Kinds of sickness and harm caused by the jinn

The jinn may cause many different types of sickness and harm to humans, affecting their psychology, moods, body, wealth, possessions, business, relations with others or studies.The sicknesses that we are going to discuss may happen either because of the human being overpowered by the jinn, or because of witchcraft.

These sicknesses include the following:

1- Intense fear

2- Psychological and nervous diseases (insanity, depression, anxiety, tension, epilepsy, Waswaas (whispers from the Shaytaan), personality disorders)

3- Physical sickness (i.e., physical sickness that human medicine is unable to treat, and for which there is no medical cause)

4- Hallucinations

5- Stirring up hatred between people, causing enmity and division between people such as husband and wife, business partners, friends, family

6- Female diseases (infertility, heavy bleeding and menstrual irregularities, infections)

7- Sexual problems (impotency, premature ejaculation)

8- Tampering with and causing damage to houses and material possessions (causing fires, throwing furniture about, throwing stones at the house)

Details of that:

(i) Intense fear: There are two aspects to fear caused by the jinn, one which is correct and one which is incorrect. The correct aspect is to note that there are some jinn who can overpower humans and make them hear voices and see things, and feel that someone is following them and make them scared inside their own homes. The way to deal with this is to recite the Qur’aan, regularly recite the Adhkaar for morning and evening, and follow a special program for the sick person.

The incorrect aspect is the great fear of the jinn that is deeply-rooted in many people. There is nothing to justify such fear from an Islamic point of view. Hence we will outline the reasons why people have developed such fear at the very mention of the jinn, then we will be able to put our finger on the problem and find the remedy.

Reasons why people are afraid of the jinn

1 – First and foremost among these reasons is ignorance of Tawheed: If knowledge of Tawheed is lacking in a place, there will be widespread ignorance. Myths will be prevalent and the devils will take over. Charlatans will find fertile ground for their falsehood and the devils will help them in that. So people will believe that the jinn are able to know the unseen, bring benefit and ward off harm, which are attributes that belong only to Allaah. Hence great fear is created at the very mention of the jinn.

2 – The spread of made-up stories: People are very fond of such stories and love to hear them, and they spread with amazing speed. These stories play a major role in stirring up this fear among women and children, and weak-hearted men.

3 – Witches also play a major role in spreading this fearand these stories and myths.

4 – Some cases of jinn possession which come about asthe result of people’s negligence and failure to recite the Adhkaar prescribed in Sharee’ah, which exposes them to the harm of the jinn and to jinn possession.

Treatment of irrational fear of the jinn

1 – Tawheed: The call to Tawheed is the basis of all worship, reviving the rituals of Islam and learning that benefit and harm are in the hand of Allaah alone. No created being, no matter who he is, has the power to cause harm or bring benefit to anyone else except by the will of Allaah. The powers of benefit and harm are in the hand of only One, may He be glorified and Exalted.

Allaah says: “Say (O Muhammad): I have no power over any harm or profit to myself except what Allaah may will”(Yoonus 10:49)

“Say (O Muhammad to mankind): How do you worship besides Allaah something which has no power either to harm or benefit you?”(Al-Maa’idah 5:76)

“Say: Have you then taken (for worship) Awliya’ (protectors) other than Him, such as have no power either for benefit or for harm to themselves?”(Al-Ra’d 13:16)

“Say: Who then has any power at all (to intervene) on your behalf with Allaah, if He intends you hurt or intends you benefit?”(Al-Fath 48:11)

“And if Allaah touches you with harm, none can remove it hut He.”(Al-An’aam 6:17)

“And whatever of blessings and good things you have, it is from Allaah. Then, when harm touches you, unto Him you cry aloud for help.”(Al-Nahl 16:53)

“If the Most Gracious (Allaah) intends me any harm, their intercession will he of no use for me whatsoever, nor can they save me.”(Ya-Seen 36:23)

“Say: Nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allaah has ordained for us. He is our Mawlaa (Lord, Helper and Protector).”(Al-Tawbah 9:51)

“And invoke not besides Allaah any such that will neither profit you nor harm you.”(Yoonus 10:106)

If a person believes in this pure teaching, that harm and benefit are in the hand of Allaah alone, and this belief becomes deeply rooted in his heart, then he will be freed of fear of jinn and humans, and of all creatures.

