Does Satan Really Urinate in Our Ears?

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So Islam says no to superstition? Then how do you explain these authentic hadith verses which? Satan sits in everyone's nose at night: Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “If anyone of you rouses from sleep and performs the ablution, he should wash his nose by putting water in it and then blowing it out thrice, because Satan has stayed in the upper part of his nose all the night.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 54, Number 516) Satan urinates in our ears: Narrated Abdullah (ra): A person was mentioned before the Prophet (saw) and he was told that he had kept on sleeping till morning and had not got up for the prayer. The Prophet(saw) said, "Satan urinated in his ears." (Volume 2, Book 21, Number 245:Bukhari) If these are not superstition and childish fairytales, then what is? You cannot find these type of myths in the Bible.
Dr. Mohsen Haredy

Salam (Peace) Dear Chris,

Thank you for your question and for contacting Ask About Islam.

Muslims believe in the original scripture revealed from God to Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) and respect it. Muslims believe that all heavenly-revealed scriptures do not include any superstitions.

Muslims believe that everything is from God and superstitions can neither benefit nor harm people. There is no bad or good luck in Islam.

Out of a Muslim’s complete belief in God is to believe that He alone knows the outcome of all things and therefore a Muslim puts his full trust in God.

With regard to the specific hadiths you referred to in your question, what is meant is that Satan causes a person to feel lazy about acts of worship. Therefore, a Muslim is advised to dispel the whispers of Satan by doing certain things. He should remember God, make ablution and offer prayers.

According to Ibn Hajar, this is a similitude used by the Prophet (peace be upon him) to warn Muslims against Satan and its temptations. A Muslim is recommended not to let any chance for Satan to affect his relation with God.

The expression can be understood to point out Satan’s control over the Muslim. Imam Al-Nawawi views that the expression means Satan makes fun of the Muslim.  Ibn Qutaybah says urinating means corrupting as the Arab use the word urinating to refer to corruption.

The ear is used in the hadith you quoted because it is the organ through which the waking takes place.

The Prophet of Islam used the language of his environment and the companions understood the actual meaning of his sayings. That is why they did not question the intended meaning. There are no superstitions and fairytales involved here. Because we take things literally, we do not grasp the meanings of certain texts.

Whether Satan urinates or not is known only to God and we should not busy ourselves with this issue. We should focus on what gets us closer to God.

I hope this answers your question and once again we wish you a happy new year.

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