Shaikh al-Albaani

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When the Devils Wanted to Burn the Prophet ﷺ and the Du’aa That Jibreel Taught Him ﷺ for Protection Against Them and the Du’aa the Prophet ﷺ Taught Khaalid Ibn al-Waleed when He Complained of Feeling Some Fear at Night


Imaam Ahmad (15461) and Ibn Abi Shaibah (23601) report from Abu Tayyaah that he said, “Someone asked Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Khanbash, ‘What did the Prophet ﷺ do when the devils plotted against him?’ So he replied, ‘The Devils came to the Prophet ﷺ from the valleys and descended upon him from the mountains. Amongst them was a devil who wanted to burn Allaah’s Messenger ﷺ with a wooden torch that he had with him.

So [then] Jibreel عليه السلام came and said, ‘O Muhammad! Say [it]!’

He replied, ‘What shall I say?’

He said, ‘Say:

أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّاتِ الَّتِي لَا يُجَاوِزُهُنَّ بَرٌّ وَلَا فَاجِرٌ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ وَذَرَأَ وَبَرَأَ


وَمِنْ شَرِّ مَا يَنْزِلُ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ، وَمِنْ شَرِّ مَا يَعْرُجُ فِيهَا


وَمِنْ شَرِّ مَا ذَرَأَ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَمِنْ شَرِّ مَا يَخْرُجُ مِنْهَا


 وَمِنْ شَرِّ فِتَنِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ


وَمِنْ شَرِّ كُلِّ طَارِقٍ إِلَّا طَارِقًا يَطْرُقُ بِخَيْرٍ، يَا رَحْمَنُ

A’udhu bi-kalimaatillaahit-Taammaatillati laa yujaawizuhunna barrun wa laa faajirun min sharri maa khalaqa wa dhara‘a wa bara‘a.
Wa min sharri maa yanzilu minas-samaa‘i wa min sharri maa ya’ruju feehaa.
Wa min sharri maa dhara‘a fil-ardi wa min sharri maa yakhruju minhaa.
Wa min sharri fitanil-layli wan-nahaari.
Wa min sharri kulli taariqin illaa taariqan yatruqu bi khairin, Yaa Rahmaan!

I seek refuge in the Most Perfect Words of Allaah which no righteous or evil person can pass from the evil of what He has created, sowed and formed!
And from the evil that comes down from the sky and from the evil that ascends it!
And from the evil that is sowed in the earth and the evil that comes out from it!
And from the evil of the tribulations of the night and day!
And from the evil of every single one who comes knocking except someone who comes knocking with good, O Most Merciful One!’

And so the fire of the Devils was put out and Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, defeated them.’” As-Saheehah 840.

And at-Tabaraani reports in al-Kabeer (3838) from Khaalid ibn al-Waleed, may Allaah be pleased with him, that, “… he complained to the Prophet  saying, ‘I feel some fear at night.’ So he said, ‘Should I not teach you some words which Jibreel عليه السلام taught me when he believed a powerful [Ifreet] Jinn was plotting against me? He said:

أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّاتِ الَّتِي لَا يُجَاوِزُهُنَّ بَرٌّ وَلَا فَاجِرٌ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا يَنْزِلُ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ وَمَا يَعْرُجُ فِيهَا


 وَمِنْ شَرِّ مَا ذَرَأَ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَمَا يَخْرُجُ مِنْهَا


 وَمِنْ شَرِّ فِتَنِ اللَّيْلِ وَفِتَنِ النَّهَار


وَمِنْ شَرِّ طَوَارِقِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ إِلَّا طَارِقًا يَطْرُقُ بِخَيْرٍ يَا رَحْمَانُ

A’udhu bi-kalimaatillaahit-Taammaatillati laa yujaawizuhunna barrun wa laa faajirun min sharri maa yanzilu minas-samaa‘i wa maa ya’ruju feehaa.
Wa min sharri maa dhara‘a fil-ardi wa maa yakhruju minhaa.
Wa min sharri fitanil-layli wa fitanin-nahaari.
Wa min sharri tawaariqil-layli wan-nahaari illaa taariqan yatruqu bi khairin, Yaa Rahmaan!

