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hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa salatu salam ala Rasulillah Karim. Allah Ali was happy woman Eastern medicine Nigeria Yama Deen. All praise is due to Allah and Allah is Peace and blessings be on the last prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and on all those who follow the path of righteousness until the last day
as brother semirara has introduced the topic this evening, in keeping with the series of topics that we have taken so far, basically following the pillars of Eman the pillars of faith
will be covering the world of the angels and the jinn.
As this is a topic which is often neglected, when Islam is being presented system of beliefs are being presented, it tends to be glossed over. And as such, people tend to rely on folklore, myths, and misunderstandings to as their source of knowledge in this area.
First, the world of the angels.
And it is a part of Islamic faith, as we said to believe in the angels, and what this means fundamentally, is belief in their existence.
And whatever Allah has revealed in the Quran, the Scripture and the Prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him, has clarified to us, about them with regards to their names, their attributes and their roles. This is the basic belief that Muslims are obliged
And for those who would question because as we go into look at the world of the angels, and we see that they have such an intricate role within our own world.
Why did Allah need
to have angels?
Do the things that they have been assigned to do?
We may as well ask, Why did Allah have the force of gravity governing certain bodies in this life? Or other forces or laws of thermodynamics or by you know, biochemical principles? Why did Allah have these things, because surely, Allah could have others. There could be other principles or other laws governing different aspects of nature. Similarly, if Allah had wished he could have had other creatures or other principles governing the things that we now know, as those governed by angels. However, Allah chose to have the force of gravity and he chose to have angels, and that's the bottom line. He knows what is best. And what he has created, is the best that could be created.
He informed us about the world of the angels, though we would not be able to discover this world through our own scientific means etc, he informed us about this world for a particular reason.
And when we look at the the relationship between the world of the angels and the human world, we can see what is the wisdom behind us knowing about the world of the angels?
First and foremost,
we should understand that the angels are created from light.
This is not stated in the Quran. This is stated in the Sunnah, and Sahih Muslim, Ayesha, the daughter of Abu Bakar, and the third wife of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu sallam said, the Prophet Muhammad as Allah had said, the angels were created from light, the jinn from fire and Adam from what has already been described to us.
So the angels and the jinn represent two separate
beings from the spiritual world. From the Islamic perspective, there are three different species of intelligent beings,
the mankind, the angels, and the jinn. All of these having essentially a spiritual base that is human beings, though they may be
visible and they function in the visible world.
Their souls inhabit the world of invisible, invisible and rational beings.
the angels, though invisible to us,
normally, we did mention in the previous session with regards to Prophet Muhammad may God's peace and blessings be upon him and the prophets, that the revelation which was brought by Angel Gabriel, sometime was brought when Angel Gabriel was in the form of a man.
On occasion, that man was visible to the Companions themselves on another occasions. He wasn't.
However, there are amongst Allah's creatures, those who are able to see the angels even when they're invisible, Abu Huraira reported in a narration collected by a Buddha owed and also found inside Bukhari and Muslim
that if you hear a rooster crow, ask Allah for His grace, for it has seen an angel.
Now, the general
form of the angels
is not as is portrayed in the Greco Roman legends, where the angels like Cupid is a little baby with wings on his back flying around with a bow and arrow, or, you know, as a man walking around with a pair of wings on his back, you know, pair of bird like wings on his back.
When the angel appeared in the form of a man he was a man, not with any wings, but Allah has described the angels as having wings, but the wings, we should not think of in terms of human terms or in terms of the the wings of birds etc. Because Allah has described
in the Quran in chapter 14, verse one Alhamdulillah 42 Samajwadi without Jilin Mullah Catahoula only Arjuna hatin math now Thalassa roba Yezidi do feel healthy Maya Shah in Allah Allah condition.
All praise is due to Allah, the Creator of the heavens and the earth.
Who made the angels messengers with wings two, three and four. And he increases in the creation as He wills
of the liveliness erode. Companion of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam reported that Allah's Messenger had seen Angel Gabriel in his natural state, in which he had 600 wings, each of which failed the horizon.
And they were like multicolored drops of pearls and karo falling falling from the wings.
So the angels in their natural state are quite huge, so much so that in another narration related by Jabir ibn Abdullah
with regards to the angels that carry the Throne of Allah,
Mohammed Salim said, allow me to speak about one of the thought throne bearers. The distance between his ear lobe and shoulder is what a bird would fly in 700 years. So we're talking about a huge aspect of Allah's creation.
though they appeared, when they appeared in human form, they appeared as males, because one of the appearances, the Companions described it looked like one of the companions whose name was Delia, and can be that he looked similar to him, and other times he appeared like an unknown Bedouin.
Though he has been described, they've been described as in male forms, they're not considered to be either male or female.
Nor is there any evidence in Islamic texts to indicate that they reproduce.
We have in Surah sulfat verse 150, Allah saying, I'm Haluk I'm Hala canal Mullah Ekata Inasa for whom Shah he doing this was rebuking the pagan Arabs of for claiming that the angels were feminine or female.
Now with regards to the names of the angels
there are only eight names which have been authentically recorded in Islamic texts. There are many in folklore,
there are only eight Jabril, the angel of revelation McHale or Mcal. The angel responsible for rain is Raphael the angel who will blow the horn, signaling the end of the world. Malik the name of the guardian of the hell,
Mancha and Nokia two angels who will question people in the grave and Harlowton Marut. Two angels were sent to the people of Babylon to test their faith. These are the authentic names of angels, all of the other names that we hear of Israel and etc. These names are either based on
Israeli traditions, you know, traditions taken out of the Bible, biblical sources, or they're based on weak narrations or fabricated narrations, or they're simply common folklore names which have been chosen.
Now, with regards to the abilities of the angels, we have been informed that they are able to read human intent, they're able to understand what is going on in the human mind.
Prophet Muhammad Salah was quoted Bible Herrera as saying, and this is in Sahih al Bukhari, the angel say to Allah, that man intends to do evil. Although he is more vigilant than them, he replies watch him, if he commits evil recorded in kind, but if he abandons it record for him one good deed, for surely he gave it up for my sake.
So they have the ability to read human mind. And virtually all of the movements and activities which take place in the world are under their
command or under their control or under their influence. And this is deduced from the verb from the verse
in which Allah said, find more passivity, Umrah and other verses were Allah's command throughout the creation because everything is by its command, you know, is
assigned to the angels.
