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Types & Categories of Jinn

8 – Maarid (Demon+)

If he is worse than that (Shaytaan), they call him Maarid (demon)
The word Maarid occurs twice in the Quran. One in al-Haj:

“And among mankind is he who disputes concerning Allah, without knowledge, and follows every rebellious (disobedient to Allah) Shaitan (devil) (devoid of each and every kind of good)” (al-Haj: 03)

Word Maarid is used for ‘Rebellious Shaitan’ in the above verse of the Quran. Another verse in Surah An-Nisa,

“They (all those who worship others than Allah) invoke nothing but female deities besides Him (Allah), and they invoke nothing but Shaitan (Satan), a persistent rebel!” (an-Nisa: 117)

Al-Jahiz was referring to the above Maarid when he said that Allah says, ‘We made the heavens secure against every rebellious satanic force ‘

He believed that the jinn, who can fly and are known to eavesdrop on angels, are Maarid.

‘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.’ (Al-Jinn: 8-10)

The Prophet (peace be upon him) himself described how the jinn tried to steal the messages in the heaven. Abu-Huraira reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) informed him, “When Allah decrees a matter in heaven, the angels move their wings in submission to His word which is like a chain on a smooth stone. When their hearts are delivered from fear they say, ‘What did your Lord say?’ and receive the reply, ‘That which He said is the truth and He is the Most High and the Most Great.’ Then those who listen by stealth hear it (i.e., the jinn), and they are like this, some above others (and Sufyan a narrator, illustrated this point by turning his hand over and separating the fingers). Then one who hears the word passes it on to the one below him, and so forth until one of them passes it to the tongue of a soothsayer or diviner. Often a flame catches him before he is able to pass it on. He then mixes with it one hundred lies. People then ask, ‘Isn.t it true that he not made such a statement on a specific date,’ and he is believed because of that one word which was heard from the heavens.” (Recorded by al-Bukhari in his Sahih)

9 – Efreet (Demon++)

If he is worse than that (Maarid) and is strong, they call him ‘efreet, the plural of which is ‘Afaareet.When Sulayman (Solomon(as)) asked his servants, which had Jinn in them , for who will bring him the throne of Bilqis (Queen of Sheba). One of his servants (Ifreet – a Jinn) replied to him and which has been in Surah An-Naml:

“An efreet (Powerful one from among the jinn) said, ‘I will bring it to you before you rise from your place(throne), and indeed, I am for this [task] strong and trustworthy'”. (An-Naml:39)

(we will write an article on how Allah had Devils and the wind and many other things – submitted to Solomon(as)’s command)

10 – Qareen

The Jinn which accompanies every Human from the mother’s womb till his/her death, is called a Qareen. Hadith from the Sahih says that, the Prophet Muhammad (saw) said:

“Every one of you has been assigned a companion from the Jinn. The companions asked: Even you O’ Messenger of Allah? And the Prophet replied: Even me, except that Allah has helped me against him and he has submitted.”

Although People have categorized them as the above, we cannot be sure of how authentic they are. Except for those which source from the Qur’an & Sunnah. However it is mere categorizing, and does not speak of the real difference between them; we can at least be sure that they have Ranks in them, ranks according to their powers and their degree of rebellion.

And Allah knows best.

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Courtesy of Dr. Umar Sulaiman & Jamaal al-Din. JazakAllahu Khairan.

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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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