Abu Hurairah (RaziAllahanhu) said Prophet (Salallah hu alay he waslam) deputized me to look after the sadaqah Al fitr of Ramadan. Some body came and started taking handfuls of the foodstuff of sadaqah stealthily. I took hold of him and said: ‘By Allah, I will take you to Allah’s Apostle.’ He said: ‘I rup needy and have many dependants, and I am in great need.’ I released him. The next day the Prophet asked me: ‘-What did your prisoner do yesterday?’ I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, the person complained of being needy and of having many dependants, so, I pitied him and let him go.’ He (Salallah hu alay he waslam) said: ‘Indeed, he told you a lie and he will be coming again.’ I believed that he would show up agai as the Prophet had told me that he would return, so I waited for him watchfully. When he showed up and started stealing handfuls of foodstuff, I caught hold of him again and said: ‘I will definitely take you to the Messenger of Allah’. He said: ‘Leave me, for I am very needy and have many dependants. I promise I will not come back again.’ I pitied him and let him go. In the morning the Prophet asked me: ‘What did your prisoner do?’ I replied: ‘O Messenger of Allah, he complained of his great need and of having so many dependants, so I took pity on him and set him free.’ The Prophet said: ‘Verily, he told you a lie and he will return.’ I waited for him attentively for the third time, and when he came and started stealing handfuls. of the foodstuff, I caught hold of him and said: ‘I will surely take you to the Messenger of Allah, for it is the third time you promise not to return, yet you have broken your promise and come.’ He said: ‘Forgive me and I will teach you some words with which Allah would benefit you.’ I asked: ‘What are they?’ He replied: ‘Whenever you go to bed, recite Ayatul-Kursi (Allahu la ilaha ilia huwa-1-Haiy-ul Qaiyyum … ) until you finish the whole verse. If you do so, Allah will appoint a guard for you who will stay With you and no demon will come near you till morning.’ So, I released him. In the morning, the Prophet (Salallah hu alay he waslam) asked: ‘What did your prisoner do yesterday?’ I replied: ‘He claimed that he would teach me some words by which Allah would benefit me, so I let him go.’ The Prophet(Salallah hu alay he waslam) asked What are they?’ I replied: ‘He told me, ‘Whenever you go to bed, recite A.yatul-Kursi from beginning to end (Allahu la ilaha illa huwa-ffiaiy-ul-Qaiyyum … ) He further said to me: ‘If you do so, Allah will appoint a guard for you who will stay with you, and no demon will come near you till morning.’ Abu Hurayrah or another subnarrator added that they ( the Companions) were very keen to do good deeds. The Prophet said: ‘He really spoke the truth, although he is a great liar. Do you know to whom you were talking for these three nights, 0 Abu Hurayrah?’ I replied: ‘No.’ He said: ‘It was Satan. ‘
Al-Hadid used this Hadith as a proof that Satan can take different forms and shapes, and it is possible to see him. He also said that the Verse: (He and his tribe see you from where you do not see them) refers to when Satan is in his original state. Al-Hadid stated in another place: “Al-Bayhaqi reported, in Manaqib al-Shafi’i, on the authority of ar-Rabi’ who heard al-Shafi’i say: ‘We reject the testimony of anyone who claims that he has actually seen a Jinn, unless the person is a prophet”. Al-Hafid said: ‘al-Shafi’i’s statement concerns those who claim to see Jinn in the shape in which they were created. But those who claim to have seen them after they have progressed and assumed a different form as animal should not be criticised, because there are many narrations that confirm this possibility”.
The Prophet (Salallah hu alay he waslam) said: “Jinn can change into snakes, the way the Children of Israel were transformed into monkeys and pigs ( as punishment from Allah )
Abu Qulabah (RaziAllahanhu) reported that the Prophet (Salallah hu alay he waslam) said Had dogs not been a nation, I would have ordered them all to be killed, but I dread to destroy a whole nation. Therefore, (you may) kill any black dog, for it is a demon or represents one.