In this chapter we will briefly consider the mechanics of the God protocol with regard to the community of beings the Qur’an calls the jinn.
The subject of the jinn has spawned various theories in recent years as more Western-leaning Muslims have attempted to integrate this notion with the assumptions of supposedly rationalist culture.
This is not the place for a detailed analysis of jinn per se. However, in summary, jinn are sentient creations of God which inhabit a realm which is normally invisible to us. They have the ability to choose right from wrong, thus are subject to the law of moral responsibility. Those who choose evil are destined for the Fire.
[…]And the word of thy lord is fulfilled:
I will fill Hell with jinn and mankind all together. (11:119)
And when we turned towards thee a band among the jinn listening in to the Qur’an:
When they were in its presence they said: Listen attentively.
And when it was concluded they turned back to their people, warning.
They said: O our people: we have heard a decree sent down after Mūsā
Confirming what is within its scope
Guiding to the truth and to a straight road.
O our people: respond to the caller to God and believe in him.
He will forgive you your transgressions and protect you from a painful punishment.
And whoso responds not to the caller to God:
He will not escape in the earth
And he has no allies besides him.
Those are in obvious error. (46:29-32)
O congregation of jinn and men:
Came there not to you messengers from among you narrating to you my proofs
And warning you of the meeting of this your day?
They will say: We bear witness against ourselves.
And the Life of the World deceived them.
And they will bear witness against themselves that they were those who spurn guidance while claiming virtue.
That is because thy lord destroyed not the cities in injustice while their people were unaware. (6:130-132)
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