In early Arabia and later Islamic mythology and theology there are supernatural entities known as jinns or djinns. They are mentioned frequently in the Qur’an and other Islamic texts. Jinn may b e malevolent , benevolent or neutral but they can also be tricksters. They are are also known as genies or demons in Islamic culture. These supernatural beings live in a world parallel to mankind. The name Jinn is from the verb “janna” which means to hide or conceal which is why many people have doubted their existence and they were also created before man.
Jinns can take on the form of anything from animals, nature and humans but they also have the ability to take over the minds and bodies of human beings, thus possessing and oppressing them. According to Qur’an, Jinn were created with fire and even though they are invisible to the naked eye (unless someone has the ability to see inter dimensional), they can very much so interact with people on the physical plane.
According to Islam, Jinn, like humans, are gendered and have free will. Angels on the other hand have no free will and are considered neither male or female.
Angels are made of light, Jinn are made out of fire and man is made out of earth.
TYPES OF JINN (TO NAME A FEW)
-Ifrit or Effrit
is a jinn who supposedly fetched the throne of the Queen of Sheba at the command of King Solomon. This Jinn is evil in nature according to text and difficult to control. They are however, natural schemers as well and trickster spirits.
is a type of jinn who is a shape-shifter and has the ability to take on the form of whirlwinds and desert storms. These were among the first of their kind to be discovered by people. Throughout history they have been known to protect armies they deem as righteous that travel through the desert and areas alike while impeding those they deem unworthy
is a large powerful jinn that is also mentioned in pre-Islamic Arabian mythology. Like most jinn they have free will but they can also be enslaved. They have the ability to grant wishes to mortals but it requires battle, imprisonment, rituals and a lot of flattery
-Shaitan or Shaytan
(Iblis in Islam) is known as the Devil in Islamic belief. The Shaitan or Iblis is a jinn who refused to bow to Adam. This type of jinn has no power other than the power to cast evil suggestions into the chests of men, women and other jinn. Also considered a strong demonic force. The Shaitan or Iblis is usually compared to Satan, who was originally an Angel.
*The Qur’an does mention appointing jinn to assist those who are far from God, or evil ones friends to those without faith.
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