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An-Nas: Enter Satan, the “Whisperer”

September 2, 2010 Leave a comment

I seek refuge with the Lord Cherisher of Mankind…
From the mischief of the whisperer
Who whispers into the hearts of Mankind.”

Sura 114 comprises the final six ayas of the Qur’an.

I think this may be the first implicit reference to Satan (Shaitan) so far in the suras I have read. Shaitan is an interesting character—quite different from the Christian Satan in my opinion. I hope there’s a sura the goes into that in more detail.

But in short, the concept of the fallen angel is taken to a greater degree, almost making Satan a figure of pity and, oddly, piety. In Islam, Satan “fell” when God demanded the angels bow to Adam. Satan refused, saying he would only submit (the literal meaning of Islam) to God. Some Muslim theologians see Satan’s action as perhaps the ultimate submission to God, the ultimate sacrifice, and something to which Muslims, oddly enough, should aspire.

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