Of all the energy-based entities of the supernatural variety that see us as their food, none are more feared and revered – in equal amounts - than the Middle Eastern Djinn. They are ancient and powerful beings that should be avoided at all costs. Although, at times they can be friendly and helpful, the Djinn are also dangerous and manipulative – in fact, just like so many other paranormal parasites that need us as a form of sustenance. Without doubt, one of the most learned researchers in the field of energy-based entities was the late Rosemary Ellen Guiley, whose books included The Vengeful Djinn and The Djinn Connection. In an online article titled “Facts About the Djinn,” Guiley said of their strange feeding habits: “They can eat human food when they take human form, but our food does not sustain them. It gives them pleasure. They can absorb the essence of food, and things like the molecules from tobacco smoke, which provide enjoyment. Their main source of nourishment is the absorption of energy from life forms. The best is the draining of a soul, but is difficult to do and is considered unlawful. It is, however, practiced by certain powerful, renegade Djinn. The vampiric absorption of the life force can be quite detrimental to people, and cause health problems.” With that all said, before we get to the matter of how and why the Djinn need us, and the particular nature of the energy they absorb from us, let’s first take a look at the history of these enigmatic, powerful creatures and their uneasy relationship to us.
According to ancient lore, the Djinn existed long before we did – tens of thousands of years before us, in fact. The story of the Djinn is detailed in the pages of the Quran, which is the sacred book of Islamic teachings and which those of the Muslim faith believe is the word of God – or, in their religion, Allah, as he is known. Although there are significant differences between the Bible and the Quran, there are a lot of deep similarities, too. The Bible teaches that God created the human race, in the form of Adam and Eve – the latter having allegedly been crafted from one of Adam’s ribs. In the world of Islam, Allah brought Adam into being, too. But, he did much more than that. As well as bringing the human race and the angels to life, Allah also created supernatural entities that, in terms of power and stature, were right up there with the angels. They were, if you have not already guessed, the mighty Djinn of old.
Things went wrong for the Djinn – and drastically so – when Allah insisted that they display deep reverence for Adam. The angels were ordered to do likewise. And, while the Angels dutifully did what they were told, the Djinn most assuredly did not. They chose to vehemently go against the word of Allah. For the Djinn, this proved to be utterly disastrous: they were unceremoniously slung out of the realm of Heaven. Their only chance of retaining some degree of their original, powerful status is when Judgement Day finally comes along. That, we are told, is when all of the Djinn will be placed before Allah and given the opportunity to make things right, whenever that may be. Until then, and under the law of Allah, the Djinn are free to do as they please – which includes feeding on us and, if they choose, even to forever obliterate us from existence. While the Djinn can – to a degree – encourage people to perform sinful acts, they cannot literally force us to commit the likes of murder and violence. We are still very much the deciding factor.
The mightiest of all the Djinn is Iblis. In fact, he is the overlord of the Djinn. His name translates into English as “despair.” In essence, Iblis can be compared to Satan – in the sense that one of his prime directives is to lure the human race to the dark side. The parallel between the Devil and Iblis is made even more obvious by the fact that in Islamic lore Iblis’ alternative name is Shaitan – which only serves to amplify the Satanic-themed links between Iblis and the Devil of the Bible. That Iblis – also referred to as Shaitan, remember – is the ultimate Djinn, has given rise to the theory that the rest of the Djinn hordes are the equivalents of the Bible’s demons. Certainly, there are uncanny similarities between both stories.
It was Iblis himself who ordered his fellow Djinn to disobey Allah’s order to bow down before Adam. Iblis’ argument was that he and the rest of the Djinn were superior beings formed from smokeless fire, while Adam was a lowly being of nothing but mere dirt. Iblis saw himself and his kind far above the human race, when it came to the issue of stature. Iblis was right about the power of the Djinn vs. that of us, though: unlike us, the Djinn have massively long lifespans. From our perspective the Djinn are practically immortal. Iblis, like all Djinn, is a shapeshifting entity with the ability to take on multiple forms – including that of a large black dog, an elemental, an extraterrestrial, and a snake. And they can negotiate dimensions, as easy as we change channels on our televisions. So, in that sense, yes, the Djinn are our superiors – and masterful manipulators of us, too. It must be said that, today, the nature of the Djinn has been hugely dumbed-down – in the world of Western entertainment, it has become known as the Genie. It’s an entity that most people expect to see in movies, on TV shows, and in kids’ cartoons. With its attendant three wishes, the Djinn is seen as a wholly mythical, harmless, magical thing. The truth, however, is just about as far away from that image as it’s possible to get. Forget Aladdin and his lamp: the true Djinn are among the most fearsome – and fearless – entities that can intrude on our world and wreak havoc and mayhem as they see fit. Let’s take a closer look at the lives and domains of these unearthly things.
