In Bait-al Ma'mur, Azazil-later called Iblis-sitting on a white minbar and holding a tasbih in his hands, was preaching for a crowd of angels and other residents of empyrean. He was deeply happy and proud to see that he had such a special superior status and that the angels listened to him with great interest.
After he finished his sermon, angels started asking him theological questions and he answered with full confidence. One of the angels asked:
O God's beloved, we have worshipping God the Almighty for hundreds of years but we have not achieved a status as high as yours. Tell us, please, the secret behind your success in rising to this enormous dignity and supereminence.
Azazil, pleased to hear such a joyful acknowledgement but unaware of that what he thought and what he uttered would put him in a difficult imminent test, smiled and replied: "My friends! Listen to me carefully: I don't deserve the status I have been granted but let me reveal the secret behind my sucess to you.
Of course, I am not going to boast but to offer help to those who desire to approach our Lord and make him pleased.
Pure intentions! Friends! Pure intentions! Your problem is that you dont worship God purely for himself but you do it for the purpose of achieving a higher status. Such insincere worship is worthless and is never of any benefit to you.
Another important point is to avoid being arrogant for it is a major obstacle to...".
Azazil was preaching when suddenly he found some of the angels talking and not listening to him.
He shouted :"What is up?! Why are you making so much noise?!"
One of the angels said :"Sorry, sir! Our minds have been occupied with the recent news!"
Azazil asked: "the recent news?!"
The angel replied: "Yes. The news about a new unique creature which God the Almighty is going to create. It is said that no other creature will be equl to it and that God has special plans for this beloved creature-to-be".
Azazil, surprised at what he had just heared, was lost in thought for a few moments and then said:
"What a good wonderful news! Indeed, every decision our Lord takes, is wise and praiseworthy. Now, it is better to go and prepare yourselves for celebrating the birth of this welcome creature".
As the angels were leaving, the purple beads of tasbih, one by one, slipped from his lap and the stairs and scattered on the ground; the tasbih that had been pressed and torn among the fingers of its angry owner who tried to show himself happy and satisfied.
1. Bait-al Ma'mur( بیت المعمور) is a place in 4th or 7th heaven. It is a Ka'ba for angels.
2. Tasbih( تسبیح) is a prayer beads.
3. Minbar(منبر) is a pulpit.
4. Azazil: عزازیل