Inhabitants of the earth before the Jinn

Question

Were there any creation that inhabited the earth before the the Jinn called the Binn?

 

Answer

Hafiz Ibn Kathir (rahimahullah) states that many Mufassirun say that before Adam (‘alayhis salam) and Jinn, there were inhabitants called the ‘Binn’. When Allah Ta’ala created the Jinn, they killed the ‘Binn’ and removed them from the surface of the earth.

(Al Bidayah Wan Nihayah, vol. 1 pg. 90 and 112)

 

These narrations have been quoted as the statements of certain Sahabah and Tabi’un and seem to be sourced from Historical [Israely] Narrations. I have not come across a Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) of this nature.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar