7 lesser known Facts about Jinns from the Holy Quran and Hadith

It is part of Islamic belief that Jinns do exist in this world. There are many instances where Jinns have been discussed in the Holy Quran as well as Hadith. There are many Hadith regarding the existence of Jinns in the Islamic Books along with instructions how human beings should treat the supernatural creature of Almighty Allah. We have covered these Hadith related to Jinns below.

1-Jinn are created with a smokeless flame of Fire: The Holy Quran clearly writes about the creation of Jinns that they are created with a smokeless flame of Fire. “And He created the jinn from a smokeless flame of fire.” – Quran 55:15

‘Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Angels were created from light, jinns were created from a smokeless flame of fire, and ‘Adam was created from that which you have been told (i.e., sounding clay like the clay of pottery).” – Sahih Muslim Book 19, Hadith 1846

2-What do Jinns eat? Ever wondered what do Jinns eat and drink? Well, you don’t need to go anywhere else. It has been narrated in a Hadith.

Narrated Abdullah ibn Mas’ud: A deputation of the jinn came to the Prophet (ﷺ) and said: O Muhammad, forbid your community to cleanse themselves with a bone or dung or charcoal, for in them Allah has provided sustenance for us. So the Prophet (ﷺ) forbade them to do so. – Sunan Abi Dawud 39

3-Jinns are Muslims and Jews as well: It has been narrated on numerous occasions in the Holy Quran that some Jinns are devils and some are Muslims. They will also be questioned on the day of Judgement for their deeds. However, few of us know that some of the jinns used to follow or perhaps still follow Prophet Moses A.S.

“And call to mind when We sent to you a party of the jinn that they may listen to the Qur’an. When they reached the place (where you were reciting the Qur’an), they said to one another: “Be silent (and listen).” And when the recitation ended, they went back to their people as warners. They said: “Our people, We have heard a Scripture revealed after Moses, verifying the Scriptures revealed before it; it guides to the Truth and to the Straight Way” –  Quran 46:29-30

4-Keep your children close to you at night: We have heard from our elders to not to allow children play in the open after sunset as a supernatural fly in the skies after that time. I used to treat them superstitious but I never knew that this is what has been narrated in Hadith as well.

Jabir b.Abd Allah reported the Prophet (ﷺ) as saying: Gather your children when darkness spreads, or in the evening (according to Musaddad), for the jinn are abroad and seize them. – Sunan Abi Dawud 3733

5-Avoid Urinating in the Holes: It is said that Prophet Muhammad S.A.W forbade his followers to urinate in the holes of the land as they could be habitats of the Jinns.

Narrated Abdullah ibn Sarjis: The Prophet (ﷺ) prohibited to urinate in a hole. Qatadah (a narrator) was asked about the reason for the disapproval of urinating in a hole. He replied: It is said that these (holes) are the habitats of the jinn. – Sunan Abi Dawud 29

6-Jinns are attached with everyone:  Abdullah b. Mas’ud reported that Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: There is none amongst you with whom is not an attache from amongst the jinn (devil). They (the Companions) said: Allah’s Messenger, with you too? Thereupon he said: Yes, but Allah helps me against him and so I am safe from his hand and he does not command me but for good. –  Sahih Muslim 2814 a

7-Some Snakes are Jinns:  Narrated AbuSa’id al-Khudri: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: Some snakes are jinn; so when anyone sees one of them in his house, he should give it a warning three times. If it returns (after that), he should kill it, for it is a devil.Sunan Abi Dawud 5256

People who reside in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia or have visited it might have heard about the famous Wadi-e-Jinn or also known as Wadi Al Jinn. This valley is officially named Wadi Al Baidah and is located around 30 kilometers to the North West of Madina.

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    The Jinn

    PREPARE NOW to undertake a journey upon the wings of scientific vision into the ancient past to explore the nature and identity of the jinn. The Quranic concept of jinn has been briefly discussed before in Life in the Perspective of Quranic Revelations. Arabic lexicon mentions the following as the possible meanings of the word jinn. It literally means anything which has the connotation of concealment, invisibility, seclusion and remoteness. It also has the connotation of thick shades and dark shadows. That is why the word ‘jannah’ (from the same root word) is employed by the Quran to denote paradise, which would be full of thick, heavily shaded gardens. The word jinn is also applicable to snakes which habitually remain hidden from common view and live a life secluded from other animals in rock crevices and earthen holes. It is also applied to women who observe segregation and to such chieftains as keep their distance from the common people. The inhabitants of remote, inaccessible mountains are likewise referred to as jinn. Hence, anything which lies beyond the reach of common sight or is invisible to the unaided naked eye, could well be described by this word.

    This proposition is fully endorsed by a tradition of the Holy Prophetsa in which he strongly admonishes people not to use dried up lumps of dung or bones of dead animals for cleaning themselves after attending to the call of nature because they are food for the jinn. As we use toilet paper now, at that time people used lumps of earth, stones or any dry article close at hand to clean themselves. We can safely infer therefore, that what he referred to as jinn was nothing other than some invisible organisms, which feed on rotting bones, dung etc. Remember that the concept of bacteria and viruses was not till then born. No man had even the vaguest idea about the existence of such invisible tiny creatures. Amazingly it is to these that the Holy Prophetsa referred. The Arabic language could offer him no better, more appropriate expression than the word jinn.

    Another important observation made by the Quran is in relation to the creation of the jinn. They are described as having been born out of blasts of fire (from the cosmos).

