By Editorial Staff
The path to Paradise is the perfect path that a Muslim should pave throughout his life because it is the goal of his existence. Paradise is the hope and the aspiration of every Muslim who believes in God and the Afterlife. It is one of the two eternal abodes where all humans and the Jinn will stay forever after passing away; either to Paradise or to Hell. The Islamic message came to set aright the worldly life of people and facilitate for them the attainment of Allah’s Pleasure and Paradise in the life to come. Therefore, Almighty Allah has detailed the description of Paradise in the Qur’an as well as the explanations narrated in the hadiths of the Prophet (peace be upon him) to endear it for people and stir their motives to it. Almighty God says,
And will reward them for what they patiently endured [with] a garden [in Paradise] and silk [garments]. [They will be] reclining therein on adorned couches. They will not see therein any [burning] sun or [freezing] cold. And near above them are its shades, and its [fruit] to be picked will be lowered in compliance. And there will be circulated among them vessels of silver and cups having been [created] clear [as glass]. Clear glasses [made] from silver of which they have determined the measure. And they will be given to drink a cup [of wine] whose mixture is of ginger. [From] a fountain within Paradise named Salsabeel. There will circulate among them young boys made eternal. When you see them, you would think them [as beautiful as] scattered pearls. And when you look there [in Paradise], you will see pleasure and great dominion. Upon the inhabitants will be green garments of fine silk and brocade. And they will be adorned with bracelets of silver, and their Lord will give them a purifying drink. [And it will be said], “Indeed, this is for you a reward, and your effort has been appreciated.” (Al-Insan 76:13-22)
Jabir (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: “The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “The inhabitants of Paradise will eat and drink therein, but they will not have to pass excrement, to blow their noses or to urinate. Their food will be digested producing belch which will give out a smell like that of musk. They will be inspired to declare the freedom of Allah from imperfection and proclaim His Greatness as easily as you breathe.” (Muslim)
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Islam, as a divine religion, has brought forth a notable effective means of ruqyah which goes in line with the sound Islamic creed and avoids the aberrant works of sorcerers.
By Editorial Staff
Exorcism or incantation is an ancient practice found in most religions whether divine or earthly which involves specific religious charms, spells or practices with the purpose of healing. The hopeless cases, psychological diseases, and the damages caused by witchcraft and evil spirits are generally the field of these works as people lose hope in scientific medications and thus search for help of extraordinary means. Islam, as a divine religion, has brought forth a notable effective means of incantation which goes in line with the sound Islamic creed and avoids the aberrant works of sorcerers. There are many types of incantation which include devilish practices, abnormal actions, immoral exercises, or unknown matters which are prohibited in Islam. The Islamic code of faith insists on the prohibition of seeking help in matters that are beyond the human capacity from other than God, the All-Powerful and Omnipotent. These deviant practices are completely forbidden and are included in Shirk which is the most abominable action in Islam. Witchcraft and seeking the help of demons as well as idols contradict the Islamic faith and stand as a major sin in Islam.
Ruqyah is the Islamic form of exorcism or incantation which consists of selected verses from the Qur’an, parts from the authentic narrations from the Prophet (peace be upon him) and general supplications of healing and support of God. The verses of the Qur’an and the supplications narrated from the Prophet (peace be upon him) are the elements of ruqyah, which have proven effective in numberless cases. However, all the idolatrous practices, satanic works and witchcraft are untrue for the Islamic ruqyah because they are forbidden and helpless. The entire of the ruqyah consists of Qur’anic verses, Prophetic supplications and remembrances that all beseech the support of God Alone.
However, before delving into the issue of the Islamic ruqyah we should stress that Islam commands seeking the scientific ways for medication and confirms that leaving out the useful medication means as a prohibited action for which the Muslims is punished if he could do it and then leaves it out. Islam maintains that the blessing of health is a divine grant from God that should be preserved and looked after. Moreover, on the Day of Judgment, one will be questioned about what he has done with them.
Permissibility of Ruqyah
There are a lot of texts that stressed the permissibility of ruqyah, provided that it does not contain any impermissible action. `Awf ibn Malik Al-Ashja`i narrated, “We practiced incantation in the pre-Islamic days and we said: “O Allah’s Messenger! What is your opinion about it?” He said: “Let me know your incantation and said: “There is no harm in the exorcism which does not involve polytheism.” (Muslim) Also, Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri reported: “We landed at a place where a woman came to us and said: “A scorpion has bitten the chief of the tribe. Is there any exorcist amongst you? A person amongst us stood up (and went with her). We had no idea that he had been a good exorcist but he practiced exorcism with the help of Surat Al-Fatihah and the (chief) was all right. They gave him a flock of sheep and served us milk. We said (to him): Are you a good exorcist? He said: “I did not do it but by the help of Surat Al-Fatihah.” He said: “Do not drive (these goats) until we go to Allah’s Messenger and find out (whether it is permissible to accept (this reward of incantation). So we came to Allah’s Messenger and made a mention of that to him, whereupon he said: “How did you come to know that this (Surat Al-Fatihah) could be used as an incantation? So, distribute them (amongst those who had been present there with him) and allocate a share of mine also.” (Muslim)
Conditions of the Ruqyah
Scholars put clear-cut conditions for any form of ruqyah to be permissible and beneficial:
First: The belief that healing is only from Allah
Both of the incantator and the patient must have firm faith that ruqyah does not avail anything by itself but it makes effect only by the permission of Allah Who is the source of healing and recovery.
Second: The ruqyah must be recited in understandable Arabic words.
Third: They ruqyah must not include any prohibited practices or sayings.
Fourth: The ruqyah should be taken from the Qur’an, the Sunnah, the most beautiful Names and Attributes of God and allowable supplications.
Fifth: The incantator should be neither a non-Muslim or a magician.
The Effect of Ruqyah
As stated above, the ruqyah is a kind of supplication to Allah the Almighty Who possesses absolute power and the healer of every disease. God (Glory be to Him) may accept that supplication and remove the damage whatever it is or He does not respond to it. The entire effect of ruqyah is completely for God who may answer it or leave it out. Therefore, it is most required for both the incantator and the patient to have a strong relationship with God. They should be keen on performing what pleases God and abandon the misdeeds. They should not commit anything that spoils this relationship specially the major misdeeds, topped by Shirk.
