Possession by evil spirits (Jinn) or the Devil (Shaitan) and exorcism is part of Islamic beliefs since its beginning.

According to Islamic scholars, "The Jinni enters the one seized by fits and causes him to speak incomprehensible words, unknown to himself; if the one seized by fits is struck a blow sufficient to kill a camel, he does not feel it." (Shaikh al-Islam ibn Taymiyyah, Majmoo al-Fatawa.)

Islamic clergy caution against the overuse of exorcism, citing that most cases are due to psychological and physical causes mistaken for possession. Real cases of possession are rare and the faithful are warned to watch out for exorcists who encourage a diagnosis of possession too quickly, as they may merely be seeking profit.

Islamic authorities also deny the possibility of possession by souls of deceased persons, and warn that evil spirits may make this claim in order to encourage sinful behavior among the living - such as tomb offerings and the hanging of amulets to ward off evil spirits.

Exorcism in the Quran and Sunnah

The following verse of the Quran compares the state of sinners on the Day of Judgment to the state of those made insane by the Devil:
275. Those who eat Riba (usury) will not stand (on the Day of Resurrection) except like the standing of a person beaten by Shaitan (Satan) leading him to insanity...
(Translation of The Meaning of the Quran, Surah Al-Baqarah 2:275)

Islamic scholars such as Al-Qurtabi cite this verse as proof against those who deny the possession by Jinn, or ascribe it to natural causes, as well as those who claim that the Devil (Shaitan) does not enter humans nor does he touch them.

There are also narrations that the Prophet Muhammad and his followers expelled evil beings from the bodies of believers using verses from the Quran, supplications to Allah, and holy Zamzam water. This example is related by Ya'la ibn Murah:

I saw Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) do three things which no one before or after me saw. I went with him on a trip. On the way, we passed by a woman sitting at the roadside with a young boy. She called out, 'O Messenger of Allah, this boy is afflicted with a trial, and from him we have also been afflicted with a trial. I don't know how many times per day he is seized by fits.' He (peace be upon him) said: 'Give him to me.' So she lifted him up to the Prophet.

He (peace be upon him) then placed the boy between himself and the middle of the saddle, opened the boy's mouth and blew in it three times, saying, 'In the name of Allah, I am the slave of Allah, get out, enemy of Allah!' Then he gave the boy back to her and said: 'Meet us on our return at this same place and inform us how he has fared.' We then went. On our return, we found her in the same place with three sheep. When he said to her, 'How has your son fared?' She replied: 'By the One who sent you with the truth, we have not detected anything (unusual) in his behavior up to this time... (Musnad Ahmad (vol: 4, p. 170), and al-Haakim, who declared it authentic)

Islam and psychiatry

Narrated 'Ata bin Abi Rabah:

Ibn 'Abbas said to me, "Shall I show you a woman of the people of Paradise?" I said, "Yes." He said, "This black lady came to the Prophet and said, 'I get attacks of epilepsy and my body becomes uncovered; please invoke Allah for me.' The Prophet said (to her), 'If you wish, be patient and you will have (enter) Paradise; and if you wish, I will invoke Allah to cure you.' She said, 'I will remain patient,' and added, 'but I become uncovered, so please invoke Allah for me that I may not become uncovered.' So he invoked Allah for her."

[Sahih Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 70, Number 555]

The prophet didn't attempt to help her through exorcism, he prayed for her, this means that Islam recognizes psychiatrist illnesses and there is a distinction between them and possession, good Muslim exorcists are able to distinguish between them and refer patients to psychiatrists rather than attempting to perform exorcism.

Sorcerer's Plot: A video about sorcery

A video by Saudi Arabia's Government Agency: "General Presidency Of the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice", talks about sorcery and black magic. It is translated to English. It exposes the evil doings of sorcerers who commit blasphemy to witch people and harm them.

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Exorcism video clips

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A sorcerer appointed a Jinn to cause illness to this man before he got married. After puking the magic spell and exorcising the Jinn out, the man was cured.
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This man was possessed by a female Jinn lover, causing him to be paralyzed. He spent two weeks in the hospital with no use; doctors weren’t able to find anything wrong with his legs, his family took him afterwards to a Sheikh and after exorcising the Jinn out he was able to walk again with some difficulty at the beginning since he didn't walk for long time.

