The Unseen and the Mysterious: The Jinn
After countless hours of watching clips on YouTube, reading articles on the Internet, studying the Quran and Hadīth (teachings of the Prophet Muhammad), and going through non-Muslim forums, I've finally gathered my thoughts about the jinn (djinn).
In order for you to get the whole picture about this mysterious entity, I will have to first take you through some history and characteristics of the jinn. I will then explain several phenomena around the world to which this being has been linked.
This article is a result of my research and—as far as I know—it is accurate. However, at the end of the day, only Allah knows best what is true and accurate.
The word jinn (djinn) is an Arabic word meaning “to hide” or “hidden." The jinn are hidden from our sight and are considered to be spiritual beings similar to angels.
These beings are mentioned mainly in Islam but also have some links to Christianity and Prophet Solomon.
Jinnī (Genie), is the singular form of jinn. According to a translation of the Quran by Mufti Taqi Usmani, the father of the jinn is called Jānn, just as the father of mankind is Adam. Jānn was said to be created from a substance that was as blazing as fire, but subtle as wind.
from a fire of scorching wind”— [Quran 15:27]
The earliest book that talks about the jinn is the Quran (1400 years old), and they are mentioned approximately 28 times. Jinn stories can be found in the book called One Thousand and One Nights, which is a collection of folk tales compiled in Arabic. The English version is known as Arabian Nights.
from a smokeless flame of fire”— [Quran 55:15]
Suleimān (King Solomon—son of David) was a prophet of ancient Israel. He was bestowed with special powers or gifts by God, including wisdom in his youth, talking to birds, and having control over the jinn. He was also known to be a great preacher.
In the Quran, Prophet Suleiman talks to the jinn and people, telling them to bring the throne of the Queen of Saba' (Sheba—some say Sheba is Yemen).
Chapter 27 Verses 38-40 Translation: Yusuf Ali
Said an Ifrit of the Jinns: "I will bring it to thee before thou rise from thy Council: indeed I have full strength for the purpose, and may be trusted." (39)
The main thing to be noted here is the travelling speed of the jinni.
According to the Quran, humans and jinn will both face the day of Judgement and be punished or rewarded according to their deeds (i.e. both have free will).
A jinnī called Iblis used his free will and refused to bow to Adam. He was therefore expelled from the heavens and declared Saytān (Satan), meaning “the opposer." In the Quran, Allah says "He is of the Jinn." The throne of Iblis is said to be over water.
It is still not clearly understood whether jinn are angels, a tribe of angels, or a separate entity altogether; I will leave that for the scholars to decide.
Fortune telling was a common practice before, during, and after the time of the prophet Muhammad. The fortune tellers before the time of the Prophet Muhammad were very accurate. The reason for the fortune teller’s great accuracy was that the gates to the heavens were open to the jinn. The jinn used to listen to the commands of the Almighty and relay the message to the fortune teller. During the time of the Prophet Muhammad, new barriers established to distance the jinn from the truth. Therefore, the accuracy in fortune telling went downhill.
Every human is believed to have one angel and one jinni with them at all times. The angel is there to note everything you do and to write down all your deeds in a book attached to your neck. They also report your daily and nightly deeds to God. The jinni is there to lead you astray. When a person dies, the jinni is relieved of its duty and is free until it dies to roam the earth and cause more mischief.
The lifespan of the jinni is not known clearly. Some say they live for 1000 years, others say up to 8000 years.
Types of Jinn
Some people believe there are tribes, and not types, of jinn. I found more logical sense in the types rather than tribes during my research, therefore will stick to the types of jinn in this article.
There are four types of jinn:
Note: If there had to be only one type of jinn out of these four, then it would be the Ifrīt. There could also be Ranks among the jinn instead of types. The Ifrīt are mentioned in some Quran translations and the Hadīth.