Ibn Al-Qayyim said, “Supplication is one of the most effective causes for removing the damage and attaining what is desired but its effect may differ in relation to its weakness which results from involving something that God does not like. In this case, it will resemble a very slack crossbow which will push out the arrows in a very weak way (which gives no effect). Moreover, the answer of the supplication may be obstructed by (something prohibited such as) appropriating the unlawful properties, injustice, heavy sins on the heart, and the seizure of carelessness about God, material desires and distraction. In the Mustadrak of Al-Hakim, it is narrated from Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, ““Call upon Allah while being certain of being answered, and know that Allah does not respond to a supplication from the heart of the one who is heedless and occupied by play.” (Ad-Daa’ wa Ad-Dawaa’)
Types of Ruqyah
There are different forms of ruqyah in relation to the type of ailment it is intended for. These types include:
Ruqyah for magic
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Ruqyah for sickness in general
Ruqyah for the evil eye
Ruqyah for satanic possession
To be continued..
 See http://www.alukah.net/sharia/0/78860/ (last accessed April 16, 2016)
The article quotes the Qur’anic verses of the ruqyah for magic, illustrates the reality of magic and its perpetrators and shows us how to cure from it by the Glorious Qur’an.
By Editorial Staff
What is magic?
According to Ibn Qudama AI-Maqdisi, magic is a set of knots, incantations, and words uttered or written, or carried out in such a way as to affect the body of the person, his heart or mind, without even coming into contact with him/her. The reality of magic is that there are some types that can kill, cause one to fall ill, or act as an obstacle against a man having sexual intercourse with his wife. Other types can separate spouses, and can make them hate or love each other. Ibn Al-Qayyim adds, “Magic is an agreement set up between a magician and a Satan, which stipulates that the magician commits certain illegal or polytheistic acts, in return for the Satan’s assistance and obedience in fulfilling the magician’s request.”
Actions of the magicians to get the support of Satans:
- Some magicians use the Qur’an as footwear to go to the toilet.
- Some write some Qur’anic verses with filth.
- Some write them using menses discharge.
- Some write them under their fit.
- Some anagrammatize (writing in reverse) the Opening Chapter (Al-Fatiha) of the Qur’an.
- Some perform prayer without wudu’ (ablution).
- Some remain in a state of major ritual impurity.
- Some sacrifice animals to Satan, without initiating the slaughter with the words: In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful, Most Beneficent (Bismillah ar-rahmani ar-rahim), and place the carcass at a location specified by the Satan.
- Some of them speak to planets and prostrate to them, instead of prostrating to Allah.
- Some of them commit incest (with their mothers or daughters).
- Some write incantations in a non-Arabic language, carrying overtones of kufr (disbelief).
From this standpoint, it is clear that a Jinni do not assist the magician without something in return, and the greater the magician’s disbelief is, the more obedient the Satan is to him and the faster in executing his orders. However, if the magician abstains from committing acts of disbelief, as instructed by Satan, the latter will stop executing the magician’s orders.
Magic in light of Qur’an and Sunnah
Almighty Allah says,
And they followed [instead] what the devils had recited during the reign of Solomon. It was not Solomon, who disbelieved, but the devils disbelieved, teaching people magic and that which was revealed to the two angels at Babylon, Harut and Marut. But the two angels do not teach anyone unless they say, “We are a trial, so do not disbelieve [by practicing magic].” And [yet] they learn from them that by which they cause separation between a man and his wife. But they do not harm anyone through it except by permission of Allah. And the people learn what harms them and does not benefit them. But the Children of Israel certainly knew that whoever purchased the magic would not have in the Hereafter any share. And wretched is that for which they sold themselves, if they only knew. (Al-Baqarah 2:102)
Say, “I seek refuge in the Lord of daybreak. From the evil of that which He created. And from the evil of darkness when it settles. And from the evil of the blowers in knots. And from the evil of an envier when he envies.” (Al-Falaq 113:1-5)
In the Sunnah:
Abu Hurairah narrated, “The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Avoid the seven great destructive sins.” They (the people!) asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What are they?” He said, “To join partners in worship with Allah; to practice sorcery; to kill the life which Allah has forbidden except for a just cause (according to Islamic law); to eat up usury (Riba), to eat up the property of an orphan; to give one’s back to the enemy and fleeing from the battle-field at the time of fighting and to accuse chaste women who never even think of anything touching chastity and are good believers.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
This hadith illustrates for us that magic is one of the severest major sins in Islam and thus it is completely prohibited.
The Ruqyah for Magic:
The incantator should put his hand on the head of the bewitched person, starts by making Isti`adh (seeking refuge with Allah against Satan) and recite the following:
First: Al-Fatiha (the opening chapter of the Qur’an)
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ
الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ * الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ * مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ * إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ * اهدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ * صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ الضَّالِّينَ
Bismi Allahi Arrahmani Ar-Rahim * Alhamdu lillahi rabbi Al-“lamin * Ar-Rahmani Ar-Rahim * Maliki yawmi addin * Iyyaka na`budu waiyyaka nasta`in * Ihdina assirata almustaqim * Sirata alladhina an`amta `alayhim ghayri almaghdubi `alayhim wala addallin.
