The Shaytaan and his tribe see you from where you do not see them: ibn Taymiyah

As is recorded in Majmoo’ al-Fataawa:

سئل الشيخ رحمه الله عن : قوله تعالى { إنه يراكم هو وقبيله من حيث لا ترونهم } الآية الكريمة . هل ذلك عام لا يراهم أحد أم يراهم بعض الناس دون بعض ؟ وهل الجن والشياطين جنس واحد ولد إبليس أم جنسين : ولد إبليس وغير ولده ؟ . ـ

The sheikh – may Allah have mercy on him – was asked about Allah’s statement:

إِنَّهُ يَرَ‌اكُمْ هُوَ وَقَبِيلُهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَا تَرَ‌وْنَهُمْ

Indeed, he [the Shaytaan] sees you – he and his tribe – from where you do not see them. [7:27]

Is this general such that no one can see them, or is it the case that some of mankind can see them to the exclusion of others? And do the jinn and the shayaateen belong to one single category of the children of Iblis or to two categories; the children of Iblis and other than his children?

فأجاب شيخ الإسلام أبو العباس أحمد بن تيمية رحمه الله ورضي عنه آمين . فقال : الحمد لله : الذي في القرآن أنهم يرون الإنس من حيث لا يراهم الإنس وهذا حق يقتضي أنهم يرون الإنس في حال لا يراهم الإنس فيها وليس فيه أنهم لا يراهم أحد من الإنس بحال ; بل قد يراهم الصالحون وغير الصالحين أيضا ; لكن لا يرونهم في كل حال

So Sheikh al-Islaam Abu’l-‘Abbaas Ahmad ibn Taymiyah – may Allah have mercy on him and be pleased with him, ameen – responded by saying: al-hamdulillah. That which is in the Qur’an is that they see mankind from where mankind does not see them. And this is the truth which requires that they see mankind in situations where mankind does not see them. And this does not indicate that no one from mankind sees them at all – rather, perhaps both the righteous ones see them and the non-righteous as well. However, they do not see them in all situations.

والشياطين هم مردة الإنس والجن وجميع الجن ولد إبليس . والله أعلم . ـ

And the shayaateen refers to both mankind and jinn. And all jinn are children of Iblis – and Allah knows best.

[Majmoo’ al-Fataawa 15/7]

See also: Dealing with the human shayaateen and the jinn shayaateen: Imam al-Shinqitee

See also: “There is no one who does not have a Qareen from the Jinn”: Sharḥ al-Nawawi

See also: Ibn al-Qayyim on the Wisdom and Benefits of the Creation of the Shayaateen

See also: Do not delve deeply into the affairs of the Unseen: Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali

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