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Is shaytan a kafir or Fasiq?

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How are you? I pray for you and your team that May Allah Grant You All The Happiness for all of this effort. My question is simple. Is shaytan a kafir or Fasiq? As far as I know, Shaytan does believe in Allah and his oneness, he also believes in everything that a Muslim believes in. He just rebeled against Allah. So Is he a kafir or fasiq? JazakAllah

 

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Is shaytaan a kafir or fasiq

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Your Question: My question is simple. Is shaytan a kafir or Fasiq?

The literal meaning of the Arabic and Quranic term Faasiq is one who intentionally and constantly transgresses the clearly prescribed boundaries of Allah Subhanah.

 

And the literal meaning of the Arabic and Quranic term Kaafir is one who denies or rejects Allah Subhanah or any of His Clear Commands and Directives.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 18 Surah Kahf verse 50:

50 Behold! We said to the Angels "Bow down to Adam": they bowed down except Iblis. He was one of the Jinns and he fasaka (transgressed or broke) the Command of his Lord. Will ye then take him and his progeny as protectors rather than Me? And they are enemies to you! Evil would be the exchange for the wrongdoers!

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 34:

34 And behold We said to the Angels: "Bow down to Adam"; and they bowed down not so Iblis; he refused, was haughty, and was thus amongst the Kaafiroon (Denier and Rejecter)

 

In light of the above quoted verses of the Glorious Quran, the accursed and avowed enemy of the children of Adam, the Shaytaan Iblees is both, a Faasiq as well as a Kaafir.

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

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