Those who have written on this topic have listed several symptoms of jinn possession. These symptoms may be real, but we must point out that some of these symptoms may also occur for other reasons, such as staying up all night, or confusion and uncertainty. So we must try to protect ourselves from the whispers that the Shaytaan tries to instil in our hearts, when reading this list of symptoms.

These symptoms have been divided into two categories: those which occur when one is awake, and those which occur when one is asleep.


Symptoms when one is awake

  1. Turning away, in particular, from acts of worship and obedience, the remembrance of Allah (Dhikr) and reading the Qur'an. Allah (SWT) says:
    And whosoever turns away blindly from the remembrance of the Most Gracious (Allah) (i.e. this Qur'an and worship of Allah), We appoint for him Shaytaan (Satan - devil) to be a Qareen (a companion) to him. And verily, they (Satans/ devils) hinder them from the path (of Allah), but they think that they are guided aright! Al-Qur’an, 43:36-37)
  2. Erratic behaviour in one's words, deeds and movements (mood swings).
  3. Seizures (with no medical cause); there are signs to indicate that a seizure has devilish causes.
  4. Paralysis of a limb (with no medical cause).
  5. Being quick to get angry or weep with no apparent cause.
  6. Sitting in the toilet for a long time, and talking to oneself.
  7. Constant headache (on one or both sides of the head) with no medical cause, which is not eased by painkillers.
  8. Irregular menstruation in women.
  9. Not producing children although both husband and wife are medically sound and able to reproduce.

There are other signs when one is awake, but they may be caused by other life circumstances, such as not succeeding in efforts to get married, repeatedly failing to do so, or a wife becoming very distressed when her husband has intercourse with her.


Symptoms when one is asleep

  1. Frightening nightmares, which includes seeing various kinds of creatures such as ghosts or apparitions, seeing oneself falling from a high place, seeing people in strange forms, and snakes. A man may see a woman who wants him to have intercourse with her (and vice versa) constantly in his dreams, or he may see someone threatening him.
  2. Insomnia, anxiety and fear upon waking.
  3. Talking loudly in one's sleep, or moaning and groaning.


Please Note: A person should not be regarded as being possessed by the jinn if any of these symptoms occur. No one can be certain that a person has been possessed by the jinn until after the Qur'an has been recited over them, so these symptoms cannot be taken as definitive evidence of jinn possession.

Extracts Compiled From:
The Jinn & Human Sickness by Dr Abu’l-Mundhir Khaleel Ibn Ibrahim Ameen