GODS CREATION OF FIRE: THE DJINN
Many of us seem to be curious about whether there is extraterrestrial life out there and of course every now and then we read about UFOs. Well if you read the Holy Quran, God clearly mentions that many of His Creations such as the Angels and the Jinn are not apparent to the human eye. Whereas the Angels are made up of light the Jinn are made up of smokeless fire.
The Jinn have in their folds male members and females. And they have numerous offspring as well. Some of them are believers and then there are non-believers. They too can think and reflect like humans and choose between what is right and what is wrong. They are called Jinn because they are obscure from human sight. The Quran states that the Jinn were created before man. Jinn living amongst the humans are called Amaar. Those that antagonize and terrorize the young are called Arwaah. The evil ones that antagonize human beings are called Shayateen or the demons. Those who become stronger from harming humans are called Afreet.
There are three types of Jinn:
a) Those who can fly
b) Those that appear in form of dogs and snakes
c) Those who travel about on land
The famous scholar of hadith, Al Mash said, "A jinn appeared among us. I said to him, 'What is your favorite food?' He said, 'Rice.' We brought some to him and I would see the spoon go up and down but could not see anyone. I said, 'Do you also have people of desires [and innovations] among you like what we have?'
He said, 'Yes.'
I said, 'What is the situation of the Rafidha [extreme Shia] among you.' He said, 'They are the worst of us."'
They can appear in many forms on the earth such as dogs and snakes. Some of them are purely evil and are disciples of Satan.
The jinn, and Satan among them, eat and drink. In Sahih al-Bukhari it is recorded on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Prophet (peace be upon him) told him to get some stones in order for the Prophet (peace be upon him) to clean himself after defecation.
TheProphet (peace be upon him) told Abu Huraira, not bring me bones or dung." Abu Huraira asked the Prophet (peace be upon him) why he specifically mentioned not to bring those two items. The Prophet (peace be upon him) told him, "They are food for the jinn. A delegation of Naseeb came to me, and what nice jinn they are, and asked me about their provisions. I supplicated to Allah for them that they would never
pass by dung or bones except that they would find meat upon them."
And it is recorded in at-Tirmidhi, with a sahih chain, that theProphet (peace be upon him) said, "Do not clean yourselves with dung or with bones for they are food for your brothers among the And in Sahih Muslim it is recorded from Ibn Masud that a messenger from the jinn came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and he went with them.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) read to them some verses. The Prophet (peace be upon him) showed the people the remains of their embers. They asked the Prophet (peace be upon him) about their provisions and he told them, "Every bone on which the name of Allah has been mentioned will have meat on it for you. And the dung are fodder for your animals." Then he said, "Do not clean yourselves with them as they are food for your brothers."*
The Prophet also informed us that the devils eat with their lefthands and he ordered us to be different from them in this respect.
Muslim recorded in his Sahih, on the authority of Ibn Umar, that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,
""If one of you eats, he should eat with his right hand. And if he drinks, he should drink with his right hand. Verily, Satan eats with his left hand and drinks with his left hand.""
In the following hadith is recorded,
""Whoever eats with his left hand, Satan eats with him. And whoever drinks with his left hand, Satan drinks with him.""
WHERE JINN LIVE ON EARTH
The jinn live upon the same earth as humans do. Most of them can be found among the ruins and dilapidated areas, as well as the places where there are many impure things, such as, bathrooms, hashish dens, the places of the camels, cemeteries. For that reason, as Ibn Taimiya said, those people who are close to Satan usually inhibit such areas. There are hadith that say that one should not pray in bathrooms due to the impurities present and because it is the abode of Satan, or in cemeteries as this leads to polytheism and it is also a home for the devils.
The devils live in the same houses in which people live. One can stop them from entering or repel them from such houses by mentioning or remembering mentioning Allah (dhikr), reciting the Quran, in particular, surah al-Baqara and "the verse of the Throne" (verse 255 of that surah). The Prophet (peace be upon him) stated that the devils spread out and roam about increasingly when the dark first comes, and, therefore, he has advised Muslims to bring in their children during that period of time. This is stated in a hadith that was recorded by both AI-Bukhari and Muslim.
And the devils run away from the call to prayer and cannot stand listening to it. And in the month of Ramadhaan they are chained.
The places where the devils sit or gather
The devils love to sit between the shade and the sunlight. For this reason the Prophet (peace be upon him) forbade the Muslims to sit in such places. This hadith was recorded in the books of Sunah and other works and it is sahih.
Specific animals that the devils accompany
The devils some animals. such as camels. The
Prophet (peace be upon
"Verily the camel has been created from devils. And behind every camel is a devil.
