Q: Sallam Alaikum Sheikh,
My question is regard sleep paralysis. I have experienced this several times. I feel like someone is in the room hovering over me, and I cannot move. But as soon as i start reciting the Qu’ran in my mind, it releases me. Is this strictly scientific or is it an attack from the jins?
Time: Saturday May 21, 2011 at 8:05 am
A: وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته
My understanding of sleep paralysis from the texts of psychology remains rather different from the manner in which you seem to be depicting the matter. You are communicating to me on a multilevel. Thus, my advice to you from a religious point of view would be as follows: Do not waste your time in letting this illness affect you. To worry about a sickness sometimes creates greater sickness.
Do not even worry if it is a scientific matter or jinn matter. However, a doctors bill of well-being would be recommended — for ease of mind. Once the tests prove normal, do not let the matter affect you any more. This is shaytans way to lead you astray and depend on people (possible quacks, jinn masters who are often sick themselves) and thus taint your imaam in the process.
Continue with your Quran recital. If you wish, add the manzil to your list of recitals before and after sleep. Or better yet, before or after fajr salah, and after magrib salah.
May Allah make matters easy for all in matters of good, ameen.
Allah Certainly Knows Best.