Thursday, August 15, 2013

Symptoms of Jinn Possession

Dear reader know that most cases of possession are due to psychological illness, mistakenly understood to be Jinn possession. The reason behind the prevalence of this misconception to some extent, is the practice of some exorcists (raaqi's) have made exorcism a way of obtaining money from the common masses. They convince people into believing that they have been possessed by Jinn as a way of earning money in the name of treatment. However real cases of Masaha (possession) are few and even fewer are due to Sihr. The list of symptoms that we present is by no means exhaustive.

These symptoms may be real but we must point out that they may also occur for other reasons, such as staying up all night, or confusion and uncertainty. So we must try to protect ourselves from the whispers that the Shaytaan tries to instill in our hearts, when reading this list of symptoms. The clear difference between Masaha or Sihr and a medical issue is when the Qur'an is recited upon a person and an adverse reaction is observed.
 Note: the below material is extracted from the works of Adbusalaam Bali, the full versions can be downloaded in PDF format from our downloads page.
 Symptoms of Jinn possession / Magic
These symptoms have been divided into three categories:
1. Those which occur when one is awake
2. Those which occur when one is asleep
3. Sudden behavioural changes that one may experience that are out of character.
1. Symptoms when one is awake:
1 - Turning away, in particular, from acts of worship and obedience, the remembrance of Allah (swt) (Dhikr) and reading the Qur'an. Allah (swt) says: And whosoever turns away blindly from the remembrance of the Most Gracious (Allah (swt) (i.e. this Qur'an and worship of Allah (swt), we appoint for him Shaytaan to be a Qarin (a companion) to him. And verily, they (Shayateen) hinder them from the path (of Allah (swt) but they think that they are guided aright - (Al-Zukhruf 43:36-37)
2 - Erratic behaviour in one's words, deeds and movements. Allah (swt) says: (Those who eat Riba will not stand (on the Day of Resurrection) except like the standing of a person beaten by Shaytaan leading him to insanity.) (Al-Baqarah 2:275)
3 - Seizures (with no medical cause); there are signs to indicate that a seizure has devilish causes.
4 - Paralysis of a limb (with no medical cause).
5 - Being quick to get angry or weep with no apparent cause.
6 - Sitting in the toilet for a long time, and talking to oneself.
7 - Constant headache with no medical cause, which is not eased by painkillers.
8 - Irregular menstruation in women.
9 - Not producing children although both husband and wife are medically sound and able to reproduce.
10. Depression. - Depression refers to intense sadness. It is a widespread mental illness, indeed one of the most widespread. As for mild sadness or feeling "blue", this is a normal and natural emotion which hardly anyone can escape, not even a believer. Allah (swt) says: Secret counsels (conspiracies) are only from Shaytaan, in order that he may cause grief to the believers. - (Al-Mujaddilah 58:10) If that sadness increases and takes over a person, it becomes depression.
Signs of depression:

 - Feeling distressed and sad
 - Loss of appetite
 - Lack of focus, forgetfulness
 - Sleep disturbances, weight loss
 - Lack of sexual desire
 There are other signs when one is awake, but they may be caused by other life circumstances, such as not succeeding in efforts to get married, repeatedly failing to do so etc.
 2. Symptoms when one is asleep:
 1 - Frightening nightmares, which includes seeing various kinds of creatures such as ghosts or apparitions, seeing oneself falling from a high place, seeing people in strange forms, and snakes. A man may see a woman who wants him to have intercourse with her (and vice versa) constantly in his dreams, or he may see someone threatening him.
 2 - Insomnia, anxiety and fear upon waking.
 3 - Talking loudly in one's sleep, or moaning and groaning.
 Note: A person should not be regarded as being possessed by Jinn if any of these symptoms occur. No one can be certain that a person has been possessed by Jinn until after the Qur'an has been recited over them, so these symptoms should not be taken as definitive evidence of Jinn possession.
 3. Sudden behavioural change
 Signs of sudden behavioural change that has to do with a person's inward attitude.
 The below is a general guidline for all Muslims. However for practising Muslims who did not have these qualities before but find a sudden strange inclination to them, should get themselves checked with Ruqyah as soon as possible.
 - Associating others with Allah (swt) (Shirk) - Minor Shirk (showing off)
 - Being angry with the divine decree (like saying 'why has this happened to me?' etc)
 - Forgetting Allah (swt) and the Hereafter
 - Feeling safe from the plot of Shaytaan and getting carried away in sin and relying on Allah (swt) 's mercy
 - Despairing of the mercy of Allah (swt)
- Thinking badly of Allah (swt)
- Deliberately telling lies about Allah (swt) and the Messenger of Allah (swt) (saw)
 - Arrogance, self-admiration and showing off
 - Loving to be praised for doing acts of worship
 - Deceit, Hypocrisy, Greed, Stinginess
 - Hidden anger, grudges and envy
 - Turning away from people out of arrogance and scorning them
 - Looking at the rich and venerating them because of their richness
 - Fear of poverty
 - Mocking the poor because of their poverty
 - Competing in worldly gains
 - Loving to be praised for what one has not done
 - Being preoccupied with the faults of others whilst ignoring one's own faults
 - Strong feelings for religions other than the religion of Allah (swt)
- Mocking the slaves of Allah (swt) , looking down on them and despising them
 - Thinking badly of Muslims
 - Not accepting the truth because it goes against one's own whims and desires, or hating those who
speak the truth
 - Rejoicing in sin and Persisting in sin
 - Acquiring knowledge for worldly gain (showing off)
- Offending the close friends of Allah (swt) and taking them as enemies
- Showing evil behaviour and foul language so as to make people fear you and avoid your evil

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