Advocates of Satan in the Qur’an
Once again, the increasing instances of satanic murders and suicides in many countries have made many people curious about what satanism really is. But the research, discussions and publications attempting to answer this question have not gone very far.
Satanism has often been depicted as a strange movement among psychologically disturbed youth who are marginalized and alienated from their families and friends. But to reduce satanism to such a simple basic denominator phenomenon and not to make the public familiar with the violent side of this perverse religion is a grave omission.
Contrary to much that has been written and said about it, satanism has deep roots and rests on a dark philosophy. It has designs upon the future of the world, and its dark church with its thousands of members, together with its publications, make it one of the most dangerous organizations in the 21st century.
First, it must be said that among satanists, there are differences of practice and points of view. These differences have sometimes made it difficult to determine what satanists actually believe. For example, some assume that it was satan who created the Earth, and that they must therefore obey his will (the Yazidis are included in this group). Others view satan only as a personified symbol by which they can divinize their own desires.
Of course, these differences of philosophy do nothing to mitigate the perversity of satanist philosophy in general. Even if satanists are not united in one single organization, their basic beliefs are essentially the same—which beliefs can be summarized as follows:
We can see that the basic starting point of this perverse movement is the acceptance of satan and all his qualities as a guide, or model of how to live in the world.
Satanists adopt all kinds of immorality, openly admitting that they worship satan.
In later chapters, we will consider the basic foundation and building blocks of satanism and look briefly at the history of this half-religion, half-movement that is gaining adherents every day from all around the world. To begin with, in order to understand satanism better, we will first examine relevant verses in the Qur’an that deal with satan and the mindset he represents.
To begin dealing with the subject of satanists, we must first realize that a great many of them are atheists and materialists; that is, they believe that only matter exists. It is vital to keep this preconception of theirs in mind when investigating the satanists’ way of thinking. Many satanists entirely reject the existence of Allah and the otherworldly reality of angels and jinns mentioned in the Qur’an. Therefore, they do not even believe in satan as an actual being. For them, he is merely a symbol of hostility toward any kind of organized religion.
In spite of this, satanists have deified this symbolic figure in their eagerness to embrace their perverse ideologies and rituals as a religion. In keeping with their absurd rules, they worship satan, performing perverse ceremonies and rituals dictated by their clan leader. Their symbols, vestments, rules and rituals have brought their religion to the attention of the media.
In every word they speak, satanists praise satan; they ask help from him and claim to obey his every command. They believe that their clan leader is especially close to satan and that he communicates with him and receives commands from him. Newly initiated satanists feel a close attachment to their leader; they believe he can speak to satan and therefore, obey his commands to the letter. For this reason, in recent years we frequently hear of satanists who have committed murder, and who defend themselves by claiming that they had received a command from satan; and many who committed suicide left a note saying that satan had ordered them to kill themselves.
This unbalanced relationship between human beings and satan is described at length in the Qur’an. Allah has warned people with the verse, “What they call on is an arrogant satan” (Surat an-Nisa’, 117). In many verses of the Qur’an, Allah clearly states that satan is the enemy of mankind.
Did I not make a contract with you, tribe of Adam, not to worship satan, who truly is an outright enemy to you? (Surah Ya Sin, 60)
In another verse, Prophet Abraham (pbuh) gives his father the following advice:
“Father, do not worship satan. Satan was disobedient to the All-Merciful. Father, I am afraid that a punishment from the All-Merciful will afflict you, and turn you into a comrade of satan.” (Surah Maryam, 44-45)
In these verses the dangerous idea of worshipping satan is made clear. In all their writings and speeches, satanists talk about worshipping satan, to make pacts and contracts with him and to fulfill his wishes. But Allah has a severe warning for those who deny Him, instead taking satan as their deity and who live according to satan’s incitements. Allah reveals the end that awaits satan and those who obey him—the eternal pangs of Hell:
“. . . As for those of them who follow you, I will fill up Hell with every one of you.” (Surat al-A‘raf, 18)
In the Qur’an, Allah reveals the various characteristics of satan and his followers. We are told that satan has been trying to cause every human being since Adam (pbuh) to stray from Allah’s path. The word satan is derived from a word meaning “the far thing”in Arabic. The Arabic roots of the word also imply the meaning of “being on fire with hatred” and worthless. Diabolis (or Iblis) is the leader of all the satans and of the satanic activities. The word Iblis means “to be peevish despairing of any good or happiness,” “to be desperate and miserably sorry.2
After Allah created Adam (pbuh), He commanded the angels to prostrate themselves before him. All the angels obeyed except Diabolis. And as a result of his disobedience, he was driven from Allah’s presence. The disobedience of Diabolis is related in the Qur’an in these verses:
Your Lord said to the angels, “I am going to create a human being out of clay. When I have formed him and breathed My Spirit into him, fall down in prostration to him!” So the angels prostrated all of them together, except for Diabolis who was arrogant and was one of the unbelievers. He said, “Diabolis, what prevented you prostrating to what I created with My own Hands? Were you overcome by arrogance or are you one of the exalted?” (Surah Sâd, 71-75)
Allah created the whole universe including human beings, angels, jinns and satan. He creates what He wills in the shape and form He chooses. And every created being is bound to give profound respect to our Lord. To disobey and refuse to serve the One Who created us from nothing would be inane ungratefulness.
