these "elements" were supposed to be good
and not injurious to man. It was the Angel of Death,
3. The Ascent of 'Azazil from Hell.
Azazil, according to the Muslim tradition, was the
original name of Satan or Iblis. The name is Hebrew
and occurs in the original text of Leviticus (xvi. 8,
10, 26). But the tale of his origin is not at all Jewish
but almost if not quite Zoroastrian, as a comparison
between the Muslim and the Zoroastrian legends proves.
In the Qisasu'l Anbiya (p. 9), we read: "God
Most High created 'Azazil. 'Azazil worshipped God Most
High for a thousand years in Sijjin .
Then he came up to the earth. On each story
he worshipped God Most High for a thousand years until
he came up upon the surface," the highest story,
on which men dwell. God then gave him a pair of wings
made of emerald, with which he mounted up to the first
heaven. There he worshipped for a thousand years, and
thus was enabled to reach the second heaven, and so
on, worshipping for a thousand years at each stage