Devil, Lucifer, Shayton - Is He Real?

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Satan - The Evil One

Our sister, Asma Bint Shameem gives all of us . . .

Something to THINK about

Iblis. Shaytaan. The Devil. Whatever name you call him, everyone knows him. He is the accursed one. The rejected outcast, who was thrown out of Jannah. The one damned to the Fire of Hell forever and doomed until eternity.

Ever wonder how he got there? I mean, really wondered...?
What did he do, or perhaps not do, that condemned him to the be the most despicable and humiliated creature in the heavens and the earth?

Yes sure, we all know the story. We’ve known it since we were babies. We’ve read it in Qur’aan a million times.
But, have we ever read the story with the eyes of our heart?
Have we really thought about what happened?
Have we ever pondered over it?
What did iblis do that was so wrong?

Let us look at some of Iblis’s actions.

1. Did Iblis not believe in Allaah? Indeed, he did!

Iblis, the accursed believed in Allaah. He knew Allaah is the Master, Owner, Sustainer, the Giver of life and death, the Lord of all things. In fact, he calls Him رَبِّ , my Rabb, my Lord.

قَالَ رَبِّ فَأَنظِرْنِي إِلَى يَوْمِ يُبْعَثُونَ

He (Iblis) said: 'My Lord, reprieve me till the Day they are raised.' (Surah al-Hijr:36)

Why, Iblis even swore by Allaah’s Might, knowing fully well, that it is Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala, Who is AlMighty and that all Power belongs to Him Alone. Iblis swears:

قَالَ فَبِعِزَّتِكَ لَأُغْوِيَنَّهُمْ أَجْمَعِينَ

He (Iblis) said: 'I swear by Your Might, that I will surely mislead them all. (Surah Saad:82)

2. Did he believe that someone else created him? NO, he knew Allaah is his Creator!

Shaytaan knew very well that Allaah is the Creator of the heavens and the earth and whatever is in them, including himself, all jinn and mankind. He admitted it himself.

قَالَ أَنَاْ خَيْرٌ مِّنْهُ خَلَقْتَنِي مِن نَّارٍ وَخَلَقْتَهُ مِن طِينٍ

(Iblis) said: 'I am better than he (Adam). You created me of fire and You created him of clay.' (Surah al-’Aaraaf:12)

3. Did Iblis deny the Day of Judgment? No, he acknowledged it!

Iblis also affirmed that there will be a Day when we will all be resurrected and brought back to life, to stand in front of our Rabb, and give account of all that we did. It’s not that he denied the Day of Judgment; rather he believed in it completely.

قَالَ رَبِّ فَأَنظِرْنِي إِلَى يَوْمِ يُبْعَثُونَ

(Iblis) said: "My Lord! Give me then respite till the Day the (dead) are resurrected." (Surah Saad: 79)

4. Did Iblis claim that there is a path other than Islaam? NO, he knew Islaam is the Way!

Iblis didn’t believe in any other religion to be the Truth. He accepted and recognized that Islaam is the way to salvation and it is only through it that a person will be successful. That’s why he calls it the ‘Straight Path’.

قَالَ فَبِمَا أَغْوَيْتَنِي لأَقْعُدَنَّ لَهُمْ صِرَاطَكَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ

(Iblis) said: "Because You have sent me astray, surely I will sit in wait against them (human beings) on Your Straight Path.” (Surah al-’Aaraaf:16)

5. Did he not believe in Jannah, Jahannum and the Angles? Indeed he did!

Iblis very much believed in the Angels. How could he not? He saw them with his own eyes and was among them until, when Allaah ordered them all to prostrate to Adam (Alayhi salaam) and he refused. Iblis had even seen Jannah and was witness to its blessings before he was thrown out of it, disgraced and humiliated. And he was aware of of Jahannum. So Iblis knew exactly what they all were and acknowledged their existence.

So what is the point of all this???