The sílā are believed to be female. They are a rare, and it is not known where they reside. They are reserved, secretive, independent, and are excellent shapeshifters. Sílā can manipulate circumstances around you, but this is only an illusion you are seeing. This ability makes them great in the art of manipulating others for a short time. They are believed to be the most intelligent of the jinn, and they can also become a human’s companion. Some people confuse the sílā with the Ghūl because it is difficult to differentiate between them (Non-Muslim Forum).
The Ghūl (English Ghoul)
The Ghūl are believed to be female, and they inhabit burial grounds and other deserted places. They are evil jinn and are said to be the offspring of Iblīs (Saytān). They are also shapeshifters but can be recognized by their unchangeable sign—the ass’s hooves.
“A ghūl stalked the desert, often in the guise of an attractive woman, trying to distract travellers, and, when successful, killed and ate them. The sole defence that one had against a ghūl was to strike it dead in one blow; a second blow would only bring it back to life again” (Britannica Encyclopaedia Online).
One thing to note here is that the throne of Iblis is in the waters, yet the offspring (Ghūl) inhabit burial grounds and deserted places. The throne part is from the Hadīth which are more reliable sources than the internet. So, if any of the two statements are wrong, it would be the ghūl inhabiting burial grounds and deserted places.
The Ifrīt (Afreet)
Ifrīt means “rebellious." They can be male (Ifrīt) or female (Ifrītah). Like humans, they have good and bad ones between them but are depicted as being wicked and ruthless. They inhabit the underground and ruins. Ifrīts have a structured society complete with kings, tribes, and clans. They are known to have enormous wings and look like they are made out of smoke. They are susceptible to magic, which humans can use to kill, capture, and enslave them. An Ifrīt can be a believer or unbeliever, and have the same belief system as humans (i.e. Jews, Christians, Muslim, Atheist, Sikh, Hindu, and Buddhist). It is difficult to differentiate between an Ifrīt and a Mārid as they have very similar characteristics.
[Source: Britannica encyclopaedia online]
Mārid are described as the most powerful type of jinn; they have great powers and inhabit the oceans, seas, and open waters. They are the most arrogant and proud of all the jinn types. They do grant wishes to humans, but it requires some kind of battle, ritual, imprisonment, or flattery ((Britannica Encyclopaedia Online).
Note: I would have assumed the Mārid to be the offsprings of Iblis (Saytan), since they inhabit similar regions and are the most powerful.
The term Hadīth (plural: hadīth, or ahadīth) in Islām is a body of Authentic literature that comprises the sayings, teachings, behaviours, and characteristics of the last messenger of God—Prophet Muhammad.
The Hadīth is a key source of information for Muslims who try to emulate the character and apply the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad in their everyday lives.
There are over 50 Hadīth that talk about the jinn, and I would like to share three with you.
Bukhari :: Book 1 :: Volume 8 :: Hadīth 450
Narrated by Abu Huraira:
The Prophet said, "Last night a big demon (afreet) from the jinns came to me and wanted to interrupt my prayers (or said something similar) but Allah enabled me to overpower him. I wanted to fasten him to one of the pillars of the mosque so that all of you could See him in the morning but I remembered the statement of my brother Solomon (as stated in Quran): My Lord! Forgive me and bestow on me a kingdom such as shall not belong to anybody after me (38.35)." The sub-narrator Rauh said, "He (the demon) was dismissed humiliated."
Notes Regarding Above Passage
- Afreet is a different spelling of Ifrīt.
- Aisha was the wife of Prophet Muhammad.
- Abu Huraira and Jabir bin 'Abdullah were companions of Prophet Muhammad.
Bukhari :: Book 4 :: Volume 54 :: Hadīth 533
Narrated by Jabir bin 'Abdullah:
The Prophet said, "Cover your utensils and tie your water skins, and close your doors and keep your children close to you at night, as the jinns spread out at such time and snatch things away. When you go to bed, put out your lights, for the mischief-doer (i.e. the rat) may drag away the wick of the candle and burn the dwellers of the house." Ata said, "The devils." (Instead of the jinns).