But Diabolis behaved heedlessly. He was driven from Paradise because of his disobedience. He views human beings as his greatest enemy; he tries to divert all people from the true path, having obtained a period of time from Allah in which to bring trouble upon human beings. This is revealed in the following verses of the Qur’an:
[Allah] said, “Get out! You are accursed! My curse is upon you until the Day of Reckoning.” [Satan] said, “My Lord, grant me a reprieve until the Day they are raised again.” He said, “You are among the reprieved until the Day whose time is known.” He said, “By Your might, I will mislead all of them except for Your chosen servants among them.” He said, “By the truth—and I speak the truth—I will fill up Hell with you and every one of them who follows you.” (Surah Sâd, 77-85)
Satanists oppose moral laws and social values. For them, it is very important to rebel against order and display their rebelliousness. Eventually this turns them into savages who take pleasure in shedding blood.
In order to understand the scope of satan’s activities and his influence on human beings, we must realize that he understands human beings very well; he knows our cultures, ideologies and our points of view. He is particularly well acquainted with the desires and weaknesses of humans. He is, therefore, able to plan and set snares. He wants to bring everyone without exception, under his influence—even those who live in the farthest corners of the world.
But most people are unaware of the true extent of this danger. They live their lives without thinking that satan can prompt them into doing evil and later, lead them to Hell. They do not realize the influence that satan wields over them or what kind of end he is drawing them to.
One of the major reasons for their nonchalance is that few people know satan very well.
One of the most common errors people make about him is assuming that satan is a power wholly independent of Allah and that he is engaged in a struggle with Him. (Surely Allah is beyond that!) This is also one of the satanists’ greatest errors: thinking that satan is a separate power; and so they regard his rebellion and disobedience as an example for them to follow. When they in turn rebel against order and virtue, they believe that they are supporting satan in his own struggle.
In fact, satan is a creation of Allah and subordinate to Him. His rebellion against Allah was predetermined in his destiny by Allah. Moreover, satan does believe in Allah and fear Him deeply. He knows that the time until the Day of Judgment has been allotted to him, and that in the Hereafter he will pay the penalty for his deeds.
They are like satan when he says to a human being, “Disbelieve,” and then when he disbelieves, says, “I wash my hands of you. Truly I fear Allah, the Lord of all the worlds.” (Surat al-Hashr, 16)
Satan has obtained no benefit from his disobedience; on the contrary, he has attained eternal loss. He has been exiled from Paradise and drawn into the pangs of Hell. Now his chief goal is to drag as many humans as he can along with him to suffer those same pangs. This is the essence of his struggle—against human beings and human goodness. As we can see in the Qur’an, even while persuading people toward rebellion, error and alienation from Allah, satan remains very well aware of the truth. And when Judgment Day comes, he will abandon his followers. It will then become obvious to them that his promises were all lies.
