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Self hypnotism and islam

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assalamwalaikum brother,

i should mention this that your forum helped me mend my ways and are helping me become better muslim day by day . brother my question is whether SELF HYPNOSIS is allowed is islam or not. Self hypnosis is what you go into meditative state on bed or on couch and you listen to hypnosis cds and the author gives you affirmative suggestions and you are suppose to go in trance. repeated suggestion would make you the way you think. I personally listen to tapes that will help me get taller ..and the one that will help me become more creative or increase my confidence.

when i listen to this tape i indeed go to trance like state (sometimes).my body is full of energy vibrating my body but my torso and limbs are still(cannot explain precisely).the whole concept is to tap your subconscoius(unconscious) mind and bring about visible mental or physical change in your body.This has helped many people increase eyesight,height, patience, love ,relationships,confidence and so on .

but i am worried about certain sentences in the tape like IMAGINE YOU ARE FLOATING IN SPACE . ENERGY FIELD AROUND YOU, YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD ,THANK YOUR UNCONSCIOUS MIND, YOUR BREATHING IS ALSO AN ENERGY THAT IS PART OF THE WHOLE CYCLE WHERE SAME ENERGY RUNS IN ECOSYSTEM(GROWING OF PLANTS,RIVER STREAM ETC).Is it shirk or not ,good,bad,debated?
what does islam say about it ,,if there is anything like i could neglect like in yoga i neglect all those exercises that has pagan salutation or saying some words incompatible to islam and i do only stretching.
i would be very grateful for your answer and setting me to straight path.

your fellow brother in islam
assalamwalaikum




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In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

Brother if there was any truth in this practice of self hypnosis then our Prophet saws would have known and encouraged us to do the same. There is no logic in the belief that one can become taller or increase his eyesight etc., by going into a trance and repeating phrases multiple times.

The correct way to build confidence and all round character and will power is to read the Glorious Quran in a language you can understand. Once you have the knowledge approved by the Lord of the Worlds your breast will automatically expand and you will be rightly armed with the ammunition necessary to face the world.

Do yourself a favor and don't waste your time and effort in senseless practices. Sometimes these weird tactics temporarily makes your subconscious mind believe in false notions and after a short while you fall in deeper depressions. Therefore align yourself to the deen of truth and you will find success in this world and the hereafter, InshaAllah. Sports and exercises and even yoga to some extent will increase your energy levels and is generally good for ones health and well being.

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

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