Types of Jinn in Islam। According to the Qur’an, Hadith and Imams

Shah Muhammad Suhail

Types of Jinn in Islam

Jinn, supernatural beings created from smokeless fire, have been a part of Islamic tradition since its inception. They possess free will, enabling them to choose between good and evil. The Quran and Hadith provide insights into their nature, characteristics, and classifications. This article explores the various types of jinn in Islam, supported by references from Islamic texts and scholarly opinions.

Types of jinn in islam

1. Marid

Marids are often depicted as the most powerful and rebellious of the jinn. They are known for their strength and are usually associated with water. Marids are often mentioned in folklore and are considered the antagonists in many stories involving jinn.

Reference: While the Quran does not explicitly mention Marids, they are discussed extensively in Islamic folklore and literature.

2. Ifrit

Ifrits are formidable and malevolent jinn known for their immense strength and cunning nature. They are often described as large and winged creatures of fire.

Quranic Reference: “An Ifrit from the jinn said, ‘I will bring it to you before you rise from your place, and indeed, I am for this task, strong and trustworthy.'” (Surah An-Naml, 27:39)

Hadith Reference: Abu Huraira reported: “A strong demon (Ifrit) from the jinn came to me last night suddenly so as to spoil my prayer. But Allah enabled me to overpower him.” (Sahih Muslim)

3. Jann

Jann are considered the ancestors of the jinn. They are believed to be among the first of the jinn created by Allah. Jann can transform into various shapes, including animals and humans.

Reference: Although not explicitly named in the Quran, Jann are referred to as the early beings among the jinn.

4. Ghul

Ghul are evil beings among the jinn known for their treacherous nature. They are often associated with graveyards and desolate places, preying on humans.

Reference: Ghul is more commonly found in Islamic folklore and cultural stories rather than the Quran and Hadith.

5. Shayatin

Shayatin (plural of Shaytan) are the most notorious and evil jinn. They follow Iblis (Satan) and are known for their constant attempts to lead humans astray.

Quranic Reference: “And We have certainly created for Hell many of the jinn and mankind. They have hearts with which they do not understand, they have eyes with which they do not see, and they have ears with which they do not hear.” (Surah Al-A’raf, 7:179)

6. Qareen

A Qareen is a personal jinn companion that is assigned to every human. The Qareen can influence one’s thoughts and actions, often towards evil.

Quranic Reference: “His companion [the devil] will say, ‘Our Lord, I did not make him transgress, but he [himself] was in extreme error.'” (Surah Qaf, 50:27)

Scholarly Opinions on Jinn

Imam Abu Hanifa

Imam Abu Hanifa acknowledged the existence of jinn and their ability to influence human behavior. He emphasized that while jinn have free will, they are accountable to Allah and will be judged accordingly.

Imam Malik

Imam Malik believed in the physical existence of jinn and their potential to possess humans. He advised precautionary measures such as regular recitation of the Quran to protect oneself from jinn influence.

Imam Shafi’i

Imam Shafi’i recognized the reality of jinn and their interactions with humans. He stressed the importance of seeking refuge in Allah from the harm of jinn through prayer and adherence to Islamic practices.

Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal

Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal emphasized the importance of reciting specific Quranic verses and Hadith to protect oneself from jinn. He also believed in the therapeutic role of Ruqyah (spiritual healing) in treating those affected by jinn.

FAQs about Types of jinn in Islam

What are jinn made of?

Jinn are created from smokeless fire, as mentioned in the Quran (Surah Al-Hijr, 15:27).

Can jinn possess humans?

Yes, there are numerous accounts in Islamic tradition indicating that jinn can possess humans, often requiring spiritual intervention for relief.

How can one protect themselves from jinn?

Reciting Ayat-ul-Kursi (Surah Al-Baqarah, 2:255), the last two verses of Surah Al-Baqarah, Surah Al-Falaq, Surah An-Nas and Sura Al Fatiha regularly can protect one from jinn.

Are all jinn evil?

No, jinn, like humans, have free will and can choose between good and evil. Some jinn are righteous and follow the path of Allah.

Can jinn see humans?

Yes, jinn can see humans, but humans cannot see jinn unless they choose to reveal themselves.


Understanding the types of jinn in Islam provides insight into their complex nature and the ways they can influence human life. The Quran and Hadith offer guidance on how to protect oneself from harmful jinn while recognizing the diversity within their ranks. By adhering to Islamic teachings and seeking refuge in Allah, Muslims can safeguard themselves from the potential harm posed by jinn.

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