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.

Speaking, supplicating, or whispering to stones

Question: What is the ransom that someone should offer if they happened to have talked to a stone when they were young and unaware of what is right or wrong? How could a stone hear people! What should they do after growing up and knowing the gravity of their actions? They hope for Allaah’s Forgiveness and Pardon and do not want to visit soothsayers and fortunetellers or prepare a meal for a stone that doesn’t even have a mouth to eat.

Answer: Speaking, making Du`aa’ (supplication), or whispering to a stone is an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). Also offering a sacrifice or food to a stone is an act of Shirk… read more here.

Do astrologers know the Ghayb?

Question: Can fortunetellers tell the truth? Are they capable of knowing anything of the Ghayb (unseen)? Can magic affect a person?

Answer: Fortunetellers do not know the Ghayb. In fact, fortunetelling primarily depends on guessing and lying. It is, thus, prohibited, because Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

Confusion between two Ahaadeeth regarding soothsayer and fortuneteller

Question: How can we reconcile the following two Ahaadeeth:

1Whoever visits a fortuneteller (`Arraf), asks him about anything, and believes in their words, their Salaah (Prayer) shall not be accepted for forty days.(Related by Muslim in his Saheeh (authentic) Book of Hadeeth)

2- Whoever visits a fortuneteller believing his saying has indeed disbelieved in the revelation sent down to Muhammad. (Related by Aboo Daawood)

Answer: There is no conflict between the two Ahaadeeth. As for the Hadeeth.read more here.

Consulting a person who claims knowledge of Ghayb

Question: On the eighth of Thul-Hijjah 1403 AH, I got married to my maternal cousin. On the first day of Ramadaan 1405 AH, Allah blessed me with a boy whom I called Moosaa. In Sha`baan, 1406 AH my wife miscarried a fetus after the third month.

In Rabee` Al-Awwal, 1407 AH, Allaah caused my son Moosaa to die. After my son Moosaa died, my maternal aunt, who is also my mother-in-law, came to me and said that she had gone to a man who has “knowledge of the book.” That man told my maternal aunt that a female devil is to be blamed for the death of my children, prompted by her envy and grudge of my wife. He further alleged that he could get rid of this female devil.

I did not listen to what she said. Last year, on the third day of Sha`baan, 1407 AH, Allaah blessed me with a daughter whom I called Masturah, but Allaah caused her to die the day she was born. My maternal aunt came again and blamed me for not going to the man she had mentioned before. She, along with my father, insisted that I should go to him. I asked them to wait a little, so that perhaps Allaah would guide me to something better. Praise be to Allaah, I finally decided to write this letter to you, in the hope that Allaah will enable you to advise us on this matter, knowing that it is causing me constant anguish.

Answer: You have done well by refusing to go with your maternal aunt – your mother-in-law – to a man who claims to have “knowledge of the book,” because he is a sorcerer. You have also done well by asking the people of knowledge for the right answer..read more here.

Consulting those who claim to have knowledge of the Ghayb

Question: What is the ruling on sending a piece of clothing or a shirt to those who claim knowledge of the Ghayb (Unseen) to use for determining an ailment and prescribing suitable treatment?

Answer: It is Haraam (prohibited) to consult those who claim knowledge of the Ghayb. It is not permissible to send to them a piece of clothing, a shirt, or anything else. It is also Haraam to believe what they say, according to the Saheeh (authentic) Hadeeth that have been reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) in this regard..read more here.

Breaking spells using the method of numbers

Question: What is the ruling on a person who removes magic spells using numbers such as: 21, 31, 137, 121, 25; he looks at these numbers in a way which, he claims, belongs to Yoonus (Jonah, peace be upon him)? It should be minded that this man does not know how to undo magic. He claims he can conjure spirits, which enables him to know the zodiac of the person before him and whether he has been bewitched. If not, he says to him, “Your zodiac is zero” after having taken the name of the bewitched person and his mother’s as well. Is this practice permissible and attributable to Yoonus (peace be upon him), or is it against the Qur’aan and the Sunnah and have not been reported from the Salaf (righteous predecessors)? What is the ruling on a person who goes to those who claim to remove spells using this way and believes in its validity? Please reply with evidence.

