Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Interacting with the jinn

Interacting with the jinn
My husband has told me that in his country, many people including shiekhs have gone to talk with the jinn. He told me that when someone has an ailment they go to the jinn for help. I have told my husband that I believe that this is Haraam, but he says that it is halaal because the shiekhs do that. Could you please give me some evidence (daleel) about this matter?.


Praise be to Allaah.


1 – Seeking the help of the jinn or turning to them to fulfil
one’s desires to cause harm or bring benefit is shirk or associating others
in worship with Allaah, because it is a kind of mutual benefitting whereby
the jinni responds to the human’s requests and fulfils his needs in return
for the human’s veneration of the jinni, turning to him and asking for his
help to do what he wants. 

Allaah says (interpretation of the meanings): 

“And on the Day when He will gather them (all) together (and
say): ‘O you assembly of jinn! Many did you mislead of men,’ and their
Awliyaa’ (friends and helpers) amongst men will say: ‘Our Lord! We benefited
one from the other, but now we have reached our appointed term which You did
appoint for us.’ He will say: ‘The Fire be your dwelling place, you will
dwell therein forever, except as Allaah may will. Certainly your Lord is
All-Wise, All-Knowing.’

And thus We do make the Zaalimoon (polytheists and
wrongdoers) Awliyaa’ (supporters and helpers) of one another (in committing
crimes), because of that which they used to earn”

[al-An’aam 6:128] 

“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] 

If a human seeks the help of a jinni to cause harm to another
person, or seeks his help for protection from the evil of a person whose
evil he fears, all of that is shirk. 

Whoever is like this, his prayer and his fasting are both
invalid, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

 “If you join others in worship with
Allaah, (then) surely, (all) your deeds will be in vain, and you will
certainly be among the losers”

[al-Zumar 39:65] 

If a person is known for
that, then the funeral prayer is not to be offered for him if he dies, his
funeral is not to be attended, and he is not to be buried in the Muslim

Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah,
1/407, 408 

2 – The Standing Committee was asked a similar question,
which said: 

I would like to inform you that in Zambia there is a Muslim
men who claims that he has jinn with him, and the people go to him and ask
him to heal their diseases, and this jinn prescribes medicine for them. Is
that permissible? 

The answer is: 

It is not permissible for that man to use the services of the
jinn, and it is not permissible for the people to go to him, seeking
treatment for their diseases through advice from the jinn, or to fulfil any
needs in this manner. 

Treating disease by means of human doctors and by using
permissible medicines means that there is no need for that. This should be
enough to free us from the control of these charlatans. 

It was narrated in a saheeh hadeeth that the Messenger
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever goes to a
fortune-teller and asks him about something, his prayers will not be
accepted for forty days.” (Narrated by Muslim) 

The four authors of al-Sunan, and al-Haakim in a
saheeh hadeeth, narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever goes to a fortuneteller and believes what
he said has disbelieved in that which was revealed to Muhammad.” 

This man and his companions from among the jinn are to be
regarded as fortunetellers and soothsayers. It is not permissible to ask
them anything or to believe them. 

Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah,
1/408, 409). 

And Allaah knows best.

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