Lesson no. 18 Epilepsy: -


Epilepsy is a group of neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions, associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain.
According to Islamic point of view epilepsy is of two types; one is due to evil spirits (mainly mischief of Jinns) & second is due to physical body damage (mainly in brain).


Nabi ﷺ’s guidance about epilepsy: -

An epileptic woman amongst Paradise (Jannah): -

1. Hazrat Ata Bin Rabab رضي الله عنه says that, Hazrat Abdullah Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنهما once said to me, Should I tell you about a woman, who is among the people of Jannah (Paradise)? I said yes, & He said: That black woman, who came to Nabi ﷺ & complained, I suffer epileptic fits during which I unknowingly take off my clothes, So Pray to Allah on my behalf, Nabi ﷺ replied: If you wish, to be patient, you will get Jannah (Paradise); or if you wish, I will Pray to Allah to cure you.
She said: Rather, I shall like to be a patient. She then said: I keep taking off my clothes during these fits, so pray to Allah for me, that I do not do so. Nabi ﷺ prayed for her.
[Bukhari: 5652; Book. 75; English vol. 7; Book. 70; Hadees. 555]

Epilepsy as a punishment: -

2. Narrated by Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه that Nabi ﷺ said: The Prophet Ibrahim  migrated with his wife Sarah عليها السلام till He ﷺ reached a town where there was a king or a tyrant who sent a message to Ibrahim عليه السلام, ordering Him to send Sarah to him. So when Ibrahim عليه السلام had sent Sarah رضي الله عنه, the tyrant got up, intending to do evil with her, but she got up & performed ablution & prayed & said:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنْ كُنْتُ آمَنْتُ بِكَ وَبِرَسُولِكَ فَلاَ تُسَلِّطْ عَلَىَّ الْكَافِرَ

Translation: O Allah! If I have believed in You & in Your Apostle, then do not empower this oppressor over me.
And he (the king) had an epileptic fit & started moving his legs violently.
[Bukhari: 6950; Book. 89; English vol. 9; Book. 85; Hadees. 82]

Recite following when epilepsy due to evil spirit: -

3. Nabi ﷺ used to say in such cases: - (means epilepsy due to evil spirits).

والنبىُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم كان يقولُ: "اخْرُجْ عَدُوَّ اللهِ، أنا رَسُولُ اللهِ"

Translation: "O enemy of Allah! Depart! I am the Messenger of Allah".
[Mustadrak Al Hakim: 4232]
Please note one can recite Ruqyah also to get cure from it, please refer lessons on Ruqyah.
Recite Surah Faateha, first & last ruku of Baqarah, Ayah Al-Kursi, Surah Ikhlaas, Falaq, Naas, all 3 times each as many times as you can, blow in water, let the patient drink water many times a day, sprinkle the water on the patient & make the patient wash or bath with the same water.
[Healing with Medicine of Prophet ﷺ by: Imam Ibn Qayyim Al-Jauziyah]
Please read all lesson no. 60 to 76 on Ruqyah, evil eye, black magic in part-1.

Epilepsy: -

It is a group of neurological diseases characterized by epileptic seizures. Epileptic seizures are episodes that can vary from brief & nearly undetectable to long periods of vigorous shaking. In epilepsy, seizures tend to recur & have no immediate underlying cause while seizures that occur due to a specific cause are not deemed to represent epilepsy.
The cause of most cases of epilepsy is unknown, although some people develop epilepsy as the result of brain injury, stroke, and brain tumor or due to other disorders. Genetic mutations are linked to a small proportion of the disease.
Epileptic seizures are the result of excessive & abnormal cortical nerve cell activity in the brain. The diagnosis typically involves ruling out other conditions that might cause similar symptoms such as fainting. Additionally, making the diagnosis involves determining if any other cause of seizures is present as alcohol withdrawal or electrolyte problems. This may be done by imaging the brain & performing blood tests. Epilepsy can often be confirmed by electroencephalogram (EEG) but a normal test does not rule out the condition.

Science & Hadees about epilepsy: -

In most of cases the cause of it remains unknown & if it is due to mischief of jinn than all investigations appears to be normal

Jinns: -

The Jinns are real creation of Allah, outlined by Him in Holy Qur’an & acknowledged by His Prophets, Holy people & wise physicians. They have been created from smokeless fire & cannot be seen by the human eye because they are the descendants of devil (iblees) (shaitaan). Allah allows them to take the form of another living object (usually a snake, dog, donkey, human being or a scorpion) or appear as apparitions, speak to humans & invade the human body & possess it. They are confused by non Muslims for ‘ghosts’ if they appear to be seen by them or whisper to them. In reality, ‘ghostly apparitions’ which are the souls of deceased people do not exist as Allah has forbidden those who have left this World to return to it for any reason.
Some Jinn are good & decent, while others are innately evil. Possession is always caused by evil Jinn who are usually drawn to children, women who dress immodestly & vulnerable, depressed people. Even healthy people can also be possessed by them, most times as a result of sorcery, but sometimes for no apparent reason. Epileptic fits & seizures can commonly be some of the many symptoms of such possession.