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The Jinn are a Creation that fears the Believers the most

Shaykh Muhammad al-Maliki:
“The jinn are a creation that fears the Believers most.”

Yaa Shaykh may Allaah Preserve you.Is it true that the jinn/shayateen are repulsed by frankincense (bakhoor) and the angels are attracted to it? Do angels accompany cats and do jinns occupy vacant places and if a person moves into a house that has been vacant for a period of time are there any procedures that the Muslims should take to free the house of jinns/shayateen?
The Shaykh praised Allaah and sent salaah and salaam upon the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم then said: First of all let me give you this information and glad tidings: “The jinn are a creation that fears the Believers most.”
The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said to ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab [1]:يا عمر بن الخطاب ما سلكت طريقاً ولا دخلتفجاً شعبا إلا سلك شيطان طريقاً وشعبا غير الذي سلكتSo the shayateen – the jinn, they are scared of the Believers, but they have a sense, they can feel the fear and fright of mankind. So if you become scared of jinns, they become brave and they start scaring you.So what you need to do is what Allaah تعالى says – I am not bringing this from my mind but from what Allaah تعالى says and from my experience
– Allaah تعالى says:ذَلِكُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ يُخَوِّفُ أَوْلِيَاءهُ فَلاَ تَخَافُوهُمْ وَخَافُونِ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ{It is only Shaitân
(Satan) that suggests to you the fear of his Auliyâ’ [supporters and friends (polytheists, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allâh and in His Messenger, Muhammad)]; so fear them not, but fear Me, if you are (true) believers.} [Aal-‘Imraan 3:175]
So if you are a real Believer do not get scared of the Shayateen.
Regarding incense this is not true – this is commonly known by the Sufis. The Sufis say that the shayateen run away from the bukhoor, the incense, but it’s not true. The angels like any good smell whereas the shayateen doesn’t like good smells, rather they like bad smells. That’s why they whisper for one not to take a shower and they whisper for one not to clean up and that’s why when the kuffar go to the toilet – when they urinate or pass stool, they clean with paper only and they don’t clean well –
that’s why the shayateen control them.
Allaah تعالى says to the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم: أَلَمْ تَرَ أَنَّا أَرْسَلْنَا الشَّيَاطِينَ عَلَى الْكَافِرِينَ تَؤُزُّهُمْ أَزًّا{See you not that We have sent the Shayâtîn (devils) against the disbelievers to push them to do evil.} [Maryam 19:83]
And that’s why Yaa Ikhwaan we need to always be clean and that’s why the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم encouraged us always have wudū’ and to use perfume.The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: حبب لي من دنياكم النساءوالطيبIt was made more beloved to me from your life the woman (the wife) and perfume. [2]
So it is good use perfume and incense, but don’t think that the shayateen will run away and the angels will come.
It’s true that the shayateen do not like good smells and the angels like the good smells; but at the same time don’t let this idea captivate your mind.
I say this because some people will be captivated by this idea, then one day they will forget to perfume and then they will then thinking “O Shaytaan is here, Shaytaan is there, jinn is here and jinn is there” and if anyone whistles or anyone says something, (they say) “O that’s Shaytaan” – this is bad.But what can turn Shayateen away? Akhi, remembrance of Allaah, remembrance of Allaah can turn Shaytaan away.
Allaah تعالى says: الَّذِينَ إِذَا ذُكِرَ اللَّهُ وَجِلَتْ قُلُوبُهُمْ وَإِذَا تُلِيَتْ عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتُهُ زَادَتْهُم إِيمَانًا {… when Allâh is mentioned, feel a fear in their hearts and when His Verses (this Qur’ân) are recited unto them, they (i.e.the Verses) increase their Faith; and they put their trust in their Lord (Alone) …} [Al-Anfal 8:2]
And the other ayah: ألا بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ {Verily, in the remembrance of Allâh do hearts find rest.} [Ar-Ra’d 13:28]
So do a lot of remembrance (adhkaar), the remembrance of the morning and evening, for entering the house, exiting the house, entering the toilet, exiting the toilet, entering the mosque, exiting the mosque, going into your car etc. You take all the remembrances that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم taught us.
