Islamic concepts

Iblīs — Satan, Lucifer

ALA-LC iblīs
IPA ɪˈbliis

In Islam, Iblīs is the name of the Devil.

troll = provoker, one who disrupts, inflammatory

When we talk of al-Shayṭān, that’s the Evil One, i.e. the Misleader, the Distracter. This unique creature’s

root of all evil is self-importance, thinking oneself greater than others. disobedience to God

7:16 6:153 drew lines

iblis or shaytan?

  • voice inside your head
  • tempter

al-Shayṭān — the Evil One

the source of negative thinking, overthinking

what doesn't concern us

  • And when We said unto the angels: Prostrate yourselves before Adam, they fell prostrate, all save Iblis. He refused and was prideful, and so became a disbeliever. (2:34)
  • Allah said: "What hindered you so that you did not prostrate when I commanded you?" He said: "I am better than him: You had created me of fire, while him You created from clay." (7:12)

self-importance, arrogance

35:5 the deceiver one of his titles

He said [to God], ‘I will assuredly take a number of Your servants, and shall lead them astray, and fill them with vain desires and order them to slit the ears of cattle. I shall order them to tamper with God’s creation. Whoever chooses Satan as a patron instead of God is utterly ruined: he holds out promises to them, and fills them with vain desires: but Satan’s promises are nothing but delusion.

Used to be good

Used to live among the angels in the heavens.

 He used to worship Allah at the beginning of

his creation. He lived among the angels in the heavens. He entered Paradise. But then he disobeyed Allah when he refused to prostrate to Adam, out of pride, arrogance and envy. Therefore Allah cast him out of from His mercy.

Satan, in the Arabic language, is a general term for any arrogant rebel. It is used, in general, for that one specific being because he was so arrogant and rebelled against his Lord. He is called taaghoot’ in al-Nisaa, verse 76,

Satan, which Allah mentions to us many times in the Quran, is from the world of the jinn.


rebellious one

الْكَلْبُ الأَسْوَدُ شَيْطَانٌ

A Jinnī?

Was Satan the origin of the Jinn or was he just one of them? We do not possess any clear text that states Satan to have been the origin of all the jinn or that states that he was simply one of them.

The latter is more apparent from the “Except Iblees and he was of the (al-Kahf50).

Ibn Taimiya is of the opinion that Satan was the origin of all the jinn in the same way that Adam is the origin of all humanity.

Devil inside

The Evil One circulates in the human body, just like blood does. (source)

The Evil One circulates in the human mind, just like blood does. (source)