The Qur'an



The Place of Satan in Islam


Allah and Satan


The following verses are supporting Muhammad’s relationship with Satan:


n      The following verses of the Quran say that Allah has corrupted Satan.

n       He (Satan) said: "Because thou (Allah) hast thrown me out of the way, lo! I will lie in wait for them on thy straight way: (Q.7:16)

n      (Iblis) said: "O my Lord! because Thou hast put me in the wrong, I will make (wrong) fair-seeming to them on the earth, and I will put them all in the wrong (Q.15:39)

n      The word Aghvaitani (?????????????) means TEMPT, ENTICE, WILE, LURE, SEDUCE, CRIMP 


If Allah was holy, he would not be able to corrupt others. If Allah has corrupted Satan, this means he himself was in favor of corruption and Satan.


All the following verses say that Allah is deceptive and loves to deceive others. Some Quranic versions have translated the word “deceive” or “deceptive” into “plan” or “planner” but they have done this to show Islam peaceful and deceive the western communities:


n      … They plot and plan (deceived), and Allah too plans (deceives); but the best of deceivers is Allah (wayamkoruna wayamkoru waAllahu khayrulmakireena) (Q.8:30).

n      they (mankind) take to plotting (makron) against Our Signs! Say: "Swifter to deceive is Allah!" (Allahu Asrau Makran)… (Q.10:21).


n      Allah was deceptive, for Allah is the best of deceivers (Wamakaroo wamakara Allahu waAllahu khayrul-makireena)(Q.3:54; also 8:30).

n      Did they then feel secure against the plan (deception) of Allah?- but no one can feel secure from the Plan of Allah… (Q.7:99). Pickthall

The word for deception/deceiver/scheme in Arabic is makr (Miim-Kaf-Ra). The lexical sources define the term as to practice deceit or guile or circumvention, practice evasion or elusion, to plot, to exercise art or craft or cunning, act with policy, practice stratagem.


n      The Quran states that Allah actually raises wicked individuals to deceive and scheme:

n      Even so have we (Allah) placed in every city, ringleaders of its wicked ones, to scheme therein (liyamkuroo): but only against themselves shall they scheme (yamkuroona)! and they know it not (Q.6:123). Rodwell

n      Also, Allah encourages people to do evil so that he can then have a reason to destroy them:

n      And when We would destroy a township We send commandment to its folk who live at ease, and afterward they commit abomination therein, and so the Word (of doom) hath effect for it, and we annihilate it with complete annihilation (Q.17:16). Pickthall

n      The Quran uses another word to denote that Allah is a liar, a schemer who has no problems using guile (kayd):

n      And those who cry lies to Our signs We will draw them on little by little whence they know not; and I respite them -- assuredly My guile (kaydee) is sure (Q.7:182-183). Arberry

n      and I shall respite them -- assuredly My guile (kaydee) is sure (Q.68:45). Arberry

n      The Quran uses yet another word in describing the deception of Allah, that word being khid’a/khud’a/khad’a:

n      Verily, the hypocrites seek to deceive Allah, but it is He Who deceives them (Inna al-munafiqeena yukhadiaaoona Allaha wahuwa khadiaauhum). And when they stand up for As-Salat (the prayer), they stand with laziness and to be seen of men, and they do not remember Allah but little (Q.4:142). Hilali-Khan 

Allah has inspired every evil thing in man in order to create hatred in man to hate himself. One way to get rid of your impure life in Islam is to kill others (via jihad) or to get yourself killed (suicide). With Jihad and suicide, a Muslim aims to purify himself and clean the world from other unclean non-Muslims. 


Muhammad and Satan


The early ministry of Muhammad, as the early writers of Islam have pointed out, was not totally associated with the proclamation of the 'One God' idea.  There were times in Muhammad's prophetic ministry when he exalted the three idols, al-Lot (goddess of fertility), al-Uzza (goddess of power) and Manat (goddess of fate) (mentioned in the Qur'an 53: 19-20) by saying that they were divine beings assisting God (Allah) in his work.  The exaltation of these idols was not in accordance with the philosophy of Muhammad's 'One God' ministry, but paganism (and in our term satanic) (Ibn Hisham, Sirat Rasul All, PP.74-79,144. & Muhammad-bin Jarir Tabari, Tarikh-al-rosol val-molouk, (in Persian) PP.708, 811).


These verses are known as Satanic Verses.  After verse 19 in Q.53, the verse that exalted the three idols mentioned in verse 19 was, "These are the exalted females, and truly their intercession may be expected".  Later it was replaced by the text as it now stands (cf. Q.22:51-52).


n      Muhammad said that Satan forced him to accept Allah’s message. He said that it was Satan who appeared to him and inspired the first chapter of the Qur’an in him (Ibn Hisham, Sirat Rasul Allah (The life of Allah’s apostle), P.106-107)


In his later revelations in Medina, when Islam was gaining more power, Muhammad mentioned that there are some verses in the Qur'an that were instigated by Satan with the permission of Allah. To justify the satanic instigation, he said that other prophets also were instigated by Satan:


n      Those who strive to invalidate our signs shall be inmates of Hell. We have not sent any apostle or prophet before thee, among whose desires Satan injected not some wrong desires, but God shall bring to nought that which Satan had suggested.  Thus God shall affirm His revelations for God is Knowing, Wise! That He may make that which Satan hath injected, a trial to those in whose hearts is a disease, and whose hearts are hardened. – Verily, the wicked are in a far-gone severance from the truth! (Q.22:51-53).


He said that Allah was aware of them and allowed them to be included in the pages of the Qur'an initially, but now desired them to be removed from the pages of the Qur'an by his prophet;


n      When We substitute one revelation for another,- and Allah knows best what He reveals (in stages),- they say, "Thou art but a forger": but most of them understand not (Q.16:101).


Some people criticised him for the replacement of the already revealed verses of the Qur'an with the new ones.  However, as is obvious from verse 51, Muhammad calls his critics unbelieving people who are destined for hell.  In verse 53, he calls them those ‘whose hearts are hardened’ and therefore, they cannot accept that Muhammad can change the verses of the Qur'an.  However, Ibn Hisham also asserts that those verses of exaltation that Muhammad said in favour of the idols were the words of his mouth but they were instigated by Satan.


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