Mirza Ghulam Ahmad seems to have tried to avoid the topic of Jinn in Islam and properly explaining what Jinn are. It is important to note that the Quran called Iblis (satan) as a Jinn in 18:50, MGA totally avoided this verse in all of his books. Nevertheless, Early on, in the Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya 1–4, MGA didn’t fully define Jinn, it seems that he supported the common Islamic belief of Jinn. In 1893, he argued for the existence of angels and Jinns. In 1905, MGA claimed that the earthquakes that were prophecied to come would effect the birds and the Jinn (see page 225). In 1908, after MGA had died, in the BA5, he claimed that a sect of Jinn drew pictures of the prophet Solomon (as) as he argued that pictures shouldn’t be totally banned in Islam, however, this is a lie. In 1917, Muhammad Ali commented on 15:27 and claimed that the verse was allegorical, it means “men with a fiery temperment”. In 1926, in Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad’s book, “Invitation to Ahmadiyya”, he discusses how the Jinn disbelieved, however, he doesnt venture to try to define Jinn. In Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad’s famous Tafsir-i-Kabir, he seems to have downgraded 15:27 as well, the same way that Muhammad Ali did, the publish date for this specific part of his Tafsir is unknown. In the famous 1988, 5-volume commentary on the Quran, Malik Ghulam Farid totally denied the normal islamic beliefs about Jinn (See 15:28 in the Ahmadi numbering system), he seems to have copied Muhammad Ali’s commentary and wrote that this only refers to “men with a fiery temperment. In 1994, he admitted that Satan was called as a Jinn, however, he didn’t elaborate further, he purposely gave a muffled answer. In 1997, he said that believing in Jinn isn’t required for a Muslim. Mirza Tahir Ahmad never quoted MGA on Jinn. By 1998, Mirza Tahir Ahmad described them as bacteria. In 2018, a new edition of Malik Ghulam Farid’s 5 volume commentary was published, we are unsure as to what changes were made.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________ In the Ahmadiyya commentary of 1988, the verses are numbered per the Ahmadiya numbering system
Here are the differences in the ahmadi understanding of Jinn according to different ayat

–114: 7 – They are big men or evil communist regimes who work behind iron curtains or evil democracies … &region=E1

–15:28 – they COULD be evil spirits, imaginary beings, red people from europe, foreigners, possibly Neanderthals, angry people. With reference to 15:28 they are “only men of fiery temperament”. But in reality, according to Ahmadis, such spirits and evil creatures that are invisible are mythical and not true. … &region=E1

–38:77 – no explanation of humans or bacteria is made.

–55:16 – explanation is deferred to 15:28

–21:83 – they were some people (hittites and Amorites) who did professional expert work. … ion=E1&CR=

–27:18 – big people not yet subjugated

–27:39 – men/man that is strong and powerful, sharp and vigorous and effective in affairs, exceeding in intelligence, evil and malignant, insolent and proud, and one who rolls his adversaries in dust. … ion=E1&CR=

–34:13 – they were mountain people that solomon and pressed and conquered into doing work for him day and night.

–38:38 – giant builders and divers

–38:39 – tribes people who were captured by solomon.

–6:101 – kings and courts people that were hidden or distant/aloof from the public =

–6:113 – Here we finally see a definitive explantion of Jinn. They are without a doubt humans. We read, “They do not refer to two different species of God’s creatures, but only to two classes of human beings, ie ‘men’ denting the masses and the common folk and Jinn standing for big people and who often remain aloof…”

–6:129 – Great powerful men who are hidden from the common folk.

–11:120 – It seems that they are humans here.

–17:89 – hidden spirits.

–18:52 – nothing of an explanation of giants, kings, angry people, or else is given here.

–32:14 – no clarification is given.

–34:42 – ungodly, proud, and wicked people. May also be evil forces that are hidden.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________Jinn in Islam, a basic background

Jinn are mentioned approximately 29 times in the Quran.[22] In Islamic tradition, Muhammad was sent as a prophet to both human and jinn communities, and that prophets and messengers were sent to both communities.[23][24] Traditionally Surah 72, named after them (Al-Jinn), is held to tell about the revelation to jinn and several stories mention one of Muhammad’s followers accompanied him, witnessing the revelation to the jinn.[25] They appear with different attitudes.[26] In the story of Solomon they appear as nature spirits comparable to Talmudic shedim. Solomon was gifted by God to talk to animals and spirits. God granted him authority over the rebellious jinn and devils forcing them to build the First Temple. In other instances, the Quran tells about Pagan Arabs, calling jinn for help, instead of God. The Quran reduced the status of jinn from that of tutelary deities to that of minor spirits, usually paralleling humans.[27] In this regard, the jinn appear often paired with humans. To assert a strict monotheism and the Islamic concept of Tauhid, all affinities between the jinn and God were denied, thus jinn were placed parallel to humans, also subject to God’s judgment and afterlife. They are also mentioned in collections of canonical hadiths. One hadith divides them into three groups, with one type flying through the air; another that are snakes and dogs; and a third that moves from place to place like human.[28]


