There are many types of djinn (also known as Jinn), the creatures born from smokeless fire in Islamic mythology.
You have the most powerful of djinn, the Marid, who may grant wishes to mortals. Then there are the Ifrit — evil, fiery winged giants who live underground. And there are others, each with their own unique characteristics. Some may be compared to the demons of Christian mythology.
But are they real?
A Real Djinn Attack
In 2011, reports surfaced of a strange event that happened in a “haunted” valley called Wadi Al-Amak (or, the Deep Abyss) near Ta’if in Saudi Arabia.
One day, an unnamed man and a group of friends journeyed into the valley. They spent some time there during the evening, but after a while they noticed the man’s hand had changed color. He became agitated, fell, and began shouting. According to Emirates 247, as this happened “his eyes were fixed at an area deep in the valley.”
His friends, with some trouble, managed to carry the man back to town. This is when they learned an unsettling truth — the valley they’d been adventuring in was known to be haunted, and this had happened before. He was possessed by a djinn.
The possessed man was later exorcised, with the malicious djinn “forced” out of his body through his hand, and he returned to normal. He didn’t remember what had happened.
Djinn Possessions On The Rise?
I don’t know about the validity of this story, but it’s a curious one. Regardless, many people believe djinns are very real, to the point that reports of djinn possession have actually increased in recent years.
In 2014, The Herald Scotland reported “a rise in clients attributing mental health difficulties to supernatural spirits” – namely djinn, but also black magic – at Muslim women’s centers in Glasgow and Dundee.
And if you’d like to dive even deeper, here’s a short bit of news about a man granted the “right to divorce his wife” by a Dubai court because he believed she was possessed.