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What do Jinns look like?

Mankind should know that the Almighty Allah sent Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) to both worlds. These are the world of Humankind and the world of Jinns.

Belief in Allah and obedience to him was made compulsory on us and them as well. All humans and Jinns must obey what Allah and His Prophet allowed. They also must order what Allah and the Prophet ordered. They must love what Allah and His Prophet loved and hate what Allah and His Prophet hated.

They will be punished by Allah. This is for those who, after being shown proof, do not believe in Him and his Prophet. This punishment applies to both humans and Jinns. This punishment will be similar to what happened to those who didn’t believe in earlier prophets.

Jinns in the quran

In the Quran Allah has also informed us about the Jinn in verse 14 of surah al-jinn by reporting that some Jinns said:

And among us are those who have submitted ˹to Allah˺ and those who are deviant. So ˹as for˺ those who submitted, it is they who have attained Right Guidance.

Surah Al-Jinn 14

Names for the Jinns in the Arabic language

In Arabic, the names for the Jinn vary. Ibn Abdul Barr, a knowledgeable scholar, explained this.

  1. When referring to Jinns independently, they are called “Jinni.”
  2. If discussing those Jinns who dwell among humans, they are known as “Aamar,” with the plural being “Amaar.”
  3. Those Jinn who trouble the young are referred to as “…”
  4. They are called “Shaitan” for one and “Shayateen” for many.
  5. When Jinn become even more malevolent and potent in causing harm, they are known as “Afreet.”

These distinctions are important. They help us understand the various types of Jinn. The Prophet (ﷺ) explained them.

What do Jinns look like

Jinns, according to Islamic scholars, are a varied and mysterious creation. Humans generally share a common appearance. In contrast, Jinns come in many forms. This makes it hard to categorize their looks. Compared to the animal kingdom: lions, elephants, mice, and zebras coexist. They have distinct features. Jinn shows an even broader range of traits.

Islamic scholars think Jinns come in all shapes and sizes. Some can fly, while others crawl. They vary from super big to tiny, making them hard to measure in just one way.

Also, Jinns can appear as dark shadows or wisps. This further complicates attempts to describe their appearance. Also, their forms may look like animals. Some have features like dogs or other creatures. This diversity shows the Jinns realm is complex. It also highlights its difference from the human world.

Jinns can take many forms. But, Islamic teachings say that humans are the best of creation. The divine gave them beauty and grace. Even the most beautiful Jinns are said to be less splendid than humans. This is shown by Allah’s creation of mankind in the finest of forms. Thus, Jinns have many appearances. But, they are thought to lack the divine perfection given to humans.

Islamic scholars often encounter Jinns. They have shared accounts of witnessing these elusive beings in various forms. These encounters often challenge norms. They blur the line between the seen and unseen.

One such encounter involved a Jinns appearing as a mirage. It was marked by wavy, yellow-tinged heat waves. This surreal event showed the elusive Jinns ability to cross between worlds. It was a testament to their nature.

In another instance, a scholar recounted seeing a hooded figure through a window. They then saw it disappear as it passed through a closed door. This eerie encounter showed the mystery of Jinns. They can move between dimensions. The scholar tried to understand the phenomenon. But, the experience left a lasting impression. It led to more reflection on the nature of the spiritual realm.

Encounters with jinn are not limited to certain places or times. This is clear from accounts of sightings during pre-dawn prayers and daylight. The sightings are unpredictable and intense.

They show how jinn manifestations are dynamic. They can affect human consciousness. Also, the jinn come in many forms, from human-like to animal-like. This variety adds complexity to jinn encounters. It challenges scholars to reconcile their experiences with theology.

In some cases, scholars have reported encountering jinn. The jinn appeared as creatures from fantasy literature. For example, orcs or gremlins. These sightings may evoke fear or uncertainty.

But, they also provide insights into the web of spiritual forces that shape our reality. The encounters are surreal. But, scholars remain firm in their faith. They are committed to seeking knowledge and understanding.

Additionally, you might spot jinns as twinkling lights or quick shadows. They make you question if what you see is just a trick of the eye or something truly mystical. These strange events can’t always be easily explained, but they make you think about the hidden powers all around us. They push experts to explore the mysteries of the universe.

Scholars have also studied jinn possession. In it, these beings influence human behavior and consciousness. They do so in addition to their external manifestations. Possession represents a deep spiritual connection.

It is distinct from mere sightings. It shows the potential impact of jinn on human affairs. Scholars have dealt with possession cases. They stress the need for spiritual vigilance and connection to Allah. These protect against evil forces. (Dua for evil) and (Ayatul Kursi)

Navigating the spiritual realm has challenges. But, scholars stay steadfast in seeking knowledge and understanding. They seek guidance and protection from unseen forces. They do this through prayer, reflection, and following Islamic teachings.

Encounters with jinn may evoke awe or fear. But, they also offer chances for spiritual growth. They prompt scholars to better understand the divine order that rules the cosmos.

What do Jinns eat?

Among the Jinn, including Satan, it is known that they consume food and drink. In a narration from Sahih al-Bukhari, Abu Huraira recounted an incident. The Prophet (ﷺ) told him to gather stones for cleaning after relieving himself. The Prophet (ﷺ) explicitly instructed Abu Huraira not to bring bones or dung.