In the Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya Vol. 3, which was published in 1882, MGA talks about Jinn, However, he doesn’t define them as sub-human or not. The word Jinn appears about 5 times, he appears to support the islamic position that Jinn are like humans and are on Earth to worship Allah, just like humans. MGA even claims that Jinn descends onto people as he quotes 26: 221, however, the word Jinn isn’t even used in that quranic verse. In Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya Vol. 4, the word Jinn appears 6 times, MGA quotes Surah at-Takwir, 81:25–27, however, these verses don’t insinuate anything about the Jinn, he then quotes Surah Bani Isra’il, 17:89, which says, Say, ‘If mankind and the Jinn gathered together to produce the like of this Qur’an, they could not produce the like thereof, even though they should help one another.’ He quotes 17:89 again (17:88 really) on page 288.
Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya Vol. 3
MGA quotes Surah adh-Dhariyat, 51:57, and says:

“””Meaning that, I have created the jinn and the men so that they should worship Me. This also points to the fact that the worship of Allah is a natural phenomenon for all human beings. Therefore, if belief in Tauhid and worship of Allah is inherent in the nature of all human beings, and no one has been created for transgression and disbelief, then how can anything contrary to the cognition and fear of God also be a natural phenomenon.””” (page 85, online english edition). 
BA3, pages 152-153, online english edition

“””Likewise, there came no Messenger to those before them whom they did not call a sorcerer, or a madman. Have they made it a legacy to one another. Nay, they are all a rebellious people.

فَذَكِّرْ فَمَاۤ اَنْتَ بِنِعْمَتِ رَبِّكَ بِكَاهِنٍ وَّ لَا مَجْنُوْنٍ —Surah at-Tur, 52:30 [Publisher]

So you should go on reminding them of the path of truth. By the grace of God, you are neither a soothsayer, nor are you bewitched by a jinn, nor are you a madman.

قُلْ لَّىِٕنِ اجْتَمَعَتِ الْاِنْسُ وَ الْجِنُّ عَلٰۤى اَنْ يَّاْتُوْا بِمِثْلِ هٰذَا الْقُرْاٰنِ لَا يَاْتُوْنَ بِمِثْلِهٖ وَ لَوْ كَانَ بَعْضُهُمْ
لِبَعْضٍ ظَهِيْرًا

Tell them that if all the jinn and men were to join hands to produce another book like the Quran, they would never be able to produce the Tell them that if all the jinn and men were to join hands to produce another book like the Quran, they would never be able to produce the like thereof, even if they helped one another.

وَ اِنْ كُنْتُمْ فِيْ رَيْبٍ مِّمَّا نَزَّلْنَا عَلٰى عَبْدِنَا فَاْتُوْا بِسُوْرَةٍ مِّنْ مِّثْلِهٖ ١۪ وَ ادْعُوْا شُهَدَآءَكُمْ مِّنْ دُوْنِ اللّٰهِ

اِنْ كُنْتُمْ صٰدِقِيْنَ فَاِنْ لَّمْ تَفْعَلُوْا وَ لَنْ تَفْعَلُوْا فَاتَّقُوا النَّارَ الَّتِيْ وَ قُوْدُهَا النَّاسُ وَ الْحِجَارَةُ١ۖۚ

اُعِدَّتْ لِلْكٰفِرِيْنَ——Surah al-Baqarah, 2:24–25 [Publisher]

And if you are in any kind of doubt about the Word that We have sent down to Our servant—meaning, if you think he has forged it himself or learnt it from the jinn, or that it is some kind of sorcery or form of poetry, or if you have any other doubts about it—then, if you are truthful, produce a surah like it, and call upon your helpers, or those whom you worship. But if you do it not—and bear in mind that never shall you do it—then fear the Fire, whose fuel is men and stones, which has been prepared for the disbelievers.””””
_____________________________________________________________________________________________After quoting, Surah ash-Shu‘ara’, 26:222–227, MGA says: 

