Can the jinns strike the humans?

Strike of jinn is a widespread concept in the society. Almost everyone can tell a story about this, and this is valid for almost all the societies.

Strike of jinn is a widespread concept in the society. Almost everyone can tell a story about this, and this is valid for almost all the societies. Shibli says that Sunni Islam scholars including Abu al-Hasan al-Ash'ari believe that jinns can harm a human by entering his body, and says that they explain this in their articles showing the verse in the surah (chapter) of Baqara (The Cow) which informs us about the situation of the people who take interest, as a proof for this: “Those who devour usury will not stand except as stand one whom the Satan by his touch Hath driven to madness”. (1) When Ahmad Ibn Hanbal’s son Abdullah asked him “Some people say that jinns can’t enter the human body. What do you think about this?” he replied “They lie”. (2) Abdullah Qadir (an Islamic scholar of our century) says about “on what conditions jinns can harm humans”: “Jinns can affect humans and attract them in different ways mostly when they are in a state of junub (ritually impure due to sexual intercourse or semen discharge), haid (menstruation) or nifas (the bleeding after childbirth). Also every sin is like a door for them. Especially sensitive people, spiritually ill ones, free and easy ones living far from prayer and the atmosphere of the praying people are affected by the jinns easily. Of course violation of the jinns’ life borders or rights and occupying their homes or places without the word of Basmala (Bismi-llahi ar-rahmani ar-rahimi / In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful) are other important reasons for being harmed by them too. Therefore our prophet Hz. Muhammad (pbuh) teaches us to pray when we are entering to dirty places and prohibits us to perform salah in places like garbage dumps, baths, toilets, pastures and graveyards. He teaches us to pray like “Allahumma inni auzu bika min’al-hobsi wa’l-habais / My Allah, I take refugee in you from all the filths and the evils” when we are entering toilets (note: in old times generally toilets were not integrated into the homes and were standalone units in a garden). He wants us to be in clean places which can be a fortress to be protected from this kind of evils, to be with clean people, to construct an atmosphere of prayers and to protect ourselves with the worships. So, the one who wants to protect himself from all the evils of the jinns must stay away far from the sins firstly thus closing the holes which let them in.” (3) (1) Shibli, Mystery of the Jinns, p. 258. (2) Shibli, mentioned book, p. 256-257. (3) Şahin, İnancın Gölgesinde (In the shadow of the belief), p. 153-154.

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