Satan’s plans and the traps he set to mislead those under his spell will then end in huge disappointment for them all. Allah reveals in the Qur’an:
When the affair is decided, satan will say, “Allah made you a promise, a promise of truth, and I made you a promise but broke my promise. I had no authority over you, except that I called you and you responded to me. Do not, therefore, blame me but blame yourselves. I cannot come to your aid, nor you to mine. I reject the way you associated me with Allah before.” The wrongdoers will have a painful punishment. (Surah Ibrahim, 22)
One day, satanists, like all others who are deceived by satan’s promptings into adopting evil ways, will certainly understand their error. But what is vital is that they understand this while they are still in this world, as soon as it is told to them.Their leader, satan, will never defend them and will always leave them abandoned. Certainly, to believe his lies and to think that his promptings are valid is nothing but inane nonsense.
Satanists are Deceived by Satan
Satan is humanity’s greatest enemy, because his goal is to alienate people on Earth from believing in Allah and to prevent them from living according to the Qur’an. Allah reveals that satan sees people at all times (Surat al-A‘raf, 27), whispering insidiously in their hearts (Surat an-Nas, 4-5), and intimidating them (Surah Al‘Imran, 175). He lies in ambush for them on Allah’s straight path (Surat al-A‘raf, 16).
But people who do not recognize the characteristics of satan as described in the Qur’an cannot recognize the influence he exerts on human beings. And for this reason, they listen to satan’s intimations, follow his promptings, and believe what he says. One of the main reasons why people remain unaware of satan’s influence is because he appears to them in various guises.
Satan may appear as a counselor, guiding people towards what is good for them. And, because he knows human weaknesses and suggestibility all too well, he can take advantage of these shortcomings to forge a temporary friendship with individuals. He does not allow people to understand his real intentions. Rather, he tries to make them believe that he wants to help and want what is best for them, that he wants to rescue them from awkward situations and bring them to a better place. He intimates all these things in order to bring people over to his side. His chief claim, however, is that salvation will come only when they obey him.
It was this sly falsehood that caused Adam (pbuh) to be taken in and expelled out from Paradise. Satan came to him and his wife as a friend and swore that he was giving them good advice.
The following is revealed in the Qur’an:
Then satan whispered to them, disclosing to them their private parts that had been concealed from them. He said, “Your Lord has only forbidden you this tree lest you become angels or among those who live for ever.” He swore to them, “I am one of those who give you good advice.” (Surat al-A‘raf, 20-21)
Those who befriend satan allow themselves to be drawn into a dark morass.
It was Diabolis, the greatest of the satans, who suggested to Adam (pbuh) that he was advising him; satans in human form do the same to other people today. (These kinds of satans either take the form of a human being, or are humans directly inspired by satan. In the Qur’an, Allah speaks of the existence of satans that are human and satans that are jinns in the company of Diabolis.)
One example of this is Pharaoh, who said the following to his people in an attempt to prevent them from following the path of Allah:
“. . . I only show you what I see myself and I only guide you to the path of rectitude.” (Surah Ghafir, 29)
These suggestions are quite similar to those made by satanists. They are human satans who deceive people with similar ruses in order to draw them into satan’s darkness. Satanists present satanism as a system wherein a person can do anything he wants, in which he can have strength, banish his worries, avoid his responsibilities and give free rein to his selfish impulses. Satanists seek to mislead him, just as their leader does. They appear to want what is good for an individual but their intimations are all elaborate lies.
When anyone first falls under this deception, he immediately discovers that living as a satanist does not offer freedom but increasing dependence; and that unlimited evil is turning him into a fiend. This avenue that he took to what he thought was personal salvation will draw him into a morass.
Satan may use this tactic of giving people advice from within their own personal circle. The suggestion of a friend or admired member of his community can have a very persuasive effect on a person. For example, individuals who came to faith, but were later led astray by satan and by their own friends are mentioned in the Qur’an. The friendly words, “come with us on the right road. . . ” illustrate satan’s tactics very clearly.
