Black magic in Islam is a serious concern — and the holy writings offer numerous ways to negate magic jinn.
I’m torn. Sometimes I think there’s a power in belief. That just by acknowledging something’s existence, you’re giving it relevance, even substance.
On the other hand, I know I can’t just force myself to not think about djinns while I’m in their lands. Heck, telling me not to think about something is pretty much guaranteeing it’ll be top of mind the entire time we’re in Fès.
So, I ultimately decided to investigate ways to protect yourself from djinns (also called jinns and, to most Westerners, genies).
Not that I think we’re really in any danger — or that these superstitions will actually help prevent something bad from happening.
But heck, after what happened last time, I figure it sure couldn’t hurt.
Spells, Prayers and Protective incantations
A lot of the sites I found during my research focused on prayers to Allah for protection, such as this one:
“I seek refuge in Allah from you. I curse you with the curse of Allah.”
That seems a bit extreme — maybe it’s best to keep that one as backup if things get particularly dire.
This is one you recite upon leaving your house:
“In the name of Allah, I place my trust in Allah. There is no solution, no way out and no power except by Allah.”
There’s even one to recite, ahem, before you have sex:
“In the name of Allah, O Allah! Keep us away from Shaytaan [Satan] and keep Shaytaan away from what you bestow upon us.”
This assures that if a baby is conceived, Satan will never dare harm it. It also prevents a djinni from “taking part in a man’s sexual intercourse with his wife,” according to IdealMuslimah.
Here’s a nice general-purpose prayer that works all day long. Say this upon rising in the morning, and you’re said to be protected from djinns until you retire in the evening:
“I seek refuge in Allah from Satan the outcast. Allah! There is none worthy of worship but he, the ever-living, the one who sustains and protects all that exists. Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes him. To him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the Earth. Who is he that can intercede with him except with his permission? He knows what happens to them in this world, and what will happen to them in the hereafter. And they will never encompass anything of his knowledge except that which he wills. His throne extends over the heavens and the Earth, and he feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them. And he is the Most High, the Most Great.”
Here it is in Arabic:
أَعُوذُ بِاللهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ "اللهُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ لَا تَأْخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَلَا نَوْمٌ لَهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ مَنْ ذَا الَّذِي يَشْفَعُ عِنْدَهُ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِهِ يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ وَلَا يُحِيطُونَ بِشَيْءٍ مِنْ عِلْمِهِ إِلَّا بِمَا شَاءَ وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ وَلَا يَئُودُهُ حِفْظُهُمَا وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ
'A 'oothu billaahi minash-Shaytaanir-rajeem. Allaahu laa 'ilaaha 'illaa Huwal-Hayyul-Qayyoom, laa ta'khuthuhu sinatun wa laa nawm, lahu maa fis-samaawaati wa maa fil-'ardh, man thai-lathee yashfa'u 'indahu 'illaa bi'ithnih, ya'lamu maa bayna 'aydeehim wa maa khalfahum, wa laa yuheetoona bishay'im-min 'ilmihi 'illaa bimaa shaa'a, wasi'a kursiyyuhus samaawaati wal'ardh, wa laa ya'ooduhu hifdhuhumaa, wa Huwal- 'Aliyyul- 'Adheem
This is the one Duke and I ended up reciting every morning before we left the riad. And we didn't have one bad djinni experience! It works!
Here's another, though, to play it safe:
“In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, the Beneficent, the Merciful. Master of the Day of Judgment, thee do we serve and thee do we beseech for help. Keep us on the right path. The path of those upon whom thou has bestowed favors — not of those upon whom thy wrath is brought down, nor of those who go astray.”
And one more for good measure:
“I seek refuge in the Lord of the Dawn from the evil of what he has created. And from the evil of the utterly dark night when it comes. And from the evil of those who blow on knots. And from the evil of the envious when he envies.”
Wonder what that blowing on knots is all about? It appears to be a term for (and practice of) the secrets arts of sorcery.
Other Means of Protection
Finally, I found some types of protection aside from spoken prayers or spells:
The Prophet (peace and blessing upon him) said, “Whoever eats seven pressed dates every morning before eating any food, will not be affected by poison or sihr [witchcraft]!”
Preferably, you’re eating ajwa, a kind of date grown in Madinah, Saudi Arabia.
This is from Al-Bukhari, one of the major collections of Sunni Islam: 10/249, the Book of Medicine, Chapter: Treatment of Sorcery With 'Ajwah.)
First think about your niyyah (intention) in performing ablution to cleanse yourself of impurities.
Say, “Bismillah,” which means “in the name of Allah.”
Wash your right hand up to the wrist (and between the fingers) three times.
Repeat with the left hand.
Rinse your mouth and spit out the water three times and rub the teeth with a miswak, a teeth-cleaning twig.
This site has a more elaborate form of wudu that includes putting water up your nose and washing your feet.
Do this and you’ll be protected by an angel and therefore immune to black magic.
Apparently, Satan likes to lurk in bathrooms. So before you go in, you might want to say, “O Allah! I seek refuge in you from the male/female Satans.” The Devil apparently likes to hide in “this filthy place, which is the home of Satanic jinn,” according to Al-Bukhari.
I'm not saying I'll follow all of this advice…but I do feel that I'm going back onto the djinns' turf better-armed. –Wally