What is a Jinn in Islam and Do They Attack Human Beings?

Do Jinns Exist?

What is a Jinn? Do Jinns exist? These are some questions that some of you will be asking yourselves.This is a fascinating subject where we look into the existence of the Jinn who live with and around human beings on Earth.

This article is what you need to know more on Jinns and like anything, it is not exhaustive.

Not many people know about the Jinn and their existence with humans on Earth. Jinns live in parallel to humans on Earth but are invisible to us.

Did you know that Jinns live with us in our homes? Jinns are also known as Ghosts, Demons, Evil Spirits, Poltergeist etc. They are the beings that try to scare us by doing different things like poltergeist and sending a chill down the spine.

Did you also know that Iblis Satan who disobeyed Allah is a Jinn and not an Angel? Iblis Shaytaan was the only Jinn in heaven before he got put down from paradise. The rest were only angels who are made of light, whereas Iblis is made of smokeless fire.

What is a Jinn and How Do They Live?

Allah (God) made Jinns from smokeless fire or 'scorching fire', angels are made of light and humankind are made of clay. It is beyond human comprehension to understand these types of 'fire', 'light' and 'clay' so we will not be delving into it at this time.

Like human beings, the jinn can also be good, evil, or neutral. The Jinn have been given free will by Allah like Human beings and they make their own choices on everything like choosing their own religion, their own way of life. This is why there are Jinns who are good and evil and carry out good or evil deeds unto Humans and unto themselves on Earth.

The Jinn are frequently mentioned in the Glorious Quran, especially in Surah 72 (named Sūrat al-Jinn) is named after the jinn, and has a whole chapter about them. In another surah (Sūrat al-Nās) jinns are mentioned in the last verse. The Qur'an also mentions and makes it very clear that Muhammad (peace be upon Him) was sent as a prophet to both humanity and the jinn, and that all prophets and messengers were sent to both communities.

Jinns live within their own communities, hills trees, in human houses, seas and in the air. Like Humans, Jinns will be judged on the Day of Judgement by Allah and will be sent to Paradise or Hell according to their deeds.

Jinns live their lives very similarly to Human beings where they have families, communities, their own laws, weddings and mourning rituals. From this, we can understand that they are very similar to Human beings in the way they live their lives and go about their day to day business.

All Muslims believe in the existence of Jinns because it is revealed in the Glorious Quran and also mentioned in Hadeeths from the experiences of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

It is fascinating to learn about the Jinn, because we cannot see them and their existence is beyond human comprehension, like the Soul, but we know they exist when we witness things like Poltergeist, visions of Ghosts, Spiritual Posession of the Human Soul etc. These are all caused by Jinns.

What Are The 3 Types of Jinn

There are 3 types of Jinn;

  • One type of Jinn flies through the air as they have wings and live in the air
  • Another type resembles snakes and black dogs because they can take whatever living form they like, except plants
  • The third is based in one place but also travels about openly

The 3 types of Jinn in a little bit more detail are as follows:

1 Amir: (resident Jinn) mean that they are one of those who live with people in their homes, especially in unclean places like the toilet.

2 Shaytan: also called a Jinni, is malicious and has become wicked and whispers bad actions into the ears of humans so as to make them do evil things and follow their orders to commit sin.

3 Ifrit: is a Jinni who is stronger and more powerful than a Shaytan, who may be the leader of less powerful Jinns who are given different tasks to make humans go astray.

(Please note: Muslims believe that Satan is against the Muslim religion and his main priority is to take as many human beings and Muslims to hell as possible. Every single second Satan is trying to make people go astray against the will of Allah (God).

In the following verse, the Qur'an rejects and forbids the worship of Jinn and stresses that only Allah should be worshipped:

"Yet they make the jinn equals with Allah, though Allah created the jinn; and they falsely, having no knowledge, attribute to Him sons and daughters. Praise and glory be to Him! (for He is) above what they attribute to Him!" (Qur'an 6:100)

Jinns can take many different forms, shapes and sizes to destroy or mislead Human beings.

There is a whole chapter about Jinns in the Glorious Quran
There is a whole chapter about Jinns in the Glorious Quran

How Do Jinns Live?

“I created jinn and mankind only that they may worship me.”
(Quran: Al Zariyat:56)

Jinns are invisible to the Human eye, but they can see Humans.

All Jinns eat and drink like humans, and have rules and regulations similar to the Muslim way of life. Just as we humans eat meat of animals slaughtered in the name of Allah which makes it Halal, so do the Muslim believers among the Jinn. In addition, the Jinn are allowed to eat the bones of animals slaughtered for human consumption in the name of Allah. Jinns animals feed on other animal dung.

