The World of the Jinn
1. The World of the Jinn
4. The Occult
Throughout history man has always had a deep attraction for the supernatural and the unseen. The existence of a world parallel to our own has always fascinated people. This world is commonly referred to as the spirit world, and almost every set of people have some concept of one. With some people, these spirits are no more then the souls of dead people- or ghosts. With others, spirits are either the forces of good or the forces of evil - both battling against one another to gain influence over humanity. However, both of these explanations are more in tune with folk tales and fantasy. The true explanation of such a world comes from Islam. Like every other way, Islam also claims to explain this realm of the unseen. It is from this realm that Islam explains to us about the world of the Jinn. The Islamic explanation of the Jinn provides us with so many answers to modem day mysteries. Without the knowledge of this world, the Muslims would become like the non-Muslims and be running around looking for any old answer to come their way. So, who or what are the Jinn?
The Jinn are beings created with free will, living on earth in a world parallel to mankind. The Arabic word Jinn is from the verb 'Janna' which means to hide or conceal. Thus, they are physically invisible from man as their description suggests. This invisibility is one of the reasons why some people have denied their existence. However, (as will be seen) the affect which the world of the Jinn has upon our world, is enough to refute this modem denial of one of Allah's creation. The origins of the Jinn can be traced from the Qur'an and the Sunnah. Allah says:
We created man from dried clay of black smooth mud. And We created
the Jinn before that from the smokeless flame of fire"
(Surah Al-Hijr 15:26-27)
Thus the Jinn were created before man. As for their physical origin, then the Prophet (saws) has confirmed the above verse when he said: "The Angels were created from light and the Jinn from smokeless fire". It is this description of the Jinn which tells us so much about them. Because they were created from fire, their nature has generally been fiery and thus their relationship with man has been built upon this. Like humans, they too are required to worship Allah and follow Islam. Their purpose in life is exactly the same as ours, as Allah says:
did not create the Jinn and mankind except to worship Me"
(Surah Ad-Dhariyat 51:56)
Jinns can thus be Muslims or non-Muslims. However, due to their fiery nature the majority of them are non-Muslims. All these non-Muslim Jinns form a part of the army of the most famous Jinn, Iblis- the Shaytan. Consequently, these disbelieving Jinns are also called Shaytans (devils). As for the Jinns who become Muslims, then the first of them did so in the time of the Prophet (saws) when a group of them were amazed by the recitation of the Qur'an. Allah orders the Prophet to tell the people of this event:
(O' Muhammed): It has been revealed to me that a group of Jinn
listened and said; 'Indeed we have heard a marvellous Qur'an. It
guides unto righteousness so we have believed in it, and we will
never make partners with our lord'"
(Surah Al-Jinn 72:1-2)
In many aspects of their world, the Jinn are very similar to us. They eat and drink, they marry, have children and they die. The life span however, is far greater then ours. Like us, they will also be subject to a Final Reckoning by Allah the Most High. They will be present with mankind on the Day of Judgement and will either go to Paradise or Hell.
That which clearly distinguishes the Jinn from mankind, are their powers and abilities. Allah has given them these powers as a test for them. If they oppress others with them, then they will be held accountable. By knowing of their powers, we can often make sense of much of the mysteries which go on around us. One of the powers of the Jinn, is that they are able to take on any physical form they like. Thus, they can appear as humans, animals trees and anything else. Over the last few years the interest in the subject of aliens and UFO's has become heightened. Programmes such as the X-files and the Outer limits have increased the popularity of the theory that aliens exist. Thousands of people have sighted strange looking creatures all over the world. These sightings however, have still not proven substantially that aliens exist. Rather - and it seems more plausible all the sightings of such creatures were just Jinns parading in different forms. So the next time you see something that looks like E.T, its most probably just a wicked Jinn trying to scare and confuse you!
