There are good jinn and bad jinn.
Bad jinn like to waste human being’s precious time. It’s one of their agendas, because time is all a human has. They hate productivity and love distractions, because the bad ones are a human’s enemy. You could say the bad ones are the devil’s minions. Well, they’re also his descendants. They’re made of energy and can manifest into whatever they’re permitted to manifest into and are capable of manipulating physical matter.
They are physically powerful. Yet, in principle, we are more powerful because we have the power of intellect. In contrast, they have little intellect. However, similar to us, they have the power of choice to do good or bad.
They also have a major case of inferiority complex (thankfully, we don’t).
They reigned the Earth long before our existence and they shed their very own “blood” on Earth. So they were corrupt (the majority, but certainly not all of them, as some of them are righteous beings). Yes, like humans and everything in the universe that is destined by Allah to live for a limited time — followed by death, followed by resurrection on The Day of Judgement — they die too, but they live very long lives.
We inherited the Earth after them, and it appears that they were downgraded from their previous way of life in some way, due to their self-induced corruption. Look around. Some humans are following the jinns’ footsteps. You have to look at the big picture to be able to see that.
Allah informed humankind about jinn extensively throughout the Qur’an, as follows:
Say, [O Muhammad], “It has been revealed to me that a group of the jinn listened and said, ‘Indeed, we have heard an amazing Qur’an. It guides to the right course, and we have believed in it. And we will never associate with our Lord anyone. And [it teaches] that exalted is the nobleness of our Lord; He has not taken a wife or a son. And that our foolish one has been saying about Allah an excessive transgression. And we had thought that mankind and the jinn would never speak about Allah a lie. And there were men from mankind who sought refuge in men from the jinn, so they [only] increased them in burden. And they had thought, as you thought, that Allah would never send anyone [as a messenger]. And we have sought [to reach] the heaven but found it filled with powerful guards and burning flames. And we do not know [therefore] whether evil is intended for those on earth or whether their Lord intends for them a right course. And among us are the righteous, and among us are [others] not so; we were [of] divided ways. And we have become certain that we will never cause failure to Allah upon earth, nor can we escape Him by flight. And when we heard the guidance, we believed in it. And whoever believes in his Lord will not fear deprivation or burden. And among us are Muslims [in submission to Allah ], and among us are the unjust. And whoever has become Muslim – those have sought out the right course. But as for the unjust, they will be, for Hell, firewood.’
Surat AL-Jinn – Ayah 1-15
And [mention, O Muhammad], the Day when He will gather them together [and say], “O company of jinn, you have [misled] many of mankind.” And their allies among mankind will say, “Our Lord, some of us made use of others, and we have [now] reached our term, which you appointed for us.” He will say, “The Fire is your residence, wherein you will abide eternally, except for what Allah wills. Indeed, your Lord is Wise and Knowing.”
Surat AL-An’am – Ayah 128
“O company of jinn and mankind, did there not come to you messengers from among you, relating to you My verses and warning you of the meeting of this Day of yours?” They will say, “We bear witness against ourselves”; and the worldly life had deluded them, and they will bear witness against themselves that they were disbelievers.
Surat AL-An’am – Ayah 130
[ Allah ] will say, “Enter among nations which had passed on before you of jinn and mankind into the Fire.” Every time a nation enters, it will curse its sister until, when they have all overtaken one another therein, the last of them will say about the first of them “Our Lord, these had misled us, so give them a double punishment of the Fire. He will say, “For each is double, but you do not know.”
Surat AL-A’araf – Ayah 38
And We have certainly created for Hell many of the jinn and mankind. They have hearts with which they do not understand, they have eyes with which they do not see, and they have ears with which they do not hear. Those are like livestock; rather, they are more astray. It is they who are the heedless.
Surat AL-A’araf – Ayah 179
Except whom your Lord has given mercy, and for that He created them. But the word of your Lord is to be fulfilled that, “I will surely fill Hell with jinn and men all together.”
