Qareen

Qareen as a shadow following a man in desert

The qareen is a spiritual creature that shadows or acts as a double for a human until the end of the latter’s natural life. The being is primarily considered to be evil and will lead the person astray. It is particularly prevalent among Islamic communities in the Middle East and North Africa. This creature is … Read more

Qarinah

Qarinah legends could date as far back as the Babylonians

The qarinah is a spiritual or demon-like being found mainly within Islamic communities in the Middle East and North Africa. It is associated chiefly with Arabic and Islamic culture, but its roots trace back to ancient Egypt and Jewish sources. In fact, the qarianh may go all the way back to the Sumerian and Babylonian … Read more

Marid

Marid as old man sitting by the sea

Marid, often spelled as mārid and occasionally referred to as Blue Jinn, is a type of jinn prevalent within Arabic and Islamic literature and teachings. Like all jinn, the marid is a type of creature that lives in an unseen world on the earth and is classed as a species between an angel and a … Read more

Jinn

A jinn dressed in arabic clothing with fire wheeling round his hand

A jinn is a type of mythical being prevalent within Islamic teachings and Arabian folklore. It is a feature throughout the Middle East and in other Muslim communities around the world. The jinn are powerful beings with superhuman strengths combined with the ability to perform magic and shapeshift into other creatures and objects. The name … Read more

Ifrit

An ifrit as a muscular demonic figure with flaming wings

An ifrit is a powerful, supernatural being found within Islamic teachings and folklore. The ifrit has come to be classed as a particularly strong type of jinn, a member of a race of spiritual beings created by God from fire, and considered less powerful than angels but stronger than humans. Like other jinn, the ifrit … Read more

Sílā

Sila in the desert

A sílā, sometimes spelled si’la or si’lat, is a spiritual being prevalent within Islam and Arabic folklore. It is female and is mainly known for using magical powers to entice or trick men. It is considered to be similar to a witch from Western cultures. It is a type of jinn. Just like the other jinns, sílā, … Read more

Shaitan

Shaitan colored blue with wild hair and pointed ears

Shaitan, often spelled as Shaytan or as Shayatin for the plural form, are evil spirits or demons prevalent within Islam and Arabic folklore and are featured in literature, myth, and storytelling throughout the Middle East and the Muslim world. Shaitan is also one of the names given to the devil or satan. This evil creature … Read more

Ghoul

A female ghoul wearing traditional arabic clothing

Ghouls are monsters or spirits which originated from Arabic mythology. More modern interpretations see them as shapeshifting cannibal-like creatures that can change into human form. The folklore of ancient Arabia presents the ghoul (ghūl) as a solitary being dwelling in uninhabited places such as the deep desert or burial grounds. They are said to be … Read more