Dear and Beloved brothers and sisters, whatever happens to the soul after death in the grave, on the Day of Judgment, etc. is what is known as the knowledge of the unseen; and none possesses the Knowledge of the unseen except Allah Subhanah, the Lord of the Worlds, Alone. Thus to know what exactly transpires after death or in the grave, we must rely on only what is Declared by the All-Knowing Lord in His Glorious Quran, or what Allah Subhanah has made known to Prophet Mohamed (saws) through inspiration, and he (saws) narrated it to the believers in his authentic traditions.
One cannot of himself say I think, I suppose, I assume., or it is said. etc. when it comes to knowledge of the unseen! The Only One Who has the Absolute Knowledge of the Seen and the Unseen is none other than the One Who Created everything in existence; and He Alone has the Right to declare in Truth what exactly transpires in the events of the unseen. Thus for any information of the unseen the believers must rely only on what is declared by the All-Knowing Lord in His Glorious Quran, or what He Willed to make known to the Last Messenger (saws) through inspiration, and he (saws) narrated it to the believers.
Do some spirits stay on the earth and cause these so called “hauntings” ?
In light of the absolutely clear guidance of the Quran and the Sunnah, no soul or spirit of the deceased can escape the clutches of the Angels of Allah, nor do the Angels of Allah set them free to go about and haunt whom they will!
The souls of the deceased are secured by the Angels of Allah and are placed in a place called the Barzakh; neither can the soul of the deceased leave this secured place, nor can they come down to earth, nor do they have the power to interact with any human beings or jinns from Barzakh!
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 23 Muminoon verses 99-100:
99 (In Falsehood will they be) until when death comes to one of them he says: “O my Lord! send me back (to life)
100 In order that I may work righteousness in the things I neglected.” By no means! It is but a word he says; before them is a Barzakh (Veil or Partition) till the Day they are raised up.
In light of the above clear guidance of the Glorious Quran, the souls of the deceased will remain in the Barzakh till the Lord Creator, Glorified and Exalted is He, Decrees to raise them up on the Day of Judgment.
The Origin of the Jinn
The jinn are NOT fallen angels. They were created from a smokeless flame of fire. The first recorded jinn to be disobedient is Iblis. Disbelieving, disobedient jinn and humans are known as shayateen (satans).
Since they can change form there are many different witness accounts of different creatures or beings that people see. I believe most of the time when people see them they are human shaped black figures, but white is also reported. Often too they will be seen looking to have dog like features or even be thought to be a dog. That is another thing, it is said that animals are able to see them and so are babies and young children as they are pure in their nature. When you are pure the veils over our eyes on such things are lifted.
The Noble Qur’an – Ar-Rahmaan 55:15, 15
He created man (Adam) from sounding clay like the clay of pottery.
And the jinns did He create from a smokeless flame of fire.
Hadith – Sahih Muslim 6757, Narrated Abdullah ibn Mas’ud, similar narration 6759 by ‘Aisha, r.a.
Allah’s Apostle said: There is none amongst you with whom is not an attached from amongst the jinn (devil). They (the Companions) said: Allah’s Apostle with you too? Thereupon he said: Yes, but Allah helps me against him and so I am safe from his hand and he does not command me but for good.