Indeed, We have dignified the children of Adam, carried them on land and sea, granted them good and lawful provisions, and privileged them far above many of Our creatures.

Quran 17:70

Does this ayat shows that humans are not superior to all creatures ? Then what are those other creatures?

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The apparent wording of this verse suggests that there is creation which is equal or superior to humans. There can be a number of examples, for example the angels who as a whole are superior to humans (excluding the prophets).

وإن ذكرني في ملأ ذكرته في ملأ خير منهم

If he remembers Me in a group of people, I remember him in a group that is better than they


However some exegetes have also claimed that كثير can at times mean all, such as in 26:223 and 16:83.

Ref: Tafsir al-Baghawy

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