There are several areas in which the Satan talked about in the Quran match that of the Bible. But there are also some divergent areas which this piece seeks to examine.
“And when we said to the angels, ‘Bow down and worship Adam’ then worshipped they all, save Eblis. He refused and swell with pride, and became one of the unbelievers” (Sura 2:34)
If this refusal of Satan to bow to Adam was what made him accursed and evil, it definitely leads one to a quicksand.
In Sura 7:12, Iblis said his refusal to bow was because he was created “from fire” while Adam was created “from clay.” Now, if Allah considered Adam – created from clay – worthy of worship by angels, that means Jesus the Uncreated Word of Allah is more worthy of worship.
By rejecting the Deity of Christ, either the Quran badly contradicts itself here or Allah is inconsistent by commanding his angels to commit the sin of shirk (creature worship). By implication, Muslims who refuse to bow to Jesus are on the side of Iblis.
It must be noted that the command to bow to Adam was “to the angels,” not the jinns. In Islam, Satan is one of the jinn created from “smokeless flames of fire” (Sura 15:27), not an angel, yet he was being cursed for not bowing. It makes no sense.
This is like a teacher who walks into a classroom consisting of Asian and Hispanic students and orders all the Asian students to stand up. But then queries a Hispanic student, “Why are you not standing up? You are rebellious and you must be punished!”
Of course, we would point out that his order logically excludes that Hispanic student and conclude that this teacher is being unfair, unjust and even racist for punishing the student. But when such an illogicality and injustice occur in a divine revelation, Muslims expect us to accept it. No way.
“But the devil whispered to him. Said he, ‘O Adam! Shall I guide thee to the tree of immortality, and a kingdom that shall not wane” (Sura 20:120)
The writer of the Quran obviously had a second hand knowledge of the Torah. Adam and Eve already had immortality and the garden of Eden was theirs until they sinned, so they couldn’t have been tempted with a “tree of immortality” or “a kingdom.”
In the real Biblical account, Satan tempted Eve, not Adam. He led her to eat the fruit of knowledge of good and evil by questioning God’s word, promising her wisdom and divinity. While Eve was deceived, Adam knowingly disobeyed (see Gen. 3:1-5, 2Cor. 11:3).
“And most certainly I will lead them astray and excite in them vain desires, and bid them so that they shall slit the ears of cattle, and most certainly I will bid them so that they alter Allah’s creation; and whoever takes the Shaitan for a guardian rather than Allah he indeed shall suffer manifest loss.” (Sura 4:119)
Though Muslims want us to believe all the words in the Quran were authored by Allah in heaven, the presence of Satan’s direct statements in the book indicates that either Allah at times talked as Satan or Satan was one of Allah’s alter egos.
For instance, Allah says: “Verily, I shall fill hell with the jinn and mankind together” (Sura 11:119). That is not the true God speaking because He “wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4).
In Sura 38:78-81, after Allah cursed Iblis, he appealed for a respite (temporary break) from the curse, which Allah granted until judgement day. Then Satan said: “by thy power, I will put them all in the wrong way” (v. 82).
In other words, Allah and Satan are in a sort of mutual cooperation to allow mankind (especially non-Muslims) be deceived. This is not divine by any means.
In another place, Muhammad met a group of jinn at the desert of Taif:
“It has been revealed to me that a company of jinn listened (to the Quran). They said: ‘We have really heard a wonderful recital. It gives guidance to the Right, and we have believed therein. We shall not join (in worship) any (gods) with our Lord. And Exalted is the Majesty of our Lord. He has taken neither a wife nor a son” (Sura 72:1-3).
Was it Allah speaking here or Muhammad? If it was Allah, that means Allah was telling Muhammad about what Muhammad himself experienced at Taif!
Notice also, that these spirits spoke the same way Muslims speak in the physical plane.
Now, if following Satan leads to eternal loss and his plan is to lead people astray, why should the words of his fellow jinn (demons) be taken as reliable? Why should their claims about the Quran or Islam be taken as truth? Are these not ploys to achieve their agenda?
Why listen to creatures who – according to Islam – specialise in eating excreta to tell us what recital is “wonderful?”
Muslims say there are good and bad jinn, but how did they come to know that? As Christians, one main proof they are all evil is their denial of the Sonship of Jesus thus making God a liar.
“Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son.” (1 John 5:10)
“Verily! He [Satan] has no power over those who believe and put their trust only in their Lord (Allah). His power is only over those who obey and follow him (Satan), and those who join partners with him (Allah) [i.e those who are Mushrikin – polytheists].” (Sura 16:99-100)
Muslims love quoting this passage in their dawah because it somehow convinces them that anyone outside Islam must be under Satan’s control. This is a deception.
