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The Jinn or Ginii -PART TWO – THE FINAL PART

The Jinn Pt 2

 

By Sami Zaatari

 

 [Part two]

 

 

 

We now continue our discussion concerning the jinn, in part one we
discussed what the jinn were created from, why they were created, and
discussed the information that we have concerning their life-style from
the Quran and the authentic hadiths. We now continue discussing the power of the jinn.

 

At the end of part one we
talked about how the jinn’s are able to travel at very fast speeds.
Another power the jinn have is to also be able to travel the spaces
(the universe) which do not have to include a vehicle; they do this to
try and steal some secrets and pass them on to humans, such as fortune
tellers:

 

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YUSUFALI: But any that gains a hearing by stealth, is pursued by a flaming fire, bright (to see).

 

Ibn Kathir comments:

 

(Blessed be He Who has placed the big stars in the heavens.) [25:61] `Atiyah Al-`Awfi said: “Buruj
here refers to sentinel fortresses.” He made the “shooting stars” to
guard it against the evil devils who try to listen to information
conveyed at the highest heights. If any devil breaches it and advances
hoping to listen, a clear “shooting star” comes to him and destroys
him. He may already have passed on whatever he heard before the fire
hit him, to another devil below him; the latter will then take it to
his friends [among humans],

 

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YUSUFALI: And we have, (from of old), adorned the lowest heaven with Lamps, and We have made such (Lamps) (as) missiles to drive away the Evil Ones, and have prepared for them the Penalty of the Blazing Fire.

 

Ibn Kathir comments:

 

And indeed We have adorned the nearest heaven with lamps, ) This refers to the stars which have been placed in the heavens, some moving and some stationary. In Allah’s statement,

 

 (and We have made them (as) missiles to drive away the Shayatin,) The pronoun `them’ in His statement, “and We
have made them” is the same type of statement as the stars being
referred to as lamps. This does not mean that they are actually
missiles, because the stars in the sky are not thrown. Rather, it is
the meteors beneath them that are thrown and they are taken from the
stars. And Allah knows best. Concerning Allah’s statement,

 

 (and We have prepared for them the torment of the blazing Fire.) means,
`We have made this disgrace for the devils in this life and We have
prepared for them the torment of the blazing Fire in the Hereafter.’

 

Also another passage dealing with this issue:

 

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YUSUFALI: We have indeed decked the lower heaven with beauty (in) the stars,-

 

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YUSUFALI: (For beauty) and for guard against all obstinate rebellious evil spirits,

 

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YUSUFALI: (So) they should not strain their ears in the direction of the Exalted Assembly but be cast away from every side,

 

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YUSUFALI: Repulsed, for they are under a perpetual penalty,

 

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YUSUFALI: Except such as snatch away something by stealth, and they are pursued by a flaming fire, of piercing brightness.

 

Ibn Kathir comments:

The Adornment and Protection of the Heaven comes from Allah

Allah
tells us that He has adorned the lowest heaven with the heavenly bodies
for those among the people of the earth who look at it. The stars and
planets in the sky give light to the people of earth, as Allah says:

 

 (And indeed We have adorned the nearest heaven with lamps, and We have made such lamps (as) missiles to drive away the Shayatin, and have prepared for them the torment of the blazing Fire.) (67:5),

 

 (And indeed, We have put the big stars in the heaven and We beautified it for the beholders. And We have guarded it from every outcast Shaytan. Except him who steals the hearing then he is pursued by a clear flaming fire.) (15:16-18). And Allah says here:

 

 (And to guard) meaning, to protect as it should be protected,

 

 (against every rebellious Shaytan. ) means,
every insolent and impudent devil, when he wants to eavesdrop (on news
in the heavens), a piercing fire comes and burns him. Allah, may He be glorified, says:

 

 (They
cannot listen to the higher group) meaning, they cannot reach the
higher group — which refers to the heavens and the angels in them —
when they speak of what has been revealed by Allah of His Laws and
decrees. We have already mentioned this when explaining the Hadiths quoted when we discussed the Ayah,

 

 (when
fear is banished from their hearts, they say: “What is it that your
Lord has said” They say: “The truth. And He is the Most High, the Most
Great.) (34:23). Allah says:

 

 (for they are pelted) meaning, they are hit,

 

 (from every side.) means, from all directions from which they try to reach the heaven.

 

 (Outcast,) means, they are rejected, and are repelled and prevented from reaching it, and they are pelted.

 

 (and theirs is a constant torment.) means, in the Hereafter, they will have an ongoing, everlasting and painful torment, as Allah says:

 

 (and [We] have prepared for them the torment of the blazing Fire) (67:5).

 

 (Except such as snatch away something by stealing,) means, except for the one among the Shayatin
who manages to get something, which is a word he has heard from the
heaven. Then he throws it down to the one who is beneath him, who in
turn throws it down to the one who is beneath him. Perhaps the flaming
fire will strike him before he is able to throw it down, or perhaps he
will throw it — by the decree of Allah — before the flaming fire
strikes him and burns him. So the other devil takes it to the
soothsayer, as we have seen previously in the Hadith. Allah says:

 

 (Except such as snatch away something by stealing, and they are pursued by a flaming fire of piercing brightness.) meaning, shining brightly. Ibn Jarir recorded that Ibn `Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “The Shayatin had places where they sat in the heavens listening to what was being revealed by Allah. The stars did not move and the Shayatin
were not struck. When they heard the revelation, they would come down
to earth and to every word they would add nine of their own. When the
Messenger of Allah was sent, if a Shaytan
wanted to take his seat in the heavens, the flaming fire would come and
would not miss him; it would burn him every time. They complained about
this to Iblis, may Allah curse him, and he
said, `Something must have happened.’ He sent his troops out and they
found the Messenger of Allah standing in prayer between the two
mountains of Nakhlah.” — Waki` said, “This means in the valley of
Nakhlah.” — “They went back to Iblis and told him about that, and he said, `This is what has happened.”’

 

This is why sooth-Sayers should be avoided, since their information comes from the evil shayateen from the jinn.

 

Now
as we know the jinn do not look like humans, nor do humans look like
jinn’s, the jinn’s have a much completely different form than us humans
do, this is natural and to be expected, the jinn were created from a
much different substance than we were, namely fire. The jinn cannot be
seen to the naked eye, as the Quran tells us:

 

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YUSUFALI:
O ye Children of Adam! Let not Satan seduce you, in the same manner as
He got your parents out of the Garden, stripping them of their raiment,
to expose their shame: for he and his tribe watch you from a position where ye cannot see them: We made the evil ones friends (only) to those without faith.

 

So
the jinn cannot be seen to the naked eye, however so a jinn can take on
a form and by doing so then the jinn can be seen although it will not
be its true form. This in itself is something us humans cannot do which
is transform ourselves into other beings, such as changing into an
animal, or changing into another human, this is something the jinn’s
and angels can do, not so for us.

 

 

5- Jinn possession

 

One
topic that often comes up when the jinn are discussed is the topic of
jinn possession, or more commonly known as demon possession. The vast
majority of Islamic scholarship agrees that jinn possession is real,
and it does happen, it is the consensus of the ulema. The Quran itself indicated jinn possession:

 

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YUSUFALI: Those who devour usury will not stand except as stand one whom the Evil one(shaytan, satan)
 by his touch Hath driven to madness. That is because they say: “Trade
is like usury,” but Allah hath permitted trade and forbidden usury.
Those who after receiving direction from their Lord, desist, shall be
pardoned for the past; their case is for Allah (to judge); but those
who repeat (The offence) are companions of the Fire: They will abide
therein (for ever).