Am I possessed?

There are simple ways to know that, but remember don't be paranoid, if you have some psychiatric diseases or other diseases that modern science can't cure, like seeing things or hearing things or suffering from schizophrenia or epilepsy then you might be possessed; listen to the Quran for an hour or so each day and if you faint or start having nightmares or headaches, then this is a sign that you might be possessed, we recommend that you listen to the following: listen save

How to protect/cure?

The first and foremost requirement is to believe firmly that no one, can benefit or harm you except if Allah wills it. The Quran reminds us repeatedly that a true believer must believe firmly that Allah alone is the One Who can give us benefit or harm in an absolute sense; everything that befalls us from humans or other creatures is only secondary and is achieved only through the power derived from Allah; so the best remedy and cure is to continuously seek protection and refuge in Allah. Satan and all of his tricks and weapons could be defeated and rendered utterly ineffective if Allah wills.

Verses of the Quran and supplications which can be recited on a regular basis for protection:

1) Al-Fatihah, read meaning listen save

2) Al-Ikhlas or At-Tauhid, read meaning listen save

3) Al-Falaq, read meaning listen save

4) An-Nas, read meaning listen save

5) Ayat al-Kursi (i.e., Quran, 2:255), read meaning listen save

6) Quran in general - links to read/listen/save all Quran chapters

Besides the above, repeat the following supplications on a regular basis both in the morning and evening three times or more:

1) Bismillahi alladhi la yadurru ma`a ismihi shay'un fi al-ardi wa la fi as-sama'i wa huwa as-sami`u al-`alim

(In the name of Allah; with His name, nothing whatsoever on earth or heaven can inflict any harm; He is All-Hearing and All-Knowing).

2) Hasbiya Allahu la ilaha illa huwa `alayhi tawakkaltu wahuwa rabbu al-`arshi al-`azhim

(Allah suffices me; there is no god but He; in Him I place my sole trust; He is the Lord of the mighty Throne).

3) Allaahumma ini a`udhu bika min hamazati ash-shayatin wa a`udhu bika rabbi an yahdurun

(O Allah, I seek refuge in You from the whisperings of Satan; my Lord, I seek refuge in You from their presence around me).

4) A`udhu bi `izzati Allahi wa qudratihi mimma ajidu wa uhadhiru

(I seek refuge in Allah's glory and power from the affliction and pain I experience and suffer from).

It is important to remember that supplication will only benefit when it comes from a heart that firmly believes in Allah, and thus cherishes firm conviction in Allah's power and sovereignty.

For information about Jinn see: Jinn according to Quran and Sunnah

Before contacting an Exorcist

It is better to make Ruqiah for yourself without contacting any exorcists however if you choose to contact an exorcist, please be advised that not everybody who claims to cure using the Quran is a righteous Sheikh, some are sorcerers who seek worldly benefits by their lies, here is how you could tell if they are sorcerers:

- Be sure to watch Sorcerer's Plot video

- If they ask for your mother's name, then definitely avoid them, only sorcerers ask for that

- If they say they have righteous Jinn helping them, then leave them, there is absolutely no way to know if a Jinn is righteous or devil, it would be a devil tricking the exorcists or more common he is a sorcerer seeking devils help

- If they write any symbols or unreadable text with or without some verses of the Quran, then leave them

- If they use sands in anyway (writing on it, hitting it, walking over it, etc.)

- If they ask you to do weird things like slaughtering a black animal or carrying some talismans with you all the time or hiding them in far places

- If they don't attend the regular prayers at the Masjid, usually sorcerers like to be alone, so please ask about them in the Masjid before contacting them.

- If they demand lots of money for their service, then leave them, usually righteous exorcists do this service for free and don't accept gifts in exchange, some of them however charge reasonable amount of money for their time to be able to help others

- Please watch the above video clips, any exorcist should not do anything more than what the Sheikh did.

