Allah says in Sureh al-Kahf (18): 50, “& (remember) when we said to the angels, ‘Prostrate to Adam.’ So they prostrated except Iblees (Shaiytan). He was one of the jinn…” “
When Allah commanded the Angels to prostrate before Adam, Iblees was included in this command. Although Iblees was not an angel, he was trying & pretending to imitate the angel’s behavior & deeds, & this is why he too, was included in the command that was addressed to the angels…” [See, Tafsir Ibn Kathir: Sureh al-Baqarah (2): 34]
Al-Hasan al-Basree said, “Iblees was not one of the angels, not even for a second. He was the origin of Jinn just as Adam was the origin of mankind.” [This was narrated by Ibn Jareer with a Sahih chain. See, at-Tabaree (18: 506)]
Iblees refused to prostrate to Adam, & disputed with his Lord, “(Allah) said, ‘What prevented you that you did not prostrate, when I commanded you?”
Iblees said, ‘I am better than him (Adam), you created me from fire, & him you created from clay.” [Sureh al-A’raf (7): 11-12]
Iblees made a mistake in making this comparison because he looked at the origin of creation & not at the honor bestowed, i.e., Allah’s creating Adam with His Hands & blowing life into him. Shaiytan thus made a false comparison & rejected the command of Allah, thus committing the sin of disbelief. So, “(Allah) said, ‘Get down from this (Paradise), it is not for you to be arrogant here. Get out, for you are of those humiliated & disgraced.” [Sureh al-A’raf (7): 11-13] Thus, Allah humiliated him & cast him out of His mercy & His sacred Presence, & called him, ‘Iblees,’ symbolizing that he had been Ablasa minar-Rahmah (despaired of mercy) that there was no hope of mercy for him. [See, Tafsir Ibn Kathir]
Ibn Abbas said, “Before he undertook the path of sin, Iblees was with the angels & was called Azazil. He was among the residents of the earth & was one of the most active worshipers & knowledgeable persons among the angels. This fact caused him to be arrogant. Iblees was from a species called Jinn.” [al-Tabrani (1: 502)]
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