Answer: If the case is as you have mentioned, such a person is a soothsayer. There is no evidence that this method is attributed to Yoonus (peace be upon him). This is not Islaamically sanctioned and one should not consult these people, rather they must be denounced, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) stated, Whoever goes to a diviner and asks him about any matter, his Salaah (prayer) will not be accepted for forty nights. Narrated by Muslim in his Saheeh (authentic) Book of Hadeeth. The Prophet (peace be upon him) also stated Whoever goes to a soothsayer or a diviner and believes what he says, has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammad. Narrated by Imaam Ahmad and the Four Compilers of Hadeeth with a Saheeh (authentic) Isnaad (chain of narration).

The Prophet (peace be upon him) also stated Anyone who acquires any knowledge of astrology has acquired a branch of magic. Narrated by Aboo Daawood from Ibn ‘Abbaas with a Saheeh Isnaad..read more here.

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.

Seeking healing from soothsayers

Question: I live in a village where most of the villagers seek healing from the soothsayers who treat them by talismans, scattered letters, and some vegetarian recipes which if they are mixed, would cause a very rotten smell. They also use something called “Hujbah” where a sick person has to remain hidden for more than 40 days in a black chamber and no one is allowed to visit him. They ask people to slaughter specific offerings such as a black goat or a black ox. Most, if not all of them, believe that soothsayers are aware of those who mention bad things about them and will punish them with sickness and insanity.

They trace back the causes of some diseases to the revenge of the soothsayer. I want to tell Your Eminence that the issue of their confidence in the soothsayers is unquestionable; it is fruitless to argue with them over this blind attachment.

Now, is it permissible for me to accept the invitation of these villagers and eat the meat they offer in ceremonies such as feasts and marriage ceremonies? Likewise, am I permitted to share their food and assemblies? Do the acts mentioned drive them out of Islam or they are excused for their ignorance of the rulings of religion?

Answer: Firstly, If this is the case, they are Kuffaar (disbelievers) and whoever goes to them seeking recovery believing in their soothsaying is a Kaafir (disbeliever) as well.

Secondly: It is not permissible to accept the invitation of these people or to eat the meat of the animals they slaughter in feasts, marriage ceremonies, and the like, for they are Kuffaar, and thus their slaughtered animals cannot be eaten until they sincerely make Tawbah (repentance to Allaah)… read more here.

Going to someone who claims to know place of the lost items by reading the Qur’aan and Hadeeth

Question: In your answer to my previous question no. 30, in Fatwaa no. 6505, dated 19/12/1403 AH., p. 4, you stated that going to fore-tellers is not permissible because they are sorcerers.

I wanted to mention that the people we go to are known for their adherence to the teachings of Islaam. They do not recite anything except the Qur’aan and Hadeeth in these matters, such as those I mentioned in my question. So what is the ruling on consulting them?

Answer: Simply reciting the Qur’aan and Hadeeth will not show them where a lost item is or bring it back. Anyone who consults someone who claims to know where lost items are, just by reading Qur’aan and Hadeeth is consulting a swindling soothsayer, even if they claim to be righteous and adhering to the Deen (religion)… read more here.

Going to soothsayers to identify a thief

Question: Sometimes we lose a sum of money or gold in the house and we think it has been stolen. We go to someone called “Al-Mukhbir” i.e. the soothsayer, and explain to him what has happened. He gives us glad tidings. Sometimes, what we lost is returned and sometimes it is not. What is the ruling on going to such people?

Answer: It is not permissible to go to him because he is a soothsayer. It is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) prohibited going to soothsayers and their like to ask them anything or believe in them… read more here.