So Inshaa Allaah you will be protected.
And when you get to the house, it’s not true that a house that is abandoned for a while is captured (occupied) by the shayateen.
No, the shayateen are everywhere – they are in every house, they are with everyone.
Allaah تعالى says that everyone has a Qareen as in Surah Qaaf:قَالَ قَرِينُهُ {His companion (Satan/devil) will say…} [Qaaf 50:27]
So everyone has a qareen accompanying him from the jinn. So, how can you be protected from that?
You can be protected by continuous remembrance – by continuously being with Allaah (having Him in your thoughts) all the time.قُلْ إِنَّ صَلاتِي وَنُسُكِي وَمَحْيَايَ وَمَمَاتِي لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ{Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): “Verily, my Salât (prayer), my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allâh, the Lord of the ‘Âlamîn (mankind, jinn and all that exists).} [Al-An’aam 6:162]
So you live for Allaah and Allaah will protect you.إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُدَافِعُ عَنِ الَّذِينَآمَنُوا{Truly, Allâh defends those who believe.} [Al-Hajj 22:38]
And in the hadeeth Qudsi: [3]ولا يزال عبدي يتقرب إلي بالنوافل حتى أحبهفإذا أحببته كنت سمعه الذي يسمع به وبصره الذي يبصر به ويده التي يبطش بها ورجلهالتي يمشي بهاولئن سألني لأعطينه وإن استعاذنيلأعيذنهHere Allaah تعالى is telling you that as much remembrance, worship and optional worship you do for Him, He will protect your eyes, your ears, your hands and your legs.
That means you are surrounded by protection from Allaah تعالى and Allaah تعالى will send the angels around you.
But when you go to a house whether it is an abandoned house or it is your house or it is someone’s house – even if it is your house whether empty or occupied, what you should do is say as-Salaam:لا تَدْخُلُوا بُيُوتًا غَيْرَ بُيُوتِكُمْ حَتَّىتَسْتَأْنِسُوا وَتُسَلِّمُوا عَلَى أَهْلِهَا{O you who believe! Enter not houses other than your own, until you have asked permission and greeted those in them.}[An-Nur 24:27]
And in the other ayah:فَإِذَا دَخَلْتُمْ بُيُوتًا فَسَلِّمُوا عَلَى أنْفُسِكُمْتَحِيَّةً مِنْ عِنْدِ اللهِ{But when you enter the houses, greet one another with a greeting from Allâh (i.e.say: السلام عليكم) As-Salâmu ‘Alaikum – peace be on you)}[An-Nur 24:61]
So even if it is unoccupied you say Assalaamu ‘Alaikum yourself as Allaah تعالى guides you.
By doing that, there will be no shayateen because as in the hadith the shayateen will stand by the door, when the person comes they listen, if he says Assalaamu ‘Alaikum – if he remembers Allaah the head Shaytaan will say ‘go back, go back you have no place here.’ But when you come into the house silent or saying any words other than the remembrance, He says ‘Ok come here you have a place to sleep you have food come, come’ and they come into your house. [4] This is the way you protect yourself from the shayateen, it is not related to the bukhoor or this or that – that is from Sufism. Wallaahu A’lam.
Answered by: Shaykh Muhammad al-Maliki
Title of Lecture: Ramadaan 1427 = 2006Date of the Lecture: Saturday, October 14th, 2006
[1] Reference Pending
[2] Shaykh al-Albaani رحمه الله says Saheeh in Saheeh al-Jaami’ (#3124) with the following wording:
[حبب إلي من دنياكم النساء والطيبوجعلت قرة عيني فيالصلاة[3] Reported as part of a longer hadith in Saheeh al-Bukhaari, Kitaab al-Riqaaq (#6137) with the following wording:وما يزال عبدي يتقرب إلي بالنوافل حتى أحبه، فإذا أحببته: كنتسمعه الذي يسمع به، وبصره الذي يبصر به، ويده التي يبطش بها، ورجله التي يمشي بها،وإن سألني لأعطينَّه، ولئن
استعاذني لأعيذنَّه
[4]Reported with the following wording in Saheeh al-Bukhaari, Kitaab Salaahtit-Taraaweeh (#1906) as part of a longer hadeeth.نعم البدعة هذه، والتي ينامون عنها أفضل من التي يقومونImaam Ahmad Bin Hanbal [Rahmahullah] Said: “Allah showers His Mercy upon the worshipper who approaches prayer in a state of humility and meekness towards Allah, in fear and supplicating Him with desire (for His Pleasure), and in hope (of His Mercy), making Salah to his Rabb, his most important consideration, dedicating his whispered utterances to Him and his back straight in his qiyam and his ruku.. and his sujud, poring out his heart and his feelings and struggling to perfect his acts of worship, for he knows not whether he will perform another prayer after it, or whether he will be overtaken (by death) before he can perform Salah again.”
  1. July 17, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    SubhaanAllah, what a beautiful, comprehensive answer.

