Through their powers of flying and invisibility, the Jinn are the chief component in occult activities. Voodoo, Black magic, Poltergeists, Witchcraft and Mediums can all be explained through the world of the Jinn. Likewise, so can the illusions and feats of magicians. Because the Jinn can traverse huge distances over a matter of seconds, their value to magicians is great. In return for helping them in their magic, the Jinns often ask for the magicians to sell their souls to them and even to Iblis. Thus the magicians take the Jinn and Iblis as lords besides Allāh. In our day, some of the feats performed by magicians and entertainers are without doubt from the assistance of the Jinn. Making the Statue of Liberty disappear, flying across the Grand Canyon and retrieving a ship from the Bermuda Triangle7, have all been done by the Jewish magician David Copperfield. There is NO way that a man could do such things without the assistance of the Jinn. It would not be surprising therefore, if David Copperfield had sold his soul to Iblis himself. Because of their involvement with the Jinn, and its result in shirk, the Prophet ṣallallāhu ͑alayhī wa-sallam said: “The prescribed punishment for the magician is that he be executed by the sword”.8 Some may argue that this is barbaric, but if, the likes of David Copperfield truly had powers, then they could just put theirheads back on again!!
One of the most frequent activities associated with the Jinn, is fortune telling. Before the advent of the Prophet ﷺ fortune-tellers and soothsayers were wide spread. These people would use their associates from the Jinn to find out about the future. The Jinns would go to the lowest heaven and listen to the Angels conversing amongst themselves about events of the Future which they heard from Allāh. The Jinns would then inform the fortune-tellers. This is why before the time of the Prophet ﷺ many fortune-tellers were very accurate in their predictions. However, upon the Prophet’s arrival the heavens were guarded intensely by the Angels, and any Jinn who tried to listen was attacked by meteors (shooting stars):
وَحَفِظْنَاهَا مِن كُلِّ شَيْطَانٍ رَّجِيمٍ ﴿١٧﴾ إِلَّا مَنِ اسْتَرَقَ السَّمْعَ فَأَتْبَعَهُ شِهَابٌ مُّبِينٌ ﴿١٨﴾
“And We have guarded it (the heavens) from every accursed devil, except one who is able to snatch a hearing and he is pursued by a brightly burning flame.”
(Sūrah al-Ḥijr, 15:18)
The Prophet ﷺ also said: “They (the Jinn) would pass the information back down until it reaches the lips of a magician or forrtune-teller Sometimes a meteor would overtake them before they could pass it on. If they passed it on before being struck, they would add to it a hundred lies”9. Thus, it is clear from this as to how fortune-tellers get predictions of the future right. It is also evident as to why they get so many wrong. Men like Nostradamus10 are an example, as some of his predictions of the future were correct whilst many were completely wrong. Unfortunately, the amount of fortune telling which occurs amongst the Muslims is also increasing. By visiting Muslim lands such as Morocco, one is able to see as to how much inter Jinn-fortune-teller activity there really is. If you look up at the sky on a clear night in Morocco, you will see the heavens ablaze with shooting stars! A clear display of the devils being chased away from the heavens.
Fortune-tellers also operate through the Qareen. The Qareen is the Jinn companion which is assigned to every human being. It is this Jinn which whispers to our base desires and constantly tries to divert us from righteousness. The Prophet ṣallallāhu ͑alayhī wa-sallam said: “Everyone of you has been assigned a companion from the Jinn. The companions asked: Even you O’ Messenger of Allāh? And the Prophet replied: Even me, except that Allāh has helped me against him and he has submitted. Now he only tells me to do good”‘11. Because the Qarīn is with a person all his life, it knows all that has happened to the person from the cradle to the grave. By making contact with the Qarīn, the fortune-teller is thus able to make out that it is he who knows about the person. He looks in his crystal ball or the palm of a person and proceeds to amaze him with knowledge which no one else knows12. The severity of going to a fortune-teller is such that the Prophet ṣallallāhu ͑alayhī wa-sallam said: “The prayer of one who approaches a fortune-teller and asks him about anything, will not be accepted for forty days or nights”13 and: “Whosoever approaches a fortune-teller and believes in what he says, has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muḥammad”.14
The effects of the Jinn are not just limited to fortune-tellers. Other activities such as oujia boards and seances, which are used to contact the dead, are manipulated by the Jinn. ‘Are you there Charlie? Speak to us Charlie!!’ are the sort of words spoken by anxious relatives (names are obviously different!) seeking to make contact with their loved ones. And it is when the Jinn starts to talk and communicate as ‘Charlie’, that the people are truly fooled.15
One of the biggest manipulations of the Jinn is through visions. Through these visions the Jinns are more likely to lead people away from the worship of Allāh then any other way. When a person sees a vision in front of his eyes it is something which is very hard to explain away. Only by having knowledge of the world of the Jinn and conviction in Allāh, can a person fight such a trial. The countless numbers of visions of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary over the centuries has been a popular choice for the devils. It almost seems as if leading Christians astray is the most easiest trick for the Jinns! Not only are Christians fooled by these visions, but often the Jinns possess and begin to talk from their voices. To the Christians this is known as the tongues of the Angels and thus a proof for their faith. However, the amount of unintelligible nonsense and rubbish which is heard is a clear proof that this is in fact the tongues of the devils! For other people, visions of their parents or relatives are commonplace. By taking on the form of peoples parents, the Jinns can convince people that the souls of dead people still mix with the people of the earth. This is why so many people believe in ghosts.