I seek refuge in the Most Perfect Words of Allaah which no righteous or evil person can pass from the evil that comes down from the sky and ascends it!
And from the evil that is sowed in the earth and the evil that comes out from it!
And from the evil of the tribulations of the night and the tribulations of the day!
And from the evil of all the ones who come knocking during the night and day except someone who comes knocking with good, O Most Merciful One!’”

As-Saheehah 2738.

An Easy Way to Keep Devils Out of Your House by Reciting Two Blessed, Ancient Verses


An-Nu’maan ibn Bashir narrated that the Prophet ﷺ said, “Indeed Allaah wrote a Book two thousand years before He created the heavens and the earth, He sent down two aayahs from it with which He ended Surah al-Baqarah—if they are recited for three nights in a home, no Shaitaan shall come near it.”

Saheeh at-Targheeb, no. 1476, al-Albaani said, “Saheeh.” [Translation taken from the English translation of Al-Tirmidhi, slightly edited.]

The two verses are:

ءَامَنَ ٱلرَّسُولُ بِمَآ أُنزِلَ إِلَيۡهِ مِن رَّبِّهِۦ وَٱلۡمُؤۡمِنُونَۚ كُلٌّ ءَامَنَ بِٱللَّهِ وَمَلَٰٓئِكَتِهِۦ وَكُتُبِهِۦ وَرُسُلِهِۦ لَا نُفَرِّقُ بَيۡنَ أَحَدٖ مِّن رُّسُلِهِۦۚ وَقَالُواْ سَمِعۡنَا وَأَطَعۡنَاۖ غُفۡرَانَكَ رَبَّنَا وَإِلَيۡكَ ٱلۡمَصِيرُ

‘Āmanar-Rasūlu bimā ‘unzila ‘ilayhi mir-rabbihi wal-Mu’uminūna ۚ kullun ‘Āmana billāhi wa Malā’ikatihi wa Kutubihi wa Rusulihi Lā nufarriqu baina ‘aĥadin mir-Rusulihi ۚ wa qālū sami`nā wa ‘Aţa`nā ۖ  Ghufrānaka Rabbanā wa ‘ilaikal-Maşīr.

“The Messenger believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers. Each one believes in Allaah, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. They say, “We make no distinction between one another of His Messengers.” And they say, “We hear, and we obey. (We seek) Your Forgiveness, Our Lord, and to You is the return (of all).””

لَا يُكَلِّفُ ٱللَّهُ نَفۡسًا إِلَّا وُسۡعَهَاۚ لَهَا مَا كَسَبَتۡ وَعَلَيۡهَا مَا ٱكۡتَسَبَتۡۗ
رَبَّنَا لَا تُؤَاخِذۡنَآ إِن نَّسِينَآ أَوۡ أَخۡطَأۡنَاۚ
رَبَّنَا وَلَا تَحۡمِلۡ عَلَيۡنَآ إِصۡرٗا كَمَا حَمَلۡتَهُۥ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبۡلِنَاۚ
رَبَّنَا وَلَا تُحَمِّلۡنَا مَا لَا طَاقَةَ لَنَا بِهِۦۖ
وَٱعۡفُ عَنَّا وَٱغۡفِرۡ لَنَا وَٱرۡحَمۡنَآۚ أَنتَ مَوۡلَىٰنَا فَٱنصُرۡنَا عَلَى ٱلۡقَوۡمِ ٱلۡكَٰفِرِينَ

Lā yukallifullāhu nafsan ‘illā wus`ahā ۚ Lahā mā kasabat wa `alaihā maktasabat ۗ
Rabbanā lā tu’uākhidhnā ‘in-nasīnā ‘aw ‘akhţa’nā ۚ
Rabbanā wa lā taĥmil `alainā ‘işran kamā ĥamaltahu `alalladhīna min qablinā ۚ
Rabbanā wa lā tuĥammilnā mā lā ţāqata lanā bihi ۖ
Wa`fu `annā waghfir lanā warĥamnā ۚ ‘Anta mawlānā fānşurnā `alal-qawmil-kāfirīn.

“Allaah burdens not a person beyond his scope. He gets reward for that (good) which he has earned, and he is punished for that (evil) which he has earned. “Our Lord! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error. Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which You did lay on those before us. Our Lord! Put not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Pardon us and grant us Forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our Protector! And give us victory over the disbelieving people.””

