Imam Sha’bi’s (rahimahullah) response to a question regarding Shaytan’s wife

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A’amash (rahimahullah)  narrated: “A man came to Sha’bi (rahimahullah) and asked: “What is the name of the wife of Iblis? He replied, ‘That is a wedding ceremony I did not attend!’”



Imam Ibn ‘Asakir (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration.

(Tarikh Dimashq, vol. 25 pg. 415/416)


This narration is also cited in the following sources:

  1. Tahdhibul Kamal, vol. 14 pg. 37
  2. Tarikhul Islam, vol. 5 pg. 75
  3. Siyaru A’alamin Nubala, vol. 4 pg. 312

In one version, the narration states that Imam Sha’bi (rahimahullah) was asked, ‘Does Iblis has a wife?’ Imam Sha’bi replied, ‘That is a wedding ceremony I did not attend.’ He then said, “I then remembered the Verse wherein Allah Ta’ala says ‘Do you take him [Iblis] and his progeny as friends besides Me..?’ (Surah Kahf, Verse: 50) and I realised that he could only have a progeny if he had a wife.”

(Tarikh Dimashq, vol. 25 pg. 416)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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