Bukhari :: Book 7 :: Volume 71 :: Hadīth 657
Narrated by Aisha:
Some people asked Allah's Apostle about the foretellers. He said, "They are nothing" They said, "O Allah's Apostle! Sometimes they tell us of a thing which turns out to be true." Allah's Apostle said, "A jinn snatches that true word and pours it into the ear of his friend (the foreteller) as one puts something into a bottle. The foreteller then mixes with that word one hundred lies."
Can They Be Enslaved or Captured?
The straightforward answer is yes, they can.
On some non-Muslims forums, I’ve read about people even creating a family of jinn and spirits for themselves and being light, dark, and grey. One important aspect to remember is that, if the jinn have free will like humans, then they will not always be telling the truth. If they are evil jinn, they will become whatever you want them to be to drive you astray.
The Islamic scholars say they are the unseen and cannot be seen yet many non-Muslims claim they have seen them. One possibility could be that they cannot be seen in their actual state but can be seen if they modify their state.
In order to capture them, you need to have a vessel of some kind with a precious stone in it that is liked by the jinn. There is some kind of welcoming ritual involved where you raise the vessel in a tea light and introduce yourself to them and welcome them. You then also ask them to protect and guide you and to stay with you in the vessel until you die. Some other wordings are involved to start creating a bond between the human and the jinn.
In other cases, you do not welcome them but you must have an article that belongs to that particular jinni. If the jinni is unwilling to be bound, then the person and the jinn engage in a battle of mind games/riddles in order to obtain the other's true name. The games are said to be long and dangerous and the winner can choose to enslave or kill the other.
For Believers in God
It is not advisable to take this route as in some cases you have to start calling them your Protector and are asking them for guidance. Only God is the Protector and the one who provides Guidance. I believe this is a trap for the believer as they start associating something else with God.
Phenomena Associated With the Jinn
Visions of the Dead
Everyone has a jinni attached to them in this world, and when the person dies their jinni is released. This jinni knows the shape of your close relative who has passed away. The jinni can come in the shape of your family member and talk to you. There could be good intentions of the jinni as well as bad. For some people, it helps get over the sorrow of losing a loved one, knowing they are well and safe. Since the jinni has lived with the relative all their lives the jinni will know everything about the person and can speak about memories and everything.
A jinni can form the shape of a shadow and stand on top of you or on the side of your bed. It just stands and watches people. I have no idea why it stares at the person and even lets them see that someone is watching them, but I will assume that they might want their presence to be recognized by the specific person who sees the jinni. The reason I say a specific person is because it has happened to a friend of mine. He saw the shadow standing on top of him, but when he woke his family member up to show her, she could not see anything.
I’ve been through sleep paralysis, and it feels like someone is grabbing hold of you and you cannot move at all. I believe it’s caused by a jinni who is either giving you a hug because it is obsessed with you or by a jinni who is angry with you and is giving you a warning. Your bed could be in the jinni's everyday path and since you’re blocking the route the jinni gets frustrated and makes sure you know something you’ve done is wrong. Some might just do it for the fun of scaring the daylights out of the person.
Appear in the Form of Saints
There are a number of stories where people see a pious person or a saint who says to the person in their dream that all your sins are forgiven and you no longer need to pray. People fall for these kinds of dreams or visions and quit their prayers. This is obviously a bad jinni doing a good job in the eyes of Satan.
They will look at you for a second or two and then tell you something correct and secretive about your past. How does that work? The fortune teller has an enslaved jinni. He then makes the jinni ask your jinni about your life, and the information is relayed to the fortune teller. This is how they know things about you. Once they have built your trust that they know what no one knows, then they start telling you false information about your future.
Powerful jinn are used in black magic, probably the Mārid. It is believed that there is some sort of contract between the jinn and the practitioner of black magic. Contracts could include sacrifice of animals or even a disrespectful act such as urinating on religious scriptures. These jinn are sent by the practitioner to possess you. They cause aches and pains as well as diseases that cannot be diagnosed by doctors. If the black magic is strong enough, it can even take your life.