The ability to possess and take over the minds and bodies of other creatures is also a power which the Jinn have utilised greatly over the centuries. This however, is something which has been prohibited to them as it is a great oppression to possess another being. Human possession is something which has always brought about great attention. But the true knowledge of this subject is rare amongst the people. Over the last 3 decades the subject of possession has become very commercialised. During the 70's films such as The Exorcist and Rosemary's Baby were used to educate people about possession. However, because such institutions (the film industry) were heavily influenced by Christianity, knowledge of the subject was non-existent. Rather then educate people about Jinn possession, films such as The Exorcist just tended to scare the living daylights out of us! Only through Islam can we understand such a phenomena. We know as Muslims, that Jinns possess people for many reasons. Sometimes it is because the Jinn or its family has been hurt accidentally. It could be because the Jinn has fallen in love with the person. However, most of the time possession occurs because the Jinn is simply malicious and wicked. For this reason we have been told by the Prophet (saws) not to loiter in those places where the Jinns reside, e.g. graveyards, ruins, deserts, market places etc. We have also been commanded to recite the Qur'an frequently in our houses as the Prophet (saws) said: 'Indeed, the shaytan flees from the house in which Surah AI-Baqarah (the 2nd chapter of the Qur'an) is recited".
If a person does become possessed, then the name of Allah has to be used in expelling the Jinn. If we look at the practice of the Prophet and his companions, we find many duas (supplications) to exorcise the Jinn. All these duas invoke Allah to help the possessed person. How contrary this is to many modern-day exorcists. Many exorcists, Muslim and non-Muslim, often invoke the names of others besides Allah to exorcise the Jinn. When the Jinn does leave, these people believe that their way was successful. However, this is a ploy of the Jinn, as it knows that if it obeys the exorcist, then it has succeeded in making him worship others besides Allah i.e. commit shirk. The Jinn often returns when the exorcist leaves, as it knows that nothing except the words of Allah can stop it from oppressing others.
It is not only humans which are possessed, but also animals, trees and other objects. By doing this, the evil Jinn hope to make people worship others besides Allah. The possession of idols is one way to do this. Not so long ago the world-wide phenomenon of Hindu idols drinking milk, shocked the world. From Bombay to London, Delhi to California, countless idols were lapping up milk. Ganesh the elephant god, Hanuman the monkey god and even Shiva lingam, the male private organ(!), all seemed to guzzle down the milk as if there was no tomorrow! Unfortunately people were taken in by this (including Muslims) and many flocked to feed (?) the Hindu gods. Anyone who knows about Jinn possession, will undoubtedly know that this is a classic attempt to make people commit shirk. And it worked, as many people started to worship these lifeless pieces of wood and marble. Anyone with half a brain would say to themselves, 'why on earth does a god need to be fed?!! Surely if Ganesh, Hanuman or Shiva were divine then they wouldn't need feeding?' However, such common sense seemed to be lacking as the Jinns played havoc with these gullible people.
Through their powers of flying and invisibility, the Jinn are the chief component in occult activities. Voodoo, Black magic, Poltergeists, Witchcraft and Mediums can all be explained through the world of the Jinn. Likewise, so can the illusions and feats of magicians. Because the Jinn can traverse huge distances over a matter of seconds, their value to magicians is great. In return for helping them in their magic, the Jinns often ask for the magicians to sell their souls to them and even to Iblis. Thus the magicians take the Jinn and Iblis as lords besides Allah. In our day, some of the feats performed by magicians and entertainers are without doubt from the assistance of the Jinn. Making the Statue of Liberty disappear, flying across the Grand Canyon and retrieving a ship from the Bermuda Triangle, have all been done by the Jewish magician David Copperfield. There is NO way that a man could do such things without the assistance of the Jinn. It would not be surprising therefore, if David Copperfield had sold his soul to Iblis himself. Because of their involvement with the Jinn, and its result in shirk, the Prophet (saws) said: "The prescribed punishment for the magician is that he be executed by the sword". Some may argue that this is barbaric, but if, the likes of David Copperfield truly had powers, then they could just put theirheads back on again!!
