بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
As a religious person, I am often perceived as brainwashed, illogical, and a second-class thinker; mostly because of the superstitions and old age cultural beliefs that are often integrated into religious culture. And partly, because most people can’t distinguish between religious culture and actual religious beliefs.
Non-religious people will often group me with the same people who will swear to you that there are ghosts, that they totally saw a jinn, have a friend possessed by a demon, and swear on everything that they value that somebody did some black magic juju to ruin their life last week.
In case you haven’t guessed it already- I’m not a fan of this stuff. In fact, when I hear other muslims talking about this stuff, I feel them lacking in their religious conviction rather than finding it a support for it. Human beings can convince themselves of anything if they think about it too much, and I believe that’s what happens in these cases.
Not convinced? I’m going to use a simple, everyday example that I’m sure many of you have experienced to illustrate this point.
Let’s imagine Fatima is on her phone texting a friend when her mother walks into the living room where she is sat, fully-engrossed in her conversation, and asks her to go get the salt from the cupboard. Her mom is preparing dinner for guests and due to their health restrictions, she decided to make all the food without salt so that all the guests can enjoy her dishes with the amount that they desire. She’d forgotten to set the salt on the table before heading out of the kitchen, and would really appreciate it if Fatima would get up and at least help her with that.
Fatima is annoyed, not because her mom asked her to do something, but because her mom asked her to do something while she was in the middle of a serious argument with one of her friends. She’d rather stay on her phone.
Regardless, she walks over to the kitchen still typing away, once she reaches the cupboard she scans the contents, not finding the salt, she closes the doors and opens the next set of cupboards. Maybe her mom placed is somewhere else in her rush to get everything done?
She’s impatient with the annoying salt by now, when again, the second cupboard doesn’t hold any salt. Her phone rings with another text alert as she furiously opens the next cupboard, then the next, then she even starts opening the cupboards on the bottom, and then checks the fridge just in case her mother had absentmindedly put it there for some reason. Maybe she already placed it on the table?
She enters the dining room, where the table is filled with steaming dishes that her mother had just set. In that moment, her mom comes back, dressed to greet the guests which should be arriving soon.
“Fatima did you get the salt?”
“It’s not there ma.”
They both walk to the kitchen together where Fatima’s mom opens the very first cupboard Fatima had opened just moments ago; the jar of salt sitting clear as the sun in its midst.
“Not there huh?” Fatima’s mom jokes, as they both laugh it off and head out of the kitchen.
So, could it possibly be that Fatima hadn’t seen the salt because she simply didn’t want to? That what she convinces her mind to do, her mind in return mirrors back to her. That maybe she didn’t want to do something (getting the salt) so much that it became a subconscious thing, so that even when she unwillingly went to do it, her mind still refused to do it.
I think that many things in life work that same way. And this isn’t some all-enveloping story which you should take to heart, but it is food for thought. And it’s not the first thing to suggest to you that what you let yourself believe mentally, can materialize into reality.
Think about all the buildings you drive by, they were all in somebody’s head before they came to be, the same with your clothes, your phone, the screen you’re reading this on, paintings, political agendas, people who have achieved their dreams; all thought, then turned real.
On a more spiritual note, doesn’t the Holy Quran remind us of the wisdom Allah swt has blessed us with in the following quote:
And this goes for the bad as well as for the good, and yes, I understand that this quote is more commonly used for people who want to change their situation, and not necessarily their belief, but it’s just a reminder for those living in poor and struggling communities where they let these ideas take a hold of them. Who am I to say what’s going to happen in the future and what’s not, but isn’t likely that if they busy themselves with magic spells, and who put a spell on who, and how the challenges in their life are so-and-so’s doing, that nothing much is going to change? This magic juju nonsense is used to escape, a scapegoat, from dealing with our realities.
Maybe you didn’t get divorced because some woman put a spell on your husband, maybe your “jealous” neighbor didn’t visit someone to make sure they ruin your son’s college acceptance and get their son in, maybe these things happen after a series of little things finally snowball them into effect.
And maybe your kitchen isn’t always messy because some crazy jinn likes to party there all the time, or maybe that item which you could’ve sworn you put on the table, didn’t get moved by a jinn playing jokes on you and placing it somewhere else. Maybe it was due to your own absentminded doing.
Do I believe that Jinn’s are real? Absolutely. The same way I believe that the Quran is real but it will not take a hold of me and control me.
“… Verily he [Shaytaan] and his qabeeluhu [his soldiers from the jinn or his tribe] see you from where you cannot see them…” [al-A’raaf 7:27] Source.
The world of the jinn is an independent and separate world, with its own distinct nature and features that are hidden from the world of humans. Jinns and humans have some things in common, such as the possession of understanding and the choice between the way of good and the way of evil. The word jinn comes from an Arabic root meaning “hidden from sight”.
The only place Jinn is real in your life is in your head, where you can let it take place and fester and control your life. Please stop obsessing over it. Stop wasting your life on nonsense, and stop blaming, yes blaming things in your life on Jinns, and ghosts and the devil when Allah swt has given you the ability to choose otherwise. Lead your life.