Black magic also causes stoppages in an individual's daily errands and makes the affected person’s life really difficult. Some people would not be able to get married no matter how hard they try because, at the end of the day, something goes wrong. Some people might suffer financially. Some people would have to try a couple of times to get a single task completed. All these are variations in black magic. In black magic (as far as I’ve heard), people are used as vessels for travel. I have no idea how it works and why a black magician would need a vessel, but the person performing black magic would be using the jinn. I also know that some UFO aircraft sightings have been military undercover projects; for some reason, if there is a large object in the sky, the governments never attack it for being in their air space.
Aliens and Abductions
Once again—the jinn. I recently saw a movie called The Fourth Kind, where people were being abducted in Nome, Alaska. The lady in the movie saw black shadows that dragged her out of bed while she was asleep. They may have done experiments on her, but she never remembered anything until she heard a recording. The beings were possessing people in Nome and also claimed that it was God. The possessed people were either severely injured or killed after the message of the being had been relayed. The original footage is also shown in the movie, but whenever the jinn arrived or wanted to show themselves the visual recording and audio became scrambled.
Similar to black magic, we have magicians who use the jinn to entertain people. I know most magicians are actually very good illusionists, but some who do great stunts in front of a 3D crowd have some jinn under their sleeves.
I’ve only seen psychics in the West. There is nothing like psychic practice in the East, or I have not personally come across them in the East. I do not know how much in-depth information a psychic can reveal about a dead person, but if they are only able to discern things that match the person they are working for, then they are not in touch with the dead—instead, they are in touch with the jinni of the person sitting in front of them. A psychic can get all the information from the jinni inside you. They may not know whose jinni is talking to them, but I believe they have the ability to communicate to the jinn.
Ghosts and Hauntings
Spirits of dead people do not leave their graves. The people in the grave are asleep and will wake up on the day of judgement feeling like they have slept for something like 10 days. As we know, the jinn occupy empty places. This tells me there could be a family of jinn living in a haunted house who do not want people to move in because the house is occupied. The easiest way to keep people out is to frighten those who visit.
Almost all the people interested in the paranormal have tried the ouija board. In my view, you are not talking to a dead person when you use a ouija board—you are talking to any jinn that is present in your house at the time. Yes, they do have names. These boards cannot tell you the correct future, but they might be able to tell you about your past while talking to the jinn attached to you.
I might be stretching it out a little, but it's a thought that came across my mind. It could be possible that this phenomena can be related to the jinn as well. As discussed earlier, the human has to battle with the jinn in order to capture it. If the human loses the battle, maybe the jinn burns him with the fire he/she was created with. Maybe the human was mistreating the jinn and the jinn wanted revenge and killed him/her. Could be a possibility. I have never come across anyone who knew a person who passed away this way, therefore I cannot verify if they were in any contact with beings before their death.
We know the throne of Iblis (Saytan) is over water. It could be possible that the Bermuda triangle is where the throne of Iblis is situated. People who make it out alive see all kinds of illusions in the Bermuda Triangle, and it could be the jinn creating the illusions. We also know electronic devices fail in the Bermuda Triangle, and we also know that when the jinn want their presence known, electronic devices do not function well. There could be a link, but once again, only a guess.
Pyramids of Egypt
This is also another possibility not a fact. We know the pyramids have a link to astrology, where the tunnels point towards a specific point in the sky. We also know people worshipped the jinn in the past and that the jinn have great strengths. Jinn also have a link to teaching magic and fortune telling, therefore I think it is quite safe to assume that there is a possibility that the jinn were the gods of the people of the time and they constructed the pyramids.
Protection From Jinn and Black Magic
There are many ways to protect yourself from a jinn, but most of them are Islamic methods that I will write about in a different article.
