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.

A man who treats patients by making predictions and signs

Question 27: A man claims that he treats patients by just looking at them without prescribing any medicines. He only points to the right side to tell that a patient has recovered or to the left side to tell that they have not. Is such treatment permissible? Is it permissible to be treated by such a man?

Answer: It is not permissible to go to this man who treats by signs, for he is a liar and a charlatan. Moreover, he may be a soothsayer who seeks the help of Jinn (creatures created from fire). It is worth mentioning that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Anyone who goes to a diviner or a soothsayer and believes in what they say has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammad.” Thus, receiving treatment is only Mubaah (permissible) when it is done by lawful Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and supplications over the sick as a cure), or by known, Mubaah, tried medications..read more here.

Going to charlatan to use talismans for treatment

Question 360: I got seriously ill and my family members and neighbors collectively concluded that a Qareen (a personal Jinn companion for humans) had possessed me. When I was informed that I must rid myself of this Qareen through incantations and the like, I refused. Actually, I find comfort in reading the Qur’aan and Islaamic-related books and listening to the Hadeeth. I also love Ahl-ul-Bayt (members of the Prophet’s extended Muslim family), particularly Al-Husayn and Zaynab and love visiting them. Is this wrong?

Answer:  It is not permissible for Muslims to go to sorcerers, to use talismans, or incantations that involve Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). Instead, one should seek treatment through known medicines prescribed by doctors or through Islaamically lawful invocations read by persons who perform Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and supplications over the sick as a cure). It is not permissible for a Muslim to visit graves and supplicate there. Invoking the dwellers of the graves isa major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship that takes the Muslim out of Islaam). Love of Allaah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) and his household is an act of worship that brings one closer to Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) on condition that a Muslim carries out His orders and avoids things He prohibits. It should be noted that women’s visiting of the graves is not permissible according to the preponderant opinion of scholars, because the Prophet (peace be upon him) cursed women who visit graves... read more here.