Al-Albaani and The Medium Who Would Summon The Souls of the Dead in Damascus | End |


 

Continuing from the previous post.

“Doctor, this spirit which you summoned, is it of someone alive or dead?”

He said, “No, dead.”

I said, “Dead.  How did you summon his soul when it is in one of two states, there being no third: it is either a happy soul [i.e., one going to Paradise] or a wretched one [i.e., going to Hell]. If it is a happy one, then by Allaah, there is no way it will ever come back into this world again because it is occupied with the pleasure it has in its grave,” and I mentioned some hadiths which showed that the grave is either one of the gardens of Paradise or a pit from Hell, “and if it is a wretched soul, then it is all the more so and a fortiori that it will not be able to leave the prison it is surrounded by [in the grave]—so how are you able to summon this soul? This is something impossible according to the Legislation.”

Secondly and lastly and here is the point, “Imagine that it is possible for you to summon this soul, how do you know that it [actually] is, for example, the soul of the doctor Ibn Sina, a Muslim with all his open and hidden faults, the scholars who know him say that he was a philosopher and had deviated in many tenets of Islamic creed or [how do you know that it might even be] al-Razi the doctor of old, for example? How do you know that it is not a disbeliever, someone who associates partners with Allaah? Just because it says to you, ‘I am the soul of so and so,’ you say aameen?

These days interactions with people, between countries … when a country wants to send its ambassador to another it sends him with certified, registered, sanctioned, stamped and signed documents, and other such things of the sort, so that the country to which that ambassador has been sent is satisfied that this really is the ambassador of an Islamic country and not a dajjaal playing games with it—and this is [the situation] with people dealing with each other—[and what you are talking about] is the world of the Unseen, how can you know that this really is Doctor So and So?”

He had no choice, after having been confuted and having had the evidence established against him, except to say, “The reality, O Ustaadh, is that this was a medical gathering. We also have a gathering of knowledge, if you want to debate with us in it then you are more than welcome.”

I didn’t believe that there was a gathering of knowledge, [but] I said to him, “When?”

He said, “Sunday.”

I said, “Inshaa Allaah, our meeting is on Sunday.”

Allaah so willed that [when] Sunday did come I was obliged to assist one of our brothers who worked at the Ministry of Education where there was an effort being made to correct some books about Islamic Upbringing, books about Islamic Education which had weak and fabricated hadiths in them and Hanafi concepts which went against the Sunnah, so one of them called me to cooperate with him in that, he was an employee of the Ministry but I was not, walhamdulillaah, but I have a little knowledge as you know, so I held that it was more deserving for me to meet up with this person rather than keep my promise [of meeting the medium]. But my companion who had [initially] taken me to him came to me on the appointed day, Sunday, at the Dhaahariyyah Library upon the basis that we were going to meet up and go, so I told him that the situation was such and such and that I couldn’t make it with him, [so I said to him], “You go to him, may Allaah reward you with good, and apologise to him and inshaa Allaah set up another meeting.”

So he went and was taken aback when he found that there was no-one whatsoever at the house on the agreed upon day, [the house was] dark, unlit, nothing inside.

The next day he came to me and told me what had happened, so I said to him, “This is a victory granted to us by Allaah. Go to him [again] next Sunday.”

[He did] and naturally he met him on that following Sunday [because the medium thought that they wouldn’t actually turn up the following Sunday too], [but before he went] I said to him, “Don’t tell him that the Shaikh [i.e., al-Albaani] didn’t come [the previous Sunday], leave that hidden,” [say to him], “I came according to the appointment and didn’t find you?  Inshaa Allaah everything is ok, Dr. Haqqi Baik?”

He really said that to him and here is the point, my brothers, here take heed, O you with eyes [to see].

The medium said to him, “Go away! You brought a big, dangerous Wahhaabi to us—he doesn’t love the Prophet! May Allaah kill him!”

He said to him, “And how do you know that? That man is our friend and we attend his lessons which are always about, ‘Allaah said … Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said …’” and so on.

He [i.e., the medium] said, “After he [i.e., al-Albaani] left …” he summoned the soul of I don’t know who, I forget who he said it was, and he [i.e., the medium] asked the summoned soul about me and he [i.e., the summoned soul] gave him all these testimonials, “That this man is a Wahhaabi who doesn’t love the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم …”

So I say that this is a proof that these people seek the help of the devils. There is no such thing as summoning the souls of the dead, that is impossible.

