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Are Jinns Locked Up During Ramadan | According to Sunnah & Quran

By March 2, 2023No Comments
are jinns locked up in ramadan

Yes, according to Islamic belief, the jinns (supernatural beings made of smokeless fire) are locked up during the month of Ramadan. This is based on a hadith (narration) of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in which he said:

“When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.” (Sahih al-Bukhari)

It is believed that this confinement of the jinns during Ramadan makes it easier for Muslims to focus on worship and spiritual growth without the distraction of the influence of the evil jinns.

While the hadith specifically mentions the devils being chained up, the scholars of Islam have interpreted this to also include the jinns, who are believed to be creatures made of smokeless fire and to coexist with humans in the physical world but in a different realm of existence.

It is important to note that the concept of jinns being locked up in Ramadan is a matter of Islamic belief and not a scientific fact. However, the belief serves as a reminder for Muslims to focus on their worship and seek forgiveness during this blessed month.

what do different scholars say about it?

Different scholars have varying opinions about the topic of jinns being locked up in Ramadan.

Some scholars believe that the hadith about the jinns being locked up during Ramadan is authentic and should be taken literally. They argue that the jinns are a creation of Allah and therefore subject to His command and that locking them up during Ramadan is a mercy from Allah to protect humans from their evil influence during this holy month.

Other scholars, however, are of the opinion that the hadith about jinns being locked up is not authentic and therefore should not be taken as a literal statement. They argue that the hadith does not have a strong chain of narration and that there are other narrations that contradict it. 

They also point out that there is no clear evidence from the Quran or Sunnah that supports the idea of jinns being locked up during Ramadan.

Overall, the issue of jinns being locked up during Ramadan is a matter of scholarly debate and interpretation, and there is no definitive answer to it. However, regardless of whether the jinns are locked up or not, the importance of seeking Allah’s protection and guidance during Ramadan remains the same, as it is a time for increased devotion and worship.

The issue of which jinn are locked up during Ramadan has been the subject of much debate and discussion among Islamic scholars throughout history. While some scholars hold the opinion that all jinn are locked up during Ramadan, others believe that only certain jinn are restrained.

Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar, for example, cites the opinion of al-Haleemi that the devils referred to in the hadith are not able to tempt Muslims during Ramadan because they are busy with fasting, reciting the Qur’an, and engaging in dhikr. Another unnamed scholar suggests that it is only the strong jinn, known as maarids, who are chained up during Ramadan.

Despite the differences in opinion, the consensus among scholars is that Ramadan is a time when the influence of evil spirits and jinn is greatly reduced and that Muslims should use this opportunity to increase their worship and devotion to Allah. Ultimately, the exact nature of which jinn are locked up during Ramadan may be a mystery, but the spiritual benefits of the holy month are clear and undeniable.

According to Sunnah: Types of Jinn


In Islam, the concept of unseen creatures such as jinn and angels is well established. Among these creatures are the Khubuth, which are believed to reside in places of impurity such as toilets. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught his followers to seek refuge in Allah from these malevolent beings before entering the toilet, reminding them of the spiritual dangers that lurk in even the most mundane of places. The invocation he taught, “In the name of Allah, O Allah! I seek refuge in you from male and female noxious beings,” serves as a reminder of the constant struggle between good and evil in the unseen world, and the importance of seeking Allah’s protection against all forms of harm.


The Khinzaab, also known as the “intervener,” is a type of devil that distracts and confuses Muslims during prayer or recitation of the Qur’an. According to a narration by Uthman ibn Abul’As, he complained to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) about the Khinzaab’s interference during his prayers. The Prophet advised him to seek refuge in Allah and spit three times to his left when he perceives its effect. This practice helped Uthman to dispel the Khinzaab’s interference. It is a reminder that we should seek refuge in Allah from all distractions and focus on our prayer and recitation of the Qur’an with sincerity and devotion.


Shaytaan Maarid,” which is more rebellious and wicked than other types of jinn. This is mentioned in the Quranic verse, “And to guard against every rebellious devil (Shaytaan maarid)” [Surah al-Saaffaat (37):7]. 


Additionally, there is an even stronger and more powerful type of jinn called “Ifreet,” as described in Surah al-Naml (27): 38-40. In this passage, an Ifreet from the jinn offers to bring the throne of Bilqis, the queen of Sheba, to Sulayman (Solomon), before he rises from his council. The Ifreet boasts of his strength and trustworthiness, but then another person with knowledge of the scripture offers to bring the throne in the twinkling of an eye.


From referring to Sunnah and Quran, it is stated that the devils are chained up in the month of Ramadan. But that doesn’t mean that they didn’t attack the Muslims for their good deeds. Because there are several types of shayateen mentioned in the Holy Quran. The most rebellious is MAARID. That is chained up in the month of Ramadan. So that, the people will not get harmed by him. But still, the Muslims should keep up the faith and taqwa to not intervene in them. 

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