The onslaught of satanic visions has also hit the Muslims. Many Muslims claim to have seen visions of the Prophet Muḥammad ﷺ and even Allāh! By doing this, Shaytan is able to lead astray the weak Muslims. Through such visions, Muslims are often told that the commands of Islām are not applicable to them. The Jinns tell them that Prayer, Fasting, Ḥajj etc. are not obligatory for them. It is a great deception and unfortunately one which has been very effective. The extent of satanic visions still continues to this day. The recent death of Diana Princess of Wales sparked off great love and adoration for this woman. In fact the grief of the British people was such, that it was as if Diana was something divine. No sooner had the mourning of Diana reached its peak, that visions of her were already being seen at Hampton Court Palace! If these visions did occur, the desire of Iblis and his army of Jinn to capitalise on this event, was evident. Such visions are clear attempts by Iblis to lead mankind away from the path of Allāh .16
The world of the Jinn is one which is both sinister and intriguing. By knowing of this world we can explain many of the mysteries and issues which bother us. By doing this we can avoid the extremes which the people have gone to; nothing being more extreme then worshipping others besides Allāh. By learning the Tawḥīd of Allāh, we defend ourselves from these hidden allies of Iblis:
إِنَّهُ يَرَاكُمْ هُوَ وَقَبِيلُهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَا تَرَوْنَهُمْ ۗ ﴿٢٧﴾
“Indeed he (Iblis) and his tribe watch you from a position where you cannot see them”
(Sūrah al-Aʿrāf, 7:27)
Maybe there is a Jinn sitting in the corner of your room right now, or even one behind you. If so, then how will you deal with this creation of Allāh? Learn Islām properly and you will be able to deal with all of Allāh’s creation – and not just the Jinn. By becoming true Muslims and followers of Islām, the fear of Iblis, Jinns and anything else will leave us – nothing will touch the Believer unless Allāh wills.
- Reported by Muslim – Eng. Trans. Vol. 4, p.1540, No.7134
- It must be remembered that Iblis is a Jinn and not an Angel. The concept of the Devil being a fallen Angel is from Christianity and not Islām.
- In fact when The Exorcist was first shown on cinema, it was so scary that many people fainted and one even died!
Authentic – Reported by Tirmidhī
- Whilst Christians invoke the name of Jesus, many Muslims invoke the name of pious Muslim saints! The rituals which are
- conducted by many Muslims are more akin to voodoo then the exorcism practised by the Prophet and his companions!!
- Ganesh, the elephant headed deity, seemed to be the biggest drinker! In fact it didn’t just stop at milk. At the time of these occurrences, a woman in India decided to see if Ganesh would drink anything else – so she offered him whiskey!! And Lo and behold Ganesh drank the Whiskey!!! Suffice to say, the woman was kicked out of India.
- The ship which was recovered was more then 50 years old. It subsequently caught alight and was conveniently destroyed.
- Authentic – Reported by Tirmidhī
- Reported by Bukharī – Eng. Trans. Vol.7, p.439, No.657
- Michel de Nostradamus was a famous French soothsayer of the 16th century.
- Reported by Muslim – Eng. Trans. Vol.4, p.1472, No.6757
- The classic example of how fortune tellers can be wrong is the case of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed. Both went to see a fortune teller who told Diana that she would live a long and happy life. A few weeks later, on August 31st 1997, Diana and Dodi Fayed were dead. After this the fortune tellers flew for cover, as their evil art showed its decadence.
- Reported by Muslim – Eng. Trans. Vol.4, p.1211, No.5540
- Authentic – Reported by Aḥmad
- Ouija boards are so misleading, that people have even managed to get in touch with the spirit of Jack the Ripper!!
- An informative book on the world of the Jinn is ‘Ibn Taymīyyah’s Essay on the Jinn’