Was Iblees an angel or a jinn?

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Imam Al Qurtubi says in his tafseer that the majority of scholars in the past, believed that Iblees was an angel (including Ibn Abbas). Could you tell me what is the more correct opinion? Was Iblees an angel or a jinn?


Iblees (Shaytaan) is a Jinn. He was given the position of an angel due to his excessive worship.

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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