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Assalamo a'likum, Is Hypnotism Permissible or Prohibited? What does Islam say about it?. Jhazakum Allah khairan.

asked 1171925 lumisho's gravatar image

What about hypnotizing one self? Can anyone hypnotize himself to build self confidence and so on? I read about it and there was no magic or jinn in it.

(May 06 '12 at 18:41) lumisho ♦ lumisho's gravatar image

I've heard hypnosis is basically just using the mind's imagination to it's full potential. I would be confused if this is haram, because isn't this proof of Allah's creation? Aren't we not using one of Allah's gifts? In fact, aren't our minds altered in EVERYTHING that we do? Hypnosis is just another form of altered consciousness, just like when we concentrate on driving, or reading. It's just a natural function of the mind, so I would be VERY CONFUSED if you say that something that happens everyday is haram.

Anyway if it is, I would request a detailed explanation to sort out my confusion...

(May 07 '12 at 07:09) AbdullahImranAz AbdullahImranAz's gravatar image

Convincing. :)Thanks. May Allah reward you.

(May 07 '12 at 08:09) lumisho ♦ lumisho's gravatar image

JazakAllah, we're all trying to learn

(May 07 '12 at 11:56) AbdullahImranAz AbdullahImranAz's gravatar image

Nothing related to hypnosis is mentioned in Islam that I am aware of. I believe it lies on intention and in what way the hypnosis is being carried out. There are some hypnosis techniques which function with the use of soothing music - and here we enter the debate of whether music is allowed in Islam. In short it is unchartered waters so you should have the right intention to do good e.g. recovering from past trauma. Ask Allah and see if he replies, for a more informative answer you may want to ask one with more knowledge e.g. Imam/Scholar. hope this helped :)

answered 43415 Mim4040's gravatar image

i dont remember where it says either in haith or quran but somwhere it said the angels once were having a trial to the humans and they offered people magic and some accepted to learn it but then the angels said you must stay away from these things that do not benifit you (meaning magic) and magic is truley haram in islam also i would not reccomend it because the person doing hypnotism can make you do bad stuff when your unconcious there was a magic show at my school two years ago i did not attend but the whole school was talking about how the man hypnotised them to take off their clothes and start dancing and they said some of the girls where so conservative they would never even dance in public let alone do it in underwhere since then my old school banned that man afraid he would do it again

answered 219722 NesreenA's gravatar image

When you are hypnotized you give up control of yourself to someone else, both your will and your body. Consider a computer, if a hacker wants to get into a hard drive and steal, or spread a virus, they find a weak place in the program. That is what happens when you are under hypnosis, you have created a weak opening into your subconscious. Some things sound good but then it turns out that they are not. Why take a chance? Finally ask yourself, is it something that would come from God, or satan?

answered 43621 Athanasius's gravatar image

Praise be to Allaah.
Our contemporary scholars have ruled that the issue of hypnotherapy has something to do with using the help of the jinn, and based on that we must note the following two points:

1 – It is not permissible to seek the help of the jinn or any other creatures in trying to find out matters of the unseen, whether that is by calling upon them, trying to please them or any other method. Rather that is shirk because this is a kind of worship, and Allaah has taught His slaves to worship Him alone and say, “You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help (for each and everything)” [al-Faatihah 1:5 – interpretation of the meaning]. And it was proven that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to Ibn ‘Abbaas: “If you ask, then ask of Allaah, and if you seek help, then seek help from Allaah.” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2516).

2 – Hypnotism is a kind of fortune-telling or magic whereby the hypnotist uses the jinn to overpower the subject and then speak through his tongue and give him strength to do things by means of controlling his faculties. This is if the jinni is sincere towards the hypnotist and obeys him in return for the things by means of which the hypnotist draws close to him. So the jinni makes the subject obey the wishes of the hypnotist to do things or tell him things, through the help of the jinni. Thus using hypnotism as a means of finding out where stolen goods are hidden, or where a lost item is, or as a means of treating disease or of doing anything else is not permissible. Rather it is shirk, for the reasons stated above, and because it implies turning to someone other than Allaah and goes beyond the ordinary means which Allaah has created for His creatures and permitted them to use.

Al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah li’l-Iftaa’, 1/74. Silsilat al-Fataawa al-Shar’iyyah

answered 2 Waseem's gravatar image

Isnt hypnotisym altering the mind just like drugs and alcohol ? I would think its haram unless medically necessary, because it makes you do as the person says without thinking about allah.

answered 514 Faith's gravatar image
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