In the name of Allah , the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. [All] praise is [due] to Allah , Lord of the worlds. The Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. Sovereign of the Day of Recompense. It is You we worship and You we ask for help. Guide us to the straight path. The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favor, not of those who have evoked [Your] anger or of those who are astray. (Al-Fatiha 1:1-7)
الم * ذَلِكَ الْكِتَابُ لاَ رَيْبَ فِيهِ هُدًى لِّلْمُتَّقِينَ * الَّذِينَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِالْغَيْبِ وَيُقِيمُونَ الصَّلاةَ وَمِمَّا رَزَقْنَاهُمْ يُنفِقُونَ * وَالَّذِينَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِمَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكَ وَمَا أُنزِلَ مِن قَبْلِكَ وَبِالآخِرَةِ هُمْ يُوقِنُونَ * أُوْلَئِكَ عَلَى هُدًى مِّن رَّبِّهِمْ وَأُولَئِكَ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ
Alif, Lam, Mim. * Dhalika alkitabu larayba fihi hudan lilmuttaqin * Alladhina yu’minuna bilghaybi wa yuqimuna assalata wamimma razaqnahum yunfiqun * Walladhina yu’minuna bima onzila ilayka wama onzila min qablika wabil-akhirati hum yuqinun * Ola-ika `ala hudan minrabbihim wa ola-ika humu almuflihun
Alif, Lam, Mim. This is the Buk about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah. Who believe in the unsin, establish prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them. And who believe in what has bin revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what was revealed before you, and of the Hereafter they are certain [in faith]. Those are upon [right] guidance from their Lord, and it is those who are the successful. (Al-Baqarah 2:1-5)
وَاتَّبَعُواْ مَا تَتْلُواْ الشَّيَاطِينُ عَلَى مُلْكِ سُلَيْمَانَ وَمَا كَفَرَ سُلَيْمَانُ وَلَكِنَّ الشَّيَاطِينَ كَفَرُواْ يُعَلِّمُونَ النَّاسَ السِّحْرَ وَمَا أُنزِلَ عَلَى الْمَلَكَيْنِ بِبَابِلَ هَارُوتَ وَمَارُوتَ وَمَا يُعَلِّمَانِ مِنْ أَحَدٍ حَتَّى يَقُولاَ إِنَّمَا نَحْنُ فِتْنَةٌ فَلاَ تَكْفُرْ فَيَتَعَلَّمُونَ مِنْهُمَا مَا يُفَرِّقُونَ بِهِ بَيْنَ الْمَرْءِ وَزَوْجِهِ وَمَا هُم بِضَارِّينَ بِهِ مِنْ أَحَدٍ إِلاَّ بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ وَيَتَعَلَّمُونَ مَا يَضُرُّهُمْ وَلاَ يَنفَعُهُمْ وَلَقَدْ عَلِمُواْ لَمَنِ اشْتَرَاهُ مَا لَهُ فِي الآخِرَةِ مِنْ خَلاقٍ وَلَبِئْسَ مَا شَرَوْا بِهِ أَنفُسَهُمْ لَوْ كَانُواْ يَعْلَمُونَ
Wattab`u ma tatlu ash-shayatinu `ala mulki sulaymana wama kafara sulaymanu walakinna ashshayatina kafaru yu`allimuna an-nasa as-sihra wama onzila `ala almalakayni bibabila haruta wa maruta wama yu`allimani min ahadin hatta yaqula innama nahnufitnatun fala takfur fayat `llamuna minhuma ma yufarriquna bihi bayna almar’i wazawjihi wama hum bidarrina bihi min ahadin illa bi’idhni Allahi wayat `llamuna ma yadurruhum wala yanf`uhum walaqad `alimu lamani ishtarahu malahu fi al-akhirati min khalaqin walabi’sa masharaw bihi anfusahum law kanu y`Alamun
And they followed [instead] what the devils had recited during the reign of Solomon. It was not Solomon who disbelieved, but the devils disbelieved, teaching people magic and that which was revealed to the two angels at Babylon, Harut and Marut. But the two angels do not teach anyone unless they say, “We are a trial, so do not disbelieve [by practicing magic].” And [yet] they learn from them that by which they cause separation between a man and his wife. But they do not harm anyone through it except by permission of Allah . And the people learn what harms them and does not benefit them. But the Children of Israel certainly knew that whoever purchased the magic would not have in the Hereafter any share. And wretched is that for which they sold themselves, if they only knew. (Al-Baqarah 2:102)
وَإِلَهُكُمْ إِلَهٌ وَاحِدٌ لاَّ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ الرَّحْمَنُ الرَّحِيمُ * إِنَّ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلافِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ وَالْفُلْكِ الَّتِي تَجْرِي فِي الْبَحْرِ بِمَا يَنفَعُ النَّاسَ وَمَا أَنزَلَ اللَّهُ مِنَ السَّمَاء مِن مَّاء فَأَحْيَا بِهِ الأَرْضَ بَعْدَ مَوْتِهَا وَبَثَّ فِيهَا مِن كُلِّ دَابَّةٍ وَتَصْرِيفِ الرِّيَاحِ وَالسَّحَابِ الْمُسَخَّرِ بَيْنَ السَّمَاء وَالأَرْضِ لَآيَاتٍ لِّقَوْمٍ يَعْقِلُونَ
Wa-ilahukum ilahun wahidun la ilaha illa huwa Ar-Rahmanu Ar-Rahim * Inna fi khalqi assamawati wal-ardi wakhtilafi allayli wan-nahari wal-fulki allati tajri fi albahri bima yanf`u an-nasa wama anzala Allahu mina as-sama’i min m`’in fa ahya bihi al-arda b`da mawtiha wabath-tha fihamin kulli dabbatin watasrifi arriyahi was-sahabi almusakh-khari bayna as-sama’I wal-ardi l’ayatin li qawmin y`qilun
And your god is one God. There is no deity [worthy of worship] except Him, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. Indid, in the creation of the heavens and earth, and the alternation of the night and the day, and the [great] ships which sail through the sea with that which benefits people, and what Allah has sent down from the heavens of rain, giving life thereby to the earth after its lifelessness and dispersing therein every [kind of] moving creature, and [His] directing of the winds and the clouds controlled between the heaven and the earth are signs for a people who use reason. (Al-Baqarah 2:163-146)
اللَّهُ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ لاَ تَأْخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَلاَ نَوْمٌ لَّهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الأَرْضِ مَن ذَا الَّذِي يَشْفَعُ عِندَهُ إِلاَّ بِإِذْنِهِ يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ وَلاَ يُحِيطُونَ بِشَيْءٍ مِّنْ عِلْمِهِ إِلاَّ بِمَا شَاء وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضَ وَلاَ يَؤُودُهُ حِفْظُهُمَا وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ
