Fear Of The Unseen

As Muslims we should have belief in the Unseen (that which cannot be seen). A part of the Unseen is the Jinn. Not believing in their existence is an opening to the path of disbelief in Islam itself.

*Both the Qur’an and the Sunnah confirm Jinn’s existence and it is one of the traits of the believer to believe in their existence. Complete search shows that the Jinn are mentioned in more than forty verses of the Qur’an, which are spread in ten of its Surahs.

**Surah al-Jinn is one of the prime surahs telling of the existence of Jinn. We have no choice to believe in some parts of the Qur’an and not others according to our whims! a whole surah that specially talks about a group/caravan of Jinns who overheard Muhammad (S. A. W. W.) recite a portion of The Holy Book (Al-Qur’an Al-Majeed).

***”Say: ‘It has been revealed to me that a group of Jinn listened and said, ‘We have heard a most amazing Recitation.'”

“O you assembly of Jinns and men! if it be you can pass beyond the zones of the heavens and the earth, pass you! Not without authority shall you be able to pass!” (Surah Ar-Rehman: 33)

In Surah Ar-Rehman the Jinns are called Al-Jaan, which is the Arabic plural of Jinn. Janana means to cover or conceal. Jannahu Al-layl means the night covered him. Similarly, the Jinns are so called because they are covered from us (unseen). Interestingly, the foetus is called Al-Janeen in Arabic, as it is hidden from us.

Some of the different terms used for Jinns are as follows:

1. In Arabic when Jinn are mentioned in general terms they call them with the word Jinni.
2. Jinns dwelling in houses are called ‘Aamir (dweller). [do not mistake it with the name Aamir that is derived from the name/word ‘Amr, meaning longevity.]
3. Those Jinns that interact with children are called Arwaah(spirits).
4. An evil Jinn is called Shaytaan (devil).
5. If the Jinn is worse than Shaytaan he/she is called Maarid (demon).
6. If he/she is worse than that as well, he/she is called ‘Ifreet.

Generally people are afraid of all that is not visible to them. People are so afraid of Jinns that they do not even mention its name! If they do they follow it quickly with a fearful ‘Bismillah’.

Mujahid (may Allah (SWT) be pleased with him), a student of Ibn Abbas (r.a.) had said :- “After Ibn Abbas’s death a shaytaan would constantly appear before me in the form of Ibn Abbas whenever I started salaah. This got so worse that at times I was forced to break my salaah. So I decided to confront him next time he appeared and so I hid a dagger in my pocket and started salaah. When he came in front of me, I took out the dagger and jumped on him. He disappeared instantly and thereafter he never came back.”

The Jinns are as afraid of human beings as human beings are of them. However, when human beings portray their immense fear of the Jinns, the Jinns are encouraged and start pestering the person in all forms so that his fear would further intensify.

****One of those people, who are most likely to come under the possession of Jinn are those who fear them a lot.

If a person has full faith in Allah (SWT) he/she would know that no one can harm except by the Will of Allah. Even those people who do black magic, their magic is just a means of a person having a problem or problems in life. Complete faith is the path to bravery because the one can bow down to Allah (SWT) can stand up to anything, insha’Allah.

Allama Iqbal’s one poem contains a similar verse regarding Faith in Allah (SWT) alone.

“woh aik sajda jissay tuu giraan samajhta hai

hazaar sajdon se deta hai aadmi ko nijaat”

If the Arabs of Jahiliyah had used their heads in this regard they wouldn’t have been asking for the protection of Shaytaan before retiring for the night in uninhabited places.

Another point to take note of is that the more a person fears Jinn and Black Magic, the more it will have its effect. That doesn’t mean one should deny its being. Instead one should have full faith in Qadar (Fate) good or evil and always remember Allah (SWT). Without doubt, Islam is the remedy of all problems.

*Ahlus-Sunnah Wal Jamaa’ah are unanimously agreed that whosoever denies the existence of the Jinn is a Kaafir as such a person is rejecting what is reported in the Holy Qur’an.

**Reciting Surah Jinn is a cure form black magic as well.

***Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas (r.a.):
“The Prophet (S.A.W.W.) set out with the intention of going to Suq ‘Ukaz (market of ‘Ukaz) along with some of his companions. At the same time, a barrier was put between the devils and the news of heaven. Fire commenced to be thrown at them. The Devils went to their people, who asked them, “What is wrong with you?” They said, “A barrier has been placed between us and the news of heaven. And fire has been thrown at us.” They said, “The thing which has put a barrier between you and the news of heaven must be something which has happened recently. Go eastward and westward and see what has put a barrier between you and the news of heaven.” Those who went towards Tuhama came across the Prophet at a place called Nakhla and it was on the way to Suq ‘Ukaz and the Prophet was offering the Fajr prayer with his companions. When they heard the Qur’an they listened to it and said, “By Allah, this is the thing which has put a barrier between us and the news of heaven.” They went to their people and said, “O our people; verily we have heard a wonderful recital (Qur’an) which shows the true path; we believed in it and would not ascribe partners to our Lord.” Allah revealed the following verses to his Prophet (Surah ‘Jinn’): “Say: It has been revealed to me.” And what was revealed to him was the conversation of the Jinns.” [Sahih Bukhari: Volume 1, Book 12, Number 740]

****The following usually are the other reasons for possession. It must, however, be noted that possession can also happen due to black magic or simply a being a test in one’s life.

