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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.

Letter To A Cape Townian Muslim, by Shaykh Riad Saloojee

Shaykh Riad Saloojee looks back at Cape Town. Triggered by the live stream dhikr from Awwal Masjid, he reminisces on the sounds and sights, the daily happenings and grand occasions, and penned this lovely letter of farewell to the city he loves and had to leave in haste.

Assalāmu‘alaykum wa raḥmatullāhi wa barakātu,

I am writing this letter to you. But it’s also for me.

I left Cape Town for Canada in haste because of illness. I didn’t have time for a proper goodbye. It was a hard and fast break from the past. There was no time to reflect or reminisce or recollect.

A month has passed. My attention was devoted to convalescing. But even as my physical strength was returning, alḥamduliLlāh, I felt an inexplicable and barren sadness.

I first attributed this feeling to the frigid winter, grey-clouded skies and cabin-fever. I mentioned it to my wife. She told me to listen to the Awwal Masjid dhikr on MixLR.

And when I finally did yesterday, every dear memory of my 11-year life in Cape Town revived in me – and my frozen heart shattered into a million tears.

I’ve never been one to feel homesick. Is home really a physical geography? Other countries, too, neighbour on sea and mountains. How important is culture and custom in itself? Some prize difference even as others hold fast to the familiar. Geography, culture, custom are all valued only for the meanings woven into them by the fabric of our lives.

When the dhikr played, there was no memory of a Point where you could see an endless ocean South, East and West; or a mountain sculpted perfectly into a table (but only when you came at it from its good side); or daily weather so coquettish that it forces you to pack for four seasons; or waiting for fresh koeksisters on Sunday mornings with an aunty in curlers, a fireman and a policeman; or the shukrans of cashiers that are clearly not Muslim.

When the dhikr played, I remembered the adhān you could hear every time salāh came in, no matter where you were; I remembered the Jumu‘ah Mubārak messages to remind you that this was not any day, but the ‘Eīd of the week – where men and boys attended in angel-white thawbs, women in Ka‘bah-black abayas; I remembered how everyone wore a fez in the masjid; I remembered the congregants that raised their voices in Divine remembrance after salāh with a formula that, though the same, was always intoned with genuine emotion; I remembered people lingering in dhikr and du‘ā’ long after the mosque emptied; I remembered the familiar faces of elderly botas making the mosque their home during their twilight years; I remembered the takbīrs of ‘Eīd; I remembered people who took the Mawlid more seriously than life itself; I remembered my teachers who worked side jobs to make ends meet so that they could continue to teach; I remembered mapping out routes to visit the wondrous, resting places of the Awliyā’ and how some of those places must be earthly-pictorials of Paradise itself; I remembered the Burdah and how those who came, came with love, and how I wished to be among them; I remembered a teacher of mine who kept teaching at the height of a debilitating illness, day after day, night after night. And other memories, so poignant, so moving, that I only have strength to bring them to heart in fragments.

On the Day when we are called to account for our histories, it is only the space-time of His remembrance that will matter: those times, places and spaces where we remembered Allah, celebrated Him, loved Him, congregated and departed because of Him. What else is more worthy of being deposited in the vaults of our commemoration? Or of being the precious, shared capital of our social experience?

And this – the customs, cultures, times, places and spaces – are simply inanimate forms given life only through the hearts that inhabit them – hearts that love Allāh, love His Messenger (ṣallalāho ‘alayhi wa sallam), revere the symbols of His dīn. Hearts that illuminate you, remind you, provide you true solace in the winter of your life, and give you the strength to keep walking to Him, and never stop, come what may. What is more valuable in all our histories? More worthy of mourning for its loss?

It is from His Divine Beauty that the true beauty of Cape Town lies in His remembrances and the reverence for His symbols, at a time when one of our greatest crimes lie in a collective religious life of academic, political or social pursuit conceitedly cultured with the profanity of our heedlessness.

The Messenger (ṣallalāho ‘alayhi wa sallam) told us that the one who does not thank people does not thank Allāh. To melt this tundra in me, I have to say to you – teacher, colleague, fellow student, friend – may Allah reward you during these 11 years for the invaluable company of your heart’s remembrances. May He increase you in His remembrance and the lifelong pursuit to beautify your character.

“Play the Awwal dhikr in your background,” my wife said.

Yā Laṭīf, may it be, and never cease, always and forever. Āmīn, Thumma Āmīn.

Cover photo by Mickey Bo.

Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Alawi al-Maliki’s Letter To Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlana Muhammad Zakariyya

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Below is a letter in the handwriting of the Hijazi scholar Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Alawi al-Maliki (may Allah shower His mercy upon him), addressed to Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlana Muhammad Zakariyya (may Allah shower His mercy upon him).
It was written after Shaykh al-Hadith had gifted  the Shaykh a copy of Mawlana Khalil Ahmad Saharanpuri’s (may Allah sanctify his secret) Badhl al-Majhud, commentary of Sunan Abi Dawud This particular edition, published in 20 volumes, was the first of many al-Maktabah al-Imdadiyyah (Makkah) prints and included Shaykh al-Hadith’s beneficial ta’liqat (annotations).
Shaykh al-Hadith gifted the work to various notable ‘ulama’ of al-Haramayn.

Translation:

In the name of Allah, most Beneficent, most Merciful,
Possessor of Excellence, the learned hadith scholar, remnant of the predecessors and splendour of the successors, the embodiment of blessings, Imam, caller to Allah, my master and my teacher: Shaykh Muhammad Zakariyya, may Allah protect him …
Al-Salaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatu Allah
I congratulate you on the arrival of the New Year. May Allah make it one of prosperity, blessings, happiness and favour. Amin.
I thank you for kindly sending to me a copy of the great, renowned and praiseworthy commentary, Badhl al-Majhud, which is crowned with your blessed annotations.
May Allah protect, aid and assist you, and may He lengthen your life in His obedience and the excellence of His servitude, and may He enable us to benefit from you. May you always remain [in prosperity].
Your lover and humble servant,
Muhammad ibn ‘Alawi al-Maliki
Servant of the honourable students at the [Umm al-Qura] University and al-Masjid al-Haram
04/01/1394 (AH)
Image taken from:
Fihrist Ta’lifat-e-Shaykh
, Volume 1, p. 346
 (Saharanpur: Maktabah Yadgar-e-Shaykh, Ramadhan 1417 AH / January 1997 CE ed. ) by Mawlana Sayyid Muhammad Shahid Saharanpuri.