From the Islamic Perspective
Praise be to Allah (The Glorified and Exalted).
The existence of the Jinn race is based on the Qur’an and authentic hadith.
Similar to angels, jinns are part of the unseen world. The word “jinn” comes from
an Arabic root meaning “hidden from sight.” Jinn are commonly referred to as
spirits. The world of the jinn is separate from the world of man, with its own
The jinn race was created before mankind, but after the creation of the angels.
Iblis is the first jinn and is believed to be the father of the jinn race, just as Adam
(peace be upon him) is the father of mankind. This is mentioned in the following
verse of the Qur’an and hadith:
“And the jinn, We created aforetime from the smokeless flame of fire.” [15:27]
Qur'an - Ar-Rahmaan 55:15, 15
He created man (Adam) from sounding clay like the clay of pottery.
And the jinns did He create from a smokeless flame of fire.
The jinn have the same destiny and fate as man. The jinn race has been given
the freewill to decide to submit to Allah or choose to be ungrateful. They have
also been sent Messengers from among their own, but the Prophet Muhammad
(peace and blessings be upon him) was the last prophet and messenger, sent to
both mankind and the jinn race.
“And I (Allah) created not the jinns and men, except that they should worship Me
Similar to man, the jinns will be reckoned on the Day of Judgment:
“‘O ye assembly of jinns and men! Came there not unto you Messengers from
amongst you, setting forth unto you My signs, and warning you of the meeting of
this Day of yours?’ They will say: ‘We bear witness against ourselves.’ It was the
life of this world that deceived them. So against themselves will they bear witness
that they rejected Faith.” [6:130]
They are Part of The Unseen:
Allah (The Exalted and Glorified) through His Mercy for man, has placed a veil
over the eyes of mankind, so they cannot see the jinn. However, animals may see
the jinn. For example, horses and dogs can see the jinn. It is also the case that
the jinn can see man. The jinn reside in their own realm on Earth, existing
parallel to the world of man. This is mentioned in the following verses of the
“Soon shall We settle your affairs, O both ye worlds!” [55:31]
“O ye Children of Adam! Let not Iblis (Satan) seduce you, in the same manner as
he got your parents out of the Garden, stripping them of their raiment, to expose
their shame: for he and his tribe watch you from a position where ye cannot see
them: We made the devils [i.e. evil jinn] friends (only) to those without faith.”
Types of Jinn:
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) mentioned that there were three
different types of jinn:
Abu Tha’labah al-Khushani said:
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “The jinn
are of three types: a type that has wings, and they fly through the air; a type
that looks like snakes and dogs; and a type that stops for a rest then resumes its
journey [i.e. they appear to be nomadic].” [Reported by al-Tahhaawi in Mushkil al-
Athaar, 4/95, and by al-Tabaraani in al-Kabeer, 22/214. Shaykh al-Albaani said in
al-Mishkaat (2/1206, no. 4148): al-Tahhaawi and Abu’l-Shaykh reported it with a
In Saheeh Muslim (2236) it is narrated that Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (may Allaah be
pleased with him) said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) say: “In Madeenah there is a group of the jinn who have
become Muslim, so whoever sees any of these creatures let him give it a warning
three times, then if it appears after that he may kill it, for it is a devil.”
The word translated as “creatures” here refers to kinds of snakes that appear in
houses; they are not to be killed until they have been given a warning three
times, because they may be jinn. See Ghareeb al-Hadeeth by Ibn al-Atheer.
Al-Nawawi said: What this means is that if they do not disappear after being
warned, then they are not the kind of creatures that inhabit houses and they are
not among the jinn who have become Muslim, rather that is a devil so there is no
sin on you if you kill it and Allaah will never give the Shaytaan a way to prevail
over you by taking revenge, unlike the creatures (snakes) and jinn who have
become Muslim. And Allaah knows best. Sharh Muslim, 14/236.
The jinns have abilities beyond that of human beings. Some jinn can fly, they can
appear in different forms, travel quickly, and have an extraordinary level of
strength. Their bodies can also be sustained underneath the ground, underwater,
or in outer space (i.e. flying near the Earth in the lowest heaven). The jinn have a
much longer lifespan than humans, but they eventually die. Due to the fact that
the bodies of the jinn were created from fire, when they die, their bodies
evaporate into the air. Unlike man, whose body was created from the Earth, this
is why humans decay and become one with the Earth when they die.
