Islamic concepts

Jinnī — a type of occult creature, sentient force, hidden force, invisible being, creature of the spirit world

جِنِي جِنّ
noun singular plural
romanization jinnī jinn
pronunciation

A Jinnī is “a type of invisible creature that is made by God and that exists in another realm or dimension” (Yahiya Emerick). A female Jinnī is called Jinnīyah جنية. The root J-N-N means hidden.

not normally visible to humans 7:27

Jinniyy, beings created from fire, and not normally visible to humans. It is believed that they may assume different visible forms. The message of Islam is directed to them just as it is to human beings. (See the Qur'an, 72; 46: 29-32; 55: 15).

Made of pure energy

“And so it was that We created human beings from pliable clay, from mere molded mud, and We created the jinns, even before (human beings), from the intense heat (of pure energy). (Qurʾān 15:27, trans. by Yahiya Emerick)
“whereas the invisible beings He has created out of a confusing flame of fire.” (Qurʾān 55:15, trans. by Muhammad Asad)

Jinn were created from Nār al-Samūm نار السموم. Whereas Nār means fire, Samūm literally means poison. Samūm is also the name of a dry wind whose scorching heat penetrates into the body. People have variously translated Nār al-Samūm as: smokeless fire, scorching wind, intense heat of pure energy, etc.

What is heat except a type of energy? If something has a high temperature, its molecules are moving very fast, on a level our eyes cannot even see.

The bottom line is that Jinn are beings of pure energy, a type of chemical event or phenomenon that has its own will.

According to Ibn Abbaas, Ikrimah, Mujaahid, Al-Hasan and others the meaning of “marajin-min-nar,” is “the extremity of the flame,” and in one narration it is described as the purest and best (of fire).’ An-Nawawi said in his commentary to Sahih Muslim, “The smokeless flame of fire is that mixed with the blackness of the fire.”

Unique characteristics

  • They existed before human beings (55:15)
  • Creatures of the spirit world
  • The most powerful kind of Jinn is called an ʿIfrīt (27:39-40)

Similarities to humans

Jinn share some similarities to human beings:

  • Like us, they exist to worship Allāh (swt) (51:56)
  • There are good Jinn and evil Jinn (72:11)
  • Some are Muslim, some follow other religions (72:14-15)
  • Like us, they are limited to the confines of the natural world (55:33)
  • Some Jinn will go to Hell (together with humans) 32:13
  • The Jinn know they will return to Allāh (swt) in the end (37:158)
  • Intelligent, responsible for their actions,

Interactions with humans

Some of them antagonize humans. These evil ones are called shayatin

Whenever Jinn and human beings interact, it’s a recipe for disaster.

  • Jinnī are able to seduce, lure into error, mislead a huge number of human beings. These people who befriended such Jinnī will think they benefit from them. (6:128)
  • Iblīs is a Jinn, the prime Jinn. He has an inferiority complex and is jealous of human beings. 18:50
  • Jinnī interact with us by chattering in our minds, giving us unhealthy obsessions
  • If our thoughts are impulses of energy, Jinnī are forces that alter the course of our thoughts slightly or try to bend them to their will
  • It’s up to us, when we feel such negative influences in our thoughts, either to follow through with them or to seek Allāh’s protection

insidious

  • Working or spreading harmfully in a subtle or stealthy manner: insidious rumors; an insidious disease.
  • Intended to entrap; treacherous: insidious misinformation.
  • Beguiling but harmful; alluring: insidious pleasures.

Like the dry, scorching wind they were made from, Jinnī penetrate into our cores.

harmful influence

  • jinn are Iblis's offspring? 18:50
  • commanded bi Iblis?
  • The prophet Solomon was the only human being who had the power to command Jinnī.

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Jinnī are the equivalent in the spirit world to human beings in the material world. Like humans, they are intelligent and have free will.

