When I say Djinn, Jinn or Genie what comes to your mind? I assume you think of three wishes and maybe this:
Or possibly this:
I’m afraid I’m going to have to burst your bubble because as it turns out, they don’t actually grant wishes or even like us very much.
According to lore, the Djinn were here first and were pushed out by or for us, and some of them are still angry about it and want the place back.
The anglicized form of Jinn or Djinn is Genie, borrowed from the French génie which first appeared in the 18th century French translation of the Thousand and One Nights.
I came across some research on the Djinn when I was looking into Shadow People for my recent novel, Devil’s Veil. It was the first time that I’d ever heard that genies were considered supernatural creatures and were right up there with devils and demons.
Some argue that Iblis, the father of the Jinn, was cast out of heaven due to his own sin, just as Adam was banished after his corresponding transgression of God’s order not to eat from the Forbidden Tree, and that they are actually fallen angels.
The positive news is that they are like humans in that they have their own unique personalities and free will, they can choose good over evil.
Much of the folklore holds the Djinn responsible for the chaos and unpredictability that often challenge and scare us. They are also often held responsible for mental illness, diseases and possession. And, even though they may act benevolent, there is generally a price to be paid for any generosity on their part.
There are different beliefs as to how they look, many believe they are invisible, but they are shape-shifters and can take the form of various animals, scorpions, snakes, cats, owls and dogs.
However, they cannot appear in the form of a wolf. The wolf is thought to be the natural predator of the Jinn, who contrasts the Jinn by his noble character and disables them, causing them to vanish.
Some have speculated that Shadow People are actually Djinn who wear dark hats and cowls to cover up their imperfect heads because they cannot completely duplicate a human. The eyes of a human-shaped Djinn will give them away, they will shift to odd colors and have a reptilian appearance.
Even though the Jinn are believed to be invisible (or often invisible) they also eat, drink, sleep and breed with the opposite sex. Intercourse is not limited to the Jinn alone, but also possible between human and Jinn. Any offspring of such a union are said to be sociopaths that do not know right from wrong and they also have incredible powers of mind control.
A sorcerer may summon a Djinn and force him to perform orders, such as being sent to a chosen victim to cause demonic possession. These summonings are done by invocation, with the use of talismans or by making a contract with the Djinn. Another way to subjugate them is by inserting a needle to their skin or dress. Because they are afraid of iron, they are unable to remove it with their own power.
Some believe that the Djinn account for much of the “magic” that is perceived by humans, cooperating with magicians to lift items in the air, delivering hidden truths to fortune tellers, and mimicking the voices of deceased humans during seances.
This is a passage from the Quran:
“God made the angels from light, he made man from the mud and clay, and the Djinn from smokeless fire.”
Some of the information in this post seems very fanciful, however, here are some statistics from 2012 showing the significant percentages of people that do believe that the Jinn exist and are still wreaking havoc on our world.
According to a survey undertaken by the Pew Research Center in 2012, at least 80% of Muslims in Morocco, 84% in Bangladesh, 63% in Turkey, 55% in Iraq, 53% in Indonesia and 47% in Thailand affirm the existence of Jinn.
A scientific study found that as many as 48 percent of those who experience sleep paralysis in Egypt believe it to be an assault by the Jinn.
The Jinn are also related to the wind. They may appear in sandstorms which are thought by some to be caused by a battle between different groups of Jinn.
“A man who trusts a genie should only ask for little things.”
A genie wish is, in many ways, the same as a powerful wish spell, which the genie often interprets in a creative fashion and which can carry dangerous results. As I said before, be careful what you wish for.
Thank you for joining me, I hope you are all staying safe and healthy.