“Ah… the djinn… a long and curious history,” said Gabriel. “Like angels and humans they have intelligence, but they also have free will. Unlike the angels. The Qu’ran says they are made of smokeless fire so, although they are elusive, they are physical and can interact with our dimension. They can be good, evil or neutral. But these tricky characters exploit energy created by misguided humans, bent on mischief-making.” – Extract, Sigil I: The Book of Raziel. Gabriel is an astrologer Beth meets in Glastonbury.
The cranky stolen Saab was belching smoke. Noah was not aware that one particularly ferocious ghul was hitching a hot ride on the exhaust pipe. – Extract, Sigil I: The Book of Raziel. Noah is the assumed name of Petter Eriksen.
Ifrit and ghuls are classes of jinni found in Arabic mythology – plural jinn or djinn. The jinn are supernatural spirits below the level of angels and devils. Ghuls are treacherous spirits who can change shape. Ifrit are diabolic and evil. The Quran mentions djinn and ifrit, and Iblis, who falls from God’s grace because of his hubris, is usually described as a djinni by modern scholars. Iblis, therefore, is unlike Lucifer in Milton’s Paradise Lost, who was a disenchanted, prideful angel who decided it was better ‘to rule in hell than serve in heaven.’
Throughout The Angel of Secrets, you will notice allusions to these tricksy, invisible characters. The djinn, ifrit and ghuls accumulate their power from the negative emotions of humans when they are seething with anger, resentment or ideological fervour. These energetic entities do not have agency of their own, but encourage extreme tension and anxiety, which in turn provokes human reactions, thus leading to negative, sometimes catastrophic outcomes. In The Angel of Secrets, the human characters are not aware that their own malevolence is energetic food for these greedy creatures.
The djinn are not ‘devils’. They are not a class of demon rulled by ‘Satan’ or ‘Lucifer’. There is no such character in early biblical texts. Lucifer’s name in Hebrew is helel, which means ‘shining one’ and it is very likely this was the name for the morning star – Venus. So, not Satan – just a bringer of peace and beauty!