One of the most frequent activities associated with the Jinn, is fortune telling. Before the advent of the Prophet (saws) fortune-tellers and soothsayers were wide spread. These people would use their associates from the Jinn to find out about the future. The Jinns would go to the lowest heaven and listen to the Angels conversing amongst themselves about events of the Future which they heard from Allah. The Jinns would then inform the fortune-tellers. This is why before the time of the Prophet (saws) many fortune-tellers were very accurate in their predictions. However, upon the Prophet's arrival the heavens were guarded intensely by the Angels, and any Jinn who tried to listen was attacked by meteors (shooting stars):
We have guarded it (the heavens) from every accursed devil, except
one who is able to snatch a hearing and he is pursued by a brightly
(Surah Al-Hijr 15:18)
The Prophet (saws) also said: "They (the Jinn) would pass the information back down until it reaches the lips of a magician or forrtune-teller Sometimes a meteor would overtake them before they could pass it on. If they passed it on before being struck, they would add to it a hundred lies". Thus, it is clear from this as to how fortune-tellers get predictions of the future right. It is also evident as to why they get so many wrong. Men like Nostradamus are an example, as some of his predictions of the future were correct whilst many were completely wrong. Unfortunately, the amount of fortune telling which occurs amongst the Muslims is also increasing. By visiting Muslim lands such as Morocco, one is able to see as to how much inter Jinn-fortune-teller activity there really is. If you look up at the sky on a clear night in Morocco, you will see the heavens ablaze with shooting stars! A clear display of the devils being chased away from the heavens.
Fortune-tellers also operate through the Qareen. The Qareen is the Jinn companion which is assigned to every human being. It is this Jinn which whispers to our base desires and constantly tries to divert us from righteousness. The Prophet (saws) said: "Everyone of you has been assigned a companion from the Jinn. The companions asked: Even you O' Messenger of Allah? And the Prophet replied: Even me, except that Allah has helped me against him and he has submitted. Now he only tells me to do good"'. Because the Qareen is with a person all his life, it knows all that has happened to the person from the cradle to the grave. By making contact with the Qareen, the fortune-teller is thus able to make out that it is he who knows about the person. He looks in his crystal ball or the palm of a person and proceeds to amaze him with knowledge which no one else knows. The severity of going to a fortune-teller is such that the Prophet (saws) said: "The prayer of one who approaches a fortune-teller and asks him about anything, will not be accepted for forty days or nights" and: "Whosoever approaches a fortune-teller and believes in what he says, has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammed"
The effects of the Jinn are not just limited to fortune-tellers. Other activities such as oujia boards and seances, which are used to contact the dead, are manipulated by the Jinn. 'Are you there Charlie? Speak to us Charlie!!' are the sort of words spoken by anxious relatives (names are obviously different!) seeking to make contact with their loved ones. And it is when the Jinn starts to talk and communicate as 'Charlie', that the people are truly fooled.
One of the biggest manipulations of the Jinn is through visions. Through these visions the Jinns are more likely to lead people away from the worship of Allah then any other way. When a person sees a vision in front of his eyes it is something which is very hard to explain away. Only by having knowledge of the world of the Jinn and conviction in Allah, can a person fight such a trial. The countless numbers of visions of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary over the centuries has been a popular choice for the devils. It almost seems as if leading Christians astray is the most easiest trick for the Jinns! Not only are Christians fooled by these visions, but often the Jinns possess and begin to talk from their voices. To the Christians this is known as the tongues of the Angels and thus a proof for their faith. However, the amount of unintelligible nonsense and rubbish which is heard is a clear proof that this is in fact the tongues of the devils! For other people, visions of their parents or relatives are commonplace. By taking on the form of peoples parents, the Jinns can convince people that the souls of dead people still mix with the people of the earth. This is why so many people believe in ghosts.
The onslaught of satanic visions has also hit the Muslims. Many Muslims claim to have seen visions of the Prophet Muhammed (saws) and even Allah! By doing this, Shaytan is able to lead astray the weak Muslims. Through such visions, Muslims are often told that the commands of Islam are not applicable to them. The Jinns tell them that Prayer, Fasting, Hajj etc. are not obligatory for them. It is a great deception and unfortunately one which has been very effective. The extent of satanic visions still continues to this day. The recent death of Diana Princess of Wales sparked off great love and adoration for this woman. In fact the grief of the British people was such, that it was as if Diana was something divine. No sooner had the mourning of Diana reached its peak, that visions of her were already being seen at Hampton Court Palace! If these visions did occur, the desire of Iblis and his army of Jinn to capitalise on this event, was evident. Such visions are clear attempts by Iblis to lead mankind away from the path of Allah .