But the devils really do attend and inspire them with things, as the Lord of the Worlds said, “Devils among mankind and jinns, inspiring one another with adorned speech as a delusion (or by way of deception).” [An’aam 6:112]

Therefore I say that if one of our brothers has been tested, and I [purposefully] say, ‘has been tested,’ [by having to recite over people who have been possessed], because truthfully, as news has reached me [about these things], it is a situation that is a trial and a test, for a woman who is possessed may come to him and he may see that it is beneficial for him to touch her or examine her arm or neck or or and so on [by touching her]—so the Devil can come in through such easy and supple ways to start off with, and then the issue starts to get bigger and bigger until the big fitnah happens, so if one of our brothers has been tested by, and I say [has been tested by] only reciting verses from Allaah’s Book or forms of seeking refuge established from Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم to take out the Jinn which has possessed that person, then this is, as he عليه السلام said, ‘Whoever amongst you is able to help his brother, then let him do so.’

As for asking [the Jinn], ‘What is your name? What is your religion? What is your job? Where do you live? Where is so and so? What helps against such and such an illness?’ and so on, then this comes under His Saying, the Most High, which I mentioned earlier, “And verily, there were men among mankind who took shelter with the masculine among the Jinns, but they (i.e., the Jinns) increased them (mankind) in sin and disbelief.” [Jinn 72:6]

I ask Allaah for well-being and safety.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 455. [1/3/1046].

End.

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Continuing from the first post.

“Welcome, Doctor,” there was someone sitting next to him [who said this], in Syria they call him a makawlik, I don’t know what you call them here, i.e., an adulator, [i.e., the medium’s sidekick], he [i.e., the sidekick] said to him [i.e., the summoned soul of the Doctor], “Welcome Doctor …,” he was repeating the same as what the medium had said, [i.e., the medium would say something and then this sidekick would repeat the same thing the medium said to make it look even more impressive or authoritative etc., so addressing the summoned soul, he carried on saying] “… because may Allaah reward you with good … we … are indebted to your favours [upon us], and alhamdulillaah our customers are increasing and the reason is due to the success of these medical prescriptions [which you dictate to us],” and he carried on saying things of this sort, “… and now we have a small boy here whose name is so and so the son of so and so and he lives in such and such an area …” etc., “… and his age …” and here’s the anecdote, “… is seven months …” the boy’s mother who was holding him said, “No, Doctor, he’s nine years old, not seven,” the makawlik [sidekick] who was sitting next to the medium said to her, “‘Be quiet! Do you know better than the Doctor?!”

The point is the man [who was the husband of the woman who was holding the child] was sitting at a round table which had numbers and an upturned cup on it, and he had placed his finger on the cup and his wife was facing him, and truth be told his wife was fully covered, even her face, nothing of her could be seen, so we saw this cup moving, going here and there, right and left, and so on, we understood that this cup was going over the numbers, going once, twice, then stopping, and he [i.e., the medium] had a piece of paper which he was writing symbols on which only he could see, he would move the cup two or three times and so on, then he gave this prescription to the employee he had assigned to this woman, [who passed it on to the woman] and ma’as-Salaamah, [it was over].

It carried on like this for an hour, one patient entering and another leaving, after one hour the sitting was over, the lights were turned on, the people still there, and I was one of them, unfortunately they were saying, “May Allaah give you well-being O Doctor! May Allaah reward you with good!”

But I was about to burst with rage.

Especially because in those days I was a youth and light skinned and so signs of anger were easily visible on me—and he noticed. So he said, “What does the Ustaadh [i.e., he’s addressing Shaikh al-Albaani] think?”

[So I said], “Wallaahi, Yaa Ustaadh, O Doctor, Yaa so and so, [i.e., Shaikh al-Albaani is addressing him respectfully] I have two questions if you would allow me.”

He said, “Tafaddal.

I said to him, “You started the gathering by saying, ‘Wa alaikum salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu,’—who were you saying it to? The people were there … he said, “I returned the greeting of salaam to the Doctor.”

[I said], “Which doctor?”

He said, “The soul of the doctor that we summoned.”

I said, “He gave you salaam?”

He said, “Yes.”

