About Jins in Islam?
Say (Prophet), ‘It has been revealed to me that a group of jinn once listened in and said, “We have heard a wondrous Qur’an, that gives guidance to the right path, and we have come to believe it…….Some of us are righteous and others less so: we follow different paths……………Some of us submit to Him and others go the wrong way: those who submit to Allah have found wise guidance, but those who go wrong will be fuel for Hellfire.” ’
(Al-Jinn: verses 1; 2; 11; 14; 15)
From this passage we know there are jinn who are not believers; not Muslims. You ask how this can be, since jinn: ‘Have …………….superpowers which man doesn't have. They know who the real Allah is. After knowing everything why are they are not Muslims?’.
Jinn may well be more knowledgeable that we are, nevertheless they cannot see all ends. Certainly, they are not immune to foolishness:
‘Outrageous things have been said about Allah by the foolish among us…..’
(Al-Jinn: verse 4)
Jinn may well have a greater awareness of Allah (Subḥānahu wa Ta'Ala) than we do. This did not prevent Iblis from refusing to obey his Lord when commanded to bow to Adam:
‘We said to the angels, “Bow down before Adam,’ and they all bowed down, but not Iblis: he was one of the jinn and he disobeyed his Lord’s command……………..”’.
(Al-Kahf: verse 50)
Why would Iblis have done such a thing then; and why would other jinn refuse to submit to Allah (Subḥānahu wa Ta'Ala) now?
Perhaps it is a matter of pride. And what is pride but self worship……it is making an illah of oneself…..one that supersedes all others, including our Lord.
Those jinn who refuse to submit to the will of Allah (Subḥānahu wa Ta'Ala) are saying, in effect:
‘I will worship me, and me alone. I will not submit to anyone else because I don’t have to…….I am the only one that matters’.
And the longer they live in this frame of mind the harder it is for them to change……in the end they see no need to change. Their foolishness becomes total.
Thank you for your question.
You are right that Jinns can either be Muslims or non-Muslims. But can they be atheists? I dont know.
There are many reasons why jinns can be non Muslims. If you reflect on these reasons perhaps you will come to realize brother that it would be illogical to think they can be only Muslims and not the other way round.
I mean why couldn't a jinn be a non-Muislim? Perhaps the disbelieving jinns didnt hear the message of Islam, perhaps the jinns were lied to by their fellow jinns and believed in the lie, perhaps they were affected by the teachings of Iblis, etc. The jinns are not angels. They also similar to humans in many ways. They can be affected by deceit, lies just and they can also be affected by dawah [conveying Islam to them].
Say, [O Muhammad], "It has been revealed to me that a group of the jinn listened and said, 'Indeed, we have heard an amazing Qur’an.
It guides to the right course, and we have believed in it. And we will never associate with our Lord anyone.
And [it teaches] that exalted is the nobleness of our Lord; He has not taken a wife or a son
And that our foolish one has been saying about Allah an excessive transgression.
And we had thought that mankind and the jinn would never speak about Allah a lie.
And there were men from mankind who sought refuge in men from the jinn, so they [only] increased them in burden.
And they had thought, as you thought, that Allah would never send anyone [as a messenger].
And we have sought [to reach] the heaven but found it filled with powerful guards and burning flames.
And we used to sit therein in positions for hearing, but whoever listens now will find a burning flame lying in wait for him.
And we do not know [therefore] whether evil is intended for those on earth or whether their Lord intends for them a right course.
And among us are the righteous, and among us are [others] not so; we were [of] divided ways.
And we have become certain that we will never cause failure to Allah upon earth, nor can we escape Him by flight.
And when we heard the guidance, we believed in it. And whoever believes in his Lord will not fear deprivation or burden.
And among us are Muslims [in submission to Allah], and among us are the unjust. And whoever has become Muslim – those have sought out the right course.
But as for the unjust, they will be, for Hell, firewood.'
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