A man claiming that angels help him in treating people
All praise be to Allah Alone and peace and blessings be upon the Last Prophet, Muhammad, his family and Companions. To commence:The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta' has perused the letter submitted to his Eminence, the Grand Mufty by the questioner through Sa`d Al-Husayn. The letter was referred to the Committee by the Secretariat-General for the Council of Senior Scholars under Number 16 on 3/1/1421 A.H. The text of the question is as follows:A man in
Muhammad Idris Al-Hawamdah,
claims that he treats people through reading the Qur'an on water after diagnosing the disease. According to him, an angel standing above his eyes enables him to see the disease. We tried in vain to convince him that angels do not come down to any person after Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) (Part No. 1; Page No. 212) with revelation. He insists on his claim adding that this is a Karamah (an extraordinary event caused by Allah for or through a pious person) given to him by Allah. He confirms that he has no connection with the Jinn (creatures created from fire), Muslims or non-Muslims, at all; rather, he deals only with the angels. What is the ruling on the person who claims so? He tempted many citizens of the Gulf States generally and Saudi people in particular. May Allah reward you.
After the Committee examined the question, it gave the following answer:The angels (peace be upon them) do not do anything except by the command of Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He), and it is beyond the capacity of man to control them however he wants. The claim that man deals with the angels or that they help him has no conclusive evidence. The reality is that evil spirits that are jinn or devils may communicate with many people believing that they are angels. They are spirits that communicate with star worshippers and other idolaters. Thus, it is not permissible for a
Muslim to claim that he deals with the angels, nor is it permissible for Muslims to believe him. If a man is proved to seek the help of jinn or spirits in treating the patients, it will not be permissible to visit him for treatment. The Prophet (peace be upon him) stated,
Anyone who visits a diviner and asks him about anything, his prayers extending to forty nights will not be accepted.
Muslim in his Sahih (authentic) Book of Hadith. He (peace be upon him) also stated,
If anyone resorts to a diviner or a soothsayer and believes in what he says, he will be a disbeliever in what was revealed to Muhammad.
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Ahmad and Ahl-ul-Sunan (authors of Hadith compilations classified by jurisprudential themes) through a good Sanad (chain of narrators). These (Part No. 1; Page No. 213) Hadiths and others indicate that it is prohibited to consult or believe diviners and soothsayers who claim knowledge of the Ghayb (the Unseen) or seek the help of jinn, provided their behaviors confirm that.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.