Allahu la ilaha illahuwa alhayyu alqayyumu la ta’khudhuhu sinatun wala nawmun lahu ma fi as-samawati wama fi al-ardi man dha alladhi yashf`u `indahu illa bi’idhnihi y`lamu ma bayna aydihim wama khalfahum wala yuhituna bishay’in min `ilmihi illa bima sha’a wasi`a kursiyyuhu as-samawati walarda wala yauduhu hifdhuhuma wahuwa al`aliyyu al`adhim
Allah – there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor slip. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great. (Al-Baqarah 2:255)
آمَنَ الرَّسُولُ بِمَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْهِ مِن رَّبِّهِ وَالْمُؤْمِنُونَ كُلٌّ آمَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَمَلائِكَتِهِ وَكُتُبِهِ وَرُسُلِهِ لاَ نُفَرِّقُ بَيْنَ أَحَدٍ مِّن رُّسُلِهِ وَقَالُواْ سَمِعْنَا وَأَطَعْنَا غُفْرَانَكَ رَبَّنَا وَإِلَيْكَ الْمَصِيرُ * لاَ يُكَلِّفُ اللَّهُ نَفْسًا إِلاَّ وُسْعَهَا لَهَا مَا كَسَبَتْ وَعَلَيْهَا مَا اكْتَسَبَتْ رَبَّنَا لاَ تُؤَاخِذْنَا إِن نَّسِينَا أَوْ أَخْطَأْنَا رَبَّنَا وَلاَ تَحْمِلْ عَلَيْنَا إِصْرًا كَمَا حَمَلْتَهُ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِنَا رَبَّنَا وَلاَ تُحَمِّلْنَا مَا لاَ طَاقَةَ لَنَا بِهِ وَاعْفُ عَنَّا وَاغْفِرْ لَنَا وَارْحَمْنَا أَنتَ مَوْلانَا فَانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ
Amana arrasulu bima onzila ilayhi min rabbihi wal*mu’minuna kullun amana billahi wamala’ikatihi wakutubihi warusulihi la nufarriqu bayna ahadin min rusulihi waqalu sami`na wa`at`na ghufranaka rabbana wa’ilayka almasir * La yukallifu Allahu nafsan illa wus`aha laha ma kasabat wa`alayha ma iktasabat rabbana latu-akhithna in nasina aw akhta/narabbana wala tahmil `alayna isrankama hamaltahu `ala allathina minqablina rabbana wala tuhammilnama la taqata lana bihi w`Afu`anna waghfir lana warhamn`nta mawlana fansurna `al`lqawmi alkafirin
The Messenger has believed in what was revealed to him from his Lord, and [so have] the believers. All of them have believed in Allah and His angels and His buks and His messengers, [saying], “We make no distinction between any of His messengers.” And they say, “We hear and we obey. [We seek] Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the [final] destination.” (Al-Baqarah 2:285-286)
شَهِدَ اللَّهُ أَنَّهُ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ وَالْمَلائِكَةُ وَأُوْلُواْ الْعِلْمِ قَائِمًا بِالْقِسْطِ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ * إِنَّ الدِّينَ عِندَ اللَّهِ الإِسْلامُ وَمَا اخْتَلَفَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُواْ الْكِتَابَ إِلاَّ مِن بَعْدِ مَا جَاءَهُمُ الْعِلْمُ بَغْيًا بَيْنَهُمْ وَمَن يَكْفُرْ بِآيَاتِ اللَّهِ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ سَرِيعُ الْحِسَابِ
Shahida Allahu annahu la ilahailla huwa wal mala’ikatu wa ulul-`ilmi qa’iman bilqisti la ilaha illa huwa Al-`Azizu alhakim * Inna addina `inda Allahi Al-Islam wama ikhtalafa alladhina utu alkitaba illa min ba`di ma ja’ahum al-`ilmu baghyan baynahum waman yakfur bi’ayati Allahi fa’inna Allaha sari`u alhisab
Allah witnesses that there is no deity except Him, and [so do] the angels and those of knowledge – [that He is] maintaining [creation] in justice. There is no deity except Him, the Exalted in Might, the Wise. Indeed, the religion in the sight of Allah is Islam. And those who were given the Scripture did not differ except after knowledge had come to them – out of jealous animosity between themselves. And whoever disbelieves in the verses of Allah , then indeed, Allah is swift in [taking] account. (Aal `Imran 3:18-19)
إِنَّ رَبَّكُمُ اللَّهُ الَّذِي خَلَقَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضَ فِي سِتَّةِ أَيَّامٍ ثُمَّ اسْتَوَى عَلَى الْعَرْشِ يُغْشِي اللَّيْلَ النَّهَارَ يَطْلُبُهُ حَثِيثًا وَالشَّمْسَ وَالْقَمَرَ وَالنُّجُومَ مُسَخَّرَاتٍ بِأَمْرِهِ أَلاَ لَهُ الْخَلْقُ وَالأَمْرُ تَبَارَكَ اللَّهُ رَبُّ الْعَالَمِينَ * ادْعُواْ رَبَّكُمْ تَضَرُّعًا وَخُفْيَةً إِنَّهُ لاَ يُحِبُّ الْمُعْتَدِينَ * وَلاَ تُفْسِدُواْ فِي الأَرْضِ بَعْدَ إِصْلاحِهَا وَادْعُوهُ خَوْفًا وَطَمَعًا إِنَّ رَحْمَتَ اللَّهِ قَرِيبٌ مِّنَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ
Inna rabbakumu Allahu alladhi khalaqa as-samawati wal-arda fi sittati ayyamin thumma istawa `al-l`arshi yughshi allayla an-nahara yatlubuhu hathithan wash-shamsa wal-qamara wan-nujuma musakh-kharatin bi’amrihi ala lahu alkhalqu wal-amru tabaraka Allahu rabbu al-`alamin * `Ud`u rabbakum tadarru`an wakhufyatan innahu la yuhibbu almu`tadin * Wala tufsidu fi al-ardi ba`da islahiha wad`uhu khawfan watama`an inna rahmata Allahi qaribun mina almuhsinin
Indeed, your Lord is Allah, who created the heavens and earth in six days and then established Himself above the Throne. He covers the night with the day, [another night] chasing it rapidly; and [He created] the sun, the moon, and the stars, subjected by His command. Unquestionably, His is the creation and the command; blessed is Allah , Lord of the worlds. Call upon your Lord in humility and privately; indeed, He does not like transgressors. And cause not corruption upon the earth after its reformation. And invoke Him in fear and aspiration. Indeed, the mercy of Allah is near to the doers of good. (Al-A`raf 7:54-56
وَأَوْحَيْنَا إِلَى مُوسَى أَنْ أَلْقِ عَصَاكَ فَإِذَا هِيَ تَلْقَفُ مَا يَأْفِكُونَ * فَوَقَعَ الْحَقُّ وَبَطَلَ مَا كَانُواْ يَعْمَلُونَ * فَغُلِبُواْ هُنَالِكَ وَانقَلَبُواْ صَاغِرِينَ * وَأُلْقِيَ السَّحَرَةُ سَاجِدِينَ * قَالُواْ آمَنَّا بِرَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ * رَبِّ مُوسَى وَهَارُونَ