Surat Yusuf – Ayah 119
Say, “If mankind and the jinn gathered in order to produce the like of this Qur’an, they could not produce the like of it, even if they were to each other assistants.”
Surat AL-Isra’ – Ayah 88
And [mention] when We said to the angels, “Prostrate to Adam,” and they prostrated, except for Iblees. He was of the jinn and departed from the command of his Lord. Then will you take him and his descendants as allies other than Me while they are enemies to you? Wretched it is for the wrongdoers as an exchange.
Surat AL-Kahf – Ayah 50
And gathered for Solomon were his soldiers of the jinn and men and birds, and they were [marching] in rows.
Surat AL-Naml – Ayah 17
A powerful one from among the jinn said, “I will bring it to you before you rise from your place, and indeed, I am for this [task] strong and trustworthy.”
Surat AL-Naml – Ayah 39
And if we had willed, We could have given every soul its guidance, but the word from Me will come into effect [that] “I will surely fill Hell with jinn and people all together.
Surat AL-Sajda – Ayah 13
And to Solomon [We subjected] the wind – its morning [journey was that of] a month – and its afternoon [journey was that of] a month, and We made flow for him a spring of [liquid] copper. And among the jinn were those who worked for him by the permission of his Lord. And whoever deviated among them from Our command – We will make him taste of the punishment of the Blaze.
Surat Saba’ – Ayah 12
And when We decreed for Solomon death, nothing indicated to the jinn his death except a creature of the earth eating his staff. But when he fell, it became clear to the jinn that if they had known the unseen, they would not have remained in humiliating punishment.
Surat Saba’ – Ayah 14
Note: the above Ayah confirms that they have very little intellect. Any human being with basic knowledge about death would have been able to quickly spot that the prophet Solomon was dead. The jinn are so intellectually limited that they couldn’t even recognize that he was long dead.
And [mention] the Day when He will gather them all and then say to the angels, “Did these [people] used to worship you?” They will say, “Exalted are You! You, [O Allah ], are our benefactor not them. Rather, they used to worship the jinn; most of them were believers in them.”
Surat Fatir Ayah 40-41
And they have claimed between Him and the jinn a lineage, but the jinn have already known that they [who made such claims] will be brought to [punishment].
Surat AL- Saffat – Ayah 158
And We appointed for them companions who made attractive to them what was before them and what was behind them [of sin], and the word has come into effect upon them among nations which had passed on before them of jinn and men. Indeed, they [all] were losers.
Surat Fussilat – Ayah 25
And those who disbelieved will [then] say, “Our Lord, show us those who misled us of the jinn and men [so] we may put them under our feet that they will be among the lowest.”
Surat Fussilat – Ayah 29
But one who says to his parents, “Uff to you; do you promise me that I will be brought forth [from the earth] when generations before me have already passed on [into oblivion]?” while they call to Allah for help [and to their son], “Woe to you! Believe! Indeed, the promise of Allah is truth.” But he says, “This is not but legends of the former people”. Those are the ones upon whom the word has come into effect, [who will be] among nations which had passed on before them of jinn and men. Indeed, they [all] were losers.
Surat AL-Ahkaf – Ayah 17-18
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. They said, “O our people, indeed we have heard a [recited] Book revealed after Moses confirming what was before it which guides to the truth and to a straight path. O our people, respond to the Messenger of Allah and believe in him; Allah will forgive for you your sins and protect you from a painful punishment.
Surat AL-Ahkaf – Ayah 29-31
And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me. I do not want from them any provision, nor do I want them to feed Me. Indeed, it is Allah who is the [continual] Provider, the firm possessor of strength.
Surat AL-Toor – Ayah 56-58
O company of jinn and mankind, if you are able to pass beyond the regions of the heavens and the earth, then pass. You will not pass except by authority [from Allah ].
Surat AL-Rahman – Ayah 33
Say, “I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind. The Sovereign of mankind. The God of mankind. From the evil of the retreating whisperer. Who whispers [evil] into the breasts of mankind. From among the jinn and mankind.”
Surat AL-Nas – Ayah 1-6