Jinn

Jinn (Arabic: الجن‎, al-jinn), also Romanized as djinn or Anglicized as genies (with the more broad meaning of spirits or demons, depending on source), are supernatural creatures in Islamic mythology and theology as well as early pre-Islamic Arabian mythology. Besides the jinn, Islam acknowledges the existence of demons (Shayāṭīn). The lines between demons and jinn are blurred, since malevolent jinn are also called shayāṭīn.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answer updated 1 month ago

It is not permissible to seek help of Jinns through black magic to harm other persons. Allah (SWT) says in Quran (And some men were seeking help from some Jinns but the Jinns added on their difficulties)Sura Al-Jinn, Verse 6. This means that seeking help of Jinns is bad and harmful.

Harming others through any way is also a sinful act. So, the aim of harming others is out of Muslim morals and the mean of Jinns is also bad.

'Wassalam.

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 1 month ago

Yes.

However it is good to avoid being paranoid about jinns or black magic. Most jinns have better things to do than get involved in people's lives, and some people blame everything on jinns or black magic because it is easier or less painful than looking at some of the tangible and obvious reasons for why they are having problems. 

Of course, if someone genuinely feels they are having a problem in this area, it should be dealt with the same as one would deal with any other life problem. 

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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... Answer updated 8 months ago

The Qur'an itself does not discuss the topic of possession, in the sense of a non-human being taking over a human being, apart from emphasizing that the prophet is not insane/possessed (majnun). That it, it seems, at the time, people would receive or claim to receive messages from jinn or other beings, perhaps sometimes while possessed. The Qur'an does not argue that this is impossible; rather, it argues that the Prophet is above this, and that the revelation is directly from God.

Beyond that, one can glean from the fact that the Qur'an mentions humans and jinn as two halves of creation (thaqalayn) that there is some reason for us to know about each other and some sort of interaction, even though it is usually not visible. 

In practice, possession - in the sense of ceding one's self to an external being - is extremely rare, except in religious traditions where people put forth considerable efforts to induce this condition. (Of course, one can debate whether this is actually happening or not.) 

For most people, the most that might happen is that they might be somewhat influenced or affected by a being external to them (such as the waswas of Shaytan). If this does happen, it is not necessarily a sign of moral weakness or sinning; there are all sorts of factors that could contribute to it. (However, violence and licentiousness may also be contributing factors) Similarly, salat and du'a helps to avoid or mitigate this, although it is not an absolute guarantee that it will not happen. 

In any case, it is better not to be paranoid about these things unless one actually has a solid reason to think they have a problem. How often do jinn get blamed for the acts of men! 

 

Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 8 months ago

Human beings have their own world which is completely different from the wold of Jinns. Man can not influence Jinns as Jinns can not influence human beings.

Human beings are protected from the evil of Jinns. In few cases, some persons do wrong acts which make them very weak and can be influenced by Jinns, but it they can recover by remembering Allah (SWT) and seeking His help.

 Reciting Sura Falaq and Sura Naas is very useful in protection from every evil.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 11 months ago

It is not permissible in Islam to do anything with the Jinn. Allah (SWT)
in the Holy Qur’an said : “And some people from humans used to seek
help from Jinn but Jinn did not add on them but more difficulties”(Sura 72, Verse 6). So we Muslims are not allowed to try to approach Jinn or seek their help. Allah (SWT) guided us how to deal with our difficult situations relying on His help with out any need for Jinn.
Their world is their own world and our world is different world
completely.

Wassalam.

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... Answer updated 11 months ago

Spying is not acceptable in Islam, whether one is spying with one's physical eyes or using non-obvious/non-ordinary means. 

Jinn are not God and cannot know everything, although their unique nature allows them easier access to certain types of information about an individual living person.  There is nothing in Islam that precludes the possibility of communicating with jinn, but there is no guarantee that information received in this way is reliable. This is one reason the Qur'an emphasizes that it is from God and not inspiration from jinn (majnun). 

It is said in hadith (if I recall, from Imam al-Baqir) that there are jinn who serve the Imams and go to the followers of the Imams and report back to the Imams on their wilayah. Perhaps that is the most important type of finding out about people!