Does it ever hit you O Muslim, that perhaps we do the same?
Perhaps there’s not much difference between us and Iblis!!
Don’t we also believe in Allaah? Don’t we also consider Him our Master, our Creator, our Sustainer?? Don’t we call Him our Rabb??
Don’t we also acknowledge His Power and Might?
Don’t we also say we believe in the day of Judgment?
And in heaven and hell and the angels??
Yes, we do!

So what makes us different from Iblis, the Shaytaan???

The difference lies in the obedience of our Rabb, in submitting to His Commands, in conforming to His Orders.

Shaytaan refused to obey Allaah when He commanded him to make sajdah to Adam (Alayhi salaam). He didn't comply to the His Orders. He didn't submit to his Rabb. There was no compliance. There was no ubudiyyah.

That was the problem. That was what was so wrong that made Iblis the most despicable
creature ever.

That’s the point we all have to think about. Long. And. Hard.

How many of us are out there, who are supposed to be Muslim, who believe in Allaah, who know there’s a Day of resurrection, who claim they want to enter Jannah, yet are still living a life of sin and desire....a life of defiance and neglect!
How many of us are involved in major, major sins...steeped in disobedience and transgression?!

And how many of us continue in this wrongdoing, obstinately defying Allaah’s Laws....despite the warnings... ignoring all the reminders!

Brothers and sisters, if there’s no obedience to Allaah, if there’s no submission to His commands, if there is no effort to comply to His Orders, then there is no difference between us and Iblis.
Plain and Simple and Straightforward.

The difference lies in the obedience of this Rabb....In submitting to His doing what He says and in staying away from what He prohibited.

If there's no obedience, then where’s the difference between us and Iblis?
Then how are we any better?
What makes us any different?
That is something to really think about......

And Allaah knows best.

Al Huda Institute, Canada





#22 Ranni 2012-11-21 19:32
Masha Allah, good written very usefull to add our knowledge about islam
Thank you sister :-)
#21 Islam 2012-06-09 20:40
Assalamu alikum,
I loved that masha'Allah. It makes a difference when you say something that's based on hardcore evidence. Systematic analysis is so simple, anyone can understand it. I am using this article for my Sunday school Islamic Studies class insha'Allah
#20 DR. TABREZ HUSAIN QURAISHI 2012-06-03 08:10
#19 Aaisha Mohammed 2012-06-03 06:10
100%true,eloquent,and very well put sister Jazak allah khair sis May ALLAH(SWT) give u best reward foryour work .thumbs up
#18 Amina 2012-06-02 02:58
sister mashaallah very well written article indeed it is an eye opener may Allah help all muslims to ponder on his ayahs and be obedient to him
#17 Khalid Hameed Khan 2012-05-31 07:35
#16 shukria Achekzai 2012-05-31 05:52
Indeed we have to look at our actions.Thanks for writing this wonderful article,i live in Swiss in a small villige i have a 12 years old daughter and a 7 years old is difficult in here while we muslims have not enough resorcess to educate our kids about Islam and teach them properly to be good muslims as it is posible in Islamic countries..i usually share articles like this and most of the wounderful work that is going on in Iqraa chanele...this helps allot.please make Dua for my kids to be good poious muslim inshallah..i am thankful to all of you may Allah(SWT)give you all Ajar for your good job ameen._
#15 Abass Muzemil 2012-05-31 05:30
Really superb! A clear proof,thanks
#14 RAZA AHMED 2012-05-31 05:17
very well put, I wish more read this and make a difference to this world. ameen
#13 Markie 2012-05-31 05:09
love to see sisters doing such great work._Problem is we men need to get on the ball too!_sister, you did a great job and we totally love the way you put it out there for all of us, mashallah._We don't need more big time scholars shouting at us from their mimbars as much as we need ordinary brothers and sisters just telling us like it is so we can be aware and get the point about these important things._This is what we need man!_Sister, keep up the good work._Brothers - wake up and do your job!_Islam Newsroom - YOU ARE AWESOME!

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