The world of the Jinn is one which is both sinister and intriguing. By knowing of this world we can explain many of the mysteries and issues which bother us. By doing this we can avoid the extremes which the people have gone to; nothing being more extreme then worshipping others besides Allah. By learning the Tawheed of Allah, we defend ourselves from these hidden allies of Iblis:
he (Iblis) and his tribe watch you from a position where you cannot
(Surah Al-A'raf 7:27)
Maybe there is a Jinn sitting in the corner of your room right now, or even one behind you. If so, then how will you deal with this creation of Allah? Learn Islam properly and you will be able to deal with all of Allah's creation - and not just the Jinn. By becoming true Muslims and followers of Islam, the fear of Iblis, Jinns and anything else will leave us - nothing will touch the Believer unless Allah wills.
1 Reported by Muslim - Eng. Trans. Vol. 4, p.1540, No.7134
2 It must be remembered that Iblis is a Jinn and not an Angel. The concept of the Devil being a fallen Angel is from Christianity and not Islam.
3 In fact when The Exorcist was first shown on cinema, it was so scary that many people fainted and one even died!
4 Authentic - Reported by Tirmidhee
5 Whilst Christians invoke the name of Jesus, many Muslims invoke the name of pious Muslim saints! The rituals which are conducted by many Muslims are more akin to voodoo then the exorcism practised by the Prophet and his companions!!
6 Ganesh, the elephant headed deity, seemed to be the biggest drinker! In fact it didn't just stop at milk. At the time of these occurrences, a woman in India decided to see if Ganesh would drink anything else - so she offered him whiskey!! And Lo and behold Ganesh drank the Whiskey!!! Suffice to say, the woman was kicked out of India.
7 The ship which was recovered was more then 50 years old. It subsequently caught alight and was conveniently destroyed.
8 Authentic - Reported by Tirmidhee
9 Reported by Bukhari - Eng. Trans. Vol.7, p.439, No.657
10 Michel de Nostradamus was a famous French soothsayer of the 16th century.
11 Reported by Muslim - Eng. Trans. Vol.4, p.1472, No.6757
12 The classic example of how fortune tellers can be wrong is the case of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed. Both went to see a fortune teller who told Diana that she would live a long and happy life. A few weeks later, on August 31st 1997, Diana and Dodi Fayed were dead. After this the fortune tellers flew for cover, as their evil art showed its decadence.
13 Reported by Muslim - Eng. Trans. Vol.4, p.1211, No.5540
14 Authentic - Reported by Ahmed
15 Ouija boards are so misleading, that people have even managed to get in touch with the spirit of Jack the Ripper!!
16 An informative book on the world of the Jinn is 'Ibn Taymeeyah's Essay on the Jinn' translated by Abu Ameenah Bilal Phillips.
Ibn Abdul Barr, according to the scholars of language Jinn can be classified into 5 types.
1. Jinni- Those jinn that are purely of themselves. They are sometimes called "genie" in English, but Muslims should stay away fromt his term due to the superstitious connotations.
2. Aamar (plural Amaar)- Jinn that live amongst mankind.
3. Arwaah- Those that antagonize the young.
4. Shaitan (plural Shayateen)- The evil ones that antagonize humans.
5. Afreet- Those that cause even more harm and become strong.
These are just categories to describe them, as we might say that humans are teachers, engineers, housewives, etc.
Questions or comments regarding the topic.
