Demonic Possession / Jinn

Yes, it is possible for jinn to possess humans. Allaah says in His Book (Interpretation of the meaning):

Those who eat Ribaa [usury] will not stand (on the Day of Resurrection) except like the standing of a person beaten by Shaytaan (Satan) leading him to insanity

[QURAN 2:275]

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

The fact that a jinni may enter the body of a human is proven by the consensus of the imams of Ahl al-Sunnah wa’l-Jamaa’ah. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

Those who eat Ribaa [usury] will not stand (on the Day of Resurrection) except like the standing of a person beaten by Shaytaan (Satan) leading him to insanity

[QURAN 2:275]

and in al-Saheeh it is narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) that “The shaytaan flows through the son of Adam like blood.” End quote.

[Majmoo’ al-Fataawa 24:276-277]


Possession is a kind of sickness. If a person who has this sickness is rational, then he has the choice and he will be brought to account for his words and actions. But if this sickness has overwhelmed him to the point that he has lost his mind and free will, then he is like one who is insane and is not accountable. Hence in Arabic the word mass (possession) is used to refer to junoon (insanity). See Lisaan al-‘Arab (6/217). But if he commits an act of aggression against another when he is insane and destroys his property, for example, then he must pay compensation for that.

[Zaad al-Ma’aad 4:66-4:71]

It says in al-Mawsoo’ah al-Fiqhiyyah (16/106):

The fuqaha’ are unanimously agreed that insanity is like unconsciousness and sleep, rather it is more severe in the loss of free will, and it makes whatever he says invalid. For the one who is sleeping, all his verbal statements, such as divorce, becoming Muslim, turning apostate, selling, buying, etc, are invalid. So it is more appropriate that such statements be invalid in the case of insanity, because the insane person has no power of reasoning or discernment. They quoted as evidence for that the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “The Pen has been raised from three: the sleeper until he awakens, the child until he reaches maturity and the insane person until he comes back to his senses.” Narrated by the authors of Sunan with a saheeh isnaad. The same applies to all verbal statements because of the potential for harm. End quote.

[Mawsoo’ah al-Fiqhiyya 16:106]

In (16/107) it says:

With regard to the rights of people such as compensation and the like: these are not waived, because he is not accountable for them, rather his guardian is responsible for paying financial dues from the wealth of the insane person. If he commits some crimes, he is accountable for them financially but not physically. If he destroys a person’s property when he is in a state of insanity, compensation must be paid, but if he kills someone there is no qisaas (retaliation), but the diyah must be paid.

[Mawsoo’ah al-Fiqhiyya 16:107]

Some Animals can see Jinn

Even though we humans do not see the jinn, some animals, like dogs and donkeys, can see them. It is recorded in Musnad Ahmad and Sunan Abu Dawud with a sahih chain from Jabir that the Prophet (pbuh) said,

If you hear the bark of dogs or the braying of donkeys during the night, seek refuge in Allah from Satan, as they see what you do not see.

This is not strange as many scientists have confirmed that animals are capable of many things that humans are not capable of. Bees can see ultraviolet light and can also see the sun on an overcast day.

Symptoms of Demonic Possession

The symptoms of victims affected by Black Magic or Possessions may be same, as both involve the influence of Jinn or a group of Jinns in the victims/patients body or homes.

