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Al-Jinn is the name of this Sura as well as the title of its subject matter for in it the event of the Jinn's hearing the Qur'an and returning to their people to preach Islam to them has been related in detail.

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According to a tradition once the Holy Prophet (upon whom be peace) was going to Visit the Fair of Ukaz with some of his Companions On the way be led the Fajr(morning) Prayer at Nakhlah. At that time a company of the jinn happened to pass that way. When they heard the Quran being recited they tarried and listened to it attentively. This very event has been described in this Sura. Most of the commentators on the basis of this tradition believe that this relates to the Holy Prophet's well known journey to Taif which had taken place three years before the Hijrahin the 10th year of the Prophethood. But this is not correct for several reasons. The jinn's hearing the Qur'an during the journey to Taif has been related in Al-Ahqaf29-32. A cursory reading of those verses shows that the jinn who had believed after hearing the Qur'an on that occasion were already believers in the Prophet Moses and the previous scriptures. On the contrary vv. 2- 7 of this sura clearly show that the jinn who heard the Qur'an on this occasion were polytheists and deniers of the Hereafter and Prophethood. Then it is confirmed historically that in his journey to Taif none acconipanied the Holy Prophet except Hadrat Zaid bin Harithah. On the contrary concerning this journey it is said that the Holy Prophet (upon whom be peace) was accompanied by some of his Companions. Furthermore the traditions also agree that in that journey the jinn heard the Qur'an when the Holy Prophet had stopped at Nakhlah on his return journey from Taif to Makkah and in this journey according to the traditions of Ibn Abbas the event of the jinn's hearing the Qur'an...

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