The jinn may also appear in the disguise of other creatures. For example, jinns
can take the form of humans. This is mentioned in the following hadith:
Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said:
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) put me in
charge of guarding the zakah of Ramadan. Someone came to me and started
scooping up some of the food, and I said, “By Allah, I will take you to the
Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).”-He [the thief]
complained of being in need and having dependents, so Abu Hurayrah took pity
on him and let him go. This happened three times, and on the third occasion,
-Abu Hurayrah said: “I will take you to the Messenger of Allah. This is the third
time and each time you say that you will not come back, then you come back.” He
[the thief] said, “Let me go and I will teach you something by means of which
Allah will benefit you.” I said: “What is it?” he said: “When you go to bed, recite
Ayat al-Kursi, “Allah. There is no god but He, the Living, the Self-subsisting,
Eternal…” [2:255], until you complete the verse. Then you will always have a
protector [angel] from Allah, and no devil will come near you until morning
comes.” So I let him go, and the next morning I told the Messenger of Allah
(peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) what had happened. The Messenger
of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “He told you the truth,
although he is a liar. Do you know who you have been speaking to for three
nights, O Abu Hurayrah?” He said: “No.” He said: “That was a devil [a shaytaan or
evil jinn].” [al-Bukhari no. 3275]
From the above hadith, various points are evident. Firstly, the conduct of the
shaytaan, an Arabic word which refers to the evil jinn, is that they frequently lie
and speak untruthfully in order to mislead people. Secondly, the jinn are only
unseen to humans when they are in the form in which they were created. When
the jinns appear in other forms in the world of man, then they can be seen.
Lastly, Ayat al-Kursi can be recited in order to protect an individual from the harm
of the shaytaan.
The jinns usually live in unclean places, such as: garbage dumps, toilets, ruins of
buildings, etc. They also gather in the cemeteries during the night, reside in
buildings or homes that have been abandoned for over forty days, and they
congregate at construction sites. Besides these dwellings, the jinns are also
known to live underground and within water. Because of their dwellings most jinn
carry a foul stench. Many of them avoid the daylight and usually come out during
Zayd ibn Arqam reported:
The Apostle of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “These privies
[public bathrooms] are frequented by the jinns and devils [i.e. any jinn in
general]. So when anyone amongst you goes there, he should say: ‘I seek refuge
in Allah from male and female shaytaan.’” [Dawud: Book 1: Hadith 6]
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “When night falls, then keep
your children close to you, for the devils spread out then. An hour later you can
let them free; and close the gates (i.e. doors) of your house (at night), and
mention Allah’s Name thereupon (i.e. Bismillah), and cover your utensils (i.e.
foods), and mention Allah’s Name thereupon, (and if you don’t have something to
cover your utensil) you may put across it something (e.g. a piece of wood, etc.).”
[Bukhari: Book 4: Volume 54: Hadith 500]
Similar to humans, the jinns require food, water, and rest in order to survive. In
the following hadith, it is mentioned that some jinn eat bones:
Ibn Mas’ood reported:
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said,
“Someone from among the jinn called me, and I went with him and recited
Qur’an for them.” He [the Prophet] took us and showed us the traces of where
they had been and the traces of their fires. They [the jinn] asked him [the
Prophet] for food and he said, “You can have every bone on which the name of
Allah has been mentioned that comes into your possession, as meat, and all the
droppings as food for your animals.” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be
upon him) said, “So do not use [these things] for cleaning yourselves [after
relieving oneself], for they are the food and provision of your brothers.’” [Muslim
Similar to humans, the jinn have their own animals as part of their world. This is
alluded to in the following hadith, in which their animals eat droppings in order to
Ibn Mas’ood reported:
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “…all the
droppings as food for your animals.’” [Muslim no. 450]
Similar to mankind, the jinn race has its own languages, nations, leaders,
cultures, customs, religions, and so forth.
Some of the jinns are Muslims and others the contrary. In the following verses of
the Qur’an, Allah mentions a group of jinn who had become Muslims after hearing
the recitation of the Qur’an.
“Say: It has been revealed to me that a company of Jinns listened (to the
Qur’an). They said, ‘We have really heard a wonderful Recital! It gives guidance
to the Right, and we have believed therein: we shall not join (in worship) any
(gods) with our Lord. And Exalted is the Majesty of our Lord: He has taken
neither a wife nor a son.’” [72:1-3]
Every human has a jinn companion throughout his or her life, which is called the
qareen. The qareen is different from other jinn, because it specifically stays with
its human host throughout the life of the human, by shadowing the person. The
man has a male qareen and the woman has a female companion. It is sometimes
the case that an individual will die and other will say, "I have seen the spirit (or
ghost) of so-and-so." What they have seen is either the qareen of the dead or
another jinn in the guise of the deceased. This life involves man being tested by
Allah (The Exalted). The qareen is evil (a shaytaan) and whispers for man to
commit sins and disobey Allah. Therefore, it is part of the trial in this life that
every individual must overcome and not engage in the evil temptations of his
constant companion. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) also had a
qareen, but Allah made him become a Muslim:
Ibn Mas’ood said:
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “There is
not one of you who does not have a jinn appointed to be his constant
companion.” They said, ‘And you too, O Messenger of Allah?’ He said, “Me too, but
Allah has helped me and he has submitted, so that he only helps me to do good.”
