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The jinn are not able to perform miracles like those of the Messengers that are meant as proof

for the truth of their missions. Some of the disbelievers alleged that the Quran was from the workings of Satan, so Allah revealed, (p. 48)

.The devils did not bring it down. It is not proper for them [to bring it down], nor is it in their power. . Verily they are banished from the
hearing. (al-Shuaraa 2 1 O-2 12).

Allah challenges all of mankind and the jinn in the following verse,,
.Say: Verily, though mankind and jinn should assemble to produce the like of this Quran, they could not produce the like thereof though they were helpers one of another. (al-Israa 88).

The jinn have the ability to take on the shapes of humans or animals. On the day of the Battle of Badr, Satan approached the polytheists in the form of a man called Suraaqa ibn Malik and he promised the polytheists aid and victory on that day. Concerning this event, Allah has revealed the following, .And when Satan made their deeds seem fair to them and said: No one of mankind can conquer you this day, for I am your protector.. (al-Anfaal48). But when the armies met and Satan saw the angels descending from the sky, he fled. [The above verse continues:].But when the armies came in sight of one another, he took flight, saying: Lo! I am innocent of you. Lo! I see that which you do not. Lo! I fear Allah. And Allah is severe in punishment. (al-Anfaal48). Abu Huraira has related the following incident that was recorded in Sahih al-Bukhari and other books. Abu Huraira said that the Prophet had put him in charge of guarding the zakat of Ramadhaan. He related, .Someone came to me and began to take portions of the food. I caught him and told him that I was going to take him to the Messenger of Allah. The man complained, .I am in great need and I have children dependent on me.. Therefore I let him go. In the morning, the Prophet (peace be upon him) asked me, .What happened to the one you caught last night, Abu Huraira?. I replied, .Oh Messenger of Allah, he pleaded with me concerning his great need and his dependent children, so I felt pity for him and let him go.. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, .He lied to you and he will be back.. I knew that he would therefore return because the Prophet (peace be upon him) had said so. I waited for him. When he came, he again began to take loads of food. I caught him again and again told him that I was going to take him to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him). But when he pleaded, .Let me go. I am in great need and have children dependent on me,. I again had mercy on him and let him go. In the morning, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) again asked me, .Oh Abu Huraira, what happened to your prisoner last night?. I replied, .Oh Messenger of Allah, he complained to me of his great need and dependent children so I let him go again.. The Prophet (peace be

upon him) said, .He has lied to you and he will return.. I again waited for him and again he came and began to take loads of food. I caught him once again. I told him, .This time I will definitely take you to the Messenger of Allah. This is the third time vou have done such an act.. This time the man said words by which Allah wil to me, .If you let me go I will teach you some greatly benefit you! When you go to your bedrecite the verse of the throne [al-Baqara from, .Allah, there is no god but He, the Living, the Eternal,. to the end of the verse. If you do so a guardian from Allah will come and protect you from the devils until the morning.. I decided to let him go. In the morning, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) again asked me, .What happened to your prisoner last night, Abu Huraira?. I answered, .He claimed that he would teach me some words that would benefit me greatly.. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, .He has told the truth although he is a liar. Do you know who was that person you.ve been talking to for the last three nights?. I replied in the negative. The Prophet (peace be upon him) told me, .That was a devil... In this hadith it is clear that devil jinn took the form of a human being. They may also take the form of certain animals, for example, camels, donkeys, cows, dogs or cats. But, in particular, they take the form of a black dog. The Prophet (peace be upon him) has said that the black dog interrupts the prayer and he gave the reason for that that it is a devil. Ibn Taimiya said, .The black dog is the devil of the dogs. And the jinn often take its form. Similarly, they take the form of a black cat.. The color black has the greatest strength for the devils as opposed to other colors; in it is the power of the heat.. (pp. -34)