– user12537 Aug 1 '15 at 21:25. add a comment | 2. The apparent meaning is that the reason for his disobedience of his Lord was the fact that he was one of the jinn. Similarly in the Qur’an, when Allah addressed the angels, even Iblis was present, but it is not required that he be mentioned separately. [48] His final salvation develops from the idea of that Iblis is only an instrument of God's anger, not due to his meritorious personality. Assume good faith; Be polite and avoid personal attacks; Be welcoming to newcomers He was not an angel for a single day, not even for an instant. . "[77] Additionally, based on Iblis' role as keeper of heaven and ruler of earth, Ayn al-Quzat Hamadani stated, Iblis represents the "Dark light" that is the earthen world, standing in opposite to the Muhammadan Light that represents the heavens. granted him entry into Paradise and he lived among the angels. God gave him authority over the lower heavens and the earth. Therefore, Iblis would have been created as a rebellious angel.[67]. (1983). ’Iblīs, as most scholars suggest, is a Jinn. No where does the Qur’an say Iblis was an angel. Then he found the serpent. Is Iblis an angel or a Jinn? Whereas the angels are created from light. Another possibility is that it is derived from Ancient Greek διάβολος (diábolos), which is also the source of the English word ‘devil’.However, there is no general agreement on the root of the term. Therefore, some Sufis hold, Iblis refused to bow to Adam because he was devoted to God alone and refused to bow to anyone else. Then Iblis invents a plan to trick the guardian. When the angels took prisoners, Iblis was one of them and carried to heaven. He consults the Pope and the chief Rabbi. ), (So they prostrated themselves except Iblis. asalamualaikum.. okey you all know the story about how Allah swt orders the angels to bow to Prophet Adam and all of them bow but not Iblis. Many people gets tricked with this idea that Fallen Angel term. The term Iblis (إِبْلِيس‎) may have been derived from the Arabic verbal root bls ب-ل-س (with the broad meaning of “remain in grief”) or بَلَسَ (balasa, “he despaired”). However later Muslim exegetes felt upset, that angels are not merely trustful beings, so they decided to count him as a jinn, despite many earlier reports telling otherwise. Iblis did not become an unbeliever due to his disobedience, but because of attributing injustice to God; that is, by asserting that the command to prostrate themselves before Adam was inappropriate. This is clearly stated in the Quranic texts which indicate that Iblis is one of the jinn and not one of the angels. Lucifer: The Devil in the Middle Ages. In the book of البداية والنهاية it's said that he used to wage wars against the jinns who were not pious. Gabriel too rejects Iblis and explains the necessity for Iblis's curse. However, although he got the outer appearance of an angel, he was still a jinn in essence, thus he was able to choose when the angels and Iblis were commanded to prostrate themselves before Adam. [86], In Vathek by the English novelist William Beckford, first composed in French (1782), the protagonists enter the underworld, presented as the domain of Iblis. The belief in dualism or that evil is caused by something else than God, even if only by one's own will, is regarded as shirk by some Sufis. Although Iblis is often compared to the devil in Christian theology, Islam rejects the idea that Satan is an opponent of God and the implied struggle between God and the devil. "all angels except Iblis" doesn't necessarily imply that the Iblis is an angel. [68] On the other hand, scholars arguing that the term refers to jinn, and not a category of angels, tried to explain his stay among the angels. [21] As a mere creature, Iblis cannot be the cause or creator of evil in the world; in his function as Satan, he is merely seen as a tempter who takes advantage of humanity's weakness and self-centeredness and leads them away from God's path. At the end of their journey, they meet Iblis in person, who is described less in the monstrous image of Dante's Satan, but more of a young man, whose regular features are tarnished, his eyes showing both pride and despair and his hair resembling whose of an angel of light. Permanent Committee for Research and Verdicts Regarding the absence of Iblis' evil, as causing most of the Quran to be obsolent. He had been created from smokeless fire, whereas the angels had been created from light, (. He lived there for thousands of years, until his non-angelic origin was forgotten and only God remembered Iblis' true identity. Tabari who defended Iblis' angelic depiction, argues that Iblis did not procreate until he lost his angelic state and became a devil. In another, yet similar narration, Iblis is warded off by Riḍwan's burning sword for 100 years. In Arabic grammar there is a rule known as Tagleeb, according