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Jinn Possession

Jinn Possession. God has given Jinn the power to possess matter in our world. They can possess any part of a human, from an organ to possessing the whole body (or mind). They can possess birds/animals likewise. Such happenings are confirmed by many scholars and we find most of them in the majmo-al fatwa of Sheikh-ul-Islaam Ibn Taimiya.

Abdullah, the son of Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal said,

I said to my father, ‘Some people say that the jinn does not enter the body of the possessed’
He said, ‘Oh my son, they are lying. It is that which speaks by his tongue…’

Ibn Taimiya said,
‘What he [Ahmad] said is well-known. The possessed person speaks a language that he himself does not understand. And his body may be struck with a ferocious beating, such that it would leave a great mark on a camel. The possessed person does not perceive the strike nor does he perceive the words that he is speaking. The possessed may lift others heavier than him. He may pull out the carpet he is sitting upon… and other such things that have been witnessed and reported by reliable sources. He speaks with the tongue of the human and he moves with that body but he is a specie other than a human.’

And ibn Taimiya also wrote, ‘None of the leaders of the Muslims reject the notion that the jinn enters into the body of the possessed and others. Those who reject it and claim that the Islamic law states it to be false are stating a lie concerning Islamic law, as there is no proof therein that denies its occurrence.’

The Causes of being Possessed

“Lo! He [devils] has no power over those who believe and put their trust in their Lord. His [devils] power is only over those who make a friend of him, and those who ascribe partners unto him” (al-Nahl: 99-100)”

A best example of the above is a ‘Witch’. Witches rarely have children. Because of their agreement with the devil, the jinn will kill the fetus inside the witch’s body instantly. They have their souls bartered to the devil in return for their favors.  Those who hope for children has to let go off their agreement. And Allah protects those who seek refuge with Him Alone.

Ibn Taimiya explained,
‘Possession of the human by the jinn can occur from desires, lusts, passions and zealousness in the same way that a human is in accord with another human…And it also occurs, and this is the majority case, due to hatred and revenge.’

He further adds
‘For example, one of the human harms a jinn or the jinn thinks that the human was trying to harm them by urinating on some jinn or throwing hot water on them or a human might kill a jinn, even though the human may not have realized that. Among the jinn is ignorance and wrongdoing and, therefore, they get revenge from humans above and beyond what is just. And it could occur from the horseplay or simply evil acts of the jinn in the same way the evil is done by the foolish of the humans.’

Other than this, if we look at the articles from the category of BlackMagic & Witchcraft, we find another major cause of possession – that is through Witchcraft. A witch may send a jinn to possess his/her victim, by force. It is however agonizing for the jinn to possess a human, yet he might be forced to do so by the Witches (Allah’s curse be upon them).

“Keep to forgiveness and enjoin kindness, and turn away from the ignorant. And if a slander from the devil wounds you, then seek refuge in Allah. Lo! He is Hearer, Knower”” (al-Araaf 199-200).

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