Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of
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1. What are
It is applied to leaders, as contrasted with the ordinary public, and to people of foreign lands. For instance, the Quran says:
"O assembly of jinn and men, did there not come to you messengers from among you. . ." (6:131).
As messengers from God only came to human beings, the jinn here are also humans, and the address "jinn and men" is to the leaders and the ordinary people. Similarly, the Quran twice mentions some jinn as accepting its teachings (46:29; 72:1). In the first case, a tribe of Jews is meant, and in the second some Christians are meant, being called jinn because of their remoteness.
The word jinn is also used for a type of invisible, non-physical creation who stir up the lower desires in a person's mind. This is in contrast to the angels who draw a person's mind to the doing of good.
2. So the jinn (of
the second kind) and the angels pull a person's mind in
And just like angels, these jinn are not physical beings, and therefore cannot be seen or heard with the physical senses of man.
3. It is said that
the devil was an angel who disobeyed God by refusing to
submit to Adam. Is this true?
Briefly, what the Quran tells us is that God gave knowledge of all things to Adam, and then all the angels submitted to Adam, but the devil refused to do so and misled Adam and his wife. The meaning is that man, because of the knowledge that he possesses, can bring nature under his control, but he cannot control himself from wrong-doing. Therefore God sends revelation to enable man to resist the promptings of the devil.
4. What does the
Quran mean when it says that God created jinn from
5. So the jinn
mentioned in the Quran are quite different from how they are
generally imagined to be?