They are also assigned to every human being,
from the time that they are formed in the womb to the time of birth.
Prophet Muhammad Salah was quoted by Anna Sydney Malika saying Allah, the Exalted and glorious has appointed an angel as the caretaker of the womb that says, My Lord, it is like an oily drop. My Lord, it is now like a leech. My Lord it has become like a clump of chewed flesh. Then if Allah wishes to complete its creation, the angel will ask my Lord, will it be male or female.
we have another narration from our beloved Miss erode.
That when the
the fetus reaches the beginning of the fifth month,
the angel breathes the soul into him.
At that same time,
four things are recorded, his livelihood, his lifespan, his deeds, whether he'll be wretched, or happy.
Besides that, each person has to has an angel assigned to him, or
who may vary not necessarily the same angel all the time, but an angel is with him throughout his life,
encouraging him to good and guiding him from evil. This is part of that consciousness that we spoke of earlier, in terms of the human being, having a consciousness of good and evil.
And we will look at the evil side when we come to the world of the jinn.
Prophet Muhammad wa sallam said every one of you has been assigned a companion from the among the jinn and one from the angels.
So, these these angels who are with us, encouraged us to good, put good suggestions in our minds, you know, and counteract the evil suggestions which would come from the evil source of the jinn.
There are also two angels who are assigned to recording deeds these are the ones most people know about. We can find in silent guitar verses 10 and 11. We're in NA la comme la ha
vilene kahraman Katelyn, that verily there is assigned to you, protectors,
gardeners guardians, who are noble and who record
Outside of this, we have angels in throughout our life span what takes place in our life, these angels who are with us recording are constantly with us, the angels, which are assigned as a support to us, which are giving us good thoughts. At some times this this angel may leave us. And this is what is referred to when problems are solved and said that angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog or pictures or statues of living beings.
Because the angels that are recording angels will not leave you at any time. So we shouldn't think some people might ignorantly feel that they can avoid their record being taking place, you know, being things deeds being recorded if they keep a dog with them all the time, you know.
At any case,
with regards to a person dying, an angel is also assigned to take the soul at the time of death. And when the person dies, that soul is passed over to angels in the next life. And the angels who receive that soul, take the soul on a particular journey, which we will look at when we come to the series of lecture the lecture on the Judgement Day.
But it's enough to know that the angel takes our soul in the next life takes it through a journey, then two other angels will come back to it two outfits in the grave in that state of the grave and question it concerning. Its Lord, the Prophet was sent to it and it's religion
that basically summarizes the information, basic information that has been revealed to us concerning the angels. And the significance of knowledge of the world of the angels is basically for human beings to know that all of their deeds are being recorded. Their thoughts are being monitored. This would help them to reflect before acting, because it is it is through acting hastily that we fall into sin. Prophet Muhammad Solomon said the tanaman Allah when Allah Mina shaytaan, that deliberate careful action is from Allah and haste is from Satan. So by reflecting on the relationship that the angels have with us, this would help us to be conscious of the fact that our deeds are constantly
being recorded. And as such we would think twice, or think more than twice before doing some actions that we may consider. Now, regarding the other world, which is the world of the jinn,
and this world, we said that the jinn were created from fire and as we said, previously, go the jinn are created from fire, we should not think of the jinn as being little wisps of fire that are puffing around, you know, the place. No, they were created from fire, and of course people because we know that among the jinn, there are some that are good and some that are evil. You know, if there is the hellfire, then how are the jinn going to be punished? How are they going to see if they're ready fire. This is why we have to realize that though they were created originally from fire, as we human beings were originally created from clay and we said we don't think of ourselves as being
clumps of clay walking around. We don't think of the jinn in terms of the origin from which they were created. Though they were originally created from fire, they're no longer fire. And as we can be harmed by the Earth, but the earth from which we are created, you can take a piece of clay, you know, harden it, make a brick out of it and kill somebody with it. Though people were made from clay similarly, the fire can still be a source of punishment and is a source of punishment for the jinn who are evil
even though they were originally created from fire. Now the jinn were created on the earth before human beings. Allah mentioned this while Jan Hala panna who may or may not is Simone and I created the gin before that from a fiery wind in reference to the creation
of men and the jinn.
And from the narrations from Mom's Salam, we know that they had populated the earth and corruption had begun amongst them. And this is why, when Allah informed the angels that he would create men and put Him on the Earth man who had a freewill as the jinn had the angels question, would you put someone to earth who would spread corruption and murder etc, etc. This was based on what they had observed of the jinn. Whereas Allah told them that he knew what they didn't know.
The jinn are divided into three basic types with regards to their modes of existence. Prophet Muhammad or Solomon said there are three types of jinn, one type which flies around in the air all the time, which can move within an within our world and outside of our world. Another type which exists is snakes and dogs, and an earthbound type which resides in one place or wonders about when it attaches itself to people objects.
With regards to faith, as we mentioned, the jinn come in two categories as human beings, either believers or disbelievers.
The Monaci upon the hypocrites are considered to be a class of disbelievers. So people are either believers or disbelievers. Believers may be disobedient, committing acts which are displeasing to God, but the faith is still there. They're still in the class of believers. One who goes out of that faith this believing in God rejecting God's message, Revelation rejecting the prophets, rejecting other deeds which God has prescribed for his creatures, such are classified as disbelievers and the punishment for them is hell whether they are among the jinn or among mankind
with regards to control of the gym, because this is an area which people tend to get off into with with a mythology and a lot of folklore etc. Where people tell stories about having these gyms doing this and that for them, you know, and
it's quite common and in any part of the world you go, you'll hear all these types of stories. The fact is that no human being can gain control over the jinn. This was something specially given to prophets who lay man. He made a DUA, which is mentioned in the Quran in surah, Assad, verse 35 rubbished fairly well happily money can last lion Byhalia had a member
Oh my Lord, forgive me and bestow on me a kingdom not allowed to anyone after me.
Control dominion over the jinn this was given as a miracle to Prophet Solomon and to none after him. So much so the Prophet Muhammad salah,
informed this complainants one occasion saying, verily any freet is a more powerful among the jinn spat on me last night trying to break my prayer. However, Allah let me overpower him and I wanted to tie him to one of the columns in the masjid. So you all could see him in the morning that I remembered my brothers. So a man's prayer, Oh, my Lord, forgive me and bestow on me a kingdom not allowed to anyone after me. So Prophet Muhammad Salem was able to keep the jinn off him, to restrain it, but not to control it.
