What is the difference between the Jinn and the Shaytaan?
‘The Jinn’ are the kind, they are the second type of creation, like man-kind. Allaah the Glorified said:
And I (Allaah) created not the Jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone).
} [Adh Dhariyaat: 56]
So the Jinn are a class amongst the creation, created by Allaah to worship Him like mankind. The Shayateen are the rebellious amongst them. So the Shayateen are from the Jinn as well as mankind, both the Shayateen from the Jinn and mankind are included in the category of Shayateen, Allaah the Elevated said:
And so We have appointed for every Prophet enemies – Shayateen (devils) among mankind and Jinn, inspiring one another with adorned speech as a delusion (or by way of deception). } [al An’aam: 112]
The point is that the Shayateen are from the Jinn as well as mankind, they are the rebellious, those who transgressed over Allaah’s boundaries.
‘The Shaytaan’ who is the forefather of the Jinn, is their leader, and whoever rebelled from his progeny and transgressed over the boundaries is a Shaytaan. Those amongst them who are steadfast upon worshiping Allaah are not from the Shayateen, rather they are belivers, as Allaah stated concerning the Jinn:
'There are among us, those who are righteous, and those to the contrary; we are groups having different ways (religious sects). } [Al jinn: 11]
He also said about them:
'And of us some are Muslims (who have submitted to Allaah, after listening to this Qur-aan), and of us some are Al-Qaasitoon (disbelievers who deviated from the Right Path).' And whosoever has embraced Islaam (i.e. has become a Muslim by submitting to Allaah), then such have sought the Right Path." And as for the Qaasitoon (disbelievers who deviated from the Right Path), they shall be firewood for Hell } [Al Jinn: 14-15]
So amongst them is the Muslim, the non-Muslim, the innovator, the Sunnee, the Raafidee, the Shuyoo’ee, the Mu’tazilee, the Jahmee, just like mankind, we ask Allaah for safety.