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Do the devils die?

December 27, 2013 Leave a comment

 

There is no doubt that the jinn, and the devils among them, do die. The following Quranic verse applies to them,

“Everyone that is therein will pass away; There remains but the countenance of your Lord of Might and Glory. Which is it, of the favors of your Lord, that you deny?

” (al-Rahmaan 26-28).

 

 

In Sahih al-Bukhari it is reported from Ibn Abbas that the Prophet used to say

“I seek refuge, by your Glory, the One, whom there is no other god but You, the One who does not die, and the jinn and mankind do die.”

 

Concerning the length of their lives, we do not know much except what Allah has said concerning the accursed Satan who has been given respite and life until the Day of Judgment. Allah says

“He said: Reprieve me till the day when they are raised (from the dead). He said: Lo! you are of those reprieved”

(AI-Asaaf 14-15).

 

 

Concerning other jinn or devils, we do not know their lifespans. But we do know that their lifespans are longer than that of the humans.

 

Further evidence that they do die is the report that Khaalid ibn Waleed killed the devil of al-Uza (a tree that the Arabs used to worship).

And a Companion killed a jinn that took the shape of a serpent.

 

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Evocation of the Jinn to Bring Out Hidden Treasures

December 16, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Question: There are those who evoke the Jinn by means of mysterious magical sayings in order to get them to bring out treasures hidden in the village for a long time. What is the ruling on such practice?

 

Answer:

This practice is not allowed, for the magical words with which they evoke and employ the Jinn are often not void of Shirk. To show how serious it is, Allah says, “…Lo! Whose ascribeth  partners unto Allah, for him Allah hath forbidden Paradise. His abode is the Fire. For evildoers there will be no helpers.” [Maida Sura, Ayah 72]

Dealing with those people tempts as well as makes them conceited. They are conceited to believe in themselves as being right in what they are doing. They are tempted as a result of the amount of money they get. Therefore, they must be boycotted, and Muslims must be alerted to their reality and advised not to deal with them.

Those people are most probably charlatans who want to deceive people and take their money unlawfully. They make haphazard guesses, which my coincide with Allah’s destiny; if this happens, they spread the news of their claimed success. If their guesses do not materialize, they make up all sorts of excuses.

My advice to such people who have been involved in this evil affair is: beware lying to people and taking their money unlawfully and beware Shirk. Life on earth does not last long, and on Justice Day judgment is tough. You have no choice but to repent and beg Allah to forgive you for what you have been doing. You have to correct your acts and purify your wealth; success is only with Allah.

[Ifta’a Permanent Committee, Fatwas on Treatment Using the Qur’an and the Sunnah, Ruqyas and Related Issues, by Ibn-Baz and Ibn-Uthaimeen, p. 70-71]

The Gates of Hell

June 15, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Allah has told us that Hell has seven gates, as He said:
“And surely, Hell is the promised place for them all. It [Hell] has seven gates, for each of these gates is a [special] class [of sinners] assigned”. (15:43-44)

 

Ibn Katheer commenting on this aayah, said:

“This means that each gate has been allotted its share of the followers of Iblees who will enter it, and the will not be able to avoid it. May Allaah protect us from it. Each will enter a gate according to his deeds, and will be assigned to a level of Hell according to his deeds.”

 

It was reported from ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib (radiAllahu anhu) that he said, during a khutbah (sermon):

“The gates of Hell are such and-such”.

 

Abu Harun said,

“They are in layers, one above the other”.

 

It is reported that he also said,

“The gates of Hell number seven, one above the other. The first will be filled, then the second, then the third, until all of them are filled.”

(Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 4/162)

 

 

When the disbelievers come to Hell, its gates will be opened, and they will enter it, to remain there forever:

“And those who disbelieved will be driven to Hell in groups, till, when they reach it, the gates thereof will be opened [suddenly like a prison at the arrival of the prisoners]. And its keepers will say, “Did not the Messengers come to you from yourselves – reciting to you the Verses of your Rabb, and warning you of the Meeting of this Day of yours”. They will say, “Yes” but the Word of torment has been justified against the disbelievers”. (39:71)

 

 

After they are admitted, they will be told:

“Enter you the gates of Hell, to abide therein. And [indeed] what an evil abode of the arrogant!” (39:72)

 

These gates will be shut upon the evildoers, and they will have no hope of ever escaping from them after that, as Allah says, “But those who reject Our Signs, they are the [unhappy] Companions of the Left Hand. On them will be Fire vaulted over [all round].” (90:19-20)

 

Ibn ‘Abbaas said,

“vaulted” (literally: “shut over them”) means that the gates will be locked”.

al-Mujaahid pointed out that the word used (mu’sadah) is the word used in the dialect of Quraysh to mean “locked” or shut” (Tafseer Ibn Katheer 7/298)

 

In the Qur’aan Allah says:
“Woe to every [kind of] scandalmonger and backbiter, who piles up wealth and lays it by. Thinking that his wealth would make him last forever! By no means! He will be sure to be thrown into that which Breaks to Pieces. And what will explain to you that which breaks to pieces? The Fire of [the wrath of] Allaah, kindled [to a blaze], which mounts [right] to the heart. It shall be made into a vault over them, in columns outstretched.” (104:1-9)

