When the person enters his home, he should remember Allah سبحانه و تعالى. Many people enter their homes like cattle barns. And by Allah, I do not know, maybe the animals remember Allah; because animals glorify Allah. Thus, perhaps, they remember Allah when they enter the barns.
وَإِن مِّن شَىْءٍ إِلَّا يُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدِهِۦ وَلَٰكِن لَّا تَفْقَهُونَ تَسْبِيحَهُمْ
“And there is not a thing except that it glorifies His Praise. But you understand not their glorification” (Al-Israa 17:44)
So perhaps, the animals have a remembrance for entering and exiting the barns that we do not know about. But the people enter and exit their homes while not remembering Allah, the Blessed and Exalted, except for a little.
“If the person enters his home and remembers Allah upon his entrance and upon his food, Shaytan despondently says: ‘You have no place to spend the night and no evening meal’.” (Collected by Abu Dawood 3765)
Meaning, you are prohibited from spending the night at this house and you are prohibited from eating dinner at this house; so leave this house. Your brothers from the Jinn remove the Shaytan. Shaytan says: “You have no place to spend the night and no evening meal.” As for the person who enters his home like an animal enters a barn without remembering Allah سبحانه و تعالى and sits down to eat without remembering Allah سبحانه و تعالى, Shaytan happily takes his home as a residence and takes the evening meal.
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said:
“But when he enters without mentioning Allah’s Name upon entering, Shaytan says:”You have found a place to spend the night,” and when he does not mention Allah’s Name upon his food, he says: “You have found a place to spend the night and an evening meal.” (Collected by Abu dawood 3765)
The people complain about an absence of blessings. You are feeding Shaytan and lodging him in your homes. So why are you complaining about the lack of blessings? Likewise, if the man enters his home and does not greet his family with Salaam, there will be not any blessings. There will only be blessings if he enters his home and greets his family with Salaam. There will be blessings for you and for your family.
Man is forbidden from eating meats which Allah’s Name has not been mentioned on, and likewise, the believing Jinn are also forbidden from this. The Messenger made food for them from every bone which Allah’s Name was mentioned upon. And the food which the Name of Allah was not mentioned upon is not permissible for them. The food which the Name of Allah was not mentioned upon is for the devils and the disbelieving Jinn. For this reason, some of the scholars have stated the dead carcasses are the food of Shaytan because the Name of Allah was not mentioned upon it. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) taught this to his companions and they conveyed this to the people.
Umar (رضي الله عنه) wrote in his letter to Abdullah ibn Yazid:
“Cook your drinks until the share of the Shaytan is gone, for he has two shares and you have one.” (Collected by An Nasai 5717)
If the alcohol is not removed from the drink then Shaytan has a portion of it, because intoxicants are the drink of Shaytan. Shaytan drinks alcohol and eats dead animals, and he eats what Allah’s Name has not been mentioned upon. As for the believer then he is from the people of cleanliness and from those who honor what Allah سبحانه و تعالى has sent down upon His Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم); thus he abides by the commands.
[Taken from Shaykh Dr. Muhammad Raslan’s book titled “Jinn” — Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee]
– The Salafi TT Team