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Iblīs here overlooks the fact that man is equally susceptible to goodness and following divine guidance as he is to evil and error. He chooses not to see man when he is elevated by God’s guidance, able to resist temptation and evil. He is unaware of this great, distinctive characteristic that places man above all creatures that follow a single route, having no element of choice. Indeed man’s position of distinction lies in his free-will and the exercise of his power of choice.
It is God’s will that the advocate of evil, Satan, should have his respite to try to tempt mankind away from divine guidance. Hence, God says to him:
“Begone! As for those of them who follow you, hell will be the recompense of you all, a most ample recompense.” (Verse 63)
Go and do your utmost. If you try to tempt them, they have been given reason and will. They can follow you or reject your advances. Now anyone who follows you, preferring error to My guidance, ignoring the signs I have placed in the world around him, deserves the fate that he is bound to suffer in hell. Indeed, both Satan and his followers will have the same end:
“Hell will be the recompense of you all, a most ample recompense.” (Verse 63)