Jinnat is a word from the Urdu language, which means the plural of the word Jinn. In Urdu, Jinn is used for a Single Jinn and Jinnat for many Jinn. Whereas in Arabic, Jinn is used for both single and the whole race of jinn.
Jinnat are a creation of Allah which HE created before the creation of Adam (as). Some may call good jinnat as Prayaan (Urdu) and Rooh (in Arabic). Different names for the same invisible creatures living around us. Demons (Shaytaan), however, refer to Evil-Jinnat. If we want to know about Jinnat, we would have to delve deep into Islamic and pre-Islamic times of Arab.
Truth is, Jinnat (Jinn) have a world of their own. Living on the same earth we live on; but within a different dimension. A dimension Higher than our 3D-world. Giving them the advantage to see us when we cannot. Also, they can move from their dimension into our dimension easily; and may appear in the form of any object or any living thing. It can be an illusion, and may also be the appearance of a real object. That is the reason they are called Shape-Shifters by the western people.
Jinnat (Jinn) possess some characteristics in common with humans. Like: They have a Free-will, a conscience to choose between the path of good and evil, and also think and reflect like us.
By implication, Good-Jinnat are referred to as Paryaan (in Urdu) and Spirits (Rooh). But when Jinnat (Jinn) are Bad and Evil, and causes harm, they are referred to as Demons (Shaytaan). Therefore, Jinnat and Shaytaan both have the same origin, but they are categorized into Jinnat and Shaytaan only for their actions.
There are some characteristics of Jinnat that differ from human beings. One of them is the Origin. For that, I have written a detailed article on the origin of Jinnat:
Read Here: Origin of Jinnat
Let us now discuss the meaning of the word “Jinnat”. Jinnat basically derives from the word Jinn in Arabic.
The word Jinn in Arabic refers to something that is ‘concealed and hidden’. They are called Jinnat because they are ‘obscured from the Human Sight’. Quran in Surah Al-A’raaf says:
“Lo! He (iblees) sees you, he and his tribe (jinnat/shaytaan), from whence you see him not” (al-A’raaf: 27)
For more details on How the word Jinn evolved through the pre-islamic times, and from Arabic to Urdu language,
Read the article Here: What are Jinn and Demons.
If you wish to know more about Jinnat and their relevance to Magic and Sorcery,
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