Posts Tagged ‘Jinn’

Inquiring if One’s Daughter-in-Law Is a Foe

January 18, 2014 Leave a comment


A patient consults a person about his illness. The person tells him that he is under the effect of magic. The patient asks him to remove the magic. The person pours lead on the patient‘s head in a container of water and tells him the name of the person who bewitched him. that someone has bewitched him. Is a Muslim allowed to do that?

Is it allowed for a mother to inquire about who her future daughter-in-law will be, or to inquire if her present daughter-in- law loves or hates her in-laws?



On the one hand, a Muslim is allowed to seek treatment with medical practitioners and specialists; they diagnose his illness and prescribe suitable medications in accordance with the rules of medicine. This is part of taking the measures usually required in typical cases, for Allah has created cures for all diseases. Some people can discover those cures, whereas others cannot. However, prescribed medications must not be forbidden materials.



On the other hand, Muslims must not deal with soothsayers, who claim knowledge of the unseen, from which they claim to get information about illnesses. Muslims must not believe what a soothsayer tells them, for either it is all unfounded guesswork, or he invokes the Jinn to help achieve what he wants. A soothsayer‘s work is an act of Kufr (disbelief), and to seek his help is an act of Shirk.

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم says, ―

If one visits a soothsayer and inquires about something, his prayers will not be accepted for forty days.

He also says, ―

Whoever consults a soothsayer and believes what he tells him disbelieves in what has been revealed to Muhammad.‖



A Muslim must not accept such prescriptions as pouring lead on one‘s head, etc., for they belong to witchcraft. If he accepts, he will be supporting their witchcraft and invocation of devils.



Inquiring of a soothsayer about the identity of one‘s future daughter-in-law is not allowed, neither is the inquiry whether there will be love or hatred, harmony or disharmony between the spouses and their families. Such knowledge belongs to the unseen, which is known only to Allah.

[Ifta’a Permanent Committee, Islamic Research Journal, Issue 19, p. 162-163.]


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.


Jinn Kidnapping Humans

December 20, 2013 Leave a comment



I have heard several stories about Jinn kidnapping humans. I have also read a story about a man from Al-Ansar (early Medina supporters and companions of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم ). The man was on his way to the mosque for the night prayer when he was captured by the Jinn and was absent for a number of years. Is it possible that the Jinn can kidnap humans?

Jinn Kidnapping Human


Yes, it is possible. It was well known that the Jinn killed Saad Ibn-Ubadah because he urinated in a hole they lived in.


They said, “ We have killed the chief of Al-Khazraj, Saad Ibn Ubadah; we shot him with an arrow that did not miss his heart.



Also, during the reign of Caliph Umar Ibn-Al-Khattab, a man was kidnapped by some Jinn, and remained their prisoner for four years. When he returned, he said that some Mushrik Jinn had kidnapped him and kept him a prisoner until they were invaded and defeated by Muslim Jinn, who returned him to his people. This incident is mentioned in Manar Assabeel and in other books.

Manaar al-Sabeel, 2/88. The story of the kidnapped man was reported by al-Bayhaqi (7/445-446) and its Isnaad was classed as Sahih by al-Albaani in al-Irwaa’, 6/150, no.1709

Wa-Allahu-A’lam (and the whole truth is with Allah).

A Fatawa by Al-Jibreen, signed by him

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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?



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 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]

The Food of the Muslim Jinn and the Kafir Jinn

April 20, 2013 Leave a comment


Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud [radiAllahu anhu] reported that the Prophet [sallallahu alaihi wasallam]  said:

“There came to me a representative on behalf of the jinn, so I went with him and recited the Qur’an to them.” Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud [radiAllahu anhu] said: ‘We then went with him and he showed us their tracks and the traces of their embers.


They (the jinn) asked him (the Holy Prophet [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] ) about their provision, and he  [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] said: ‘Every bone on which the Name of Allah is recited is your provision. The time it falls in your hand it shall be covered with flesh, and the dung of (camels) is fodder for your animals.’


The Messenger of Allah [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] said: ‘Do not perform Istinjaa (cleaning the private parts) with these (things), for these are the food of your brothers from amongst the Jinn.

[ Sahih Muslim (450), Abu Dawud (84), at-Tirmidhi (3258) and Imam Ahmed (1/458-459).]


The above Hadith is referring to the Muslim Jinn; as for the Kafir Jinn, they eat anything on which the Name of Allah is not mentioned, as the Prophet [sallallahu alaihi wasallam]said:

“Satan considers any food lawful on which Allah’s Name is not mentioned.”

[ Sahih Muslim (2017), Abu Dawud (3766) and Imam Ahmed (5/383), on the authority of Hudhaifah.]
Therefore, disbelieving jinn eat and drink anything on which Allah’s Name is not mentioned.

Related Link: Jinn can appear as a black slave or a Dog


Jinn can appear as a black slave or a Dog

February 26, 2013 Leave a comment


‘Ali Ibn Abi Taalib (radiAllahu anhu)  reported:


“I swear by Allah that  Ammar Ibn Yasir fought against both humans and jinn during the life of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). People said: “We know how he fought against humans, so how did he fight against jinn?”


Ali (radiAllahu anhu) said: “We were with the Prophet  (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) on a journey and he told ‘Ammar to go get some water. So ‘Ammar (radiAllahu anhu) went to get the water, but a devil, in the form of a black slave, appeared and prevented him from getting the water. ‘Ammar wrestled with him and brought him to the ground. Satan said: “Let me go and I will let you get the water.” ‘Ammar let him go, but again Satan prevented him from reaching the water. This happened three times, and the fourth time, Satan allowed ‘Ammar to get to the water.


The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) then told  us: “Satan has assumed the form of a black slave and prevented ‘Ammar from having water, but Allah  helped  Ammar ‘defeat him.” ‘


Ali (radiAllahu anhu) said: “When ‘Ammar came back we met him, saying: ‘Well done’Ammar, the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) told us what happened to you.” Then ‘Ammar  said: “I swear by Allah if I had known that he was a devil I would have killed him – I would have throttled him were it not for his bad smell.”

[Sahih, reported by Abu ash-Sheikh in “AI-Adhamah” (1107), Ibn Sa’d in his “Tabaqaat” (3/179) and Al-Bayhaqi’s “Dala’i! an-Nubuwwah” (7/124) and at-Tabarani in “Mujma’ az-Zawa’id’ (9/293).]


In the Sahih Hadith, reported by Abu Dharr (radiAllahu anhu), the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)  said:

“A black dog is a devil.”


[Sahih Muslim (510), Abu Dawud (702), an-Nasa’i’ (2/63-64), Ibn Majah (952) and Imam Ahmed (5/149, 151, 156, 158, 160).]

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