For this reason, the Prophet (peace be upon him) has prohibited us from praying in the pastures of the camels.
It is recorded in Musnad Ahmad and Sunan Abu Dawud that the Prophet (peace be upon him said)
" Do not pray in the pastures of the camels for they are from the devils but pray in fields of the sheep for they are blessed."
THEIR ABILITY TO TAKE ON OTHER SHAPES
The jinn have the ability to take on the shapes of humans or animals. On the day of the Battle of Badr, Satan approached the polytheists in the form of a man called Suraaqa ibn Malik and he promised the polytheists aid and victory on that day. Concerning this event, Allah has revealed the following
And when Satan made their deeds seem fair to them and said: "No one of mankind can conquer you this day, for I am your protector."
But when the armies met and Satan saw the angels descending from the sky, he fled.
Satan is able to flow in the descendants of Adam like blood flows through a vein.
In Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih it is recorded that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,
""Verily, Satan flows in the human like the flowing of the blood."
They have no power over the pious worshippers of Allah
Allah did not give Satan the ability to compel mankind or force them to misguidance and disbelief. Allah says in the Quran,
Lo As for My slaves, you have no power over any except such of those that follow you" (al-Hijr 42). On the Day of Resurrection, Satan will say to those who followed him in this world to misguidance and destruction,
[Lo! Allah promised you a promise of truth; and I promised you, then Failed you.] And I had no power over you save that I called unto you and you obeyed me. I cannot help you, nor can you help me" (Ibraheem 22).
His mastery over them is through seduction and misguidance. He agitates and stirs them and leads them to disbelief and polytheism. He harasses them until they enter into it. And he never leaves them alone.
Allah says in the Quran,
Do you not see that We have set the devils on the disbelievers to confound them with confusion. (Maryam 83)
His power over them is not due to any proofs or arguments but is simply because the actions that he calls them to are in accordance with their own desires and wishes. They have harmed themselves. They allow their true enemy, Satan, to become their friend and master because they are in agreement with what he wants from them. When they stretch their hands to him, they become his prisoner as a type of punishment for their own acts.
Say: Shall We inform you who will be the greatest losers by their works? Those whose effort goes astray in the life of the world, and yet they reckon that they do good work 103-l 04).
And We assigned them comrades (in the world), who made their present and their past fair-seeming unto them(Fusilat 25).
The comrades are the devils. They make what is in front of them of this world very alluring so they are overcome by it. And they call them to deny the life of the hereafter. Satan makes that seem so pleasing and correct to them that they reject notions of resurrection, accountability, paradise and hell.
The Forms Devils Can Take
Sometimes Satan does not approach humans by way of whispering into his soul. Instead, he appears to them in the shape of a human; his voice can be heard but his body cannot be seen. Or he might take on a strange shape. Sometimes the jinn appear in front of humans and inform them that they are jinn. Sometimes they falsely claim to be angels. Sometimes they call themselves invisible men while at other times they claim to be from the world of the spirits.
All of these things have been related from people throughout the ages. Sometimes the devils speak directly to a person while at other times they speak through a medium or using the tongue of that person for a while. Sometimes, they may respond to humans in writing.
They can do much more than that. They have been known to
carry humans through the wind and take them from place to place. Or they may bring the person something he desires. But this is only done with the evildoers who do not believe in Allah as the Lord of the Heavens and the Earth or those people who do sinful acts. Many times, such people appear like the most pious of people but in reality they are the most misguided and corrupt people.
Many of the past and present have related such incidents and they cannot be denied since the reporting of such occurrences has been widespread and continuous.
Those who are served by the devils get close to them by way of sinful acts. Those who believe that they have been granted special powers and consider themselves special devotees of Allah are actually just being served by the devils.
Ibn Taimiya says that many of those people write the Word of Allah in impure substances and they invert the letters of the Quran, either the words of surah al-Fatiha, surah al-Ikhlas or other verses. And they write the Word of Allah in blood or other impure substances. And they write or make other statements that are pleasing to Satan.
If they say or write what is pleasing to the devils, then the devils aid them in satisfying some of their desires, such as transforming water or transporting them in the air to some places. Or they might steal wealth from other treacherous people who do not mention Allahs name over it and bring it to some of their selected friends and so on.
Making the Spirits Appear [Through Seances and Channeling]
Dr. Muhammad Muhammad Hussain has written a book entitled al-Roohiya al-Hadeetha in which he uncovers much of the deception that is performed under the name of this activity. The charlatans never perform their acts except under a very dim red light that approaches darkness. They make bodies appear. Sounds and movements come that darkness. Even the one who is watching closely cannot determine where people are sitting or where voices are coming from. Similarly, he cannot distinguish the different aspects of the room, such as its walls, doors or windows.