When asked about this rule, the Prophet (ﷺ) explained that these items are food for the Jinn. He mentioned an encounter with a group of Naseeb Jinn. He remarked on their kindness. He prayed they would find food without having to resort to dung or bones.

The Prophet (ﷺ) also told his followers to eat and drink with their right hands. This is different from the Jinn, who eat with their left hands. This directive is found in Sahih Muslim on the authority of Ibn Umar.

So, believers must heed these teachings. They must set themselves apart from the practices of the Jinn and Satan.

Do the Jinns marry and procreate?

It is a subject of inquiry whether the Jinn marry and reproduce. Evidence suggests that they engage in sexual activity. Some scholars cite the description of spouses in paradise, as mentioned in the Quran.

It says: “Therein are those of modest gaze, whom no man or jinn will have touched before them” (Surah al-Rahmaan 56). Some Hadith mention Jinn having offspring. But, the truth of these narrations needs careful examination. Still, the Quranic verse affirms that Jinn have sex. It provides enough evidence.

Do the devils and Jins die?

According to Islam, jinn, including the devils among them, are mortal. This truth finds resonance in the noble Quran, wherein it is stated:

“Everyone that is therein will pass away; There remains but the countenance of your Lord of Might and Glory. Which is it, of the favors of your Lord, that you deny?”

(Surah Ar-Rahman, 55:26-28)

Furthermore, the Sahih al-Bukhari is a collection of authentic Hadiths. In it, Ibn Abbas narrates that the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) would often seek refuge. He would say:

“I seek refuge, by your Glory, the One, whom there is no other god but You, the One who does not die, and the jinn and mankind do die.”

The exact lifespan of jinn and devils is veiled from us. But, Allah has granted Satan a reprieve until the Day of Judgment. This is mentioned in the Quran:

“He said: Reprieve me till the day when they are raised (from the dead). He said: Lo! you are of those reprieved”

(Surah Al-A’raf, 7:14-15).

Regarding other jinn or devils, their lifespans are undisclosed to us. Nonetheless, it is evident that their existence exceeds that of humans. Historical accounts attest to the death of devils. For example, Khalid ibn killed the devil of al-Uzza, an idol tree worshiped by the Arabs. Also, a Companion defeated a jinn in the form of a serpent. I will explain this later.

Where do jinns live?

According to Islam, it is understood that the jinn inhabit the same earthly domain as humans. They tend to dwell in places marked by neglect and decay, such as ruins and abandoned sites. Impurity is also found in bathrooms.

It’s found in dens where hashish is consumed, places where animals are kept, and cemeteries. These beings often visit these places. Ibn Taimiya was a respected scholar. He noted that those who are inclined towards evil are often drawn to such locations. This echoes the presence of jinn.

Islamic teachings caution against praying in impure areas, like bathrooms. They are seen as the abode of Satan. The teachings also caution against praying in cemeteries. Doing so may lead to polytheistic beliefs and serve as a dwelling for evil spirits.

Also, jinn gather in places that may have negativity. For example, marketplaces. The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) advised his companions not to be the first to enter. Or the last to leave such places. He emphasized that Satan erects his banner in marketplaces. This advice is recorded in Sahih Muslim.

Jinn are also believed to reside within human dwellings. However, their entry can be stopped by saying the name of Allah (dhikr). They can also be stopped by reciting verses from the Quran. Especially, reciting Surah Al-Baqarah and Ayat al-Kursi (verse 255 of Surah Al-Baqarah) helps.

The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) warned against letting children outside at dusk. He said jinn roam more then. These warnings are in hadiths in both Sahih Al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim.

Moreover, it is said that jinn flee from the call to prayer (dua after adhan) and are unable to endure its recitation. During Ramadan, they are believed to be restrained or chained. They cannot exert their influence as freely.

Jinns ability and their strength

Allah has endowed the jinn with powers and abilities beyond those granted to humans. Allah has revealed some of their amazing abilities. These include great speed and agility.

In an account from the Quran, a Satanic jinn made a boastful promise to Solomon. It claimed the ability to move the throne of Sheba to Jerusalem so fast. It said it was faster than a person getting up from sitting. However, a person knew the scripture. They said they could bring the throne before Solomon looked at him.

The Quran recounts this incident. It states:

“A jinn stalwart said, ‘I will bring it to you before you can rise from your place.'”‘ Lo! I verily am strong and trusty for such work.’ One with whom was knowledge of the scripture said: ‘I will bring it to you before your gaze returns to you.’ And when he saw it set in his presence, and he said, ‘This is from the bounties of my Lord.'”

(Quran, Surah An-Naml, verses 39-40)

The Animals of the Jinns

In a narration by Ibn Masud found in Sahih Muslim, the jinn approached the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ). They sought clarification about their sustenance. The Prophet responded, “Every bone has Allah’s name.

It becomes food for you.” When it falls into your hands, it is covered with flesh. And the dung of camels serves as fodder for your animals.” Through this teaching, the Prophet (ﷺ) told us that the jinn indeed have animals. Their food includes the dung of earthly creatures. This is especially true for their animal companions, like camels.


  • Arish Husain

    Assalam Alaikum beautiful people! someone who loves Prophet Muhammad and his family a lot. I like finding new ways to teach important stuff, so everyone can understand what Allah wants from us and His plans. We learn to listen for whispers from Allah, understand big plans, get ready for whatever Allah has for us, and try our best. I hope Allah's blessings guide us on this special journey.Allah hu Akbar!

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