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Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib [as]
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Question : #550 Category: Miscellaneous
Subject: am i possed under jinn?
Question: Someone once admonished me and said a jinn was in me. I did not believe them. I felt this was an idea based on myths and superstitions. I was disturbed by this and wondered: are we led to wrong behavior by our Self/Nafs or suggestions from a jinn that is in us?
Answer: Some people's understanding of the jinn is full of hyperbole and fantastic stories, while others reject their existence all together-repudiating even true accounts of jinn.
The Qur'an and ahadith describe jinn as powerful creatures. For example, in Surat al-Naml (27), Verse 39, the Qur'an recounts the story of an 'ifrit (one kind of jinn) who claimed to be able to bring the throne of Bilqis to Sulayman "quicker than you can stand up."

It should be noted that Sulayman did not repudiate this jinn's claim, thus indicating that he truly possessed the power. However, one must be careful not to exaggerate such information out of proportion, thereby claiming that jinn have infinite power. Such a belief is tantamount to shirk (the attribution of partners to Allah (swt)). No creature, no matter how powerful, can act without Allah's (swt) sanction.

For this reason, Satan has power to misguide only those people who have relinquished their belief in one Allah (swt) and have surrendered to the temptations of Satan. Accordingly, Satan himself admits that he has no power over Allah's (swt) sincere servants when he swears,

"I shall misguide them all except Your sincere servants."[15:39-40]

Satan's sole influence over man is by way of whispering temptations. He can never strip man of his free will. In philosophical terms, Satan's non-materiality is not complete, therefore he cannot reach the lofty station that the spirit of the righteous enjoys. Giving into the temptation of the carnal soul (al-nafs al-'ammarah) opens the way for satanic influence thereby pulling man into Satan's traps. The sole respite from his grasp is to turn one's attention to Allah (swt) and seek his protection. Allah (swt) says,

"You (Satan) have no power over my servants."[Ibid: 42]

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