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‘Ali Kills Eighty Thousand Jinn!


‘Abdul Hussain expresses amazement and rejects the hadith of Abu Hurairah radiya Llahu ‘anhu as well as the miracle of the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, which is established according to both groups. However, did he express the same surprise at the miracle and the hadith of his infallible Imam? Did he have any reservations as to whether that miracle took place at the hands of the Imam, whom he believes to be infallible? Below is a summarised version of the narration:

Hashim al Bahrani reports in his book, Madinat al Ma’ajiz, under the chapter, Miracles of al Imam Amir al Mu’minin[1]. Al Sayed al Murtada states in ‘Uyun al Mu’jizat:


ومن دلائل أمير المؤمنين ومعجزاته وخبره مع عطرفة الجنّي وهو خبر معروف عند علماء الشيعة، وقد وجدت هنا الخبر في كتاب الأنوار، وفي حديث طويل عن زاذان ، عن سلمان، قال: كان النبي ذات يومٍ جالساً بالأبطح وعنده جماعة من أصحابه وهو مقبل علينا بالحديث، إذ نظرنا إلى زوبعة قد ارتفعت، فأثارت الغبار، وما زالت تدنو والغبار يعلو إلى أن وقفت بحذاء النبيثم برز منها شخص كان فيها، ثم قال: يا رسول الله إني وافد قومي، وقد استجرنا بك فاجرنا، وابعث معي من قبلك من يشرف على قومنا ، فإن بعضهم قد بغى علينا، ليحكم بيننا وبينهم بحكم الله وكتابه وخذ عليّ العهود والمواثيق ….فقال له النبيمن أنت ومن قومك ؟ قال: أنا عطرفة ابن شمراخ، أحد بن نجاح وأنا وجماعة من أهلي كنّا نسترق السمع، فلما منعنا من ذلك آمنّا، ولما بعثك الله نبياً آمنّا بك …. وقد خالفنا بعض القوم …فوقع بيننا وبينهم الخلاف، وهم أكثر منّا عدداً وقوة … فابعث معي من يحكم بيننا وبينهم بالحق …. ثم استدعى – أي النبي- بعلي (ع) وقال له : يا علي سِر مع أخينا عطرفة ، وتشرف على قومه، وتنظر إلى ما هم عليه ، وتحكم بينهم بالحق – فقام أمير المؤمنين(ع) مع عطرفة وقد تقلّد سيفه ، قال سلمان  فتبعتهما إلى أن صار إلى الوادي فوقفت أنظر إليهما، فانشقّت الأرض ودخلا فيها!! – إلى أن قال – وقد انشق الصفا!! وطلع أمير المؤمنين(ع) وسيفه يقطر دماً !!! ومعه عطرفة …. قال له – أي النبي- ما الذي حبسك عنّي إلى هذا الوقت؟ فقال (ع): صِرتُ إلى جنٍ كثيرٍ قد بغوا علىعطرفة وقومه من المنافقين فدعوتهم إلى ثلاث خصال فأبوا عليّ … فوضعت سيفي فيهم وقتلت منهم زهاء ثمانين ألفاً !!! … الخ

Among the proofs and miracles of Amir al Mu’minin is his incident with ‘Itrifah, the Jinn. This narration is well known by the Shia scholars. I found the narration in the book al Anwar. There is a lengthy narration from Zadhan who reports from Salman, “The Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was sitting one day at al Abtah with a group of his Sahabah and he was busy talking to us. Suddenly we saw a storm erupting and causing a lot of dust. This came closer and closer until it stopped right next to the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. Then a man came out from within it.

He said, “O Messenger, I am the representative of my nation. We are seeking your protection, so protect us. Send with me a man who will oversee the matters of our nation, as some of them have rebelled against us. (Your companion) will judge between us in accordance to the command of Allah and His book. Take allegiances and pledges from me.”

The Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam asked him, “Who are you, and which nation do you belong to?”

He replied, “‘Itrifah ibn Shamrakh, one of the sons of Najah. I used to eavesdrop along with a group from my family. When we were prevented from it, we accepted iman. When Allah sent you as a Prophet, we believed (in your nubuwwah). Some of the people have opposed us… thus there is a dispute between us. They are greater than us in strength and larger in number. Send along with me someone who can judge between us on the basis of the truth.”

Thereafter, the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam called for ‘Ali and said to him, “O ‘Ali, go with our brother ‘Itrifah and take care of the affairs of his nation. Look at their situation and then pass a fair judgement regarding them.”

Amir al Mu’minin stood up with ‘Itrifah and he tied his sword (to his clothes).

Salman says, “I followed them until it (the path) came to a valley. There, the earth split and they entered into it… al Safa split open and Amir al Mu’minin rose from it with blood dripping from his sword. ‘Itrifah was also with him…

The Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam asked him, “What kept you away from me until now?”

He replied, “I went to a great number of hypocrites from the jinn who rebelled against ‘Itrifah and his people. I offered them one of three choices, but they refused to accept… I used my sword against them, killing approximately eighty thousand of them…”[2]


Abu Yahya narrates: “I saw ‘Ali on the pulpit of Kufah saying:


أنا عبد الله وأخو رسول الله (ص) – إلى أن قال- فلم يبرح مكانه حتى تخـبّطه الشيطان، فجرّ برجله إلى باب المسجد .

I am the slave of Allah and the brother of the Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam… He was still in the same place, when shaitan attacked him. (He retaliated by) dragging him by his feet to the door of the masjid.


  • Page 309 # 573 has a chapter titled, “Iblis fled from him on the Day of Badr.” The crux of the hadith is that Ibn Mas’ud reports that Iblis only fled when he saw Amir al Mu’minin as he feared that he would hold him as a prisoner and then people would be able to recognise him. Thus, he fled. Now I will refer you to a few of the chapters and the titles regarding the miracles of their Imams.
  • Page 21, # 365, “He was accompanied by Jibril and Mika’il when Iblis interfered with him and he killed Yaguth.”
  • Page 446, # 672, “He became the leader of forty thousand angels and he killed forty thousand jinn.”
  • Page 445, # 617, “The Jinn feared him.”


Al Qummi, al Majlisi and the all those who accept the ahadith of the Ahlul Bayt should afford me the opportunity of asking them: Did Shaitan and the Jinn have a body? How were they floored, sat upon, choked and killed? The irony of the situation is that this author rejects this miracle as far as the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam is concerned, but accepts it regarding his Imam. Take heed, O people of intelligence!


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[1]Madinat al Ma’ajiz, 1/147-151, # 88.

[2]‘Uyun al Mu’jizat, pg. 43; Nawadir al Mu’jizat, pg. 52, # 21; Hilyat al Abrar, 1/270; Bihar al Anwar, 18/68, # 4, 63/90, # 45. The title, “the one who was struck by Shaitan when he claimed his speech,” appears in 2/284, # 553.

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