The following is a verse in which these tactics are fully described:
Say: “Are we to call on something besides Allah which can neither help nor harm us, and to turn on our heels after Allah has guided us, like someone the satans have lured away in the Earth, leaving him confused and stupefied, despite the fact that he has companions calling him to guidance, saying, ‘Come with us!’?” Say: “Allah’s guidance, that is true guidance. We are commanded to submit as Muslims to the Lord of all the worlds.” (Surat al-An‘am, 71)
In the Qur’an, Allah reveals the state of a person who obeys the intimations of satan and acts together with him according to his commands:
. . . Anyone who has made satan his comrade, what an evil comrade he is! (Surat an-Nisa’, 38)
But we must conform ourselves to what Allah tells us we must do:
Satan is your enemy, so treat him as an enemy. He summons his party so they will be among the people of the Searing Blaze. (Surah Fatir, 6)
Again, Allah tells us the end of an individual who responds to satan’s call:
Among people there is one who argues about Allah without knowledge, and follows every rebellious satan. It is written of him that if anyone takes him [satan] as a friend, he will mislead him and guide him to the punishment of the Searing Blaze. (Surat al-Hajj, 3-4)
So far, we have seen the various methods that satan uses to deceive human beings and alienate them from the revelation of Allah. But one should never forget that Allah created satan and all his various wiles. Allah created satan and his cunning wiles as part of a mechanism by which He determines those who were faithful, and tests and trains them in this Earthly life. Allah has commissioned satan to use the test of this Earthly life to try to divert people from the true path. These commands are mentioned in Surat al-Isra’ as follows:
[Allah said,] “Stir up any of them you can with your voice and rally against them your cavalry and your infantry and share with them in their children and their wealth and make them promises! The promise of satan is nothing but delusion.” (Surat al-Isra’, 64)
“But as for My servants, you will not have any authority over them.” Your Lord suffices as a guardian. (Surat al-Isra’, 65)
Notice that satan has no influence over people with faith. It is mentioned which kind of people satan may affect:
If someone shuts his eyes to the remembrance of the All-Merciful, We assign him a satan who becomes his bosom friend—they debar them from the path, yet they still think they are guided. (Surat az-Zukhruf, 36-37)
Why Do People Become Satanists?
This recent proliferation of satanism and the frequent reports in the press of satanist murders and suicides makes the public ask this question. Articles dealing with why people become satanists always posit economic distress or lack of communication within their family, as if to excuse or even legitimize the choice of satanism and other such perversions. But none of these explanations is truly valid.
As pointed out earlier, one of the chief reasons why people turn to satanism is their espousal of materialism, atheism and the Darwinist view. There are those who harbor hostility to the Divine religions that lead others to what is good and wholesome; and such people variously express their hostility by openly displaying their satanistic resentments.
Satan has taken them under his influence with his suggestions that satanism is a mystical and exciting adventure. In the Qur’an, Allah tells us;
. . . Satan has made their actions seem good to them and debarred them from the Way so they are not guided. (Surat an-Naml, 24)
By suggesting that satanism is a practical and attractive alternative, satan draws people into a dark world that will ultimately lead them to Hell:
Do you not see those who claim that they believe in what has been sent down to you and what was sent down before you, still desiring to turn to a satanic source for judgment in spite of being ordered to reject it? Satan wants to misguide them far away. (Surat an-Nisa’, 60)
If someone shuts his eyes to the remembrance of the All-Merciful, We assign him a satan who becomes his bosom friend—they debar them from the path, yet they still think they are guided—so that, when he reaches Us, he says, “If only there was the distance of the two Easts between you and me!” What an evil companion! It will not benefit you today, since you did wrong, that you share equally in the punishment. (Surat az-Zukhruf, 36-39)
Most of those taken in by the lies of satanism are troubled young people who have not had a sound education. What these young people lack the most is spiritual understanding.
Throughout history, Allah has revealed the purpose of His creation, the proper ways of worship, and the moral behavior that pleases Him by means of true religions. He sent down the Qur’an as a guide for His servants who believe in Him; in this book He reveals that human beings were created in perfection and for a purpose:
I only created jinn and man to worship Me. (Surat adh-Dhariyat, 56)
While human beings live in this world, it is essential that they act with the knowledge that in light of the eternal life, this Earthly life is very short. Every person living in this world will surely die and will give an account to Allah, Who subjects everyone to various tests throughout their lives:
He Who created death and life to test which of you is best in action . . . (Surat al-Mulk, 2)
A person’s behavior in this world will determine where he will spend eternity. Those individuals who follow perverse ways, acting according to satan’s commands, and despise moral behavior, wrongly think that they are free to do all manner of evil. But they are greatly deceived. They ignore this fact, however, and act with careless disregard for any real purpose they have in this life. They loiter from day to day, caught up in satan’s intimations, and unaware that he is leading them toward the pangs of Hell.
