Salaam, The manner in which the treatment and Dhikr can lose its affect is by `sins/disobedience'.

What is meant by the above is that those Muslims who commit Haraam (forbidden) actions or who commit sins by not adhering to or acting to the commands ordered by Allah azza wa-Jall in our daily lives. Then this will result in cancelling out the Adhkar or Dhikr performed. I have mentioned many a time that if the afflicted persons Imaan is strong then the Evil (Jinni or Sihr) will be weak. However where the afflicted person is weak the evil will be the stronger force. If we look to the incident that took place with Rasool Allah Sallallahu alaihi wasallam then we find that the Labid al a'sam performed Sihr on the prophet with intention to kill him. However due to the status and Imaan of the prophet Sallallahu alaihi wasallam the Sihr was reduced to one where he started to imagine things. This is the power of Imaan and people have even experienced that just by adhering to the Deen in all aspects of life alone makes a difference for the afflicted person. So for a women as an example plucking of the eye brows is Haraam and certain styles such as `steps' are Haraam for men. These actions would have implications with treatment, yet to most these actions would be seen as minor and harmless. Iqbal Salafi gave a nice example in one of his talks which I will paraphrase: "A man came to me and said that for so many years I have been reciting Surah Baqarah in my home and still Jinn come into my home and cause fires etc. I mentioned to him that what is Surah Baqarah supposed to do when you are sat in front of the television committing fornication of the eye watching a movie where the woman is inappropriately dressed, dancing and to make things worse you will be sat there with your mother, sister, daughter or wife who are also involved in this act of fornication with you." So here is an example of Surah Baqarah not having affect even though it is mentioned in the Ahadith that the one who recites Surah Baqarah then the Shayateen will not enter the home. The scholars discuss the evil affect sins and the list is long, but what concerns the afflicted person is that the prayers are not accepted. So the afflicted can read Dhikr all day and recite Qur'an all day he/she may feel temporary relief momentarily however the desired affect looks a distant dream and this process of not applying the Deen in totality and continuing with the treatment, the Jinni or Sihr is building a resistance. Then person seems to be having to do more and more to feel an affect and end up being stuck in a rut or vicious cycle. What I don't understand is that does not the Muslim ponder when our Rabb addresses us by saying "I did not create the Jinn and mankind except to worship Me." (51:56) yet he/she is far from worshiping Him and fallen for the ploy of the accursed Shaytaan. How is one worshiping Him azza wa-Jall when he is living a life of disobedience and sin? Rather he/she is on the path of Shaytaan as there is either the path of the Ar-Rahmaan or Shaytaan. There is no taking part of the religion and leaving parts of it. Allah mentions how these type of people will be humiliated in this and the next. Never the less we will still find some amongst us that will look for the easy option and try to find that person that will tell us to do nothing and all will be resolved or will tell that we don't need carry out certain actions as that was for back then. I know of this couple who had pledged allegiance to a `spiritual guide' for thirteen years and when they been afflicted they came for treatment they were told

to pray and read certain Adhkaar after the Salaah, the reply was that they did not even know how to pray. `THIRTEEN YEARS! Some guide'. What will it take for us to realise as Muslims that we need to fulfil our obligation to our Rabb and leave this life of disobedience. For those of us who are affected this is a blessing in disguise. We have the opportunity to get close to our Lord and change our lives for the better, yet we find only in times of hardship do we turn to our lord and when all is well we turn to please Shaytaan again. This life is a test if not this test then there will be another as Allah all mighty tests those who he loves most.

In conclusion firstly we need to have the correct Aqeedah and then there after one needs adhere to the Shariyah in its totality. What all of this requires is learning and understanding the Deen and this comes through knowledge which is obligatory upon every Muslim anyway.

Wa As-Salaamu `Alaikum "And verily, We have sent among every community a Messenger [proclaiming]: "Worship Allah [Alone] and avoid the Taaghoot. Then of them were some whom Allah guided, and of them were some upon whom the straying was justified. So travel through the land and see what was the end of those who denied [the truth]" (Qur'an 16:36)

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