So anyone who tells you that they have this genie that is under their control, etc, you know, right away that this is not true. What can happen instead is that a contract can be made, the relationship with the evil world of the jinn is through contract, and there are no good gins coming into our worlds and doing favors for us, because they are banned from our world as we are not allowed to, to interfere in their world, they're not allowed to interfere in our world.
So it is only the evil among them that crossed the barrier and interfere in our world. So we don't have even though somebody will tell you this, I have this good Gen. He prepares food for me every day and cleans my house. You know, if that is the case, the jinn evil among them may try to gain control over human being, by appearing to them to be in their favorite to be doing things for them initially, until they get their guard down and then eventually they work them over into the area of shirk. Because the main goal and effort on the part of the jinn is to draw human beings into disobedience of Allah and ultimately into shape.
Now, the area in which the jinn play the biggest havoc in human life, and human the human world is in the area of fortune telling, this is one of the biggest areas because human beings
have a natural desire to want to know the future. Everybody wants to assure for himself or herself a good life. So knowing what is in the future would then give one an opportunity to ensure for oneself good.
So, there have been people from the most ancient of times till today who sell information about good
there they come under the general heading of fortune tellers. Now, some of them are stressed guesswork.
In fact, probably most of them are just guesswork, games, tricks, etc. But there is a body among them that have given solid and reliable information, pieces of information, which have made people believe in them as having these powers and those among them that have this type of information, we can understand how they can get this type of information by understanding the world of the jinn and its relationship to us.
We have a verse in the Quran, in which are a number of verses in which Allah speaks about the fact that the jinn,
the class of them, who are in the atmosphere, and who move can move in our world outside of a world who go up to the lowest heavens and there they feel a listening, they listen in on what is discussed amongst the angels when Allah commands angels, the commands go down through the heavens to the lowest heaven, and as they discuss it amongst themselves, some among the jinn managed to reach up to the level of the lower heavens not entering it, but up to that level and hear some of that information.
they are driven away from that by meteors, comets, etc. And this is recorded in the Quran in surah, Jin scribed. And Prophet Muhammad wa sallam had mentioned that the jinn pass information back down until it reaches the lips of the magician or fortune teller, sometimes a meteor may overtake them before they could pass it on. But if they pass it on before being struck, they add to it 100 lies. So, the the reality is that the information that these people convey, will be a mixture of lies, and a few truths. What happens with people in general is that when they hear the predictions of a fortune teller,
all of the information goes into their subconscious. And the false information, which is not confirmed by having taken place is forgotten. Whereas the one thing which they tell them which is true, which takes place, the person remembers that this is reinforced by the information which was initially given, and then the person will swear by that person. This is a fortune teller of the first class. This is a true fortune teller. So you have somebody like Jean Dickson digest at the end of last year, who was you know, favorite fortune teller amongst the presidents of the United States, and others every year, she would give her predictions for the year it would be in the national
newspapers etc. And people depended on her her books, you know, they study them, etc.
But the fact that I said, for her as well as for people like Nostradamus and others, you'll find that when you look at the totality of what they say, the vast majority of what they mentioned is false. And there are only a few pieces of information, which is actually true. But human beings with that tendency to want to latch on to anything, which would indicate knowledge of the future, grab on to that small piece of information, and
they end up depending on these people.
And in doing so, they end up falling into an area of partial disbelief or complete disbelief.
The Jinn can also help fortune tellers with immediate information like somebody is coming to them, and they may get information about that person before the person reaches there. So you may go to see a fortune teller and he will tell you or she will tell you, you know what your name is, what the name of your parents are, how old you are, what country you came from, etc, etc. That type of information is quite easy and quiet.
accurate for them to get.
Also, they can give information about things which are over distances because we know the jinn are able to travel over the earth over huge distances in short space of time. We know in the Quran in surah number with regards to the Queen of Sheba, when she was coming. Prophet Solomon asked one of the jinn to go and get her throne. And he said that he would get it for him before he even got up from his place where he was sitting.
Because of the sacrilege and the heresy that is involved in dealing with the jinn, those involved in fortune telling, etc.
Islam has taken a very strong stance against it.
Prophet Muhammad wa sallam was reported by his wife Hafsa to have said, the salah of whoever approaches a fortune teller and ask him anything, will not be accepted for 40 days and nights.
This is a question out of curiosity is not necessarily believing in what they're saying, the salah will not be accepted for 40 days and nights.
This includes all of the different forms of fortune telling that are available in our society today. One of the major ways is through the astrological science. In almost every newspaper in the world today, you will find a page which gives the zodiacal signs, zodiac signs of the zodiac, your astrological predictions for the day, if you're a cancer, a Taurus or whatever, no, this is a good day to do this or bad day shouldn't do this delay until tomorrow, whatever all of that.
If one turns to that page, what if you open the newspaper and you just happen to see it, then you keep reading no problem, you don't read the page, you just pass over it, no problem. But now if you're flipping up in that newspaper looking for it.
And you're saying people say don't read this, you said I don't believe it. And it's just for fun.
This is no fun here, this is something very serious. As long as you're opening it and looking to see what your you know what your sign is, and you're looking to see what it has to say, then you fall under this statement of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam your Salah is not accepted for 40 days and nights. Now, this doesn't mean you've got to vacation for 40 days and nights from prayer. Some people say okay, you know, okay, no point if it's not accepted by Allah for 40 days and nights, no point to be praying. No, because when a person prays two things takes place. One they removed from themselves the obligation of prayer.
And two, depending on the level of concentration in their prayer, they earn a reward. Right? That's problema Salim said, some people pray and only a 10th of the prayer is rewarded others only a fifth, etc, etc.
So though this is the case, if you read your your page, your astrological page today, you still have to continue to pray for the next 40 days, but the value the reward for the prayer has been lost.
Now whoever goes looking for that page, believing in what it says or goes to a fortune teller, palm reader or whatever, getting their tea leaves read, believing in what the person is saying performs Asalaam said, as reported by Abu Huraira and Al Hasan, his grandson, whoever approaches a fortune teller and believes what he says, has this believed in what was revealed to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. This is an act of disbelief.
