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Shaytaan came in the form of a serpent

Fatwaa ID: 1253

Assalamualaikum wrwb respected mufti sahib.
I have heard this from someone and I wanted to clarify if it’s true.
When shaytaan came to deceive Adam and Hawa (a.s), did he come in the form of a serpent?
JazakaAllahu Khairan.

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

The books of tafseer mention that the shaytaan sneaked into Jannah by putting himself in a snake. The snake supposedly permitted him to do so. However, these stories and claims are taken from Israeeli narrations. There is nothing substantial from Nabi ﷺ in this regard. Hence, we are unable to confirm if such actually took place. Irrespective of the reality, there is no benefit in delving into such issues. One should focus on recognizing the shaytaan as his enemy and protecting himself from his whispers.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

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