Is Sleep Paralysis (Jathoom) caused by the Jinn? Answered by Shaykh Abdul Aziz ibn Baz
(Translator’s note: ‘Jathoom [جاثوم], translated as incubus, is a type of sleep paralysis, where the person is unable to move or speak.)
Our sister says: I suffer a lot for the illness of ‘Jathoom’ (sleep paralysis). And I hear a lot of people say they suffer a lot from this illness. What is the origin of this illness? Is it physical, physiological, or is it from the Jinn? And what is the way to get rid of it?
Shaykh bin Baz:
I do not know anything clear concerning this matter, but I advise with using the legislated means of seeking refuge at the time of sleep. The person says the legislated remembrance at the time of sleep. ‘Allah; none has the right to be worshipped but He, the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists…Ayatul Kursi.’ And he recites: ‘Say “He is Allah, (the) One…”, and Soorah Al Falaq and Soorah An Nas; three times at the time for sleep. And he will be saved by way of this if Allah wills.
And he says:
أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ التَّامَّاتِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ
‘I seek refuge with the complete words of Allah from the evil of what He has created.
He says this three times at bed time and during the first part of the night.
And He says:
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الَّذِي لاَ يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الأَرْضِ وَلاَ فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ
In the Name of Allah, who with His Name, nothing in the earth or the heavens can cause harm, and He is the Hearing, the Knowing.
He says this three times during the first part of the night or at bed time. All of this is from the means of protection from this Jathoom. And most likely—and Allah knows best—this is from the actions of Shaytan. But this remembrance and seeking refuge will remove him and prevent him; and all praises belong to Allah.
Questioner: Noble Shaykh the sister says she is persistent upon the remembrance of the morning and the evening.
Shaykh bin Baz: When she fulfills this, this evil will go away. When she fulfills this, and she is upon knowledge concerning this, with certainty, and sincerity; Allah will protect her from this evil.
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