Going to soothsayers, diviners, and sorcerers, and asking them about the Ghayb

Question: Some people claim that they treat the insane, establish the ties of intimacy or cause separation between spouses. It is said that they invoke Allaah for the barren to provide them with offspring. They have a lot of superstitions but their actions and beliefs are free from Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship).

What is the ruling on them and on the people who go to them? Could you please answer me! May Allaah guide you and help us benefit from your knowledge!

Answer: It is not permissible to go to soothsayers, fortune-tellers, and sorcerers, ask them about unseen matter, or believe in what they say. It is also impermissible to act according to their opinions because it is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) prohibited going to them or believing them… read more here.

Going to and seeking the help of soothsayers and diviners

Question: There was a disagreement between two people over a religious matter. One of them said that they had heard that it is not a problem if someone goes to see a doctor to treat their illness, and if they are prescribed an ointment, a syrup, cauterization, or Hijaamah (cupping), they can use any one of these. They claimed that these things can be used, even if they are prescribed by a sorcerer as long as the treatment is Mubaah (permissible), because deeds are judged by intentions.

The other person disagreed, as they believed that consulting those who are knowledgeable in sorcery and trickery was nothing other than Kufr (disbelief) or a means of nullifying one’s good deeds, regardless of whether the treatment prescribed is Mubaah or not, because the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, Anyone who resorts to a soothsayer or a diviner and believes what they say has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammad. They maintained that if someone who is ill consults a soothsayer – even if they do not believe what they say – their Salaah (Prayer) will not be accepted for forty days, and this means that their good deeds will also not be accepted for forty days. We urgently need a Fatwaa from you to resolve this problem.

Answer: Going to soothsayers and diviners and the like, and seeking their help is not permissible, and believing in what they say is an even greater sin, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said… read more here.

Going to those who seek the help of jinn to cure diseases

Question: Please be notified that I live in Zambia where there is a Muslim claiming to usethe Jinn. People visit him seeking treatment from their diseases by (the power of) the Jinn, is this permissible?

When I come to tell people that this is impermissible, they get angry with me. So, I hope that Your Eminence would kindly answer me as soon as possible.

Answer: It is not permissible for this man to use Jinn. It is also not permissible for people to go to him and follow his ways whether to seek treatment or to fulfill their needs. Instead, they may resort to permissible methods of treatment such as visiting doctors and taking permissible medication… read more here.

Seeking help from the jinn to fulfill one’s needs

Question: What is the ruling on Tandhir (Invoking Jinn and devils against someone to do him harm) like saying, “Take so-and-so” or “Harm them”? What is the ruling on someone who does that? I heard someone say that whoever seeks the help of the Jinn, their Salaah (Prayer) and Sawm (Fast) will not be accepted. In addition, when they die, funeral prayer should not be offered for them, their funeral should not be followed and they should not be buried in the Muslim graveyards.

Answer: Seeking the help of the Jinn and turning to them to fulfill someone’s needs, such as asking them to harm or benefit a person, is an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.

Funeral Prayer offered for soothsayers

Question: Is it permissible to perform the Funeral Prayer for a soothsayer or a foreteller when they die, if they used to perform Salaah (Prayer)?

Answer: If a soothsayer or a foreteller dies while known to be in that same state,and they still claim knowledge of the Ghayb (Unseen), it is not permissible to perform the Funeral Prayer for them, even if they performed Salaah regularly… read more here.

Salaah behind an immoral soothsayer who claims to have knowledge of the Ghayb

Question: Is it permissible for a fortuneteller or a soothsayer to lead people in congregational Salaah (Prayer)? What is the ruling on offering Salaah behind an immoral fortuneteller who claims knowledge of Ghayb (the Unseen)? There is a group of scholars in South Africa who are fortunetellers, deceiving millions of ignorant Muslims and cheating them out of their money by sorcery, soothsaying, writing talismans and using the Jinn (creatures created from fire). Some Indians and Pakistani’s have some strands of hair which they claim belong to the Prophet (peace be upon him) which they use to deceive the people.They sell this hair in the district of Lance for 30 or 100 pounds. Is this permissible? We denounce this practice, so please advise!

