The catching of Jinn

People who have ever been possessed by a Jinn have an "entrance" through which the Jinn has entered, and a "house" where the Jinn has been living in the body. With the Ruqyah-bath it should be possible to close this entrance again. However, you can also use it to call Jinn by asking Allah to let them come to you. And surprisingly, this seems to work very well, at least with Raqis of the caliber of Sheikh Abdur Raouf ben Halima. The Jinn so called can be brought to Islam and given the order to bring other Jinn to Islam or to bring them here. One can also interview them and get a lot of useful information. According to Sheikh Abdur Raouf, hundreds of thousands of Jinn have already been brought to Islam this way!

We have no experience with this method, but we want to list it here for the sake of completeness. The method is controversial because Ruqyah is actually meant to protect oneself against Jinn and to drive them out or to kill them if necessary. Opponents of this method cite above all the following verse:

In the day when He will gather them together [He will say]: O ye assembly of the Jinn! Many of humankind did ye seduce. And their adherents among humankind will say: Our Lord! We took advantage of one another, but now we have arrived at the appointed term which Thou appointedst for us. [Al-Anam 128]

They believe that this verse excludes that humans may have advantages of Jinn, and see the Prophet Sulaiman, who made great use of Jinn, as an exception. Sheikh Abdur Raouf, as an argument, cites a statement of Sheikh al-Islam Ibn Taymiya, where he says in his book "Majmu al-Fatawa" Volume 11, p. 307:

"A human being who orders Jinn to do what Allah and His messenger have ordered, to worship Allah alone and obey his prophet, and also orders humans to do that, he is amongst the best allies of Allah the Almighty, and he becomes by this action a successor - caliph - and a representative of the messenger.

And the one who uses Jinn for authorized personal matters and orders them to do their duties and forbids them to commit what religion condemns and uses them in personal permitted matters, he is like the kings who did such things, and he who is capable of this is an ally of Allah the Almighty and like the prophet king compared to the prophet slave, like Sulayman and Yusuf compared to Ibrahim, Musa, Issa and Muhammad, may Allah bless them all.

And whoever uses Jinn for what Allah and his messenger have forbidden, either association (shirk), or to kill an innocent person, or harming people such as making them ill, or forget their science or commit a sin, this one has used their help for sin and harm, and if he uses them for acts considered as apostasy, he is an apostate.

And if his knowledge of Islamic rules is not complete and he uses their help for what he thinks to be miracles such as performing hajj, or flying, or they take him to Arafa and he doesn't perform the regular hajj, or they take him from city to city and so on, that one they drove him astray and tricked him."

Sheikh Abdur Raouf adds:

"The Prophet, blessing and peace be upon him, did not teach the roqya as he taught the worship and the religion; he left the field open and encouraged companions who practised it. He allowed people to treat as they want as long as they don't commit association - shirk."

I myself would like to avoid to judge and leave it to the reader to what extent he would like to practice this method. In any case, the dialogues that Sheikh Abdur Raouf has with the Jinn are very interesting and very entertaining too.

Control of violent Jinn

Violent Jinn are fortunately a small minority of Ruqyah cases. Many of the Jinn will thrash around, scream, threaten, and try to scare; however, the number that are actually willing to carry out their threats are relatively small, and all praise is for Allah.

When one is dealing with truly violent Jinn, there are a few points to bear in mind:

  • Your protection can only come from Allah - place your trust completely in Him, and remember that Allah is
    al-Qawiyy, al-Mateen - the Most Strong and the Most Powerful. If he protects you, there is nobody who can harm you, regardless of their strength.

  • Make frequent requests, especially requests for overcoming an enemy:

Allaahumma innaa naj?aluka fie nuhurihim, wa na?udhu bika min shururihim

O Allah, we set you before them, and we seek refuge with you from their evil. [Abu Dawood 1537; Al-Hakim 2629]

  • Do not try to overwhelm the Jinn by force. Many make this mistake, especially when they themselves are strong. They try to physically compete with the Jinn. But as explained in the chapter on Jinn, many Jinn are far superior to us physically, so that the patient in the truest sense of the word gets superhuman powers and often can hardly be restrained even with several people. One must therefore overwhelm the Jinn with the Qur'an. If one tries to fight them with force, they will usually win. If one tries to fight them with the Qur'an, they will lose with God's permission every time. Actually, the fact that the Jinn wants to attack one is a very good sign, because he is doing this because he already suffers and is close to losing.

  • Consider not only your own safety, but also the patient's safety. Make sure that there is nothing in the room with which he could hurt himself. The majority of the violent Jinn will attack the patient before attacking the Raqi, so one should not leave dangerous objects in the room that could injure the patient or others.

  • Don't allow the Jinn to intimidate you. The Jinn learn habits based on your reaction. If you let them hurt you and intimidate you, they will learn that they can get away with it, and do it all the time. If you put your foot down and teach the Jinn that misbehaviour will lead to severe punishment with Ruqyah, then they will soon learn that shouting, screaming, and violence don't help.

  • If you're struggling, keep some Ruqyah water in a spray bottle and use it to subdue the Jinn. Not all Jinn are affected by it but for many of them it works.

  • Try to get help from other people. Having more than one person makes you feel more confident, and helps you to deal with the issue in a way that is safer for you and for the patient.

  • Be extremely cautious when physically restraining a patient, especially in countries which do not recognise Ruqyah as a legitimate treatment, which are the majority. You will have trouble explaining that you have not beaten the patient, but the Jinn!

  • Remember that your enemy doesn't overcome you because of his power, but because of your sin, so always take yourself to account, and repent. Success comes only from Allah, and on the spiritual level taqwa (fearing God) has an immense effect which makes the strongest Jinn powerless.

The killing of the Jinn

There are several techniques to kill the Jinn. When he penetrates the body of a human being, human rules apply to him, which make him extremely vulnerable. One should be sure, however, that the Jinn is not a believer and is being blocked by magic and can not escape.

  • After having done the steps already mentioned, especially pointed out to the Jinn that he has to go or is being killed, one stretches the index finger of the right hand, speaks the confession of faith in Arabic (Aschado ala ilaha illAllah wa aschado ana Muhammadar rasulAllah) and recite Sura al-Anfal, verse 17 (or the verse of the throne, if one should not have memorized this verse):

Falam taqtuluuhum wa laa kinnAllaha qatalahum. Wa maa ramaita isramaita wa laa kinnAllaha ramaa. Wa liyubliyal mu'miniena minhu bala-an hasanan. InnAllaha samie'un 'aliem.

Ye [Muslims] slew them not, but Allah slew them. And thou [Muhammad] threwest not when thou didst throw, but Allah threw, that He might test the believers by a fair test from Him. Lo! Allah is Hearer, Knower.

  • Pray to Allah, e.g. as follows: "O Allah, Creator of the heavens and the earth, who has power over all things, let this finger become a poisoned knife, extremely hot and sharp, which kills the Jinn in this body, O Lord!"

  • Then put the finger (or the knife in the subtle world) on the patient's neck. At this point, of course, the patient himself should no longer be conscious, or only half-conscious. The Jinn should feel the knife and react accordingly. Run your finger over the throat, as if you cut the patient's throat, from left to right and almost to the back. Normally the Jinn (the patient) will scream and make huge eyes. Repeat this if necessary. If one is successful, the patient's body will suddenly slacken, and shortly thereafter he will be conscious again. The Jinn, who had taken over the consciousness, is dead. A quite shocking spectacle for people who have never seen this before I may add.

  • One can also use the above technique to cut off body parts of the Jinn. Instead of a knife, a saber is asked for, with the intention, e.g. to cut the legs of the Jinn to torment him. This gives the Jinn a last chance to regret and accept Islam. If he approves, one recites al-Fatihah in one's hand and wipes over the relevant spot with the intention of rejoining the body parts. After that, the confession of faith is recited to him, and, if he has repeated it twice, he has to swear to leave the body forever and also not to enter any other human body. If the Jinn was sincere, he will go out now and the patient will become consciousness. If the Jinn has lied, then he gets killed with the previous method.

  • One recites al-Fatihah, the three Qul (al-Ikhlas, al-Falaq and An-Nas) and the verse of the throne and blows into one's hand, and repeats this procedure three to seven times. One touches the affected or painful spot while reciting the verse of the throne. Then one blows on the spot with the intention to burn the Jinn. This should be repeated three to seven times until the pain is gone.

  • One can kill the Jinn in the dream as described in the chapter "Different treatment techniques".

  • More techniques are also covered in the chapter "Treatment of Sihr". In fact, there are many techniques. Almost every Raqi has chosen the techniques which works best for him or developed his own over time. And normally one will see that the more faith a Raqi has, the less he needs, as the example of Imam Ahmad shows, who only had to send a sandal.


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Treatment of Sihr
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