This is how serious Islam regards it.
Now, there is another aspect of the world of the jinn,
which has significance to us.
Beyond the world of magic, because this has also become a popular area. In Western society today, people like Daniels and David Copperfield and others were dazzling people with feats of magic. And we know this is also a forbidden area. Those that are seriously involved in it are involved in using the gin the gin help them
Islam is strictly against them. In fact, the instruction that the Companions followed when they went into the lands of Islam spread out of Arabia was to execute magicians. And the use of magicians is something forbidden. Even in the Old Testament. You can find still in what may be what they call the tour.
Deuteronomy 18, verse nine to 12, we find what is attributed to God is saying, When you come into a land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. They shall not be found among any among you, those who burns his son or daughter as an offering anyone who practices divination, that is, fortune telling a soothsayer is another term for fortune teller and augur, another term for fortune teller, a sorcerer or charmer, these are magicians or medium one who acts as a tool for the the jinn to communicate with this world, or a wizard. That's a form of magician or Necromancer, other forms of magicians, for whoever does these
things, is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominable practices, the Lord your God is driving them out before you. So it is something forbidden.
In the religion revealed to the prophets, and revealed to mankind,
though it has become very popular today.
But the area which is probably the most
critical to note, besides this area, fortune telling,
is that of demonic possession.
We're in the jinns, because some among them are able to take different forms
are able to appear as apparitions and visions to people. Every year people will see the visions of of Mary or the Christ child or whatever, you know, in different parts of the world. And this play place becomes an area of pilgrimage, or the statue like in Ireland, some years back in the statue of Mary started to rock back and forth. You know, they thought maybe there was some seismic activity there, they brought geologists to check it out, no seismic activity, but the statue is rocking, and they couldn't find any explanation. But to analyze it as being a miracle, you know, these people are worshipping Mary anyway, as the mother of God. And this became a place of pilgrimage, a small little
village in Ireland, they made a big international airport there for 740 sevens to come in, you know, it's good business. At any rate, it became an area of fitna or trial for those people. Because of course, this confirms they believe in Mary being the mother of God.
You also find, you know, other instances, I know in Israel, I think, last year, now there was one picture of Jesus where the eyes was supposed to have closed or tears came from the eyes. It's happening all around the world, you know, which all of this tends to confirm in people's minds, that Jesus was God, Mary was the mother of God.
But we understand that the jinn are able to possess objects, they're able to enter into objects and to cause movement in them or to call sound from them. This is already recorded in surah Taha, for example, and, and other chapters of the Quran, with regards to Musa
Prophet, Prophet Moses, when he left his people and went to receive the Commandments from God. And
in his absence,
an individual amongst them who is referred to as a SAM Murray, he asked the people to gather their gold jewelry.
And he took up some dust which he claimed to have been the dust, remaining from the footprint of an angel sprinkled it along with it, you know, mix it up, and from it, he created the shape of a calf.
And as Allah says, In the Quran, with regards to him for Rajala, whom ajilon just said, then LA, who who are,
he took out for them a calf, in the bodily form, which mood
because the people are not going to take this as a God, if it was just a statue.
So what happened is that after creating the statue, the statue said, Move, as cows do.
And of course, this is what this is what shocked them, and made them accept that this was in fact, God. So they bow down they took it as a God besides Allah. Now we know it wasn't the statue which was moving. It was the jinn that had entered the statue and gave that sound.
Similarly, we have events like that of halogens head
According to the legends, the Sufi legends that when a large this was the individual who claimed that he was ALLAH, I spoke about him earlier.
And when he was asked to recant to give up the statement, he insisted standing up and opening his garment saying there's nothing inside of this garment except Allah. So, the Muslim judges had nothing else to do but to order his execution. So they took him and they cut off his head. And according to Sufi legends, if it's true, when they cut off his head, as his head hit the ground and rolled it continued to say Anil hawk and Alok Anil Hawk,
right, according to their legends, right, it may be true Allah knows. The point is that for them, this is confirmation that whatever he said, When He claimed that he was a hawk, he was ALLAH, this was true, but the fact of the matter is that it could very well have been the jinn,
saying this out of his mouth, and convincing the ignorant among them, that, in fact, this man was speaking the truth.
By understanding that the jinn can possess objects and even human beings, we can understand also many of the things which are taking place in the world today we spoke about flying saucers before that this what is true amongst it may be from the world of the gin, the gin taking different forms, Little Green Men or whatever, you know, are things which appear to fly at amazing speeds wherever,
as well as the things of what they call haunted houses, ghosts, etc. All these experiences that people experience around the world, which they have no explanation for, that easily we can understand the role of the jinn in this matter, even in the cases of apparent reincarnation. Like they have a case which took place. And they have, every so often you'll find cases similar to this, there was a girl in India back in the 70s, her name was Shanti Devi. And she was seven years old. And she described a place where she had lived previously
in a previous life, in a town called mudra. In a province far away from where she lived, and the people, the house, etc. When people went there, they found in fact, there was somebody who lived there, and the House did look like that and all this type of information. Now for these people, this became a confirmation for them, of reincarnation being a fact, the same thing happens amongst the Druze in Lebanon. From time to time, you will find some young Jews kid who claims to describe a previous life. And the details may be very accurate when you go back and check the places where they're what he describes, whatever he or she describes will be very true. And for them, it confirms
for them reincarnation, because the belief in reincarnation, of course is false belief. It's a false belief. It's based on the concept that the human soul is divine, that the human soul is a part of God which has come into this world, which continues to go through different cycles until eventually it rejoins with God, this is false human beings are not gods in any way, shape, or form.