Answer: A fortuneteller or a soothsayer who claims knowledge of the Ghayb through divining, calling upon the Jinn, and the like is considered a Kaafir (disbeliever), as Allaah states (what means)… read more here.

Ruling on dealing with soothsayers and diviners

Question: I am a Muslim woman. I am an orphan as my father and mother died a long time ago. I am 31 years old. I act upon the commands of Allaah and the commands of the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) as much as I can. I have lived with my maternal grandmother since I was born and until now. My problem is that my grandmother is a diviner or a soothsayer. She slaughters animals for people other than Allaah and keeps the blood of these animals. Allaah knows what she uses it for. She asks people to bring chickens in order to take their feathers. She inflames incense and puts the scales of fish and other reptiles in them. Moreover, she believes that dead people can bring benefit or cause harm. She earns her living doing this. At the time, I was not able to differentiate between what is lawful and what is unlawful. I tried to stay away from what is unlawful including receiving and welcoming those who come to visit her. But this was in vain as I know what Allaah says in His Glorious Book and what is reported from the Messenger (peace be upon him) in this regard. Not only women deal with her but men as well. All my relatives believe her and are afraid to talk to her as she becomes angry with them. They said to me: “She is like your mother and she has the same rights of obedience as your parents do. Moreover, she is a very old woman and she will not live for longer than a few years.” I abstained from helping her with the housework and from eating with her fearing that I may be helping her with her work. Lately, I have not been talking to her or even greeting her. I know that a person is not allowed to greet Kuffaar (disbelievers). I read in one book that a person is not allowed to help these people even by giving them a piece of paper or a cup of water. Some of my relatives and sisters in Islam said to me: “If she gives you anything, take it and then you can throw it in the garbage and if she gives you money, take it and give it as charity.” The house where I live belongs to my grandmother and she has the right to permit anyone to visit her even those who are not Mahrams (spouse or unmarriageable relatives). She says to me: “I will not forgive you and I will call you to account before Allaah on the Day of Resurrection.” There is no other house to live in as there are no Mahrams who fear Allaah. No Muslim man has proposed to marry me as I have a dark skin and I have become old. I would like to know what I should do.

1- What is the ruling on behaving in such a way with my grandmother with regard to the housework, talking and eating with her?

2- Does she have the same rights as my parents or not, as I fear Allaah’s punishment in this regard?

3- Should I sever my ties with my aunts and relatives as they believe her in all that she does, though they know that this is prohibited and I have told them so? Moreover, they perform Salaah, but they are Mushrikoon (those who associate others with Allaah in worship) as they go to diviners and to the graves of Awliyaa’ (pious people).

4- Is it permissible to eat from the animals slaughtered by men who do so for the sake of this woman if the meat is lawful?

5- Is it permissible to eat from the animal slaughtered by a Mushrik who believes that Awliyaa’ can bring benefit or cause harm and those who commit Bid`ah (innovation in religion)?

6- What is the ruling on eating from the food of those who receive sustenance from my grandmother?

7- Can I accept the presents she gives me for the sake of the Hadeeth of Asma’ when she accepted the present of her mother even though she was not Muslim?

8- Is it permissible to marry a man who performs Salaah (Prayer) but is considered a Mushrik (one who associates others with Allaah in worship) for the reasons mentioned above?

9- Can anyone of my guardians who do not perform Salaah be my Walee (a legally accountable person acting for a woman regarding marriage) or not? What should I do if there is no Islaamic judiciary?

Answer: Firstly, It is not permissible to work in fortunetelling and soothsaying due to the Ahaadeeth reported in this regard… read more here.

Seeking help from the jinn to know the Ghayb and the ruling on hypnosis

Question: What is the ruling on a person who seeks help from Jinn (creatures created from fire) to know the Ghayb (the unseen), by means of,), for example, Darb Al-Mandal (Necromancy)?

