Medical Conditions and Waswasa

Answered by Sidi Wasim Shiliwala

Question: I had a question regarding an abnormality I have been having. For the past year or so, I keep dozing off and falling asleep at the most random times of day. I have tried to get an accurate diagnosis but was unable to get a proper answer. I always fall asleep when listening to anything Islamic, I just find myself asleep within minutes. I feel like something is haunting me. I am always jumpy and feel like death is upon me. I am always paranoid of everyone around me to the point that I am now even paranoid from my own family. Alhamdullah I pray and do my dua’s, however I can’t explain why I feel like a curse is upon me or perhaps I’m possessed by a Jinn. I can’t explain it and when I do explain to anyone they think I am crazy or it’s all in my head. I do feel helpless and don’t know why these random sleep attacks, jumpy feeling, feeling that death is upon me happen.

Answer: Walaikum As-salaam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

Jazakum Allahu Khairan, and may Allah ease you of your difficulties and cure you of your affliction.

Seeking Proper Medical Attention

Before addressing some of your concerns related to jinn and waswasa (Satanic whispers), I first advise that you exhaust all medical options. See a physician to ascertain whether or not the problem is related to physical or mental health, and follow his recommendations. Ensuring one’s health is part of the religion, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) told us that after belief, Allah provides nothing better than health. [Tirmidhi]

So if you haven’t done so already, the first piece of advice I have for you is to seek the advice of a doctor. Just as we go to religious scholars for advice on our religion, we go to doctors for advice on our physical and mental health. In all cases, we follow the advice of the experts. This is the path of moderation, which is the path advised by the Prophet (peace be upon him).

Do Not Withdraw from Your Family and Others

Although you are inclined to stay away from your family and from other Islamic environments due to your affliction, I encourage you to resist this urge as much as possible. Maintaining positive and healthy relationships with your family is from the sunnah. Similarly, you can increase your faith and decrease any sinister influences upon you by attending religious gatherings: congregational prayers at the masjid, Islamic classes, halaqas, and similar events.

Even if you are unable to stay awake for the entirety of such events, you will still receive the benefit of attending them. The Prophet (peace be upon him) informed us that a special group of angels seeks out and attends gatherings wherein Allah’s name is invoked and praised, and that Allah grants mercy and forgiveness to all those who attend these blessed gatherings. [Muslim]

See the following answer for more advice on this issue: Satanic Whisperings Are Making Me Withdraw from Muslims

Increase in Prayers and Reliance Upon Allah

If the problem appears to be coming from sources that a medical doctor cannot treat – be they the actions of the jinn, black magic, or the whispering of Shaytan – then the solution is, for all cases, to seek Allah’s aid. Increase in remembrance and supplication, remove any haraam from your life, be firm in your religious obligations, and to establish the sunnahs as well.

For some specific guidance and supplications on dealing with these problems, see the following answers:

OCD and Jinn

Protecting ourselves from Jinn

Prayers for Driving Away Jinn

I am being menaced by a Jinn

Above all, do not despair of Allah’s mercy. Trials and tribulations are a part of life, and oftentimes they contain hidden blessings that we cannot perceive until after they are over. I pray that Allah gives you patience through this test, that He makes it easy upon you, that He cures you of any problems you may have, and that He makes this a means for your sins to be forgiven. And only with Allah comes success.

Jazakum Allahu Khairan,

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

I Am Being Menaced By A Jinn, What Do I Do?

Answered by Shaykh Gibril F Haddad

Question: Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and I see the silhouette of a human standing beside my bed. I don’t see a face or hands or anything of that sort. The other night, I woke up to find this figure beside my sister’s bed . I didn’t think anything of it and started to recite my surahs until I fell asleep. The next morning my sister told me that someone was standing next to her and pushing her down into her bed as if to suffocate her and when she woke up she was paralyzed and could not speak to ask for help.

I wonder if for all these years what I thought to be simple black shadows of the night could actually be something else. I have not told my sister or anyone about these shadows before, but I am now truly worried. I know that my mind is not playing tricks on me when I wake at night, as I tend to wake up fully and feel refreshed. If I am worrying over nothing, then great, but if what I see is what I suspect, then how can I help myself? I have very strong beliefs in Islam and in Allah Almighty, but I cannot help being scared.

Answer: In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

Turn to Allah Most High by Whose permission alone everything can be done and undone; and invoke abundant blessings on the Prophet and his Family. Make sure you and your sister retire at night always with tahara whenever possible and in the daytime as well. Recite before sleep the last three ayats of Surat al-Baqara and the Mu`awwidhat for protection (last three Suras). Observe your prayers scrupulously and all your obligations. Let your quarters be spic and span, use a little incense from time to time, and let them resound with Qur’anic recitation and dhikr. Keep the du’a against the undesirable jinn presence; this du`a is in Imam al-Nawawi’s Adhkar under ruqya and/or ta’widh and is: A`udhu billahi wa-bikalimaatihi al-taammaat….

If these detestable visits continue, slaughter a sheep and distribute it entirely to the poor to the intention that Allah lifts away that illness from your persons. Do not keep connections with evil people and activities but only with holy people. The above occurrences are the reason why it is advisable for parents to have their children wear ta’widh on their persons at all times as they are especially vulnerable.

