Genies are more than wish-granting lamp dwellers or mystical floating spirits. How genies are made is a story steeped in ancient legend with many variations emerging over time. The first tales about djinn are as much as 6,000 years old, so you can imagine that discovering just how genies are made is a difficult task.
Most origin stories of genies do agree on a few details. For starters, jinn are usually associated with the wind and the desert. Some tales say genies travel on the wind and can appear or disappear as easily as a breeze. Jinn are usually mischievous and like to play tricks on people, though they are rarely flat-out evil. Jinn are often called deities or demons even though this isn’t technically true. We can describe them as spirits, but keep in mind that they’re more than just ghosts that haunt cemeteries.
Making Genies Real
Early Islamic legends state that God/Allah made genies just as He made humans. Mankind was built from clay, but the race of jinn were made from scorching desert wind. The Quran poetically describes it as “fire free of smoke,” or smokeless fire. Their wind/fire nature gives genies an ethereal quality humans lack. They can’t always be seen, but their effects on the world are very real.
The jinn are actually an entire race of beings, not just a few spirits floating here and there. They were said to have been made long before humans and inhabited all corners of the Earth, from land to sea to mountain. They had governments and laws and religion, and they lived full lives as any person might today. Jinn flourished for 25,000 years but soon became arrogant and disobeyed the divine rules. Allah sent angels to punish them, destroying many jinn and scattering those that were left to hidden corners of the land.
To sum up, genies were made by God countless thousands of years ago. They were fashioned out of a scorching wind or smokeless fire, and they are said to have been very similar to humans in a number of ways. These are all myths and legends, of course, but many people still believe that jinn walk the Earth today.