I said, “How did you hear this salaam and we didn’t? Are the openings of your ears put together in a way different to other people?”

He said, “No. This is a secret of the trade. This is something you can’t understand until you enter this field.”

This is Sufi talk totally.

“Okay, and your friend,” naturally I couldn’t say to him on his face, ‘This one who was flattering you/your sidekick [as that would have been too rude to say to his face],’ he heard it along with you, when he [i.e., this friend of yours also] said to him [i.e., to the summoned soul], ‘Welcome, Doctor,’ [did he hear the salaam too?] …”

At any rate, I started debating with him based upon what one would call physiological aspects, but then I quickly switched to the second [type of] question which was concerning the Sharee’ah aspect [of all of this, so I said] …

The final post.

Al-Albaani and The Medium Who Would Summon The Souls of the Dead in Damascus | 1 |


 

The PDF of the complete article:Al-Albaani and The Damascene Medium.


Questioner:
Is it allowed for a person who recites over someone who has been possessed by a Jinn … after the Jinn becomes present in the sick person, is it [then] allowed for the person reciting to order the Jinn with some things, like asking for his help in finding the location of a treasure for example, or to dig out a treasure, or to find out whether another person is possessed or not, what is the ruling of the religion concerning this, may Allaah reward you with good?

Al-Albaani: It is not allowed, except for what was mentioned in the first part of the question, i.e., reciting the Quraan over someone possessed by a Jinn. As for seeking their help for those things mentioned or other things, then firstly this goes against the practical Sunnah which the Prophet عليه السلام and those who were guided by his guidance carried out, and secondly it goes against His Statement, the Most High:

“And there were men from mankind who sought refuge in men from the Jinn, so they [only] increased them in burden [i.e., sin].[Jinn 72:6]

So seeking refuge or aid have the same meaning, it is not allowed for someone who has been put to test in this present time and has set himself up to remove Jinns from those who have been afflicted by possession … … to recite some aayahs, and some of the legislated forms of seeking refuge mentioned in the authentic Sunnah, this is allowed and everything else is misguidance.

And the Devil is more devilish than the Americans, the British and others … because they [i.e., the Muslims who try to seek help from the Jinn] seek aid from the devils of the Jinn, [i.e., one cannot even trust devilish humans to help so how much more dangerous is it with the devils from the Jinn], I mean that when the devils from mankind want to achieve some of their illegal goals, they offer some bait, i.e., a trap by which they catch their prey by offering them something they want and which their hearts incline to, this is what the devils from mankind do, so what do you think the case will be with the devils from Jinn-kind, about whom we know nothing except that they may present some remedies, which are [in fact], as I just said, traps which act to gradually pull in the person who is seeking their help.

For this reason, I do not hold it to be permissible for a Muslim to seek the aid of Jinns who give a person the false impression that he is a Muslim, a believer in Allaah and His Prophet, and who shows that he is righteous and that he wants to help his human Muslim brothers, this is a matter of the Unseen which it is not possible for a human Muslim to feel comfortable with.

And I know through experience, one of us will live with a human like himself for many years, and then all of a sudden after that it becomes clear that he is an open enemy, and that person is a human like him, someone whom he inclines towards, feels comfortable with and relies upon, but after a long time it became clear that all of this pretense was in order to achieve a goal he had, the other person was unaware of this goal—and this is between two people, their nature being one, their thinking one etc.,—so what do you think the case will be with a human seeking the help of a Jinn?

And even though there is not a lot of time, I will give you an example that happened with me and someone who thought that he could summon the souls [of dead people], the soul of Ibn Seereen for example, the soul of the doctor Ibn Seena, Ibn ’Arabi, and so on … a long story of which I will give you the summary.

[So] I was present at the sitting, the lights were put out with only a dim one remaining, and with difficulty you could just about see the person sitting next to you, and then the sitting started.  After [a short while] it became clear to me that this medium [actually] regarded the sitting as a medical one, and indeed when I had come in I had found all four walls of the room full of customers … an old man, an aged lady, a woman holding a small child and so on—all of these people had come to be cured and treated by the spirit of the doctor which would be summoned by this medium [whose name was] Haqi Baik, this person is a medium there in Damascus. So the lights were turned off as I said, and the sitting of Haqi Baik Afandi started.