“””Shall I inform you of the people on whom the jinn descend. They descend on liars and sinners, and most of whose divinations are false. And as for the poets, it is the erring ones who follow them. Do you not see how the poets wander into every wilderness in pursuit of rhyme and metre—that is, they do not adhere to any heavenly truth, and they say what they practice not.”””
1884–Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya Vol. 4

“””And when they were given the reply in the Holy Quran that if it had indeed been written collectively by a group of learned men, scholars, and poets, then they should also seek help from a similar group of people and produce the like of the Quran so that their truthfulness should be proven. And when they could not respond to this challenge, they put forward a third opinion, which was that the Holy Quran was composed with the help of the jinn, and it could not be the work of man. Then God gave such a reply that they were left completely dumbfounded, as He says:

وَ مَا هُوَ عَلَى الْغَيْبِ بِضَنِيْنٍ۔ وَ مَا هُوَ بِقَوْلِ شَيْطٰنٍ رَّجِيْمٍ فَاَيْنَ تَذْهَبُوْنَ—[Surah at-Takwir, Part Number 30]

Meaning that, the Quran contains all kinds of matters relating to the
unseen, and to disclose so much is beyond the ability of the jinn.

قُلْ لَّىِٕنِ اجْتَمَعَتِ الْاِنْسُ وَ الْجِنُّ عَلٰۤى اَنْ يَّاْتُوْا بِمِثْلِ هٰذَا الْقُرْاٰنِ لَا يَاْتُوْنَ بِمِثْلِهٖ وَ لَوْ كَانَ بَعْضُهُمْ
Surah Bani Isra’il, Part Number لِبَعْضٍ ظَهِيْرًا— 15

And tell them that even if all of the jinn were to unite and along with them the whole of mankind gathered together, and even if they all collectively helped one another for the purpose of producing another Quran as the like of this Quran, it would be absolutely impossible for them to do so.””””(BA4, pages 44-45, online english edition).
_____________________________________________________________________________________________BA4, page 288, online english edition

“””Had Hariri and Faidi been as ‘wise’ as you, they themselves would have claimed to have produced the like of the Holy Quran. But, God forbid that any learned person should be so naive. Tell me, what work do you have in your possession that has claimed as the Holy Quran has claimed:

قُلْ لَّىِٕنِ اجْتَمَعَتِ الْاِنْسُ وَ الْجِنُّ عَلٰۤى اَنْ يَّاْتُوْا بِمِثْلِ هٰذَا الْقُرْاٰنِ لَا يَاْتُوْنَ بِمِثْلِهٖ وَ لَوْ كَانَ بَعْضُهُمْ
1[Part Number لِبَعْضٍ ظَهِيْرًا—[ 15—–Surah Bani Isra’il, 17:89 [Publisher]

Meaning that, say to them, ‘If all the jinn and men were to unite together to produce any word like the Quran, it would be impossible for them, even though they should help one another.’ 
_____________________________________________________________________________________________BA4, page 289, online english edition

“””I reiterate that before you engage yourselves in searching for a book that is comparable to the Holy Quran, you must first ascertain whether or not the book in question even makes the claim that you have heard in the above verses. For, if a speaker does not even claim that his word is

incomparable and all jinn and men are powerless to compete and contest against it, to hold up his work as incomparable without any rhyme or reason is, as the saying goes, the witness being more eager than the plaintiff. Moreover, in presenting some book as equal or comparable to the Holy Quran, you ought also to produce evidence that the book which is being presented as an equal contains excellences comparable to the external and internal excellences that the Holy Quran possesses.””
_____________________________________________________________________________________________BA4, page 330, online english edition

“””All powers belong exclusively to Him alone [Surah al-Baqarah, 2:166]. The idolaters are so ignorant that they consider the jinn to be God’s associates; without any knowledge or awareness of the facts of the matter, they have fashioned sons and daughters for Him [Surah al-An‘am, 6:101].”””
1891, Taudih-e-Maram, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 75-76

MGA quoted Al-Dhariyat, 51:57 as he argued that the purpose of life was to worship Allah.
1893–[A’ina-e-Kamalat-e-Islam, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 5, pp. 86-88], See also Essence of Islam, Vol. 2

“””Independent Existence of Angels
Our observation and our reflection and intelligence and thinking clearly show that for every grace there are intervening causes between God Almighty and ourselves, through whose intervention every faculty receives grace according to its need. This establishes the existence of angels and jinns. We have only to prove that for the performance of good or ill our faculties alone are not enough and that we are in need of external help and assistance which has supernatural effect. These helpers and assistants do not operate directly without any mediation. There are some mediatory means. The observation of the law of nature has established conclusively and certainly that those helpers and assistants exist outside of us. We may not be aware of their true reality, but we know for certain that they are neither the Almighty Himself operating directly, nor are they our own faculties and capacities. They are a species of creation which have independent existence. When we name any of them as calling to good, we would describe him as the Holy Spirit or Gabriel, and when we name him as calling to evil we will describe him as Satan or Iblis. It is not necessary that we should exhibit the Holy Spirit or Satan to every dark heart, though those who have insight can see them and they become visible in visions.”””


