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Can we see the jinn? Do they have a real form?

Posted on: May 28, 2010


Praise be to Allaah.

The question is composed of two parts.

1 – Do the jinn appear in human form?

2 – Do the jinn have a real form?

With regard to the first question, it may be said:

Firstly: it should be noted that the basic principle concerning the jinn is that they are concealed from mankind, hence they are called jinn, because the Arabic root janna refers to a single original meaning which is to cover and conceal, as Ibn Faaris said in Maqaayees al-Lughah. The jinn are so called because they are concealed from mankind, and the foetus is called janeen in Arabic because he is concealed in his mother’s womb, and a garden is called jannah because it is concealed by trees, and an insane person is called majnoon because his mind is covered, and so on in all derivations from this root.

Allaah has told us of this when He said (interpretation of the meaning):

“O Children of Adam! Let not Shaytaan (Satan) deceive you, as he got your parents [Adam and Hawwaa’ (Eve)] out of Paradise, stripping them of their raiments, to show them their private parts. Verily, he and Qabeeluhu (his soldiers from the jinn or his tribe) see you from where you cannot see them”[al-A’raaf 7:27]

Secondly: can they appear in human form?

The answer to that is that it is proven in the Sunnah and from real life that the jinn appear in different forms, such as the forms of people and animals, etc. Among the clearest evidence of that from the Sunnah is the story narrated by al-Bukhaari (3275) from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) put me in charge of guarding the zakaah of Ramadaan. Someone came to me and started scooping up some of the food, and I said, “By Allaah, I will take you to the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).” He complained of being in need and having dependents, so Abu Hurayrah took pity on him and let him go. This happened three times, and on the third occasion, Abu Hurayrah said: “I will take you to the Messenger of Allaah. This is the third time and each time you say that you will not come back, then you come back.” He said, “Let me go and I will teach you something by means of which Allaah will benefit you.” I said: “What is it?” he said: “When you go to bed, recite Aayat al-Kursi, ‘Allaah! Laa ilaaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), Al-Hayyul-Qayyoom (the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists)…’ [al-Baqarah 2:255] until you complete the verse, then you will always have a protector from Allaah, and no devil will come near you until morning comes. So I let him go, and the next morning I told the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) what had happened. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “He told you the truth, although he is a liar. Do you know who you have been speaking to for three nights, O Abu Hurayrah?” He said: “No.” He said: “That was a devil (a shaytaan).”

Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar said in al-Fath: This hadeeth teaches us a number of things… that one of the characteristics of the Shaytaan is lying, and that he may appear in various forms that may be seen, and that the words of Allaah, “Verily, he and Qabeeluhu (his soldiers from the jinn or his tribe) see you from where you cannot see them” [al-A’raaf 7:27], apply to when he is in the form with which he was created.

It was narrated that the Shaytaan appeared to Quraysh in the form of Suraaqah ibn Maalik ibn Ju’sham and encouraged them to fight the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). That happened during the battle of Badr. Ibn Jareer al-Tabari narrated in his Tafseer (12564) that ‘Urwah ibn al-Zubayr said:

When Quraysh decided to march, mention was made of what was between them and Bani Bakr – i.e., war – and that almost made them change their minds. Then Iblees appeared to them in the form of Suraaqah ibn Ju’sham al-Madlaji, who was one of the nobles of Banu Kinaanah, and said: “I will protect you against Kinaanah so that Kinaanah will not be able to do you any harm.” So they went ahead with their plan. This was also quoted by Ibn Katheer in al-Bidaayah wa’l-Nihaayah, 5/62.

In Saheeh Muslim (2236) it is narrated that Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: “In Madeenah there is a group of the jinn who have become Muslim, so whoever sees any of these creatures let him give it a warning three times, then if it appears after that he may kill it, for it is a devil.”

The word translated as “creatures” here refers to kinds of snakes that appear in houses; they are not to be killed until they have been given a warning three times, because they may be jinn. See Ghareeb al-Hadeeth by Ibn al-Atheer.

Al-Nawawi said: What this means is that if they do not disappear after being warned, then they are not the kind of creatures that inhabit houses and they are not among the jinn who have become Muslim, rather that is a devil so there is no sin on you if you kill it and Allaah will never give the Shaytaan a way to prevail over you by taking revenge, unlike the creatures (snakes) and jinn who have become Muslim. And Allaah knows best. Sharh Muslim, 14/236.

There have been many such incidents. Shaykh al-Islam (Ibn Taymiyah) said: The jinn may appear in human and animal form, so they may appear as snakes and scorpions etc, or in the form of camels, cattle, sheep, horses, mules and donkeys, or in the form of birds, or in the form of humans, as the Shaytaan came to Quraysh in the form of Suraaqah ibn Maalik ibn Ju’sham when they wanted to set out for Badr. Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, 19/44.

