Going to churches to treat epilepsy

Question: The common cure for epilepsy here in Egypt is to go to a church, especially the Mary Girgis Church, or to go to practitioners of Sihr (witchcraft) and soothsayers, who are widespread in villages. Sometimes, recovery is secured. Is it permissible to do so given that the epileptic may die if he is not treated quickly? What is the lawful treatment, sanctioned by Allaah, to this seizure, as there is a cure for every disease except for old age? Please give us a detailed explanation regarding the cure.

Answer: It is not permissible to resort to churches, practitioners of Sihr (witchcraft), or soothsayers for treating epilepsy... read more here.

Putting the Mus-haf on the forehead of the possessed person for healing

Question: I am a blind man suffering from Jinn (creatures created from fire) coming every night to my house. When I open the Mus-haf (copy of the Qur’aan) and put its face down, they go away. Some people told me that it is not permissible to open the Mus-haf and put it face down. Please, help me!

Answer: You should occupy yourself with Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah) repeatedly upon going to bed and recite Aayatul-Kursee... read more here.

Cauterization as a way of curing epilepsy

Question: An epileptic woman is possessed by a female Jinn. When the Jinn is beaten, she refuses to depart from the Muslim woman’s body. Is it permissible in this case to burn the Muslim woman with a firebrand so that the female jinni will leave her body?

Answer: It is absolutely Haraam (prohibited) to use this method, because only Allaah has the right to punish with fire... read more here.

Seeking treatment from being possessed by jinn at practitioners of Arab medicine

Question: One night, my brother who is fifteen years old, was walking in one of the valleys in the southern desert. He said that he found a strange being that looked like an animal and this animal accompanied him for approximately one kilometer. He felt great fear and his jaws stuck together. This animal kept walking with him for a while to his left, to his right, behind him, and in front of him. He said that he tried many times to perform Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah) but he could not. Moreover, he tried to do anything that might drive this strange thing away from him but he could not. Then, according to him, this being suddenly disappeared. He kept walking until he reached his house. He suffered disorders in his mental and nervous systems for two weeks. Then, he suffered epilepsy and we moved to Al-Dammam. I took him to hospital. Some of my friends told me that my brother was suffering from insanity due to seeing jinn (creatures created from fire) and that the hospital treatment would not cure him. They told me to take him to a diviner. Then, due to my brother’s state, I was obliged to consult someone in Al-Dammam. He claimed that he treats these kinds of illnesses. When we got there, he seated my brother before him and began to pronounce Tahlil (saying, “Laa ilaahaa illaa Allaah [there is no god but Allaah]”) and asked Allaah to bestow peace and blessings upon the Prophet (peace be upon him) in a loud voice. Then he began to mumble words in a low voice so that we could not understand what he said.He put water in a cup and recited Soorah Al-Faatihah and some words that I did not hear. Then, he gave it to the boy to drink. He gave us a certain type of gum to burn as incense to perfume my brother with. We went to this person again and he did the same thing he had done in the previous session. He said that we had to have with him six sessions; one session per week, then he would record his name in order to know if he could treat him or not. He said that he observed the boy while the latter was being perfumed with incense. He also said that he could see other people in Najran, Abha, and other places. Besides, he said that he knew the status of another patient who lives in Kuwait. Moreover, he does not receive money except for what one gives to him. As for the boy, he began to recover with the Will of Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He). I, all praise be to Allaah, have a firm belief and creed. I have no doubt that Allaah is the only One Who causes harm and brings benefit. Going to this person does not mean that I believe that he will cure my brother. I believe that no one will cure my brother except Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) Alone. I would like you to guide me as to what I should do. Can I follow up with this person or not?

Secondly: What is the Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) ruling on this method of treatment used by such a person?

Answer: In case that the reality is what you have mentioned; your brother is thus possessed by Jinn. You have to treat him with Shar`ee (Islaamically lawful) Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing)... read more here.

Protection from being possessed by jinn

Question: A man lives in a house in the desert which he inherited from his forefathers. On the second day of Ramadaan, he experienced a calamity. He claims that ever since that night, he feels stones being thrown at him from inside and outside his house. The lights of the house go on and off, utensils break and he feels played with, without knowing who is doing this! This went on for several days, after which he consulted his clan hoping they would be of help to him. However, they told him that it was probably some of his enemies who were doing these terrible things to him. They accompanied him back to his house and when night fell and it became dark, they witnessed everything he had told them about and believed him. After that his family urged him to leave the house.

How do you interpret this awful occurrence? What is its remedy? What is the legal ruling on this?

Answer: This may be a group of devils from among the Jinn who are harassing him in order to drive him away from his home, or merely to annoy him… read more here.

The reality of jinn possession

Question: Some people are possessed by Jinn (creatures created from fire) and are told that Asyad (masters) or shaykhs of Jinn have entered their bodies. Those Asyad and shaykhs might be disbelievers or Christians; thus, they order the possessed person to do things that contradict Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) such as abandoning the performance of Salaah (prayer), going to the church, or doing unbearable things and if they do not obey, they torture them. What is the Sharee`ah way to get rid of them?

Answer: Jinn entering human bodies is a reality and if the possessed person is ordered to do unlawful things… read more here.

Jinn: According to Qur’aan and Sunnah

Question: When a person becomes ill with hallucinations, people start to say that he is possessed by jinn (creatures created from fire). They bring a shaykh who recites the Qur’aan upon him until he restores his consciousness. Is this true or not? Also is it true that chanting certain incantations can prevent a husband from being able to have sexual intercourse with his wife?

Answer: Firstly, Jinn is a kind of Allaah’s creatures which is mentioned in the Qur’aan and Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet)… read more here.

The dominance of Jinn over humans

Question: Does the following Hadeeth bear evidence on the dominance of Jinn (creatures created from fire) over Humans? Aboo Al-Sa’eeb narrated: We visited Aboo Sa`eed Al-Khudree in his house and while we were waiting for him (to finish his Prayer) we heard something under his bed. We looked towards the sound and found a snake. I jumped up to kill it, but he (Aboo Sa`eed Al-Khudree) gestured that I should sit down. I sat down and when he finished (the Salaah) he pointed to a room in the house and said: Do you see this room? I said: Yes. He said: There was a young man amongst us who was newly wed. We went with Allaah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) to take part in the Battle of the Trench, this young man used to ask for Allaah’s Messenger’s (peace be upon him) permission to return to his family everyday at midday. One day, he sought permission from him and Allaah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) (after granting him the permission) said to him: Carry your weapons with you for I fear the tribe of Qurayzhah (may harm you). The man took his weapons and came back to find his wife standing between the two doors. He was hit by jealousy and made a dash towards her with a spear in order to stab her. She said: Keep your spear away and enter the house until you see that which has made me come out. He entered and found a big snake coiled on the bed. He darted with the spear and pierced it and then went out, but the snake quivered and attacked him and no one knew which of them died first, the snake or the young man . . . (Related by Muslim in his Saheeh (authentic) Book of Hadeeth ‘Refer to Mishkaah Al-Masaabih,chapter on [The lawful and the prohibited to eat]’)

Answer: Firstly, the Hadeeth is Saheeh (a Hadeeth that has been transmitted by people known for their uprightness and exactitude; free from eccentricity and blemish) in terms of its Sanad (chain of narrators) and Matn (text)… read more here.