Question: What is Shaytan? What does it actually mean?
Shaytan is an Arabic word meaning literally “the one who is far away”. Its plural form is Shayateen. It is a derivative of the root “sh-T-n” which means “to become distant”. It originally comes from the Hebrew word “Satan”. Satan means “the opposer”, “the conspirator”.
According to its usage in Quran, Shaytan is a common noun which signifies jinn or people that lead away others from the right path, therefore become far away from the mercy of Allah. The Almighty commands:
“Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind, The King of mankind, The God of mankind; from the evil of the whispering insidious who whispers in the hearts of people whether from the unseen (jinn) or from the man.” (The Mankind 114:1-6)
According to Quran, the Shayateen are considered the ultimate enemy of the man.