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Are lizards evil or possesed by jinn ?


Is it possible that house lizards are in someway jinn possesing them or they are evil ? I developed a phobia of lizards 4 years back , when i started seeing them in dreams quite frequently most of which were in strange way making me wake up terrified and anxious the next whole day to even move or eat from the fear that i am going to see one of it. One such dream i had 3 years back , i saw 2 or 3 of lizards speaking to me in an evil tone . Also it is mostly me in my family who often encounter them in home, and rarely anyone else from the family. Yesterday something strange happened, i saw a lizard and within a split second of me turning back i saw it going towards other side but it disappeared infront of my eyes. The wall is long , in order to go out from the window at the other end it doesnt takes a split second. I am very sure it did disappear as there is no hole there in which it could have gone to without me noticing.  Is it just a phobia of mine ? If so , then have our Imams (a.s) told us anything about phobias ?


Salamun Alaykum

Thank you for your query.

Prophet Muhammad saww said:

الرؤیا ثلاثة: بشرى من الله، و تحزین من الشیطان، والذین یحدث به الانسان نفسه فیراه فى منامه

Dreams are of 3 types. (Mizanul Hikmah,vol4,pg16)

  1. Sometimes it’s from Allah swt
  2. Sometimes sadness and devil from Satan
  3. Sometimes it’s the thoughts that a person thinks and sees in his dream

We can conclude from this that dream is either spiritual or evil. The spiritual dream is from Allah swt and the evil dream is from the devil(Satan). And the third type of dream mentioned in the Hadith is human being’s thoughts. Sometimes if a person thinks a lot regarding a particular thing, he sees in his dreams.

In another hadith we get from Prophet Muhammad saww that Allah swt created jinn in five groups:

  1. Like wind in air
  2. Like snakes
  3. Like scorpions
  4. Like insects
  5. Like human beings

Jinns can have the above mentioned shapes and forms but we never know which of these we see are the jinns, which itself is a blessing from Allah swt otherwise a person would get scared by looking at these things thinking that particular creation to be one from jinns.

We are also warned about human beings and jinn who are evil (literally, who are “satans”), as one author states: “Never incline towards them. Satan is the sworn enemy of Allah and man. He has taken a solemn oath to misguide you. However, his power over you is limited to whispered temptation and he can never negate your free will. The source of evil thoughts is in the human soul itself (al-nafs al-’ammarah). This aspect of the soul is the Achilles’ heel of the human being through which Satan acts. Allah swt has said,

“We created man and we know the temptations of his soul; we are closer to him than his jugular vein.(Qaf/16)

Jinns have no control over human beings in usual cases, but there are some wrong acts which make the human being so weak that some Jinn can harm him. Many disliked acts are mentioned in Ahadith can cause such weakness. Sleeping in wrong time e.g. between Asr and Maghrib, eating Najis food etc.

Jinn cannot possess a human being in usual cases. Allah swt did not leave us unprotected from the harm of bad Jinns.

Many people think that or others are under the possess by Jinns, but it is not the reality all the times.

Even those who due to bad acts became very weak in front of Jinns, can easily go out of their control by reciting Quran and Duas. I will mention some of the acts below to protect oneself from the bad effect of Jinns and driving them away and stay safe:

  1. Reciting Ayatul Kursi especially before sleep or anytime of the day such as after every Salat.
  2. Reciting 4 Qul (Surah Naas, Surah Falaq, Surah Tawhid & Surah kafiroon) especially before sleep, out of which Surah Naas and Surah Falaq has great benefits in protection, prevention and cure.
  3. Reciting Verse 33 of Sura Rahman 70 times on water and splashing on all corners of your house.
  4. Repeating the names of Allah swt and Salawaat and Istighfaar are always best protection from any harm.
  5. Dua from Prophet Muhammad saww to protect oneself from Jinns

بِسْمِ اللّٰهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ، لَاإِلٰهَ إِلّا اللّٰهُ، عَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلتُ، وَهُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ، مَا شاءَ اللّٰهُ كانَ، وَمَا لَمْ يَشَأْ لَمْ يَكُنْ، أَشْهَدُ أَنَّ اللّٰهَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ، وَأَنَّ اللّٰهَ قَدْ أَحاطَ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عِلْماً . اللّٰهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ نَفْسِي، وَمِنْ شَرِّ كُلِّ دابَّةٍ أَنْتَ آخِذٌ بِناصِيَتِها، إِنَّ رَبِّي عَلَىٰ صِراطٍ مُسْتَقِيمٍ.

  1. Dua from Imam Sajjad to protect oneself from Jinns

بِسْمِ اللّٰهِ وَبِاللّٰهِ، وَمِنَ اللّٰهِ، وَ إِلَى اللّٰهِ، وَفِي سَبِيلِ اللّٰهِ، وَعَلَىٰ مِلَّةِ رَسُولِ اللّٰهِ صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ . اللّٰهُمَّ إِلَيْكَ أَسْلَمْتُ نَفْسِي، وَ إِلَيْكَ وَجَّهْتُ وَجْهِي، وَ إِلَيْكَ أَلْجَأْتُ ظَهْرِي، وَ إِلَيْكَ فَوَّضْتُ أَمْرِي، اللّٰهُمَّ احْفَظْنِي بِحِفْظِ الْإِيمانِ مِنْ بَيْنِ يَدَيَّ وَمِنْ خَلْفِي، وَعَنْ يَمِينِي وَعَنْ شِمالِي، وَمِنْ فَوْقِي وَمِنْ تَحْتِي، وَما قِبَلِي، وَادْفَعْ عَنِّي بِحَوْ لِكَ وَقُوَّتِكَ، فَإِنَّهُ لَاحَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلّا بِكَ.

Suppose it was phobia then don’t let the phobia overcome your beliefs and don’t pay attention to illusions rather bring Quran and Duas in your daily life to protect yourself.


Syed Haider