Friday, 21 June 2013

Jinns

If you know me well enough, you would know that this topic was obligatory. When it comes to Jinns, I always have something to say about them. I find discussions about Jinns very interesting and having your own  personal experiences with them just adds to the.. fun? I would say so anyway.

This topic is quite an interesting one. Nobody knows the complete nature of it other than Allah (SWT) which makes it even more interesting to talk about, we've only been told very few things about them through verses of the Quran, Sunnahs and Hadiths.

First I'm going to answer the question asked by many people when the topic arises, how do we know that Jinns actually exist and it's not something someone has just made up? Well obviously I've had previous experience with them, but what is there to say I'm not lying? Trust nobody.

Allah (SWT) has created many creatures, we are not alone. Some of them we know about and some we are not told about, I'm assuming for our own good. One of the beings we have been told about are Jinns, we know this because they are mentioned several times throughout the Qur'an and Sunnah. In fact in the Qur'an there is a whole Surat dedicated to Jinns and multiple verses in the Qur'an about Jinns:

And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me. - Surat Adh-Dhāriyāt (The Winnowing Winds)

And the jinns did He create from a smokeless flame of fire. - Surat Ar-Raĥmān (The Beneficent)

Allah has mentioned the purpose for which He created Jinns and the essence from which the Jinns were created from in these verses which can be found in various different Hadiths, Qur'an verses and Sunnahs, which is why we know that Jinns do exist and were created for the very same reason we were by Allah.

The Arabic root meaning of Jinn is "hidden from sight". Which explains why we are unable to see, feel or touch them. The Jinn have their own world which is independent and separate to ours. It has distinct nature features which are cryptic to humans and our world.

Jinns are very similar to us in many ways, you would be surprised, to make it easier for you guys to understand and read I'm going to use bullet points, paragraphs can get annoying to read, trust me I've been there:

  • From the Hadis of the Prophet Muhammed (SAW; We are told they are created from a smokeless fire. However they are not "Actual Fire" and the fire remains a part of the nature, it's sort of hard to explain this point.
  • They live amongst us but generally tend to be found in deserted places or places which are unclean, such as toilets, bathrooms, rubbish dumps and graveyards and other places of a similar nature.
  • They have families. Just like we have a mother, father and siblings, they do too. 
  • They follow different religions just as Humans do, there are Muslim Jinns, Sikh Jinns, Hindu Jinns and Jinns of all other religions.
  • In terms of good and bad Jinns, they have a similar nature as we humans. There are good Jinns and bad Jinns, just like there are bad humans and good humans.

Okay, back to the paragraphs now the bullet points keep it too simple and I want to go into more details about things you know. Now we know the nature of Jinns and how similar they are to us, let's talk about how they are different to us. 

Allah has given Jinns powers that he has not given humans. We should not refer to these as "supernatural abilities". These are just different to the abilities that we have been given by Allah (SWT). This means in no way or form should we attribute acts or characteristics of divinity to Jinns instead of Allah (SWT) solely because they are able to do things that we are unable to do. They should be given no share of the divinity that belongs to Allah (SWT) only.

We found three types of Jinns and their powers in the Sunnah. One that flies through the air, one that takes the form of snakes, dogs and cats, and others that reside in the same place humans do. Jinns have many different characteristics and abilities different to ours which have been given to them by Allah (SWT). Regardless of this we should show them no fear.

So fear them not, but fear Me, if you are indeed believers. - Surat 'Āli `Imrān (Family of Imran)

The Jinns are a creature created by Allah (SWT) and even if all the Jinns wanted to harm you, they could cause you no harm if Allah (SWT) wanted to keep you safe. There are many other characteristics and features of Jinns however we are not told very much and there is a limited amount of information provided about them, as mentioned earlier only Allah (SWT) knows the complete nature of Jinns.