 

Ibn Kathir comments:

 

After Allah mentioned the righteous believers who give charity, pay Zakah
and spend on their relatives and families at various times and
conditions, He then mentioned those who deal in usury and illegally
acquire people’s money, using various evil methods and wicked ways.
Allah describes the condition of these people when they are resurrected
from their graves and brought back to life on the Day of Resurrection:

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(Those who eat Riba will not stand (on the Day of Resurrection) except like the standing of a person beaten by Shaytan leading him to insanity.)

This
Ayah means, on the Day of Resurrection, these people will get up from
their graves just as the person afflicted by insanity or possesed by a demon would.

 

We now also put forth several statements made by Islamic scholars and sheikhs concerning jinn possession:

 

Praise be to Allaah

 

Imaam Shaykh al-Islam said in his Fataawa after some introductory comments:

 

. For this reason, a group of the Mu’tazilah, such as al-Jabbaa’i, Abu Bakr al-Raazi
and others, denied that the jinn enter the body of the epileptic,
although they do not deny the existence of the jinn, because that is
not as clearly mentioned in the reports narrated from the Messenger  
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) as their existence is mentioned. They were mistaken in this matter. Hence al-Ash’ari mentioned in Maqaalaat Ahl al-Sunnah wa’l-Jamaa’ah that they [Ahl al-Sunnah] believe that the jinn may enter the body of the epileptic, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

 

?Those who eat Riba will not stand (on the Day of Resurrection) except like the standing of a person beaten by Shaytaan (Satan) leading him to insanity.’

[al-Baqarah 2:275]

 

?Abd-Allaah ibn al-Imaam
Ahmad said: I told my father that some people claim that the jinn do
not enter the body of a human. He said, O my son, they are lying, for a
jinn may speak with the tongue of a person who is lying on his
sick-bed. (MajmooFataawa Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah, 19/12). He also said (may Allaah have mercy on him), in vol. 24 of his Fataawa (p. 276, 277):

“The existence of the jinn is proven by the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and by the consensus of the salaf and scholars of this ummah. Similarly, the fact that the jinn can enter human bodies is also proven by the consensus of the imaams of Ahl al-Sunnah wa’l-Jamaa’ah. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

?

Those who eat Riba will not stand (on the Day of Resurrection) except like the standing of a person beaten by Shaytaan (Satan) leading him to insanity.’

[al-Baqarah 2:275]

 

In al-Saheeh it is narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ?The Shaytaan flows through the son of Adam as his blood flows.

There is no one among the imaams
of the Muslims who denies that the jinn enter the body of the
epileptic. Whoever denies that and claims that Islam denies that is
telling lies about the sharee’ah, for there is no evidence in sharee’ah to say that this is not the case.”

 From MajmooFataawa wa Maqaalaat Mutanawwi’ah li Samaahat al-Shaykh ?Abd al-?Azeez ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him), p. 60

 

Another sheikh writes:

 

Praise be to Allaah.

The fact that jinn can enter human bodies is proven in the Qur’aan and Sunnah, and by the consensus of Ahl al-Sunnah wa’l-Jamaa’ah, and by real-life events. No one disputes this apart from the Mu’tazilah who give priority to their own rational analysis over the evidence of the Qur’aan and Sunnah. We will mention a little about this below:

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

 

“Those who eat Ribaa will not stand (on the Day of Resurrection) except like the standing of a person beaten by Shaytaan (Satan) leading him to insanity. That is because they say: ?Trading is only like Ribaa‘.” [al-Baqarah 2:275]

 

Al-Qurtubi said in his Tafseer (part 3, p. 355): “This aayah
is proof that those people are wrong who deny that epilepsy is caused
by the jinn and claim that its causes are only physical, and that the Shaytaan does not enter people or cause madness.”

Ibn Katheer said in his Tafseer (part 1, p. 32), after mentioning the aayah
quoted above: “They will not rise from their graves on the Day of
Resurrection except like the way in which the epileptic rises during
his seizure, when he is beaten by the Shaytaan. This is because they will rise in a very bad state. Ibn ?Abbaas said: the one who consumes ribaa will rise on the Day of Resurrection crazy and choking.”

According to a saheeh hadeeth narrated by al-Nasaa’i from Abu’l-Yusr, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to pray: “Allaahumma innee a’oodhu bika min al-taraddi wa’l-haram wa’l-gharaq wa’l-harq, wa a’oodhu bika an yatakhabatani al-shaytaan ?ind al-mawt ( O Allaah,
I seek refuge with You from being thrown from a high place, old age,
drowning and burning; and I seek refuge with You from being beaten by
the Shaytaan at the time of death).” Commenting on this hadeeth in Al-Fayd (part 2, p.148), al-Manaawi said: “[The phrase] ?and I seek refuge with You from being beaten by the Shaytaan
at the time of death’ means, lest he should wrestle with me and play
with me, and damage my religious commitment or mental state (at the
time of death) by means of his insinuating whispers which cause people
to slip or lose their minds. The Shaytaan could take control of a person when he is about to depart this world, and misguide him or stop him from repenting.”

 

Ibn Taymiyah (Majmoo‘ al-Fataawa, 42/276) said: “The fact that jinn can enter human bodies is proven by the consensus of Ahl al-Sunnah wa’l-Jamaa’ah. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): ?Those who eat Ribaa will not stand (on the Day of Resurrection) except like the standing of a person beaten by Shaytaan (Satan) leading him to insanity. That is because they say: ?Trading is only like Ribaa‘.’ [al-Baqarah 2:275]. And in as-Saheeh it is narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ?The Shaytaan flows through the son of Adam as the blood flows through his veins.'”

 

?Abd-Allaah ibn al-Imaam Ahmad ibn Hanbal
said; “I said to my father, ?There are some people who say that the
jinn do not enter the body of the epileptic.’ He said: ?O my son, they
are lying; the jinn could speak through this person.'” Commenting on
this, Ibn Qudaamah
said: “What he said is well known, because a person may suffer an
epileptic seizure and speak in a language that no one understands, and
his body may be beaten with blows that would fell a camel, but the
epileptic does not feel them at all, and he is also unaware of the
words he is saying. The epileptic and others may be dragged about, or
the carpet on which he is sitting may be pulled, and utensils may be
moved about from place to place, and other things may happen. Anyone
who witnesses such a thing will know for sure that the one who is
speaking through the person and moving these things is not human.” And
he said, may Allaah have mercy on him: “There is no one among the imaams
of the Muslims who denies that jinn may enter the body of the epileptic
and others. Anyone who denies that and claims that Islam denies it is
lying about Islam. There is nothing in the proofs of sharee’ah to show that it does not happen.”

 

So the fact that jinn may enter human bodies is proven in the Qur’aan and Sunnah, and by the consensus of Ahl al-Sunnah wa’l-Jamaa’ah, some of whose comments we have quoted above.

