In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Peace be upon you,
In God’s kingdom, certain creatures are necessarily given the powers needed to perform their duties. Satan believed that his God-given powers qualified him to function as an independent god. As evidenced by the prevalence of misery, disease, accidents, and war in his dominion, we now know that Satan is incompetent.
The Quran clearly states that Satan was an angel, by virtue of the immense powers and rank bestowed upon him. This is why he is addressed as an angel (Quran 2:34, 7:11, 15:29, 17:61, 18:50, 20:116, 38:71) prior to his fall. By definition, a jinn is a fallen angel (Quran 18:50). Satan’s rebellion teaches us that the angels were created with minds of their own, and absolute freedom of choice (Quran 2:34).
We humans did not make a firm stand with God’s absolute authority. The Most Merciful has created us on this earth to give us yet another chance to denounce our original crime and to be redeemed (see the Introduction and Appendix 7). This life is our last chance to return to God’s Kingdom.
How will we work towards our goal of rejoining God’s Kingdom today?