Those who Take The Devil as an Ally
Translated by Ahmed Abu Turaab
Allaah, the Most High, said, “And [mention] when We said to the angels, “Prostrate to Adam,” and they prostrated, except for Iblees. He was of the jinn and departed from [i.e., disobeyed] the command of his Lord. Then will you take him and his descendants as allies other than Me while they are enemies to you? Wretched it is for the wrongdoers as an exchange.” (Surah Kahf 18:50)
Commenting on this aayah, one of the things Ibn al-Qayyim said was:
“It is almost as though beneath this address there is an astonishing, delicate reprimand and it is that: I showed enmity to Iblees because he didn’t prostrate to your father Aadam with My Angels, so the enmity [I showed] was on your behalf, and then the final result of this enmity [which I showed on your behalf] is that between yourselves and him–you [went and] sealed a pact of reconciliation.”
Ad-Daa wad-Dawaa, p. 83.