What happens how this takes place is that as problems are seldom explained,
the jinn as we talked about dreams before the jinn are able to come into our dreams, they're able to give us bad dreams, etc, and to implant ideas and thoughts, which we might think are our own. So they may put this information about this previous child or person in that mind of the child and the child thinks it's relating what is from its mind, you know, as its own, and people assume that it's his own memories, but in fact, that is not similarly when people do this with regressions, therapy, where people go into a hypnotic state and they go back to previous lives, you know, they used to be in the Roman Empire they were Centurion or whatever, you know, back to the cave days they were on
the under fallen ill people describe all these previous lives, right? And, you know, it's a big, big fad in America today and in the West in general, very easily these are these could easily be thoughts which are being fed by the jinn where we have to assume that all of these people are doing it. I'm not faking, because of course, there are some people who no doubt are involved in quackery and just tricks and people. But so many people have been put through these hypnotic states and have recounted this, that this types of information, information about things that they didn't know, you know, they didn't study, they didn't have that kind of background. So the only way to really
understand it is to understand it through the agency of the jinn. And what is related to this, of course, is the actual possession of human beings. Now, this is something which is well known in the Christian tradition, people have been exercised over the times from the time of the Prophet Jesus till now x is
isms have taken place and in other religious systems exorcism also takes place. And from an Islamic perspective, it is recognized as being valid, that people may be possessed. In fact, in the Prophet SAW Salem time,
a child was given to him who was possessed and he blew in the child's mouth and told the the being that was in the child to get out, get out enemy of Allah, you know and later the child was cured. And this is a clear evidence of exorcism. It exists also in the time of Prophet Jesus, the records remaining in the Gospels of Jesus exercising people were possessed.
when we look at the process of exorcism, the exorcism may take place basically in three ways. One, those who are involved in this calling on the gym, etc, they may call on another gym to drive out that gym. And of course, this is forbidden, because it involves also sacrilege or the jinn may leave by choice, when idolatry is confirmed in its presence, that is, the priest waves the cross, you know, are the Buddhist priests recites their scriptures and the jinn leaves confirming in the mind of that priest, or the people around that their scriptures or their practices are true.
The third and only acceptable way, of course, and this includes that way includes people who may call on the jinn to leave in the name of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam or the name of saints and people are cured. This is because shirk has taken place in their presence. But the only acceptable way is, according to the Islamic way, which is the recitation of the Quran, or different prayers seeking refuge in Allah which have been taught to us by Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam.
if we look at knowledge about the world of the jinn, Prophet Muhammad wa sallam explained to us so much information, Allah has revealed so much in the Quran about it. Even a chapter of the Quran is referred to as the chapter of the jinn.
If it wasn't important, all of this effort would not have been made. It is important for us to understand that world because of its influence over our world.
The evil from that world comes into our world and draws people into disbelief into shirk, into idolatry. And we are informed about that world to be prepared to be aware when we hear information, when we have personal experiences, etc, that these experiences or the information will not drive us into seeking illegitimate means of protecting ourselves. The legit legitimate means is through using fortune tellers or magicians are those involved in other forms of, of exorcism which are pagan in origin, you find Muslims I've heard of Muslims in the Philippines going to Catholic priests to the exercise and other parts going to Buddhists, etc, to for exorcisms. And you know, this is a form of
shirk, and it destroys the human belief. So Allah subhanaw taala has informed us about the world of the angels in the world of the jinn, in order for us to be conscious of that world and its relationship to us, in order for us to improve the quality of our deeds. Realize the source of good that is around us
realize that our deeds are being recorded and be more deliberate in our actions, know about the evil from that spiritual world, the world of the jinn that can affect our lives and can delude us through apparitions, visions, etc, etc. And draw us into these different forms of shirk.
That is basically what I would like to share with you this evening with regards to the world of the angel and the jinn.
Hopefully, if there are any other areas that with regards to that you'd like to get clarification, you can present it in the form of questions, and we will include those along with the questions from yesterday's session. Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah him.
Hum did Allah wa Salatu was Salam ala Rasulillah. Good, we have quite a stack of questions.
I'll try to go through them as quickly as possible, try to keep the answer short so that we can get through them. Can the jinn physically cause us harm? If so, can we
physically protect ourselves. It is possible the Djinn may causes physical harm. We protect ourselves by
living Islamic lives by doing what God has commanded us, by using the various prayers which the prophet had taught, this allows them to protect ourselves. And these things may go away. And if they don't,
one, if one is patient with whatever harm that may come to one physical harm that may come to one, by way of the jinn, that Allah rewards that person, we have the case of a woman who used to clean the Masjid. Or the Prophet SAW Salem. And she used to become, she used to be overcome from time to time by the the jinn. And she asked about the monks, I sell them to pray to Allah to remove it from her.
And he said, I can pray to Allah and remove it from you. Or you can be patient with it, and your reward will be paradise. So she chose to be patient with it and she but she asked my mom is a solemn that whenever she's overcome, that she wouldn't.
You know, she used to tear out her clothes and expose her herself. So he she asked that that not take place. So he prayed to protect her from that.
Can I have a good friend who is a fortune teller, the gin or something else? It might very well have been.
When me and my mother get together with friends and drink Turkish coffee, coffee.
We turn the cups upside down. And one of our one of us read the cups for fun, but we don't believe it. Is this wrong? Yes, it is wrong.
Does magic have something to do with the gin? Yes, the effects of magic are through the agency of the jinn.
Do humans become angels when they die? No.
Can we can we keep a dog in the house for the purpose of protection?
If a dog enters the house, do we need to wash it for the acceptance of prayers?
the dog which is kept just for a friend, you know, as is common in some societies where the dog becomes man's best friend.
People make clothing for the dogs, even shoes.
People die and they leave all their inheritance to dogs. And they have children and they don't even leave anything for them. I mean, this kind of approach to the dogs is prohibited in Islam, a dog may be kept for protection purposes, a guard dog, or a dog which is used for herding sheep, or a hunting dog. These are the basic types of dogs which may be kept. But the dog is kept in its place. I mean, you don't take the dog to bed with you. You know, he sleeps in the bed along with you kissing you in the morning when you get up. This is this whole type of approach to the dog is not acceptable Islamically as long as he's kept in his place, he has a kennel a little spot where he stays there,
and it's not necessary
to clean the home or clean him. I mean, the dog, of course should be cleaned regularly anyway. But it's not a requirement for prayers to be accepted in the home. And one thing to note about dogs is that sometimes you know, unfortunately, because you know Islam teaches us that if a dog licks or drinks from the vessel which we have eaten or which we're drinking from that we should pour out the contents let the dog finish eating it and clean that vessel, you know,
seven times one of the times we clean it with clean earth. This is the mode for cleaning vessels which have been which the saliva of the dog has come in contact with.