What is the ruling on hypnosis through which the hypnotist possess power over the hypnotized and have the ability to dominate them and make them abandon a forbidden act, cure them from a psychological disturbance, or make them carry out their (the hypnotist) orders?

What is the ruling on saying “By the rank of so and so…”? Is this a sort of an oath or not? Please, advise us!

Answer: Firstly, knowledge of Ghayb is attributed only to Allaah (Exalted be He). None of His creation, whether Jinn or human, knows Ghayb except for what He reveals to whomever He wills from among His Angels or Messengers… read more here.

Ruling on fortunetelling

Question: When a baby is born, the father calls one of the shaykhs to foretell the newborn’s future through signs of zodiac and consult on its name. If a suggested name suits the baby’s future, the shaykh will be silent, otherwise he will ask for it to be changed, and it often happens that people here end up with multiple names. It is authentically related that the Prophet (peace be upon him) ordered some offensive names to be changed; if a name is not offensive, is it permissible to change it?

Answer: Firstly, It is not permissible to foretell the future; it is regarded a type of soothsaying. It is also not permissible to change a name if it does not suit predictions, as this involves believing in soothsaying and what soothsayers do… read more here.

Consulting a practitioner of Arab medicine

Question: We know a man who treats sick people using a method called the Arab medicine. I will relate to you what happened to me with him: I went to him when I was ill. He took me to a dark room and started to recite some Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) and mention the names of some righteous people. After that I heard the sound of a huge bird inside the room. I heard the sound of its wings without seeing it. Then, I heard a low voice calling my name and greeting me. I did not see anything but I felt a touch on my back during the examination and felt the pains of my severe disease. Then the same voice said to me, ‘Keep remembering Allaah and invoke Allaah’s blessings upon Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).’ After the examination, the voice said to me, ‘You suffer from such-and-such and I do not have its cure. You should consult the public health physician and stay at the hospital.’ Then I went to the hospital and stayed there and recovered by Allaah’s Will. This man has a vast experience in magic. There are some husbands who cannot consummate their marriage. Going to this man, he brings out some spells and throws them in front of the spellbound people who recover afterwards by Allaah’s Will.

The question in this regard is: Is going to this man considered an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), taking into consideration that he does not take money for this?

Answer: This man is a soothsayer and diviner, and the Prophet (peace be upon him) forbade Muslims from going to, consulting, or believing diviners… read more here.

Salaah of a person who visits a diviner to consult them

Question: In Pakistan, there is a Shaykh who is apparently righteous, but Allaah knows best. This Shaykh says that he knows righteous Jinn (creatures created from fire) and speaks to them through a personwho suffered from epilepsy and then recovered. They exorcise the Jinn from epileptic people. The Shaykh says that he has a prison in which he imprisons the guilty Jinn through the help of righteous Jinn. He claims that they do not help him with worldly activities and that he is certified to teach Arabs, and that whoever wishes to learn how to deal with Jinn, should learn the following Athkaar (forms of Allaah’s Remembrance): ‘I believe in Allaah, the Ever-Great and disbelieve in Jibt (superstition) and Taaghoot (false gods) and grasp the most trustworthy handhold that will never break. And Allaah is All-Hearer, All-Knower’. A person should say this seven times immediately after Salaah (Prayer) and before moving from their place. Then before going to bed, the person should cup his hands together and blow over them while reciting Al-Salaah Al-Ibraaheemiyyah (the second half of Tashah-hud i.e. invoking Allaah’s peace upon the Prophet), Soorah Al-Kaafiroon, Soorah Al-Ikhlaas, Soorah Al-Naas, the first five Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) of Soorah Al-Baqarh, and Al-Salaah Al-Ibraaheemiyyah, and then rub his hands against his body. He should repeat this practice for 41 days. If the person makes a mistake, they should repeat it all over again until the 41 days are over. Upon completion, a person should go to the Shaykh who nominates a group of ten males and ten females from Jinn to stay in the person’s company. He calls this group of Jinn from Makkah. The person neither sees this group nor hears their voices, but they follow his orders. However, they do not obey him in doing worldly activities like bringing or lifting something or the like. Jinn only protect him from other evil Jinn and if there is someone suffering from epilepsy, they arrest the evil Jinn possessing him. The Shaykh also says that if any of the imprisoned Jinn professes Islaam, he sends them with the group of good Jinn to Makkah. If the Jinn are faithful, they are allowed to enter Makkah but if they are liars, they are denied entry, becausethere are angels at the doors of Makkah who prevent the unbelieving Jinn from entering it. What is the detailed opinion of Your Eminence on this? What is the ruling on marrying a female Jinnee (a creature created from fire)? Does the Aayah (Qur’aanic verse): …then marry (other) women of your choice refer to human women in particular? As Allaah also calls the male Jinn “men”, so the meaning applies to them. By the same token, would the word ‘women’ be applied to both humans and Jinn? May Allaah reward you with the best!

