I need to be careful to avoid Shaitan deterring me from the straight path. Simultaneously, so does everyone else... everywhere. That's a lot of travelling for Shaitan. Presumably, Shaitan doesn't fly from country to country (racking up frequent flyer miles), but has some other mechanism for travelling.

Question: How does Shaitan travel around the world?

I'm getting the feeling I'm misunderstanding something here. Can Shaitan be in multiple places at once?

  • There are lesser shaitan called shayateen and of course there's human devils. There are times like Ramadan when he's locked up even then people misbehave!
    – Abu Nooh
    Commented Aug 25, 2016 at 8:38
  • I fear there is mocking tone about travelling of satan. Travel of satan is from revelation. When an individual uses frequent flier miles I feel there is ridicule of revelation Commented Nov 14, 2018 at 15:08

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Leader of devils, ibleez has a huge army.

“Verily, he and Qabiluhu (his soldiers from the jinn or his tribe) see you from where you cannot see them” (Quran, Surah Al-Aaraf: 27).

Shayateen (evil among jinns) and jinns differ from humans in travel time taken. They can cover huge distances in a short span of time.

An Ifrit (strong) from the jinns said: "I will bring it to you before you rise from your place (council). And verily, I am indeed strong, and trustworthy for such work." (An-Naml 27:39)

The above verse makes it clear that jinn can traverse long distances in a short span.

Another proof from revelation is Jinns can reach lowest heaven quickly and steal minor information from angels. Lowest heaven is at a distance of 500 years.

Jinns are not given control over riding beasts and ocean going vessels by Allah. (Will add references)

  • Does this mean that when Shaytan is mentioned in the Quran, it is not necessarily Iblees? For instance the verse: "إِنَّمَا ذَٰلِكُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ يُخَوِّفُ أَوْلِيَاءَهُ" (3:175) it is mentioned in tafsir zamakshari: "والمراد بالشيطان نعيم، أو أبو سفيان. ويجوز أن يكون على تقدير حذف المضاف، بمعنى إنما ذلكم قول الشيطان، أي قول إبليس لعنه الله"
    – Kilise
    Commented May 22, 2017 at 17:29

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