Iblis and the Djinn

In the modern Islamic religion, the god of evil is known as Iblis. The name Iblis is accepted by theologians as a translation from the Greek Diabolus, meaning “accuser”.1 The Devil of the modern Islamic Qua’ ran developed from the earlier Hebrew translation of the word Shaitan.

He appears in the Qu’ran as a supernatural creature known as a djinn, who was cast out of paradise, for not worshiping Adam. To get his revenge, Shaitan tempts Adam and brings about the fall of mankind. According to modern Islamic legend, Shaipan, (or Shaitan) is the leader of the Shayatin. The Shayatin, from the Qua’ran invariably developed from earlier legends in pre-Islamic Arabia. 2

During the time of the legendary reign of King Solomon, there was a race of devils known as the shayatan. These djinn, were known as beings who gather and keep knowledge, aiding sorcerers and magicians. Solomon employed these djinn to work for him, commanding them to build, and dive. Shayatin were a race of jinn who would speak evil into the hearts of men and cause them to sin. Lead by the djinn Shaipan, (who’s name meant “accursed”, or rebellious”), they helped to build Solomon’s temple.3

The demons of the Goetia are also known as Djinn, who were known to ‘enlighten portions of the mind’.4 In the Lesser Key of Solomon, the seal of Solomon was used to bind the 72 spirits into a brass vessel. From the Key of Solomon:


“This is the Form of the Secret Seal of Solomon, wherewith he did bind and seal up the aforesaid Spirits with their legions in the Vessel of Brass…Also, by this seal King Solomon did command all the aforesaid Spirits in the Vessel of Brass, and did seal it up with this same seal”
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© – Venus Satanas

References

1. The Islamic Satan, Iblis Britannica.com http://www.britannica.com/ebc/article-9067083 Accessed 2/9/09

2.Shaytans ..In the stories of Solomon, the Shaytans seem to be no more than particularly knowledgeable jinn. http://www.britannica.com/ebc/article-9067083 Accessed 2/9/09

3. “The Age of Solomon c.930 BC” Encyclopedia.com http://www.encyclopedia.com/html/S/Solomon.asp Accessed 2/9/09

4. The Goetia and Lesser Key of Solomon, Aleister Crowley and S.L. MacGregor Mathers

5. ibid.