Answer: After examining the question, the answer of the Committee is as follows: The man you have mentioned is a diviner and soothsayer. The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) forbade Muslims to go to, ask, or believe them even if they claim righteous behavior and devotion… read more here.

Predicting the Ghayb by drawing lines on the sand or the like

Question: Is it permissible to pray behind a learned person who claims knowledge of the Ghayb (the Unseen) by means of sand-reading? Is it permissible to eat from the meat of the animals they sacrifice or to shake hands with them?

Answer: Anyone who claims knowledge of the Ghayb, be it through sand-reading, reading in a certain book, astrology, or seeking the help of the Jinn and the like is considered a soothsayer… read more here.

Women going to soothsayers to become pregnant

Question: Some people advise those who have no children to, for example, buy a goat. They suggest the color of the animal e.g. Black, etc., and say: Tie it at home for such and such period. They claim that the reason they do not have children is a female Jinnee (a creature created from fire) called: “Al-Taabi`ah”. They claim that the presence of a goat at home will prevent that female Jinnee from entering the house and by doing that, pregnancy will take place. What is the ruling on this?

Answer: It is not permissible to do this. It is a type of soothsaying. Indeed, it is a baseless practice to which there is no proof to support it; it is but a lie and fabrication… read more here.

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.

Eating the meat of the sacrificial animal offered for a Walee

Question: In our country, there are some people who visit the graves of Awliyaa’ (pious people) and slaughter sacrificial animals with the intention of vowing for the sake of their dwellers. After that they distribute the meat of these sacrificial animals between the neighbors of the grave or the shrine they have visited.Is it lawful to eat the meat of a sacrificial animal that is slaughtered for the Waliy or does this fall under what is mentioned in the saying of Allaah (Exalted be He): Forbidden to you (for food) are: Al-Maytah (the dead animals- cattle- beast not slaughtered), blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which Allaah’s Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering ?

Answer: If the case is as you have mentioned, then it is not permissible to eat this meat because it is considered slaughtered for other than Allaah and this is an act of major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), for Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

Believing in Muhammad, then associating others in worship with Allaah

Question: Some scholars say: “The Mushrik (one who associates others with Allaah in worship) of this Ummah (nation) should be similar in status to the People of the Book with regard to the permissibility of eating the animals they slaughter and marrying their women. They justify this by saying that the Book of the Jews is the Tawraah (Torah) and their prophet is Moosaa (Moses) even if they are liars.The same applies to the Christians. Their Book is the Injeel (Gospel) and their prophet is ‘Eesaa (Jesus) even if they are liars. These people claim to be the followers of their prophets but they have abandoned their religions. Those resemble the Mushriks (those who associate others with Allaah in worship) of this Ummah. They claim that their Book is the Qur’aan and that their Prophet is Muhammad (peace be upon him). Therefore, it is permissible to marry their women and to eat the animals they slaughter and the same is permissible with regard to the People of the Book.

