Ibn Taymiyya and Jinn Worship

The founder of the Wahhabi religion, Muhammed bin Abdul Wahhab, writes (in Kashf ush-Shubuhaat (Removal of the Doubts)) :

And when you have come to know that the Messenger of Allaah fought them on account of this Shirk [that they fell into] and he invited them to make their worship purely and sincerely for Allaah alone, just as He, the Most High, said, (So do not call upon anyone alongside Allaah) (Surah Jinn 72:18). And He also said, (For Him (Alone) is the Word of Truth (i.e. none has the right to be worshipped but He). And those whom they invoke, answer them with nothing) (Rad 13:14). And when you have established that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) fought them so that all of invocation (dua) would be for Allaah [alone], likewise making oaths for Allaah alone, [ritual] sacrificing (dhabh) for Allaah alone, seeking aid from Allaah alone, and all the various forms of worship for Allaah alone.

He also writes: [When you have come to know all of these affairs], then you will have come to know [the true nature] of the Tawheed which the Messengers invited to and which the Mushriks refused to affirm and accept. And this Tawheed is the meaning of Laa ilaaha illallaah (There is none which has the right to be worshipped except Allaah alone). For a deity (ilaah) in the view of the Mushriks is the one who is sought for the sake of these affairs, whether it be an Angel, a Prophet, a tree, a grave or a jinn. They did not intend or mean that a deity (ilaah) is the Creator, Sustainer or Regulator (Mudabbir), for they knew that this is only for Allaah alone as has preceded……..

Other authorities of the Wahhabi sect writes:

It is not permissible to seek the help of the jinn which you call the qareen to ask him about the type of disease suffered by the sick person, because seeking the help of the jinn is ascribing partners to Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted. [Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah (24/287-289)]

Members of the Wahhabi sect who issued this above fatwa see :
“Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz”
“Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez Aal al-Shaykh”
“Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Ghadyaan”
“Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan”
“Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd”

A similar fatwa by them (see) :

“It is not permissible to seek the help of Jinn in finding out what the problem is and how to treat it, because seeking the help of Jinn is Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship).”


Therefore, as per the creed of all the above mentioned Wahhabis, seeking the help of a Jinn is shirk. Now turn to what Ibn Taymiyya writes:

Jinn, with humans, are in different situations.

If one orders the jinn to what Allah and His Messenger has ordered from the worship of only Allah and obedience to Him and His Prophet, and he also orders mankind to the same, then that person is from the most virtuous of the patrons of Allah. And he is acting as the successor of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his lieutenant.

If a person uses the jinn for activities that are permissible and he also orders them to what is obligatory for them and prevents them from what is prohibited for them, then he is similar to a king that behaves in the same manner. Then the most he can become is a devotee of Allah among the general devotees of Allah, like the comparison between a Prophet who was given rule and a worshiping messenger of Allah: like Solomon and Joseph with respect to Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad, the blessings of Allah and peace be upon all of them.

 If he uses the jinn for activities that have been prohibited by Allah and His Messenger, as idolatry, or killing one who has no right to be killed, or being an enemy of the people without fighting them, such as harming others or making them forget knowledge and other acts of oppression, or committing lewd acts- that is, he uses them to help him in sin and transgression and he is a disbeliever. If he uses them for acts of disobedience then he is a sinner, either a faasiq (wicked evildoer) or a sinner who is less than that. If the person is completely ignorant of Islamic law and uses the jinn for what he believes to be noble deeds, such as having the jinn take him to the pilgrimage, listen to innovations or take him to Arafat, then this does not fulfill the requirement of the pilgrimage, and similar other activities. The person is mislead and has been duped by such actions.(Majmoo al-Fatawa, vol. 11, 307)

Another Wahhabi – “Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez bin ‘Abdillaah ar-Raajihee”-  explains this view of Ibn Taymiyya:

Question: We would like a detailed explanation on the issue of seeking assistance from the righteous Jinn. 

Answer: Concerning seeking assistance from the Jinn, Shaikh-ul-islaam (Ibn Taimiyyah) mentioned that a human being making contact with the Jinn occurs in three scenarios:

First: When he calls him to Allaah and commands him to good and forbids him from evil. This is required. Calling to Allaah, commanding towards good, and forbidding from evil is required for humans and Jinn. But this only occurs if Allaah decrees for such to happen and so on. So he should give them da’wah (invitation to Islaam), command them towards good, and forbid them from evil only – not exceeding beyond this. This can occur for there may be found some righteous Jinn that attend some of the gatherings in which they can talk to the people. But this is if the person invites them (to Islaam) and commands them towards good. This is necessary.

Second: That one seeks assistance from them in matters that are permissible, such as one seeking help from them in order to repair his automobile or to mend his farmland or to build his house. Shaikh-ul-Islaam (Ibn Taimiyyah) said: “The foundation with regard to it is that it is permissible.”
 But nevertheless, it is not proper for a human being to seek help from the Jinn, even in the permissible matters. This is since we cannot see the Jinn and we do not know what is true from their statements from that which is false. Also, the Jinn have less intellect than human beings and they are not honest, so they will take a person to an outcome that is not praiseworthy. This is since Allaah said:

“O you who believe, if an evildoer (i.e. faasiq) comes to you with some news then verify it.” [Surah Al-Hujuraat: 6] This refers to an evildoer from amongst the human beings, so the Jinn are worse in this regard.

Some of those who recite (upon possessed people) seek help (from the Jinn) in this manner. Some of them say: “I speak to a Jinnee and seek such and such from him and he has informed me about such and such. And he has informed me of where I can find the magic.” And so on and so forth. Some of them even say that they are Muslim.

We say: Who informed you? Do you know what his condition is? Can he be believed? This Jinnee right now is a faasiq (an evildoer). He has attacked this human being (by possessing him), so therefore he is a faasiq (evildoer). Neither his speech nor his reports are to be accepted. So you should not take his reports nor seek assistance from him. Just invite him to Allaah or recite (Qur’aan) upon him and request him to come out from this Muslim and to not cause harm to him.

As for what some people say: “I sought such and such from him and he informed me of such and such and of such and such magic” and he sits with him for hours, but yet the Jinnee tells him lies so how can he rely on his words? And how does he know that he is correct? Then they may even take him to an outcome that is not praiseworthy – even in the matters that are permissible, because they will gradually take him to different levels until they make him fall into Shirk. [Source: Explanation of the Nullifiers of Islaam]

Now that we have seen this contradiction in creed, one has to ask the Wahhabis: Was Ibn Taymiyyah a jinn worshiping mushrik ? Did he legalize the shirk of jinn worship ? If not, then are the Wahhabi “scholars” who declare it as shirk dependable as an authority to learn tawhid and shirk ?

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