Hence the Qur’aan calls us, in many Verses, to fear Allaah alone. Allaah says: “It is only Shaytaan (Satan) that suggests to you the fear of his Awliyaa’ [supporters and friends (polytheists, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allaah and in His Messenger, Muhammad)]; so fear them not, but fear Me, if you are (true) believers.”(Aal Tmraan 3:175)

“Allaah has more right that you should fear Him if you are believers.”(Al-Tawbah 9:13)

“And fulfil (your obligations to) My Covenant (with you) so that I fulfil (My Obligations to) your covenant (with Me), and fear none but Me”(Al-Baqarah 2:40)

“Verily, He (Allaah) is (the) only One Ilaah (God). Then, fear Me (Allaah) much [and Me (Alone), i.e.be away from all kinds of sins and evil deeds that Allaah has forbidden and do all that Allaah has ordained and worship none but Allaah].”(Al-Nahl 16:51)

Hence the scholars and Fuqaha’ (may Allaah have mercy on them) stated that fear of anything or anyone other than Allaah is a kind of Shirk, which is forbidden according to the Qur’aan and Sunnah.

When the Muslim says Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah on a daily basis, in many ways, he should realize the impact that this belief has on what he experiences of fear of created beings. The person who believes in Tawheed and is aware of the aims and outcome of Tawheed, cannot fear anything except Allaah, because when he says Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah, he understands that there is no source of comfort, no one in whom he can put his trust, no one with whom he can seek refuge, no sovereign, no one to be obeyed or venerated, no one whose protection he can seek, no ruler and no one who is rightfully worshipped except Allaah. Any deviation from this belief is a kind of Shirk, which is forbidden according to the Qur’aan and Sunnah, even if he prays and fasts.

A person does not truly believe in Tawheed unless he submits himself fully to Allaah (‘ Uboodiyyah), and fears Allaah alone, and frees himself from fear of all created beings, whether they are jinn, human or anything else.

2 – Understanding that the plot of the Shaytaan is feeble Allaah says: “Ever feeble indeed is the plot of Shaytaan /'(Al-Nisa’ 4:76) According to a Hadeeth whose authenticity is agreed upon, which was narrated from Abu Qataadah the Messenger of Allaah said: “Good dreams come from Allaah and bad dreams come from the Shaytaan. Whoever sees something that he dislikes, let him spit drily to his left three times, and seek refuge with Allaah from the Shaytaan, then it will not harm him. [11 Al-Bukhari, 5747, 6984 and Muslim, 2261.

“At-Tabari said: This Hadeeth indicates that spitting drily to the left three times is humiliating to the Shaytaan, because it is like spitting at something dirty when one sees it or remembers it, and there is nothing more dirty than the Shaytaan. So the Prophet commanded us to spit drily when remembering (the bad dream).

The reason why the left is mentioned and not the right may be that the Shaytaan comes to the son of Adam from this direction to call him to hateful things.

Al-Hakeem Al-Tirmidhi said: Because the spitting reaches the face of the Shaytaan and leaves marks like blisters. When you spit and also seek refuge with Allaah, the devilish whispers that he brought are repelled, like fire in his face which is burned and develops marks like blisters.

It was narrated from Al-Rabee’ ibn Khuthaym that someone came to him and said to him: I saw in a dream as if someone was saying, Tell Al-Rabee’ that he is one of the people of Hell, Al-Rabee’ spat drily to his left three times and said: I seek refuge with Allaah from the accursed Shaytaan. The next night he saw that man (in his dream), as if a man brought a dog and made it stand in front of him, with a rope around its neck and blisters on its forehead. He said: This is the devil which showed you Al-Rabee’ in your dream, and these blisters are the result of his spitting three times. [Masaa’ib Al-lnsaan Min Makaa’id Al-Shaytaan, p. 142.]

‘The Shaytaan used to flee from ‘Umar ibn Al- Khattaab’s shadow, and he was scared to meet him on the road. ‘Umar did not take any path but the Shaytaan would take a different path. It was narrated that ‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood said: A human went out and was met by a jinn, who said: “Will you wrestle with me?” So he threw him to the ground, then he said: “I see that you are small and you have forearms like those of a dog. Are all the jinn like you? Or are you one of them?” He said: “Do you recite Ayat Al-Kursiy? For no one recites it when he enters his house but the Shaytaan will depart from it, braying like a donkey.” It was said to Ibn Mas’ood, “Was that (man) ‘Umar?” He said: “Who else could it be but ‘Umar’ [21 op. cit., p. 56.

It should be noted that the jinn are not all ugly and dark as they appear in the stories of possession and causing fear and harm. There are some jinn who are more righteous than humans, and some jinn have a glowing record of faith, piety and calling others to Allaah, as is mentioned at the beginning of Soorah Al- ]inn which speaks of a group of jinn who listened to the Qur’aan being recited on the lips of the Messenger and they went back and warned their people.

