Of Angels and Demons

No, this has got nothing to do with Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons, my all time fav read that never makes it out of my reading list.

A few weeks back, a group of my university friends were discussing ghost stories. Like real ghost stories of demonic possession, over fries in the cafe. Morbidly creepy, yes. And while they were at it, I was mentally drafting this post in my mind. I won’t go through the lengths of sharing the stories here- so cutting through the spine-chilling details for simplicity’s sake, I’ll get right to the point. There’s no denying of the existence of Jinn, demons, paranormal activity, Black Magic and the likes. But let me get this straight here- nothing can harm you if you are under Allah’s protection and no evil can touch you unless Allah lets it be. I’ve seen and heard of people taking unnecessary precautions to ward off the supernatural folk. To dispel all fears and doubts, I’m quoting this verse from the Quran that can set the perception straight-

وَمَن يَعۡشُ عَن ذِكۡرِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ نُقَيِّضۡ لَهُ ۥ شَيۡطَـٰنً۬ا فَهُوَ لَهُ ۥ قَرِينٌ۬ (٣٦) وَإِنَّہُمۡ لَيَصُدُّونَہُمۡ عَنِ ٱلسَّبِيلِ وَيَحۡسَبُونَ أَنَّہُم مُّهۡتَدُونَ (٣٧

And whosoever turns away blindly from the remembrance of the Most Gracious (Allâh) (i.e. this Qur’ân and worship of Allâh), We appoint for him Shaitân (Satan devil) to be a Qarîn (an intimate companion) to him. And verily, they (devils) hinder them from the Path (of Allâh), but they think that they are guided aright! [43: 36-37]

Devils here can refer to two things- bad company which will further mislead this person who is already wronging himself by choosing not to obey the Creator, or the supernatural devils as we know them. I’m going to discuss this verse in the latter context. As I write this I have a really interesting book open in front of me- ‘The Jinn and Human Sickness’ by Dr. Abdul Mundhir Khaleel. He has given reasons why a jinn may be able to overpower a human, the main reason being the one highlighted in the text above. I’ll be quoting a passage from his book to elucidate this verse further. He writes, “Let it be known that it is not easy for a jinn to harm a human physically or to appear to him, because in this case he exposes himself to being punished by means of the Quran because he is detaining himself inside the human’s body. And he exposes himself to destruction and death when he appears in a different form, because he is then subjected to the same rules that affect the form in which he appears. So if he appears in the form of a cat, for example, and you kill him with, say, a spear, then he will be killed… So the jinn do not harm the human unless they are certain that he is completely negligent in remembering Allah and is far away from Him, so that they can harm him.”

My whole point of writing this post is to ebb the paranoia that we have about demonic possessions and the way we link a string of inane reasons behind it. It could be that the person is righteous and yet the devils hound him. This could be a test from the Almighty to guage his faith and patience, and the person should brave it with his unshake-able beliefs and should not, in any case, resort to unlawful means (read shirk) for getting rid of his demons.

In his book, Ibn Muflih Al Hanbali writes: “The heart that is filled with faith is all light, which has heat, and when the devilish whisper draws close to it, it turns to ashes. It was said that when the remebrance of Allah is firmly established in a person’s heart, he has a seizure like those experienced by humans when the devil gets close to them. Then the devils gather around him and say, “What is the matter with him?” and it is said, “The human overpowered him.”

The point being, our level of faith can be lethal to the jinn. So we know what to work on now. It’s not the old willow trees that we need to look out for, it’s our faith status that needs to be updated.

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6 thoughts on “Of Angels and Demons

  1. Assalamu’Alaikum:

    Jazak’Allah Khairin for this reminder. We often are quick to pass off any misfortune as Jinns and Magic. May Allah help us to keep the Quran in our hearts and may He protect us from the evil in our nafs and of that within the men and the jinn.

    -Aly

  2. Tasmia Anwar says:

    “It’s not the old willow trees that we need to look out for, it’s our faith status that needs to be updated.”-soo true!! well said sadia!

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