Talking to the dead

Question: I read in some of the books written by Shaykh Al-Islaam about talking to the dead. He said that it is Satan who comes out of the grave and talks to those who have come to him, and some other related things. Does the story of Mutarrif, which was mentioned by Ibn Al-Qayyim, belong to this category? Is there a limit for talking to the dead, if in fact it is Shaytaan who responds?

Answer: The souls of the dead approaching their graves on Thursday night or Friday morning, recognizing those who visit or pass them and greet them more clearly than other times, and meeting of the living with the dead on this day are all matters that belong to the Ghayb (Unseen), which is known exclusively by Allaah and therefore can only be known about through a revelation from Him to one of his prophets… read more here.

Using jinn and conjuring them by means of supplications and charms

Question: What is the phenomenon of conjuration, which is belief in the possibility of conjuring the spirit of a dead person through a medium? What is the attitude of Islaam toward this phenomenon? Is it a true phenomenon? Please support your answer with Aayaat, Hadeeths or authentic narrations.

Answer: This phenomenon is the known practice of using a Jinnee (creature created from fire) and conjuring it by means of invocations and charms practiced by a conjurer… read more here.

Going to charlatans for treatment

Question: My father is suffering from a chronic disease, we tried very hard to treat him but it was in vain. When doctors failed to treat him, the family resorted to some charlatans seeking a treatment. I refused and did not let them continue on this track, for I am sure that it is forbidden. I warned them that this is Haraam (prohibited), but they did not consider my warnings. They argued that I know nothing about the matter and that those charlatans are righteous people. They believe that this is religiously lawful. In fact, it was only when I was informed of the way they treat the patient that I became really against their acts. I know that their acts are baseless. Some of their ways are as follows:One of them asked my family to bring my father’s headdress. Thereupon, he described the disease of my father without examining him.

Another charlatan also says on seeing the patient: “O So and So! You have a good horoscope” exactly in this manner. A third one orders the family of the patient to slaughter a black sheep, collect some of its hooves or horns then put them inside the slain sheep and place it in an isolated area where no one can see or reach it. The charlatan also stipulates that the slaughtered animal should be kept out of sight, claiming that the influence of the treatment will be ineffective if anyone sees the slaughtered animal specified for treatment.

There are many other acts that some people believe. Therefore, I am sending my question hoping that you will clarify the ruling on this matter. I hope that Allaah, the Most High, the All-Powerful renders us from those who hear the word (Good advice) and follow the best thereof. And Allaah is the grantor of success.

Answer: It is Haraam (prohibited) to go to charlatans for treatment. The ways of treatment you mentioned are charlatanic and superstitious. Their only aim is to unjustly seize people’s money… read more here.

Sufi Tariqahs and charlatanism

Question: There are many followers of Sufi Tariqahs (orders) these days who perform questionable acts, such as hitting the sick with Al-Shish (a thin iron stick) to cure them, eating glass, and piercing themselves with daggers. What is the legal ruling on these acts, bearing in mind that they claim to be Allaah’s Awliyaa’ (pious people) and consider such acts as Karaamahs (extraordinary events performed by a pious people)?

Answer: These acts are charlatanry or magic, and are used as means to deceive people; they are therefore Haram (prohibited)… read more here.

Consulting charlatans and wearing amulets

Question: A Muslim Arab doctor visited frequently by many people to whom he says: “You should know that recovery is up to Allaah Alone and I am just a reason leading to recovery.” He prescribes permissible medicines to them and some leaves to be soaked in water then drunk or an ointment to be applied. But I was against one of his prescriptions, as he told someone to put a piece of paper inside the skin of a donkey then to use it as an amulet to be protected from the affliction of Umm Al-Sibyaan (a female Jinnee ‘a creature created from fire’). What is your view on this? It should be noted that the piece of paper is hung only during the period of pregnancy then removed.

Answer: Firstly, it is not permissible to go to this man you mentioned because he is a charlatan… read more here.

The Awliyaa’ of Allaah and the Awliyaa’ of Shaytaan

Question: Among us are some members of a dervish order; one of them is a relative of ours. He is an illiterate man, not gifted by any agility or wit, but he drank a sip of water from the hands of the head of this order to be able to perform charlatan tricks and sorcery before the people. He can strike his stomach with every cutting weapon such as daggers, swords, pieces of wood, bullets, etc. He is neither a practicing Muslim, nor does he perform the obligatory acts of worship enjoined by Allaah such as Salaah (Prayer), Sawm (Fasting) and others.

Please clarify the opinion of Islaam regarding this matter. What is the secret of his ability to strike himself in this manner? Please reply in writing, as this phenomenon takes place in our country and in other Arab and Muslim countries as well.

Answer: Allaah sent Muhammad (peace be upon him) as the Final Messenger, on the authority of Qur’aanic texts and Ijmaa‘ (scholarly consensus), as Allaah says (what means)… read more here.