Jinn were brought to light via the religion of Islam, although texts do mention
them before Islam. It is from Islamic stories however where we get a clearer
picture of what the Jinn are. In fact, modern ideas of the Genie in the bottle is
directly from stories about the Jinn. The word genie is derived from the word
Jinn. Aladdin when he rubbed his lamp was speaking to a Jinn.
In the west, Jinn are very much misunderstood. Often we associate them with
demons or devils. Yes, some do have malevolent intent, and as I mentioned, the
“ devil” in Islam is a Jinn, but there are many Jinn who are “ good”. They are
more like humans than you can imagine, yet they have abilities we do not have,
but can harness.
The word Jinn comes the root Arabic word “ Janna” which means hidden or
concealed. I have to say the Jinn are very interesting to me; as I stated in the
introduction, they exist in an unseen world that parallels our own. They live
and die like we do, they have the same variety of free will that we do and most
intriguing is that they also share in our religious diversity. That latter statement
is most intriguing to me. We will get into that in a moment. The Jinn and
humans have a special relationship. We are both beings created that are not of
the angelic class. Although humans and Jinn can have angelic or demonic
qualities, we do not share the same spiritual essence, I guess you could say. In
terms of creation, Jinn were created first and then humanity. As it states in the
Quran “ Indeed we (God and his hosts) created man from dried clay of black
smooth mud. And we created Jinn BEFORE that from the smokeless flame of
fire.” Quran 15:26-27. Since they are created from fire, they tend to have a fiery
disposition as it were. They are, in essence, intermediary beings that are just
slightly beyond our plane of existence.
The Jinn, like humans have genders, although they can shape shift into
anything they want. The male counterpart is called “ Jinni," and the female is
Jinn and humans live very much side-by-side.
What about an existence that is known to be living and thinking and that lives
right here with us on our earth?
They live in our houses and they eat and drink with us. In fact, they even
spoil our thoughts and our hearts. These creatures drive us to destroy our
own selves and to spill each others blood. They make us worship them
or any other creature so that we will be deserving of the anger and wrath
of our Lord. The Lords anger will come upon us and the result for those
who have gone away from their Lord will be a raging fire.
Want to know more about the Djinn? We have several books which will teach you how to
contact them, or deal with them when attacked.