Jinns consist of male and female who have children and lead family life. Some Jinns worship Allah and some don't. Some Jinns are evil towards humans and try to harm and aggravate them and whisper evil thoughts to take part in evil actions. They have careers, social lives, enjoyment, travel etc.

Jinns can possess human beings, because they are able to easily go in and out of the human body, down to the smallest vein.

We all have Jinns and Angels attached to us. Angels are on our right and left shoulder continuously writing about our good deeds and bad deeds and every action we take with our body parts and every single words we utter. The Jinn, on the other hand, is always trying to incite a human towards evil and to do everything against the Islamic religion.

Hadith: Sahih al Bukhari and Muslim on Jinns

A hadith on the authority of Ibn Masud the Messenger of Allah (saws) said:

"There is not any one of you except that he has been assigned his companion from among the Jinn and his companion from among the Angels. Then the Companions said, 'Even you, O Messenger of Allah,' He replied 'Even me, except that Allah has protected me against the Jinn, so that I am unharmed, and so he orders me to do nothing but good'."

We understand from this hadeeth that we all have Jinns attached to us. This Jinn harms us in any way it can, not physically, but mentally and spiritually. When you get evil thoughts or think of an evil action you want to take part in, it is the Jinn that is inciting it to you and pushing you to go and accomplish the evil actions or act upon the evil thoughts.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had full protection from the Jinn by the permission of Allah, and so he was only ordered to do nothing else apart from only good actions.

Read Sura Al Baqara at home regularly for protection from the Jinn
Read Sura Al Baqara at home regularly for protection from the Jinn

Ho to Protect Yourself From The Jinn

As mentioned above, human beings are superior to Jinns and as such can eliminate contact and any harm caused by them, if we adopt and follow the ways taught to us by our Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

These are:-

  • Try not to stay ‘impure’ (in the state of impurity) for a prolonged period.
  • Perform salaah five times a day;
  • Always say the athkar (Bismillah) before you take any action, for example, before sleeping, eating, drinking, sitting, standing, going into the toilet, before driving etc;
  • Constant rememberance of Allah through dhikr (the heart of a person who does dhikr is alive, and the heart of a person not doing dhikr is not alive);
  • If you know or feel you have been confronted by a Jinn, then recite Auzuu billah hi minash shaytan nirrajim, bismillah hirrahma nirrahim ......; Lahawla wa la quwwata illa billahil aliuwul azim..... and the last two chapters of Qur'aan, Qul auzu birrabin nas and Qul auzu birabil falaq, or the best verse to recite is Ayat Al Qursi (Allahu La Ilaha Illahu)
  • Before you go to sleep, read all the Qul surahs and blow into your hands and touch your whole body from head to toe;
  • Recite a few verses of the Surah Baqara daily as shaytaan does not have the power and ability to enter a house or room where this surah has been recited. This surah is very powerful against Jinns and their evil harmful whispers.

Dua For Protection From Jinns

Read this Dua for protection against Jinns, especially when going into the toilet
Read this Dua for protection against Jinns, especially when going into the toilet

Ayah Al-Kursi for Protection From Allah Against Evil

Ayah Al Kursi - Recite this ayah for PROTECTION against Jinn and evil whispers
Ayah Al Kursi - Recite this ayah for PROTECTION against Jinn and evil whispers

Said Rageah - 4 - The World Of Jinn Parts 1 and 2

Fantastic talks on Jinns in Islam, watch it!

Jinns can take many different forms, such as black dogs, snakes, humans, other animals
Jinns can take many different forms, such as black dogs, snakes, humans, other animals

More Sahih Hadeeths on Jinns


Hazrat Thanwi rahmatullahi alaihe narrated that:-

“In a city called Kufa, in Iraq, a businessman arrived searching for a rented accommodation. He had no choice but to accept a flat which was said to be haunted. Because he was so tired, he did not care. When he was getting into bed a huge black jinn came in front of him. He immediately started to recite the ‘Ayatul Kursi’. The jinn followed reciting the ayat with him, but when he came to the verse, ‘Wala ya’uduhu hifzuhuma’ (‘And their ( the sky and the earth) safeguarding does not burden him’) the Jinn could not follow and stopped. The businessman understood the consequences and so repeated and repeated the ayat until the Jinn disappeared. When the businessman woke up in the morning, he saw the ashes of the Jinn where it burnt. The Jinn was burnt by the power of Allah.”

