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20 November 2017 CE | 01 Rabbi al-Awwal 1439 AH
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Hadith Explanation


Jinns Seen by Dogs and Donkeys


The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “If you hear the barking of a dog or the braying of a donkey, then seek refuge with Allah, for they see that which you do not see.” [Sunan Abi Dawood]

A hadith in Bukhari states specifically that what the dogs and donkeys see are the devils among the jinn.

To be protected from that which can see you while you cannot see it, invoke the help of the One Who can see it but cannot be seen by it – Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).

Even though we cannot see the jinn, other living creatures such as donkeys and dogs can see them. The idea that some animals see things which we cannot see is not strange. Scientists have discovered the ability of some living creatures to see things that we cannot see. Bees can see ultra-violet rays and are therefore able to see the sun even when it is cloudy, and an owl can see a mouse in the darkest night.

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