Reading the Koran. 65

This is another excerpt from Bill Warner’s book Abridged Koran where the verses of Koran are arranged in their chronological order and provided with facts from prophet Muhammad’s life, giving context for them.

CHAPTER 6 POLITICAL BEGINNINGS (continued)

The Koran speaks further about Satan:

7:8 The weighing on that day will be just [a balance will be used to weigh the good and bad deeds of life], and those who weigh heavy in good deeds will be happy. And those who weigh light, their souls will suffer because they rejected Our signs.

7:10 And We have given mankind authority on earth and given you the means for a livelihood. How little are the thanks you give. We created you, then fashioned you, then said to the angels, “Fall prostrate to Adam, and they obeyed in worship, save Iblis. He refused to fall prostrate.”

7:12 Allah said, “What prevented you from prostrating in worship when I asked?” Ilbis said, “I am nobler than Adam and You created me from fire, while You created him from clay.”

7:13 Allah said, “Then go down from here. Paradise is no place for pride. Get out! You are of the degraded ones.”

7:14 He said, “Give me a reprieve until the day when mankind will be raised from the dead.”

7:15 Allah said, “You will be of the reprieved.”

7:16 He [Satan] said, “Because you have thrown me out, I will lie in wait for them in your straight path. Then I will assault them from before and from behind, and from their right hand and from their left, and You will not find most of them to be thankful.”

7:18 Allah said, “Get out of here, disgraced and banished! If any of them follow you, I will fill Hell with you all.”

7:19 “Oh, Adam! You and your wife will dwell in Paradise and eat where you will, but do not come to this tree, or you will become one of the wrongdoers.”

7:20 Then Satan whispered to them, telling them of their hidden and evil inclinations. He said, “Your Lord has forbidden you from this tree fearing that you might become angels or one of the immortals.” And he swore to both of them, “I am a friend to you.” So he used deceit to cause their fall, and when they had tasted of the tree, they knew their shame and began to hide themselves sewing together leaves of the garden for clothing. And their Lord called to them, “Did I not forbid you this tree, and did I not say to you, ‘Satan is your open enemy’?”

7:23 They said, “Oh, our Lord! We have wronged ourselves; if you will not forgive us and have mercy on us, we will surely be lost.”

7:24 Allah said, “Get out. Your descendents will be enemies of each other. Earth will be home and your livelihood for a time. There you will live, there you will die, and from there you will be raised.”

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