Exorcist List

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Please make sure to read the section before contacting an Exorcist
  • Jordan
  • UK
    • Abu Junaid: 07834326225 (Birmingham and surrounding areas, UK)
    • Abu Abdullah As-Salafi: 07737557330 (Birmingham, UK)
    • Abdul Jabbaar: 07976918576 (Huddersfield and surrounding areas, UK)
    • Abu Abdullah: Ruqyashariyah@yahoo.co.uk, http://www.ruqyashariyah.org/forum/
    • Zaid : 07985667618 (Leicester, UK)
    • Sheikh Abu Hanifah (appears on the Islam Channel Q&A): 0208 471 5766 (London, UK)
    • Ibrahim At-turki: 07719380579 (Hertfordshire, North London)
    • Abu Ussama Salfi: 07737460548 (Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Tanzania
    • Ust. Shuayb Mahmoud Shuayb: +255 (0) 754 302350, +255 (0) 716 066360 al_ilaajuherbal@yahoo.com, P.O.Box. 424, Bukoba-Tanzania
  • Morocco
  • Malaysia
  • Pakistan
    • Iqbal Salafi: TEL: 0092 51 5537998 (7AM-3PM PST), Mobile:0092 3335115646, Kashmiri Bazaar near masjid Darus Salaam, Ahl Hadith (Rawalpindi , Pakistan)
    • Hafiz Abdul Salam: Mobile:0092 3024011108 (call around Asar time), 99 j block model town (Lahore, Pakistan)
    • Arif Salfi:Phone: 03005132613, 03335270480, Aims islamic institute F8 (Islamabad, Pakistan)
  • Indonesia (Source: Baitur Ruqyah Asy-Syar'iyyah Online - Atom)
    • UST. FADLAN, DENGAN TERAPI RUQYAH, BEKAM DAN PENGOBATAN HERBA, Dalem 42/10 Purbayan, Kota Gede, Yogyakarta 55173 Telp. (0274) 7493940
    • KANTOR PUSAT MAJALAH AL-IMAN BIL GHOIB, RUQYAH SYAR’IYYAH: Jl. Kelurahan lama No. 05 Rt 001/015 Cililitan Kramat Jati jakarta Timur, Tlp. (021) 8092329, 93449512
    • CABANG MEDAN: Jl. Denai No.156 Medan, 061-77379231
    • CABANG PADANG: Jl.Delima No. 7 Ujung Gurun Padang, 0751-35559
    • CABANG PALEMBANG: Jl.Kapten A. Rivai Irg. Lebak (samping Bank Sumsel) Palembang, 0711-7917347
    • CABANG JAMBI: Jl.H.Adam Malik No.1 TR 21, Beringin Thehok,Jambin Selatan, 0741-7076739,7011292
    • CABANG BANDUNG: MTC (Metro Trade Center) Blok B No. 28, Jl. Soekarno hata, Bandung, 022-70269655
    • CABANG CIREBON: Perumahan Kepompongan Indah, Jl.Pangeran Cakra Buana No. 12 Sumber-Cirebon, 0231-3339243
    • CABANG TANGERANG: Beringin raya 139 D Perum I-Karawaci Tangerang, 021-55778040,70964229
    • CABANG PONTIANAK: Jl. Uray Bawadi Gang Muhibah No. 5 Pontianak, 0561-7086191
    • CABANG SEMARANG: Jl. KH. Tohir Gg. III RT 01 Rw 01 N0. 85B, Penggaron Kidul, Pedurungan, Semarang Timur, 024-70163664
  • Egypt
    • Waheed Abdul-Salam Balo: 0020105061850 (Egypt)
  • Yemen
    • Muhammad Al-Imam center (Ma'bar, Yemen)
    • Abdul-Qadir Al-Qudsy center (Al-Qadisiyah, San'a', Yemen)
  • Saudi Arabia
    • General Presidency Of the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, www.pv.gov.sa
  • Kuwait
    • Abdullah Al-hadad: 3842452 (Al-Green, Kuwait)
    • Faysal Al-'anzy: 9279496 (As-Sableekhat, Kuwait)
    • Hady Al-'anzy: 9009019 (Al-Jahra', Kuwait)
    • Mohammed Al-Qaysi: 7989066 (Great Mubarak, Kuwait)
    • Abu Osamah: 7040056 (Kuwait)
  • UAE
    • Salah Abdul-Qader: 050/6111706 (Abu Dhabi, UAE)

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