 

 

Allaah  states that the gates of Hell will be locked behind them. Ibn Abbaas said,

“In columns outstretched” means that the gates will be stretched out”. ‘Atiyah said, “It is a pillar of iron”. Muqaatil said, “The gates will be closed firmly behind them and locked with a bolt of iron, so that the pain and heat will be intensified. The expression “stretched forth” applies to the “pillar”, meaning that the bolts with which the  gates are locked will be very long, because a long bolt is stronger than a short one”

(Ibn Rajab, at-Takhweef min an-Naar, p.61)

 

The gates of Hell may be opened and closed before the Day of Judgement. The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) told us that the gates of Hell are locked during the month of Ramadhan. at-Tirmidhi reported that Abu Hurayrah said the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said:

“When the first night of Ramadhan comes, the Shayaateen and evil jinns are chained up. The gates of Hell are closed and not one of them is opened. The gates of Paradise are opened and not one of them is closed.”

(Ibid, p.66)

[al-Jannah wa an-Naar, page 10]

 

Eight things I learnt from Shaqeeq

May 2, 2013 Leave a comment

 

It was narrated that Shaqeeq [ibn Ibraheem] al-Balkhee said to Haatim [al-Assam- his student]:

You have accompanied me for a long period of time, so what have you learnt?

Haatim replied:

 

Eight things:

 

The first:

I looked at the creation and found that every person has something that is beloved to him, but when that person reaches his grave, he would depart from his beloved. So I made the most beloved thing to me my righteous deeds, so that they may be with me in my grave.

 

The second:

I looked at the saying of Allaah the Elevated:

{… and restrained himself from impure evil desires and lusts. } [An Naazi’aat: 40]

So I strove against my self, repelling desires and lusts from it until it settled upon obedience to Allaah.

 

The Third:

I saw that whoever possessed something valuable would keep it in a safe and secure place, I then looked at the saying of Allaah the Glorified:

{ Whatever is with you will come to an end, and whatever is with Allaah will remain.} [An Nahl: 96]

So whenever something of value came into my possession, I gave it in His cause, so that it may remain for me with Him.

 

The Fourth:

I saw that people return to wealth, lineage and nobility, and they are all worthless, so I looked at the saying of Allaah the Glorified:

{Indeed the most honourable of you with Allaah are those who have Taqwaa } [Al Hujuraat: 13]

So I worked on attaining Taqwaa so that I may be honorable with Allaah.

 

The Fifth:

I saw that people envy each other, so I looked at the saying of the Elevated:

{ It is We Who portion out their livelihood between them } [Az Zukhruf: 32]

So I forsook envy and jealousy.

 

The Sixth:

I saw them taking each other as enemies, so I looked at the saying of the Glorified:

{ Surely, Shaytaan (Satan) is an enemy to you, so take (treat) him as an enemy } [Faatir: 6]

So I left their enmity and took Shaytaan as my only enemy.

 

The Seventh:

I saw that they humiliate themselves in pursuing provision, so I looked at the saying of Allaah the Glorified:

{ And no moving (living) creature is there on earth except that its provision is due from Allaah. } [Hood: 6]

So I concentrated on what was due to Him from me, and left what was due to me to Him.

 

The Eighth:

I saw them dependent upon their trades, professions and health, so I depended upon Allaah the Glorified.

 

[Ahmad ibn ‘Abdur Rahmaan al-Maqdisee, Mukhtasar Minhaaj al Qaasideen, pg-28; Translator: Abu Abdul-Waahid, Nadir Ahmad ]

The Disbelievers Among the Jinn Will Be In Hell

April 29, 2013 Leave a comment

 

The disbelievers among the jinn will enter Hell just like the disbelievers among mankind, for the jinn are held responsible for their actions just as human beings are:

“And I have only created jinns and men that they may worship Me [alone]” (51:56)

 
On the Day of Resurrection, the jinn and mankind will be gathered alike:

“And on the Day when He will gather them [all] together, [and say]: “O assembly of jinns! Many did you mislead of men” (6:128)

 
“So by your Rabb, without doubt, We shall gather them together, and [also] the Evil Ones [with them], then We shall bring them forth on their knees round about Hell. Then shall We certainly drag out from every sect all those who were worst in obstinate rebellion against Allaah the All-Gracious. And certainly We know best those who are most worthy of being burned therein”. (19:68-70)

 

 
Then Allaah  will tell the disbelieving jinn:

“Enter in the company of nations who passed away before you, of men and jinns into the Fire”. (7:38)

 
Then they will be thrown on their faces in Hell:

“Then they will be thrown headlong into the [Fire], they and those straying in evil. And the whole hosts of Iblis together”. (26:94-95)

 

 

Thus Allaah’s promise that Hell will be filled with the disbelievers among the jinn and mankind will be fulfilled:

“..And the word of your Rabb shall be fulfilled: “Surely I will fill Hell with jinns and men all together” (11:119)

 
“And the Sentence among the previous generations of jinns and men that had passed away is proved against them..” (41:25)

 

[al-Jannah wa an-Naar, pg 20-21]

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