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Types & Categories of Jinn

Types of Jinn

Prophet Muhammad (saw) said:
“There are three types of jinn: one that flies through the air, one that are snakes and dogs, and one which stay in places and travel about…”

Categories of Jinn

Al-Jahiz states: “People distribute jinn into ranks. If the jinni lives with humans, he is called ‘Amir. If he is a jinni that attacks young boys, he is called Ruh (pl. arwaah). If he is a malicious, haughty being, then he is a demon. If he is stronger than a demon, he is then a Marid. God said ‘We made the heavens secure against every rebellious satanic force.’ If he is more powerful than a Marid, then he is an Ifrit.”

1 – Jinn

When they mention the jinn in general terms, they use the word Jinni, pl. Jinn. They are the ones on the lower ranks. They are known to convert to Islam.

2 – Aamir (dweller)

If the jinni is one of those who live in houses with people, they call him ‘Aamir (dweller), pl. ‘Ummaar. Prophet Muhammad (saw) told us to warn a Jinn that lives in your house (mostly in the form of a dark black snake) – three times. If it does not leave the house on the third time, you then Kill it, because it is not a Jinn but a Devil.

3 – Rooh (spirits)

If the jinni is one of those who interact with children, they call them Ruh, pl. Arwaah (spirits). We hear a lot from our children seeing cartoons in real life. Ones who are scared of water speak of the same cartoonish things appearing in  water to them.

4 – Ghoul – Si’lah (Jinn Magicians)

Dwelling in deserts, deserted island and places where there are no human.
‘Sudden appearance and disappearance, cat like face, canine teeth and a forked tongue – Described by people who lived before Islam came to them. Hazrat Omar (ra) is known to have encountered a Ghoul on his way to Damascus, which he kills with his sword. This too, happened before Islam came onto them.

Furthermore, Prophet Muhammad (saw) also said:

“No one can change the image in which he was created. But jinn have some magicians among them as do humans, so when you see them (ghul), give the call to prayers (Adaan).”

And it will go away. Ghoul, however, is considered the Male magician, and Si’lah the female.

5 – Al-nasnas – Shiqq

Strangest of all, described as a man split into two, having half a body. Al-Jahiz speaks, that if a shiqq encounters a human, it beats him till he dies.
We already see Half-man diagrams in Witchcraft charms (key/portal for the demons). There might be a connection between a Shiqq and Jinn; But then a Hadith from al-Sahih:

“Some people of Aad rebelled against their prophet. God transformed them into nasnas, with one foot and one hand. They hop like birds and graze like beasts.”

This means people PROBABLY put another form of Visible creature into a category of Jinn. Only Allah knows.

7 – Shaytaan (devil – demon)

If the jinni is wicked then he is a Shaytaan (devil) plural. Shayateen.
It is mentioned in 100 verses of the Qur’an, where it mostly points to Demons (Devils) yet some places it points to Satan (Iblees). Devil (shaytaan) Refers to a type of Jinn representing Pure Evil. Most scholars claim that a Jinni may convert to Islam but a Shaytaan, in specific, can never become a Muslim. – Next Page

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26 Responses to “Types & Categories of Jinn”

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    • Glenn says:

      I know a jinn she is a mystery she is an ifreet and calls herself zia does anyone know her?

      • IFREEDH says:

        Yes, Dont have relationship with our kind because our kind is totally different from mankind. She can harm you anytime. Humans are weak because they don’t know that there body is a temporary cloth given to them to use it properly. Feed your soul make it stronger so that we cannot defeat you because your soul is strong and shining.

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  4. H GHO says:

    Please shed some light on the effect of watching lots of cartoon movies for kids. Is there any possibility can a 3 year baby be affected by jinns? She is making scary sounds and it is regular nowadays.

    Please advise me asap.

    Jazakallaahu Khair

    • Muhammad Ali says:

      As salamu alaikum brother,

      Brother, it is true that children are often bothered by jinn. My younger brother, when he was around the same age, he used to fear water and tubs with water. 4 years passed yet he would still fear stepping into a pool of water. He said he saw faces of cartoons in the tub of water and was always scared to bath in a tub. With time he recovered but I believed it were Jinn, and it is normal.

      What we can do is recite a generic ruqya, consisting of
      1 – Surah Fatiha
      2 – Ayat-ul-kursi (verse 255 of Surah Baqara)
      3 – Last three Surahs of the Quran.

      and blowing it into the mouth of a child if he is very sick. If not, we may recite this in his ear. If any jinn is involved it will flee, By Allaah’s leave.

      Wa huwa ala kulli shay’in Qadeer

      • Ghada Kekli says:

        Al-nasnas – Shiqq

        Strangest of all, described as a man split into two, having half a body. Al-Jahiz speaks, that if a shiqq encounters a human, it beats him till he dies

        When you say this, do you mean that the jinn beats the human till it dies or the opposite?

    • mohamed says:

      let her draw her family on a paper, she draw how she knows. if there is anything, or a member even an animal that doesn’t belong to the family. then you have got you problem solved. This type is called arwaah its fond of children.and you must have already discovered that this irregular pattern of your child keep increasing at different times of the day same time interval everyday.

  5. Mohamed says:

    My cousin’s kid also had a problem and I diagnosed him with ruqya. He slept and said that he saw cartoons during it.. What do you say about this Muhammad Ali?

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  7. kawthar says:

    When i Was younger i would be afraid to go to sleep and i would ask my mum to promise to stay with me till i slept and i NEVER sleep early so after a billoin stories i would sleep. i did this because of the shadows that dance around on my walls and floors and i didnt know what they were so i would cry silenty `cause one had holes for eyes to stare me down and smile so crookedly it freaked me out. i dont what it was… any suggestions?

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  9. Nuflan says:

    Assalamu Alaikum. I accept there are many types of jinns, But what about the Good Jinns and Bad Jinns- are they coming under a different category? and Do all the types of jinns possess or harm human? Jazakallah hair

  10. Arifali says:

    Those jinns that go to listen to the decree sent by allah how can they still go and hear it for i heard that ever since prophet muhammad (saw) attained his prophethood the ability for jinns to go beyond the first heaven was closed unless the angels are telling eachother in the lowest heaven allahualam subhanallah this has helped me alot jazakallah khair, as salamu alaikum

  11. Mikail says:

    If efreet are considered to be worse than demons as stated by “demon++” y would one work for Hazrat Sulaiman? waiting for answer

    • Adam says:

      Because Allah gave the power to control jinns to him. And I believe ifreet and ma’arid as well as all other kinds can become Muslim as it is what they were created for.

  12. Oscar says:


    Is it possible for a demon-jinn to make a deal with you at a young age by saying you cant have your freedom until you fulfil my orders?

    I was told of a story which a demon made a person do 100 things before the demon supposedly give her freedom back. I was told that the communication happens through dreams, but the person actually can feel the demon/jinni when its around.

    Is this possible, or has anything similar happened to anyone else?


  13. kaja says:

    Assalamu alaikkum . I am Kaja mohaideen .. I want baiyath , ijazath, jinns one in each type .. Can u please help me ..

  14. Bhai Hanfi says:

    For Protection from Jinn,
    After every salat recite last 3 surah of Quran 3 times and blow on you do this 7 days,

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