W`whayna ila musa `an alqi `asaka fa’idha hiya talqafu maya’fikun * Fawaqa`a alhaqqu wabatala ma kanu y`amalun * Faghulibu hunalika wanqalabu saghirin * Wa ulqiya as-saharatu sajidin * Qalu amanna birabbi al-`alamin * Rabbi musa waharun
And We inspired to Moses, “Throw your staff,” and at once it devoured what they were falsifying. So the truth was established, and abolished was what they were doing. And Pharaoh and his people were overcome right there and became debased. And the magicians fell down in prostration [to Allah ]. They said, “We have believed in the Lord of the worlds. The Lord of Moses and Aaron.” (Al-A`raf 7:117-122)
فَلَمَّا أَلْقَوْا قَالَ مُوسَى مَا جِئْتُم بِهِ السِّحْرُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ سَيُبْطِلُهُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لاَ يُصْلِحُ عَمَلَ الْمُفْسِدِينَ * وَيُحِقُّ اللَّهُ الْحَقَّ بِكَلِمَاتِهِ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ الْمُجْرِمُونَ
Falamma alqaw qala musa ma ji’tum bihi as-sihru inna Allaha sayubtiluhu inna Allaha la yuslihu `amala almufsidin * Wayuhiqqu Allahu alhaqqa bikalimatihi walaw kariha almujrimun
And when they had thrown, Moses said, “What you have brought is [only] magic. Indeed, Allah will expose its worthlessness. Indeed, Allah does not amend the work of corrupters. And Allah will establish the truth by His words, even if the criminals dislike it.” (Yunus 10:81-82)
إِنَّمَا صَنَعُوا كَيْدُ سَاحِرٍ وَلا يُفْلِحُ السَّاحِرُ حَيْثُ أَتَى
innama sana`u kaydu sahir wala yuflihu as-sahiru haythu ata
What they have crafted is but the trick of a magician, and the magician will not succeed wherever he is.” (Ta-Ha 20:69)
أفَحَسِبْتُمْ أَنَّمَا خَلَقْنَاكُمْ عَبَثًا وَأَنَّكُمْ إِلَيْنَا لا تُرْجَعُونَ * فَتَعَالَى اللَّهُ الْمَلِكُ الْحَقُّ لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْكَرِيمِ * وَمَن يَدْعُ مَعَ اللَّهِ إِلَهًا آخَرَ لا بُرْهَانَ لَهُ بِهِ فَإِنَّمَا حِسَابُهُ عِندَ رَبِّهِ إِنَّهُ لا يُفْلِحُ الْكَافِرُونَ * وَقُل رَّبِّ اغْفِرْ وَارْحَمْ وَأَنتَ خَيْرُ الرَّاحِمِينَ
Afahasibtum annama khalaqnakum `abathan wa an-nakum ilayna la turja`un * Fata`ala Allahu almaliku alhaqqu la ilaha illa huwa rabbu al-`arshi alkarim * Waman yad`u ma`a Allahi ilahan akhara la burhana lahu bihi fa-in-namahisabuhu `inda rabbihi innahu la yuflihu alkafirun * Waqul rabbi ighfir warham wa anta khayru ar-rahimin
Then did you think that We created you uselessly and that to Us you would not be returned?” So exalted is Allah , the Sovereign, the Truth; there is no deity except Him, Lord of the Noble Throne. And whoever invokes besides Allah another deity for which he has no proof – then his account is only with his Lord. Indeed, the disbelievers will not succeed. And, [O Muhammad], say, “My Lord, forgive and have mercy, and You are the best of the merciful.” (Al-Mu’minun 23:115-118)
وَالصَّافَّاتِ صَفًّا * فَالزَّاجِرَاتِ زَجْرًا *فالتَّالِيَاتِ ذِكْرًا * إِنَّ إِلَهَكُمْ لَوَاحِدٌ * رَبُّ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ * وَمَا بَيْنَهُمَا وَرَبُّ الْمَشَارِقِ * إِنَّا زَيَّنَّا السَّمَاء الدُّنْيَا بِزِينَةٍ الْكَوَاكِبِ * وَحِفْظًا مِّن كُلِّ شَيْطَانٍ مَّارِدٍ * لا يَسَّمَّعُونَ إِلَى الْمَلإِ الأَعْلَى وَيُقْذَفُونَ مِن كُلِّ جَانِبٍ * دُحُورًا وَلَهُمْ عَذَابٌ وَاصِبٌ * إِلاَّ مَنْ خَطِفَ الْخَطْفَةَ فَأَتْبَعَهُ شِهَابٌ ثَاقِبٌ
Was-saffati saffa * Faz-zajirati zajra * Fat-taliyati thikra * Inna ilahakum lawahid * Rabbu as-samawati wal-ardi wama baynahuma warabbu almashariq * Inna zayyanna as-samaa addunya bizinatin alkawakib * Wahifdhan min kulli shaytanin marid * La yas-samma`una ila almala’I al-al`la wayuqdhafuna min kulli janib * Duhuran walahum `adhabun wasib * Illa man khatifa al-khatfata fa’atba`ahu shihabun thaqib
By those [angels] lined up in rows. And those who drive [the clouds]. And those who recite the message. Indeed, your God is One. Lord of the heavens and the earth and that between them and Lord of the sunrises. Indeed, We have adorned the nearest heaven with an adornment of stars. And as protection against every rebellious devil. [So] they may not listen to the exalted assembly [of angels] and are pelted from every side. Repelled; and for them is a constant punishment. Except one who snatches [some words] by theft, but they are pursued by a burning flame, piercing [in brightness]. (As-Saffat 37:1-10)
وَإِذْ صَرَفْنَا إِلَيْكَ نَفَرًا مِّنَ الْجِنِّ يَسْتَمِعُونَ الْقُرْآنَ فَلَمَّا حَضَرُوهُ قَالُوا أَنصِتُوا فَلَمَّا قُضِيَ وَلَّوْا إِلَى قَوْمِهِم مُّنذِرِينَ * قَالُوا يَا قَوْمَنَا إِنَّا سَمِعْنَا كِتَابًا أُنزِلَ مِن بَعْدِ مُوسَى مُصَدِّقًا لِّمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ يَهْدِي إِلَى الْحَقِّ وَإِلَى طَرِيقٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ * يَا قَوْمَنَا أَجِيبُوا دَاعِيَ اللَّهِ وَآمِنُوا بِهِ يَغْفِرْ لَكُم مِّن ذُنُوبِكُمْ وَيُجِرْكُم مِّنْ عَذَابٍ أَلِيمٍ * وَمَن لّا يُجِبْ دَاعِيَ اللَّهِ فَلَيْسَ بِمُعْجِزٍ فِي الأَرْضِ وَلَيْسَ لَهُ مِن دُونِهِ أَوْلِيَاء أُوْلَئِكَ فِي ضَلالٍ مُّبِينٍ
Wa-idh sarafna ilayka nafaran mina aljinni yastami`una alqur’ana falamma hadaruhu qalu ansitu falamma qudiya wallaw ila qawmihim mundhirin * Qalu ya qawmana inna sami`na kitaban onzila min b`adi musa musaddiqan lima bayna yadayhi yahdi ila alhaqqi wa-ila tariqin mustaqim * Ya qawmana ajibu da`iya allahi wa aminu bihi yaghfir lakum min thunubikum wayujirkum min `adhabin alim * Waman la yujib da`iya Allahi falaysa bimu`jizin fi alardi walaysa lahu min dunihi awliya ula-ika fi dalalin mubin