to which, if the majority is addressed, even the minority is included. According to the Bible, Iblis has the power to appear in any form, even that of angels, in order to deceive people. The Qur’an in several places says that Iblis was an angel, but in Surah Kahf it says that Iblis was a Jinn. Islamic scholars differ in regard to Iblis' nature. And We created you then fashioned you, then told the angels: Fall ye prostrate before Adam! The Qur’an was revealed in Arabic. What I would like to understand is if Iblis was an angel, how he could have disobeyed since he did not have any free will? REFERENCE [1] The Quran describes the Jinn's creative essence as 'nare-sumun' (15:27) and 'mariji-min nar' (55:15). Iblīs (or Eblis) is a figure frequently occurring in the Quran, commonly in relation to the creation of Adam and the command to prostrate himself before him. Iblis is the Quranic counterpart of the Christian devil.. p. 177, Jacques Waardenburg Islam: Historical, Social, and Political Perspectives Walter de Gruyter, 2008, Jung, L. (1925). Iblis has long been a figure of speculation among Muslim scholars, who have been trying to explain the ambiguous identification of Iblis in the Quran as either angel or Jinn, a contradiction in terms, as angels are created of light and are incapable of sin, while jinn are created of mist. [58] Otherwise, the theory that the essence of angels differs from that of Satan and his hosts, might originated in the writings of Augustine of Hippo and be introduced by a Christian informant to the early Muslims, and not introduced by Muhammad. And God states he was of the jinn, so they said that it is not possible that he should be related to that which God does not relate him to; they said that Iblis had progeny and offspring, but the angels do not procreate or have children. Long overdue, I am posting an excerpt on "The Question of Fallen Angels" from the Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qurʾān in response to a relatively amicable debate that occurred during a study circle on the question of the validity of the assertion that Shayṭān wasn't necessarily an angel but possibly from the Jinn. While there are ridges where the eyes would seemingly be, Iblis has no eyes in its skull, instead possessing a single yellow eye on the tip of a long tongue. [16] He is also known by the nickname "Abū Kardūs" (Arabic: أَبُو كَرْدُوس), which may mean "Father who piles up, crams or crowds together". Therefore, Iblis and his army drove the jinn to the edge of the world, Mount Qaf. 15:28-31. As an angel, Iblis is described as an Archangel, the leader and teacher of the other angels, and a keeper of heaven. Therefore, the serpent convinces the peacock to slip Iblis into the Garden, by carrying him in his mouth. But if he gets the fruit of eternity, every creature will last forever. As for God's statement that he was , it is not to be rejected that everything which hides itself (ijtanna) from the sight is a 'jinn', . 201–214. For many classical scholars, he was an angel, but regarded as a jinn in most contemporary scholarship. [17] There is no sign of angelic revolt in the Quran and no mention of Iblis trying to take God's throne[18][19] and Iblis's sin could be forgiven at anytime by God. Until his punishment on Judgment Day, he may tempt all but true believers to evil. Er war einer der Jinn , so war er ungehorsam gegen den Befehl seines Herrn.“ (Sura al-Khaf, Vers 50) Doch weil der Befehl den Engeln galt, sich vor Adam nieder zu werfen und Iblis unter ihnen war, also mit ihnen am Gottesdienst teilnahm, obwohl sein Herz, Allah bewahre uns davor, voller Unglaube und Überheblichkeit war, war der Befehl an alle gerichtet. Therefore, as an angel, Iblis did not procreate. Shayateen are also from the jinn. After he refused, he was cast out of heaven. And they bowed down, except Iblis. Traditional Muslim scholars state that Iblis was always a jinn and was never an angel. I did some research, and I found several article discussing on weather Iblis is a Jinn or an angel. To believe he was a fallen angel is to believe that he was an angel at some point of time, which is erroneous. and Iblis and the angels should then be among them, because they hide themselves from the eyes of mankind.". Answer.. 