Q. How strong can the jinn get?
A. Insha'Allah let's discover the answer through the discussion and come back to this later in the class.
Q. Is there any such thing as a Muslim jinn?
A. Yes, Insha'Allah. A jinn who submits to Allah's Will. Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 861. Narrated by Jabir ibn Abdullah. Allah's Messenger (SAW) came out to his companions and recited Surah ar-Rahman (55) from the beginning to the end, but they remained silent. Thereupon he said: I recited this before the Jinn on the night of Jinn, and their response was better that that of yours. When I came to these words: 'Then which of the favours of your Lord do you deny?' They said: Our Lord, there is nothing that we deny of They favour; to Thee is praise due. (Tirmidhi reported and said: This is a gharib hadith)
Also Surah 72:14
Q. Is it possible for a jinn to be in a Muslim home? Why or
A. Evil jinn can be in a Muslim home that's why we say Bismillah when we enter.
Let's better understand the answer to this question through an example. If I have a neighbor that I don't know can I, as a Muslim, just walk into her house? No. Now, let's say that I'm a Muslim who has had a past problem of stealing. I shouldn't enter the neighbor's house, but that doesn't mean that I never will, uninvited.
Well, Jinn have similar (not exactly the same) rules governing their behavior. They are not supposed to enter a house uninvited, and a Muslim Jinn as well as other jinn would, Insha'Allah obey this rule. However, although we are Muslim we can still invite them into our homes by such things as entering upon mysticism.
Q. Can Jinn tell what you are thinking?
A. Insha'Allah no. This is part of some spooky superstition that they try to fool people with. They basically only know what you give them.
REGARDING HOW STRONG THEY ARE...
Surah 27:39-40. "Ifrit" is the same as the fifth category Afreet. This is an example of their strengths or abilities, such as "jinn speed". This is the ability to travel back and forth in a 'split second', and can even travel toward's the heavens (72:8-9). They were once able to go to the lowest level of heaven and listen, but now a flame stops them. Some may say that these are "powers", but we must never look at it mystically. We should look at the Jinn as 'cousins' or similar but different creation. They have many weaknesses and are simply *different* from us.
Q. What are Jinn created from?
A. Smokeless fire (Surah 15:27)
Q. What is mankind created from?
A. Clay (6:2) (15:26, 28)
AN EXAMPLE OF SUPERSTITIOUS THINKING...
Before the ayah (Surah 72:8-9) were revealed people believed that when they saw a shooting star an important person had died.
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 5.206. Narrated by Abdullah bin Umar I never heard 'Umar saying about something that he thought it would be so-and-so, but he was quite right. Once, while 'umar was sitting, a handsome man passed by him, 'Umar said,"If I am not wrong, this person is still on his religion of the pre-Islamic period of ignorance or he was their foreteller. Call the man to me." When the man was called to him, he told him of his thought. The man said," I have never seen such a day on which a Muslim is faced with such an accusation." 'Umar said,"I am determined that you should tell me the truth." He said,"I was a foreteller in the pre-Islamic period of ignorance." Then 'Umar said."Tell me the most astomishing thing your female Jinn has told you of." He said,"One day while I was in the market, she came to me scared and said,'Haven't you seen the Jinns and their despair and they were overthrown after their defeat (and prevented from listening to the news of the heaven) so that they (stopped going to the sky and) kept following camel-riders (i.e. 'Arabs)?'"...
From this hadith we recognize that there are levels of the Heavens that the Jinn used to go to listen to infoormation, and that the Jinn whisper to people.
Muslims must understand that it is important to learn about the Jinn in order to avoid becoming superstitious, and we must NEVER call upon them to help us in any way. If the shaytaan jinn doesn't have power to do things over you, then the Muslim jinn wouldn't either.
Surah 4:76. Al-Israa (17:65) They have no influence over a pious worshipper. Also Saba 20-21 which also has the meaning that Satan has no means of mastery over the pious. Shaytaan recognizes this as seen in Al-Hijr 39-40. His mastery is over humans and jinn who are pleased with his ideas and who are pleased to follow and obey him. See al-Hijr 42.
"His power is only over those who obey and follow him (satan), and those who join partners with Him (Allah)." Al-Mahl (16:100)
SHAYTAAN VS JINN...
We should remember that not all jinn are shayateen anymore than all people are. When people say shaytaan it means Satan, but in English when people use Satan they are often referring to one specific devil. Therefore, shaytaan would best translate as 'devils' or 'demons'. Iblis is the best translation of the English 'Satan' because it is a specific Jinn being referred to, but of course we know the non-muslim and muslim concept of devils and satan are different.