In that book, Dr. Muhammad discusses al-Khibaa (a separate chamber) which is a room that is cut off from the people present or in the corner or a room covered by a thick curtain. This is the place where the medium sits and it is from his hands that the alleged bodies appear. In the darkness of the room, it is that dark corner from where the spirits and voices come. And when they return they also return to that same place. It is not permitted for the people present to touch or look into the spirit or shape that has appeared. The author states that the spiritualists will never be at a loss, in such a dark environment, for any scientific instruments they need to perform their tricks.
Deceiving humans by such deception is an old and well- that the devils have always used to mislead mankind. They seek the peoples credibility and honor in the same way that they seek their wealth. Ibn Taimiya discussed a group of people of his time who were called al Bata ihiya. They claimed that they had knowledge of the unseen and that the truth was unveiled to them. They claimed that they could see and show people the invisible men. Then some of their deception was discovered. They used to send some women to some of the houses to find out the inner secrets of the household and then they would claim that such was some of the special knowledge that they were privy to.
They promised one man, who was hoping to be a ruler, to show him some of the invisible men. They made a long plank of wood. They set up a long platform on a mountain some distance away. This made it look like people were walking in the air. The deceived one will look at them from a distance and will see a people on the mountain, raised above the earth. They took from that man a great deal of money and then their deception was made clear to him.
They deceived another man called Qafjaq. A man would enter a grave and talk from the grave and he would think it was the dead speaking. They took him through a small gate in the cemetery to a man they claimed was al-Sharani from the hills of Lebanon. They did not bring him close to him but kept him far away so his blessings would return to him. They asked him for a great deal of money. Qafjaq said,
The shaikh knows the unseen and he knows that in all of my wealth, I do not have as much as he asked for. So Qafjaq got close and tore off the hair of the person and found that the faker was covering himself with a sheepskin.
Dr. Muhammad Muhammad Hussain also makes it clear that the mediums or channelers those people whom the spiritualists claim are naturally disposed to make the actual contact with the spirits and it isthrough them that they appear and speak- are usually deceiving fakes and liars. Most of these mediums are not of good character, nor are they religious. In fact, the spiritualists do not require any character or religion in their mediums. He mentioned an incident that happened to him personally that made it clear that these mediums are nothing but deceivers and liars. He also explained how some of those present are also involved in the scheme. And they are very careful just to pick participants who are not sharp enough to figure out the deception that is going on.
The claim of making the spirits appear is not of recent invention, but it is an ancient claim indeed. We have already discussed how some people had connections with the jinn. In fact, it is recorded in books of trustworthy people that some people claimed that the spirits of the dead had reappeared after the death of the person. Ibn Taimiya wrote, From those people [that is, those people of satanic influence involved inidolatry, polytheism, magic and so forth] are those who believe that if one of them dies, he returns to them after his death and talks to them, pays their debts, returns their pledges and advises them. He appears to them in the shape that he was in during his life. It is a Satan who appears in his form and they think it is actually him.
This claim of those people that the spirits appear is an attempt on the part of the devils, both jinn and human, to ruin the religion of the people. Those beings that appear are nothing but devils that come and speak in words that would destroy and demolish religion.
Those spiritualists who claim that they make the spirits appear and can cure people by them are nothing but liars; and the spirits are nothing but devils. Sometimes Satan even leaves such people and disgraces and humiliates them. In al-Qabas, a newspaper there was an article about a medium in England by the name of Peter Goodwin. He had come into spiritual powers by which he was able to perform many miracles, such as cure those it was difficult to cure, find lost items and so forth. And he had mastery over the spirits to have them help mankind.
Peter Goodwin, by his unique powers, was able to be in many places at one time. For example, his friends saw him in London, while, at the same time, some others saw him in Liverpool and still others saw him in Manchester. And during the whole time yet another group stated that he was not in any of those places but he was actually sitting at home with his family.
Sometimes his body would appear at different times in one and the same place. For example, he would be sitting among his friends, then he would enter upon them again and sit with them. Then again for a third and fourth time, sitting and talking with them. So there would be five Peters at a meeting.
But then Peter lost all of that and became like a normal person, without the ability to cure, find lost items, predict the future or control the spirits to serve mankind.
His downfall began last year when he began to use his spiritual powers that Allah had granted him for material gain. He now looks to his near past and says, What happened to me was not in the reckoning. The spirits became angry with me and have afflicted me by leaving me.