retread| The Great Tragedy of Azazeel 8 April 2006Posted by EDITOR in MOZAFFAR, Spirituality, Theology.
Retreads are quality posts from yesterweeks that are given a second run on Saturdays. This piece was originally posted on 24 January, 2006.
God created Azazeel beautiful. So knowledgeable. So pious. So wise. So zealous.
It is said of him that he was also appointed to be a keeper of Paradise, and a ruler of a lower heaven.
But, God announced that He would make a deputy on the Earth.
You would think that the Angels would be most qualified to fulfill this role, considering that they — as God’s Blessed Devotees– do whatever it is that He tells them to do. At the most, they question Him, but beyond that, they do not even have the ability to disobey. Anyone else would surely cause bloodshed.
If not the Angels, you would guess that this Jinn — Azazeel — already balancing so many responsibilities, could easily add this new responsibility to his cv. I’m sure Azazeel felt that he was most worthy of this honor. Unlike the angels, the Jinn may disobey God. Thus, their voluntary devotion is worth so much more because it is indeed voluntary. And, Azazeel was the best of the best of these Jinn.
No. God knows what we do not know.
So, as we know, God appointed this responsibility to this foolish creation, Man. This forgetful Insan, who — by design — needs intimacy and interaction. This Man, who takes on commitments without thinking of their consequences, becomes God’s Deputy.
So, we wonder about what could have been. Imagine Azazeel continuing in his service to God, perhaps as Man’s own deputy, perhaps as Man’s most devoted advisor.
But, we know what happened. This beautiful, pious, wise, zealous, knowledgeable Azazeel …broke.
None of the prostrations, none of the knowledge, could help save Azazeel from his one tragic flaw: kibr. This kibr, this inflated sense of self-importance, motivated Azazeel to do something that no Believer should ever do.
He gave up.
Whereas before he may have dedicated himself to tireless zealous service to God. Now, he was hell-bent on proving God wrong.
His beauty was gone. His knowledge now served a different aim, one simple aim.
He was now hell-bent on pulling God’s most devout servants among the humans down to Hell with him. Who cares about those who already reject God; they aren’t worth the effort.
Rather, he is waiting behind the bushes to jump on the Straight Path and give you a taste of that sweet, sweet poison that he himself drank — kibr.
And, throughout all of this, Azazeel could have (should have) done one simple thing. This one simple thing takes 1 second on the tongue, but may weigh a ton on the heart.
He could have just asked for forgiveness. But, that’s how it works, doesn’t it? When we get seduced by that inflated sense of self-importance, we can’t bring ourselves to apologize, even to God.
We know him no longer as Azazeel. But, now we know him by his nickname. Iblis. The one who gave up and became distant. This creature who had so much potental to do such great things, is now our open enemy.
It’s the echo of Narcissus. Once a beauty; now a beast.
A’udhubillahi Min al-Shaytan, al-Rajeem.
I seek refuge in God from Satan, the Accursed (or Stoned).
May God Bless you.