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


Various Types of Jinn


The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The jinn are of three types; one type which flies through the air; one type which is (like) snakes and dogs; and one which moves from place to place.” [Tabaraani]

Ibn Abd al-Barr said: “Among the scholars of (Arabic) language the jinn have several names:

(i) If a jinn is mentioned in general terms, they say Jinni.

(ii) If they refer to one of those who live with people, they say Aamir, plural Ummaar (literally, dweller or haunter).

(iii) If it is one of those that attach themselves to children, they say Arwaah (literally souls).

(iv) If it is evil and tries to cause harm, they say Shaytaan (devil).

(v) If it is worse than that, they say Maarid (literally, rebellious or defiant; demon or evil spirit).

(vi) If it is even worse than that and stronger, they say Ifreet, plural Afaareet (strong).” [Aakaam al-Mirjaan fi Ahkaam al-Jaan]

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