[Of course, the Imams do not require that assistance, but it is related, anyway.]

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answer updated 1 year ago

We should not blame Jinn when we lose or misplace our items. Jinns have their own world which is different from ours and we are been taught to recite Quranic verses to avoid any harm from bad Jinns and bad people i.e. Sura Al Falaq and Sura An Naas and Ayatul Kursi.

You should search properly for the lost items and pray to Allah (SWT) to guide you to find what you have lost or misplaced.

Reciting Sura Al-Fatiha and gifting the reward to the mother of Imam Al-Ridha (AS) is useful to find lost or misplaced items.

Wassalam.

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... Answer updated 1 year ago

It is not impossible but it is deeply, deeply unlikely. Unless you have a specific reason to think this is the case, it is better to focus on other explanations since it is easy to get paranoid about jinn doing things. How often do jinn get blamed for the acts of men! 

You should look around very carefully since things do sometimes get misplaced and also ask around where you live. Also, do not underestimate the capability of the human being for thievery. Human beings have much more use for your mobile phones and watches than jinn, as, last time I checked, no one has sighted any jinn wearing watches or using mobile phones.

However if you wished to genuinely pursue this, you would have to try to find out what happened and take it from there. Eg if a person who lives with you takes something, you can sometimes get it back by asking. If someone living in another country sneaks in, steals something, and sells it on eBay, it is a different case. This is not any different. How similar are the creations of Allah to one another!

However I still think that human beings are responsible here. 

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 year ago

Jinn are creatures like us, created by our Creator, Allah, who created every thing, but their world and situation, is not like us. They are not metaphysic but they are true existence in their own world. Jinn are not Satanic beings because we read in Quran about Jinns saying: There are among us that are righteous, and there are contrary, we are groups of different ways) Sura 72, Verse 11.

Jinns are unseen by us, because of our limitations, but there existing just like us in their own world. We are not responsible to go through details of Jinns world, on the contrary, we should avoid trying to get any help from Jinns because that will cause more hardships. ( Sura 72, Verse 6).

Wassalam.

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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 1 year ago

Anything is possible if Allah wills, especially if one is appealing to Allah and the Book of Allah. However there is no guarantee. 
 

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 year ago

Allah The Glorious did create for humans and Jinns two different worlds. Human world is for us and Jinn world for the Jinns. No Jinn can be a human and no human can be a Jinn. 

In Quran, we read about those humans who wanted help from the Jinns but got more hardships from the Jinns. (وأنه كان رجال من الإنس يعوذون برجال من الجن فزادوهم رهقا )(Sura Al-Jinn: 6).

Jinns have no control over human beings in usual cases, but there are some wrong acts which make the human being so weak that some Jinn can harm him.

Many disliked acts are mentioned in Hadeeths can cause such weakness. Sleeping in wrong time e.g. between Asr and Maghrib, or urinating inside water, eating Najis food etc.

Jinn can not posses a human being in usual cases. Allah (SWT) did not leave us unprotected from the harm of bad Jinns.

Many people think that or others are under the posses by Jinns, but it is not the reality all the times. It can be a mental or psychological case which they think it from the Jinns. So, we can not believe any one who thinks in this way blaming Jinns.

Even those who due to bad acts became very weak in front of Jinns, can easily go out of their control by reciting Quran and Du'a. Reciting Ayatul Kursi and Sura Falaq and Sura Naas has great benefits in protection, prevention and cure. Also reciting Verse 35 in Sura Ar- Rahman in clear or loud voice is very useful in removing the bad effect of Jinns and driving them away.

Repeating the names of Allah (SWT) and Salawaat and Istighfaar are always best protection from any harm.

Wassalam.

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 1 year ago

It is rare.

The human being is built in such a manner that this sort of thing is possible. 

However, most often, when people think that someone is possessed, it is usually the case that either (a) the person is acting according to their free will and other people around them refuse to accept that, or (b) there is undiagnosed mental illness (and often an unwillingness to look into the possibility of mental illness due to fear of stigma). Of course, all these things can work together, but don't blame jinn for things that are not their fault!