Ep 1: The Meaning of The Word “Shaitan” | The Devil’s Motive | Nouman Ali Khan I wanted to explain to you why the word Shaitan is important to understand. It has a non-Arabic origin also, but in the Arabic language it is argued to be from one of two origins, it’s (شيط) or (شطن).
There’ two possible origins of the word. And the word (شطن) in Arabic actually means (تَبَاعَدَ), it means someone that goes far far away. Someone who’s very far and very long distance away.
It’s actually the same reason why the word (شطن) is used in Arabic for a very long extensive rope. So a super long rope is actually called (الحبل ممتد), is actually also called (الشطن).
From it you get the word (شيطان). The other side of it, actually the origin of the word (شيط) it actually means someone who is engulfed in flames because of anger. Meaning someone who’s fired literally in many languages You use the idea of, “Man, he was fired up.
” Or, “He was on fire.” Or “Man, what you said, set me ablaze.” Or “May heart is on fire.” The idea of fire being associated or being ablaze, being associated with anger or hatred or spite. That he’s set on fire because of his spite.
And some have tried to combine both of these meanings, suggesting that he’s gone too far in his hate. And any time there’s any opportunity for him to get closer and reduce that hate, he keeps pushing it away and keeps going further and further away.
And as a matter of fact that’s part of what he does for us. His job is actually to take something that isn’t a good quality that we have inside of ourselves. First of all he wants to set that quality on fire, excite that quality, serve as a catalyst, he can’t make us do bad things, but there’s a potential dangerous ingredients inside the human beings already, he can encourage you to be careless with those ingredients.
and start a fire. And once you do, the he want you to keep going and going and going. وَيُرِيدُ ٱلشَّيْطَـٰنُ أَن يُضِلَّهُمْ ضَلَـٰلًۢا بَعِيدًۭا (QS.
An Nisa: 60), Shaitan wants that you go misguided far far away. Just like he himself, he wants you to keep going keep going and keep going.