Everyone knows that according to the Bible, the Savior of mankind is Jesus. Many verses attest to that. I’ll list just a few below.
looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;
and they were saying to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.”
1 John 4:14
We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.
HOWEVER, in this article, I am not going to talk about what the Bible teaches. I am going to answer the question from an Islamic perspective instead.
Who is the savior of mankind according to Islamic teaching?
Please take a look at the following hadiths:
Abu Ayyub Ansari reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: If you were not to commit sins, Allah would have swept you out of existence and would have replaced you by another people who have committed sin, and then asked forgiveness from Allah, and He would have granted them pardon. (Sahih Muslim, Book 37, Number 6621)
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) having said: By Him in Whose Hand is my life, if you were not to commit sin, Allah would sweep you out of existence and He would replace (you by) those people who would commit sin and seek forgiveness from Allah, and He would have pardoned them. (Sahih Muslim, Book 37, Number 6622)
What do we learn?
1. If mankind did not commit sin, Allah would have been so enraged that he would have destroyed mankind and wiped you and everyone else out of existence.
2. Thank goodness mankind sinned!
3. The one who first caused man to sin was, of course, Satan.
Thus, Satan’s deception against man actually averted the apocalyptic disaster that Allah would have unleashed on mankind, if they had continued to remain sinless and pure.
Therefore, according to Prophet Muhammad, Satan can be credited as the unsung hero and Savior of Mankind in Islam.