While in a conversation with a friend, I found out that she did not actively believe in Jinns. It surprised me for a moment, because I take their existence for granted. My mind started searching for all the names of all the people I know who may not believe in Jinns. I thought it is worth sharing:
In the western culture they may be known as ‘ghosts’, but in the Islamic world, it is Jinns-supernatural creatures who occupy a parallel world to that of mankind. The term Génie is a translation of Jinnī. Yes, they live in this world with us-they are made of smokeless fire. Because they do not have the same density or frequency as us, we cannot see them (they have the power of creating illusions, and they impress upon the mind of the observer the shape they wish him to perceive). Sometimes they take the form of an animal permanently. . There are good Jinns and bad ones. The term Jinn itself means: ‘to hide’ or ‘be hidden. They have intellect, freedom and power to choose between right and wrong. They are different beings than angels. When I say I actively believe in them, I am referring to that consciousness of knowing that there are non-humans around you. For example, when we enter our home, we say ‘Salam Alaikum’ (peace be with you) and we say this even when the house is empty, because the assumption is that there are always angels at home. Similarly, when humans are lining up for congregational prayers, they are often joined in by the good Jinns. We typically recite prayers to ‘seek refuge from evil spirits’–and that includes seeking refuge from the bad Jinns. There are thousands of stories of interactions between humans and Jinns.
It is scary, but on a holiday night, with lights turned off, friends and families sitting snugly in a room with the identified expert narrating Jinns stories:it is the most memorable pass-time and it changes your night-washroom visiting experience forever.
- Are we Alone? (part 1 of 3): The World of the Jinn (aroonadorough.wordpress.com)
- The Hidden (dragonintuitive.com)