 

As regards the aayah (interpretation of the meaning): “but they could not thus harm anyone except by Allaah’s Leave” [al-Baqarah 2:102],
this is undoubtedly a clear indication that the jinn cannot harm anyone
through witchcraft or epilepsy or through any other kind of disturbance
or misguidance, except with the permission of Allaah. As al-Hasan al-Basri said: “Whomever Allaah
wills, He gives them power over him, and whomever He does not will, He
does not give them power over him, and they cannot do anything to
anyone except with the permission of Allaah.” The Shaytaan
(who is the disbelieving jinn) may gain power over the believers by
making them sin and by making them neglect the remembrance and Tawheed of Allaah and sincerity in worshipping Him. But he has no power over the righteous slaves of Allaah, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Verily,
My slaves (i.e. the true believers of Islamic Monotheism) ? you have no
authority over them. And All-Sufficient is your Lord as a Guardian” [al-Israa‘ 17:65]

 

During the Jaahiliyyah the Arabs were well aware of this and mentioned it in their poetry. For example, the poet al-A’shaa likened his she-camel’s energy to that of one who was touched by the jinn, and said that it was the jinn who was giving her her energy.

As regards the causes of epilepsy, Ibn Taymiyah explained (in Majmoo‘ al-Fataawa,
19/39) the causes. He said: “When the jinn touch a person with
epilepsy, it may be because of desire or love, just as happens between
one human and another. or it may – as is usually the case – be because
of hatred and punishment, such as when a person has harmed them or they
think that he has harmed them deliberately, either by urinating on them
or pouring hot water on them or killing them, even if the person did
that unknowingly. There are ignorant and wrongdoing ones among the jinn
who may punish a person more than he deserves, or they may be playing
with him and mistreating him, like foolish people among mankind.”

 

And I say: the way to save oneself from this is to remember Allaah and speak His Name at the beginning of all things, as it was reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to mention Allaah
in many cases, such as when eating, drinking, mounting his
riding-beast, taking off his clothes for any reason, having intercourse
and so on.

 

As regards treatment (of one whose body has been entered by the jinn), Ibn Taymiyah said (Majmoo‘ al-Fataawa, 19/42): “When the jinn attack a person, they should be told of the rulings of Allaah
and His Messenger, proof should be established against them, and they
should be commanded to do what is good and told not to do what is evil,
just as should be done in the case of people, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): ?And We never punish until We have sent a Messenger (to give warning)’ [al-Israa‘ 17:15].”
Then he said: “If the jinn does not leave after being addressed in this
manner, then it is permissible to rebuke him, tell him off, threaten
him and curse him, as the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did with the Shaytaan when he came with a falling star to throw it in his face, and the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “I seek refuge with Allaah from you and I curse you with the curse of Allaah” – three times. (Narrated by al-Bukhaari).We may also seek help against the jinn by remembering Allaah (dhikr) and reciting Qur’aan, especially Aayat al-Kursi. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever recites it will remain under the protection of Allaah and no shaytaan (devil) will be able to approach him until the morning.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari). And al-Mi’wadhatayn (the last two soorahs of the Qur’aan) may also be recited.

As for psychiatrists who do not treat the epileptic in the manner described, they cannot do him any good at all.

This
issue may be discussed in much more detail, but what we have said here
is sufficient for those who want to know a little about this matter,
Praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds.

Masaa’il wa rasaa’il, Muhammad Mahmoud al-Najdi, p. 23

 

And finally another scholar writes:

 

A Muslim has to believe in the jinn. They are mentioned in the Qur’an and Hadith.
In many instances, they share with us many of our roles and actions.
However, it is noticeable nowadays that many people, when they feel
anything wrong with themselves, interpret that as a matter of
possession by jinn. In fact, many of them will change their mind after
they go to a doctor who checks up to find out that the person is
diagnosed to have some physical or psychological problem.

Every
Muslim is to believe firmly that no one, however great his powers may
be, can benefit or harm him unless Allah wills it. Then a Muslim’s best
cure, protection, and immunity against the harm of jinn is by
practicing Islam, reading the Qur’an and making frequent dhikr and du`a.

In this context, the following fatwa is issued by Sheikh M. S. Al-Munajjid, a prominent Saudi Muslim lecturer and author, regarding jinn possession:

“There
are some facts and some illusions connected to the issue of jinn
possession, and among most people nowadays the illusions outweigh the
facts. There is agreement among Sunni Muslims the jinn can dwell in the
bodies of humans, but that does not mean that everyone who has epilepsy
is possessed by the jinn, because epilepsy may have physical causes.
The pains that many people feel in their bodies cannot be ascribed for
certain to the actions of the jinn, rather they may be illusions or something imaginary.

 

So
a Muslim should not pay any attention to the whispers of the Satan that
make he/she think that he/she has done this and that. This is one of
the ways in which the Satan deceives the Muslim and makes him/her think
that he can control him/her, and that he has powers that in fact he
does not possess. This may lead to bad consequences as has happened to
many people.

 

A Muslim has to keep on treating himself with ruqyah, for the Book of Allah is available to him/her. One should recite from it and treat him/herself with ruqyah. Whether one is possessed or not, he/she will undoubtedly benefit from this reading and ruqyah.

If a Muslim goes to someone who is known for using ruqyah as prescribed in Shari`ah
and is also righteous and keeps away from deviance and myths, there is
nothing wrong with that and it may be a means of being healed from this
problem.

 

A
Muslim has to seek the help of Allah and pray to Him and beseech Him to
prevent the plots of the devils among mankind and the jinn from harming
him/her. Man is always in need of his Lord, and Allah is Able to rid
one of these thoughts, illusions and facts that are harming him/her.”

Shedding more light on the protection against and the immunity from the harm of jinn, we’d add the following:

“Because
jinn can see us while we cannot see them, the Prophet (peace and
blessings be upon him) taught us many ways to protect ourselves from
their harm. They are seeking refuge of Allah from the accursed shaytan, reciting
surat Al-Falaq and surat An-Nas, and reciting the words taught by Allah in the Qur’an. Allah Almighty says, “And
say: My Lord! I seek refuge in Thee from suggestions of the evil ones.
And I seek refuge in Thee, my Lord, lest they be present with me.”
(Al-Mu’minun: 97-98)

Saying Bismillah
(in the Name of Allah) before entering one’s home, eating or drinking,
and having intercourse will keep Satan from entering the house or
partaking with a person in his food, drink and sexual activity.
Similarly, mentioning the name of Allah before entering the toilet or
taking off one’s clothes will prevent the jinn from seeing a person in
a state of undress or harming him. The Prophet (peace and blessings of
be upon him) says: “To put a barrier that will prevent the jinn from seeing the `awrah of the sons of Adam, let any one of you say ?Bismillah‘ when entering the toilet.” (Reported by at-Tirmidhi)

Strength
of faith and religion in general will also prevent jinn from harming a
person, so much so that if they were to fight, the one who has faith
would win. Ibn Mas`ud
(may Allah be pleased with him) says: “A man from among the Companions
of Muhammad met a man from among the jinn. They wrestled, and the human
knocked down the jinn. The human said to him, ?You look small and
skinny to me, and your forearms look like the front paws of a dog. Do
all the jinn look like this, or only you?’ He said, ?No, by Allah,
among them I am strong, but let us wrestle again, and if you defeat me
I will teach you something that will do you good.’ The human said,
?Fine.’ He said, ?Recite (the verse): “Allah! There is no God save Him, the Alive, the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep overtaketh Him. Unto Him belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Who is he that intercedeth with Him save by His leave? He knoweth
that which is in front of them and that which is behind them, while
they encompass nothing of His knowledge save what He will. His throne includeth the heavens and the earth, and He is never weary of preserving them. He is the Sublime, the Tremendous.”
(Al-Baqarah: 255) The human said, ?Fine.’ He said, ?You will never recite this in your house but the shaytan will come out of it like a donkey breaking wind, and he will never come back in until the next morning.'” (Reported by ad-Darimi)

For more information see `Aalam al-Jinn wa ash-Shayatin by `Umar Sulayman al-Ashqar.”