Bismillah

"Say (O' Muhammed): It has been revealed to me that a group of Jinn listened and said; 'Indeed we have heard the 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)

Bismillah

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) narrated: "Indeed, the shaytan flees from the house in which the Surah Al-Baqarah (the 2nd chapter of the Glorious Qur'an) is recited"

(It is recommended to read Surah Al-Baqarah at home at least once a day for protection against the Jinn and their evil)

Bismillah

"And We have guarded it (the heavens) from every accursed devil, except one who is able to snatch a hearing then he is pursued by a brightly burning flame"
(Surah Al-Hijr 15:18) (Hence the shooting stars in the sky!!!)

Bismillah

The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) also said: "They (the Jinn) would pass the information back down to Earth until it reaches the lips of a magician or fortune-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". It is clear from this as to how fortune-tellers get predictions of the future sometimes right, but majority get it wrong also.

Bismillah

Prophet (saws) said: "The prayer of one who approaches a fortune-teller and asks him about anything regarding the past, present and future, will not be accepted for forty days and forty nights" and: "Whosoever approaches a fortune-teller and believes in what he says, has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammed (pbuh)"

La Ilaha Illallah
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MG Singh 5 years ago from Singapore

Interesting


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G Miah 5 years ago from Muslim Nation Author

Yes, MG Singh, very interesting, even for non Muslims. I have researched about the Jinn a lot and i believe their existence, but i am not fearful of them. An Imam (Islamic Priest) said that if humans were able to see Jinns, we would sit in a corner very scared of them. Because of the protection of Allah by reciting some of the verses from the Quran, we can protect ourselves from their evil inflictions.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Yes very interesting indeed and I now look forward to reading many more by you.

I vote this one up here.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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G Miah 5 years ago from Muslim Nation Author

Thank you Eiddwen, i appreciate it.

This just allows people to think in a different perspective regarding the spiritual world of Jinns and their existence in parralel to mankind.


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Bbudoyono 5 years ago

G Miah, as a Muslim I have heard about this but still your hub is very isteresting. Voted up.


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asmat111 4 years ago from saudi arabia

respected one plz contact me if u like to know about jinns as im living among them

ahmadkabeer79@gmail.com


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faisalb87 4 years ago from Pakistan

Very Nice information


MUHAMMAD ALTAF 4 years ago

IF JINN TOOK EATABLE THINGS FROM REFRIGRATOR OR KITCHEN CABINET


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G Miah 4 years ago from Muslim Nation Author

Jinn play games with humans, so there is such a thing called poltergeist where they can move things or hide them to put fear into you.


Anonymous 3 years ago

I find your article to be quite intriguing. You may not have mentioned that Jinn, when trusted, can choose to protect a human by will. Jinn to exist and we reside amongst you as ordinary beings. Truthfully, we mean no malice towards any human unless we are harmed, or the human themselves is planning to enact a plot to harm another being. We are very fond of animals and openly communicate with them, as they tend to be far more intillectual than many of you tend to be.

I find humans to be very dull and uninteresting, giving me reason to, as this author says, "play games" with you. I never say no to a challenge.

Jinn are also very provocotive. Yes, as you use in your pathetic slang, we are "perverts." That is just how it works. Great power can increase our sexual desire.

Do not try to bind us. It is horrendously painful, as many of you refuse to realize, and being ordered around and summoned is quite annoying. How would you enjoy being forced to do the pathetic bidding of a snot nosed child? You have to appear whenever they call, even if you are attending to important business, and if you stay away from your bound talisman for too long you begin to ache. Don't summon Jinn. This is just one of many reasons we have come to dispise some, not all, of you.


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G Miah 3 years ago from Muslim Nation Author

O.o Thank you for sharing your views with us.


Faye 3 years ago

Hi, u are a true jinn i feel u, however yes u jinn's are sometime very provocative. Yes, But as a "perverts." you normally get a KICK from

what is seen done when we do. & tell mi u don't LOVE IT? as for us

humans is not all the time we are up for games in the house or anywhere

at times it all depends on our mood & you would feel us and then play

around and it will build anger and that's not nice because u are invisible

u do so it hurts. when it is fun to you hiding our stuff u act on our emotions and have ur laugh... but i know u are very REAL.. am expecting my jinn to get home soon so we can know each other

with respect i need my jinn as a true friend & a companion when i view

the details for purchase i got BUTTERFLIES IN MY tommey and a tingling feeling all OVER MY BODY...SO I SEND FOR HIM....


