Consulting diviners and soothsayers and wearing amulets

Question: Allaah has willed for me to write this message in which I ask for your advice and clarification with regard to an illness called epilepsy.

My mother suffers from this disease. She was possessed at first by Jinn (creatures created from fire). We brought her an Imaam who was able to exorcise Jinn possessing her. Then she suffered from epilepsy for a week. Whenever we brought the Imaam, she would be well. But when he left, she would return to the same suffering. Then she recovered and led a stable life for a period of time. It was not long before she suffered possession again by a female Jinnee (a creature created from fire). She suffered for about the same period of time. We brought the Imaam once again and he expelled the evil spirit. Then, she suffered again. We brought another Imaam who exorcised her again. This continued for a period of time, whenever she would suffer, we would bring someone to treat her.

Once, my mother asked me to bring the Imaam who treated her the first time. This man said that he was told by the female Jinnee that the room is filled with Jinn, so we moved her to another room. Unfortunately, she remained in the same condition. Then, she asked me to take her to some tombs. I did so but she remained in the same state. We took her to one merchant and he gave her some amulets and drugs. He asked her to wear some of the amulets, put the rest in some water before she washes her body therewith, and to take the drugs. There are still some Jinn in the room. I would like to know if doing this is correct or if it contradicts Sharee`ah (Islaamic law). Please guide me to the truth.

Answer: Firstly, It is not permissible to consult soothsayers and fortune-tellers. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said.. read more here.

Giving soothsayers money to avoid their harm

Question: If a person tried to leave them (soothsayers), they might prevent him. So, is it permissible to give them money to avoid them? And if one is able to do without their medications and magic acts, is it permissible to salute them or should they be deserted all together?

Answer: Firstly, it is forbidden to give them money in return for their evil acts they do when one visits them. Yet, there is no harm in giving them money to ward off their evil... read more here.

Harm or benefit only by the Will of Allaah

Question: If it happens that a patient seeks treatment from such a woman or one of those who claim to practice ancient medicine, they deem that the patient, whether cured or not, has no choice except to continue treatment with them. They decide the mode of treatment for him; they might even prevent him from seeking treatment with somebody else. If he goes without consulting them, they think they can influence him, and they threaten him with diseases or insanity. The patient may submit to their command out of fear of their doing harm to him. Do they have the influence they claim to have?

Please advise, may Allaah reward you.

Answer: No one can harm or benefit anybody except by the will of Allaah. Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) stated… read more here.

Going to and believing soothsayers

Question: The second, third, fourth, fifth, and seventh questions of Fatwaa No. 8071

Q2: There is a woman here who performs all the obligatory acts of `Ibaadah (worship) and also the supererogatory acts, such as Qiyam-ul-Layl (optional Prayer at night), Salaat-ul-Duhaa (supererogatory Prayer after sunrise), and fasts for three days of every month. However, she goes to an Arabian woman doctor for treatment of her psychological illnesses. Is it permissible for her to go to that woman? What advice would you give her?

Q3: If this woman, who regularly performs the acts of `Ibaadah, dies in this condition, what effect will this woman going to have on her deeds?

Q4: Many people come to ask a woman called: “The Absent One,” about matters taking place far away from her. For example, a man goes to her in her village and asks whether his pregnant daughter, who lives in another country, has delivered yet. The woman always gives a decisive answer, whether yes or no, and never says “Allaah knows best.” Is it permissible to ask her questions such as this? Please advise us.

Answer – 2, 3, 4: It is Haraam (prohibited) to go to soothsayers and to believe them. Accordingly, it is not permissible to visit this woman, who claims to know the Ghayb (Unseen), because she is a Kaafir (disbeliever)... read more here.

Going to soothsayers for treatment

Question: What is the ruling on visiting soothsayers?

Answer: It is prohibited to go to soothsayers for the sake of treatment and the like even if someone believes that the cure is from Allaah Alone and visiting soothsayers is only a means. This is proved by explicit and authentic evidence reported in this regard... read more here.