 

So
yes jinn possession does occur and it is not a myth, however so Muslims
should not be paranoid or fearful of it. Later on in this paper I shall
discuss how a Muslim can protect themselves from the shayateen.

 

7- Iblis who is Satan himself

 

Now the first thing that normally pops into our heads when the word jinni comes up is Iblis, or satan
as he is called. Satan is without a doubt the most notorious and evil
wicked jinn that has ever been created, and indeed may Allah curse him
for the evils he has brought and for the continuous evil he plans to
bring.

 

Iblis or satan is often mentioned in the Quran,
for his rebellious behavior towards Allah regarding Adam, and for many
other evil wicked things that he is responsible for. He is most
notoriously known for his dis-obeyment of God:

 

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YUSUFALI: Behold! We said to the angels, “Bow down to Adam”: They bowed down except Iblis. He was one of the Jinns, and he broke the Command of his Lord. Will ye then take him and his progeny as protectors rather than Me? And they are enemies to you! Evil would be the exchange for the wrong-doers!

 

The story is basically summarized in one verse, Iblis
refused to obey Allah’s command because he was too arrogant and selfish
to do so, he though that he being a jinni and made out of fire made him
better than Adam, as the Quran tells us:

 

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YUSUFALI: (Allah) said: “What prevented thee from prostrating when I commanded thee?” He said: “I am better than he: Thou didst create me from fire, and him from clay.”

 

So since Iblis was created from fire, he thought this some-how made him better than Adam, not so, Iblis was simply being an arrogant fool, as the Quran says:

 

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YUSUFALI:
(Allah) said: “Get thee down from this: it is not for thee to be
arrogant here: get out, for thou art of the meanest (of creatures).”

 

One must really read these verses very closely and understand how bad Iblis really is, because you have evil, and then you have very evil which is what Iblis is. Iblis DIRECTLY dis-obeyed
God, by directly I mean that God told him to do something and he said
no, so can you just imagine how wicked and evil this creature is? I
mean we have many people who dis-obey
God, but they do not do it directly like this evil one did, this
wretched creature actually had the audacity to directly refuse an order
from Allah!

It must be made crystal clear that satan is Man’s worst enemy, Iblis’s refusal to bow to Adam signified many things, for one Iblis
said he did not bow down to Adam because he felt he is better than Adam
due to him being created from fire and Adam out of clay, this signifies
that satan looks down upon us humans as inferior beings and that he views his kind as superior beings to us.

Iblis has also threatened to attack us humans and by attack he means throw us into mis-guidance although it can also be said that him and his auliya have physically attacked humans over the centuries, as the Quran tells us concerning satan’s threat:

 

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YUSUFALI:
“Then will I assault them from before them and behind them, from their
right and their left: Nor wilt thou find, in most of them, gratitude
(for thy mercies).”

 

Satan has declared an all out war against mankind, satan already viewed humans as inferior beings prior to him being expelled from heaven, satan
now also blames mankind for his expulsion of heaven, so in a sense his
hatred and distain for man rose after his expulsion and he now wants to
get back at us as a revenge you could say.

 

Although it must be said that satan
is simply an idiot, and that it is he who is responsible for his own
expulsion, all he had to do was bow to Adam instead of being an
arrogant fool, he chose to dis-obey Allah and be arrogant, so therefore he was expelled.

 

8- How to protect ourselves against the evil Jinn

 

Now with everything that has been said one must not get worried or fearful of these evil shayateen among the jinns including that cursed evil one satan. Satan did threaten mankind however so he cannot fulfill his threat against the true believers of Allah as the Quran tells us:

 

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YUSUFALI: (Iblis) said: “Then, by Thy power, I will put them all in the wrong,-

 

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YUSUFALI: “Except Thy Servants amongst them, sincere and purified (by Thy Grace).”

 

Iblis
himself admitted that he will not be able to harm the true servant of
Allah, so therefore a Muslim must hold strong to his faith and be a
good Muslim and satan nor his allies will be able to harm us.

There are other ways of protecting yourself against Iblis and his evil shayateen:

 

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YUSUFALI: Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah, and those who reject Faith Fight in the cause of Evil: So fight ye against the friends of Satan: feeble indeed is the cunning of Satan.

 

As the Quran
says, those who believe, meaning those who have faith, believe in
Allah, his books, his messengers, and the unseen, by believing in all
this you are fighting satan and his evil shayateen, and by believing in Allah and having faith in him these evil shayateen including their leader satan will not be able to harm you.

The Quran tells us more on how to protect ourselves from these evil creatures:

 

Satan’s
plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants
and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allah, and from
prayer: will ye not then abstain?  Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger,
and beware (of evil): if ye do turn back, know ye that it is Our
Messenger’s duty to proclaim (the message) in the clearest manner
(5:90-91, Y.Ali)

 

So as you can see, alcohol and gambling are the handiwork of satan,
he likes these things because they make man keep away from his prayers
and his remembrance of Allah which makes us vulnerable to his and his shayateens
attacks. So therefore we Muslims should strive in remembering Allah,
try as hard as we can to pray 5 times a day and obey Allah and his
messenger, by doing so it will give us protection against Iblis and his allies. We Muslims must defend ourselves against Iblis and his shayateen as they are an openly declared enemy upon us as the Quran tells us:

 

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YUSUFALI:
Hast thou not turned Thy vision to those who declare that they believe
in the revelations that have come to thee and to those before thee?
Their (real) wish is to resort together for judgment (in their
disputes) to the Evil One, though they were ordered to reject him. But
Satan’s wish is to lead them astray far away (from the right).

 

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YUSUFALI: And he entered the city at a time when its people were not watching: and he found there two men fighting,-
one of his own religion, and the other, of his foes. Now the man of his
own religion appealed to him against his foe, and Moses struck him with
his fist and made an end of him. He said: “This is a work of Evil
(Satan): for he is an enemy that manifestly misleads!”

 

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YUSUFALI: Verily Satan is an enemy to you: so treat him as an enemy. He only invites his adherents, that they may become Companions of the Blazing Fire.

 

So we Muslims must always be on guard against satan
and his allies, we should leave no openings for them which will allow
them to attack us and influence us, if we leave the door open then we
leave the possibility of jinn possession, and many other evil things
that these creatures do that will drive us to madness. Allah has told
you what to do, Allah has told you clearly on how to protect yourselves
from these evil beings, so therefore act upon it and protect yourselves
against satan and his evil shayateen.

 

Last but not least, other ways of defending yourself against the evil jinn and warding of evil jinns away from you is by:

 

-Reciting Surah Al-Baqarah

 

-Reciting ayat al kursi (2:255)

 

-Pronouncing the Adan loudly, which is the call to prayer

 

-Performing Salah

 

-Reciting the Quran in general

 

-Reciting the last 2 Surah’s of the Quran before going to sleep, and when waking up, or in general.