Jinn are sometimes called devils, but this isn't entirely fair. Jinn tend toward doing mischief, while mankind's general tendence is to do Jinn can be troublemakers without being a shaytaan. How? Well, the shayateen reject Islam and are enemies to it. So think of some people who may be violent in nature. This is a characteristic they fight against and at the same time they may be Muslim, as can Jinn. You can simply be a disobedient muslim jinn or muslim human.
Our goal here should be to recognize the jinn as different beings, and some are our Muslim brothers and sisters. So, we should not fear them anymore than we should fear mankind.
Q. Who can see Jinn?
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.522. Narrated by Abu Huraira, The Prophet said,"When you hear the browing of cocks, ask for Allah's Blesssings for (their crowing indicates that) they have seen an angel. And when you hear the braying of donkeys, seek refuge with Allah from Satan for (their braying indicates) that they have seen a Satan."
Shayateen are also called Taaghut (4:76) meaning any false object of worship. "Those who believe, fight in the Cause of Allah, and those who disbelieve, fight in the cause of Taghut (satan etc.). So fight you against the friends of Satan; Ever feeble indeed is the plot of Satan." (Al-Nisa 76)
Q. Can a human be a shaytaan? A. Yes.
Q. Do Jinn die?
A. Everything dies except Allah. Surah 55:25-27. We do not, however, know about their lifespan.
REGARDING SAYING BISMILLAH...
You say Bismillah before you kill something. One reason for this is that is gives the jinn the opportunity to leave before being killed. You should also say Bismillah before pouring boiling water because you could accidently pour it on a jinn who may not be paying attention or sleeping, etc.
The reason for concern is that jinn are prone to overeacting to what they see as offenses, such as you tread in what they see as their space. They are often quick to anger, and can be vengeful. We don't know how they feel, but we know that we can affect them. This is in part of whole due to why we say Bismillah before entering a empty building or a house, as jinn families may have already moved in.
Ayatul Kursi (2:255) is a means of repelling evil jinn.
You can hear a recording at http://www.website2u.com/MOL/audio/2_255.rm
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 2173. Narrated by Jubayr ibn NufayrAllah's Messenger (SAW) said, "Allah finished Surah al-Baqarah with two verses which I have been given from His treasure which is under the Throne; so learn them and teach them to your womenfolk, for they are a blessing, a means of a approach (to Allah) and a supplication."
Ibn Taimiya, majmu, Vol 19 pg 55 "The numerous people who have experienced these events all confirm the amazing effectiveness of this verse in warding off jinn and breaking their spells. It [editor's note: ayat al-Kursi]has a great effect in repelling devils from humans possessed and from those picked out by jinn, such as wrongdoers, people with bad tempers, those who follow their desires and lusts, musicians and those who become estatic through whistling and clapping. If these verses are read over them with sincerity to Allah, the jinn will leave. It will put an end to the mirages created by jinn. It will also disclose the falseness of those, the brothers of the jinn, who perfoorm miraculous acts. The jinn inspire their devotees with some knowledge that the ignorant think are miracles that Allah grants His pious servants. In fact, they are simply Shaytaan's acts of deception over his devotees, of those whom have earned Allah's wrath and those who have gone astray."
When you recite Ayatul Kursi we shouldn't do it over and over as if the more we say it the more protection we receive. We should recite it only as many times as it takes for us to say it with sincerity and understanding, and then repeat it if we so choose. Our recitation should be done with trust in Allah SWT and awareness of Qadar(predestination). Not with any type of superstitious belief that something 'magical' will happen on the 99th recitation of dhikr (or any other number).
When you are afraid say, "La ilaha ilAllah". Say it, think it, feel it and believe it.
Jinn who do evil things do so to instill fear, and to eventually lead to the worship and dependence on them.
Subahana kalla humma wa bihamdik. Ash hadu Allah ilaaha illa ant. Astaghfiruka wa atuubu ilaik.
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