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This analytical, library-based article compares dialogues between God and Satan in the Qurʾan with other literature from Judaism, Christianity, and Zoroastrianism. The mysterious personality of Satan and his direct influence on the life of man has long been the focus of investigation. On some occasions, Satan has conversed with God and, since man was created, Satan, as a interlocutor, has been an adventurer and has played an important and controversial role. This article is a comparative study that aims to examine the personality of Satan through his role as a speaker involved in dialogue with God during the story of man’s creation, and to shed light on the style of discourse used by God in His dialogue with Satan. Furthermore, the article discusses crucial events, notions, and structures appearing within the dialogue. Hence, the study reveals that the appointment of Satan as a vengeful enemy in the dialogue is the turning point in the fate of man, a story embedded in literature of Zoroastrianism and in the Qurʾan. It also shows that the polemic and arrogant discourses of Satan, quoted in all the literature of these religions in diverse forms, resulted in horrible consequences. Moreover, Satan’s casting out from heaven was a crucial event and one of the results of his words identified in both the Qurʾan and Judeo-Christian literature. To help future research on related issues, this study also highlights all the dialogues that involve God and Satan in the literature of the mentioned religions.

In: Al-Bayan: Journal of Qur'an and Hadith Studies

This article examines what can be learnt from the Qurʾanic dialogue between Allah and Iblīs (Satan), focusing on both the conceptual framework and the events that occurred. The verses in which the angels and Iblīs were commanded to bow down to Adam, the latter’s refusal, Allah’s questioning as to the disobedience of Iblīs, the response and subsequent expulsion of Iblīs from heaven, his request for respite and its approval, his promises of revenge, and the ultimate fate of Iblīs are all examined. The study suggests that the dialogue between Allah and Iblīs was a key turning point in human history and determined fundamental aspects of life. Iblīs’ transformation into a vengeful enemy of man is the central event of this dialogue, and his character was completely changed at this point.

In: Al-Bayan: Journal of Qur'an and Hadith Studies


In an attempt to propagate the prophetic tradition, many organizations and study centres are established persistently. The propensity to practice pristine Islam and the Sunnah in Nigeria is generally suppressed with religious extremism and fanaticism campaign and political, economic, and social influence. Another dimension to this attitude towards Islam and Sunnah is the lack of knowledge and the zeal to learn. This research seeks to examine some of the efforts that MSDB has made to propagate the Prophetic Sunnah among the Nigerian Muslims Community. This research paper adopts the use of a thematic-narrative tool to analyse the personal interview had with the director of MSDB. The study developed a questionnaire instrument to measure the understanding of basic hadith concepts of past and present students, and those who attend some of the institution’s programs. A total of 211 samples were obtained and analysed using statistical methods. The study found that MSDB has given a significant rise in the Sunnah practices in Ilorin, Nigeria. The survey reveals that those who attend their programs understand the role of Hadith in expository comments of the Quran. The study also found a significant difference between individual knowledge of hadith and how frequently they attend MSDB programs. There is also a statistical significance between knowledge of hadith and the effect of MSDB in the community. However, there is an urgent need to replicate more Da’wah Centres, mosques, schools, and libraries that would encourage the practice and understanding of the prophetic tradition alongside that of the Quranic text in many communities in Nigeria as done by MSDB.

In: Al-Bayan: Journal of Qur'an and Hadith Studies
Al-Bayān is a rigorously peer-reviewed academic journal on Qurʾān and Ḥadīth studies. It was founded in 2003 at the prestigious Universiti Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, the oldest and highest-ranking Malaysian institution of higher education, and continues to be edited and hosted there. Firmly rooted in Malaysia, the journal has a highly international editorial board.

Al-Bayān publishes articles in English, Arabic, and Malay on both historical and contemporary interpretations of the Qurʾān and Ḥadīth. Respecting diversity, the editors welcome contributions from all academic traditions and perspectives, be they Muslim or non-Muslim; from the Islamic world or the West; Classic or contemporary. The journal is published by Brill since 2011.
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