I is for Ifrit

I is for Ifrit

Ifrits are supernatural creatures made from fire in Islamic and Arabic legends.  These beings are also part of a class called the Jinn or Genies. They are known for their cunning and strength and maybe good or evil, however, they are typically portrayed as evil.

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“An ifrit is an enormous winged creature of smoke, either male or female, who lives underground and frequents ruins.”2

“The rare appearance of the term ifrit in the Qurʾān (the sacred scripture of Islām) and in Ḥadīth (eyewitness narratives recounting Muḥammad’s words, actions, or approbations) is always in the phrase “the ifrit of the jinn” and probably means “rebellious.” The word subsequently came to refer to an entire class of formidable, rebellious beings, but, in the confused world of chthonic (underworld) spirits, it was difficult to differentiate one from another. The ifrit thus became virtually indistinguishable from the mārid, also a wicked and rebellious demon.”2

Their only weakness is magic, which may be used to stop or capture/control them.

 

Bibliography

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ifrit

2 http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/282188/ifrit

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2 comments on “I is for Ifrit

  1. that was awesome. my screen name is inspired by another version of how to spell it. djinn.

    this was so cool. when i did my research on djinn, it said that they were somewhere between angels and men. powers with free will, scary.

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