Originally Posted by muslimdeen
Firstly, Jazak'Allah to sister منوة الخيال for posting the translation.
Sister muslimdeen, there was a Jewish Cabalist (practitioner of witchcraft/Cabalah) who - with the help of some evil, and powerful jinn - was successful in placing a spell over the Prophet Muhammad (PUBH), and Surah Al-Falak (Chapter 113) was revealed to the Prophet (PBUH) at that point as a cure. Now, no Muslim would argue that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was weak of faith / imaan - aozobillah - but he PHYSICALLY FELT an ongoing migraine. So Allah SWT can use the jinn as a means to test even those who hold the greatest imaan. Of course, a weak imaan makes it much much easier for the jinn to attack, or possess, or whisper evil thoughts into a Muslim as previously stated.
Originally Posted by muslimdeen
I don't believe humans (even innocent children) can consciously see the jinn. Certain animals probably can as per certain unrelated Hadith that hint to a connection - i.e., when the evil soul goes through it's "trials in the grave" all the dead souls, and animals hear it's cries when the angels smite it. Again, I was going to post lots of details from my own research, but they are very lengthy. I DO, however, believe that the jinn have access to the human "subconscious", and "unconscious" minds that Freud is so well-known for theorizing. Much like in the movie "Inception" they have the ability to "plant thoughts" deep into a person's mind. I have a theory that shaytaan probably tricked Hazrat Adam (PBUH), and Hawa / Eve (PBUH) into eating from the tree Allah SWT had forbidden for them by planting thoughts in their minds over a very long period of time. So, rather than shaytaan just showing up the next day and saying, "hey, just eat from it" he probably waited for like 10 years till they had forgotten it's importance, and then placed a doubt / "was-waas" in their minds, "WHY did Allah SWT forbid us from that tree? Hmm..." And then another 50 years later, "maybe we should go LOOK at it, but we won't eat from it - just to figure out what's going on." And then... "uh oh... we ate from it now. oops!"
Going back to the question of whether or not the jinn can physically take hold of a person's body I will relate one well-known incident as an argument that certain jinn most probably DO have such powers. I believe it's a Hadith by Abu Saeed Khudri, as per internet sources (my account is disabled from posting links as I am a new member):
A newlywed Sahabah had spent many hours in service to the Ummah after taking part in the battle of Khandaq - I think he was helping burry the slain Shuhadah - when he was given leave by The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to go home to his wife. When he entered his neighbourhood he saw his wife standing outside their house without hijab veiling her. At the shocking sight of seeing his wife uncovered, and standing in plain view for all to see the Sahaba went into a rage, reached for an arrow, and aimed it at her. She gestured him to stop from afar, and instructed him to go inspect the inside of their house before jumping to any rash conclusions. He found a poisonous snake (most probably a cobra) sleeping therein. The Sahabah killed the snake with the same arrow, brought it out to the neighbourhood, and stuck it in the ground for all to see (so neighbours would know that his wife had no choice, and is not of bad character to stand without hijab outside her house). The snake suffered, and died in anguish. Soon after the Sahabah experienced what could only be described as similar physical suffering (but without any seeming cause), and also died in anguish. This incident was narrated to The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and he concluded that a faction of jinn who recently reverted to Islam had settled in Madinah, and that snake was a Muslim jinn (child perhaps). His family took revenge on the Sahabah for killing it. So the Ummah should warn all serpents three times before killing them as they could possibly be jinn in animal form. This proves the jinn can PHYSICALLY touch/harm the human body. And if that Sahabah was beaten from the inside-out (Allah hu Alam) then it would suggest that certain Jinn can enter the human body (a possession for which exorcism is the only cure). They do NOT control the soul, however. They "just" drive a person insane to the point where someone might commit suicide. And they cannot read a person's thoughts - neither can the angels. Only Allah SWT has Knowledge, and Power over the unseen / ghayb.
Btw, since I mentioned the human soul, I think it's important to make an important distinction... My research suggests that the jinn do NOT have souls or "Ruh" in them - the same "Ruh" the Jews of Madinah queried the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) regarding. In Surah 15 Ayats 28-31, and Surah 38 Ayats 71-74 Allah SWT tells us that He commanded the Angels and Iblis (a Jinn) to fall prostrate before Hazrat Adam (PBUH) AFTER He blows into him from His "Ruh" / "Spirit". The Jinn do not have this "Ruh" in them, that's why Divine Revelations from Allah SWT have only been sent to The Prophets (humans), and the Jinn must learn it FROM humans. Their is a Masjid in Makkah named "Masjid Al-Jinn" for this very purpose. The jinn would show up to learn from humans, and then leave.
Allah knows best.