It goes without saying that Satanism has evolved over the centuries in different forms. It is not a sudden phenomenon that appears occasionally in the West or East.

In order to shed light on this issue from its onset, let’s contemplate Almighty Allah’s words:

[When your Lord said unto the angels: “Lo! I am about to create a mortal out of mire, and when I have fashioned him and breathed into him of My spirit, then fall down before him prostrate.” The angels fell down prostrate, every one, except Iblis, he was scornful and became one of the disbelievers. Allah said: “O Iblis! What hinders you from falling prostrate before that which I have created with both My hands? Are you too proud or are you of the high.” Iblis said, “I am better than him. You created me of fire, while him You did create of clay.” Allah said, “Go forth from hence, for lo! You are outcast. And lo! My curse is on you till the Day of Judgment.” He said, “My Lord! Reprieve me till the day when they are raised. He said, “Lo! You are of those reprieved until the day of the time appointed.” He said, “Then, by Your might, I surely will beguile them every one save Your sincere and purified slaves among them. Allah said, “The Truth is, and the Truth I speak that I shall fill Hell with you and with such of them as follow you, together. ] (Saad 38: 71-85)

These verses refer to the ongoing struggle between Adam and his offspring on one hand and Iblis (Satan) and his offspring on the other as well as the temptations practiced by the latter on the former till the Day of Judgment.

Since the beginning of creation humans have worshipped false deities. For example, there were worshipers of the sun and idols. There were also fire worshippers who appeared in India and Persia. Many people had also adulated rivers and water and others adored serpents. Ancient Egyptians used to sacrifice young women and offer them to the Nile. They would also adulate animals and build temples for them, such as the Abis Bull that had a temple in Memphis. There were also worshipers of planets like the Sabe’a who had a great influence on Al-Yazeidia sect.

These are only some examples of Satan’s seduction of man throughout the ages.

Satanism evolves with the appearance of decadence and desire to get rid of the morality of revealed religions. The cult of Satan appears occasionally in our Arab and Muslim countries as well as in Western countries. This alarms the advocates of moral values and the believers of religions. Satanism has special churches, followers, rites, and priests who used to tempt the youth and engage them in succumbing to their base desires.

So most-truthful is Almighty Allah Who says: [O Children of Adam! Let not Satan seduce you as he caused your (first) parents to go forth from the Garden and tore off from them their robe (of innocence) that be might manifest their shame to them. Lo! heseeth you, he and his tribe, from whence ye see him not. Lo! We have made the devils protecting friends for those who believe not. ]   (Al-A`raf 7:27)

Satan worshipers believe that “Satan is the symbol of loyalty and faithfulness to humankind.” They practice rituals such as wearing black clothes, getting tattoos, smoking hashish and other kinds of drugs, practicing sexual perversion, and listening to heavy metal music. Many a time do Satan worshipers conclude their ceremonies by sacrificing some animals, especially cats which they consider to be guardians of the world of spirits, for the sake of “Satan the Great,” reciting what they call their sacred chants.

The Muslim scholar and da`iyah, Sheikh `Abdel-KhaliqHasan Ash-Shareef, states: If those followers of Satanism are previously Muslims and are living in a Muslim country applying the Islamic Shari`ah, then they are considered apostates upon whom the rulings of apostasy should be applied. If what you said in the question is true and we became assured of the existence of this group in the Muslim community, then there are two issues. First, crimes such as sexual perversion, taking drugs, urinating on the Mushaf [copy of the Qur’an], and insulting religions; all such crimes are punishableaccording to the law.

Second, as for their apostasy and wearing crosses, here comes the role of scholars who must do their best to help them come back to the right track. Their parents also have a great role to play here as they may be in one way or the other the reason behind corrupting their children by leaving them prey to their vain and evil desires, bad friends, temptations, etc. Scholars and parents should sit with those guys to teach them about the true ethics of religion and good conduct. They should do their best to help them come back to the right path. This role should be also shouldered by friends, relatives, neighbours, etc.

We ask Allah Almighty to help us see truth as truth and to support it and to see evil as evil and to counsel against it. And may Allah guide our youth to the right path and grant them happiness in both worlds, amen!