 

So
these are one in many ways in which us Muslims cant get protection from
these evil wicked beings, even seeking refuge with Allah by saying ?authubilahi minal shaytanil rajeem‘ will grant you Allah’s protection so therefore Muslims should not be fearful of these creatures.

 

I end this article by quoting a wonderful passage from the Quran:

 

SHAKIR: It is only the Shaitan that causes you to fear from his friends, but do not fear them, and fear Me if you are believers.

 

AMEEN MAY ALLAH PROTECT US ALL!

The Jinn or Ginii -PART ONE

The Jinn

 By Sami Zaatari

 

[Part one]

 

 

Among
the creation of man Allah has also created a vast number of other
creations throughout the heavens and the earth, as he himself states:  

 

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YUSUFALI: And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the living creatures that He has scattered through them: and He has power to gather them together when He wills.

So
as you can see, Allah makes it clear that he has created several living
beings throughout the heavens and the earth, Allah does tell us about
some of these creations but not all, one of these creations is the man
off course:

 

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YUSUFALI: We created man from sounding clay, from mud moulded into shape;

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YUSUFALI: He Who has made everything which He has created most good: He began the creation of man with (nothing more than) clay,

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YUSUFALI: Behold, thy Lord said to the angels: “I am about to create man from clay:

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YUSUFALI: He created man from sounding clay like unto pottery,

Among his other creations is the angel’s off course:

 

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YUSUFALI:
Praise be to Allah, Who created (out of nothing) the heavens and the
earth, Who made the angels, messengers with wings,- two, or three, or
four (pairs): He adds to Creation as He pleases: for Allah has power
over all things.

And off course the animals:

 

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YUSUFALI: When the she-camels, ten months with young, are left untended;

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YUSUFALI: When the wild beasts are herded together (in the human habitations);

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YUSUFALI: Seest thou not that to Allah bow down in worship all things that are in the heavens and on earth,-
the sun, the moon, the stars; the hills, the trees, the animals; and a
great number among mankind? But a great number are (also) such as are
fit for Punishment: and such as Allah shall disgrace,- None can raise to honour: for Allah carries out all that He wills.

Now
among these creations Allah also created another race, called the Jinn.
Now there are several miss-conceptions about the jinn, the main one is
the belief that all jinn’s are demons and devils, this is not true,
jinn’s are just like humans, there are good and bad, and the jinn have
the very bad which we call demons and the devil.

 

In this paper, we shall discuss who the jinn are citing the Quran and the hadith,
before doing so it should be made known that Allah’s creation is not
simply limited to humans, animals, jinn’s, and angels. There are many
more creations other than these entities, however so we do not know
what these entities are nor does the Quran tell us, the Quran only talks about 4 of these creations.

 

 

1- What are the Jinn created from

 

As we know, the Quran tells us that humans have been made from clay, while angels have been made from light, concerning the creation of jinn, the Quran tells us this:

 

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YUSUFALI: And the Jinn race, We had created before, from the fire of a scorching wind.

055.015
YUSUFALI: And He created Jinns from fire free of smoke:

So the jinns have been created from a smokeless fire, Ibn Kathir’s tafsir writes:

 

The Creation of Humans and Jinns

Allah mentions that He created mankind from clay, like that used in pottery, and created the Jinns from the tip of the flame of a smokeless fire. This was said by Ad-Dahhak from Ibn `Abbas. It was also said by `Ikrimah, Mujahid, Al-Hasan and Ibn Zayd. Al-`Awfi reported from Ibn `Abbas, “From the best part of the fire, from its smokeless flame.” Imam Ahmad recorded that `A’ishah said that Allah’s Messenger said,

 

(The angels were created from light, the Jinns from a smokeless flame of fire, and `Adam from what was described to you.) Muslim also collected this Hadith. Allah’s statement:

 

(Then which of the blessings of your Lord will you both deny) was explained above.

 

(And the Jinn, We created earlier) means before creating humans.

 

(from the smokeless flame of fire.) Ibn `Abbas said, “It is the smokeless flame that kills.” Abu Dawud At-Tayalisi said that Shu`bah narrated to them from Abu Ishaq, who said: “I visited `Umar Al-Asamm when he was sick, and he said: `Shall I not tell you a Hadith that I heard from `Abdullah bin Mas`ud
He said: `This smokeless flame is one of the seventy parts of the
smokeless fire from which the Jinn where created. Then he recited,

 

(And the Jinn, We created earlier from the smokeless flame of fire).”’ The following is found in the Sahih,

 

(The
angels were created from light, the Jinn were created from a smokeless
flame of fire, and Adam was created from that which has been described
to you.) The Ayah is intended to point out the noble nature, good
essence and pure origin of Adam.

 

So naturally due to the jinn’s creation from fire this makes them much different to us, in physical terms and in their nature.

 

Now it is also known that the jinn were also created before mankind, as the Quranic verse proves along with its tafsir.

 

 

2- Why were the Jinn created?

 

Jinns were created for the same reason that man was, as the Quran answers this question:

 

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YUSUFALI: I have only created Jinns and men, that they may serve Me.

Allah created the jinn to worship him, Ibn Kathir comments:

 

Allah Only created Mankind and Jinns to worship Him Alone

Allah the Exalted and Most Honored said,

 

(And I created not the Jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me.) meaning, `I, Allah, only created them so that I order them to worship Me, not that I need them.’ `Ali bin Abi Talhah reported that Ibn `Abbas commented on the Ayah,

 

(…except that they should worship Me.) meaning, “So that they worship Me, willingly or unwillingly.” Allah the Exalted said,

 

(I
seek not any provision from them nor do I ask that they should feed Me.
Verily, Allah is the All-Provider, Owner of power, the Most Strong.)
Imam Ahmad recorded that `Abdullah bin Mas`ud said, “The Messenger of Allah taught the following:

 

`Verily, I am the Provider, Owner of power, the Most Strong.’ Abu Dawud, At-Tirmidhi and An-Nasa’i also collected this Hadith. At-Tirmidhi said, “Hasan Sahih.
” The meaning of this Ayah (51:56) is that, Allah the Exalted, the
Blessed created the creatures so that they worship Him Alone without
partners. Those who obey Him will be rewarded with the best rewards,
while those who disobey Him will receive the worst punishment from Him.
Allah stated that He does not need creatures, but rather, they are in
need of Him in all conditions

 

The jinn just like us will be held accountable for their deeds and actions:

 

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YUSUFALI: And they have invented a blood-relationship between Him and the Jinns: but the Jinns know (quite well) that they have indeed to appear (before his Judgment-Seat)!

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YUSUFALI: One day will He gather them all together, (and say): “O ye assembly of Jinns! Much (toll) did ye take of men.” Their friends amongst men will say: “Our Lord! we
made profit from each other: but (alas!) we reached our term – which
thou didst appoint for us.” He will say: “The Fire be your
dwelling-place: you will dwell therein for ever, except as Allah willeth.” for thy Lord is full of wisdom and knowledge.

 

And just like us, the jinn will also be thrown in the hell fire, or be granted paradise:

 

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YUSUFALI:
Except those on whom thy Lord hath bestowed His Mercy: and for this did
He create them: and the Word of thy Lord shall be fulfilled: “I will fill Hell with jinns and men all together.”