1. Jinn falling in love with a human being
2. If the Jinns are oppressed (pouring hot water in sinks, defecating or urinating in their homes (caves, holes etc))
3. When a person is under extreme anger
4. When a person is under extreme fear
5. When a person is indulging in prohibited acts.


15 thoughts on “Fear Of The Unseen”

  1. Very intelligent! When you write a ridiculous post and can’t answer questions, you use Kashif’s comment as an excuse not to furthur advance the “argument”. From the first comment you have been cleverly avoiding my questions and now you have come down to this shameless method of refusing to answer my questions. I forgot to remind you in the last comment about your promose to tell me about your CUPPING PROPAGANDA. You just kept telling me to have patience, and now you have resorted to this. So typical of people who lack knowledge, write pieces of garbage and then hide in the name of not wanting to advance the “argument”. It was never an argument in the first place. You continuously avoided my questions. Hadd you answered my questions this “argument” would have ended long ago. Obviously, you couldn’t, because you don’t have any. NOW WE ALL KNOW THAT THIS POST IS ONE BIG LIE! YOUR REFUSAL TO ANSWER ANY OF MY QUESTIONS IS ENOUGH PROOF.

  2. @brother Kashif: thank u so much for your advice and i mean it. i have no intention for increasing this argument. this very baseless argument. especially after all statements are clarified in the post itself. anyway, i shall follow your advice, insha’Allah.

    one other thing…i dunno how learned i am, a person is always a student, but i really wanted to answer your question. you had asked how can a person rejuvenate their Islamic practices (something along the same lines). if one wants one may go to some centres for such blessed training…but the first step should be self-learning, i feel. i would like to suggest a very useful book. insha’Allah it will naturally increase a person’s devotion to their religion.

    the book is called ‘Paradise and Hell (In the Light of Qur’an and Sunnah)’ by Dr. Umar Sulaiman Al-Ashqar, translated by NAsiruddin Al-Khattab. I dunno about your location so i cannot so from which bookstore it may be available. but if you are interested and if it is not available in bookstores near you or any other reason, i will try to upload it, insha’Allah, on some site…scribd etc.

  3. @Momina: Gays are worse than animals? So I was correct in stating that you people are filled with hatred. THANK YOU FOR PROVING MY POINT TO EVERYONE. Your comments deliberately twist my statements. I am not supporting sodomy. I just said that gays are human beings and they should be treated like human beings.

    You keep avoiding my questions. It just proves to me and to everyone that you don’t know what you are talking about.

    Why is Taweez allowed only in a dire state of need? Either it is allowed or it isn’t. Can you make your mind up?

    You said that Taweez that you Arab products can’t understand are in Hebrew. Is that your attempt at humour or are you deliberately avoiding my questions with whatever garbage comes inside your head. Do you realise that you are indulging in slander? Something that is common with you Arab products. How do you know it is in Hebrew? Have you ever spent time with an Amil? Or are you just slandering to get away with the garbage you wrote?

    Also, you didn’t tell me anything about religious people suffering from jinn possession and black magic. You wrongly stated that if a person is religious then nothing will happen to him. You remind me of Tablighees. They also say that just join Tableegh Jamaat and nothing will happen. Then why are Tablighees also suffering?

  4. @ yusha and mominaa
    You both are more learned in Islamic teachings than most of us.. I have personally benefitted from both of you so I would request if you both can refrain from long and useless arguments. It spoils the post and the worthy comments one is looking forward to.

    Thanks:)

  5. first of all thank you for pointing out the typo i made. i should have been more careful while typing the comment.

    all has come down to your silly hatred for anything Arab…or maybe whatever u dislike u put it under the Arab category.

    as for your great amils and their great knowledge they simply use hebrew in weird taweez. Totally UnIslamic taweez with pure elements of shirk.

    humans and gays? humans are civilised and follow Allah’s Laws they are not some cracked animals (gosh i’m unintentionally insulting animals!). i guess you are even against what happened to Lut’s (a.s.) nation. remember the abnormal freaks they were??? your thinking is simply abhorrent.

    you may follow your weird ideology as you want.

    “LAKUM DEENAKUM WALI AD-DEEN.”

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