The Truth About the Jinn – Chapter 3: Definitions of the Qur’anic Words ‘Al-Insan’ and ‘Al-Jann’

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Al-Insān (pl. Al-Ins) / Al-Nās vs. Al-Jānn (pl. Al-Jinn) / Al-Jinnah

This chapter will focus on the words in the Qur’an used to denote specifically the two races of mankind. This chapter will show how it is that so many Muslims were deceived into believing that the Jinn are a non-human species of creature, and how that view is not only incorrect, but also inconsistent with the Qur’an itself. Contrary to popular opinion, Al-Insān, Al-Ins, or Al-Nās refers to a specific group within mankind, Adams lineage. The real word for human/mankind is ‘Basharan’ / ‘Al-Bashar’. The words Al-Ins and Al-Jinn denote specific sub-races of human beings within humanity. It is safe to say that all people fall into one group or another, or constitute a third group, which is a combination of the two. I believe that most fall into the third category.

Al-Insān vs. Al-Jānn

Al-Insān is often translated as ‘man’, but in reality it does not refer to all of mankind. A better word would be ‘modern man’, Adamite, or left untranslated as a proper noun as a name of a race.

The meanings behind these two names actually give us insight to the nature of the two types of humans:

Al-Insān (pl. Al-Ins) and Al-Nās come from the root: Alif-Nun-Siin = to be or become sociable, companionable, conversable, inclined to company or conversation, friendly, amicable, or familiar. To be or become cheered, or gladdened or cheerful, gay, or gladsome. To be or become at ease, or tranquil; without shrinking or aversion.

Al-Jānn is often left untranslated or translated as the Jinn, even though the word ‘Al-Jinn’ is the plural form of Al-Jānn. Al-Jānn refers to the proto-type racial classification of a race of humans that predate Adam. In other words, Al-Jānn refers to prehistoric men.

Al-Jānn (pl. Al-Jinn) and Al-Jinnah come from the root: Jiim-Nun-Nun (root of jinn) = veiled/concealed/covered/hid/protected (e.g. cloth, armour, grave, shield), invisible, become dark/possessed, darkness of night, bereft of reason, mad/insane/unsound in mind/intellect, confusedness. Become thick/full-grown/blossom, herbage, garden. Spiritual beings that conceal themselves from the senses (including angels), become weak and abject, greater part of mankind, devil/demon, people who are peerless having no match or equal, a being who is highly potent, sometimes refers to Kings because they are concealed from the common folk.

In order to get a proper understanding, we will need to examine the ayats from the Qur’an to see how these words are used. This is the only way to undo the confusion caused by the lies and fabrications that have plagued the Muslim world for the last 1400 years, concealing the true identity and nature of the Jinn. One might wonder why this is so important? It may seem trivial, but in fact it is important because Allah has mentioned it many times in the Qur’an, and also because the enemies of Islam have gone far out of their way and beyond the call of duty to make sure that no one ever knows the truth about this until Judgment Day.


Now, as we know, Allah created a human being (bashar) which he named Adam.

38.Surah Şād (Verse 71)
إِذْ قَالَ رَبُّكَ لِلْمَلَائِكَةِ إِنِّي خَالِقٌ بَشَرًا مِّن طِينٍ

[So mention] when your Lord said to the Malā’ikah, “Indeed, I am going to create a human being (bashar) from clay.

In the ayat above, Allah says Adam is a human being (bashar), but in the ayat below he’s called Al-Insān.

15.Surah Al-Ĥijr (Verse 26)
وَلَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الْإِنسَانَ مِن صَلْصَالٍ مِّنْ حَمَإٍ مَّسْنُونٍ

And We did certainly create man (Al-Insān) out of clay from an altered black mud.

Bashar vs. Al-Insān

The difference between the two words is that Bashar is applied to any and all humans, whether they came before or after Adam. Al-Insān is only applied to Adam and his lineage. Therefore, Adam was not only

1). Bashar / human by species

… but he was also

2). Al-Insān / modern man by race.

In terms of Iblis, he too is

1). Bashar / human by species

… but he was also

2). Al-Jānn / prehistoric man by race.

We know this because of the following reasons:

1). The word rajulun / rijālun is only applied to adult male human beings.

2). The Qur’an addresses both races, Al-Insān and Al-Jānn, while at the same time stating that the message of the Qur’an was intended exclusively for humans (Bashar).

3). Jinn is never shown in contrast to human beings (bashar) in the Qur’an.

Question: How did the Jinn manage to trick most people into thinking that the Jinn are non-human?

Answer: The Jinn managed to trick the masses into believing they are non-human by changing the meaning of the word ‘Al-Ins’ (plural of Al-Insān) to mean mankind, when in reality it refers to modern man, or the Adamites, not all of mankind. This places a huge question mark next to the identity of the Jinn, because we are never told what they are, just what they aren’t.

Here’s an example:

51.Surah Adh-Dhāriyāt (Verse 56)
وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ

And I did not create the jinn (Al-Jinn) and mankind (Al-Ins) except to serve Me.

What this does is it tells the mind through logical deduction that the Jinn and Mankind must not be the same thing or else they would not constitute two separate groups, and that whatever it is that the Jinn are in reality must be something other than what is denoted by the name Mankind. Most people will quote this ayat in support of their theory that the Jinn are something other than human beings. However, once we uncover the true meaning of the word ‘Al-Ins’, and show that it in fact refers to a subgroup of humans, namely modern man, or Adamites then this argument falls completely apart. What we are left with is a comparison of two subgroups of man, not man vs. spirits, aliens, or whatever else they would like is to believe they are.


Al-Jānn is prehistoric / pre-Adamite man. This is a race of man that existed on earth prior to Adam.

Allah says:

15.Surah Al-Ĥijr (Verse 27)
وَالْجَانَّ خَلَقْنَاهُ مِن قَبْلُ مِن نَّارِ السَّمُومِ

And Al-Jānn, We created it before (Adam) from scorching fire (Nāri Al-Samūm).

Allah announced His intentions to the Malā’ikah to place Al-Insān, Adam and his lineage on earth as a successor to the Jinn who ruled prior:

2.Surah Al-Baqarah (Verse 30)
وَإِذْ قَالَ رَبُّكَ لِلْمَلَائِكَةِ إِنِّي جَاعِلٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ خَلِيفَةًۖ قَالُوا أَتَجْعَلُ فِيهَا مَن يُفْسِدُ فِيهَا وَيَسْفِكُ الدِّمَاءَ وَنَحْنُ نُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدِكَ وَنُقَدِّسُ لَكَۖ قَالَ إِنِّي أَعْلَمُ مَا لَا تَعْلَمُونَ

And when your Lord said to the angels, “Indeed, I will make upon the earth a successive authority (khalīfah).”

They (the Malā’ikah) said, “Will You place upon it one who causes corruption (yu-fsidu) therein (fee-hā) and sheds (wa ya-sfiku) blood (Al-Damā), while we declare Your praise and sanctify You?” He [Allah] said, “Indeed, I know that which you do not know.”




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