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YUSUFALI: If We had so willed, We could certainly have brought every soul its true guidance: but the Word from Me will come true, “I will fill Hell with Jinns and men all together.”

Ibn Kathir comments:

 

(And
the Word of your Lord has been fulfilled (His saying): “Surely, I shall
fill Hell with Jinn and men all together.”) Allah, the Exalted,
informs that He precedes everything in His preordainment and decree, by
His perfect knowledge and penetrating wisdom. The result of this decree
is that from those whom He has created, some deserve the
Paradise and some deserve the Hell Fire. From this decree is that He will fill the Hellfire with both mankind and Jinns. His is the profound evidence and the perfect wisdom. In the Two Sahihs it is recorded that Abu Hurayrah said that the Messenger of Allah said,

 

Paradise and the Hellfire debated. Paradise
said, `None will enter me except the weak and despised of the people.’
The Hell- fire said, `I have inherited the haughty and the arrogant
people.’ Then Allah said to the
Paradise, `You are My mercy and I grant mercy with you to whoever I wish.’ Then He said to the Hellfire, `You are My torment and I take vengeance with you upon whoever I wish. I will fill each one of you.’ However, the Paradise
will always have more bounties, to such an extent that Allah will
create more creatures to dwell in it and enjoy its extra bounties. The
Hellfire will continue saying, `Are there anymore (to enter me),’ until
the Lord of might places His Foot over it. Then it (Hell) will say,
“Enough, enough, by Your might!”)

 

Also they will be granted paradise like us:

 

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YUSUFALI:
They will recline on Carpets, whose inner linings will be of rich
brocade: the Fruit of the Gardens will be near (and easy of reach).

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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?

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YUSUFALI: In them will be (Maidens), chaste, restraining their glances, whom no man or Jinn before them has touched;-

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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?-

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YUSUFALI: Like unto Rubies and coral.

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YUSUFALI: Is there any Reward for Good – other than Good?

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YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?

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YUSUFALI: And besides these two, there are two other Gardens,-

So
this is a whole description of how it will be in heaven, and as you can
see, the jinn’s will be there too. So jinn’s are not exempt from their
actions, they are held accountable, what this means is that the jinn
have a free will.

 

 

3- The Jinn community

 

Now
as I said, the jinn are like us, they have a free will and will be held
accountable for it. Just like us the jinn have their own communities,
and their own life-styles with their own dwelling places. In this
section we provide information on the life of jinn’s and how they are.

 

The jinn just like us receive their own messengers:

 

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YUSUFALI: “O ye assembly of Jinns and men! came
there not unto you messengers from amongst you, setting forth unto you
My signs, and warning you of the meeting of this Day of yours?” They
will say: “We bear witness against ourselves.” It was the life of this
world that deceived them. So against themselves will they bear witness
that they rejected Faith

 

The verse makes it clear that the jinn themselves receieved messengers to them, to convey the truth, Ibn Kathir comments:

 

Chastising the Jinns and Humans after their Admission that Allah Sent Messengers to Them

Allah will chastise the disbelieving Jinns
and humans on the Day of Resurrection, when He asks them, while having
better knowledge, if the Messengers delivered His Messages to them,

 

(“O you assembly of Jinn and humans!
Did not there come to you Messengers from among you”) We should note
here that the Messengers are from among mankind only, not vice versa,
as Mujahid, Ibn Jurayj and others from the Imams of Salaf and later generations have stated. The proof for this is that Allah said,

 

(Verily, We have sent the revelation to you as We sent the revelation to Nuh and the Prophets after him.) [4:163], until,

 

(Messengers
as bearers of good news as well as of warning in order that mankind
should have no plea against Allah after the (coming of) Messengers.)
[4:165] Allah said, concerning the Prophet Ibrahim,

 

(And We ordained among his offspring prophethood and the Book) [29: 27], thus sending the prophethood and the Book exclusively through the offspring of the Prophet Ibrahim. No one has claimed that there were Prophets from among the Jinns before the time of Ibrahim, but not after that. Allah said,

 

(And We never sent before you any of the Messengers but verily, they ate food and walked in the markets.) [25:20], and,

 

(And We sent not before you any but men unto whom We revealed, from among the people of townships.) [12:109] Therefore, concerning prophethood, the Jinns follow mankind in this regard and this is why Allah said about them,

 

O
you assembly of Jinn and humans! “Did not there come to you Messengers
from amongst you, reciting unto you My verses and warning you of the
meeting of this Day of yours” They will say: “We bear witness against
ourselves.”) meaning, we affirm that the
Messengers have conveyed Your Messages to us and warned us about the
meeting with You, and that this Day will certainly occur. Allah said
next,

 

(It was the life of this world that deceived them.) and
they wasted their lives and brought destruction to themselves by
rejecting the Messengers and denying their miracles. This is because
they were deceived by the beauty, adornment and lusts of this life.

 

(And they will bear witness against themselves) on the Day of Resurrection,

 

(that
they were disbelievers…) in this worldly life, rejecting what the
Messengers, may Allah’s peace and blessings be on them, brought them.

 

And just like us the Jinn also reject their messengers and cause a lot of hardships on them:

 

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YUSUFALI: Likewise did We make for every Messenger an enemy,- evil ones among men and jinns,
inspiring each other with flowery discourses by way of deception. If
thy Lord had so planned, they would not have done it: so leave them and
their inventions alone.

So
even the jinn just like us would rebel against the messengers of God,
causing them a lot of hardship, they most likely did the same thing us
humans did, ridicule, mock, and insult the messengers, while also at
the same time becoming violent. Ibn Kathir comments:

 

Every Prophet Has Enemies

Allah says, just as We
made enemies for you, O Muhammad, who will oppose and rebel against you
and become your adversaries, We also made enemies for every Prophet who
came before you. Therefore, do not be saddened by this fact. Allah said
in other Ayat:

 

(Verily, Messengers were denied before you, but with patience they bore the denial, and they were hurt…) [6:34], and,

 

 (Nothing
is said to you except what was said to the Messengers before you.
Verily, your Lord is the Possessor of forgiveness, and (also) the
Possessor of painful punishment.) [41:43] and,

 

(Thus have We made for every Prophet an enemy among the criminals.) [25:31]. Waraqah bin Nawfal said to Allah’s Messenger , “None came with what you came with but he was the subject of enmity.” Allah’s statement,

 

 (Shayatin among mankind…) refers to,

 (enemies. ..) meaning, the Prophets have enemies among the devils of mankind and the devils of the Jinns. The word, Shaytan, describes one who is dissimilar to his kind due to his or her wickedness. Indeed, only the Shayatin, may Allah humiliate and curse them, from among mankind and the Jinns oppose the Messengers. `Abdur-Razzaq said that Ma`mar narrated that Qatadah commented on Allah’s statement,

 

 (Shayatin (devils) among mankind and Jinn…) “There are devils among the Jinns and devils among mankind who inspire each other.” Allah’s statement,

 

(inspiring one another with adorned speech as a delusion.) means, they inspire each other with beautified, adorned speech that deceives the ignorant who hear it,

 

 (If
your Lord had so willed, they would not have done it;) for all this
occurs by Allah’s decree, will and decision, that every Prophet had
enemies from these devils,

 

 (so leave them alone with their fabrications.) and
lies. This Ayah orders patience in the face of the harm of the wicked
and to trust in Allah against their enmity, for, “Allah shall suffice
for you (O Muhammad) and aid you against them.” Allah’s statement,

 (And Tasgha to it.) means, according to Ibn `Abbas, “incline to it.”