And [mention, O Muhammad], when We directed to you a few of the jinn, listening to the Qur’an. And when they attended it, they said, “Listen quietly.” And when it was concluded, they went back to their people as warners. They said, “O our people, indeed we have heard a [recited] Book revealed after Moses confirming what was before it which guides to the truth and to a straight path. O our people, respond to the Messenger of Allah and believe in him; Allah will forgive for you your sins and protect you from a painful punishment. But he who does not respond to the Caller of Allah will not cause failure [to Him] upon earth, and he will not have besides Him any protectors. Those are in manifest error.” (Al-Ahqaf 46:29-32)
يَا مَعْشَرَ الْجِنِّ وَالإِنسِ إِنِ اسْتَطَعْتُمْ أَن تَنفُذُوا مِنْ أَقْطَارِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ فَانفُذُوا لا تَنفُذُونَ إِلاَّ بِسُلْطَانٍ * فَبِأَيِّ آلاء رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ * يُرْسَلُ عَلَيْكُمَا شُوَاظٌ مِّن نَّارٍ وَنُحَاسٌ فَلا تَنتَصِرَانِ * فَبِأَيِّ آلاء رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ
Ya ma`shara aljinni wal-insi ini istata`tum an tanfudhu min aqtari as-samawati wal-ardi fanfudhu la tanfudhuna illa bisultan * Fabi ayyi alaa’i rabbikuma tukadh-dhiban * Yursalu `alaykuma shuwadhun min narin wanuhasun fala tantasiran * Fabi ayyi alaa’i rabbikuma tukadh-dhiban
O company of jinn and mankind, if you are able to pass beyond the regions of the heavens and the earth, then pass. You will not pass except by authority [from Allah]. So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny? There will be sent upon you a flame of fire and smoke, and you will not defend yourselves. So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny? (Ar-Rahman 55:33-36)
لَوْ أَنزَلْنَا هَذَا الْقُرْآنَ عَلَى جَبَلٍ لَّرَأَيْتَهُ خَاشِعًا مُّتَصَدِّعًا مِّنْ خَشْيَةِ اللَّهِ وَتِلْكَ الأَمْثَالُ نَضْرِبُهَا لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ * هُوَ اللَّهُ الَّذِي لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ عَالِمُ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ هُوَ الرَّحْمَنُ الرَّحِيمُ * هُوَ اللَّهُ الَّذِي لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ الْمَلِكُ الْقُدُّوسُ السَّلامُ الْمُؤْمِنُ الْمُهَيْمِنُ الْعَزِيزُ الْجَبَّارُ الْمُتَكَبِّرُ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ * هُوَ اللَّهُ الْخَالِقُ الْبَارِئُ الْمُصَوِّرُ لَهُ الأَسْمَاء الْحُسْنَى يُسَبِّحُ لَهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ
Law anzalna hadha alqur’ana `ala jabalin lar`ytahu khashi`an mutasaddi`an min khashyati Allahi watilka al-amthalu nadribuha linnasi l`allahum yatafakkarun * Huwa Allahu alladhi la ilaha illa huwa `alimu alghaybi wash-shahadati huwa ar-rahmanu ar-rahim * Huwa Allahu alladhi la ilaha illa huwa almaliku alquddusu as-salamualmu almu’minu almuhayminu al`azizu aljabbaru almutakabbiru subhana Allahi `amma yushrikun * Huwa Allahu alkhaliqu albari’u almusawwiru lahu alasma’u alhusna yusabbihu lahu ma fi as-samawati wal-ardi wahuwa al`azizu alhakim
If We had sent down this Qur’an upon a mountain, you would have seen it humbled and coming apart from fear of Allah . And these examples We present to the people that perhaps they will give thought. He is Allah , other than whom there is no deity, Knower of the unseen and the witnessed. He is the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. He is Allah , other than whom there is no deity, the Sovereign, the Pure, the Perfection, the Bestower of Faith, the Overseer, the Exalted in Might, the Compeller, the Superior. Exalted is Allah above whatever they associate with Him. He is Allah , the Creator, the Inventor, the Fashioner; to Him belong the best names. Whatever is in the heavens and earth is exalting Him. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise. (Al-Hashr 59:21-24)
The first 9 verses from Surat Al-Jinn 72
Surat Al-Ikhlas 112
Surat Al-Falaq 113
Surat An-Nas 114
1– Al-Mughni by Ibn Qudamah (vol.10, p. 104)
2- Zad Al-Ma`ad by Ibn Al-Qayyim (vol. 4, p. 126)
Source: Adapted from a book entitled “As-Sarim Al-Battar fil Tasaddi li As-Saharah Al-Ashrar) by Sheikh Wahid Abdus-Salam Bali and translated by Chafik Abdelghani
The angels are mystical beings that Allah the Almighty created from light.
`Umar ibn Al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the companions were sitting with the Prophet (peace be upon him) and someone entered dressed in very white clothes and having extraordinary black hair. No signs of fatigue of journey appeared on him and he was known to none of us. He sat down facing the Prophet and said to him, “… Tell me about iman (faith).” The Prophet said: “It is to believe in Allah, His angels, His Books, His Messengers and the Last Day and that you believe in preordainment (destiny), its bad and good consequences. …” Then he departed. The Prophet of Allah kept silent for a while then he said to me, “O `Umar! Do you know who the questioner was?” I replied, “Allah and His Messenger know better.” The Prophet said, “He was Jibril (Gabriel); he came to you to teach you your religion.” (Muslim)
It was an angel that descended to ask the Prophet the main questions that constitute the milestones of the Islamic creed. He asked about Islam, iman, ihsan (perfection) and the Last Day. In the quoted part, the Prophet answered the question about faith, making the belief in angels part and parcel of one’s faith, without which faith is deficient and unaccepted.
Who are the angels?
The angels are mystical beings that Allah the Almighty created from light. They are able to take multiple forms, and they cannot be described as males or females. Ibn Hajar said, “The angels are spiritual creatures bestowed the ability to take different forms and they live in the Heavens.” (Fat-h Al-Bari)
Do we have to believe in angels?