We heard a statement which we found strange, he said, “Wa alaikum salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu …” the sitting was so quiet that if, as they say, you dropped a pin you’d hear it, so who was he saying this to?

You will come to know later on …

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Is it Allowed to Perform Ruqya on Someone Possessed by a Jinn Through a Cassette Recording?


 

Questioner: Is it allowed to perform ruqya [reciting aayahs/supplications on someone who is poisoned/possessed by Jinn, etc.] through a cassette?

Al-Albaani: Is it allowed to perform ruqya what?

Questioner: … through a cassette?

Al-Albaani: … through a cassette?

Questioner: Cassette.

Al-Albaani: … cassette.

Questioner: Yes.

Al-Albaani: Is the adhaan allowed? Is the iqaamah allowed [through a cassette]? If you are in doubt such that I should answer you [I will], and if you know that the answer is that it is not allowed [to call the adhaan or iqaamah using a cassette] then the answer is the same [concerning ruqya]–it is not allowed.

For this reason I said on some occasions that I think, and Allaah knows best if the report is true, that sometimes a single [unified] adhaan is played on tape–if this report is true [and people are actually doing that] then I say that I fear a day will come when the people will pray behind a cassette [recording].

Al-Huda wan-Noor, 616.

Is it Correct that We will See the Jinn on the Day of Resurrection but They will not See us?


Questioner: Is it correct that we will see the Jinn on the Day of Resurrection but they will not see us, i.e., the opposite of how it is in the dunyaa?

Al-Albaani: That is not correct.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 326.

Is it Possible for One’s Qareen to Become Visible?


 

 

Questioner: Everyone has a [jinn] companion [qareen], is it possible for the qareen to become visible to the eye [whether in their] true form or another?

Al-Albaani: Allaah knows best. It is possible that the jinn can manifest itself in different forms, this is something unequivocal. As for the question [specifically] about the qareen [assigned to every individual] then I don’t have an answer, since nothing has been reported to us in this regard.

Questioner: Is it true or [just something] imaginary that after a person is murdered it [i.e., his qareen] becomes visible?

Al-Albaani: No, that’s a myth.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 215.

Is it Possible for a Person to See his Jinn?


Questioner: Is it possible for a person to see his jinn?

Al-Albaani: No, it is not possible.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 323.

What is the Correct Method to Cure Someone from Magic, the Evil Eye and Possession?


Translated by Ahmed Abu Turaab

Al-Albani: I do not know a cure for magic apart from the legislated ruqyah and recitation of the Quraan, and to seek shelter and protection with Allaah the Mighty and Majestic, earnestly imploring Him to cure the afflicted person from it.

As for going to soothsayers or fortune-tellers to try to discover who the person who performed the magic is and what type of magic was used in order to be able to remove it and so on, then along with the fact that this does not benefit it is also a use of means that is not legislated.

Indeed, such means may be polytheistic due to the incantations in some of them whose meaning is not [even] known.  And they may also contain [phrases which involve] seeking refuge with the devils whose names we do not know–the only ones who know their names are these imposters [Dajjaals] who seek the aid of their companions from the Jinn, as the Lord of all Creation said, “And verily, there were men among mankind who took shelter with the masculine among the jinns, but they increased them [mankind] in sin and disbelief.” [Jinn 72:6]

As for that which is connected to the one possessed or afflicted with the Evil Eye … then the one who has been afflicted with the Evil Eye has a cure mentioned in Al-Muwatta and other than it.  [Which is that] the one who is thought to have [most likely] given the Eye and who is then known is brought and told to perform ablution.  The water from his ablution is then taken and wiped on the limbs of the afflicted person.  This is a legislated means for his cure.

There may be further details in the hadith which I do not recall right now.   This is present in Al-Muwatta and others from the Sunan collections.

As for the one possessed by a Jinn, then his cure is through recitation of verses from the Noble Quraan by a righteous Muslim well-known for his righteousness.  This benefits on many occasions.

This is the answer I have to this question.

Fatwaawaa Jeddah, 21.

Is it Allowed to Seek the Assistance of the Jinn?


 

Questioner: Regarding the jinn, there are two questions regarding them, the first is about seeking assistance from them. It is known that amongst the jinn there are disbelievers, sinners [faasiq] and Muslims.

Al-Albani: Yes, by Allaah.