A’ina-e-Kamalat-e-Islam, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 5, pp. 124-133, footnote, See also Essence of Islam, Vol. 2

“”Shooting Stars and Satan
The mystery of how satans are driven away by the shooting of stars appears to be that there is enmity between satans and angels. At the time of the release of these shooting stars, whom they influence by the heat of the stars, the angels spread their bright power in the atmosphere and every shooting star that moves has an angelic life as it comes with the blessing of angels and it
possesses a quality which consumes satans. It cannot, therefore, be objected that as jinns are created from fire, they cannot be harmed by fire. For the harm that is inflicted upon the jinns by the shooting stars is not caused by fire but by the light which accompanies the shooting star which is lit by the angel and which by its nature consumes the satans.

So long as a person believes in the existence of God and is not an atheist, he would have to acknowledge that all this system is not in vain and that everything that happens issues from the wisdom and appropriate design of God Almighty, and that design is manifested in accordance
with the system through physical means. As God Almighty has not invested bodies with knowledge and intelligence, therefore, for the achievement of that which needs knowledge and intelligence, the mediation of such things was needed which are invested with knowledge and intelligence and they are angels.

As angels do not operate in a vain and purposeless way, but have a purpose in all that they do, it would have to be acknowledged that they have a purpose in the release of shooting stars and, as reason is unable to perceive that purpose, it is useless to ask reason to solve this mystery….

Reason is dependent for this perception on some other means which is beyond the limit of reason. That means is revelation which is bestowed upon man so that it should carry him to those insights and verities to which reason alone has no access and so that it might disclose to him those fine mysteries which cannot be solved through reason. Here by revelation we mean the revelation of the Qur’an which has disclosed to us that the purpose of the angels in releasing shooting stars is to drive away satans. This is the type of spreading of the light by the angels which affects the darkness of the jinns and reduces their activity, and if the spreading of this light is in a high degree, then on account of its magnetic attraction perfect manifestations of light are created from among men, otherwise, this spreading of the light on account of its angelic quality pulls the hearts towards light and righteousness and this is a quality the proof of which has always been displayed in the world….

The Divine system is that what is happening in the bodies and the atmosphere, or becomes manifest on occasion, is not the result of the purposeless action of the bodies. The Wise and Powerful One has committed the direction of all these into the hands of the angels, who
are occupied with various types of action every moment under the command of the All-Powerful One. They do not act in vain, but cause various types of movement in heaven and earth in an altogether wise way for the achievement of grand purposes. No action of theirs is useless or meaningless.”””

1897–[Kitab-ul-Bariyyah, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 13, pp. 59-60], See also Essence of Islam, Vol. 2

“””I had also pointed out that no act of the Divine is contrary to His eternal way and that means that there should be a large number of illustrations. If sending a son is the way of God then there should be many more sons of God so that a way might be established and some sons should be crucified for the jinns and some for men and some for those creatures which dwell in other spheres. This objection was also such that a moment’s reflection on it would rescue a person from the darkness of Christianity….

I pointed out that the doctrine of atonement is also untenable, for its purpose would be either that in consequence of it sin should be abolished altogether, or that every type of sin, whether relating to the rights of God or the rights of people, should be continuously forgiven. The first supposition is entirely false. We observe that the men and women of Europe have not been able to abstain from sin after the atonement and that the people of Europe are guilty of all manner of sins. Alright, leave that aside, and consider the case of ‘prophets’ whose faith was stronger than that of others, even they could not escape sin, and the disciples of Jesus too were involved in sin. Thus there is no doubt that the atonement is not a dam that can bank up the flood of sin. As regards the second supposition, that those who believe in the atonement would be exempted from all punishment for sin, and that whether they commit theft or robbery or murder or misconduct of every description God will not call them to account; this also is untrue as it would cancel God’s eternal commandments and destroy the purity of the law.””””
1901–[Eik Ghalati ka Izalah, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 18, pp. 207-210], See also Essence of Islam, Vol. 3

