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.