One of the most intriguing things about the Djinn is that, as we have seen, they were born out of what has been universally accepted by those who follow the Quran as smokeless fire. But, how could a form of fire feed on human energy, have intelligence, a physical form, and the ability to manipulate our minds? Well, the answer is that fire simply cannot perform the incredible feats that the Djinn are said to carry out. In all likelihood, the reference to the Djinn having their origins in fire, is a distortion. But, of what? Rosemary Ellen Guiley believed she knew. It all revolves around what is called plasma. Rosemary Ellen Guiley suspected – and was probably correct in her conclusions – that the Djinn are plasma-based entities, and which in all likelihood led to the distorted legend that they were the product of fire. She also concluded that the hellish and heavenly realms described in the Bible and the Quran were really dimensions of existence very different to our 3-D reality.
These different aspects are what govern the universe, the fundamental forces of nature, and all the elementary particles contained within.” Might such realms as Heaven and Hell really have been two of many more dimensions beyond ours? Don’t bet against it. And don’t bet against the idea that the Djinn inhabit such realms, but in the form of plasma, rather than flesh, blood and bone. Ancient lore tells of the Djinn that although they are very different to us – and certainly so in terms of their make-up – they are not too dissimilar in some ways. The world of Islam maintains that the Djinn have almost unending lives – although they are not literally immortal. Not even the Djinn can beat the reaper forever. They marry, they have offspring and, like us and every other living thing on the planet, there are both male and female Djinn.
Although the mysterious plains of existence that the Djinn inhabit are very different to ours, the actual space they inhabit are the same. In other words, you could be sitting at home, reading a book, not realizing that you are being eyed carefully by a dangerous Djinn which has invaded your space, which can see your every move, but which is effectively still within its very own dimension. When they leave their dimensional planes and enter our domain, the Djinn are said to dwell in caves, in deep and winding tunnels, in caves and in the remains of crumbled, old structures – and particularly so in the heart of the Middle East. And it’s in the early hours of the morning when, in our world, they are most active. Also like us, the Djinn love music: singing and whistling are two of their primary ways of entertaining themselves. If you wake in the middle of the night, and you hear disembodied whistling – or the vague tones of faraway, enchanting and hypnotic music – you may well have a Djinn in your abode. They prefer Middle Eastern music and that of ancient India, too – and particularly so the sound of a sitar. The Djinn are said to love dogs, too, which reportedly can see them even when we can’t, as can donkeys.
The Djinns’ love of dogs mostly does not extend to us, though: they will, on occasion, offer the targets of their torture a gift, a goal, or good fortune. Almost certainly, this is where the tales of the “three wishes” originated – with an ancient knowledge and tradition that one could do a deal with the Djinn. Like most such pacts, though, it’s very seldom that anything good ever comes from them. If, indeed, ever. The Djinn also has the ability to intrude on, and even enter, the minds of those they target. Essentially, we’re talking about something akin to demonic possession. People can be made to perform all manner of terrible things that might be put down to mental illness, or the result of an evil, psychopathic mind. That might not be the case, though: the person may be used as a vessel by the Djinn. Why? Because the Djinn enjoy manipulating and tormenting us – it really is that simple. And, terrifying, too.
On occasion, the Djinn will not exhibit dangerous or even deadly behavior. Sometimes, their actions are solely manipulative – even bordering on what almost amounts to game-playing. They may move a household item to a new place – baffling people as to how such a thing had happened. They can command electricity – even thunderstorms. They may cause your microwave oven to explode. Your phone may briefly fail to work – and right at the same time which you hear that curious whistling in your home. Screwing around with us, and for no good reason beyond the fact they get some form of delight out of it all, is at the heart of what motivates the Djinn to interact with us. Illness – of both a mental and physical kind – typifies encounters with the Djinn, too. And, let’s none of us forget the warning words of Rosemary Ellen Guiley on the matter of the Djinn: “Their main source of nourishment is the absorption of energy from life forms.”
On this latter point from Rosemary Ellen Guiley, it’s worth noting the experience of Emily. Her 1999 encounter with a shadow entity in her Sam Antonio, Texas apartment is highly suggestive of an encounter with a Djinn – possibly even several. That Emily became fascinated by the Djinn phenomenon just a few weeks before very strange activity began in her home, is another pointer suggesting that by both reading and thinking about the Djinn, she opened the kind of doorway that most of us would prefer stayed shut. Emily says that only days into reading a second book on the Djinn, she began to see – out of the corners of her eyes – small, shadow-like figures lurking behind the corners of the couch, peering from behind doorways, and even tugging on her the duvet of her bed at night. She experienced endless electricity outages, and her microwave stopped working, as did the electric alarm clock in her bedroom. On top of that, Emily had several nightmares of a Djinn, in which the creature sucked her energy out of her in a mouth-to-mouth fashion – almost as if the Djinn was kissing the energy out of her, which is exactly how Emily described it. A spine-tingling image, to be sure.