Sūrat al-Jinn

Sūrah No.72, Revealed in Makkah, 28 verses. 19 of the 28 verses in this Sūrah talk about the Jinn and their beliefs. When they heard the verses of Quran the Jinn realized the corruption that had crept into their beliefs.

Merits of reciting the Sūrah

Whoever recites Sūrat Jinn often will never be touched by the evil eye, magic, witchcraft or the evil plots of the Jinn while in this world, and that person will be in the company of [Prophet] Muhammad a and will beseech the Almighty by saying; my Lord, I do not want anyone instead of him, and this person will not be pleased with anyone else. Imam Ja‘far al-Sādiq (a).

Note: Of course, this would be for those whose recitation is a beginning towards reflection and action.

General synopsis of contents

1) A discussion on the Jinns and their beliefs.

2) Belief in Tawhid and the Hereafter.

3) Knowledge of the unseen

Important Messages

1) The Jinn were affected by hearing the Quran. (vv. 1-2)

2) Some of the Jinn are believers and some are disbelievers. (v. 14)

3) People will realize how weak they are when they see the punishment of Allah. (v. 24).

Suggested verses for reflection and memorization.

1) 72:22 – Say: Surely no one can protect me against Allah, nor can I find besides Him any place of refuge.

2) 72:26-27 – The Knower of the unseen! so He does not reveal His secrets to any, except to him whom He chooses as a messenger . . .

Activities for self-study

1) Read a brief commentary of this Sūrah by S. V. Mir Ahmed Ali and Agha Pooya on http://quran.al-islam.org

a) What were some wrong beliefs held by the Jinn?

b) What are the groups among the Jinn? See verses 11 and 14.

c) What does verse 19 say about the Prophet a?