Thirdly: The jinn have led many people astray by appearing in the forms of awliya’ (“saints”) and righteous people etc. Shaykh al-Islam said: The Shaytaan often appears in the form of the person who is being called upon and asked for help, if he is dead or sometimes if he is alive, without the person who called upon him realizing it. Indeed the Shaytaan may appear in his form and the misguided mushrik who is seeking that person’s help may think that the person himself has responded to him when in fact it is the Shaytaan. This also happens to the kuffaar who seek the help of those of whom they think well, whether they are dead or alive, such as the Christians who seek the help of George or others of their saints, and it happens to those so-called Muslims who commit shirk and follow misguidance by seeking the help of those who are dead or absent. The Shaytaan appears to them in the form of the one upon whom they call, without him realizing that… More than one person has told me that they sought my help, and each of them told me a different story. I told each one of them that I did not answer any one of them and I did not know that they were seeking my help. It was said that this was an angel, but I said: Angels do not help mushriks, rather that was a devil who wanted to misguide him.

Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, 19/47-48.

One of the greatest ways in which a Muslim may seek help against the devils is to “fortify” himself with adhkaar and reciting Aayat al-Kursiy, as stated in the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah quoted above.

With regard to the second part of the question, which is whether the jinn have a true form:

With regard to this matter of photographs of the jinn, which have fascinated many people and become widespread on some websites, it is not possible to verify the authenticity of what is in these websites, especially nowadays when people are highly skilled in producing in all kinds of deceptive pictures. Moreover researching such matters brings no spiritual or worldly benefit and serves no purpose. It is better to occupy oneself with things that will bring spiritual or worldly benefit such as reading and understanding what is in the Qur’aan and the saheeh Sunnah, and what a person needs to know and do of correct belief and worship, and the proper attitude and etiquette which the Muslim should develop, and so on. It should also be noted that publishing pictures of animate beings is haraam according to sharee’ah as is stated in the texts.

We ask Allaah to protect you and raise you in status and forgive your sins and bless you with knowledge and good deeds, for He is the Best One to be asked.

May Allaah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions.

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40 Responses to "Can we see the jinn? Do they have a real form?"

well allkhamdillah it as been done wonderfully to here

jazakhaalhkhu khir

wasaaam arshad

May Allah keep u in peace and in his grace.I want 2 kill Satan.Is it possible 4 any person to kill him.R is it Possible 4 a person 2 make a protective cover around him which save him 4rm Satan nd kinds of his evils.let me know 1 thing which kinds of power he have.nd if he is Jin as u told.how he is still young.some body told me jin also died like humans?.his main aim is stop ppls 4rm right path.Is any 1 is fighting against him.and his companaions.is he is more powerful dn Auliya Allah.?

Salar..u mentioned u want to kill Satan…i presume u mean Lucifer? Because satan can be applied to anyone who is far from the guidance of Allah…even humans…if Lucifer is the one that you meant..then you can’t…he was granted by Allah to live until judgement day…

I want to know whether a Jinn can be used by a Auliyah Allah for a good purpose like for removing Black Magic,for solving some problems faced by mankind.Because I met a woman in the age of 62yrs saying she is been infused with Jinn at the age of 7 and from that day onwards she is helping many people whoever comes to her in solving their problems with the help of Jinn, who seek guidance from the famous Auliyah Allah of my area.

Can anybody clarify my doubt whether is it right one to go to such kind of persons as I also affected with Black Magic and got treatment and waiting for complete cure as she said it will be cured within 3 months for me to lead a normal life.

Please clarify.

Assalam Alaikum

brother Faheem.

generally those people who treat jinnat and black magc have jinnat (muakkalaat) for that purpose.

in some cases when opponent is very strong,then sometimes aamil gets helpless,he has to refer to specialist.

In ur case,it is possible that she has some jinn with her since childhood,and such people can treat very effectively,BUT 1 thing tha makes it a bit complicated that even then she will take 3 months,in such case the problem may be solved in a few days.
Aamil take time to cure,1 month to 1 year,in some cases, but as she claims ,so she shouldnt take much time.
but b careful to go to her,first ask others abou her reputation,then u should go.
But i advise to turn to wads masnoon Amaal,in 3 month u will be all right inshallah
Hafiz Abdullah

hafizabdullah2000@yahoo.com

Assalamualaikum Faheem,

Its best not to use “middle man” to cure any problem. Everything in this world happens with the permission of Allah. Just seek to Allah, and He will guide you. Remember…He is always listening and knows everything that happened,happening and will happen.

brother Faheem
1 the aamil who treat jinnaat and black magic,generally have jinnat (muakkalaat) with them,and they treat these cases by involving them,
2 She may have jinn with her since childhood,it is possible,such people can treat very effectively BUT she wants to take 3 months, i dont know y,even in that case such people can treat within days easily.
3 better b 4 going to her ask others about her reputation,then visit her,because some people calim that they do shari Ilaaj but they actuallydo with black magic,so be careful.

4 Last but not least,better do some shari Masnoon islamic Amaal,i m sure within 3 months u will be all right without the help of that lady and her Jinn.

