The jinn are spirits mentioned in the Qur’ān and Islamic theology who inhabit an unseen world in dimensions beyond the visible universe of humans. Although they bear little resemblance to their Western counterparts genies.  Together, the jinn, humans and angels make up the three sentient creations of God. The Qur’an mentions that the jinn are made of a smokeless and scorching fire and they can become corporeal. Like human beings, the jinn can also be good, evil, or neutrally benevolent and hence have freewill like humans, but unlike angels.  The jinn are mentioned frequently in the Qurʾan in many different forms.

The jinn are usually invisible to humans, and humans do not appear clearly to them. Jinn have the power to travel large distances at extreme speeds and are thought to live in remote areas, mountains, seas, trees, and the air, in their own communities. Like humans, jinn will also be judged on the Day of Judgment and will be sent to Paradise or Hell according to their deeds.

A related belief is that every person is assigned one's own special jinn, also called a qarin, of the jinn and if the qarin is evil it could whisper to people's souls and tell them to submit to evil desires.

There is no lamp to rub, or wishes to be made.  In the Muslim faith, the jinn are simply another being.  Their ability to help or harm has nothing to do with a wish of fortune or folly. It only has to do with the jinn's will.

4/11/2013 18:05:47

Is this where the genie in the lamp thing originated?

4/11/2013 22:29:28

Thank you for stopping by! The very western genie that comes from a bottle or lamp (Aladdin for example) originates from the stories in Arabian Nights. Arabian Nights is a collection of West and South Asian stories and folk tales compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age.

Noree Cosper
4/12/2013 02:40:31

I believe the stories were inspired by King Solomon.who supposedly bound djinn (jinn) to objects such as lamps. He commanded them to build his temple.

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