  1. Difficulty to sleep during nights, and the victims may wake up with jerks after small naps or feels entire body is paralyzed in the state of sleep.
  2. Nightmares-seeing strange people or animals in dreams or being chased by some black dogs, cats, snakes, black birds, lizards, rats, owls, monkey, eagles or strange animals/birds..etc in dreams or dreaming of bathroom/toilets or taking bath etc or dreaming of dirt or filth or dreaming of falling from heights or dreaming of seeing ones duplicates(twins) or seeing oneself flying in ones dream or seeing oneself traveling across deserts, mountains, forests in a dream or dreaming of Hindu deities or someone worshipping some strange idols or pictures.
  3. Heaviness and weight on head [means jinn/sihir is in the head and has control or trying to control the brain] or shoulders or back/ribs or any part of the body or severe stomach aches[means jinn/sihir is in digestive tract] ; moving pain from head to neck and shoulders etc or feeling needle pricks on the body or tightness in chest during nights or feeling like being chained up or continuous burping[means jinn is in digestive tract] or continuous and Sudden coughing/hiccups [means jinn is in respiratory tracts]; and constriction in the throat; Feeling suffocated and restless in all circumstances, never at peace; dry skin or drying up of organs or limbs or burns on the internal organs. One may to clearly feel someone brushing an extremely delicate feather on your face or limbs or head.
  4. Doctors are unable to diagnose the disease of the person or multiple disorders suddenly diagnosed for a normal person and no treatment is beneficial and doctors are confused.
  5. Sudden mood swings, sudden feeling of love or hate for a particular person. Sudden change in the character, the person becomes more aggressive and isolates himself from others or may say and speak unusual things or may play or talk to himself..etc
  6. Foul smell or odour [smell is of decomposing flesh] in the breath or while burping or farting or in the body of the victim, that doesn’t go even after bathing continuously or using perfumes; Dark marks on skin and the face becoming darker and darker for no reason.
  7. Irregular cycles and continuous menses with continuous stomach aches in women; infertility in men or women even though medical reports are normal.
  8. Feeling something moving under the skin or stomach, twitching in eyes; veins or parts of the skin beating/dilating continuously or strange swellings on various parts of the body without medical reasons.
  9. Sudden diversion from deen, laziness in offering salat, zikar or Quran. Sudden interest in/of bad habits like excessive smoking, alcoholism, sex.

Reaction on Reciting Quran or Listening to Quranic verses played on Music player or Computer

The victims who are affected by Jinn or Black Magic may get strong reactions or get violent or display signs like: fits or Seizures or heavy burping or hiccups or vomits or headache or choked or increase in heart beats or excessive sweating or feels sleepy or drowsy or vomiting or chest congestion or uncontrollably laughing / crying /blinking or pain or numbness in limbs, feeling painful needle pricks on the body..etc on listening to Quranic recitations or Ruqyah or even Azaan. Reactions vary from person to person, but remember not all kinds of diagnoses are 100% effective.

Note: If the all the above symptoms are noticeable after visiting a place such as graveyard, temple, ancient tombs or monument, resting under a tree etc or after fall or hurting oneself in a new place, it most likely to be a case of Demonic Possession.

List of Few Sickness or Diseases caused by Jinn and Magic or Sihir

Any disorder for which medical treatment doesn’t benefit at all or has only temporary effects, some of which are epilepsy, fits, depression, anxiety, sleeplessness especially during nights, having strange visions or hallucinations, forgetfulness, frequent migraines or severe headaches or stomach-aches, continuous fever for days, extreme weakness or tiredness in body, extreme anger or aggression against the normal nature, falling unconscious , multiple sclerosis, paralysis or pain or wound or scratch on any limb or entire body, chest congestion, breathing problems or asthma , excessive hiccups, burps, very frequent urinating or back-winds/gas so that one is not able to keep wudhu, and some time no urination at all for many days, strange skin diseases, itching in the places between thighs and belly during nights, sudden likeness and interest in/of bad habits like excessive smoking, alcoholism, sex, lust, excessive blood in stool, brain tumor and cancers, blindness, In Women: frequent abortions, irregular menstrual periods or excessive bleeding or severe back pain or abdominal pains during menses, In men: pre-mature ejaculation, no or less erection, sexual impotence in Couples and can only have sex when they visualize a specific person, etc. To summarize any medical disorder that cannot be explained or treated or occurs during a particular date or month or time could be a ‘Paranormal Disorder’ potentially caused by Jinn or Sihir.