 

(the hearts of those who do not believe in the Hereafter…) their hearts, mind and hearing. As-Suddi said that this Ayah refers to the hearts of the disbelievers.

 

 (And that they may remain pleased with it.) they
like and adore it. Only those who disbelieve in the Hereafter accept
this evil speech, being enemies of the Prophets, etc., just as Allah
said in other Ayat,

 

Now like I said before, the jinn have their good and bad, not all jinns are bad, and not all jinn’s are demons and devils as some wrongly assume. As the Quran tells us:

 

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YUSUFALI: ‘There are among us some that are righteous, and some the contrary: we follow divergent paths.

 

This passage is taken from Surat
Al-Jinn; the chapter basically deals with the jinn community. As the
passage makes it clear, there are bad jinn’s, and there are good
jinn’s, each have their own different paths which they follow, Ibn Kathir comments:

 

Allah says that the Jinns said about themselves,

(There are among us some that are righteous, and some the contrary;) meaning, other than that.

The Jinns testify that among Them there are Believers, Disbelievers, Misguided and Guided

(We are groups having different ways.) meaning, on numerous differing paths and having different thoughts and opinions. Ibn `Abbas, Mujahid and others have said,

 (We are groups having different ways.) “This means among us are believers and among us are disbelievers.” Ahmad bin Sulayman An-Najjad reported in his (book of) Amali that he heard Al-A`mash
saying, “A Jinn came to us, so I said to him, `What is the most beloved
food to your kind’ He replied, `Rice.’ So we brought them some rice and
I saw the morsels being lifted but I did not see a hand lifting it. So
I asked him, `Do you have these desires (religious innovations) among
your kind as we have among ours’ He replied, `Yes.’ Then I said, `Who are the Rafidah among you’ He said, `They are the worst of us.”’ I presented this chain of narration to our Shaykh, Al-Hafiz Abi Al-Hajjaj Al-Mizzi and he said its chain is authentic to Al-A`mash.

 

There are even Muslim jinn’s as well, as the Surah continues telling us:

 

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YUSUFALI: ‘Amongst us are some that submit their wills(almuslimoona)
(to Allah), and some that swerve from justice. Now those who submit
their wills – they have sought out (the path) of right conduct:

So
naturally if there are Muslim jinn’s, then there would be jinn’s of
other faiths as well, however so Christianity would be of no use to a
jinn, since Jesus died for the sins of man and not for the sins of
jinn, so therefore there would be no use for a jinn to become a
Christian since it will not grant the jinn any salvation since it’s not
a human. So therefore the jinn’s are Muslim, Jew, or some other faith.

 

Now the jinn’s also do eat, as the authentic hadiths tell us:

 

Muslim Book 004, Number 0903:

 

Dawud reported from ‘Amir who said: I asked ‘Alqama if Ibn Mas’ud was present with the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) on the night of the Jinn (the night when the Holy Prophet met them). He (Ibn Mas’uad) said: No, but we were in the company of the Messenger of Allah (may
peace be upon him) one night and we missed him. We searched for him in
the valleys and the hills and said. He has either been taken away (by
jinn) or has been secretly killed. He (the narrator) said. We spent the
worst night which people could ever spend. When it was dawn we saw him
coming from the side of Hiri‘. He (the
narrator) reported. We said: Messenger of Allah, we missed you and
searched for you, but we could not find you and we spent the worst
night which people could ever spend. He (the Holy Prophet) said: There
came to me an inviter on behalf of the Jinn and I went along with him
and recited to them the Qur’an. He (the narrator) said: He then went along with us and showed us their traces and traces of their embers. They
(the Jinn) asked him (the Holy Prophet) about their provision and he
said: Every bone on which the name of Allah is recited is your
provision. The time it will fall in your hand it would be covered with flesh,
and the dung of (the camels) is fodder for your animals. The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: Don’t perform istinja with these (things) for these are the food of your brothers (Jinn).

 

What makes this hadith more interesting is that it shows that jinn’s also have their own type of animals, as the hadith says:

 

and the dung of (the camels) is fodder for your animals

 

We can only wonder what these creatures are, and indeed they are a very strange dirty creature with the type of food they eat.

 

Now do jinn’s also have sex and reproduce? The answer is yes, as the Quran says:

 

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YUSUFALI:
They will recline on Carpets, whose inner linings will be of rich
brocade: the Fruit of the Gardens will be near (and easy of reach).

055.055
YUSUFALI: Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?

055.056
YUSUFALI: In them will be (Maidens), chaste, restraining their glances, whom no man or Jinn before them has touched;-

These
passages are describing heaven, however the point to note is the part
where verse 56 talks about the maidens saying whom no man OR JINN has
touched, this indicates that jinn’s themselves on earth have their own
type of females who they touch and have sexual intercourse with. And
off course through sexual intercourse the jinn beget other jinn, and
off course anything that is given birth to will also die, the Quran says:

 

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YUSUFALI:
And We have destined for them intimate companions (of like nature), who
made alluring to them what was before them and behind them; and the
sentence among the previous generations of Jinns and men, who have passed away, is proved against them; for they are utterly lost.


So just like us humans the jinn too also die, they are mortals and not immortals.

 

Now what about the dwelling places of jinn? Where do they live, in our homes? In the desert? In the sea? Or in the mountains?
One could say that they live all these places, the jinn normally prefer
to live in deserted quiet abandoned areas, which naturally include the
desert, and the mountains. Many people have often recounted strange
occurrences when they were in the dessert in the night. At the same
time jinn’s also like to dwell in many ruined and un clean places such as dung hills, garbage dumps, grave-yards and so on.

 

4- The Power of the Jinn

 

Now
although the jinn are similar to humans in many aspects, such as
eating, having sexual intercourse and reproducing, dying, being judged
on judgement day, being granted paradise or being thrown into hell,
having a free will and so on. There are also many different aspects
between the human and the jinn, this is
natural, since the jinn are a different race then us, created from a
different substance than we were. The jinn’s have many capabilities
that us humans do not have.

