Interesting Facts about Jinns

Islam has been pretty clear about the existence of Jinns and how they will be judged in the hereafter for their deeds, much like human beings. While most Muslims know about the existence of jinns, many still know little to nothing about these beings made from smokeless fire by God. While Surah Jinn provides extensive information regarding said beings, this blog will highlight some interesting facts about jinns. Without further ado, let’s dig in.

Jinns were Created of Smokeless Fire

And the jinn He created of smokeless fire.

(The Holy Quran 55:15)

As mentioned earlier, Jinns were created of smokeless fire. While the concept may seem odd, it is observable. For instance, smoke is not produced when there is enough oxygen for combustion. On the flip side, combustion can take place when there is not enough oxygen, but smoke is also a byproduct.

While this explanation may not fully illustrate how jinns were created, it does explain the concept of smokeless fire and how it is not far from reality. Of course, only God knows best; His will is enough to do anything He desires, including creating a being from different matters.

Jinns are made from smokeless fire, human beings from clay and water, and angels from light.

Jinns follow different Religions

People assume that jinns are evil and demonic, but that is not always the case. Like human beings, jinns, too, follow different religions. Some jinns follow religions, and there are even those that deny the existence of God. The Holy Quran sheds light on jinns and their beliefs by stating:

And among us are some who are righteous and some who are quite remote from this. We are sects with different creeds.

(The Holy Quran 72:11)

Since the Holy Quran is the complete word of God delivered by Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him), it should not come as a surprise that there are jinns that follow Islam. The first verse of Surah Jinn states:

Say: “It has been revealed to me that a company of the jinn listened (to this Book), and they said: Truly, we have heard a marvelous Quran.

(The Holy Quran 72:1)

It is pretty evident that jinns are capable of thinking and making decisions like human beings.

Jinns can interact with Human Beings

While jinns are unseen, they are more than capable of interacting with human beings. The Holy Quran states the following about this matter:

And indeed individuals among mankind used to invoke the protection of individuals among the jinn, so that they increased them in deviation.

(The Holy Quran 72:6)

This verse implies that man and jinn can communicate with each other, but there have been instances where this communication has led to their downfall. Of course, now all jinn are evil, and not all communication is considered bad since Prophet Suleiman (Peace be Upon Him) communicated with jinns, who were also a part of his army:

And there were gathered before Sulaiman his forces of jinn, and men, and birds, and they were set in battle array.

(The Holy Quran 27:17)

Jinns have Unique Abilities

It is worth noting that jinns live on a separate plane of existence from humans, and their laws of space and time significantly differ from what we know. Jinns can travel great distances quickly, and this is evident in the following verse from the Holy Quran where Prophet Suleiman (Peace be Upon Him) asked a jinn for Sheba’s throne:

One giant among the jinn said: “I will bring it to you before you rise from your place. Truly I am strong enough, and trustworthy for this task.

(The Holy Quran 27:39)

While it may seem like a supernatural ability, it can’t be determined if jinns can travel great distances because of their abilities or the laws of the plane they exist on. Jinns are also known for having abilities like shape-shifting, longer lives, and greater strength.

Satan is a Jinn

While Satan (Iblis) was created before Prophet Adam (Peace be Upon Him), he was instructed by God to bow down to the first human being. Satan refused to bow down to Prophet Adam (Peace be Upon Him), and this story is highlighted in the Holy Quran, which also clarifies that Satan is a jinn:

Behold! We said to the angels, “Bow down to Adam”: They bowed down except Iblis. He was one of the Jinns, and he broke the Command of his Lord. Will ye then take him and his progeny as protectors rather than Me? And they are enemies to you! Evil would be the exchange for the wrong-doers!

(The Holy Quran 18:50)

Satan is one of the most prominent jinns in Islam. Despite worshipping God with complete determination for thousands of years, he fell from grace by disobeying God’s command. To prove his point, Satan has dedicated himself to misguiding humanity.

Read More: What Is Shirk in Islam?

Other Interesting Facts about Jinns

  • Jinns eat charcoal, animal dung, and bones.
  • Some jinns live in deserts and graveyards, while others in ruins and washrooms. Jinns can also inhabit human houses.
  • Some snakes are jinns.
  • Jinns were created before the first human, Prophet Adam (Peace be Upon Him).
  • Jinns marry, have children, and die, like all living creatures.
  • Animals can see jinns.

All in all, you have everything you need to know about jinns. You know jinn meaning and the importance of Surah Jinn, what they are made of, their abilities, and so on. If you would like to learn more interesting facts about jinns, leave a comment below!

6 thoughts on “Interesting Facts about Jinns

  1. In Malaysia, there are invisible entities known as “ Orang Bunian”. Are they Jinns, Hybrid Jinns i.e. product of marriage between Jinns and Humans or something else?

      1. It is not allowed to communicate with Jinns, let alone consider marrying them.

        Please be wary about spreading misinformation.

        Allah knows best.

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