What can we do to combat jinn, sihr (black magic), taweez, etc.? Are there any practical steps we can engage in?



Islamic Text

Follow the Sunnah.

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ، قَالَ: لَا تَجْعَلُوا بُيُوتَكُمْ مَقَابِرَ، إِنَّ الشَّيْطَانَ يَنْفِرُ مِنَ الْبَيْتِ الَّذِي تُقْرَأُ فِيهِ سُورَةُ الْبَقَرَةِ

Abu Hurairah  reported narrated that the Messenger of Allah  said, “Do not turn your homes into graveyards. Indeed Shaytaan flees from the house in which Surah al-Baqarah is recited.” (Muslim 780 – 212).

The best thing to combat Sihr (black magic), Jinn and such concerns is to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ, like reciting Surah Baqarah in one’s house, reciting Surah al-Falaq, Surah al-Naas, Ayat al-Kursi and other remedies mentioned in Hadith. One should stick to those solutions that have been explicitly mentioned in Hadith.

It is very important for a person not to become paranoid regarding such matters.  Unfortunately,  there are a lot of people in our communities that do become paranoid and excessive regarding Jinn and Sihr. This is one of the main problems related to this subject, often people convince themselves or others convince them that they are afflicted with Jinn or Sihr without any clear evidence. When we are speaking about matters from the unseen realm, then we need clear evidence, which is based on Quran and Hadith. It is not permitted for Muslims to speak about the unseen without citing Quran and Hadith.

As Muslims we believe in Jinn and Sihr, but we do not believe that they should be overstressed or overwhelm one’s life. We do not find any Sahabi who had this mindset, nor were they preoccupied by these types of thoughts and issues all the time.

Such obsession and paranoia regarding Jinn and Sihr not only contradicts the teachings of Quran and Hadith but also mentally harms and imprisons a person.

For more on this topic, please refer to the videos suggested below.

And Allah (Most High) Knows Best.

– Answered by Shaykh Noorud-deen (23.02.2021)

See also:

Black Magic Causing Mental Illness