 

For instance the jinn can move very fast, quicker than light you could say, as the Quran tells us:


At length, when they came to a (lowly) valley of ants, one of the ants said: “O ye ants, get into your habitations, lest Solomon and his hosts crush you (under foot) without knowing it.”  So he smiled, amused at her speech; and he said: “O my Lord! so
order me that I may be grateful for Thy favours, which thou hast
bestowed on me and on my parents, and that I may work the righteousness
that will please Thee: And admit me, by Thy Grace, to the ranks of Thy
righteous Servants.” And he took a muster of the Birds; and he said:
“Why is it I see not the Hoopoe? Or is he among the absentees? “I will
certainly punish him with a severe penalty, or execute him, unless he bring
me a clear reason (for absence).” But the Hoopoe tarried not far: he
(came up and) said: “I have compassed (territory) which thou hast not
compassed, and I have come to thee from
Saba with tidings true. “I
found (there) a woman ruling over them and provided with every
requisite; and she has a magnificent throne. “I found her and her
people worshipping the sun besides Allah: Satan has made their deeds
seem pleasing in their eyes, and has kept them away from the Path,-
so they receive no guidance,- “(Kept them away from the Path), that
they should not worship Allah, Who brings to light what is hidden in
the heavens and the earth, and knows what ye hide and what ye reveal.  “Allah!-
there is no god but He!- Lord of the Throne Supreme!” (Solomon) said:
“Soon shall we see whether thou hast told the truth or lied! “Go
thou, with this letter of mine, and deliver it to them: then draw back
from them, and (wait to) see what answer they return”…  (The queen) said: “Ye chiefs! here
is delivered to me – a letter worthy of respect. “It is from Solomon,
and is (as follows): ‘In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful:”‘Be ye not arrogant against me, but come to me in submission (to the true Religion).'” She said: “Ye chiefs! advise me in (this) my affair: no affair have I decided except in your presence.”  They
said: “We are endued with strength, and given to vehement war: but the
command is with thee; so consider what thou wilt command.” She said:
“Kings, when they enter a country, despoil it, and make the noblest of
its people its meanest thus do they behave. “But
I am going to send him a present, and (wait) to see with what (answer)
return (my) ambassadors.” Now when (the embassy) came to Solomon, he
said: “Will ye give me abundance in wealth? But that which Allah has
given me is better than that which He has given you! Nay it is ye who
rejoice in your gift! “Go back to them, and be sure we shall come to
them with such hosts as they will never be able to meet: We shall expel
them from there in disgrace, and they will feel humbled (indeed).” He
said (to his own men): “Ye chiefs! which of you can bring me her throne before they come to me in submission?” 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.” Said one who had knowledge of the Book: “I will bring it to thee within the twinkling of an eye!” Then when (Solomon) saw it placed firmly before him, he said: “This is by the Grace of my Lord!- to test me whether I am grateful or ungrateful! and
if any is grateful, truly his gratitude is (a gain) for his own soul;
but if any is ungrateful, truly my Lord is Free of all Needs, Supreme
in Honour !” (27: 18-40, Yusuf Ali)

 

So
as you can see, Solomon wanted to bring the pagan queen’s throne to
him, and he asked his chiefs who could do this task for him? An ifrit
from the jinn said it could do it, and that it could bring the throne
before Solomon even got up from his place, another Jinn said that he
could bring it within a blink, and this was done, the jinn got the
throne of the queen within a blink! Solomon was amazed by this as any
one of us would be, the jinn managed to get the pagan queens throne in
a blink of an eye! This shows how fast the jinn’s are and that they
unlike us are not bound by long time constraints and can simply travel
to anywhere they like in amazing speeds.

 

Now as to the ifrit, the ifrit is a type of jinn, there different types of jinn, there are shayateen among the jinn, which are the demons, and then you have the ifrit jinns who are the very powerful and strong jinn.

 

Let us post Ibn kathirs tafsir of these passages:

 

How the Throne of Bilqis was brought in an Instant

 

Muhammad bin Ishaq reported from Yazid bin Ruman: “When the messengers returned with word of what Sulayman
said, she said: `By Allah, I knew he was more than a king, and that we
have no power to match him, and that we can gain nothing by being
stubborn with him. So, she sent word to him saying: “I am coming to you
with the leaders of my people to see what you will instruct us to do
and what you are calling us to of your religion.” Then she issued
commands that her throne, which was made of gold and inlaid with
rubies, chrysolite and pearls,
should be placed in the innermost of seven rooms, one within the other,
and all the doors should be locked. Then she told her deputy whom she
was leaving in charge, “Take care of my people and my throne, and do
not let anyone approach it or see it until I come back to you.” Then
she set off to meet Sulayman with twelve thousand of her commanders from the leaders of
Yemen, under each of whose command were many thousands of men. Sulayman
sent the Jinn to bring him news of her progress and route every day and
night, then when she drew near, he gathered together the Jinns and humans who were under his control and said:

 

 (O chiefs! Which of you can bring me her throne before they come to me surrendering themselves in obedience (as Muslims)).”

 

 (An `Ifrit from the Jinn said: ) Mujahid said, “A giant Jinn.” Abu Salih said, “It was as if he was a mountain.”

 

 (I will bring it to you before you rise from your place.) Ibn `Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “Before you get up from where you are sitting.” As-Suddi
and others said: “He used to sit to pass judgements and rulings over
the people, and to eat, from the beginning of the day until
noon.”

 

 (And verily, I am indeed strong and trustworthy for such work.) Ibn `Abbas said: “Strong enough to carry it and trustworthy with the jewels it contains. Sulayman, upon him be peace, said, “I want it faster than that.” From this it seems that Sulayman
wanted to bring this throne as a demonstration of the greatness of the
power and authority that Allah had bestowed upon him and the troops
that He had subjugated to him. Power such as had never been given to
anyone else, before or since, so that this would furnish proof of his prophethood before Bilqis
and her people, because this would be a great and wondrous thing, if he
brought her throne as if he were in her country, before they could come
to it, although it was hidden and protected by so many locked doors.
When Sulayman said, “I want it faster than that,

 

 (One with whom was knowledge of the Scripture said: ) Ibn `Abbas said, “This was Asif, the scribe of Sulayman.” It was also narrated by Muhammad bin Ishaq from Yazid bin Ruman that he was Asif bin Barkhiya‘ and he was a truthful believer who knew the Greatest Name of Allah. Qatadah said: “He was a believer among the humans, and his name was Asif.”

 

 (I
will bring it to you within the twinkling of an eye!) Meaning, lift
your gaze and look as far as you can, and before you get tired and
blink, you will find it before you. Then he got up, performed ablution
and prayed to Allah, may He be exalted. Mujahid said: “He said, O Owner of majesty and honor.” When Sulayman and his chiefs saw it before them,

 

(he said: “This is by the grace of my Lord…”) meaning, `this is one of the blessings which Allah has bestowed upon me.’

 

 (to test whether I am grateful or ungrateful! And whoever is grateful, truly, his gratitude is for himself;) This is like the Ayat:

 

 (Whosoever does righteous good deed, it is for himself; and whosoever does evil, it is against himself.) (41:46)

 

 (and whosoever does righteous good deed, then such will prepare a good place for themselves.) (30:44).

 

 (and whoever is ungrateful, certainly my Lord is Rich, Bountiful.) He has no need of His servants or their worship.

 

 (Bountiful) He is Bountiful in and of Himself, even if no one were to worship Him. His greatness does not depend on anyone. This is like what Musa said: p

 

 (If you disbelieve, you and all on earth together, then verily, Allah is Rich, Owner of all praise.) (14:8). It is recorded in Sahih Muslim:

 

 (Allah,
may He be exalted, says: “O My servants, if the first of you and the
last of you, mankind and Jinn alike, were all to be as pious as the
most pious among you, that would not add to My dominion in the
slightest. O My servants, if the first of you and the last of you,
mankind and Jinn alike, were all to be as evil as the most evil one
among you, that would not detract from My dominion in the slightest. O
My servants, these are deeds which I am recording for you, and I will
judge you according to them, so whoever finds something good, let him
praise Allah, and whoever finds otherwise, let him blame no one but
himself.”)


With all that said we conclude part one of this article, in part two we shall continue to discuss the powers that jinn have, and we shall also discuss the cursed one who is iblis (satan himself).

 

 

 

 

 

 



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