Answer: Whoever believes in Muhammad (peace be upon him) then associates others in worship with Allaah through making Sujood (Prostration), vowing or slaughtering for anyone other than Allaah is not similar to the People of the Book... read more here.

Slaughtering on the threshold of a new house

Question: In Al-Riyadh newspaper, Issue no. 6411 of 01-05-1406 A.H., we read an article, of which a photocopy is included, under the following title “Slaughtering on the Threshold of the New House”. The editor wonders whether this belief is valid as it is a habit that some people have. The editor proceeded: I do not know where this custom of slaughtering on the threshold of a new house comes from. However, it is customary that slaughtering in this way as well as before entering is believed to be one of the most important means of fending off the evil eye, blessing the house, and avoiding harmful calamities and accidents. We believe that caution does not ward off predestination and thus, we do not know whether this belief is valid or not. Any way, this point is worthy of consideration.

Answer: If this habit is practiced as a means of satisfying Jinn (creatures created from fire) and avoiding calamities and unpleasant incidents, as it appears from what was mentioned that the slaughtering takes place before entering the house and specifically on the threshold, it will be regarded not only as an unlawful habit but also as Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.

Slaughtering in the Name of Allaah to feed guests or relatives

Question: Slaughtering animals for the sake of anyone other than Allaah is prohibited and Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). What is the Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) ruling on slaughtering animals for guests or relatives?

Answer: Slaughtering animals to draw closer to the person for whom the animals are slaughtered, or for the sake of bringing benefit or removing harm is Shirk. The Prophet (peace be upon him) cursed the person who slaughters for any one other than Allaah… read more here.

Slaughtering animals for other than Allaah

Question: There are some people who are known as Arab witch doctors. When someone who is sick, including those who are possessed by Jinn, visit those doctors, they advise them to slaughter certain kinds of chickens having specific colors; for example a black or white rooster.The blood of this slaughtered bird, which is probably slaughtered without mentioning the Name of Allaah, is then applied to the body of the sick person. What is the ruling on this practice?

Answer: Slaughtering a sacrifice to other than Allaah (Exalted be He) is major Shirk (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah), as He (Exalted be He) commands saying (what means… read more here.

The superstition of slaughtering animals to pass safely through a valley

Question: There is a group of people residing in a neighboring valley called Umm Al-Safaa’. At the beginning of every summer, they purchase a bull or a cow and slaughter it at Al-Safa’. This happens every year, at the beginning of summer. I see this as an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), because they slaughter this animal to those who live in the valley from Jinn and devils, and other superstitions.They do this at the beginning of the year in one specific place. If it was done anywhere, it would not be a problem, because it would be done for Allaah. What is the ruling on this practice? Is it an act of Shirk? If not, why not?

Answer: If the situation is as you described and they offer sacrificial animals in this valley for the Jinn, it is a major form of Shirk that takes the person who performs it out of Islaam. Allaah (Exalted be He) says (what means)… read more here.

Claiming the lawfulness of eating the slaughtered animal of a Mushrik

Question: Is it an act of Kufr (disbelief) if someone claims that eating from the meat of animals slaughtered by Mushriks (people who associate others with Allaah in worship) is lawful on the grounds that Allaah says: So eat of that (meat) on which Allaah’s Name has been pronounced (while slaughtering the animal), if you are believers in His Aayaat (proofs, evidence, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.). ? They argue that the Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) is self-explanatory, stick to their opinion, and do not accept anyone’s advice; are they considered kaafirs (disbelievers)?

Answer: Whoever regards eating from the meat of animals slaughtered by Mushriks as lawful – if Allaah’s Name is mentioned at slaughtering – is wrong. However, they are not Kaafirs, as there is a doubtful matter, but there is no proof for this view in the Aayah… read more here.