    And the Jinn We created before that (the creation of man) from blasts of fire (naris-samum). 1

    Here the adjective used to describe the nature of the particular fire from which the jinn were created is Samum, which means a blazing fire or a blast that has no smoke. 2 We find a similar statement in another Quranic verse:

    And the Jinn He created from the flame of fire. 3

    Having established that the word jinn applies here to some type of bacterial organisms, let us again turn our attention to the verses quoted above that speak of the jinn as having been created out of fire. The prime candidates for the application of these verses seem to be such minute organisms as drew the energy for their existence directly from hot blazes of lightning—Samum—and cosmic radiation.

    Dickerson inadvertently agrees with the Quranic view when he observes that the most ancient organisms:—

    ‘… would have lived on the energy of lightning and ultraviolet radiation …’ 4

    This scenario of cosmic radiation is not specifically mentioned in the work of other scientists in their search for the pre-biotic organisms. But they too have corroborated the idea that whatever organisms existed before biotic evolution must have drawn their energy directly from heat. Of all the categories of bacteria classified as the most ancient only ‘prokaryotes’ and ‘eukaryotes’ were mentioned by previous generations of scientists. However, that conclusion proved to be a hastily drawn one, according to Karl R. Woese and his colleagues. They observed:

    ‘Simply because there are two types of cells at the microscopic level it does not follow that there must be only two types at the molecular level.’ 5

    For the benefit of the lay reader the difference between the two bacteria, known as the prokaryotes and eukaryotes, is explained in terms as simple as possible. It relates to the presence or absence of a nucleus in them. The prokaryote type of bacteria, despite having a well-defined cell membrane, have no distinct nucleus. The eukaryotes on the other hand, possess well-defined and well-developed nuclei occupying the centre of each cell.

    It was considered that these were the only two ancient forms of bacteria which gave birth to others and evolved into organisms which could be referred to as the ancestors of life. However, Woese published the findings of his pioneer research in Scientific American, June 1981, claiming that archaebacteria, could be rightly considered as the earliest form of organisms. He and his colleagues informed the scientific community that they were a third distinct line which preceded all others. Thus it is they who should be entitled as the most ancient ancestors of life. Woese and his collaborators continued to pour strong evidence into this discovery and as the ice began to thaw, according to Woese:

    ‘Although a few biologists still dispute our interpretation, the idea that archaebacteria represent a separate grouping at the highest level is becoming generally accepted.’ 6

    Again he writes:

    ‘This implies that the methanogens are as old as or older than any other bacterial group.’ 6

    According to The Hutchinson Dictionary of Science:

    ‘… the archaebacteria are related to the earliest life forms, which appeared about 4 billion years ago, when there was little oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere.’ 7

    But the author of Genetics a Molecular Approach states:

    ‘Since 1977 more and more differences between archaebacteria and other prokaryotes have been found, so much so that microbiologists now favour the term archaea, to emphasize that these organisms are distinct from bacteria.’ 8

    THE ORGANISMS REFERRED TO AS JINN in the Quran seem to fit the above description. But, though scientists unanimously describe these bacteria as possessing the potential of drawing their energy from heat, they are not mentioned as having been originally created directly by the cosmic rays and blasts of lightning by any scientist other than Dickerson. The rest however, continue to throw more light on their various modes of dependence on heat for their survival:

    ‘… in undersea vents, hot springs, the Dead Sea, and salt pans, and have even adapted to refuse tips.’ 9

    On the issue of antiquity though, Woese and his colleagues have no doubt that the archaebacteria are the prime claimants. According to some scientists they may have evolved from some unknown parenthood simultaneously.

    But these are issues which fall outside the domain of this exercise. Whether the other bacteria evolved out of them or not is irrelevant to the discussion. The relevant point is that all forms of most ancient bacteria draw their energy directly from heat. This is a tribute of no small magnitude to the Quranic declaration made over fourteen hundred years ago:

    And the Jinn We created before that from blasts of fire (naris-samum). 10

    According to the accepted scientific studies, direct heat from fire had to play a vital role in the creation and maintenance of pre-biotic organisms. This, in fact was the only mode of transfer of energy for the consumption of organized forms of existence during this era. As they multiplied during their uninterrupted proliferation lasting over billions of years, their death must have polluted the oceans while they decayed and fermented turning the oceans into the primordial soup. This will be discussed at greater length in the following chapter.


    Translation of 15:28 by the author.
    LANE, E.W. (1984) Arabic-English Lexicon. Islamic Text Society, William & Norgate. Cambridge.
    Translation of 55:16 by Maulawi Sher Ali.
    DICKERSON, R.E. (September 1978) Chemical Evolution and the Origin of Life. Scientific American, p.80
    WOESE, C.R. (June, 1981) Archaebacteria. Scientific American, p.104
    WOESE, C.R. (June, 1981) Archaebacteria. Scientific American, p.114
    The Hutchinson Dictionary of Science (1993) Helicon Publishing Ltd. Oxford. p.37
    BROWN, T.A. (1992) Genetics A Molecular Approach. Chapman & Hall. London, p.245
    The Hutchinson Dictionary of Science (1993) Helicon Publishing Ltd. Oxford. p.37
    Translation of 15:28 by the author.

  • Abdul Kader Wicamb

    Bacteria? So an ancient form of bacteria went back to its people to tell then about the Quranic scripture? Really?

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