Genius of Misdirection

ุจุณู… ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุงู„ุฑุญู…ู† ุงู„ุฑุญูŠู…


The Qur’an is the most potent force against shaytan and his evil designs. If people show love for the Qur’an, and want to read, study and contemplate its meanings, shaytan will change tact and increase its awe in a person’s heart. To the extent that the person becomes afraid to even approach the Qur’an out of a false sense of respect.

Ibn Hubayrah ุฑุญู…ู‡ ุงู„ู„ู‡ (d.560H), the jurist of Baghdad said:

ูˆู…ู† ู…ูƒุงูŠุฏ ุงู„ุดูŠุทุงู† ุชู†ููŠุฑู‡ ุนุจุงุฏุงู„ู„ู‡ ู…ู† ุชุฏุจู‘ุฑุงู„ู‚ุฑุขู†ุŒ ู„ุนู„ู…ู‡ ุฃู† ุงู„ู‡ุฏู‰ ูˆุงู‚ุน ุนู†ุฏ ุงู„ุชุฏุจู‘ุฑุŒ ููŠู‚ูˆู„ ู‡ุฐู‡ ู…ุฎุงุทุฑุฉุŒ ุญุชู‰ ูŠู‚ูˆู„ ุงู„ุฅู†ุณุงู† ุฃู†ุง ู„ุง ุฃุชูƒู„ู… ููŠ ุงู„ู‚ุฑุขู† ุชูˆุฑุนุง

โ It is from the deception of shaytan that he holds back the slave of Allah from pondering and contemplating upon the Qur’an. For he knows the actual reality of guidance is (found) by such taddabur, so he (discourages them) by saying, ‘there is danger in this’… until people (begin to say), ‘I can’t speak about the Qur’an so I’ll abstain (from it).โž [Ibn Rajab, ‘Dhayl Tabaqat al-Hanabilah’, 3/273]

Shaytan tries to exploit extremities in people’s nature. If they incline towards goodness in seeking what will benefit them, he disheartens them and tries to scare them away to the opposite end.

If this fails, he switches to genuis of misdirection, as was narrated that Abu Bakr ibn al-Arabi (d.543H), who said:

*{ ุฅู† ุฅุจู„ูŠุณ ุญูŠู† ู„ู… ูŠุณุชุทุน ุฃู† ูŠุดุบู„ ุงู„ู†ุงุณ ุนู† ุงู„ู‚ุฑุขู† ุดุบู„ู‡ู… ุจู‡ ุนู†ู‡ }*

ุฃูŠ: ุฃู†ู‡ ุฌุนู„ู‡ู… ูŠุดุชุบู„ูˆู† ุจุดูŠุก ููŠู‡ ู„ุง ูŠู†ูุนู‡ู… ููŠ ู…ุนุงุฏู‡ู… ูŠุดุบู„ู‡ู… ุนู…ุง ูŠู†ูุนู‡ู… ููŠ ุฏูŠู†ู‡ู… ูˆุขุฎุฑุชู‡ู…

โ “Indeed when Iblees can’t hold people back from (busying themselves with) the Qur’an, he (strives to) busy them with other than it.”

Meaning: He makes them engage with something that does not bring them benefit; repeatedly distracting them from what will benefit them in their Deen and the Hereafter. โž [‘Tahzeeb al-Qur’an’ li ‘Abd Al-‘Azeez al-Harbi, p.42]


May Allah make us from Ahlul Qur’an, His special people. Ameen.



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