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Is it possible to control the Jinn?

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Is it possible for any one to take control of a Jinn? As I have heard that controlling the Jinn was only granted to Nabi Sulayman by Allah.


The topic of man controlling the Jinn is an undeniable reality, and has been authentically recorded from several Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhum)

A hadith in Sahih Bukhari, (Hadith: 2311) mentions how Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu’anhu) was able to tie up an evil Jinn (shaytan) when he came to steal from the wealth of zakat.

Nabi Sulayman’s (‘alayhis salam) specialty

Nabi Sulayman (‘alayhis salam) had

1) complete control over

2) all the Jinn.

That is what he asked Allah Ta’ala to keep as his exclusive gift.

Therefore, if any person is given

1) limited control over

2) a limited number of Jinn, it would not classify as a violation of the wish of Nabi Sulayman (‘alaihis salam)

(See Ma’ariful Quran & Bayanul Quran, Surah: Sad, Ayah: 35)

Detailed proofs

The Mufassir (commentator of Quran) Khatib Sharbini (rahimahullah) writes:

“Allah Ta’ala gave control to a group of Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhum) over the Jinn. Among them were:

Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah, Sayyiduna  Ubayy ibn Ka’b, Sayyiduna Mu’adh ibn Jabal, Sayyiduna Abu Ayyub Al-Ansari, Sayyiduna Zayd ibn Thabit, Sayyiduna ‘Umar and Sayyiduna ‘Ammar ibn Yasir (radiyallhu’anhum)

(As-Sirajul Munir, Surah Saba, Ayah: 12)

‘Allamah Suyuti (rahimahullah) has mentioned the references for the above, and also added Sayyiduna Buraidah and Sayyiduna Abu Usaid (radiyallahu’anhuma) making it a total of nine Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhum).

He has also commented on the chains with several being declared authentic. (Al-Khasaisul Kubra, vol.2 pgs.169-174. Also see Hayatul Hayawan, vol.1 pgs.242)

The famed commentators of Sahih Bukhari, Hafiz Ibn Hajar and ‘Allamah ‘Ayni  (rahimahumallah) have also provided a list of names of Sahabah who were able to gain some sort of control over the Jinn. (Fathul Bari & ‘Umdatul Qari, Hadith: 2311)

The above is sufficient to prove that some people are given:

1) limited control over

2) a limited number of Jinn.

As mentioned above, this does not violate the wish of Nabi Sulayman (‘alayhis salam)

(Ma’ariful Quran & Bayanul Quran, Surah: Sad, Ayah: 35)

Note: In ancient history, it was the Jinn who were scared of humans. (Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Surah Jinn, Ayah: 6)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from HadithAnswers.com. The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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