Can a jinn appear in the form of a black cat?

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Some people say that jinn can come in the form of a black cat. Is there any reference in Hadith for this?


This is possible. Jinns do have the ability to take the form of a creature or serpent. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is reported to have said:

“A group of Jinn residing in Madinah have accepted Islam, so if any of you see any of these creatures (snakes/scorpions etc.) then he should warn it (to leave) thrice. If it still appears then kill it, for verily it is a Shaytan.

(Sahih Muslim: 2236)

Hafiz Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah) states:

“Jinn can come in the form of black dogs. Similarly they can also come in the form of black cats”

(Majmu ‘ul Fatawa, vol. 19 pg. 52)

However this does not mean that every black cat is a jinn.

All that this means is that it is possible for  a jinn to appear in the form of a black cat.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

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