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 (shī-tän′, shā-)
n. Islam
1. Shaitan The Devil; Satan.
2. An evil spirit.

[Arabic šayṭān, from Ge'ez śayṭān, from Aramaic sāṭānā, from Hebrew śāṭān; see śṭn in Semitic roots.]


(in Muslim countries) n
a. Satan
b. any evil spirit
c. a vicious person or animal
[C17: from Arabic shaytān, from Hebrew śātān; see Satan]


or Shei•tan


(in Islam) Satan; the devil.
[< Arabic Shayṭān, c. Hebrew śātān Satan]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shaitan - (Islam) a rebellious jinni who leads men astray
Mohammedanism, Muhammadanism, Muslimism, Islam, Islamism - the monotheistic religious system of Muslims founded in Arabia in the 7th century and based on the teachings of Muhammad as laid down in the Koran; "Islam is a complete way of life, not a Sunday religion"; "the term Muhammadanism is offensive to Muslims who believe that Allah, not Muhammad, founded their religion"
djinn, djinni, djinny, genie, jinnee, jinni - (Islam) an invisible spirit mentioned in the Koran and believed by Muslims to inhabit the earth and influence mankind by appearing in the form of humans or animals
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Do not support Shaytaan against your fellow brother.
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We deflect because we are weak, imperfect human beings, whose thoughts are easily distracted by the persuasions of Shaytaan.
Abu Hurairah (radhiallahu 'anhu) said that the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said: "Name yourselves with my name, but do not call yourselves with my nickname; and whoever sees me in his dream, he has [truly] seen me, for Shaytaan never appears in my image.
Shaytaan (Satan) may whisper to them, making them feel that, having performed all these good deeds, they have accumulated mountains of rewards, and that their balance is therefore very high.