Was Iblees an angel?

Q: Was iblees from among the angels or was from the jinn? Verse in surah baqarah says اللّه told the angels to bow down. All did but not Iblis. Something to that effect.

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A: He was from among the Jinn.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

وَإِذْ قُلْنَا لِلْمَلَائِكَةِ اسْجُدُوا لِآدَمَ فَسَجَدُوا إِلَّا إِبْلِيسَ كَانَ مِنَ الْجِنِّ فَفَسَقَ عَنْ أَمْرِ رَبِّهِ أَفَتَتَّخِذُونَهُ وَذُرِّيَّتَهُ أَوْلِيَاءَ مِن دُونِي وَهُمْ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ بِئْسَ لِلظَّالِمِينَ بَدَلًا ﴿الكهف: ٥٠﴾

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)