What does jinn mean? The word Jinn is generally defined as “hidden and veiled being, something unseen”. It cannot be perceived by the sense organs, can take various forms; It is a name given to spiritual, spiritual, and secret beings created from fire.
Since jinn are beings that cannot be perceived by their sense organs. Therefore, the only knowledge source about Jinns are revelations. The Qur’an and sound hadiths talk about jinn.
Characteristics of Jinn
In the Qur’an, there is a surah known as the Jinn surah, which consists of twenty-eight verses that speaks of jinn. As stated in this surah, jinn are divided into various groups. Some of the Jinn are Muslims. Some of them are infidels. They make up most jinn. The believers of the jinn will go to heaven with the believers. Infıdel jinns will stay in Hell with the unbelievers.
Jinn have been created with the ability to take on various forms and accomplish some tasks that humans cannot. When prophet Solomon wanted to bring the throne of the queen of Shebe, one of the jinn said that he could bring the throne before she got up, which shows this. Jinn talking to prophet Solomon like this is a sign that they can take on a visible form. Allah placed the jinn under the command of the Prophet Solomon, and he used them in heavy, arduous tasks.
Jinn have no knowledge of the absolute unseen. However, they may know some events of the past and the present that are unknown to humans, due to the length of their life span, the fact that they are spiritual and spiritual beings, and the fact that they steal news from angels. But it does not show that jinns are superior to humans. Jinn, like humans, are obliged to obey faith and divine orders.
What is the Difference Between Jinns and Demons?
Jinn and demons are two separate entities that should not be confused with each other. Although jinn can be evil, that is, infidel jinn, they are not the same as demons.
Jinn and demons are spiritual beings created from pure fire, that is, smokeless fire flame and air. If you want to know more about their differences, there is more air in Jinn and fire in Satan. Jinns, like devils, are invisible and hidden beings, and they can take various forms and forms and accomplish difficult tasks. However, they are different creatures from the devils in terms of jinn and nature. The ancestor of the jinn is Abu Jan, and the ancestor of the devils is Iblis.
There are marriages among jinn like humans. Also, the Jinn are responsible to believe and worship to Allah. Like believers, there are some rebellious and disbeliever jinns too. However, all the devils are rebels and infidels. They are beings who only commit evil and are busy leading people astray.
The devils have no believers or obedience. However, they can not either good or evil to anyone without Allah’s permission. Jinn do not know the ghayb as well. The jinn cannot know divine revelation that Allah revealed to his prophets.
Jinns can directly penetrate the brain, mind and thought system of a person and influence those regions. This is seen in events such as fear, anxiety, trembling, daydreaming. On the other hand Demons are different. Demons can penetrate the heart and belief center. The place is called “lumme-i sataniye” near the heart. To mislead him/her, demons constantly delves into people and tries.
Although Satan is the biggest enemy, he tries to make people forget his existence by using jinn when necessary, evil spirits when necessary, and human devils when necessary, by displaying his evils through them. To get rid of this state of heedlessness, one person must have strong relations with people with strong faith, clear horizons of thought, clean hearts, service consciousness. Also, frequent conversations where truth lessons are held. Plus treat the world as a guesthouse.
Entities Associated with Jinn
There are different entities associated with jinn. Fairy is one of them. It is a winged genie usually female and lives in nature. Ifrit, on the other hand, is described as an evil genie from hell.
Jinn in Ancient Greece and Rome
Jinn are beings that are also seen in ancient sources. Ancient Roman and Greek demons were thought of as more demigods or otherwise spirits. In this respect, they are considered superior to humans. The demons were seen as the spirits of the guardians of the dead and living people during the Golden Age. Therefore, a heroic person could also become a genie after his death.
In addition to this, according to Plato, the genie was accepted as a radiation coming from God. Some ancient writers equated the jinn and the gods. Separated them only from their dealings with human beings. Some writers even have equal gods and deities and distinguished them only by their view of humans. The Romans also gave sacrifices to the demons. Jinn also helped the oracle.
In ancient Mesopotamian beliefs, it was believed that demons could be both protective and harmful. In this respect, mental illnesses, injuries and diseases have been associated with demons. Despite this, the jinn also have a protective structure. The demons assist the repellants and protect against demons. Sometimes good demons have entered a possessed person to drive out an evil demon or demon.
They were thought to be protective guards against evil that might try to enter through the doors. There were also some human, some eagle-headed and winged guardian jinn, which the Assyrians called “apkallu”.
Also, Lamassu and Pazuzu are among the famous jinn in Mesoptamia. The Pazuzu-headed talisman was carried by women to protect them from Lamassu. Simultaneously, Lamassu provided protection against “Pazuzu”. Some had special protective abilities, while others were able to protect against the evil eye. In this respect, jinn is quite old. It has been seen in different societies throughout history. Some considered it good, while others considered it bad.