9/9 Word: Respite

RESPITE (noun) is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as a short period of rest and relief from something difficult or unpleasant (http://www.askoxford.com/concise_oed/orexxspite?view=uk). The term respite is found numerous times throughout the texts, mostly in the Qur'an. In book seven, Iblis asked for respite after tempting Adam and Eve to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil (95). He asked for respite until the day the people rose up from the dead, where he would then try to sway them off the path to God (95). Even while God is being merciful and forgiving, granting Iblis respite, Iblis is still planning on trying to take God's followers off the straight path for banishing him to Hell.

1 comment:

chdonald said...

In a way, God allowing Satan's respite does show pride on God's behalf. God seems to be unjustly positive about the goodwill of mankind to obey his righteous self in accepting Satan's request to remain until Judgement Day. Satan is ultimately victorious in creating a rebellion in God's Garden of Eden, invoking two betrayals... yet God forgives Adam and not his fallen angel.