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.
Attack of The Jinn - My Experience
- Islamic Stories - Attack Of The Jinn
This is a true short story about my experience of getting attacked by a jinn. I nearly got killed by a jinn in my sleep. You may call it sleep paralysis, but i believe otherwise! Do Jinns exist? YES!
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.
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).
- 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
Ayah Al-Kursi for Protection From Allah Against Evil
Said Rageah - 4 - The World Of Jinn Parts 1 and 2
Fantastic talks on Jinns in Islam, watch it!
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.”
"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)
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)
"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!!!)
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.
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)"