What does Islam say about Jinn?
In the course of history man has deep attraction for supernatural plus the unseen things. The existence of the other world parallel to our own world always fascinated people. People have different individual views about that world which is often called spirit world. Some people have this view that these spirits are only the souls of the dead people-or ghosts. According to some other people these spirits are only forces. These forces can be good or evil which are continuously battling against each other. Islam tells us the true explanation of that world. Like another way, Islam furthermore claims to explain this realm of the unseen. It's from that realm which Islam clarifies to us concerning the world of the Jinn. The Islamic explanation of the Jinn gives us so many answers of mysteries. Without the knowledge on this world, the Muslims would certainly become just like the non-Muslims and turn into running around looking for any old reply to come the way. So the question is who Jinn are or what are jinn?
• Existence of Jinn
“Jinn” is an Arabic world and the verb of “Jinn” is “janna” which means to conceal or to hide. They remain invisible physically that’s why some people do not have believe on existence of jinnat. But as a muslim we have believe on the existence of this invisible creature because Allah Almighty has told about the existence of Jinn. In Quran E Hakeem Allah has told about the origin of Jinn. It is said in Surah E AL- Hijar that:-
“We created man from clay of (stinking) transmuted slime. And the Jinn - We created them earlier from a scorching fire.”
Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH) also told about the origin of Jinn. It is said By Him that:-
“The Angels were created from light and the Jinn from smokeless fire.”
This description of jinn tells much about them. They are created from fire and of course this origin tells about the relationship of humans with jinn. Allah has said that they are created for worship like humans are created. In Quran E Pak Allah has said that:-
“And I have not created the Jinn and mankind but that they should worship Me”
Jinns can be Muslim or non Muslim. Some of them become Muslim. They did this in the time of prophet (PBUH). In Quran E Hakeem it is said that:-
“Say, ‘It has been revealed to me that a group of the Jinn listened1 and then said, “Indeed, we have heard an amazing recitation. It leads to rectitude, and so we believed in it. Therefore, we shall never associate any with our Lord.”
Jinn can be appeared in front of man in any form and it is told in Ahadith too. One incident tells about it that:-
A sahabi , returning from the battle of Khandaq saw his newly wed wife stood outside their house. He could not bear this sight and got extremely angry . He pointed the spear (at her), which he had in his hand, and asked her for an explanation. She asked him to go inside the house and see what was there before taking any further action against her. She was obviously scared by what she had seen. He entered the house and saw a huge python. He (thought he) killed the python but as he was returning, it suddenly attacked him and it was not known which of the two had died first.
• Abilities of Jinn
Allah Almighty has given them many abilities and powers. To test them these powers are given.
• Jinn have been given power to change their form and appear in front of human beings in various forms; such as an animal, a reptile, or even a human being.
• They have ability and power to take over the minds and the bodies of other creature. But Islam tells us about the reasons that why they do this. When they hurt by anyone accidentally or they fallen love with someone they do this. But mostly this happens because jinn are wicked. The name of Allah is used to expel the jinn.
May Allah Save us from this wicked creature. (Ameen)