Jinn are a creation of Allah ﷻ and are not visible to human beings. Like humans, there are good and evil jinns. Evil jinns are also known as shayātīn (plural of shaytān). They assist the magicians and enviers in bringing harm to humans. By seeking protection with the One who created them, we need not fear jinns.
How to Protect Yourself
Āyah al-Kursī is the strongest protection against the evil of jinn and magic. Other Qur’ānic verses which mention the greatness of Allah or His punishment are also effective. Ibn Kathir (raḥimahullāh) writes, ‘The most beneficial cure for magic is what Allah ﷻ revealed to His Messenger ﷺ as a cure: Sūrah al-Falaq and al-Nās. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “No seeker has sought protection with anything like them.” (Abū Dāwūd)
To protect oneself, one should be consistent with the daily adhkār, especially the adhkār of removing clothes, eating, entering the lavatory, intimacy, and the adhkār of entering and leaving the house and masjid. This is in addition to the adhkār of the morning and evening, before sleeping and after the farḍ prayers.
The Adhān can also be read in the ear or in the home of anyone who is affected by jinns.
Suhayl (raḍiy Allāhu ‘anhu) reported that whilst on an errand for his father, someone called out to him from a wall, using his name. His companion looked down the wall but saw nothing. Upon mentioning it to his father, his father said: “If I knew that you would encounter this, I would not have sent you. However, whenever you hear such voices (from evil spirits), proclaim the adhān, because indeed I heard Abū Hurayrah (raḍiy Allāhu ‘anhu) narrate from the Messenger of Allah ﷺ : ‘Indeed Shayṭān runs away at full speed when the adhān is proclaimed.’” (Muslim)
Additional Treatment for Magic and Jinn
- Carry out the Ruqyah method outlined here.
- Alongside the Ruqyah āyāt, one should read Sūrah al-Baqarah, as the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: ‘Recite Sūrah al-Baqarah; to recite it regularly and adhere to it is a blessing, to give it up is a cause of regret, and the magicians cannot confront it.’ (Muslim) He ﷺ also said: “Do not turn your houses into graveyards. Shayṭān runs away from the house in which Sūrah al-Baqarah is recited.” (Muslim)
- Take a Ruqyah bath with Sidr water. Grind seven green Sidr leaves (lote tree leaves) and soak them in water. Recite Ruqyah on this mixture, take three sips from it and then bathe with the remaining water. This method has been mentioned by Ibn Hajar (raḥimahullāh) who quotes Wahb ibn Munabbih (raḥimahullāh) as having mentioned this. This process can be repeated daily until one is cured by the will of Allah ﷻ.
- Drink Senna water. Senna should be boiled in water and left to cool. Honey can be added to this mixture. Ruqyah should be recited on this mixture and then drunk on an empty stomach. This can be done for seven days.
- Have cupping (ḥijāmah) done, especially on parts of the body that are in pain. This can be repeated as necessary.
- Rub oil on the head and the body. Ruqyah can be recited over olive oil which can be rubbed over the body, especially parts that are in pain. Applying oil on the head (a Sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ) is extremely effective. Drinking a spoon of olive oil daily is also beneficial. Black seed oil can be used in a similar manner.
Individuals afflicted by magic can often feel overwhelmed when thinking about it, much to the delight of magicians and evil jinns. It is vital however that a victim remains optimistic. One should never become despondent or think they are incurable. Rather one must think highly of Allah ﷻ and have firm hope in Him.
A Crafty Jinni
Khālid ibn al-Walīd (raḍiy Allāhu ‘anhu) would wake up from fright at night and would come out of his house with his sword. It was feared that someone would get hurt. So he complained to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said to him: “Indeed Jibrīl said to me that a powerful and crafty jinnī was plotting against you, so say:
أَعُوْذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّاتِ الَّتِيْ لَا يُجَاوِزُهُنَّ بَرٌّ وَلَا فَاجِرٌ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ وَبَرَأَ وَذَرَأَ ، وَمِنْ شَرِّ مَا يَنْزِلُ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ وَمِنْ شَرِّ مَا يَعْرُجُ فِيْهَا ، وَمِنْ شَرِّ مَا ذَرَأَ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَمِنْ شَرِّ مَا يَخْرُجُ مِنْهَا ، وَمِنْ شَرِّ فِتَنِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ ، وَمِنْ شَرِّ كُلِّ طَارِقٍ إِلَّا طَارِقًا يَطْرُقُ بِخَيْرٍ ، يَا رَحْمٰنُ
I seek protection in the perfect words of Allah – which neither the upright nor the corrupt may overcome – from the evil of what He created, of what He brought into existence, and of what He scattered, from the evil of what descends from the heavens, and of what rises up to them, from the evil of what He scattered in the earth and of what emerges from it, from the evil trials of night and day, and from the evil of every night visitor, except the night visitor who comes with good, O Merciful One.
Khālid (raḍiy Allāhu ‘anhu) said these words and this stopped happening. (Ahmad)