Who is ibliis (satan/shaytan/lucifer) and what were his ijazah’s?

18 Jun

As-Salamu ‘Alaykum

Shaykh Suleyman Al-Jamal says in his Hashiyah on Tafsiir Jalalayn, citing Kashf Al-Bayan of al-Samarqandiy

قال كعب الأحبار رضي الله تعالى عنه ان ابليس اللعين كان خازن الجنة أربعين ألف سنة ومع الملائكة ثلاثين ألف سنة ووعظ الملائكة عشرين ألف سنة  وسيد الكروبيين ثلاثين ألف سنة وسيد الروحانيين ألف سنة وطاف حول العرش أربعة عشر ألف سنة وكان اسمه في سماء الدنيا العابد وفي سماء الثانية الزاهد وفي سماء الثالثة العارف وفي الرابعة الولي وفي الخامسة التقي وفي السادسة الخازن وفي السابعة عزازيل وفي اللوح المحفوظ ابليس وهو غافل عن عاقبة أمره

Ka’ab Al-Ahbar Radzi Allahu Ta’ala ‘anhu* has said that the damned ibliis was a treasurer of Jannah for 40,000 years and was with the angels for 30,000 years, and he lectured angels for 20,000 years, for 30,000 years he was a leader of the karuubiyyiin (the muqarrabeen, the elite angels) and for a 1000 years he was appointed as a leader of the rauhaniyyeen, and he circumambulated (performed tawaf) the ‘Arsh for 14,000 years. And in the sky of the earth, his name was “al- ‘aabid”, and in the second sky his name was “az-zahid”, and “al-’aarif” in the third sky, and “al-waliy” in the fourth sky, and “at-taqiy” in the fifth sky; and “al-khazen” in the sixth sky; and “azaazeel” in the seventh sky, and on The Tablet (Al-Lawh Al-Mahfouzdh), it was “ibliis” and he wasn’t aware of his final state.

*Sayyidina Ka’ab Al-Ahbaar, may Allah reward him, was a magnificient tabi’iy. He was a jewish rabbi who converted to Islam during the times of Sayyidina ‘Umar, radzi Allahu ‘anhu

Shaykh ‘Abd Ar-Rahman As-Saffouri’s Nuzhat al-Majalis says:

من فضائل السجود أنه يعمل عبادة مائة ألف وعشرين ألف عام وذلك لأن إبليس عبد الله تعالى وهو خازن الجنة أربعين ألف عام وكان يعلم الملائكة أربعين ألف عام وجاهد في الأرض أربعين ألف عام فلما ترك سجدة واحدة لآدم رد الله عليه عبادته

From the virtues of sujood are that it accomplishes the worship of a hundred and twenty thousand years, and this is because ibliis worshipped Allah Ta’ala and he was the treasurer of Jannah for forty thousand years and he used to teach the angels for forty thousand years and he struggled on the earth for forty thousand years, then when he refused just one sajdah to Adam, Allah threw back his worships at him.

On the topic of ijazah’s:

Ijazah’s in the normative Islamic sciences are indeed invaluable treasures, they are proofs of mastery over subjects, authorities to teach them and propagate them to other students, and so on, and indeed sources of immense barakah attained at the hands of the various spiritual masters of the ummah throughout the chain of transmission, coming forward from the Master of Masters, our Beloved Prophet ﷺ.

The scholars of the Ahlus Sunnah should indeed be revered, as should their ijazah’s be, and we too should seek out blessings at the feet of those who inherited from our blessed Prophet, and those who inherited from them and so on.

That, however, does NOT mean that the possession of an ijazah grants a person infallibility and immunity – from error in judgment, whether unintentional or deliberate, sinfulness, love of duniya, wealth and fame, and going to any extremes to attain these, or falling into the trap of shaytan, committing kufr, and so on. The Prophet himself warned against all of these, as well as his sincere inheritors, the SINCERE & UPRIGHT possessors of these ijazah’s. 

It seems that the real or fake ijazah’s of the hypocrites of these times, along with their cult of admirers, have gotten to their heads, and they have started to think of themselves as infallible, wal ‘iyadhu bi(A)llah. Infallibility is an attribute specific to Prophets only. These people need to be reminded of the hypocrites who existed in the times of the Prophet and the sahaba.

The next time some cult-running hypocrite (notice I used the word ‘hypocrite’ and not ‘an individual’) blatantly violates the established ‘aqaid of the Ahlus Sunnah and the fundamental norms of the Shari’ah that the Muslim world knows from the beginning of Islam, violating of which destroys one’s faith, such as addressing the evil heads of the church as “your holiness”,  and then ostentatiously preaches such filth to Muslims –

all based on sophistry and lying upon ‘nuances’, notwithstanding blatant distortions, white lies, misrepresentations and misquoting;

and then he or his blind admirers flaunt his ijazah’s at you when you catch him out –

tell them who their master ibliis is! Show them his track record. he’s been to more places and done more for much longer times than their short stays at a noble scholar’s tent in a village in north-western Africa, he has taught more, and lectured more – and yet he is dejected, damned, and doomed because of his arrogance and denying just one command of Allah.

The hypocrites simply won’t get away with their broad daylight robbery against the creed of the Ahlus Sunnah, and the walaa and baraa of Islam. Wa bi(A)llah-it-tawfiiq. 

On who satan was and who he is.

On who satan was and who he is.


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