Hajj Gibril

Jinn and Fortune Telling

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan

Question: Is it true that if a fortune teller’s prediction about the future turns out to be true, that it is because Allah informs the angels about a future event, and the jinn eavesdrop and pass on this information to the fortune teller?

If it is correct then what about the Qur’anic verses (72:26-27): “(He Alone) the All-Knower of the Gha’ib (unseen), and He reveals to none His Gha’ib (unseen). Except to a Messenger (from mankind) whom He has chosen (He informs him of unseen as much as He likes), and then He makes a band of watching guards (angels) to march before him and behind him.”

Why does Allah say that he reveals nothing of the ghaib to none? Could it be that Allah here is referring to humans, that he reveals nothing of the ghaib to humans but he does inform the angels? Or is it possible that these verses have been translated incorrectly?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

I pray this finds you in the best of health and faith.

Jinn Eavesdropping

Your basic description of the eavesdropping of jinn and their passing information on to fortune tellers is correct, based on the Qur’an and prophetic reports.

This phenomenon occurred much before the coming of the final Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), although when passed down among the jinn to earth and eventually to astrologers and fortune tellers, the information they heard would be mixed with hundreds of lies.

Yet with the coming of our blessed Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), the “stations” from which they would listen were found guarded by angels. Moreover, when they still attempted to listen in, they would be pelted by piercing flames (shihab). When they tried to investigate the matter, they came to know that the new prophet had arrived in the Arabian peninsula.

Allah cast out the jinn with piercing flames to end that phase of eavesdropping, with the exception of “stealth hearing” by a few jinn, who are then kicked out and pursued with flames.

Qur’anic Verses:

“We have surely placed constellations in the heavens, and We have adorned them for those who gaze and ponder. And We have guarded them from every devil cast out; except for any who hears in stealth, and is then pursued by a clear flame.” (15:16-18)

“Verily, We have adorned the lowest heaven with the adornment of stars; and [We have placed] a formidable protection from every obstinate devil. They cannot listen to the Highest Realm, and they are pelted from every side. Outcast!—and theirs is a perpetual torment—Except for one who quickly snatches away [some information], after which he is pursued by a fiery flame.” (37:6-10)

“And indeed, we seek out the sky [i.e., the information there], yet find it filled with fierce guards and flames. Yet we used to sit there in stations, so as to hear. But any who listens now will find flames awaiting him.” (72:8-9)

Related Hadith

There is actually a section in Sahih Bukhari, in the Book of Tafsir, entitled, “His statement, ‘Except for any who hears in stealth, and is then pursued by a clear flame.'” (15:18)

The hadith in that section describes how the jinn climb one on top of the other [according to the narrator, like one hand over another] to the heavens, where Allah decrees a matter in the presence of angels. A jinn will hear some information in stealth, and if not burned by a flame, passes it down below, one after another until it reaches earth. It is finally given to the mouth of a sorcerer, who conveys it mixed with a hundred lies. If anything proves true, people will say, “Didn’t he tell us on such-and-such day that such-and-such would occur, and we found it to be true?”

Reconciling This with the Verses You Ask About

Allah Most High says in the Qur’an, “[He alone is] Knower of the unseen (ghayb); so He allows no one access to His unseen. Except to a messenger whom He has chosen, and then He makes a guard to march before him and behind him.” (72:26-27)

There are a few ways of reconciling these verses with the the phenomenon described above, of Allah disclosing information of the future to angels:

(1) As you state in your question, some exegetes do mention that what is meant by “no one” is “no one among mankind.” [Tafsir Jalalayn]

(2) Even if this were interpreted as “no one among creation,” it does not necessarily contradict the aforementioned phenomenon. As explained in detail by Imam Razi, this is because the phrase “His unseen” used in the verse has no indication of generality. It does not necessarily mean “all of His unseen.” Rather, it could mean “part of His unseen.” [Mafatih al-Ghayb]

That is to say, there are some things in the unseen realm that Allah Most High does not disclose to anyone, except to chosen and elite messengers. This information includes both revelation (like the Qur’an sent to our Blessed Prophet) as well as future events: it is not disclosed to angels in the Upper Realm, and jinn cannot eavesdrop to hear it, even in stealth. As the verses mention, there is even a guard of angels, in front of it and behind it, to provide further protection from evil jinn.

Yet this information is not all of the unseen, and so there are other things of the unseen that Allah does disclose to angels of the upper realm, which jinn can then listen to in stealth.

(3) Imam Abu Su’ud mentions in his tafsir that what Allah prevents to creation is “complete access, whereby there is full disclosure of reality, allowing for full certainty”…except to elite chosen messengers, who are given a “partial disclosure of the unseen,” i.e., specifically that which pertains to their message, such as miracles to prove their truthfulness, or rulings of law and morality that people must abide by; as well as states of the next life, such as resurrection and judgment…namely, those things of the unseen that are part of the prophetic duty to convey. [Irshad al-Aql al-Salim]

Hence based on this interpretation, what is barred from creation is full disclosure: this does not negate that certain events of the future can be disclosed to angels, as well as evil jinn and hence fortune tellers (albeit mixed with many lies)…

And Allah knows best.



Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani