The Jinn- A Scientific
Dr. Ibrahim B. Syed
Professor of Medicine
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Louisville, KY 40292
President, Islamic Research Foundation International, Inc
7102 W. Shefford Lane
Louisville, KY 40242-6462
The Qur'an & Modem Science: JINN
This chapter is very
thought provoking and intended to stimulate thinking and further research among
Muslim Scholars, Scientists and Students.
The Qur'an mentions
about Jinns in several places. The Qur'an specifically says that human beings
are made of clay and also made of water. These statements are scientifically
correct. With regard to the Jinns, the Qur'an also says that they are made from
a flame of fire. A.Yusuf Ali, the well-known English Translator of the Qur'an,
says in his note #929 that jinn is simply "a spirit" or an invisible or hidden
force. It is also mentioned in the book ARABIAN NIGHTS that they become
personified into fantastic forms, which we will see later as possible.
The Qur'an says:
Surah XV: 27
In note 1967, Yusuf Ali says,
"Hidden or Invisible forces are aptly typified as arising 'from the fire
of scorching winds'.
he scientific definition of the Jinns
is given in the Qur'an as:
And He created
Jinns from fire free of smoke.
Surah LV: 15
There is a whole Surah
LXXII, called Jinn or the Spirits in the Qur'an.
Pickthall, another translator of the Qur'an from England, gives another meaning
of Jinns. He says another meaning of Jinns is foreigners (Aliens) which means
they are extraterrestrial (from outside the earth). The reader must keep in mind
these definitions of the Jinns to understand their scientific nature given in
Currently held view is
that in the whole universe only planet Earth harbors intelligent beings such as
humans who are made of clay and water. In 1927, Sir Francis Younghusband wrote a
book titled Life in the Stars (John Murray, London). In this book he
describes the inhabitants in the stars as beings with angelic qualities. Our Sun
is also a star.
No religion in the
world except Islam has the concept of Jinn. On Earth all life is made of Carbon
and water. Living things on Earth need energy for their activities. Some of
these activities are chemical reactions, which need a supply of energy. This
supply of energy comes from the foods we eat, particularly the sugars. Fat is
also a source of (stored) energy. When sugars (glucose) are oxidized with oxygen
they are converted into water, carbon dioxide and energy. This is a process
called respiration. Similarly creatures elsewhere in the universe such as the
sun or stars need energy. For those in the sun, the sun itself supplies the
LIFE IN THEE SUN
Based on the laws of
Physics and Chemistry scientists argue the existence of creatures in the sun.
The outermost part of the sun is called the Chromosphere and Corona.
The temperature here is 4000 degrees centigrade. Underneath the corona lies the
Photosphere where the temperature is 5700 degrees centigrade which
is the temperature on the surface of the sun. Inside the Photosphere lies the
Plasma Interior. Here the temperature is 30,000 degrees centigrade.
At this temperature the atoms lose their electrons which wander freely. The
density of the hot gases is equal to that of air at the surface of Earth.
Halfway towards the center of the sun the temperature rises to several million
degrees centigrade. Here the electrons are completely removed from their atoms
and move freely, leaving the atomic nuclei behind as positively charged Ions.
These separated positive and negative (ions) move independently of each other
and this state of matter is called Plasma. Plasma
could be interpreted as the smokeless Fire described in the Qur'an. At the
center of the sun is the core where the temperature reaches ten million degrees
and the density is five times greater than that of solid gold. That is the
density of the core, which is greater than any material found on Earth. In the
core the nuclear fusion reactions occur resulting in the fusion of hydrogen
nuclei into Helium nuclei plus liberation of energy which we receive as the
sunlight. The Hydrogen Bomb works based on nuclear fusion whereas the Atomic
Bomb works based on nuclear fission (splitting of the atomic nucleus).
Scientists (G. Feinberg
and R.Shapiro, LIFE BEYOND EARTH Published by William Morrow and Co.,
Inc., New York, 1980) predict that there is the highest probability of finding
life in the Plasma of our Sun or any star. They call these creatures as
Plasmabeasts. Plasmabeasts can be construed as nothing but
the Jinns. Life on Earth is called Chemical life, whereas the life in the Plasma
of the Sun is based on Physical life. In the Plasma, the positively charged ions
and the freely floating electrons (negative ions) are both acted on by intense
magnetic forces present in the sun (star). The Jinns are interpreted to be
composed of patterns of magnetic force, together with groups of moving charges
in a kind of symbiosis. The possible inhabitants of Plasmaland (place of
inhabitants) or Jinns have a more complex basis for their life involving charges
as well as magnetic forces. The positive and negative ions interact and respond
to the presence of magnetic forces. The stable structure and movement of the
Jinns is influenced by the magnetic forces. In Physics we know that the moving
charges influence the motion of these electrical charges or ions. This situation
is similar to the influence of proteins and nucleic acids in Earth life. Finally
these processes result in a favored form. For this to take place supply of free
energy is required which is obtained from the flow of radiation within the sun.
Therefore the Jinn can be construed to use radiant energy in their vital