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7:14 “Give me respite till the day they are raised up.”

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He said: “Give me respite till the day they are raised up.”

The fact of this “rebellion”, repeatedly stressed in the Qur’an, has led some of the commentators to
the conclusion that he could not have been one of the angels, since these are incapable
of sinning: “they do not bear themselves with false prideā€¦ and they do whatever they
are bidden to do” (16:49-50). As against this, other commentators point to the Qur’anic
phrasing of God’s command to the angels and of Iblis’ refusal to obey, which makes it
absolutely clear that at the time of that command he was indeed one of the heavenly host.
Hence, we must assume that his “rebellion” has a purely symbolic significance and is,
in reality, the outcome of a specific function assigned to him by God


Asad, Muhammad (1980). (pg. 21, 254). The Message of the Quran.

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