Slaughtering animals for the jinn and invoking them to fulfill a need

Question: What is the ruling on people who adhere to the pillars of Islaam but slaughter animals for the sake of Jinn (creatures created from fire)or make Du`aa’ (supplication) to them to fulfill their needs? Are they excused for being ignorant of the fact that Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) prohibits such practices? Can they be called Mushriks (those who associate others with Allaah in worship) even before the matter is explained to them?

Answer: It is obligatory for those who have knowledge of true Tawheed (monotheism) and who know of those people’s practices to explain to them that sacrificing animals for the sake of Jinn, prophets, angels or idols is considered an act of Al-Shirk Al-Akbar (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah) which takes them out of Islaam… read more here.

Slaughtering animals for Jinn

Question: Some religious brothers come to us in the desert and advise us that if people slaughter animals as a sacrifice to the Jinn (creatures created from fire), their Salaah and Hajj will be invalid. When I heard this from them, I repented to Allaah for sacrificing animals to the Jinn. I had already performed Hajj, but they tell me that my previous Hajj is invalid. Is my Hajj valid or not? If it is invalid, should I perform Hajj again.

Answer: Sacrificing animals to the Jinn is considered Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). If a person who commits this dies before repenting to Allaah, he will abide eternally in Hellfire… read more here.

Seeking help from the jinn to fulfill one’s needs

Question: What is the ruling on invoking the Jinn (creatures created from fire) against a certain person to harm them, like saying, “Take so-and-so” or “Harm them”? What is the ruling on someone who does that? I heard someone say that whoever seeks the help of the Jinn, their Salaah (Prayer) and Sawm (Fast) will not be accepted. In addition, when they die, funeral prayer should not be offered for them, their funeral should not be followed and they should not be buried in the Muslim graveyards.

Answer: Seeking the help of the Jinn and turning to them to fulfill needs, such as asking them to harm or benefit a person, is an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). It is a kind of mutual benefiting between Jinn and mankind; the Jinn fulfill the human’s needs and in return they get the human’s veneration, trust, and reliance. Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

Anyone who believes that terebinth and jujube trees are haunted by Jinn?

Question 353: Most people think that terebinth and lotus trees are haunted by Jinn. They say that as soon as a person cuts any of these trees, he gets possessed by Jinn or suffers a physical injury. Is it permissible to believe in this? Does this belief lead to Shirk (Associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)? How could we interpret the case of those people who suffered this?

Answer: The Jinn have no specific trees or place to inhabit. A Muslim should remember Allaah (Exalted be He) frequently and seek refuge with the most perfect words of Allaah (Exalted be He) against the evil of the wicked creatures to protect himself from Jinn and other things... read more here.

Is it permissible to use Jinn in restoring rights?

Question 352: Is it permissible to use Jinn (creatures created from fire) for restoring rights taken by a wrongful man, who unlawfully earned all his money at the expense of people’s rights? It should be mentioned that this man oppressed his own brother when he brought a legal action against him after the latter had written him a check. As a result to this, the brother was sentenced to a year and was obliged to pay twenty-five thousand pounds, which led him to leave the country.

Answer: It is not permissible to use Jinn for deterring a wrongful person or any other person, for this is a sort of sorcery and seeking support of Satan, in addition to other unlawful acts that violate `Aqeedah (creed). Therefore, the oppressed person should resort to the authorities to restrain and punish the oppressor... read more here.

Playing recordings of Qur’aan recitation for hours for a sick person

Question 287: What is your opinion concerning playing recordings of Qur’aan recitation for hours for the sick, and playing specific Aayaat that remedy Sihr (sorcery), `Ayn (the envious eye) and Jinn (creatures created from fire)?

Answer: Playing recordings of the Qur’aan and Du`aa’ (supplication) cannot be a substitute for Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and supplications over the sick as a cure), because Ruqyah requires conviction while performing it and being face to face in order to blow over the patient’s body. This cannot be achieved merely through playing recordings on a device... read more here.