Considered more "politically correct" than "mankind", which it has largely replaced now. For example, in a work from 1934 we find:
- 1934, Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Commentary on The Holy Qur'an, note 3920 on 35:32:
- Just as mankind was chosen collectively to be viceregents for God, and yet some among mankind fell into evil – there are some in the house of Islam who fail to follow the Light given to them, and thus "wrong their own souls."
But in a 1999 re-editioin by Islamic Propagation Centre International: Islamic Vision, the word "mankind" was replaced by "humankind" (and "God" by "Allah").