The dominance of Jinn over humans

Question: Does the following Hadeeth bear evidence on the dominance of Jinn (creatures created from fire) over Humans? Aboo Al-Sa’eeb narrated: We visited Aboo Sa`eed Al-Khudree in his house and while we were waiting for him (to finish his Prayer) we heard something under his bed. We looked towards the sound and found a snake. I jumped up to kill it, but he (Aboo Sa`eed Al-Khudree) gestured that I should sit down. I sat down and when he finished (the Salaah) he pointed to a room in the house and said: Do you see this room? I said: Yes. He said: There was a young man amongst us who was newly wed. We went with Allaah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) to take part in the Battle of the Trench, this young man used to ask for Allaah’s Messenger’s (peace be upon him) permission to return to his family everyday at midday. One day, he sought permission from him and Allaah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) (after granting him the permission) said to him: Carry your weapons with you for I fear the tribe of Qurayzhah (may harm you). The man took his weapons and came back to find his wife standing between the two doors. He was hit by jealousy and made a dash towards her with a spear in order to stab her. She said: Keep your spear away and enter the house until you see that which has made me come out. He entered and found a big snake coiled on the bed. He darted with the spear and pierced it and then went out, but the snake quivered and attacked him and no one knew which of them died first, the snake or the young man . . . (Related by Muslim in his Saheeh (authentic) Book of Hadeeth ‘Refer to Mishkaah Al-Masaabih,chapter on [The lawful and the prohibited to eat]’)

Answer: Firstly, the Hadeeth is Saheeh (a Hadeeth that has been transmitted by people known for their uprightness and exactitude; free from eccentricity and blemish) in terms of its Sanad (chain of narrators) and Matn (text)… read more here.

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