Inhabitants of the earth before the Jinn

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



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.

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