Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answered 8 months ago

I am not aware of any classical sources that specifically identify Za'far the jinn as coming to Karbala, although this story became popularized later. However, there are narrations which indicate that some of the jinn sympathized with or sought to aid Imam Husayn (A), and so the story of Za'far the jinn can be seen as reflective of that general idea. 

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