Belief in angels, as mentioned in the Qur’an and the authentic narrations from the Prophet (peace be upon him), is an indispensable part of the Muslim’s faith. Denying their existence is nothing but an act of disbelieving the Qur’an and Sunnah which rules one out of the fold of Islam. The proofs of this are numerous, Almighty Allah says in the Qur’an,
The Messenger (Muhammad) believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers. Each one believes in Allah, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. (Al-Baqarah 2:285)
Almighty Allah stated that those who disbelieve in them have gone astray indeed. He says,
And whosoever disbelieves in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, and the Last Day, then indeed he has strayed far away. (An-Nisa’ 4:136)
As for the hadiths of the Prophet, they are plentiful in this regard. In addition to the hadith quoted above which concluded that belief in angels is a pillar of faith, Abu Dharr (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet said, “Heaven has squeaked, and it has right to do so. By Him, in Whose Hand my soul is, there is not a space of four fingers in which there is not an angel who is prostrating his forehead before Allah, the Exalted.” (At-Tirmidhi) He stated that the angels are existent and thus negating this implies disbelieving the Prophet which is an act of disbelief.
What is the description of angels?
The following are the main attributes of the angels:
Created from light
The Prophet told us that angels were created from light. `A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) reported: “The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: ‘The angels are created from light, the Jinn are created from smokeless fire and mankind is created from what you have been told about (i.e. clay).’” (Muslim)
Able to take multiple forms
The Qur’an and Sunnah indicate that the angels are given the capacity to take numerous forms by the permission of Allah. In the Qur’an, Jibril came to Maryam (Virgin Mary) in the form of a man. Almighty Allah says,
She placed a screen (to screen herself) from them; then We sent to her Our ruh (angel Jibril (Gabriel)), and he appeared before her in the form of a man in all respects. She said: “Verily! I seek refuge with the Most Beneficent (Allah) from you, if you do fear Allah.” (The angel) said: “I am only a Messenger from your Lord, (to announce) to you the gift of a righteous son.” (Maryam 19-17-19)
In the hadith of `Umar, he said “While we were with the Messenger of Allah one day, a man appeared before us whose clothes were exceedingly white and whose hair was exceedingly black. We could see no signs of travel on him, but none of us knew him. He came and sat before the Messenger of Allah, putting his knees against his, and placing his hands on his thighs, then he said: “O Muhammad, tell me about Islam…” At the end of the hadith, the Prophet said, “That was Jibril (peace be upon him) who came to you to teach you your religion.” (An-Nasa’i) It indicates that Jibril, the angel, came to them in the form of man.
The texts of the revelation show that Allah has created the angles in big sizes. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, describing Jibril: “I saw Jibril descending from heaven, and his great size filled the space between heaven and earth.” (Muslim) Also, Jabir ibn `Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) said that the Prophet said: “I have been given permission to speak about one of the angels of Allah who carry the Throne. The distance between his ear-lobes and his shoulders is equivalent to a seven-hundred-year journey.’” (Abu Dawud)
No material desires
It is known that the angels do not eat, drink or copulate. They are free from such desires. When they came to Ibrahim (Abraham, peace be upon him) in the shape of full men he presented for them some food but they refused to eat. The Qur’an says,
Then he turned quickly to his household, brought out a fatted calf, and placed it before them. He said, ‘Will you not eat?’ (When they did not eat), he conceived a fear of them. They said: ‘Fear not,’ and they gave him glad tidings of a son endowed with knowledge. (Adh-Dhariyat 51:26-28)
The angels cannot be described as males or females and they are not subject to any kind of procreation or sexual reproduction. Rather, all of them are created directly by Allah, the Almighty. They do not have any inclination to sex or food or whatever because they are created solely for the service of man and the worship of God.
Complete obedience and worship of God
The Qur’an describes the angels as constant worshippers of God who never disobey him. Almighty Allah says,
O you who believe! Ward off from yourselves and your families a Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones, over which are (appointed) angels stern (and) severe, who disobey not, (from executing) the Commands they receive from Allah, but do that which they are commanded. (At-Tahrim 66:6)
To Him belongs whosoever is in the heavens and on earth. And those who are near Him (i.e. the angels) are not too proud to worship Him, nor are they weary (of His worship). They (i.e. the angels) glorify His Praises night and day, (and) they never slacken (to do so). (Al-Anbiya’ 21:19-20)
What are the fruits of belief in angels?
1 – Recognizing Allah’s Omnipotence and Power. The angels with their capacities and enormous sizes are among Allah’s creation which proves His Majesty.
2 – Thanking Allah because He takes care of mankind. He appointed angels to protect them, record their deeds and other beneficial tasks.
3 – Imitating the angels in continual obedience to Allah without negligence or weariness.
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As everything that has a beginning has an end, the world around is so. There will come a specific time, which God the Almighty only knows, when the universe will vanish and ruin, and another world will commence thereafter. This time is sure and cannot be averted. A Muslim believes that the Day of Resurrection is undisputable and it will come at sudden because none but God knows its accurate date. Almighty Allah says,
They ask you, [O Muhammad], about the Hour (the Last Day): when is its arrival? Say, “Its knowledge is only with my Lord. None will reveal its time except Him. It lays heavily upon the heavens and the earth. It will not come upon you except unexpectedly.” They ask you as if you are familiar with it. Say, “Its knowledge is only with Allah , but most of the people do not know.” (Al-A`raf 7:187)
Almighty Allah replies to those who asked Prophet Muhammad about the time of the coming of the Day of Resurrection that neither Muhammad nor anyone else knows the specific time of that Day. It is only God who knows the time of the Last Day.
However, Prophet (peace be upon him) told us that although this time is unknown to everyone but there are some signs that will antecede it. These indications serve as an alarm for people to get prepared for the coming of this crucial time. Scholars divided the signs of the Last Day into 2 categories: minor signs and major signs. The below hadith mentions some of the minor signs:
`Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that a man (who turned to be an angel) come to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and asked him some questions. One of them is “Inform me about the Hour (i.e., the Day of Resurrection).” He (peace be upon him) replied, “I have no more knowledge thereof than you”. He said, “Inform me about some of its signs.” He said, “They are – that a bondswoman gives birth to her own master, and that you will find the barefooted, naked, poor shepherds competing one another in the construction of higher buildings.” (Muslim)
As for the major sings, Hudhaifa ibn Usaid Al-Ghifari reported:
“Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) came to us all of a sudden as we were (busy in a discussion). He said: “What do you discuss about?” They (the Companions) said, “We are discussing about the Last Hour.” Thereupon he said: “It will not come until you see ten signs before and (in this connection) he made a mention of the smoke, Dajjal (the Antichrist), the beast, the rising of the sun from the west, the descent of Jesus son of Mary (peace be upon him), the Gog and Magog, and land-slides in three places, one in the east, one in the west and one in Arabia at the end of which fire would burn forth from the Yemen, and would drive people to the place of their assembly. (Muslim)
With regard to the signs of the coming of the Last Day, Sheikh Yasir Qadhi talks to us in this interesting video. Do not miss watching it.
