Islamic Perspective: The Existence of Jinnaat

There are different kinds of Jinnaat, but Quran only mentions three: Djinn, ‘Ifrit, and Marid. In addition to the Jinnaat mentioned in the Quran, people believe that there are other types of Jinnaat such as Jann, Ghul, Shaitans, Hinn, Nasnas, Shiqq, Si’lat, and many more. The names of the Jinnaat vary country to country.

 The Existence:

Islam endorses the fact that Jinnaat are beings created by the will of God and they live on earth in a world parallel to mankind. The word Jinn has an Arabic origin and is derived from the word Janna, which means to conceal oqr hide. As the description suggests they are physically invisible and humans can’t see them. The invisibility is one of the reasons why most of the people don’t believe in their existence. However, if one believes in Allah and His words, they should not deny the existence of Jinnaat.

It is mentioned in the Quran:

“Indeed We created man from dried clay of black smooth mud. And We created the Jinn before that from the smokeless flame of fire”

(Surah Al-Hijr 15:26-27)

The Jinnaat were created before man. The prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:  “The Angels were created from light and the Jinn from smokeless fire”. This description suggests that Jinnaat were created from fire, their nature is similar to that only, and thus their relationship with humans has been built upon this.  Just like, humans their sole purpose of life is exactly what it’s ours.

Allah mentions in the Quran:

“I did not create the Jinn and mankind except to worship Me”

(Surah Ad-Dhariyat 51:56)

Similar to humans, Jinnaat can be Muslims and Non-Muslims. However, due to their fiery nature majority of them are non-Muslims. The Non-Muslim Jinnaat are considered to be a part of Satan (Iblees)’s army. The Non-Muslim Jinnaat are also known as Shaytans (Devils). The first few Jinnat became Muslims after getting moved by the recitation of Quran in the time of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). It is mentioned in the Quran:

“Say (O’ Muhammed): It has been revealed to me that a group of Jinn listened and said; ‘Indeed we have heard a marvelous Qur’an. It guides unto righteousness so we have believed in it, and we will never make partners with our lord'”

(Surah Al-Jinn 72:1-2)

In most of the aspects Jinnaat are similar to us. They marry, they eat and drink, they have children and they even die. However, their life span is much greater than ours. Just like human beings, they will also be accountable for their deeds on the Day of Judgment and will be granted heaven or hell.

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