourselves before Adam, they fell prostrate, all save Iblis. He demurred through pride, and so became a disbeliever.”

This verse is mentioned in chapter al-Baqarah and it’s meaning could be found in many other chapters in the Holy Quran. Allah, Most High, commands the angels to all bow down to prophet Adam, peace be upon our messenger and upon him, but Iblis refuses.

Reading this section would make us think that Iblis is from the angels. But in chapter ”al-Kahf” [The cave] we can read:

وَإِذۡ قُلۡنَا لِلۡمَلَـٰٓٮِٕكَةِ ٱسۡجُدُواْ لِأَدَمَ فَسَجَدُوٓاْ إِلَّآ إِبۡلِيسَ كَانَ مِنَ ٱلۡجِنِّ
[al-Kahf 18:50]

”And (remember) when We said unto the angels: Fall prostrate before Adam, and they fell prostrate, all save Iblis. He was of the jinn..”

According to the major opinion of our scholars Iblis is from the jinn and created from fire. He however was amongst the foremost of the jinn in worship and he was elevated to the heavens to live amongst the angels by the will and wisdom of Allah, Most High. This high position was withdrawn after he showed arrogance, jealousy and disobedience to his Lord, and was thrown down upon the earth in utter humiliation and banishment. He no longer deserved to be in the blessed gatherings of the angels.

In the arabic language there is a grammatical rule (taghlib) that stipulates that when you adress a group you adress them by the majority. For example, if you are addressing a group of doctors and there is a nurse amongst them you would adress them as the doctors and it would include the nurse. This rule includes the minority into the majority. This rule does not exist in english. In translation it is lost. The scholars of tafsir teaches us that the command to prostrate was for the ones present, which were the angels and Iblis.

Iblis is from the jinn and like mankind the jinn has free will. Because of his arrogance and pride he refused to obey the command of his Lord. The holy prophet (sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

لا يدخل الجنة من كان في قلبه مثقال حبة خردل من كبر
[Hadith]
Anyone who possesses an atom’s weight of pride in his heart will not enter Paradise.””

قَالَ فَبِمَآ أَغۡوَيۡتَنِى لَأَقۡعُدَنَّ لَهُمۡ صِرَٲطَكَ ٱلۡمُسۡتَقِيمَ
[al-’Araf 7:17]
”Now, because Thou hast sent me astray, verily I shall lurk in ambush for them on Your straight path.”

Allah, Most High, created Iblis and gave him the ability to choose right from wrong. Allah in pre-eternity knew and, based on His knowledge, willed that Iblis would be the way he would. Allah decreed the actions of Iblis as per His pre-eternal knowledge of Iblis’ choices. Iblis chose to be guided or to go astray and was not forced by any means. Here, Iblis, blames Allah, Most High, for the choices he himself made with his free will. It shows his bad conduct and evil inner. Allah, Most High, guides to the straight path and He does not lead astray.

Rahma Ahmed

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Is Someone Using Black Magic to Destroy My Marriage?

Answered by Shaykh Rami Nsour

Question: I hope this reaches you in the best of health and imaan. I got married a few months ago and everything was at first, but then my husband started arguing with me about petty things constantly. He’s gotten very ill, suffering from back, arm, knee, shoulder pain, headaches, lack of intimacy, lack of appetite, mood swings etc.

He acts harsh towards me and threatens me with divorce.  He says he doesn’t know why he is unhappy with me, because at other times he says I’m the perfect wife. The doctors don’t even know exactly what is wrong with him.

Recently I’ve been getting dreams of jinns trying to wrestle with me whilst I’m in bed etc, then I’ve woken up feeling shaken because it was so real. I even had another dream where I woke suddenly because I felt like there was some dark male figure hugging me whilst laying besides me on the left hand side of the bed. (I was not sharing a bed with my husband at the time) The figure was hot. I awoke feeling shaken again. Now I always read ayatul kursi and the 4 quls before going to bed.

I  had another dream where my mother had asked me who had given me these gifts she found in my room. I answered her and asked her why it was important? She said the gifts indicated that someone had ”done something to me”. I’m just frustrated, upset, confused now I was wondering if this relates to my marriage? I feel like someone is doing magic to interfere in our marriage. I’m not sure. Is there anyway of really finding out?

Please advise me about what I can do to find out if something is going on and what I can do in the meantime to protect our marriage and help my husband.

Answer: There is no exact way of finding out for sure what is going on. There is a chance that it could be related to something on the unseen realm, such as jinn or magic, and there is also the chance that it could be a mental health issue or emotional issue that he is dealing with.

What I would suggest is that you cover all the bases in trying to treat what is going on. Continue to do what you are doing in terms of Quran recitation and dhikr.

You should also increase the amount of whatever you are doing as long as it is within your capacity, as moderation is also prescribed. You should encourage your husband to increase his acts of worship and to be in the company of good people and shuyukh, as that has a healing effect.

Also remember that there is a lot of good found in seeking knowledge and a special protection granted to seekers of knowledge, so you and your husband should make a serious effort to seek knowledge. His emotions may be coming from ignorance of the deen and the cure for this is to study.

You should also seek outside help from both clinicians/therapists as well as people trained in spiritual matters. See if there are any therapists that can help you and your husband understand the possibilities of what might be going on. In terms of people versed in spiritual matters, you should only go to people who are knowledgeable of the Quran and Sunna and are know for following the tenets of the faith.

Beware of charlatans, people who are not qualified and those who seeking money for this type of work. Having a knowledgeable teacher locally or by phone will also be a help for you and your husband to work through issues that you are having as a couple or spiritual issues. They may also be able to identify signs of what might possibly be the cause of what your husband is experiencing.

And Allah knows best.

Rami

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