18 June 2014

Food and Eating Habits of The Jinn (Sh. Raslan)

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The Jinn eat, drink, and reproduce. The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم was with Abu Hurairah and he asked Abu Hurairah to bring him some stones for him to clean himself with after relieving himself. He said:

“Bring me some stones I can use to clean myself, but do not bring me any bones or dung.” So I brought him some stones, carrying them in the hem of my garment, and placed them by his side, then I went away. When we had finished, I came back and asked him, “What is wrong with bones and dung?” He said: “They are the food of the Jinn. The delegate of Jinn of (the city of) Naseebin came to me—and what good Jinn they are! (The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم commended them). They asked me for food and I prayed to Allah for them, so that they would not pass by bones or droppings, but they would find food on them.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

Therefore, when you eat the meat upon these bones and then you throw them away, if you mentioned Allah’s Name upon the food, the meat will return to the bones for the believing Jinn to eat. As for the evil Jinn and the Shaytan, they eat what Allah’s Name was not mentioned upon. They do not eat the food in which Allah’s Name is mentioned upon; rather, they only eat from the bones in which Allah’s Name was not mentioned upon during the time of slaughtering and during the time of eating. As for the filthy dung and the droppings from the camels, meat will be found on it to be fodder for their animals. Therefore, the Jinn have animals and they eat and drink and ride them; as the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم has informed us:

“Do not perform Istinja (cleaning after relieving oneself), with dung, nor with bones. For indeed it is provision for your brothers among the Jinn.” (At-Tirmidhi)

It is possible that this could cause harm. Consequently, the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم prohibited cleaning oneself with the food of the Jinn. So, if you harm him concerning his food, perhaps, he may harm you. Meaning, if a person uses these bones which have meat on them dedicated for the Jinn to clean himself after defecating, then he has harmed the Jinn concerning their food, so perhaps, the Jinn may harm him in return. It has been collected in Sahih Muslim from Ibn Masood that the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم said: 

I asked ‘Alqama if Ibn Masood was present with the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم on the night of the Jinn (the night when the Prophet met them). He (Ibn Masood) said: “No, but we were in the company of the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم one night and we missed him. We searched for him in the valleys and the hills and said: ‘He has either been taken away (by Jinn) or has been secretly killed.'” He (the narrator) said: “We spent the worst night which people could ever spend. When it was dawn, we saw him coming from the side of Hiri’.” He (the narrator) reported. “We said: ‘Messenger of Allah, we missed you and searched for you, but we could not find you and we spent the worst night which people could ever spend.’ He (the Prophet) said: ‘There came to me an inviter on behalf of the Jinn and I went along with him and recited to them the Quran.'” He (the narrator said) said: “He then went along with us showed us their traces and traces of their embers. They (the Jinn) asked the Prophet about their provision and he said: ‘Every bone on which the name of Allah is recited is your provision. The time it will fall in your hand, it would be covered with flesh, and the dung of the camels is fodder for your animals.’ The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم said: Do not perform istinja with these (things) for these are the food of your brothers (Jinn).” (Sahih Musim)

And dung—in its nature—is also foul, as the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم explained:

“When one of you eats, he should eat with his right hand, and when he drinks, he should drink with his right hand, because Shaytan eats and drinks with his left hand.” (Sahih Muslim)

Unfortunately, nowadays Muslims have borrowed a defective habit from the Western culture of eating with the knife and the fork. The person is not able to cut his food correctly with his left hand, it requires effort. Therefore, he cuts the food with the knife which is in his right hand, while the fork remains in his left hand; as a result he eats with his left hand. And he believes this to be civilization! But it is civilization founded upon the incorrect Aqeedah. If you want the balance between this, you must perform a complex process. Take the knife with your right hand and cut the food. Then place the knife down and take the fork with your right hand and then eat. Then, if you want to cut the food, place the fork down and grab the knife again. Since long ago, Egyptian farms used to say if one of them gave a cup of tea and you took it with your left hand and you drank it with your left hand, he would look at you with a puzzled look and he would say: “Are you a westerner?” This is because the westerners drink with their left hands and the devils eat with their left hands, thus westerners resemble the devil from this perspective. As for the Muslims, the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said:

“When one of you eats, he should eat with his right hand, and when he drinks, he should drink with his right hand, because Shaytan eats and drinks with his left hand.” (Sahih Muslim)

Also, Islam is a religion of cleanliness. The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم has made the right hand for food, drink, shaking, handing and grabbing items. The person should not take things with his left hand because Shaytan takes things with his left hand. As for the Muslim, then he gives and takes with his right hand. Thus, when they follow the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم they will be the cleanest of creation. The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم prohibited the person from touching his private parts with this right hand, and he made the right hand for food and drink and shaking hands. As for the left hand, it is for cleaning oneself after using the bathroom and similar things. If the people practiced this, the diseases amongst them would minimize a great deal; by the viritue of Allah, the Lord of all things that exists. This is because hepatitis and similar illnesses are transmitted by direct contact with filth. Thus, if the people would adhere to the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم in such things, their affairs will be in the best condition. 


[Taken from Shaykh Dr. Muhammad Raslan’s book titled “Jinn” — Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee]

– The Salafi TT Team

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