- One of the more curious features of the followers of
the various religions is that, being so dogmatically certain that in their
own particular little faith they already possess the whole truth about
all things in Heaven and Earth, it almost never occurs to any of them to
look elsewhere and find out what the followers of other religions may know
or may have discovered. This is certainly a pity, for study of all the
great world religions - and notably Islam one of the world's great religions
- yields valuable clues as to the true nature of the "UFO Phenomenon"
Islam knows, in fact, of the existence of three entirely separate and
distinct species of intelligent beings in the Universe, and indeed can
furnish surprisingly precise details regarding their natures and roles
and activities. Angels, Men, and JINNS.
- The first category is that of the Angels or Messengers.
The second are Men, with planetary physical bodies assembled from the
mineral and chemical elements of our Periodic Table. The third category,
is the category of those beings created before man was who are referred
to collectively in Arabic as Al-Jinn that means. "to hide or to conceal"
indeed a very fitting derivation for the name of these creatures. Whereas
the bodies of Angels are of light, the bodies of Al-Jinn consist of "essential
fire", or "essential flame", or "smokeless fire",
or "smokeless flame." It is specifically stated in the Qur'an
(Surah XV, 26 and 27) that they were created before mankind and some scholars
speculate these might be the "Pre-Adamic men" whose existence
is hinted at here and there in the "Holy Bible." Western occultists
have tried to describe them as ether, or as etheric or astral planes.
I have also seen it suggested that some sort of plasma is indicated.)
The Source of the Jinns is not very distant from us, yet at the same
time somehow very far from us. In other words, on some other dimension,
or in some other Space/Time framework, "right here", some other
Universe that is here, behind Alice's mirror: "a mirror-universe
on the other side of the Space-Time Continuum" as it has been neatly
put by some investigators.
- Although, the Qur'an (Koran) is not clear on this, it
looks as though some of the Jinns could be fully physical and what we call
extraterrestrials, while other species of them are of an altogether and
finer sort of matter, corresponding to what various UFO investigators have
tried to indicate by such terms as "ultraterrestrial" or "metaterrestrial".
In thinking about these ideas, we might bear in mind the theory of the
Russian philosopher P. D. Ouspensky regarding the possible existence of
other, more subtle, levels of matter on which the elements of the Periodic
Table of our own chemical world are repeated -- and, if I understand him
aright, repeated more than once, on more than one level. The early writings
of Dr. Meade Layne in the USA about the "Dense Etheric World"
from which he maintained that the UFO entities and their craft originated
should also be borne in mind. (His book The Coming of the Guardians, was
published in 1958, and may prove to have been very important.) Certain
of the benevolent Jinns may well be our "Guardians".
- That there is some close affinity, or some link of destiny
between Jinns and Mankind seems certain, for although the vast majority
of the Jinns are devils, shaytans, nevertheless we are assured in the Qur'an
that some among their many species are "goodies" and are capable
of salvation. For it is specifically stated that Muhammad was sent as
a Messenger to both Mankind and the Jinns, so that, in the Final Days,
some of the Jinns will enter into Paradise, while the rest of them will
be cast down into Hell. Their revelation to IBLIS, the Top Devil ( = "SATAN")
is in general somewhat obscure. In the Qur'an Iblis is certainly described
as a Jinn, but elsewhere in the Qur'an he is also described as an Angel.
(Surely the explanation is that Iblis is that same high being, originally
of Angelic status, who rebelled against God and is named in the Christian
texts as "Lucifer") Had we the space, much more might be said
about the Jinns and their doings, but only a brief account of their main
characteristics can here be given. Their principal features, as listed
below, are as I have gathered them from all the Muslim written and traditional
sources that I have been able to consult over the past 15 years. The reader
can see for himself the parallels with the reported features of UFO entities
and can draw his own conclusions.
- The Chief Characteristics of the Jinns are:
- 1. In the normal state they are not visible to ordinary
- 2. They are, however, capable of materializing and appearing
in the physical world. And they can alternately make themselves visible
or invisible at will.
- 3. They can change shape, and appear in any sort of
guise, large or small.
- 4. They are able also to appear in the guise of animals.
- 5. They are inveterate liars and deceivers, and delight
in bamboozling and misleading mankind with all manner of nonsense. (See
the average Spiritualist séance for examples of their activities,
and also the usual "communications" from UFO entities in close-encounter
- 6. They are addicted to the abduction or kidnapping
of humans. (The Scotsman Robert Kirk, who wrote "The Secret Commonwealth"
in 1691, evidently "knew more than was good for his health",
and was killed by them.)
- 7. They delight in tempting humans into sexual intercourse
and liaisons with them, and Arabic literature abounds with accounts of
this kind of contact by mankind with both the "goodies" and the
"baddies" among the Jinns. There are also even a considerable
number of accounts of encounters between the "goodies" and famous
- In official Islam - and this cannot be over-emphasized
- the existence of the Jinn's has always been completely accepted, even
legally, and even to this day, in Islamic jurisprudence. The full consequences
implied by their existence were worked out long ago. Their legal status,
in all respects, was discussed and fixed, and the possible relations between
them and mankind -- especially in relation to questions of marriage and
property! - were seriously examined by jurists, as the greatest and most
authoritative Western source, the Encyclopedia of Islam, confirms. Stories
of sexual commerce between Jinn's and mankind have been of perennial interest
to Arab readers, and it is important at this point to mention that in Chinese
literature there is also a considerable tradition of this sort which awaits
examination by Ufologists. The great Arabic literary catalogue known as
the Fihrist, compiled in the year 373 of the Muslim Calendar ( = A.D.
995) by Muhammad bin Ishaq bin Abi Ya'qub al-Nadim al-Warraq al-Baghdadi,
lists no less than sixteen works dealing with this theme. (Compare also
the European occultists' records of sexual contact between men and female
Sylphs, as well as the copious medieval Christian records relating to Incubi
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