Sobia Amer 3 years ago

My daughter is not talking under the influence of jinns we are very much depressed,our house is haunted.plz any suggestion,Allah bless on him/her who help us.

aasobia@hotmail.com


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Doing It Digital 3 years ago from Cody, Wyoming

I have some questions: Was it a 'Jinn' that spoke to the pedophile profit Mohammad in the cave. Christians have another word for Jinn, Satan. Who better to understand the evil of a man's heart than Satan. Satan is described as a beautiful blinding light, a beautiful angel, as is Allah, the great deceiver. The Bible describes Satan as 'burning like a torch, or lamp. Rev 8:10 This is exactly how the Quran describes Allah, a 'lamp' Light of the heavens, and brightly shinning star are santanic titles - Satan literally means the 'luminous one' Satan desires to be as great as God, to be the bright shinning star. Jesus stated "I saw Satan fall like lighting from heaven." Luke 10:18 The word Lucifer means 'bearer of light, luminous or the morning star' Satan is desquised as the 'angel of light' The quran even calls Allah, 'The Lord of Sirius' 53:49 .. The same star is described in Revelation 8:10

Mohammad once called Allah, Al-Darr, Allahs 91st name, the causer of harm, the inflicter of all suffering, the most evil and vile deceiver. Was this a clarification to who Allah really represents? The great deceiver and Satan? Allah brags and calls himself Khayrul-Makireen Quran 3:54 which literally means, the greatest of all deceivers. How is it that in the Bible it is Satan and his vessel, the Anti-Christ that are repeatedly referred to as the schemers, liars and the deceivers; but in the Quran is is Allah who is the greatest of all deceivers? Why does Allah swear by angels that tear out and destroy souls? Quran 79:1 These Jinns can be no other than the hosts of demons that serve their master, Satan otherwise known as Allah, the prince of darkness.


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G Miah 3 years ago from Muslim Nation Author

By what you have written it seems to me that you have decieved yourself and are very confused. You started by wanting to ask a question but then went blabbering on about something that you do not know or want to understand. Where are the questions?

Mohammed (peace be upon Him) was not called Allah. Allah is all the 99 names he has. He has the power to do all things and some are things that we humans cannot comprehend.

Satan is a Jinn but then there are good Jinns and bad evil Jinns. I don't think you actually read the article and have jumped to conclusions. Like i always say to all hypocrites and liars that you will know the answer when you your time comes. Wait for that day.


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tfox62@yahoo.com 2 years ago

I would like to thank you brother, for sharing this article. I have been instructed by my teacher, to look into the jinn. As a new Muslim, I have found it difficult to understand. This article has summed up the information, so that it is possible to understand. Thank you.


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G Miah 2 years ago from Muslim Nation Author

Welcome to Islam sister and I'm glad this information has helped you gain some knowledge about the Jinn.


vanchhy 2 years ago

Really scared....I am hindu...many of your terms are in muslim language. ...I am very spiritual and do pray daily...jinns can attack on me you really thik so...please help me...scaref


vanchhy 2 years ago

How Jinns atract towards human...I mean using perfume..mehendi...open hair attract jinns toward us...Please help really scared


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G Miah 2 years ago from Muslim Nation Author

Here's an advice that you have probably heard a lot before.

DO NOT FEAR THE JINN. DO NOT BE SCARED. Jinns scare the humans who are scared of them. Ignore them, forget about them. If you cannot forget about them then it'll be hard for you to live.

Even though the terms are in Muslim language (arabic) they have translations and are understandable. Don't worry about the Jinn, they are harmless.


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arksys 2 years ago from Adelaide, Australia

voted up and interesting... i will be writing a hub on protection soon ... i would also like to encourage you to read about Ruqya and ultimately add more in the protection section of this hub as i feel it will benefit you and all your readers. all the best brother.


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G Miah 2 years ago from Muslim Nation Author

Thanks for your support brother.

I think you have great skill in writing so you should try to write more Islamic articles as you have excellent research skills also.

Take care.


Shem 21 months ago

l need help..l am losing faith in Allah after what l am going through in my house it's like a walking graveyard.


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G Miah 21 months ago from Muslim Nation Author

If you lose faith in Allah then you will lose everything. Be patient. That's what Allah says in the Quran.

What are you doing about the situation? Are you consulting an Imam? What is the actual problem when you say that your house is a 'walking graveyard'?


Mubasher Mubashir 20 months ago

Shem Brother.

Follow the teachings of Allah and Believe on Allah for everything.

May Allah be kind with you. Ameen


Najma 19 months ago

Subuhanallah!!!! What makes jins posses humans?????


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G Miah 19 months ago from Muslim Nation Author

Most of the time it may be because humans disturbed their peace, for some fun and other times it may be because some Jinns love a human being.

Most of the comments highlight some of the effects and reasons of why they possess them.


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MizBejabbers 13 months ago

I'm not Muslim, but I do believe in your Jinns. I know all about the lower spirits that live with humans. I have a poltergeist jinn, as you call it, that sends my things off into another dimension. I can usually call them back because I am a Starseed.


Ameer 13 months ago

Thanks for the info ..

Its really helpful :)

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