Before the battle of Uhud, Muhammad prophesied victory but the Muslim army was defeated by the Meccans and Muhammad had his teeth knocked out. The reason:
“Satan made their acts seem alluring to them and said [to the Muslims] ‘No one among men can overcome you this day while I am near you.’” (Sura 8:48)
Wait a minute, I thought Allah was the one near the Muslims, promising them victory over the Meccans?
In vs. 43, Allah said he made Muhammad see his foes as few in number whereas they were many and five verses later, we are told it’s Satan who actually deceived the Muslims. Isn’t Allah just another name for Satan? After all, the Allah the Meccan pagans worshipped was the same Allah Muhammad claimed to speak for?
In Sura 6:68, Muhammad was told: “And if Satan causes you to forget then after the remembrance sit not you in the company of those people who are the wrong doers.”
But in the hadith, Muhammad said “It is a bad thing that some of you say ‘I have forgotten such and such verse of the Quran.’ For truly I have been caused by Allah to forget it.” (Bukhari 4:61:550)
So as Satan was making him to forget his verses, Allah too was doing the same. Whether Allah and Satan both work towards the same goal or they are the same being in disguise, it’s clear that Satan’s power over Muslims is equivalent to that of Allah. The hadiths also said:
“Magic was working on Allah’s Apostle so that he used to think he had sexual relations with his wives while he actually had not.” (Bukhari 7:660)
This spell apparently lasted for a year. If Muhammad, the “special prophet” of Allah himself, was not immune to occult spells, then it’s ridiculous for Muslims to believe they are not under Satan’s claws.
And it (the Qur’an) is not the word of the outcast Satan” (81:25)
Muslims quote this to “prove” that Muhammad couldn’t have received his Quranic messages from the Devil because a certain verse of a certain chapter of it says so.
Did Muhammad himself deny the possibility of a satanic input in his recitations? Let’s see:
“And if an evil whisper come to you from Satan, then seek refuge with Allah…” (Sura 7:200)
“Say: I seek refuge with the Lord and cherisher of mankind, the king (or ruler) of mankind, The God of mankind, From the mischief of the Whisperer (Satan) who withdraws after he has whispers, Who whispers into the hearts of mankind, and from the jinn and men.” (Sura 114:1-5)
These verses make it crystal clear that Muhammad was hearing “whispers” from Satan, jinn and some men in his mind that made him seek refuge with Allah in fear (notice that he didn’t qualify the jinns, he knew they were all evil).
This explains why his recitations were incoherent and inconsistent. The “satanic verses” is a case in point.
Early Islamic historians like Tabari, Ibn Sa’ad and Yahya point out that Sura 53:19 had undergone certain changes after it was first recited.
In it, Muhammad had favourably acknowledged the Meccan pagan goddesses mentioned there – Allat, Al-Uzza and Manat as “the exalted Gharaniq [a high flying bird] whose intercession is approved” (Ibn Ishaq, Sirat Rasulallah, pp. 165-166).
Because Muhammad had previously preached against the other pagan gods in the Kaaba, the Meccans were glad that he “has spoken of [their] gods in splendid fashion.” They even prostrated with him in worship (Kitab al-Tabaqat, 1:237).
When the Muslims in Abyssinia heard that Muhammad had back-pedalled into polytheism, they were angry. Muhammad had to do a damage control. He claimed “angel Gabriel” had given him a new verse to replace the previous one he recited from Satan. To justify his flip flop, Allah is quoted as saying:
“Never did We send a Messenger or a Prophet before you but when he did recite the revelation or narrated or spoke, Shaitan (Satan) threw (some falsehood) in it. But Allah abolishes that which Shaitan (Satan) throws in. Then Allah establishes His revelations…” (Sura 22:52)
So every prophet that had ever arisen must have had some lies mixed in with their words too for Muhammad’s falsehood to sound legitimate! Subhanallah!
Under the Law of Moses, a prophet who spoke in the name of false gods as Muhammad did was under a death sentence (Deut. 13:1, 5).
On a side note, if Satan could so freely speak through Muhammad, what makes Muslims so sure that his recitations weren’t entirely satanic verses?
How do they know for certain that the Quran is not a deceptive “flowery discourse” inspired by jinn and evil men? How do they differentiate the truth from the lies? Everything is accepted based on blind belief!
As Christians, we see the Quran as a deception inspired by the Father of lies because it contradicts God’s Word of Truth, the Bible (Gal. 1:8).
Now, let us journey into the Hadiths to see what they also tell us about the Islamic Satan.