By the magic of Google -An ifrit is an enormous winged creature of smoke, either male or female, who lives underground and frequents ruins. Ifrits live in a society structured along ancient Arab tribal lines, complete with kings, tribes, and clans. They generally marry one another, but they can also marry humans
I live in the middle east and there are a lot of stories about them. Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights is rife with them.
Now one story i heard was was a bout a Djinn (the post about ifrits being associated with fire is accurate, also ifrits of the air too...) anyway, this guy who is saudi started talking about a Djinn he encountered...a human that was running at about 140 km/ph right along side his drivers side window as he was driving.
He was sweating and kinda shaky telling the story so i believe that he believed it....
Anyways, thats everything i know about Ifrits and Djinn
now I am no expert, but in the Arab and Islamic culture there is a ranking system for Djin, some of them are just Djin, while those with higher power and status are Marid or Ifrit or king of Djin .... with Iblis (the Islamic version of Satan) is considered their god.
Mythology says Ifrits are Jinn whoch are connected with fire... Personally I don't believe that; instead I support that Jinn do not have sucpieces but are the same and that all Jinn are connected with all of the elements... Some stuff are metaphorical for me, eg that they have been created from smokeless fire...
But you could characterize them like that in a way. Genies are very friendly creatures, playful, humurous, funny... They just cannot be described in words hahaha. :) I like them a lot.
Am going to message you Kris, it's not safe out here.