Allaah says: “Say (O Muhammad): It has been revealed to me that a group (from three to ten in number) of jinn listened (to this Qur’aan). They said:’Verily, we have heard a wonderful Recitation (this Qur’aan)! ‘It guides to the Right Path, and we have believed therein, and we shall never join (in worship) anything with our Lord (Allaah). “And (remember) when We sent towards you (Muhammad) a group (three to ten persons) of the jinn, (quietly) listening to the Qur’aan. When they stood in the presence thereof, they said: “Listen in silence!” And when it was finished, they returned to their people, as wanners.”(Al-Ahqaaf 46:29)

Some of the jinn are righteous believers, and some call others to Allaah, and some have knowledge of Hadeeth. Shaykh Al-Islam Taqiy Al-Deen Ibn Taymiyah said in Al-Furqaan Al-Kabeer: The jinn may come to one who is in a remote area, a king or a governor, and he may be a Kaafir who has got lost and become thirsty and is fearing death, so he comes to him in the form of a human being and gives him water to drink, and calls him to Islam, so he becomes Muslim and he feeds him, and he says to him: “Who are you?” and he says, “So-and-so.”He supported this with a story of something that happened to him, as he says: Something like this happened to me in the Citadel. I was in the Citadel and something like this happened to a Turkish prince from the east. That person said to him, I am Ibn Taymiyah, and that prince did not doubt that he was me. The king of Mardeen was told about that and that king of Mardeen sent news of that to Egypt, when I was imprisoned in the well. They were astounded, because I had not exited the well. But this was a jinn who loved us, so he did a lot of things for the Turks that I used to do for them. When they came to Damascus I used to call them to Islam, and if one of them uttered the Shahaadatayn, we would feed him whatever we could. So he did the same to them as I used to do, intending to honour me thereby. Some people said to me: Is it not possible that that could have been an angel? I said: No, because an angel cannot lie, but he (the jinn) said, I am Ibn Taymiyah, when he knew that he was lying by saying that. [Masaa’ib Al-Insaan by Ibn Muflih Al-Hanbali, 132-133.]

4 -No such honour has been granted to the jinn, not in any of the Divinely-revealed scriptures or on the lips of any of Allaah’s Messengers. Thus it becomes clear that man is superior to the jinn. This is also indicated by the feelings of the jinn themselves, and their sense of inferiority and weakness before man, and by the fact that if a human seeks refuge in them, they feel proud and superior, because that means that they are being venerated and respected, when they do not in fact deserve that, so it increases them in sin and transgression, i.e., in falsehood and Kufr.Allaah says, speaking of them: ‘And verily, there were men among mankind who took shelter with the males among the jinn, but they (jinn) increased them (mankind) in sin and transgression.”(Al-Jinn 72:6)

This is also borne out by the fact that, if a human seeks their help or seeks help by the names of their leaders, or swears by their leaders, they respond to him and meet his needs. All of that happens because they feel themselves to be weak and insignificant before the sons of Adam who are honoured by Allaah, because Adam believed in Allaah and worshipped Him, affirming His Oneness (Tawheed) and His Lordship, worshipping Him alone, and affirming His names and attributes. But if man does not have that faith, then the righteous jinn are better than the Kuffaar and Mushrikeen among the sons of Adam and are superior to them.[ ‘Aqeedat Al-Mu’min by Abu Bakr Jaabir Al-Jazaa’iri, p. 228.]

5 – We must be very careful with regard to the transmission of stories. It is better not to speak of them, especially among the common folk, women and children, since these stories speak of a world that is hidden from us. The jinn tell many lies and we cannot be certain that what a jinn says is true. So it is better not to spread these stories. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم forbade speaking about how the Shaytaan toys with man in his dreams .It was narrated that Jaabir ibn ‘Abdullah & said: A Bedouin came to the Prophet and said: “O Messenger of Allaah, in my dream I saw that my head was cut off and rolled away, and I started running after it.” The Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said to the Bedouin: “Do not tell people about how the Shaytaan toys with you in your dreams.”And he said: I heard the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم delivering a speech in which he said: “No one of you should speak of how the Shoytaon toys with him in his dreams.”[Saheeh Muslim, 2268.121]

6 – The Muslim should understand that Allaah has appointed guardian angels for man, to protect him. They take turns guarding him night and day, protecting him from the evil of the jinn and from the evil of everything that is hidden from him and may cause him harm.

Allaah says: “For him (each person), there are angels in succession, before and behind him. They guard him by the Command of Allaah.”(Al-Ra’d 13:11)

There are two scholarly opinions concerning this guarding: One is that Allaah has appointed angels for each person, to protect him against wild animals, vermin and harmful things out of kindness towards him. The other is that they protect him against the evil of the jinn. Al-Dahhaak said: They protect him against the jinn, unless something has been decreed for him. Ka’b said: Were it not that Allaah has appointed angels to protect you in your food, your drink and your ‘Awrahs, the jinn would have caused a great deal of harm to you. [Al-Qurtubi, 9/192-193.]

