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Is Medical Hypnosis Permissible?

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Answered by: Maulana Muddasser Dhedhy


I have a bit of a dilemma regarding my mother’s illness.

A few years ago, she had an operation on her ear which has caused her to become deaf. Due to this operation, she has suffered a number of issues. One of them being extreme buzzing/loud noises in her head. This buzzing inside of her head is causing her a lot of distress: not being able to sleep, severe depression etc.

So, she was given a suggestion by someone to try out hypnosis to help cancel out the noises.

Hypnosis therapy seems like our last resort as we have tried several medications to help. Would it be permissible to do? I have heard hypnosis is related to the use of magic, but I feel that this is more of a medical/health issue, so in this case, would it be allowed?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most-Merciful


If the techniques used in the hypnosis do not consist of any elements which are impermissible in Shari’ah, such as magic, Jinns or witchcraft, then the hypnosis treatment will be permissible.[1]

Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Muddasser Dhedhy

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham


[1] فتاوى محمودية ج 1 ص 356-357. دار الإفتاء جامعة فاروقية كراتشي

وَلَا يَجُوزُ الِاسْتِعَاذَةُ بِالْجِنِّ، فَقَدْ ذَمَّ اللَّهُ الْكَافِرِينَ عَلَى ذَلِكَ، فَقَالَ تَعَالَى: {وَأَنَّهُ كَانَ رِجَالٌ مِنَ الْإِنْسِ يَعُوذُونَ بِرِجَالٍ مِنَ الْجِنِّ فَزَادُوهُمْ رَهَقًا} [الْجِنِّ: 6]. قَالُوا: كَانَ الْإِنْسِيُّ إِذَا نَزَلَ بِالْوَادِي يَقُولُ: أَعُوذُ بِعَظِيمِ هَذَا الْوَادِي مِنْ سُفَهَائِهِ، فَيَبِيتُ فِي أَمْنٍ وجوار حتى يصبح، {فَزَادُوهُمْ رَهَقًا} [الجن: 6]، يعني الإنس للجن، بِاسْتِعَاذَتِهِمْ بِهِمْ، رَهَقًا، أَيْ إِثْمًا وَطُغْيَانًا وَجَرَاءَةً وَشَرًّا، وَذَلِكَ أَنَّهُمْ قَالُوا: قَدْ سُدْنَا الْجِنَّ، وَالْإِنْسَ! فَالْجِنُّ تَعَاظَمُ فِي أَنْفُسِهَا وَتَزْدَادُ كُفْرًا إِذَا عَامَلَتْهَا الْإِنْسُ بِهَذِهِ الْمُعَامَلَةِ. (شرح العقيدة الطحاوية ص 393. المكتب الإسلامي)

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