This is specifically for vessels for eating. This is how we clean it, because there is some harm that the dog possesses which is conveyed to us through this means why we use clean earth any
biochemist can tell you that the vast majority of antibiotics are taken from Earth sources from the earth. You know people who work for the big chemical labs in Europe. When they go home to different parts of the world. They are asked to gather portions of earth from the different parts and brought back because this is where antibiotics come from penicillin is coming from dust that's in the air. So we know that Earth clean earth has these properties. Now
This is specifically for eating and drinking vessels. It doesn't mean that if a dog licks you now you have to wash your hand seven times one of the times with dirt, no.
If he likes your clothing, same thing, no, actually, if a dog likes you doesn't break your state of evolution. If it touches your clothing, it doesn't make a state of evolution. These are not among the things which break the state of evolution is a mis conception amongst many Muslims. And what it does is it turns Muslims into having this sort of phobia about dogs, you know, if a person comes with a dog, Muslims are running in all the directions, and nobody wants to be anywhere near this dog. You know, for a lot of non Muslims, they really think this is very strange, you know, Muslims out this phobia about dogs, because the people have gone to extremes with regards to them. As I
said, it is only in regarding vessels from which we eat and drink.
Can we do palm reading? No, palm reading is a form of fortune telling.
we go to some shakes, who will tell us where last things are, if you've lost some items, we go there, and they will tell us where they are. You know, these are righteous looking shirts with big beards and turbans, and everything. And they tell us where last things are. Or if you need somebody to like you, they will tell you, you know what to do, and they will get this person to like you. Or people can't get their daughter married, they go to the chef and he prepared some potions for them or whatever. And it gets their daughter married. This is all shark.
This is all involving the jinn etc.
knowledge of the Unseen of where things are, which was legitimate. This was in the case of Prophet Jesus is one of his miracles that he could tell people where items were what were in their homes, etc. Beyond that, people are dealing with the jinn.
What is the difference between the soul that inhabits a female and one that inhabits a male?
No difference. The soul is the sole
female male, this is an external difference.
If a Gen possesses me, and can force me to do certain actions against my will, am I then responsible? No.
But this doesn't mean people can run around and saying God made me do this agenda to do that. This is that
this before Allah, right before God, if a person you know is possessed, and they did certain acts, then they're excused. And this very important part in terms of Islamic law, where, you know, you have a state which is referred to as temporary insanity in western law, right. And the Muslim legal system, yes, Insanity, which is in Arabic is referred to as being Junoon. In a person was insane. It's called Majnoon, which means they have been ginned. Right. So what it literally means, I mean, meaning that they could be under the influence of the gender, it could be something biological also, but in any case, a person was known insane.
If they commit a crime, murder,
or any other type of crime, they are not punished according to Islamic law. They may be put in an institution or whatever, but not punished.
And this is the same basically, in western law. However, Western law has this other category of what they call temporary insanity. You know, where a person could be saying, but for that moment, he went insane, he killed somebody raped, somebody did whatever. And you know, after that he regains his sanity. And this is a plea which people use to get out of crimes and Islamic law, this is not accepted. That person was insane as a person was insane before the act, and after the act, you know, an insane doesn't mean you know, a person who may have extreme behavior. I mean person was insane is a person who it's known when you speak to this person, you speak to them, you know, what's your
name, they say, the sky is blue. You know, their response has nothing to do with the questions that you're asking them. This is a person who's insane, not a person who just gets very angry at certain times, but people say, you know, person refer to these people as being mad. But this is not acceptable according to Islamic law. Is it true that they say that Satan was a pious Jinn before the creation of man?
Well, Satan, was a bliss that is, was among the angels.
It is assumed that for him to reach that elevated stage state
was due to his obedience or due to certain knowledge which he had.
And through his disobedience, he'll
lost that status and became cursed eternally.
Why do genes enter pictures?
Also, does this extend to mirrors?
Are our reflections in the mirror gene inhabited? Well, if you ever look in the mirror and see it, doing things that you're not doing then
you can believe it.
What we said before about the jinn, you know entering pictures or things like this, this is to create in the minds of people you know that these pictures have special
truth to them or special holy nature or holy qualities etc. Like as I spoke about the picture, which were the eyes closed or tears came from it, etc.
If there are good gins
would they have in their world meetings, lectures, etc, like we practicing Muslims do?
Yes. Why not?
And also, you know, of course, the Quran refers to gatherings of the jinns you know, reading the Quran, etc. So we know that they do actually,
in relation to people being possessed, how can we tell if one is
well, there are, you know, science
which have to do with changes in people's character, it may involve changes in in their voice patterns. So at certain times, they may take on very, you know, filthy type habits. I mean, it's generally speaking, it's somebody who goes right out of character, they seem to have taken on another personality all together. In the West, you have a category of what they call multiple personalities, which are one of the
examples of gene possession.
What do genes look like?
And what would what would they look like in the hereafter? Well,
The Jinn, we don't have any definition of them what they look like in their normal state, that is when they don't take on, you know, human form or some other forms in our world.
I know that people have in the folklore that they have eyes that cats, they have feet, like goats and tails, and all kinds of stuff. But this is not authentic information.
Why can't we see the jinn but they can see us? Well, this is how Allah has created them.
You know, until we develop the mic microscope,
then all the microbes could see us and we couldn't see them, too.
So I mean, the fact that some of Allah's creation, you know, have certain abilities which are beyond our abilities, doesn't mean you know that they're more powerful than us because we have been given a status over the rest of creation, and bliss being instructed to bow was in recognition along with the angels to that status.
Some places I go, I see things moving about and hear things, how am I supposed to react to this, seek refuge in Allah?
That is your basic reaction. Don't fear it. Because ultimately, nothing can happen to us except what God has written to happen to us.
In the Quran, it mentions the speed of angels as they travel in one day, which is equivalent to 50,000 years of art speeds explained. Well, it really there's no real explanation, you know, because when you go into the issue of what is it referring to in terms of one day, you know, is it one day 124 hour day? Because it's a day is 24 hours on our planet? A day on Saturday and maybe so many years, you know,
when in a day in the year what is this year are these light years how far light travels in a year or what you know, we just have a general statement from last month Allah letting us know that the that the commands which come by way of the angels are over huge spaces of time, etc.
And even so, they fulfill the commandments of God as they are given.