And Allaah says: “And He sends guardians (angels guarding and writing all of one’s good and bad deeds) over you. “It was said that there are angels by night and angels by day, who record people’s deeds and protect them from harm. [Al-Qurtubi, 7/6.]

And Allaah says: “There is no human being but has a protector over him (or her) (i.e. angels in charge of each human being guarding him, writing his good and bad deeds.)”Abu Umaamah said: The Prophet Mohammed صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “One hundred and sixty angels have been appointed over the believer to protect him from that which has not been decreed for him, including his eyes which are protected by seven angels as a vessel of honey is protected from flies. If a person were left to his own devices for even an instant, the devils would cause him a great deal of harm.” [Al-Qurtubi, 20/4.]

(ii) Psychological and nervous diseases

Among the diseases that are caused by the jinn are psychological and nervous diseases, such as insanity, depression, anxiety etc. But it must be noted that the one who neglects the role of medical psychological treatment is not doing the right thing.

There is no contradiction or conflict between treatment by means of the Noble Qur’aan and psychological treatment. There should be a department for treatment by means of the Noble Qur’aan in hospitals and psychological clinics, for reciting over those suffering from mental illness. If the patient responds to the Qur’aanic treatment and improves, then praise be to Allaah. If he does not respond, then the Qur’aan does not have any negative side effects as is the case with medicinal drugs and injections.

It is interesting to note that I had a debate with a psychologist who said: The one who wants to offer the Qur’aanic treatment should study psychology so that he will be able to offer treatment. I said to him: What you are asking for, we ask of you too. The Qur’aanic treatment does not have any negative side effects, unlike your medicine. Treating sickness is your profession, so you should include this in it.

(iii) Physical diseases

There are also some physical diseases that are caused by the jinn. There are many of them, but in brief, if any1,1 Al-Qurtubi, 20/4.

disease does not improve when given medical treatment, the Qur’aanic Ruqyah should be recited over the patient, in the hope that Allaah may heal him.

(iv) Hallucinations: The jinn are able to make a person see things other than they really are, if they are able to overpower him by means of witchcraft. So a man may see his wife as ugly and off-putting, and a wife may see her husband as ugly and off-putting, which provokes a reaction in the one who sees that and causes anxiety and distress, when in fact the other person has not changed at all.

Allaah says: ;”[Moosa (Moses)] said: ‘Nay, throw you (first)!’ Then behold! their ropes and their sticks, by their magic, appeared to him as though they moved fast.”(Ta-Ha 20:66)

(v) Stirring up hatred between people, causing enmity and division between people: The Shaytaan has different tricks that he uses to stir up hatred between pairs of people who have a bond with one another, whether they are business partners, friends or spouses. So deep differences arise for the silliest reasons, and each party clings stubbornly to his or her point of view. When someone who wants to reconcile them intervenes, he finds that each party believes itself to be in the right. Hence it is narrated that the Shaytaan rallies his troops and sends them on this mission. It was narrated that Jaabir ibn ‘Abdullaah said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah say: “The throne of Iblees is in the sea, and he sends his troops to tempt mankind. The ones who are highest in status before him are those who cause the greatest trouble. One of them comes and says,I did not leave him until I caused division between him and his wife, So he brings him closer to him and says, ‘You have done well” [Saheeh Muslim, 66 68.]

(vi) Female diseases: The jinn may cause some diseases that affect only women, such as infertility that has no medical cause. When tests are performed, it is found that neither spouse has any medical problem that would prevent pregnancy, but no pregnancy occurs. Then one of my friends told me that he had been treated by a specialist for four years, and the doctor had told him, I am amazed at your situation, for there is no reason why your wife should not get pregnant. He and she were both one hundred percent healthy. Finally Allaah decreed that they should have a child, and his wife got pregnant. But it may be that there is a jinn in the uterus, or in the region of the ovary, who kills the sperm or damages Saheeh Muslim, 66 68.

the eggs.

Such cases have medical symptoms of which we will mention the following:

1- The woman feels intense pain in her back

2- Pain and infection in the area of the uterus

3- Irregular periods

4- Occasional irregular bleeding

5- The woman may feel anxiety at the time of intercourse and she only does it to please her husband. But there are other symptoms which accompany these symptoms, such as headaches, nightmares, numbness in the extremities and so on.

(vii) Sexual problems: The jinn may also cause impotence in men and lack of sexual response in either spouse, or sometimes premature ejaculation. We will describe the remedy for this in the chapter that deals with witchcraft, in sha Allaah.

(viii) Tampering with houses: The jinn may tamper with some people’s houses, toying with the furniture and burning some of their contents. This is something which really happens, but it is very rare.

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