And on the Day when He will gather them (all) together (and say): "O you assembly of jinn! Many did you mislead of men..."
With the History Channel spewing out the garbage of Erich von Däniken and his apostles at record pace to make a buck and to whip everyone up into an imaginative frenzy, the truth must be told about so-called extraterrestrials. One of the best non-Muslim sources for this is John Keel.
Removing the bias of belief from his investigations, Keel documented numerous incidents in his book The Mothman Prophecies without the presupposition of what the incidents were i.e. alien encounters. As a result, he not only was able to present a clearer and stranger picture of what was going on, but he was able to reach some conclusions that, in the mainstream realm, were atypical.
Human beings are generally considered the superior intelligence and dominant life-form on Earth. Since UFOs appear to involve a different, seemingly greater, intelligence, it has been widely speculated that they come from another planet using advanced technology. The Ultraterrestrial concept proposes instead that there is a more advanced intelligence co-existing on Earth but beyond our normal perception, just as an ant might only be vaguely aware of humans as an intimidating or overpowering presence, and whose true nature is beyond their comprehension. SourceInterestingly enough, nothing of what he said contradicted what Islam had always asserted about the supernatural. Namely, that there are other creatures of high intelligence that exist (and Islam explains have existed before us) who are different from us, but similar in the mundane aspects of life. They share the earth with us in ways we don't fully understand, and often interact with us, especially in the realm of deception.
One mundane example of Keel's documentations and Islam's assertions is as follows:
In earlier times, fairies, demons, and even human witches practicing their Black Sabbath rites, chose gravel pits, garbage dumps, cemeteries and crossroads for their appearances. Modern hairy monsters and UFOs select the same sites, and quite a few UFO contacts have occurred near crossroads or on highways still under construction at points where old highways once intersected. Derenberger's first contact with Cold was on a newly completed highway yards from an old intersection. - The Mothman Prophecies, 103Islam
The jinn live where we don't live on this earth. They are mostly to be found in ruins and unclean places like bathrooms, dunghills, garbage dumps and graveyards. Hence the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) taught us to take precautions when entering such places, by reciting the adhkar (mentioning Allah’s Name) prescribed by Islam. - Shaykh Muhammad Salih al-MunajjidIt has been drilled into people's minds that only aliens from space could have civilizations and cultures and families and high technology most likely because it's easier to imagine than, say, alternate complex dimensions that coexist with ours.
Three thousand years ago a small group of brilliant men investigated and solved the mystery of unidentified flying objects. Since then a great many others have approached the same mystery from different perspectives and solved it over and over again. Unfortunately, their staggering solutions were obfuscated by intellectual extrapolations and the ponderous terminology of philosophy and theology. Few modern UFO enthusiasts have the educational background to understand such literature. They choose, as an alternative, to deal with the phenomenon on a materialistic level, assuming that the presence of unlikely objects and entities in our atmosphere is evidence of some extraterrestrial civilization. - The Mothman Prophecies, 28What's most important to know, however, is that for a number of reasons, including their own cultural-religious beliefs (that being Islam's standpoint, not Keel's), these beings can be master deceivers. While we are stuck in one plane of existence and are entirely material they are not, and can be fluid in their appearance even though they live generic lives like us. As a result they can easily appear to a human and claim to be anything from an angel to an alien from outer space, and the average person, lacking the proper knowledge, would be inclined to believe them on the mere fact that the situation was out of the ordinary and so must be as advertised.
To the regret of the true believers, the majority of the witnesses to chimerical events were alone at the time of their experience. While the amateur investigators tend to concentrate on the very subjective descriptions of the observers, I probed deeper and studied the witnesses themselves. Many, I found, suffered certain medical symptoms such as temporary amnesia, severe headaches, muscular spasms, excessive thirst and other effects, all of which have been observed throughout history in religious miracles (the appearances of religious apparitions), demonology, occult phenomena, and contacts with fairies. All of these manifestations clearly share a common source or cause. While chimeras can come in all sizes and shapes, ranging from twenty-foot giants to animated tin cans only a few inches in height, the most fascinating type is one who has appeared in almost every country on earth. In other ages he was regarded as the devil incarnate. He dressed in black and rode a black horse. Later he arrived in black horsedrawn carriages, even in hearses. Today he steps out of flying saucers in remote farm fields. He is built exactly like us, stands from five feet six inches to six feet tall, looks very human but has high cheekbones, unusually long fingers, and an Oriental cast to his features. His complexion is olive or reddish. He speaks every language, sometimes mechanically as if he is reciting a memorized speech, sometimes fluently. He has trouble breathing, often wheezing and gasping between words. Like our dinosaurs and hairy bipeds, he often leaves a few footprints behind ... footprints which suddenly end as if he had vanished into thin air. - The Mothman Prophecies, 29In Islam the beings are collectively referred to as jinn. When non-Muslims hear of that they think of genie (root word being jinni, masculine singular of jinn) and put them in a cultural Orientalist box of limited demographics and limited abilities. That is not an accurate portrayal, however, as jinn includes everything from the hairy bipeds, snake people, fairies (peris), flying creatures, demons, spirits and ghosts to the so-called aliens. I find it unfortunate that many people are ignorant of this information, and continue to rely on guessing games. Even when just categorizing the supernatural, jinn are either almost always left out or are described as merely an Arab cultural phenomenon (either as jinn or genies). It's so ridiculous that it's almost as if there's a conspiracy to keep such knowledge from the past repressed.
...as more and more people believe in flying saucers from other planets, the lower force can manipulate more people through false illumination. I have been watching, with great consternation, the worldwide spread of the UFO believe and its accompanying disease. If it continues unchecked we may face a time when universal acceptance of the fictitious space people will lead us to a modern faith in extraterrestrials that will enable them to interfere very overtly in our affairs... - The Mothman Prophecies, 109