Protection from Jinns
The first thing you need to know about Jinns is that they are naturally afraid of humans despite being a creature that could crush you in milliseconds. When they sense fear, they will use it against you and are able to cause you more harm. The least you fear a Jinn, Subhan'Allah you will be more successful in dealing with them. 

If you say "Bismillah" (In the name of Allah) before entering a home, eating, drinking then this will prevent Jinn from seeing a person in inappropriate states and harming him. The Prophet (SAW) said “To put a barrier that will prevent the jinn from seeing the `awrah of the sons of Adam, let any one of you say ‘Bismillah’ when entering the toilet.” - (Reported by al-Tirmidhi, 551; Saheeh al-Jami', 3611)

There are verses and Ayats you can recite to help protect you from Jinns:
  • Ayat-ul-Kursi will protect you from Jinns and scare the Jinn away.
  • Recite Surah Ikhlas, Falaq and Naas three times in the morning and evening.
  • Reciting the Manzil Dua will help cure any effects of black magic and Jinns.

What is the best thing to do for protection? Pray your Namaaz and recite Qur'an daily, there is no better form of protection. A strong faith and Imaan will result in the best protection from such harmful creatures and many other things.

The best protection from such creatures relies on the strength of your faith and Imaan. The strength of your faith will prevent Jinn from harming you till the extent that if you were to battle a Jinn, your Imaan would overcome the Jinns strength. 

Ibn Mas`ud (may Allah be pleased with him) says: “A man from among the Companions of Muhammad met a man from among the jinn. They wrestled, and the human knocked down the jinn. The human said to him, ‘You look small and skinny to me, and your forearms look like the front paws of a dog. Do all the jinn look like this, or only you?’ He said, ‘No, by Allah, among them I am strong, but let us wrestle again, and if you defeat me I will teach you something that will do you good.’ The human said, ‘Fine.’ He said, ‘Recite (the verse): “Allah! There is no God save Him, the Alive, the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep overtaketh Him. Unto Him belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Who is he that intercedeth with Him save by His leave? He knoweth that which is in front of them and that which is behind them, while they encompass nothing of His knowledge save what He will. His throne includeth the heavens and the earth, and He is never weary of preserving them. He is the Sublime, the Tremendous.” (Al-Baqarah: 255) The human said, ‘Fine.’ He said, ‘You will never recite this in your house but the shaytan will come out of it like a donkey breaking wind, and he will never come back in until the next morning.’” (Reported by Ad-Darami)




Saturday, 15 June 2013

Women in Islam

Women in Islam has been a sensitive topic in the recent years, ranging from remarks being made about how women should be treated like dirt according to the teachings of Islam. Let me make this perfectly clear, this is absolutely NOT the case.

Women are not treated unfairly in Islam whatsoever regardless of what you are being told by these websites who will quote half the verse meaning. They use the half-truth and utilize it as a deceptive element to bring across the completely incorrect meaning of the original quote.

As of now I am going to be keeping it nice and short whilst displaying how women are treated in Islam, there is a common misconception in which most non-Muslims are led to believe that women are treated unfairly and unjustly .

There is a common myth which leads most people to believe that Islam does not provide women with rights. If you know a Muslim woman who has been oppressed, it is not because Islam did not give it to them, it is because many alien traditions have been overshadowing the teachings of Islam, it is important to not confuse the two.

How can you make such an accusation against the beautiful religion which teaches us that Paradise lies under the feet of our mothers? Islam holds our women in high esteem and treats them like treasure.

The first two things I am going to be talking about are the Niqab and the Hijab as these are two main things which most non-Muslims are confused about and usually this is the most common topic when it comes to how women are being treated in Islam.


When it comes to the Niqab, most non-Muslims are confused and have been led to believe that the Niqab is forced upon women in Islam. They think it's incorrect to be forcing a woman to dress this way and cover herself. When in reality, most Muslim women don't mind wearing the Niqab at all and are willingly wearing it themselves as it is one of the teachings of Islam. 