    May Allah ta’ala preserve him. Ameen.

  2. July 18, 2008 at 7:48 am

    Yea, its a really nice answer. Thats his style. He was one of the scholars that we sat with during the ‘Umrah trip and he even answered some of our questions before the lecture started cuz he was setting up his laptop. We started asking him questions specific to Masjid al-Haram and the Prophet’s masjid. He explained to us what happens before the start of the prayer and how they bring the Janazah close to where the Imaam is praying. And then we asked him about the Prophet’s masjid and he told us about the raised area right before the place which is a garden from Jannah (i.e. the area with the green carpet). He told us the history of that raised area that has a small grill around it. That it used to be long time back when the Haram used to employ African workers but some of them had Sufi tendencies. So they would go and sit in that raised place and the people would come and seek barakah from them. So slowly, they stopped hiring the African workers. And started hiring people from South Asia who form probably 99% of the workers in the Haramain. He mentioned to us that The Saudi gov’t will probably demolish that area soon because people think that it has some signigicance attached to it so they try to pray there to get barakah or get some hasanaat. Thats why you see that raised area is always packed with people.

    Also he told us about the green carpeted area. That people believe that there is some reward in praying there but there is no specific reward mentioned by the Prophet sallalahu ‘alayhe wasallam. The only thing he mentioned was that it was a piece from the gardens of Jannah. (Comment from me: Similar to the Black Stone, its just a stone, Even though its a stone from Jannah. If the Prophet sallalahu ‘alayhe wasallam did not touch or kiss the black stone, then we would not do it either. And we don’t have any reports from the Sahaabah that they would desire to pray in that area to seek extra rewards. Of course, we know that they used to rush towards the pillars of the masjid so they can pray towards a sutrah. Which of course the people don’t follow and they do something which has no basis in the Sunnah. SubhanAllah. May Allah rectify the situation of our ‘Ummah.)

    And of course, as you probably know, he’s one of the mashaayikh who speaks English so after the lecture was over and we had to go pray Maghrib. I went with him all the way to the Haram asking him questions. I said to myself “Ive taken such a long journey here to meet with the scholars so I’m not gonna let go this opportunity to ask him questions” so I went with him all the way to the Haram.

    MashaAllah, he was very nice. Has a very nice personality. May Allah preserve him and all of our scholars who hold firm to the correct ‘aqeedah and manhaj. Ameen.

  3. yusuf
    July 19, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    please link back to the original source out of respect for the one who compiled this article. barakAllahhu feek

  4. July 19, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Done Br. Yusuf. JazakAllah for reminding me.

  5. yusuf
    July 19, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    the huge font was an overkill akhi…

  6. July 19, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    MashaAllah, that was generous of the Shaykh to answer those questions prior to the lecture. BarakAllahu feek for relaying the answers. It’s interesting to know, and I wasn’t aware of it.

    The Shaykh seems nice, mashaAllah. He has a PakTalk room open, where he teaches arabic classes; he’s very patient and ensure everyone understands mashaAllah. And I’d imagine he has a sense of humor as well (as I heard the ‘Real Story About a Man who Showed Patience’ lecture – mashaAllah).

  7. July 20, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Br. Yusuf,

    Ok changed the font. Barak Allahu feekum

    Do you know the schedule for the Arabic classes that he holds on paltalk? Please let me know.

  8. July 22, 2008 at 5:47 pm


    The room name is ‘ilmforall’ under the Islam section. The Shaykh teaches from Kitab Ajroomiyyah, basically classical Arabic grammar, and the schedule is: every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and sometimes Sunday. Held at 6 AM Saudi time.

    They are almost at the end of the book, and the sister admin told me that inshaAllah they’ll be restarting the book once again sometime after Ramadaan inshaAllah.

  9. July 22, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    Jazakillahu khair for sharing that info. That makes it around 11pm EST here in the USA. Are the classes usually an hour long?

  10. July 23, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Wa iyaaki; yes, just about an hour.

    InshaAllah, also you can retrieve the book that’s studied from, from one of the admins in the room. They will be having their examinations soon, I believe, and will be having a review session as well. So inshaAllah, she said those who come now may observe and learn; but also that they will be restarting the teaching soon (from the beginning of the book) – which is both a benefit and a blessing, mashaAllah.

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