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.

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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.

Wearing amulets and talismans containing Aayaat

Question: What is your opinion regarding wearing an amulet or a Hijaab (preserver) containing some Aayaat of the Qur’aan? What I mean is: Is it permissible for a Muslim to carry a Hijaab that contains some Aayaat of the Qur’aan or not?

Answer: The Salaf (righteous predecessors) disagreed about the ruling on writing an Aayah of the Qur’aan or the whole Qur’aan and wearing it on the upper arm or elsewhere to protect against feared harm or to remove adversity… read more here.

Wearing amulets bearing some Aayaat

Question: An Imaam (one who leads congregational Salaah) wears amulets on which Qur’aan is written and makes similar ones for others. However, he leads people in Salaah (Prayer). Is it lawful to appoint such a man as an Imaam and pray behind him or not?

Answer: Wearing amulets or other items containing Qur’aanic Aayaat is Haraam (prohibited) according to the more correct of two opinions held by the scholars… read more here.

Writing Aayaat or Du`aa’ Ma’thoor to be hung on the sick seeking recovery

Question: What is the ruling on people who write some of the Aayaat (verses) of the Qur’aan and ask the sick to hang them on their heads or any other part of their bodies claiming that this is a cure while they may or may not charge for this service?

Answer: The proper view is that writing Aayaat of the Qur’aan or any other Du`aa’ Ma’thoor (recorded supplication) and asking the sick to hang them seeking recovery is prohibited. This is due to three reasons… read more here.

Carrying pocket-sized copies of the Mus-haf for protection against envy or the envious eye

Question: What is the ruling on carrying pocket-sized copies of the Mus-haf (copy of the Qur’aan)for protection against envy or the evil eye on the grounds that they provide protection or prevent harm? What is the ruling if they are put in the car to prevent accidents? The second question is: What is the ruling on wearing an amulet which contains Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) of the Qur’aan for protection against envy or the evil eye or for seeking success or recovering from illness or magic spells or other purposes? The third question is: What is the ruling on wearing gold necklaces which contain Ruqyah (a piece of paper with some Qur’aanic verses and supplications written on it) for protection from harm?

Answer: Allaah (Glorified be He) revealed the Qur’aan so that people could practice its recitation as an act of `Ibaadah (worship), contemplate its meaning, know its rulings and thereby act upon them… read more here.

Writing an Aayah and wearing it around the upper arm

Question: What is the ruling on writing an Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) and hanging it around any human part; the upper arm for example, or rinsing this writing with water or the like and then using this water in washing the body? Is this an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) or not and is it permissible or not?

Answer: The scholars of Salaf (righteous predecessors) hold different views regarding the ruling on writing an Aayah of the Qur’aan and hanging it or hanging the whole Qur’aan around the upper arm for protection against evil or to ward it off… read more here.

Islaamic treatment for the one possessed by Jinn

Question: What does Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) prescribe as treatment for a person who is possessed by Jinn (creatures created from fire)?

Answer: Such a person should be treated by Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing) and by repeating Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah) which has been authentically narrated from the Prophet (peace be upon him)… read more here.

Charms, amulets, and love-potions

Question: A person applied to Riyadh Principality for a license to sell Ruqyahs (i.e., recitations for healing) and amulets containing Qur’aanic Aayaat in the market. The Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) asked him to obtain a license from the Principality. The Principality has suggested that Your Eminence issue the license after being convinced by the applicant and that you lay down the regulations and the rules which will protect the people from exploitation. We would like to know your opinion in this concern, and the possibility of granting such licenses for those who meet the laid down criteria. Please accept our best regards.

Answer: A Fatwaa (legal opinion by a qualified Muslim scholar) has already been issued regarding the ruling on writing Qur’aan or Prophetic supplications on paper or on a plate, then wiping it with water for the patient to drink as a cure… read more here.