Questioner: So is it permissible for a Muslim, if he is able to, or some things happen [as a result of which] it becomes clear to him that the jinn, for example, is a Muslim, and so he seeks his assistance in some worldly affairs. So is it permissible for a Muslim to use this jinn …, in the same way that I seek the assistance of a human Muslim brother?

Al-Albani: When you mentioned seeking assistance from the Muslim jinn, how do you know he is a Muslim?

Questioner: He says so!

Al-Albani: He says so?

Questioner: Yes.

Al-Albani: And you do not know him [he is unknown].

Questioner: Yes.

Al-Albani: And you do not know him [he is unknown].

Questioner: Yes. Unknown because I do not know him.

Al-Albani: So how do you judge with the testimony of someone unknown?

Questioner: And he, namely, in reality, he is just like one of the brothers.

Al-Albani: No I am asking you, if there were a brother next to you, how do you know if he is a Muslim and a righteous one if you do not know him?

Questioner: I don’t know.

Al-Albani: Thus, the question from its general, initial, onset was wrong. Is it permissible to seek assistance from the jinn or not? The answer is no.

As for categorising the jinn then it can be [done] in two ways. Dividing them in terms of there being amongst them those who are righteous and those who are sinners, believers and disbelievers. This is correct, “There are among us some that are righteous, and some the contrary; we are groups each having a different way.” [Jinn 72:11]. This is from the angle of there being an unseen reality, something which we do not see.

As for dividing the jinn in terms of their relation to us humans/mankind, then such a division is lost on us. We cannot say, “So and so who speaks to us is a Muslim jinn, or a non-Muslim jinn, or a righteous Muslim jinn … no, we cannot make apparent such judgements. Because this is a judgement about something which is behind–as they say today–nature, i.e., in sharee’ah terminology, the Unseen.  We do not know the Unseen.

And at the same time as it not being something legislated, believing someone who is unknown and from the Unseen, is also stupidity. Because if a person who you do not know at all were to come to you and say, ‘I am a trustworthy Muslim. And I want to share with you [in something].’ You would not agree to it, because you don’t know him. So then it is even more fitting that you do not accept the testimony of someone who is behind a wall who says, ‘I am a good, righteous Muslim. And I am going to interact with you from behind this wall based upon the fact that the religion is sincerity.’

Questioner: Yes.

Al-Albani: Would a person accept such a dealing?

Questioner: No.

Al-Albani: So what do you think about [someone] behind a wall, behind all matter [i.e., someone from the Unseen].

Thus, the correct question is: is it permissible to interact with the Jinn at all?’ The answer is that it is not allowed at all.

The only thing that is allowed in that which is connected to Jinn and mankind is that if one were pretty sure that there is a person who has been possessed by a Jinn, then some aayahs can be recited on him, and [the Jinn] can be warned through such recitation … this is what has been established in the Sunnah.

As for the Quraan then it warns us against seeking the assistance of the Jinn [this having been quoted] from the believing Jinns [themselves] who came to the Prophet عليه السلام and believed in him. They spoke about their situation such as saying, ‘And verily, there were men among mankind who took shelter with the masculine among the jinns, but they (jinns) increased them (mankind) in sin and disbelief,’ [Jinn 72:6] i.e., … in misguidance.

Because of this it is not allowed to seek the assistance of the Jinn. This is the answer to the question.  End of Shaikh al-Albaani’s words.

I’ve seen some of the translations that have been put up on the blog have been taken and made into YouTube videos.  I happened to chance by some of them.  I don’t mind anyone taking such an initiative since I had been hoping someone could do it, may Allaah reward you guys well, whoever you are. At the same time I’d like it if you could send me a link to inform me of such videos.  If they’re done well, I can then put up a link to them on the blog here.  Shukran.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, Tape no. 704, starts at 3 minutes and 50 seconds approximately.

Mawsoo’atul-Allaamah, al-Imaam, Mujaddidil-Asr, Muhammad Naasirid-Deen al-Albaani, of Shaikh Shady Noaman, vol. 3, pp. 1053-1055.

The YouTube video:

 

Seeking Help from the Jinn


What is the ruling concerning asking the jinn
about matters of the Unseen?