Hafiz Abdullah

hafizabdullah2000@yahoo.com

what is shari Masnoon islamic Amaal,please explian?

It is better to keep all these things out of mind and one should concentrate on studies (students), (younger) on making money without any deviation to islam, old age persons preparation for jannath.

All persons should maintain amicable relationship between families and friends than only one can live without any problems.

Thinking of Jinn, Shythan etc will waste of time.

All the best.

No thats not exactly the right thing to do. A person such as a student for example should pray and learn about islam and concentrate on their studies and education. Only Allah SWT knows when a person will die.
A person can easily turn away from religion deen islam if they don’t start to learn about islam and praying earlier in their life and shaytaan can lead them astray. You don’t understand lf is a test all your good deeds As well as bad deeds will count. A good muslim will be tested in different ways.
We should strengthen our souls and Allah swt wil help us to achieve success in all aspects of life.
May Almighty Allah guide us towards the right path. Ameen.

We should not fear the jinn for Allah controls all. Eventhough they have freewill they can only hurt us if he wills it so. I have had some bad experiences with them but once I came to realize the can only do what I allow. They usually take on the form of ppl I know like my husband. They are a test of our faith. I wish not to see anymore. However it seams I am prone to feeling their presence and seeing them on ocasion. I suspect the same with my older son but do not want to scare him by telling him the truth. The only defense is prayer. I told the last one to go to Allah for I could not help it and Allah does not like those whom try to scare or hurt Allah’s followers. It left soon thereafter. I would like to know why I see them but at th same time pray i never see one again as the can trick you and pretend to be good only as a means of deception. You can not control them or other bad ppl in life only your reaction to it. Allah allows all go and bad things to happen for a reason. May Allah protect all whom seek his path.

hey tara..u can see jins? how is that possible?

i am ready to do anything can to tell me how to see jinn

why do you want to see them?

tell me about the momin jinnat if u know them. One more ? Are u a aamil or just simply giving answer to all. Have u seen a jinn.

Brother Aleem; please read my page “Little about me” there i have clearly mentioned everything about me.

I read some internet article that claims that some jinns have eyes that are shaped like unripe mangoes and perhaps some other jinns have eyes that have cat-like irises? Any truth or validity for these claims? I’d appreciate a response as soon as possible.Thank You.

can jinn make nightmares….i heard tht good dreams come frm almighty Allah and bad dreams frm shytaan…….can these jinns can ake both good and bad dreams

Good dreams are always from ALLAH while bad dreams from Shaitan. Yes Jinn can cause hallucinations, nightmares etc.

how can i get rid of this..I always pray only Allah for his seekness but also i see nightmares

how does jinns look lik they look like humans and demons or both

Nobody have seen them in there real form. If they ever show someone in some very good looking or creepy look, it dosent mean that this is there real form. This is something ALLAH do not want us to see, so we shouldnt run for something which ALLAH dont want us to do.

jinns have 400+ race/kind/type..the muslims jinns looks “prettier” than the non muslim (very scary)..there are jinns that half body a dog and their feet is like human…also half pig, half horse (waist and below but body and face like human), also like a dragon, and so many others..they can impersonate a human (like your parent, siblings,friends) but cant impersonate our Prophet..

ON the day of Qiyahmah can we see them or after life

i dont belive in ghost but when i sleeping in night alone i will feel presence of supernatural things am afraid of can u give me some small Surahs to git rid of this scare

Read,
1. Surah Fatiah
2. Ayat ul kursi
3. Surah Ikhlas
4. Surah Fakaq
5. Surah Naas

need to do it by reading Quran or by reciting by ourselves

Salam Nasmal…

This link might be useful for you..
Perform ablution/wudhu and recite as recommended in link..
http://www.islamic-knowledge.com/Hisn_al_Muslim/Remembrance_Before_Sleeping.htm

SALAM mgdafi.
thnxs

does jinn hav any disablities other than humans

can human see jinn? if so How?

Yes, there are some types of jinns that humans can see such as ghouls. Ghouls are vampire-like jinns that like dead human flesh. They can assume the guise of an animal especially a hyena. Or any type of person but if eaten (dead or alive). Ghouls are harmless to the living, they only attack the defenseless human being such as children. These tribes of jinn live in uninhabited places such as cemeteries or deserts. These monsters are also famous for luring unwary travellers into their traps. And can also be classified as undead monsters. Ghouls are thought to have long arms, gaunt faces, pale green skin only their foot look like humans.

Thank you, very much for telling me.

hw can i contact to real jinn?

is there any other jinns othr thn ghouls??

Assalaamu Alaikum…… Can a female marry male jinn???? And how to interact with good jinns???

is shaitan or satan a jinn or an angel ??

Jinn

Salam but sir its written in QAuran when Allah(SWT) told all the angels bow before Adam(swa) thn shaitan didnt bow and in other the its written Allah (swt) made shaitan out of fire doesnt tht mean tht shaitan s an angel once..

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