Sunday, 18 April 2010

Which Comes First: Ins [men] or Jinn ? [An'am 6:112] [Rahman 55:33]

Asalaam alaikum Warahmatulah Wabarakatuh.

Which Comes First: Ins [men] or Jinn ?

Allah says in surat al An'am 6:112:

( وكذلك جعلنا لكل نبي عدوا شياطين الإنس والجن )

Likewise did We make for every Messenger an enemy,- evil ones among men and jinns.

And in surah Rahman 55:33

( يا معشر الجن والإنس إن استطعتم أن تنفذوا من أقطار السماوات والأرض فانفذوا لا تنفذون إلا بلسطان )

O ye assembly of Jinns and men! If it be ye can pass beyond the zones of the heavens and the earth, pass ye! not without authority shall ye be able to pass!

We notice that in the First ayah here Men [al-Ins] are mentioned first, and the Second ayah - Jinns are mentioned first. So why is this?

The First ayah is explaining about the enemies of the Prophets, the opposition that they faced. Its clear and known that the shayateen/devils from mankind were stronger in that, and the people of truth were exposed to more opposition and evil from these human ones. So this is why al-Ins [human] devils preceded here as in this topic it was more appropriate to mention them first.

The Second ayah is constrasting whereby Jinns were mentioned first. Upon contemplating the meaning of this it was found that the reason for this here is to do with their level of knowledge in this. Its like a challenge in this ayah, if you can do this then do it. And who has more knowledge of the heavens/skies? its known that the jinns knowledge is more in this sphere, and they are more capable in it and therefore their mention preceded that of al-ins [humans].

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