If we watch a show, of a person practicing magic
Are we committing a sin? Well, you know if the show is something where people are clearly indicating that these are just tricks, I mean, they're not claiming for themselves magic, they're not taking on the aura of the magician, but just something to entertain people. So, we could say that this is
permissible, but preferable that we avoid it in any case, because it is even though it may not be clear out and out magic, it is bordering on that field, that forbidden field.
I can just replicate or reproduce. Yes, there is evidence from both the Quran and Sunnah that they do have generations after them. Why and refers to you know, zariya there are descendants from among the jinn and men.
Is it true that the Quran kills the jinn or keeps them away when read out loud while going about killing the jinn but they do repel it does repel the jinn.
Why is it regarded so seriously in Islam to go to the fortune teller, or believe what he says, As I stated, this involves attributing to others knowledge of the Unseen, which only is known to God? I mean, even problems as you know, stated, Allah had in state in the Quran, that if he knew the unseen, the hidden things, then he would have gathered around him all of the good and no evil would have befallen him. So when a person in this world is now claiming that he has this knowledge of the Unseen, he's claiming himself ready to be greater even than the prophets.
What is the difference between Jinn a bliss and Chapin? Well, the gin represents that other creation created from a fiery origin it bliss is the name of that main individual amongst the jinn, who was cursed by Allah. And shaytaan is the name Satan is a name which may be applicable to both Jinns and men. Because Allah refers to Shelton and ncwa Jin there are devils amongst both humankind and the jinn.
They're present the evil among the jinn or evil among mankind
do the angels do what we do? But if it means going to the bathroom? I don't think they do. But uh, you know, do what we do. They do whatever Allah commands them, as Allah says in the Quran, we have Aluna my Barun they do whatever they are commanded to do. They don't have a freewill. The only beings that have freewill are the jinn, the will of the jinn and human beings
how does the person stop a gym communicating with them by reciting the Quran by protecting themselves by removing things which would attract evil in from their homes from around themselves?
By using the different doors, which apart from Amazon, Solomon supplications, which she gave us when we go to our homes when we leave our homes when they go in the bathroom? Who put on our clothes, etc, etc.
My mother hasn't yet accepted Islam, I'm a revert, should she pass away? And my eldest sister insists on the chapel funeral. What is the Islamic perspective on me attending the funeral? Well, to attend the rites, the funeral rites is not permissible for a Muslim to attend the religious rights of any other system is not religious group is not acceptable for one to go to the grave
as a reminder of death, etc. It's acceptable but when one attends and takes part in the funeral rites, this is not permissible.
Can one have a gin protector? as some claim to
Who do gins tend to enter and how? Well the house Allah knows. I know people say it comes into your footer through your eye or your toe or whatever. This is most of this delusion. Actually.
There's a book which will be available through the Islamic Information Center called The Exorcist tradition in Islam, which I have just written, it should be available maybe within the next month or so. And this is a major research which I did for my PhD on the issues of possession, exorcism, etc. And it identifies you know, a lot of the misconceptions people have concerning exorcism and hopefully inshallah
You can get this book and get greater clarification of it.
But the jinn, generally speaking do tend to enter those people who are
deviating or ignorant, deviating from True Religion, etc.
They do, of course, sometimes affect people who are true believers, they can affect them as part of the test of this life.
Does he believe still exist? The alive? Yes. Is it true that his kingdom is located at the in Bermuda? You know, the Bermuda Triangle? No, we can say this is fiction.
Is it true to say that humans were created as a sign for the angels? No.
That is a sign to know that Allah knows everything and to worship Allah is the duty is the duty given to them
when they were created, now we can say this is a UFO kind of jinn operation, possibly we spoke about.
Is it true that people who don't reside in their own country immigrants can get money from the bank
and take interest? And it isn't haram or a sin? No, this is not true.
The taking of interest is haram, a major haram major sin
and can only be justified when one is in a situation where
life and death
is at play is at question, a person is in dire need of a major operation to save their lives. And the Muslim community refuses to donate and to help them have this necessary operation. So they take out a bank loan to save themselves. This is a circumstance where Allah knows this is permissible for protection of one's life and health. But other than that, it is not permissible for one to take interest or pay interest, except where it comes under the area. As we said before, in the case of insurance, where it is necessary for driving a car, you must have insurance, or to have certain buildings which are necessary in the Muslim community, you may be required to have these insurances.
So you take out the minimum possible
policy, the general principle when dealing with these type of issues, is that you only do as much as is absolutely necessary to fulfill that greater good that you're trying to achieve. You know, and this is based on the principle that if a person is
starving to death, you know, plane crash on the desert, whatever. And the only thing that's available, you know, is to save your life is, you know, one of the members on the plane had a bottle of alcohol and that's the only thing that's there to save your life. What you do is you take enough, you just take you know, capful what is enough to keep your keep yourself alive, you feel yourself about to die, you take a little bit to keep yourself alive, when you don't just you know take a little bit and you say oh that tastes really nice, you know, you put up a full glass and then you're at it. No, you're only allowed to take what is absolutely necessary to save your life. How do you
know if a hadith is right or wrong? This is the science the science of analysis of Hadith called
Sulan Hadith, which teaches you based on the the narrator's the status of the narrator's in terms of their ability to memorize etc, you know, they're classified in different classifications and the errors in which they came to know who met who if they lived in the same generation or not whatever. And the text itself whether the text contradicts, you know, other known texts and, you know, there's a there's a whole system of of, you know, hold science there, which the scholars have developed for analysis of Hadith to determine which are authentic and which are not and this and this science is so rigorous, if it were applied to information which is given to us today, in the newspaper, etc,
are written in books, we would have to reject virtually all of these books and newspaper accounts, because it deals actually with character of people's character, if a person is narrating a piece of information, and they are known to be of bad character, then that information is rejected. In the press is narrating a Hadith from the Prophet Muhammad, Allah, you know, he is in that chain of narrators. And it is known that this person didn't pray regularly, you know, they didn't fast or whatever they're known to be of bad character, then their Hadith will be rejected simply based on their character, if we use that principle
with regards to what we read in the newspapers today, or the books, you know, written by different authors, etc. We wouldn't accept anything. We wouldn't hardly actually
cept anything this is this is how stringent the scholars develop the science in order to ensure that the information came to us is in fact, authentic information. Our Muslim women are allowed to go and seek Islamic knowledge. They are allowed to go and seek it's not Islamic knowledge as well as academic knowledge. We know that almost a quarter of the religion, Islamic law was conveyed to us by Ayesha, the third wife of the Prophet Musa al salaam, she was the fourth most prolific narrator of Hadith.
