Satan, also known as the Devil, is an entity in the Abrahamic religions that seduces humans into sin or falsehood. In Christianity and Islam, he is usually seen as either a fallen angel or a jinn, who used to possess great piety and beauty but rebelled against God, who nevertheless allows him temporary power over the fallen world and a host of demons. In Judaism, Satan is typically regarded as a metaphor for the yetzer hara, or “evil inclination“, or as an agent subservient to God.
The Devil is the title given to the supernatural being who is believed to be a powerful, evil entity and the tempter of humankind. The name “Devil” derives from the Greek word diabolos, which means “accuser.” In Christianity, God and the Devil are usually portrayed as competing over the souls of humans, with the Devil seeking to lure people away from God and into Hell. The Devil commands a force of lesser evil spirits, commonly known as demons.
Shaitan or Shayṭān (شَيْطٰان), Shayāṭīn (شياطين; devils or demons), are evil spirits in Islamic belief, inciting humans to sin by whispering to the heart (قَلْب qalb) via waswasaħ (وَسْوَسَة, “whispering”). As such, they always try to lead humans astray. Although demons are usually spoken of in abstract terms, and more often described by their evil influences only, they are depicted as ugly and grotesque creatures of hell-fire.
Jinn (الجن, al-jinn), also Romanized as djinn or Anglicized as genies (with the more broad meaning of spirits or demons, depending on the source) are supernatural creatures in Islam.
Names of Satan
Articles about Satan
The Satanic Texts
Satan as a religion