Shaikh al-Albaani said, “We do not hold that one should turn to the Jinn concerning questions about matters of the Unseen since that is one of the causes for the misguidance of mankind. In the Noble Quran, Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, mentioned some of the misguidance of the polytheists of the past. So the Lord of all Creation, the Blessed and Most High, said, narrating the story of the Jinn who came to the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, and believed in him, part of what those Jinn said was, And verily, there were men among mankind those who sought refuge with the masculine among the jinns, but they (i.e., the jinns only) increased them in sin and disbelief.” Jinn 72:6

Seeking the help of the Jinn in order to gain knowledge of the Unseen is, as some of the people of the past said when disapproving of people seeking help from one another, “… like a prisoner calling for help from another prisoner.” So mankind seeking help from the Jinn to gain knowledge of the Unseen is just like a man seeking the help of another man since both categories, man and jinn, share in the fact that neither of them has knowledge of the Unseen.

As for when by Unseen a matter is intended which actually occurred but is absent from mankind due to the fact that their strength and power is limited and the strength of the Jinn is greater, then likewise we say: it is [still] not befitting [to ask the Jinn]. Since if they are continually called upon the matter will expand just as a hole in a garment keeps increasing until it cannot be patched up[1], and thus the people will fall into associating partners in worship with Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, [shirk], committing shirk in the Attributes of Allaah. Since as you all know Allaah is one in His dhaat [essence], one in the fact that He Alone is worshipped–so none of His Creation whatsoever can share with Him in knowing the Unseen. As He, the Blessed and Most High, said, “(He Alone is) the All-Knower of the Unseen, and He reveals to none His [knowledge of the] Unseen. Except to a Messenger (from mankind) whom He has chosen …” Jinn 72:26-27

So the Prophets and the Messengers themselves did not know the Unseen but Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, taught them some of the matters of the Unseen through revelation.

And there is no Prophet after our Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم.

Thus, the path to acquiring knowledge of the Unseen is blocked, whether it is concerning knowledge of those things from the Unseen which have not yet occurred or those things of the Unseen which have occurred but which mankind does not have the strength or ability to acquire [even though they have taken place]. So seeking the aid of the Jinn in this type, without doubt, is humiliating and [nothing but] misguidance, which can lead, as I have just said, to associating partners with Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic.

Perhaps from the modern day proofs of this is what has reached us about your country in particular, Kuwait. That there is a person there who claims to have knowledge of the Unseen such that he ordered his followers to migrate from Kuwait to here, Jordan, and that there would be snow and it would be very cold in Jordan so he ordered them to buy some blankets and other such things to keep themselves warm with and that on the contrary in Kuwait, Allaah forbid, there would be a blazing fire along with other false and futile claims that he made–do you have any knowledge about that?

Questioner: We received some news, O Shaikh, that he is in Syria and there is another in Egypt, from the Sufis.

Shaikh al-Albaani: But there followers here [in Jordan] say that their Shaikh is in Kuwait.

Questioner: This is correct. They have followers dispersed [in different places, some of whom] went to Kuwait. Last Sunday they made an announcement in the newspaper that they were waiting for everybody. And the Shaikh was present in Syria and another in Egypt, and they announced to their followers that the Day of Resurrection was about to be established. So they left the schools, and this is true, and some of them sold their land and left.

Shaikh al-Albaani: Many of them came here.

Someone in the gathering said: The abode of the Shaikh of this tariqah [Sufi way] in Kuwait is that of Fareed Hamdaan. And his son and brother are here [in Jordan].

Questioner: Last Sunday and Monday many of the newspapers announced that one of their Shaikhs was in Syria and the other in Egypt.

Shaikh al-Albaani: It is possible, whatever the case, that there is movement [of these people or Shaikhs] and [people] preferring [one to another]

The proof here is that opening the door to communicating with the Jinn leads man to fall into misguidance which has been forbidden.”

Al-Fataawaa al-Kuwaitiyyah, pp. 38-40.


[1] Shaikh al-Albaani used an old Arabic example here, saying:

اتَّسَعَ الْخَرْقُ عَلَى الرَّاقِعِ

The literal translation would be as I have put in the post, i.e., a hole in a garment is patched up but keeps increasing such that the patch cannot cover the hole anymore and the meaning is as Abu Hilaal al-Askari explained  in Jumhuratul-Amthaal (1/160), “And it means: The problem/corruption increases such that it cannot be rectified or contained.”

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