[Muslim no. 2814]
The Believer suppresses his qareen by obeying Allah and adhering to His religion,
until the qareen becomes weak and unable to stop the Believer from doing good,
except what Allah Wills. The sinner, by his disobedience and evil actions, gives his
shaytaan the strength to encourage him to do evil and discourage him from doing
good. The Believer has to fear Allah and strive against his qareen, by obeying
Allah and His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him). It is wisdom and
insight in a Believer to realize that the qareen of other individuals may succeed in
causing that person to falter at any moment. Therefore, the Muslim should not
place himself or his children in a vulnerable position, alone with other individuals,
which may lead to being harmed. After the human counterpart dies, it is possible
for the qareen to still live on, considering that jinns naturally live longer than
humans. The Muslim should be aware of his constant companion as much as
possible and resist his sinful temptations.
The weakness of science – could be Jinn as science does not believe on Jinn and
is not as advanced as the Quran and Sunnah – We can not trust on kuffar, Allah
The notorious American Bigfoot is considered to be a large hairy hominoid that
lives in the forest. This creature is known by numerous other names from around
the world: Yeti, Sasquatch, Yowie, Abominable Snowman, Skunk Ape, Barmanou,
etc. Long before modern Americans gave eyewitness accounts of Bigfoot, many of
the Native American tribes that had lived in North America were well acquainted
with the creature. Some tribes considered Bigfoot as their “brother” from the
forest, which was a spirit that lived underground and surfaced during the night, in
order to feed. Some Native Americans also mention in their legends that Bigfoot
was capable of making himself appear visible and invisible. Another tribe, the
Dakota Indians, considered Bigfoot to exist in another dimension and to appear in
the world of man when they had reason. This jinn is perhaps the third type
mentioned in the section “Types of Jinn,” the one that stops for a rest then
resumes its journey, living a nomadic existence.
Mothman was the name given to a creature that appeared in Point Pleasant, West
Virginia in the 1960s. The creature was man-like in appearance, possessed two
large wings on its back, and was excessively hairy. The persons who came into
contact with the Mothman, mentioned that it could travel quickly and fly. This
creature has been seen around the world. For example, in Zanzibar, there is a
creature known as “Bat Wings,” which is described as being similar in appearance
to the Mothman. This is the jinn that has wings and flies. This was mentioned in
the section “Types of Jinn.”
Werewolf of Wisconsin:
In the state of Wisconsin, there have been numerous sightings of a large creature
that walks erect and has the features of a dog, which include: claws, a snout, and
excessive hair. Among the first sightings was by a man who spotted the
“werewolf” east of Jefferson, Wisconsin. While driving during the night, the man
spotted the beast digging in an old Indian mound. He described it as standing
erect over six feet, having a muzzle, and claws with three fingers and a twisted
thumb. The man came back to the spot the next night and found the same beast.
In the second encounter, the man said he heard the creature utter something that
was not tangible. The beast went away from the man and eventually vanished
The so-called “werewolf” or dog form of the jinn is well known around the world.
In fact, in Arabia, this was the manner in which the jinn were commonly seen
when they encountered Arabs in the world of man. This is the type of jinn that
looks like a dog and is mentioned in the section “Types of Jinn.” The jinn from
Wisonsin, is mentioned to have been seen digging in an Indian mound, which is a
graveyard, this is probably because he was searching for bones to eat. The
following account mentions the encounter of a Muslim with a jinn that appeared in
Strength of faith and religiosity in general will also prevent the jinn from harming
a person, so much so that if a Muslim were to fight with a jinn, the one who has
faith in Allah would win.
‘Abd-Allah ibn Mas’ood (may Allah be pleased with him) said:
A man from among the Companions of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah
be upon him) met a man [i.e. male] from among the jinn. They wrestled, and the
human knocked down the jinn. The human said to him, ‘You look small and skinny
to me, and your forearms look like the front paws of a dog. Do all the jinn look
like this, or only you?’ He said, ‘No, by Allah, among them I am strong, but let us
wrestle again, and if you defeat me I will teach you something that will do you
good.’ The human said, ‘Fine.’ He [the jinn] said, ‘Recite, “Allah! None has the
right to be worshipped but He, the Ever-Living, the One Who sustains and
protects all that exists…”’ [2:255]. The human said, ‘Fine.’ He [the jinn] said, ‘You
will never recite this in your house but the Shaytaan will come out of it like a
donkey breaking wind, and he will never come back in until the next morning.’”
[al-Darimi no. 3247]
Narrated ‘Abd-Allah ibn Ubayy ibn Ka’b that his father told him that he had a
vessel in which he kept dates. He used to check on it and found that the number
was decreasing. So he kept guard on it one night and saw a beast that looked like
an adolescent boy. He said: “I greeted him with salaams [peace] and he returned
my greeting, then I asked him, ‘What are you, a jinn or a human?’ He said, ‘A
jinn.’ I said to him, ‘Show me your hand.’ So he showed me his hand, and it
looked like a dog’s paw with dog’s fur. I said, ‘Do all the jinn look like this?’ He
said, ‘I know no one among the jinn who is stronger than I.’ I said, ‘What made
you do what you did [i.e., taking the dates]?’ He said, ‘We heard that you are a
man who loves charity, and we wanted to have some of your food.’” Ubayy asked
him, “What will protect us from you?” He said, “This ayah, Ayat al-Kursi.” Then
the next day he [Ubayy] went to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be
upon him) and told him (about what had happened) and he [the Prophet] said,
“The evil one spoke the truth.”
Unidentified Flying Objects:
UFO sightings have always been plentiful. Although many of them may be
aircrafts or lights, some of them are jinn. For example, during World War II, many
war pilots spotted circular balls of light flying and encircling their planes. These
lights appeared interested in the aircrafts and would also engage in a game of
“cat and mouse” with the pilots. This type of activity continues to happen to pilots
in modern times. Since jinns can change their form into various appearances,
including the circular light appearance, these were jinn. The Kung! tribe (Bush
Men) living in the southern part of Africa have also complained that evil spirits
appear to them in this form during the night. It is also the case that some video
footage has showed these spherical lights creating crop circles. There have also
been accounts by individuals who have had jinns living within their homes,
mentioning the fact that the jinn appear as circular spheres of light.
And Allah (The Glorified and Exalted) Knows Best.
Signs of Jinn possession:
There are many signs of jinn possession, every person is different. Some have 1
or 2 signs while others have many or all of these signs depends on how close the
person is to Allah (swt) and how much they worship Him.
There are those who became possessed before they were practicing islam ie. By
wearing taweez or going to magician for help, or harming the jinns. So that jinn
that's now inside the muslim can't stop him/ her from becoming guided and
become practising muslim since hidaya (guidence) is in the Hands of Allah swt.
Allah swt Guides whom He Wills and allows to be misguided who He Wills and He
has Power over all things.
But if the person's eman is strong and the jinn is weak there will be very little
signs of it.
The signs are many but the main ones are...
*1. Feeling a heaviness on the shoulders and/ or head or head ache when
standing up for salah.
*2. Feeling a movement (actual movement or like a pulse) or a pain (can be
moving pain) or burning (part of the body becoming hot) or pins and needles,
numbness, shaking, fear, anxiety when listening to the Quran with ear
phones with a loud volume.
*3. Dislike of reading or listening to Quran, urge to turn it off, or agitated and
irritated or angry (opposite of tranquillity)
*4. Anxiety or fear of going to the masjid or feeling uncomfortable in the masjid
or getting head aches during Islamic lectures etc.
5. Dislike of azan.
6. Insomnia (either can't sleep to very late and just before fajr feeling very tired,
or broken sleep)
Some jinns are black dogs, snakes and lions, lizards, rats, carnivorous animals
and give birth to the same type of jinns.
Others are flying jinns so u see men flying in the dream, others are earth bound
ones but are very ugly so they chase you.
Some take pleasure by causing a person to have a wet dream.
These nightmares will be quite frequent ie. Always seeing one self being chased
by a black dog, or a lion, snake or a ugly man.
Seeing a lion caged up.
Seeing a tall bold headed man.
Seeing snakes around you or trying enter the house etc.
Every case is different.
8. Anxiety- Fear of sleeping and fear of dying for no reason. Sometimes at night
other times at maghrib time
*9. Urges or thoughts to jump off bridge or commit suicide or go to the park at
maghrib time or at night alone!
*10. Hearing voices in the head, sometimes a clear distinct voice.
11. Preferring to keep one self away from family and like to be alone. Like to sit
12. Prefer not to have showers or keep one self clean. Dislikes good smells
13. Uncontrollable or irrational anger.
*14. Obscene thoughts during salah- pornographic or even kufr things like
throwing the Quran.
15. Urge to push people or babies down the stairs.
16. Pain in the left hand and constant pain in parts of the body.
17. Bigger appetite but the body does not absorb the nutrients which may lead
to health problems which medically can not be explained (excessive bleeding or
no menses for women)
18. Sometimes cry or laugh for no reason, or the feeling he wants to run, does
not feel comfortable being still
19. Can sometimes smell things that others around him can not smell
20. Experience sexual encounters when sleeping
21. Forgetfulness, especially in acts of worshipping Allah
22. Doing things out of character
Allah knows better
You will know as soon as you read these signs if they apply to you or not. No
need to concentrate and force your self to believe these things apply to you.