Marrying woman possessed by jinn
Fatwa No: 326140

Question

Assalaamu alaykum. Please, there is a lady whom I would like to marry in the future if Allaah wills. She is a good lady, but she has a problem. She is overtaken by jinn who sometimes, as you all know, worry her a lot. Can I go ahead and marry her given that I fear that something may happen to me because she is married by the jinn? Or is there any prescribed supplication in the Quran that I can recite for her each day in my prayer? Please advise me, and remember her in your supplications as well. I would like you to answer me directly through my email please. Thank you very much. Assalaamu alaykum.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ʻalayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger. 

It is permissible to marry a woman who is possessed by jinn or who is insane as long as one is content with her. Scholars held that the guardian of such a woman has the right to force her to get married if he knows of her need for it. A male in a similar condition may also be forced to marry if marriage is in his interest, such as guarding his chastity, fulfilling his need for care, and the like. The Shaafiʻi book Al-Minhaaj reads, “The guardian is obliged to force an adult, insane woman or man, who show signs of sexual desire, to get married. The author of Tuhfat Al-Muhtaaj commented on this statement, saying, '...If he shows sexual desire by hovering around women, or if his recovery is expected...'

If a man married a woman without knowing that she is insane or possessed, then he is given the choice either to retain the marriage or annul it. Mataalib Uli An-Nuha (a Hanbali book - 5/147) reads, “Among the valid defects that establish the option (of annulling the marriage) is insanity, even if it only occasionally causes seizures, because one cannot feel at ease with someone who has this condition; this also applies in the case of epilepsy.” [Briefly excerpted]

Ibn ʻUthaymeen  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him wrote, “If the person experiences temporary loss of sanity, even for a short time, i.e., if it is proven that he has been insane even for a short period, then that is regarded as a defect, regardless of whether it is in the woman or the man, and that includes epilepsy.” [Ash-Sharh Al-Mumtiʻ - 12/215]

We did not find special verses to be recited to cure jinn possession. It is legislated, though, to recite Soorah Al-Baqarah and other chapters of the Quran, and to recite ruqyah (Quranic healing), seeking recovery through the Quran, and asking Allaah to fulfill whatever needs the person has by it. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said, “Recite the Quran and ask Allaah by it.” [At-Tirmithi - Al-Albaani graded it hasan (good)] The Prophet, sallallaahu ʻalayhi wa sallam, also said, “Whoever recites the Quran, then let him ask Allaah by it, for, indeed, there will come a people who will recite the Quran asking people by it.” [At-Tirmithi graded it hasan (good) - Al-Albaani graded it saheeh (sound) in Saheeh At-Targheeb]

Al-Mubaarakfoori  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him wrote, “Let him ask Allaah by it means that he supplicates Allaah by means of the Quran to attain whatever he wishes in the worldly life or the Hereafter. It may also mean that whenever he recites a verse about the mercy of Allaah, he asks Him for mercy, or that he recites the reported supplications after reciting the Quran.” [Tuhfat Al-Ahwathi]

Allaah, The Exalted, has informed us that the Quran is a source of healing. He says (what means): {And We send down of the Quran that which is healing and mercy for the believers, but it does not increase the wrongdoers except in loss.} [Quran 17:82]

The well-versed scholar ʻAbd Ar-Rahmaan ibn Naasir As-Saʻdi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him wrote in his Tafseer, “The Quran has a cure for all ailments and mercy but only for those who believe in its verses and act upon them. As for those who wrong themselves by disbelieving in it and refraining from acting upon it, it causes them nothing but loss after loss because it eliminates the excuse of ignorance.

Ibn Al-Qayyim  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him wrote:

The Quran is the complete cure for all mental, spiritual and physical diseases, all diseases of this worldly life and the Hereafter. However, not everyone is guided to use it for the purpose of healing. If the sick person uses the Quran for healing in the proper way and applies it to his disease with sincerity, faith, complete acceptance, and firm conviction, fulfilling all its conditions, then no disease can resist it. How can disease resist the words of the Lord of the heaven and the earth, which, if revealed to the mountains, they would crumble, and if revealed to the earth, they would break apart? How then, is it possible for the disease to withstand it? There is no sickness, neither spiritual or physical, but that there is that which indicates its remedy, its cause, and how to protect against it in the Quran for those who are blessed with understanding of His Book. Allaah, The Exalted, says (what means): {And is it not sufficient for them that We revealed to you the Book which is recited to them? Indeed in that is a mercy and reminder for a people who believe.} [Quran 29:51] Whosoever is not cured by the Quran, then may Allaah not cure him. And whosoever does not find the Quran sufficient, may Allaah make nothing sufficient for him...” [Zaad Al-Maʻaad]

We have previously detailed how to heal jinn possession in fataawa 5531 and 23093.

Allaah knows best.

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