  • Jinnī can travel through walls and matter, don't have physical substance
  • not detected by our senses
  • go at super fast speeds, stronger than us
  • they don’t really look like anything, they are shape-shifters, they don’t have
  • psychologically and intellectually inferior to humans, they are envious of us, Adam above Jinni, our knowledge
  • Iblis has inferiority complex
  • Christian, Muslim, Buddhist Jinnī
  • Physical strength and intellectual weakness of Jinn
  • Intellectual strength and physical weakness of humans

Siḥr is the intersect of the world of humans and world of Jinnī. by and large, these two worlds co-exist separately, don’t intertwine. Jinnī have their own lives, families, etc. They prefer to live in uninhabited secluded areas. They see us, but we don't see them. By and large they don't interfere with us. Generally they leave us be.

A person unintentionally harmed a jinn. stories of ppl harming animals for no reason, those animals were in fact Jinni. then they will harm you back. we don't harm animals. even if we need to kill a snake, we should announce to it that we'll kill it. in case it's a jinn.

primary goal of the Shaytan is not to spook you, to misguide you by turning away from Allāh. harm us at psiritual level. whispering, bad thoughts, evil thoughts.

sometimes world of jinni and men collide intentionally. all Siḥr involves the jinni.

sulayman could controll the jinni. no other human being has that power. jinni were building a magnificent structure. jinni helped build temple. he controls all Jinni on earth.

strongest jinn evar. sulayman speaking to his army, "who can bring me the throne of the queen of sheeba?". one jinn stands up, the ifrit (most evil and most powerful category of jinni) most jinn had no clue. the maximum feat a jinn can do. "i shall bring you the throne before you stand up" in a millisecond. this entails he had to travel from Jerusalem to Yemen and back before Sulayman stands up. had to physically single-handedly carry a huge throne. not infinitely powerful. from the palace of queen of sheeba, had to through walls. Power of teleportation. take matter thru walls, transport it far away, convert the energy back into matter.

as a general rule, the average jinn is stronger than the average jinn. but not infinitely strong.

siḥr is a human intentionally breaking the barrier between human world and jinn world by sending signals to the jinn world. to communicate with jinni. the occultist doesn't control the jinn. if anything the jinn controls the human. they try to strike a bargain. you scratch my back, i'll scratch yours. occultist wants power, go harm this person, irritate them. the jinn wants to be worshipped. inferiority complex. tells the occultist to do all kinds of weird ludicrous errands and rituals. leg of newt. boosts jinn's ego. it tickles the jinn's fancy. occultist charges for services to put curses on people you can pay him for. make yourself a slave to the jinn, worship the jinn instead of allah. no such thing as magic without jinn, no such thing as magic without shirk.

although for us what the jinn does appears supernatural. but in its world it's natural.

to fear jinni or attribute them so much power is against tawhid. when you turn to allah, the jinn dissolves instantly.

muslim jinni never get involved in siḥr, it's haram for them. only the worst of the jinn get involved.

seek refuge from evil jinn before entering bathroom. evil jinni love the filth.

when changing your clothes. say bismillah, then there will be barrier between you and the jinni. you don't want jinni to see you. love-related jinn. jinn falls in love with human. closer you are to allah, the less the jinni can harm you.

types:

  • summon jinn to irritate, attack or even kill person.
  • possession
  • image of human, voodoo doll
  • blow incantations on knots and strings
  • astrology, fortune telling (lowest level of siḥr)

2:102

mysterious illness that baffles doctors. everything physically fine. spiritual problem of jinn world.

Whereas angels are made of light beyond matter. not of this realm. Evil Jinnī are called Shayātīn (demons), and ʿIblīs is their leader.

common symptoms:

  • serious problems you cannot explain medically or physically
  • insomnia, sleep disturbances, regular terrifying dreams
  • feel a presence in the room
  • tingling pins and needles
  • fear of mirrors

if doctor can pinpoint the problem, then obviously not siḥr. physical problem easier to deal with.