Many studied under her and there were many of those who taught leading scholars, Imam Malik and others, their teachers were women. So this was this is history, Islamic history that women were scholars. And this is one of the things in our times where the lack of female scholarship has led to a rise, you know, of some ignorant females who have claimed for themselves knowledge, you know, under the banner of feminism, where they're now going to make a feminist interpretation of the Quran, you know, this kind of nonsense, you know, and this is due to that lack of female scholarship and it is an error on the part of the Muslim ummah, that you know, women have not had the access to
Islamic scholarship that they did in the early generations. Could you please explain the dress requirements of Muslim women, everything should be covered except for face and hands. covering of the face is also commendable. It is not some people would say that it is something from Persian culture, etc. And not really a part of Islam or Arab culture. No, it is a part and parcel of the deen, it is something recommended. It is in the view of some scholars that it is also compulsory. Majority of scholars don't hold that. But at least the minimum that a woman should cover is everything except for a face and hands. And she should be covered in such a way that the covering is
not see through. Because if it's covering see through, then it's not really covering, or it should not be form fitting that it's showing the shape of our body and the parts of our body etc. This is not considered proper covering either. It should be loose, wide, and should not be especially when she's out of her home in the presence of others. It should not be attractive in and of itself like a dress. So it's a form of beauty attracting the attention of others because the dress is to protect her protect her modesty, this outer dress that she wears when she goes outside of her home.
Many habits nowadays are not included.
In the Quran, for example, smoking, how do we assure our ascertain whether they're halal or haram? Well, from Islamic law, we have the principle of prs. That is analogy analysis and giving rulings by way of analogy, which allows us to carry rulings from
what problems are Salama addressed to things that he has not? So for example, smoking and I guess this is an important point, because, you know, I think there's probably a lot of smokers out there in the audience. Muslims today are tend to be some of the biggest smokers, you know, smoking has gone down in the West, due to the
that them being forced to put on the packets that it's dangerous to health, and, you know, many campaigns against smoking. So it has reduced, it's declined in the West smoking, but in Muslim lands, it has risen tremendously.
The fact of the matter is that
the argument used by most people, it's mcru.
disliked. This is an Islamic ruling Makrooh meaning dislike, meaning, if you didn't do it, you would be rewarded by Allah. But if you did it, there's no scenario.
Now, this ruling of mcru
was made about 500 years ago,
when tobacco first came to the Muslim world, it came to the Ottoman Empire, right. And people started using it. In fact, it was the Ottomans who developed cigarettes, the paper cigarette rolling it, the two Ottomans, Muslims developed it didn't know that, did you? Because before that people smoked in pipes.
At any rate, the scholars in Turkey and elsewhere
decide you know how to analyze this and give a ruling on it. And their ruling was that it was mcru Based on the effects that they could observe.
They found that the main harm when a person smoked cigarettes is that it produced a bad breath. We know the smokers breath they have all kinds of things you can buy sprays, etc. For people who smoke, bad breath so they look back in the Sharia to see in
What was revealed law to see is what was the ruling on things which cause bad breath. And we know Prophet Mohammed Salim had said that whoever eats raw onion and garlic should not come to masjids. Then they took the similar ruling to smoking which caused the bad breath. Okay, similarly mcru
since, you know, the 15th century,
we have had changes in our knowledge concerning smoking, the 1979, the Surgeon General of the United States of America announced to America in the world, that it was conclusively proven that smoking causes cancer. Now, this has been something which had been debated for some 20 years before that they were analyzing the results. And you know, you had doctors saying, yes, smoking is causing cancer, we can see the evidence, statistical evidence, etc. And then the doctors were paid by the tobacco companies, they were saying, no, no, it's not. It's not really it's, you know, these statistics are questionable, and so on. So, but finally, by 1979, the evidence was so overwhelming,
the Surgeon General announced that it causes cancer without a shadow of a doubt. And they forced all of the cigarette companies to put on every box. Smoking is dangerous to health.
Right, and believe that those cigarette companies didn't put it on the boxes, you know, out of concern for the general health of the population. They are putting it because they were forced, and this is big business. America is only doing that because of the overall harm to the population. So once we know now, that smoking causes cancer, we have to look for a different ruling. Cancer, we know causes death, people die from cancer. And there are hundreds of 1000s dying every year from cancer caused by smoking. And the ruling in Islamic law with in this regard is haram.
Whatever will kill you,
is haram for you to take knowing that it will kill you
to take poison to drink it Patmos assalam said Whoever kills himself in this life will find himself killing himself in the same way perpetually in the hellfire.
Suicide is haram forbidden. And when a person takes cigarettes and smoking, he is committing suicide slowly but surely. Because it doesn't make any difference whether I take a glass a small glass of poison and drink sips of it. And after one year, I dropped down dead. Or I take the full glass and drink it right now and die.
Both ways it is suicide and forbidden. So the correct ruling on smoking today is that it is haram forbidden. I know some people come back with the argument.
I got the tea sign. I just closed off the argument here. Some people come back saying, well, there are people who smoke and don't die. You know? Yes, the oldest woman in China. She smokes a cigar every day. And she's been doing it for the last 3040 years of her life. Yes. He says he does not sit on a solid die.
But you see, Islamic law, it governs the general and common sense tells you you must fall you must follow what is the general ruling concerning things. For example, there are people who have fallen out of airplanes 40 and 50,000 feet and have gotten up and walk away.
This happens. So now what do you do? When you jump out of an airplane you're going to take not take a parachute with you saying oh there are people you know that have gotten up from it. I'll jump out the airplane without the parachute. Allah will protect me. No, this is nonsense. You take your parachute, because you don't use the exception to judge the danger of a given situation. Similarly, those few people who don't die though they smoked all their lives. These are exceptions. Allah has left them assigns to us that ultimately life and death is in his hands.
These are the signs but we're required to follow the general circumstance not the exception. Most people who smoke get cancer and die. the Marlboro Man. Remember the Marlboro Man riding on his horse with his jeans and his cap you know rugged with that cigarette in his mouth. For many years the Marlboro Man was you know, the big symbol smoking symbol while his wife is now swinging Marlboro for his her husband dying of cancer.
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