MGA quoted Al-Jinn, 72:27-28 as he argued that Prophets=Messengers (Nabi’s= Rasul’s), and he was one of them also.
1902–[Tiryaq-ul-Qulub, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 15, pp. 461-462 footnote], See also Essence of Islam, Vol. 3

“””One of the many favours that Hadrat Abu Bakrra bestowed upon the Muslims is that during his
rightful Khilafat he opened the door of truth and accuracy to deliver them from the error that was to arise in later times and erected such a strong barrier against the flood of misguidance as cannot be demolished by the divines of this age even if they were assisted by all the Jinns. So we pray that God Almighty may shower thousands of blessings on the soul of Hadrat Abu Bakrra who conclusively settled, on the basis of pure Divine revelation, that Jesus had died.”””


“””O My Powerful God, O Mighty One, Master of all capacities, no hand is equal to Yours, and no jinn or apparition is a partner in Your kingdom. Worldly people have recourse to every form of deceit and devils mislead people with their false suggestions, but no devil has been given the strength to withstand Your signs and Your awe-striking hand, or to manifest such power as is Yours. You are the One beside Whom there is no other God. You are the High, the Great. “”””[Tiryaq-ul-Qulub, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 15, pp. 507-511]

This was the first prediction about an earthquake emanating from Ghulam Ahmad. After a week of this warning, he issued a second warning on 15th April, 1905:

“After a , few days there will be a severe earthquake. The earth will be overturned. towns will be destroyed, mankind, trees and stones will be decimated. Its time span will be a moment only but the course of the universe will be changed and even the Jinn and birds will be affected”.

See “Qadianiat, an Analytical Survey” by Ehsan Elahi Zaheer (1972)

1907–Haqiqaqatul Wahy, online english edition

MGA quotes Surah Jinn, 72:27–28 5 times, as he argues that Allah only communicated his messages to a Rasul (Messenger). (See pages 246 and 422, 498, 539, 763). On page 832, he quotes (Surah Adh-Dhariyat, 51:57), as he argues that the man and Jinn are only on Earth to worship Allah.
1908–Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya Vol. 5, online english edition

The word Jinn exists 2 times in this book, MGA quotes Surah Jinn, 72:27–28, as he argues that Allah only communicated his messages to a Rasul (Messenger) see page 111. On page 299, he quotes (Surah Adh-Dhariyat, 51:57), as he argues that the man and Jinn are only on Earth to worship Allah. On page 491, MGA claims that a sect of Jinn had made pictures of the prophet Solomon (as), however, this is a lie, as he argued that pictures shouldn’t be totally banned in Islam.

In 1917, Muhammad Ali commented on 15:27 and claimed that the verse was allegorical, it means “men with a fiery temperment”.

Mirza Bashir Ahmad also seems to have supported the common Islamic beliefs on Jinn (See pages 255-258).

In 1926, in Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad’s book, “Invitation to Ahmadiyya”, he discusses how the Jinn disbelieved, however, he doesnt venture to try to define Jinn.

The ROR of Jan-1938 has an essay by Maulvi Sayyid Zayn al’ Abidin Waliullah Shah entitled, “The Dawn of Human Liberty”, in this essay he calls Jinn as the rulers of the world.

The ROR of Oct-1938 also discusses Jinn.

The ROR of April-1940 talks about the 1938 Jalsa at Qadian. They allege that the 2nd Khalifa gave a speech at the 1938 Jalsa at Qadian entitled, “Primitive Man’s Religion and His Conception of God”. This speech also appeared in the Urdu-ROR of March-1939. The 2nd Khalifa denied the islamic concept of Jinn, spoke about Adam (as), the 2nd Khalifa claims that the followers Adam (as) began to evolve. The 2nd Khalifa even alleged that humans were already evolving before Adam (as) showed up.

The Khalifa writes in the introduction to Tafsir-i-Kabeer that Jinn were under-developed humans that hadn’t evolved into full humans. He makes this argument as he argues that there were in-fact other humans on earth before Adam (as) was created.

In Sura Saba:41 we read that people worshipped Jinn. But the Ahmadi tafsir shifts positions on this (see … ion=E1&CR= ) and says that jinn are actually people. So are they bacteria or evil people?

In Revelation Rationality Knowledge and Truth by MTA … ion_3.html we read that Jinn are actually bacteria.

“””We can safely infer therefore, that what he referred to as jinn was nothing other than some invisible organisms, which feed on rotting bones, dung etc.”””
At the Annual Jalsa-UK. The Khalifa calls the Ahmadi’s who were working in the parking lot as Jinn’s, since they did such a good job cars out of the mud.
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