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|“||I will continue to lead your servants astray, for as long as their souls are in their bodies.||„|
|~ Iblis to God.|
Iblīs (or "Iblees") (which translates, roughly, into "He That Causes Despair"), also known as Shaitan, Shaytaan, the Devil, or Satan is the chief spirit of evil in the Islamic belief system, and is the equivalent to Satan/The Devil from the Judeo-Christian Bible. Contrary to Christianity, Iblis never tried to become a god, but only tries to spoil his creation.
According to most branches of Islam, Iblis was a high-ranking jinn, and was created out of smokeless fire by God who reigns over Jannah (Heaven/Paradise in Islam). He committed a great sin when he refused to bow before the first human since he was born from fire, while Adam was made from clay and thinking himself superior to them. As punishment, God damned him and banished Iblis out of Paradise, and damning him to Hellfire, with who changed his name to "Al Shaytaan" (The Devil), out of Paradise, and plans to ruin Humanity with his evil.
However, Iblis asked God to prolong the judgment until the End of Time, during which Iblis was granted permission to lead people astray from God, which he originally stated would be used to lead all humanity from Satan's path: however, God ultimately stated "As for My servants, no authority shalt thou have over them.".
Iblis is considered to have only one true power, namely the ability to cast evil suggestions into the hearts of men, women, and jinn. In addition, Iblis also had evil offspring, known as Shayateen. Iblis resides on Earth, with his throne being on the ocean waters, but he is chained in Hell during the month of Ramadan
Iblis' ultimate fate (much like Lucifer's fate in the Bible) is said to be eternal destruction at the hands of God at the Day of Judgment.
- The term "Iblis" (Arabic: 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"). Furthermore, the name is related to "talbis" meaning confusion. Another possibility is that it is derived from Ancient Greek διάβολος (diábolos), via a Syriac intermediary, which is also the source of the English word "devil". However, there is no general agreement on the root of the term. The name itself could not be found before the Quran.
- Although the name Iblis possibly derived from the same source as the English word "devil", the proper translation of Iblis would be Satan, while the term devil corresponds to the Arabic Shaitan.
- In Islamic traditions, Iblis is known by many alternative names or titles, such as "Abu Murrah" ("Father of Bitterness"), "Abu Al-Harith ("Father of Plowmen") and "Al-Hakam" ("The Arbiter" or "The Judge").
- Despite the fact angels are usually portrayed as sinless in Islamic theology, some scholars hold, that Iblis was once an angel.