Some of you may have also noticed that the Hijab or Niqab have been attracting quite the attention in headlines around the world, pointing it out to be one of the main subjugations of women in Islam. In the Quran Allah tells us that we should lower our gaze and dress modestly. He also addresses women when He tells them not to show of their adornment and draw veils over their bodies. These verses can be found in Surat An-Nūr (The Light) 24:30-31.

I guess you could say the Niqab is a form of protection, it helps Muslim women be recognised as modest women and will protect them from wrong. I'm going to use an example here to show you exactly what I mean:

If two women were walking side by side, one covered from head to toe with only the eyes show and the other wearing revealing clothing, let's say around the corner there was someone with the wrong intentions, who would catch his attention first? The one who was covered or the one wearing revealing clothing?

The Western society degrade and sexually exploit women and objectify them to the highest degree when it claims to have uplifted them, let's not forget that just under 50 years ago, in the UK or USA, a woman was not able to buy a house or car without the co-signature of either her father, or her husband. Islam gave their women this right over 1400 years ago.

The secular media has always targeted the women and used the Niqab as an example of 'subjugation' of  women under the Islamic law. This is not the case, in fact I am going to bring up some examples from history showing you how all cultures used to treat women unfairly and degrade them before Islam was spread:

  • Under the Babylonian law, if a man had murdered a women, they would kill his wife and not punish the husband instead.
  • During Greek ancient civilizations, women were always looked down upon. Ancient Greeks myths tell us that they believed a woman that went by the name of "Pandora" was the root cause of misfortune in mankind. 
  • During Roman civilization, a man had the right to take the life of his wife without being questioned or punished about it along with this, nudity and prostitution was also extremely common.
  • The Egyptian civilization considered to be evil and a sign of the devil and treated them with disrespect and looked down on them.
  • Even in Arabia, before Islam blessed Arabia the Arabs looked down upon women and it was a common cultural practise to bury a female child. When Islam spread around Arabia it gave them equality and gave humans guidelines to follow, telling them what was right and what was wrong.

When Islam was introduced to Arabia, many laws were put in place for the well-being and protection of women. The right the UK and US gave to women in the 1900s, Islam had given them over 1400 years ago. I am going to be quoting some verses from the Quran, I am sure some of you will have seen some of these used in the negative way to incite hatred. A half-truth can be deadlier than a lie.

O you who believe! You are forbidden to inherit women against their will. Nor should you treat them with harshness, that you may take away part of the dowry you have given them - except when they have become guilty of open lewdness. On the contrary live with them on a footing of kindness and equity. If you take a dislike to them, it may be that you dislike something and Allah will bring about through it a great deal of good.

The above quote is from Surat-An-Nisā' (The Women) taken directly from the Quran. The above quote shows how men are commanded to treat women and that disliking them and treating them unfairly is disallowed, also keep in mind that the greatest teacher of Islam to women and men too, was the wife of our beloved Prophet Muhammed (ﷺ), Aisha (RA).

Some people are also told lies regarding our Prophet Muhammed ( ﷺ) claiming he encouraged hatred and he used to say women were the equivalent of dirt. These are all lies which are passed around the internet to incite hatred against the religion of peace, lies made up by the enemies of Islam who want people who use the internet to research about such things to believe their lies and incite hatred against Islam. In fact here is what our Prophet Muhammed ( ﷺ) actually used to say about women:

"Fear Allah in respect of women." And: "The best of you are they who behave best to their wives." And: "A Muslim must not hate his wife, and if he be displeased with one bad quality in her, let him be pleased with one that is good." And: "The more civil and kind a Muslim is to his wife, the more perfect in faith he is."

In Islam we are taught to treat our woman like jewels. In fact when someone mentions "Jewels of Islam", a Muslim brother will instantly know you are referring to the women in Islam. When one has a jewel, they will always make sure that nothing happens to it, he will try to protect it and treat it with great care and respect. We treat our women in the same way, we treat them like jewels, we treat them with great care and respect, and we will always try to protect them and make sure they are secure.