Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Be careful: The devil infatuates the mankind

Lesson # 736 From Holy Qur’aan

Be careful: The devil infatuates the mankind

Surah ‘Al-‘An-‘aam (Cattle) – Chapter – 6)–Stage – 2

Verse – 71a of 165, Section – 9 of 20 (Part – 7)


In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Say: shall we cry, instead of unto Allaah, unto that which neither profiteth us nor hurteth us, and shall we turn back after Allaah hath guided us, like one bewildeth, whom the devils have infatuated in the earth, who hath companions who invite him to the guidance (saying): Come unto us?                    Qul  ‘anad-‘uu  min  duuNIllaahi  maa  laa  yanfa-‘unaa  wa  laa  yazurrunaa  wa  nuraddu  ‘alaaa  ‘a’-qaabinaa  ba’-da  ‘iz  hadaa-nAllaahu  kallazis-tahwat-hush-shayaa-tiinu  fil-‘arzi  hayraan.  Lahuuu  ‘as-haabuny-yad-‘uunahuuu  ‘ilal-huda’-tinaa.                   

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‘A’-qaabun – this word is plural of “’Aqab”, which means “Heel”.

‘As-tahwat – it is past tense, which has been derived from ‘is-tahwaaa’, which means “to mislead, to infatuate”. ‘Ash-shayaa-tiin – it is plural of Shaytaan (Satan), the devil. It aims “those evil spirits, who are called “ignis, ghost, demon etc. which are unseen but can be felt by other means”.


It is commanded that the Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) should say to the disbelievers: Do you want from us that we should worship and cry unto the stones, the trees etc. and forsake Allaah Almighty, whether you know that neither those can profit us and nor hurt? Do you wish to turn us back, while Allaah Almighty has guided and led us towards the Straight Path? Certainly we shall never turn away from that Guidance.


Allaah Almighty says: Ask them! What is your opinion about that person, who is going on the Straight Path with his well-wishers, lovers, beloveds, friends and companions, but the mischievous, selfish, tyrant devils cause to desert him from his associates by pointing him out, and leave him bewildered in the forest? Now he has been rambling hither and thither senseless due to the impression of evil spirits. Sometime he rushes toward a thing and the other time he runs toward any other thing. His friends and companions are calling him with sympathy and say: If you will come unto us, you will be set free from these confusions. But he is under the control of astray devils and unable to hear the voice of his own people? If we shall give up Islam now, then our condition will be totally the same as that person.


We should learn the lesson from this verse that we should not be separate from the Way of True Muslims due to tempt by evil desires. Otherwise, we shall gain nothing except distress and confusion. And even the voice of our well-wisher friends will not reach our ears, because the desires make a man blind and deaf, and leave him alone bewildered.       


Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif)