On the Jinn: Required Reading

8 responses to “On the Jinn: Required Reading”

  1. Hello,
    I don’t know if you meant that in your article.
    But we have to take in consideration that visions of the Prophet (saws)
    are always true visions, because the evil cannot take his appearance.
    But it is clear that seeing a light (not the Prophet saws) in a dream telling us not to pray etc, is the product of satan.


    • Salaam Noone,

      The content of the article was that of another writer, a traditionally trained Muslim Shaykh, to the best of my knowledge. However, i know that Jinn often present themselves as Jesus or Buddha for example. Do you mean they are specifically forbidden by Allah to do this> If you do, can you provide the verses, or hadith or legal opinions on this? Wouled appreciate it. Thanks and Wasalaam, Dr Omar

      • Salaam,

        There’s many hadiths in which the Prophet saws says that the devil cannot take his form. That is why if you see him (saws) in a dream it’s really the Prophet (saws).

        Here’s my sources : In Sahih Bukhari


        Book 029, Number 5635:
        Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: He who saw me in a dream in fact saw me, for the satan does not appear in my form.

        Book 029, Number 5636:
        Abu Huraira reported: I heard Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: He who saw me in a dream would soon see me in the state of wakefulness, or as if he saw me in a state of wakefulness, for the satan does not appear in my form.

        Book 029, Number 5637:
        Abu Qatada reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: He who saw me in dream in fact saw the truth (what is true).

        Book 029, Number 5638:
        Jabir reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: He who saw me in sleep in fact saw me, for it is not possible for the satan to appear in my form; and he also said: When any one of you sees a hulm he should not inform anyone, for it is a sort of vain sport of devil in the state of sleep.

        Ibn Arab also wrote about it in his Kitab Fusûs al-Hikam on the chapter of Isaac.
        I hope it helped.


        • Salaam,

          Agreed. However, this does not prevent Iblis and his minions from impersonating the Prophet, as no one living truly knows what he looked like. The same is true for Nabi Isa… there are thousands of reported apparitions and dreams of Jesus presenting himself, not to mention his mother. This common Satanic ploy is most useful among the ignorant and superstitious, who then feel a metaphysical dispensation granting them a franchise for innovation. Hence, one must be very careful, as this is a tool of division and misguidance commonly applied throughout the historical record to religious fanatics.


  2. Salaam,

    Allahou Alam, I understand what you mean.

    But we know that we will be able to apply the words of the Prophet (saws) until the end of time.
    So at the time of the Prophet (saws) it was easy to recognize him when you saw him in a dream.
    Now when the Prophet (saws) says that seeing him in a dream is a true dream, what evidences have we to know that it’s him?

    1) We have to see a man who looks like the description of Him (saws) (we can use many hadiths to do that http://www.theprophetmuhammad.org/appearance.html, the sources are at the end of the website)

    2) As we have never saw him (saws) he needs to present himself and say I am the Prophet (saws) or there will be another clue in the dream that it’s him (saws) like someone saying Ho Nabi Muhammad (saws) etc…

    3) If Allah would not have blessed us, he would not have prevented the devil to impersonate the Prophet (saws) and only people who lived at the time of the Prophet (saws) could have said that they truly saw him in a dream as they could recognize him. Allah makes the things right and that is why (Allahou Alam) he gave us through the Sahabah, the Sunna etc what the Prophet (saws) looked like physically and morally, not to doubt about our visions.

    4) Seeing a light, or somethings like that and not a person as described above cannot assure you that this is the vision of the Prophet (saws).

    5) I don’t speak for other Prophets (AS) as a Jinn has had the possibility to impersonate Prophet Solomon (AS) for 40 days.

    6) The Prophet (saws) says that : “True dreams are one of the forty-six parts of Prophethood.” (al-Bukhaari, 6472; Muslim, 4201), and dreams of the Prophet Muhammad (saws) are thus very important.

    7) As the Quran says in Ale Imran 3:104, the Prophet (saws) will always command us to do the right and forbid to do the wrong. Besides the Prophet left us a perfect religion so there is nothing to change.

    At the end concerning only the Prophet Muhammad and not the Others (peace be upon them all), I think that people imagine or interpret that they saw the Prophet (saws). But I don’t think that they saw someone as described above telling “I’m the Prophet Muhammad (saws) you can now stop praying”. Allahou Alam…

    Salaam and thank you for your work.

  3. Alhamdulillah thank you so much for this article.

    Anyone with fear of jinn posession or mischief should use the Qur’an as a weapon. Inshallah Allah will make it easy for us all to learn, remember, use, as well as keep the faith strong and follow the sunnah of the Beloved salallahu aleyhi wa salaam.

    Here are 2 links for Ruqyah from youtube:



    Ashadu a la ilaha ilallah wa ashadu anna Muhammadan abduhu wa Rasulullah

    As salaam alaikum wa Rahmaullahi wa barakatuh

  4. I think I can merge both arguments with a principled methodology. If some one take all the precaution before sleep means recite all the surah’s and make wudu then see the dream of prophet then I can I think then this hadith would be applicable that shaytan can not manipulate our dream if we take precaution before sleep. I am sure most of the time even muslim’s people’s dream can be manipulated because they do not maintain the integrated principle of prophet’s wisdom. So my humble understanding / opinion is if people go to sleep as per Prophet’s instruction then they can expect they saw true dream. All things will come to fruition ( with Allah’s mercy) if we apply integrated adab. In one word my litmus test / question to those people whether they taken the precaution before saw our prohphet- if they did not then I am afraid I would rather not take that as true dream of prophet.

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