Source: Taken from Memphis Islamic Center (MIC) Channel on Youtube
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Satanism is a perverted faith that involves deviant and aberrant actions as a kind of adoration of the Satan.
Freedom is an essential human right that cannot be given or taken out as it is an inborn characteristic which God has given all of us equally. However, this human attribute, like everything around, is subject to moral criteria and standards which regulate the course of life and organize the interaction between the members of this existence. Unless these standards are observed, we will go in chaos and continue to pass by eccentric views and practices that contradict the innate nature and the unanimously agreed on values and morals.
One of the manifestations of the misuse of the right to freedom is the perverted faith of Satanism which a number of people continue to adopt and support. Satanism, in fact, is a perverted faith that involves deviant and aberrant actions as a kind of adoration of the Satan. The followers of Satanism perform specific rituals that involve clear anomalies and blatant aberrations that contradict the human nature, the moral values and the religious recommendations. Their perverted practices include illegal sex, consummation of drugs, killing and suicide, and other abnormal and loathing perpetrations that cause disgust and arouse pity.
Satan, according to Islam, is the biggest enemy of Adam and his offspring since the creation of Adam. When Allah created Adam, He gave orders to the Angels to prostrate before Adam, an order which was refused to by Iblis (the grand Satan). He felt proud of himself and deemed himself far better than Adam and thus he should not do this expression of respect to Adam.
Iblis ignored the command of God and refused to prostrate to Adam, and therefore deserved the curse of God and the eternal torture of God in the hereafter. It was, at this point, when he decided to take Adam and his children as his bitter enemy and determined to consecrate his life for misguiding Adam and his progeny from the straight path of God.
The Qur’an relates to us this story in the following verses:
And [mention] when We said to the angels, “Prostrate to Adam,” and they prostrated, except Iblis (Satan); he refused. So We said, “O Adam, indeed this is an enemy to you and to your wife. Then let him not remove you from Paradise so you would suffer. Indeed, it is [promised] for you not to be hungry therein or be unclothed. And indeed, you will not be thirsty therein or be hot from the sun.” Then Satan whispered to him; he said, “O Adam, shall I direct you to the tree of eternity and possession that will not deteriorate?” And Adam and his wife ate of it, and their private parts became apparent to them, and they began to fasten over themselves from the leaves of Paradise. And Adam disobeyed his Lord and erred. Then his Lord chose him and turned to him in forgiveness and guided [him]. (Ta-Ha 20:116-122)
[Iblis] said, “My Lord, because You have put me in error, I will surely make [disobedience] attractive to them on earth, and I will mislead them all. (Al-Hijr 15:42)
In his conflict with Adam, Satan makes use of every useful means and utilizes the weak spots of people to reach his goal, namely the disbelief in God and the deprivation of His Mercy as in his case. He conceals vehement hatred against the humans who were honored by God, received His revelation on the earth and won His Mercy. The Satanists are some misguided people who submitted and obeyed Satan and took him as a a god other than Allah, although the Satan is center of evil in the whole being.
In fact, this worship of Satan is not a struggle or war between God and Satan. This is illogical and unacceptable. Satan is nothing but a poor and weak creature who moves under the rules set by God for everyone and everything in the universe. He does not possess supernatural powers or control anything around.
All about Satan is that he is a cursed devil whose job is deluding people and leading them away from the straight path of God. So, Satanism is not a conflict between God and Satan because Satan himself declared the Lordship of Allah in many places as stated by the Qur’an. He is just a poor creation, not better than humans or anything else. Even, the Prophets, the pious ones, scholars, the angels, etc. are far stronger than Satan and his soldiers and followers. It is really a war but between man and Satan. Almighty Allah says,
He (Iblis) said, “My Lord, then reprieve me until the Day they are resurrected.” .. [Iblis] said, “My Lord, because You have put me in error, I will surely make [disobedience] attractive to them on earth, and I will mislead them all. (Al-Hijr 15:36 and 39)
Indeed, the plot of Satan has ever been weak. (An-Nisaa’ 4:76)
Satanists have been a victim of some perverted views that controlled their understanding and influenced their attitudes. They traced the deluded way of Satan, trusted him and followed his inspirations that have no relation to the right. Their false faith compelled them to commit the most abominable acts in order to please the Satan, who does not have anything to give them except delusion and misery. Those persons are generally suffering from psychological problems and personal perversions which affect their decisions and divert their practices.
The rituals of Satanism involve the most reprehensible actions as an expression of the refusal of the divine commands and to please the wretched Satan. Their practices include irregular sex, killing people and animals, drinking the blood of their victims, mocking the rituals of other religions, tearing apart the divine books such as the Qur’an and the Gospels, defiling them and dancing over them, reciting chants of glorification and appealing to Satan, practicing all kinds of abnormal sex such as incest and bestiality, playing heavy metal music and screaming loudly and hysterically, killing animals such as dogs, cats and roosters, committing suicide and choosing a victim to slaughter at the legs of the statues of the Satan, and perpetrating whatever their desires ask with no limit or bound.
In fact, all the practices of the Satanists reflect weak personalities, deficient characters, ill desires, perverted inclinations and irregular feelings. Nevertheless, all about Satanism is that it is a deviated faith with which Satan has misguided some abnormal persons who have irregular inclinations and ill desires to catch them to his way. They are some deviated persons who choose to forsake the virtuous, upright and righteous way of God to join the perverted way of Satan, who is in fact their biggest enemy.
Instead of combating their enemy and making use of the possible means to fortify themselves against him, they submitted themselves to his desire and took him as their biggest ally. They maintain frail evidence and statements supporting their misguided path and justifying their irregular choices and attitudes.
The perfect solution for this case is resorting willfully to the will of God the Creator and adopting the teachings of Islam that agree with logic, soul and pure nature. Following the Qur’an, the commands of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and leaving away all the insinuations and falsities of the Satan are the key factors for getting rid of these absurdities. Islam is a comprehensive religion that meets the various needs of people and makes balance between their spiritual and physical needs equally. Islam connects people with their Creator, the Most Powerful, and the Controller of the whole being.