Rahi: exorcist

Muslim Jinn

Some Jinn are Muslims.

The prophet Muḥammad ﷺ reportedly said: “There’s a group of Jinn in Madīnah who embraced Islam. If you see any of these ‘occupants’, you should warn it three times. If it appears after that, you should kill it, because it’s an evil one.” (source)

The prophet Muḥammad ﷺ forbade killing snakes in the house.

Notes

  • They can take on animal form

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  • We have created many jinn and people who are destined for Hell, with hearts they do not use for comprehension, eyes they do not use for sight, ears they do not use for hearing. They are like cattle, no, even further astray: these are the ones who are entirely heedless. 6:100
  • God will say, ‘Join the crowds of jinn and humans who have gone before you into the Fire.’ Every crowd curses its fellow crowd as it enters, then, when they are all gathered inside, the last of them will say of the first, ‘Our Lord, it was they who led us astray: give them double punishment in the Fire’- God says, ‘Every one of you will have double punishment, though you do not know it’- 7:38
  • In the same way We assigned to each prophet an enemy, evil humans and evil jinn. They suggest alluring words to one another in order to deceive- if it had been your Lord’s will, [Prophet], they would not have done this: leave them to their inventions- 6:112
  • ‘Company of jinn and mankind! Did messengers not come from among you to recite My revelations to you and warn that you would meet this Day?’ They will say, ‘We testify against ourselves.’ The life of this world seduced them, but they will testify against themselves that they rejected the truth: 6:130,
  • We have created many jinn and people who are destined for Hell, with hearts they do not use for comprehension, eyes they do not use for sight, ears they do not use for hearing. They are like cattle, no, even further astray: these are the ones who are entirely heedless. 7:179
  • God will say, ‘Join the crowds of jinn and humans who have gone before you into the Fire.’ Every crowd curses its fellow crowd as it enters, then, when they are all gathered inside, the last of them will say of the first, ‘Our Lord, it was they who led us astray: give them double punishment in the Fire’- God says, ‘Every one of you will have double punishment, though you do not know it’- 7:38
  • except those on whom your Lord has mercy- for He created them to be this way, and the word of your Lord is final: ‘I shall definitely fill Hell with both jinn and men.’11:119
  • Say, ‘Even if all mankind and jinn came together to produce something like this Quran, they could not produce anything like it, however much they helped each other.’17:88
  • They will reply, ‘May You be exalted! You are our supporter against them! Really, they worshipped the jinn- most of them believed in them.’ 34:41
  • We have appointed, for the disbelievers, companions who make their past and present seem fair and right to them, but the sentence has already been passed on them, along with generations of jinn and men before them: they were losers.41:25
  • The disbelievers will say, ‘Our Lord, show us those jinn and men who misled us and we shall trample them underfoot, so that they may be among the lowest of the low.’ 41:29
  • The verdict has been passed on such people, along with all the communities that went before them, jinn and human: they are lost. 46:18
  • We sent a group of jinn to you [Prophet] to listen to the Quran. When they heard it, they said to one another, ‘Be quiet!’ Then when it was finished they turned to their community and gave them warning 46:29
  • the jinn out of smokeless fire. 55:15
  • On that Day neither mankind nor jinn will be asked about their sins 55:39
  • There will be maidens restraining their glances, untouched beforehand by man or jinn. 55:56
  • Untouched beforehand by man or jinn. 55:74
  • Say [Prophet], ‘It has been revealed to me that a group of jinn once listened in and said, “We have heard a wondrous Quran, 72:1
  • although we had thought that no man or jinn would [dare to] tell a lie about Him. Men have sought refuge with the jinn in the past, but they only misguided them further. 72:5-6
  • whether they be jinn or people.’ 114:6

Source of obsessions

The Arabic words jinnah جنة and junūn جنون mean obsession, mania, madness

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