We are told in the Qur’an about such people who make satan their friend:
One group He guided; but another group got the misguidance they deserved. They took the satans as friends instead of Allah and thought that they were guided. (Surat al-A‘raf, 30)
Satan has gained mastery over them and made them forget the remembrance of Allah. Such people are the party of satan. No indeed! It is the party of satan who are the losers. (Surat al-Mujadala, 19)
Allah is Forgiving and Merciful
Up to this point, we have seen how satan diverts people away from the true path and how the perverse doctrine called satanism has gained many followers. These people, caught up in satanism out of ignorance or deceived by satan’s wiles, must be brought to realize that Allah is merciful and forgiving and that He accepts the repentance of His servants.
. . . Allah loves those who turn back from wrongdoing and He loves those who purify themselves. (Surat al-Baqara, 222)
No matter how great their sin or how much evil they have done, if they sincerely regret what they have done, repent and amend their lives, Allah has promised to accept their repentance. Here are some verses that illustrate this:
Except for those who repent and put things right and make things clear. I turn towards them. I am the Ever-Returning, the Most Merciful. (Surat al-Baqara, 160)
Except for those who, after that, repent and put things right. Truly Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 89)
Allah desires to turn towards you, but those who pursue their lower appetites desire to make you deviate completely. (Surat an-Nisa’, 27)
But if anyone repents after his wrongdoing and puts things right, Allah will turn towards him. Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surat al-Ma’ida, 39)
In the following verses, the happy end awaiting those who regret their transgressions, repent of them sincerely, and submit themselves to Allah is mentioned:
Ask your Lord for forgiveness and then repent to Him. He will let you enjoy a good life until a specified time, and will give His favor to all who merit it. But if you turn your backs, I fear for you the punishment of a Mighty Day. (Surah Hud, 3)
You who believe! Repent to Allah. It may be that your Lord will erase your bad actions from you and admit you into Gardens with rivers flowing under them on the Day when Allah will not disgrace the Prophet and those who believed along with him. Their light will stream out ahead of them and on their right. They will say, “Our Lord, perfect our light for us and forgive us! You have power over all things.” (Surat at-Tahrim, 8)
How to Avoid Satan’s Influence
Satan can exert a powerful influence over a person, eventually dominating every moment of that person’s life. But this state is not inescapable: The important thing is for a person to know how he can free himself. No matter how pervasive satan’s influence may be, it is very easy to escape from it, as we are told in the Qur’an. Allah shows in the Qur’an many ways to neutralize satan’s influence:
If an evil impulse from satan provokes you, seek refuge in Allah. He is All-Hearing, All-Seeing. As for those who guard against evil, when they are bothered by visitors from satan, they remember and immediately see clearly. (Surat al-A‘raf, 200-201)
To fear Allah, to consider His verses and sincerely welcome His guidance is a key against satanic influence. Allah says that He “will give discrimination and erase bad actions” from those who fear Him (Surat al-Anfal, 29). It must never be forgotten that one can discern negative influences simply by listening to one’s conscience.
Anyone who is sincere and listens to his conscience can easily extract himself from satan’s influence. Your conscience is an unerring guide and a great blessing from Allah to every human being.
To those who sincerely believe and trust in Allah, He announces that satan’s snares will be foiled and have no power over His faithful servants:
“Except Your servants among them who are sincere.” He [Allah] said, “This is a Straight Path to Me. You have no authority over any of My servants except for the misled who follow you.” (Surat al-Hijr, 40-42)
Allah is the guardian of all who believe in Him; His mercy will always protect believers and show them the Way that pleases Him.
To dispel the influence of satan, it is very important for a person to keep some additionally important things in mind. For example:
Remember that everyone will die one day.
Everything has been determined by destiny to work out in the best possible way.
This life is only a temporary place of testing, and
One must always consider—and trust in—Allah’s absolute, eternal existence.
Knowing these truths and holding them in one’s awareness brings great joy and contentment. The blessings of faith cannot be compared with any other good.
In this world, satan has strewn all kinds of riches and things of material value with the intent of enticing people; but he has not succeeded. The greatest proof is that most of the people derive no happiness or contentment from the things they possess. Against the joy, liveliness and wisdom that comes from faith, satan has no recourse at all.