Al-Kāfi - Volume 1 > The Jinns Come to the Imam for Religious Instructions and for Dealing with their Affairs
Hadith #1

1ـ بَعْضُ أَصْحَابِنَا عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَلِيٍّ عَنْ يَحْيَى بْنِ مُسَاوِرٍ عَنْ سَعْدٍ الاسْكَافِ قَالَ أَتَيْتُ أَبَا جَعْفَرٍ (عَلَيْهِ السَّلام) فِي بَعْضِ مَا أَتَيْتُهُ فَجَعَلَ يَقُولُ لا تَعْجَلْ حَتَّى حَمِيَتِ الشَّمْسُ عَلَيَّ وَجَعَلْتُ أَتَتَبَّعُ الافْيَاءَ فَمَا لَبِثَ أَنْ خَرَجَ عَلَيَّ قَوْمٌ كَأَنَّهُمُ الْجَرَادُ الصُّفْرُ عَلَيْهِمُ الْبُتُوتُ قَدِ انْتَهَكَتْهُمُ الْعِبَادَةُ قَالَ فَوَ الله لانْسَانِي مَا كُنْتُ فِيهِ مِنْ حُسْنِ هَيْئَةِ الْقَوْمِ فَلَمَّا دَخَلْتُ عَلَيْهِ قَالَ لِي أَرَانِي قَدْ شَقَقْتُ عَلَيْكَ قُلْتُ أَجَلْ وَالله لَقَدْ أَنْسَانِي مَا كُنْتُ فِيهِ قَوْمٌ مَرُّوا بِي لَمْ أَرَ قَوْماً أَحْسَنَ هَيْئَةً مِنْهُمْ فِي زِيِّ رَجُلٍ وَاحِدٍ كَأَنَّ أَلْوَانَهُمُ الْجَرَادُ الصُّفْرُ قَدِ انْتَهَكَتْهُمُ الْعِبَادَةُ فَقَالَ يَا سَعْدُ رَأَيْتَهُمْ قُلْتُ نَعَمْ قَالَ أُولَئِكَ إِخْوَانُكَ مِنَ الْجِنِّ قَالَ فَقُلْتُ يَأْتُونَكَ قَالَ نَعَمْ يَأْتُونَّا يَسْأَلُونَّا عَنْ مَعَالِمِ دِينِهِمْ وَحَلالِهِمْ وَحَرَامِهِمْ.

1. Certain persons of our people have narrated from Muhammad ibn Ali from Yahya ibn Musawir from Sa‘d al-Askaf who has said the following. “On one of the occasion of my meeting with abu Ja‘far (a.s.) when I went tosee him he asked me to wait until the sun became very hot on me. I tried to follow the shadow from the sun. No very long thereafter a people came out of his presence that looked like locusts dressed in large gowns and very oale and slim due to extensive worshipping. Their beautiful scene made me to forget other things. When I went in the presence of the Imam (a.s.) he said, “I am afraid I caused you hardships.” I said, “Yes, it was difficult but, by Allah, I forgot other things when I saw them. A people passed by the like of whose beauty I had not seen before. They looked like locusts and pale and slim due to worshipping a great deal.” The Imam (a.s.) said, “O Sa‘d , did you see them?” I said, “Yes, I saw them.” The Imam (a.s.) said, “They are your brethren from Jinns.” The narrator has said that he asked The Imam (a.s.), “Do they come to you?” He said, “Yes, they come to us for religious instructions and to learn the lawful and unlawful matters.”