1. ?does the theory of fallen angel is accepted in Islam? For many classical scholars, he was an angel,[3][4]:73[5] but is regarded as a jinn in most contemporary scholarship. Allah tells us in Surah al-Hijr 15:27. asalamualaikum.. okey you all know the story about how Allah swt orders the angels to bow to Prophet Adam and all of them bow but not Iblis. [61][62] This idea was supported by the peculiar description of Iblis as created from fire, but not with the same features, the fire of from which the jinn are created. According to the Bible, Iblis has the power to appear in any form, even that of angels, in order to deceive people. Due to his fall from God's grace, he is often compared to Satan in Christian traditions. [62] Some scholars objected that the term jinni does not necessarily exclude Iblis from the angels, since it has been suggested that in Pre-Islamic Arabia, the term denoted any type of invisible creature. After that Iblis goes to heaven to ask Gabriel for intercession. Scholars such as Tabari,[36] Ash'ari,[37] Al-Tha`labi,[38] Al-Baydawi[39] and Mahmud al-Alusi,[40] regard him as an angel. Iblis is an angel. For this reason, one might assume Iblis was intented to be an angel. Another common depiction of Iblis shows him wearing special headcovering, clearly different from the traditional Islamic turban. No where does the Qur an say Iblis was an angel. The conjunction fa in the Arabic text [kana min al-jinn fa-fasaqa ‘an amri Rabbihi] is indicative of the reason, as in the Arabic phrase saraqa fa quti’at yaduhu which means, “he stole, so his hand was cut off”, i.e., that was because he stole; or the phrase saha fa sajada which means, “he forgot so he prostrated”, i.e., that was because he forgot. Before disobeying Allah’s order, he was so pious that Allah (s.w.t.) [65] On another place in the Quran, the progeny of Iblis are said to be created, therefore they can not be literal progeny. The name of Iblis was “Haris” then and he was one of the guards of Parasadise. Another central argument to determine Iblis essence discusses Iblis' ability to disobey. [9] Furthermore, the name is related to talbis meaning confusion. Iblis might either be regarded as the most monotheist or the greatest sinner, but remains only a creature of God. Answer: It should be known that the angels are creatures of Allaah. Because of the apparent meaning of this ayah, a number of scholars were of the opinion that Iblis was not originally one of the angels, rather he was one of the jinn, but he used to worship Allah with them, so he was called by their name because he followed them, just as an ally of a tribe may be given their name. Answer Praise be to Allah. Iblis is understood differently by Muslims. You can ask your question on the website via this link: https://islamqa.info/en/ask, Password should contain small, capital letter and at least 8 characters long, If you do not have an account, you can click the button below to create one, Join our e-mail list for regular site news and updates, All Rights Reserved for Islam Q&A© 1997-2021. Thank you, for helping us understand these religious issues. Iblis is also considered as the leader of those angels who battled the earthly jinn. Iblis – may Allah curse him – is one of the jinn. [60] Since the Quran itself does not speak of angels as created from another sources than fire, Iblis might also have represented an angel in the sense of Ancient Near Eastern traditions, such as a Seraph. Iblees was no "fallen angel" . The English translation of the first part of the verse ‘We said to the angels bow down to Adam: they bowed down except Iblis’, gives us the impression that Iblis was an angel. A Mosque in the area of Medina, possibly: This page was last edited on 13 January 2021, at 21:41. They are loyal servants of God. Iblis was in the same regard as Gabriel and other angels that are often named in the quran. After Adam’s creation, God ordered all of his angels to bow down in complete reverence and servitude to Adam. My understanding from the holy Qura’n about the angels, is that they always obey Allah Ta`ala and they don’t have any free will. ; Sign your posts by typing four tildes (~~~~). : Put new text under old text. It is both a warning and a reminder that the special gifts given by God can also be taken away by Him. Listen Aroma of Peace Pearls Mosque Masjid Quran Surah Islam Muslim Deen Faith Salvation The term Shaitan is more prevalent, although Iblis is sometimes referred to as Shaitan; the terms are not interchangeable. Aufgrund der offensichtlichen Bedeutung dieser Aya war eine Anzahl von Gelehrten der Ansicht, dass Iblis ursprünglich nicht zu den Engeln gehörte, vielmehr war er ein Jinn, doch er pflegte Allah zusammen mit ihnen anzubeten und so wurde er mit ihrem Namen gerufen, weil er ihnen folgte, so wie der Verbündete einer Sippe nach ihr benannt werden mag. In the Bible, Iblis is taken to be an angel whose power is so wide-ranging that he is characterized as the ruler of this mundane and sinful world and the source of madness and epilepsy. It was a clan that was called as jinn and was created from the burning fire. Here, although created in heaven, Iblis is not regarded as an angel, but the equivalent father of the jinn, compared to what Adam is to humanity. 1/2, 1995, pp. [82], In Umm al Kitab, an Ismaili work offering a hermeneutic interpretation of the Quran, the peacock and the serpent were born after men mated with demonic women sent by Iblis. 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