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Genie, genius,engineer, jinn: What do they mean?

October 20, 2015
mid 17th century (denoting a guardian or protective spirit): from French génie, from Latingenius (see genius). Génie was adopted in the current sense by the 18th-century French translators of The Arabian Nights’ Entertainments, because of its resemblance in form and sense to Arabic jinnī ‘jinni.’

Lexical Investigations: Genius

genius, einstein, john milton, apple genius barWhen did people shift from having a genius to being agenius? Starting in the 14th century, a genius denoted a guardian spirit, and someone with extraordinary talent was said to have a genius, because his or her gift was thought to be the result of some supernatural help. For example, in a treatise on epic poetry from 1695, the author offers, “That Milton had a Genius equal to Spencer’s…” This sense comes from the Latin gignere, which means “to produce,” and it lives on in our vocabulary with genies.

In the mid-1600s, however, the meaning began to shift, and people began to call someone with natural ability a genius, someone with an exceptional natural capacity of intellect, not necessarily just a gift from a supernatural friend. An early record of this usage is in John Milton’s Eikonoclastes when he writes, “to unsettle the conscience of any knowing Christian, if he could ever aim at a thing so hopeless, and above the genius of his Cleric Elocution.” By the end of the 17th century, this usage was common, as in this essay from a 1693 edition of The Bee: “…if your mind is delighted with the genuine touches of nature, which constitutes the true test of genius in poetical composition.” This may also have been caused by some confusion with the Latin root ingenium, meaning “inborn qualities,” and which gives us words like “ingenious” and “engine.”

According to Google nGram, genius peaked in usage in the late 1700s and has been declining steadily since.

from Arabic jinnī, plural jinn .

The Jinn

PREPARE NOW to undertake a journey upon the wings of scientific vision into the ancient past to explore the nature and identity of the jinn. The Quranic concept of jinn has been briefly discussed before in Life in the Perspective of Quranic Revelations. Arabic lexicon mentions the following as the possible meanings of the word jinn. It literally means anything which has the connotation of concealment, invisibility, seclusion and remoteness. It also has the connotation of thick shades and dark shadows. That is why the word ‘jannah‘ (from the same root word) is employed by the Quran to denote paradise, which would be full of thick, heavily shaded gardens. The word jinn is also applicable to snakes which habitually remain hidden from common view and live a life secluded from other animals in rock crevices and earthen holes. It is also applied to women who observe segregation and to such chieftains as keep their distance from the common people. The inhabitants of remote, inaccessible mountains are likewise referred to as jinn. Hence, anything which lies beyond the reach of common sight or is invisible to the unaided naked eye, could well be described by this word.

Paarsurrey says:

It becomes very clear that Quran uses in chapter [72:2] and the context verses the word “jinn” as strangers who had come from far off lands for ascertaining truth in the claim of Muhammad being a prophet as mentioned/prophesied in Torah.



July 28, 2013

Paarsurrey says:
The verses quoted in the post do not mention the word “silence”;please correct me if I am wrong.



Following further comments were made on the above post:

  1. paarsurrey says:

    “And [mention, O Muhammad], when We directed to you a few of the jinn, listening to the Qur’an. And when they attended it, they said, “Listen quietly.” And when it was concluded, they went back to their people as warners.”

    It was the sensible attitude of the visitors to Muhammad; one has to listen attentively when somebody speaks; otherwise one may misunderstand the person who is talking to them. I don’t understand what is wrong in it. Please tell me.

    I think you missed to provide the reference with the verses of Quran; so that the viewers of the post could check it from the original source. It will be OK if you mention the reference now for the convenience of the viewers.

    paarsurrey says:

    1. “The people who wrote the Koran believed in superstition. ”

      I think one did not understand the verse of Quran from the context verses. How could one understand when one has not read the Quran intently oneself?
      There is no superstition in Quran.
      Please elaborate in your own words as to what do you understand from the word “superstition”; kindly don’t quote from the dictionary, there are many available on-line, I want to understand the concept of the poster, please.

      paarsurrey says:

      July 28, 2013 at 14:18

      “And if you [believers] invite them to guidance, they will not follow you. It is all the same for you whether you invite them or you are silent.”

      Please provide the reference of the verse

      1. paarsurrey says:

        “So when the Qur’an is recited, then listen to it and pay attention that you may receive mercy.”

        Please provide the reference.

Random thoughts

This is the second of the gifts from my good friend Meme.

The Koran seems to be silent on silence and the few places where it does talk about silence, it is asking that you be silent. This though shouldn’t worry us, there is a lot on silence we will talk about.

I guess we are a bit lucky, we have 3 mentions of silence or synonyms

And [mention, O Muhammad], when We directed to you a few of the jinn, listening to the Qur’an. And when they attended it, they said, “Listen quietly.” And when it was concluded, they went back to their people as warners.

The people who wrote the Koran believed in superstition. They believed as you can see in the above recitation one who believes in the existence of jinns. It is such kind of little things that help to show that the Koran just…

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“The Story of Solomon in Islam”

February 7, 2010

cosmicdancer wrote:

A new video by me, taking a critical look at the Story of Solomon in Islam (In Arabic with English subtitles.)

Paarsurrey wrote:

Hi friend cosmicdancer

I think you refer to the following verses of Quran:

The Holy Quran : Chapter 27: Al-Naml

[27:16] And We gave knowledge to David and Solomon and they said, ‘All praise belongs to Allah, Who has exalted us above many of His believing servants.’
[27:17] And Solomon was heir to David. And he said, ‘O ye people, we have been taught the language of birds, and we have had all necessary things bestowed upon us. This indeed is God’s manifest Grace.’
[27:18] And there were gathered together unto Solomon his hosts of jinn and men and birds, and they were formed into separate divisions,
[27:19] Until when they came to the valley of Al-Naml, a Namlite said, ‘O ye Naml, enter your habitations, lest Solomon and his hosts crush you, while they know not.’
[27:20] Thereupon he smiled wondering at her words and said, ‘My Lord, grant me that I may be grateful to Thee, for Thy favour which Thou hast bestowed upon me and upon my parents, and that I may do such good works as would please Thee, and admit me, by Thy mercy, among Thy righteous servants.’
[27:21] And he reviewed the birds and said, ‘How is it that I do not see Hudhud? Is he deliberately absent?
[27:22] ‘I will surely punish him with a severe punishment or I will slay him, unless he brings me a clear reason for his absence.
[27:23] And he did not tarry long before Hudhud came and said, ‘I have acquired knowledge of that of which thou hast no knowledge; and I have come to thee from Saba’ with sure tidings;
[27:24] ‘I found a woman ruling over them, and she has been given every necessary thing and she has a mighty throne;
[27:25] ‘I found her and her people worshipping the sun instead of Allah, and Satan has made their works look beautiful to them, and has thus hindered them from the right way, so they are not rightly guided –
[27:26] ‘And they insist that they will not worship Allah, while Allah is He who brings to light that which is hidden in the heavens and the earth, And Who knows what you conceal and what you disclose of your design;
[27:27] ‘Allah! there is no god but He, the Lord of the Mighty Throne.’
[27:28] Thereupon Solomon said, ‘We shall see whether thou hast spoken the truth or whether thou art a liar….ch=27&verse=14

I have quoted the verses of Quran so that when we discuss we have the context of Quran in our minds.

I am an Ahmadi peaceful Muslim