One thing I can share here for readers of all faiths is to dispose of your nails and hair properly. Also, guard your mother's name, meaning do not tell people your mother's name. If someone wants magic done on you, they will need one or all of these items.
Most spiritual healing type people I have personally visited have asked for the following:
- A picture of the person.
- The address of the person.
- The name of the person's mother.
If the healers can use this information to get to a person who lives over 7,000 miles away within seconds, then this information can be equally dangerous if it falls in the wrong hands. One possibility could be that the healer is an expert astral traveller and is using their power of travel to misguide you.
Another thing we know is that the devil or jinns spread out just after sunset. To make sure they do not stay over in an abandonded room in your house, you should switch on a light in every room when the sun is about to set and leave the light on for 30 mins or so.
A strong warning for my brothers and sisters in Islam. If you go to a spiritual healing person and they ask for names and pictures, then please do not supply the information. Leave immediately. Moving forward with this kind of healing is not the right way in Islam, and many scholars have declared that as soon as you provide that information to the healer you have stepped out of the boundaries of Islam. The correct way is to perform Ruqya. You can do it yourself or get a knowledgeable person to perform Ruqya on the possessed or affected person. If you would like more information on Rugya, I suggest performing a Google search—you will get many results.
Muslim :: Book 1 : Hadīth 343
Abu Musa reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) was standing amongst us and he told us five things. He said: Verily the Exalted and Mighty God does not sleep, and it does not befit Him to sleep. He lowers the scale and lifts it. The deeds in the night are taken up to Him before the deeds of the day, and the deeds of the day before the deeds of the night. His veil is the light.
In the Hadīth, narrated by Abu Bakr, the word "fire" replaces "light." If he withdraws it (the veil), the splendour of His countenance would consume His creation so far as His sight reaches.
And there we have it. From ghosts, shapeshifters, man eaters, and illusionists, to flying around the world and even up to the heavens and back within seconds, the jinn are truly powerful beings that live parallel to us in this world.
I would like to leave you with a closing thought: if we have such enormous beings that are capable of so much in this world, then how Great, Powerful, and Enormous would the Creator, the Almighty, be?
http://www.quranexplorer.com/ - Quran and Hadīth explorer.
https://www.spiritedenterprise.com/ - Non-Muslim forums with explanation of jinn.
http://www.quranexplorer.com/Hadith/English/Index.html - Hadīth Explorer
http://www.quranexplorer.com/Quran/Default.aspx - Quran Explorer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bk51OizBdTo– Interview with the jinn.
http://www.kalamullah.com/jinn.html - Video talking about Jinn.
Questions & Answers
How do non-Muslims deal with Jinn?
Every religion has access to the Jinn using their own system. If they are bothering you then you can follow some of the Wiccan techniques to cleanse the household and yourself. If you need more information then send me an email.Helpful 16
What are the ruqyas for man?
Ruqya is the Islamic way of getting rid of Jinn related troubles as well as evil eye. As far as I can remember it took about 53 years of research by various people to collect all the ayah from the Quran which helped.Helpful 16
I read that ghul was originally a death demon (gallu) which was later changed into a jinn by Islamic belief. How would your belief explain if someone with Western (agnostic) background is fascinated by ghouls for no reason, no benefit, and no association with life background/incidents? I read tons of literature and practically got no answer.
Depends on exactly what you want to know about them. There is a video of a dash cam on YouTube somewhere. In the video you see the car driving at night in the mountains so there are lots of curves. As the car moves you see a fully clothed lady walking on the side of the road. The car passes her and curves around a bend and the lady is still walking on the side. The same happens about 3 more times and the fourth time on the fourth curve she is seen walking in the middle of the road very slowly. The driver panics a little and starts to turn back. That’s where the video ends. You may be able to find it.
I will need more information on the exact kind of information you are looking for on the Ghoul to be able to answer properly.Helpful 8
How to get rid of the jinn?
Listen/Read Ruqya. you can also do the same with Surah Baqara for 10 days.Helpful 1