Jinns and Shooting Stars
Like his Bedouin contemporaries, Muhammad believed in shadowy beings and ghosts. These mythical creatures were known as Jinn. Muhammad spoke extensively about jinns. He told his followers that jinns were made of fire. They stand on each other’s shoulders all the way to heaven to eavesdrop to the conversation of the “exalted assembly” (mala-e a’la). Exalted Assembly, or Assembly of high was a term used by Sumerians to refer to the ancient reunion of gods representing the Sumerian pantheons, presided over by An and Enlil. Muhammad believed that meteorites are missiles thrown by angels to deter jinns from eavesdropping.
And (the Jinn who had listened to the Qur’an said): We had sought the heaven but had found it filled with strong warders and meteors. And we used to sit on places (high) therein to listen. But he who listeneth now findeth a flame in wait for him. Q. 72: 8-9
He repeated the same absurd idea again.
”We have indeed decked the lower heaven with beauty (in) the stars, (For beauty) and for guard against all obstinate rebellious evil spirits, (So) they should not strain their ears in the direction of the Exalted Assembly but be cast away from every side, Repulsed, for they are under a perpetual penalty, Except such as snatch away something by stealth, and they are pursued by a flaming fire, of piercing brightness. Q. 37: 6/10
“And we have, (from of old), adorned the lowest heaven with Lamps, and We have made such (Lamps) (as) missiles to drive away the Evil Ones, and have prepared for them the Penalty of the Blazing Fire. Q. 67: 5
The universe envisioned by Muhammad, belongs to the realm of fairytale. The Earth for him was flat were the Sun raised from seas in one end and sets in the muddy waters on the other end. In Arabic, the word “sama” means both heaven and sky. Muhammad, just like his contemporaries, did not make any distinction between the two. He said heaven (sky) is made of seven layers and placed the stars in the lowest layer, lower than the Moon. Then he envisioned jinns standing on each other’s shoulders all the way to heaven to eavesdrop to the discussion of the “Exalted Assembly”. He thought stars are lamps hanging from the dome of the sky to adorn the lower heaven. When jinns climb on each other to eavesdrop, heaven’s guardian angels grab a star and hurl it at the jinns to scare them. Can any reasonable person today accept this kind of balderdash? What ancient people called shooting starts are meteorites – tiny rocks that glow when they enter the atmosphere of the earth. Stars are suns thousands of light years away from us. Apart from the fact that the idea of jinns is ridiculous, can they really stand on each other to reach the presence of gods? Which gods? If God is one, what is this “exalted assembly” he was talking about? As absurd as it may be, today’s Muslims still believe in the jinns. If it is written in Quran, then it must be true, as far as they are concerned. Rejecting this foolish idea is tantamount to rejecting the Quran.’
The following hadiths confirm the above story.
Narrated ‘Aisha: I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “The angels descend, the clouds and mention this or that matter decreed in the Heaven. The devils listen stealthily to such a matter, come down to inspire the soothsayers with it, and the latter would add to it one-hundred lies of their own.”[ Sahih Bukhari Volume 4, Book 54, Number 432]
Narrated ‘Aisha: Some people asked the Prophet regarding the soothsayers. He said, “They are nothing.” They said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Some of their talks come true.” The Prophet said, “That word which happens to be true is what a Jinn snatches away by stealth (from the Heaven) and pours it in the ears of his friend (the foreteller) with a sound like the cackling of a hen. The soothsayers then mix with that word, one hundred lies.”[ Sahih Bukhari Volume 9, Book 93, Number 650]
Muslims are convinced that jinns are real. If it is in the Quran it must be real. The thought that the Quran can be false does not enter their minds. The following is an article published in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The article says that after the confirmation by the religions
authorities in the Emirate states, several newspapers have published this picture. An Arab youth, after hearing strange noises coming from a cave in the region of Jaliyah in the Emirates, took his camera and entered the cave. There he saw a strange creature that looked like a jinn. The photographer died as the result of a heart attack. When his friends and the police entered the cave, they found his cameral next to his body and found the picture of this jinn inside the camera. This picture and news has been published in the Emirate newspapers and was broadcast from television. The following picutre reveals the truth.
These kinds of hoaxes are common among Muslims. These are the “miracles” that keep Muslims’ faith alive.
The following images are from the book Prophet Muhammad Illustrated