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The Jinn have no power over the pious worshippers of Allah

March 4, 2010

Dr. Umar Sulaiman Al-Ashqar


[The World of the Jinn and Devils, translated by Jamaal Zarabozo, Al-Basheer Publications and Translations 1998]

Allah did not give Satan the ability to compel mankind or force them to misguidance and disbelief. Allah says in the Quran,

“Lo! My faithful bondsmen – over them you have no power, and your Lord suffices as their guardian” (Al-Israa 65).

And He also said,

“And Satan indeed found his calculation true concerning them, for they follow him, all save a group of true believers. And he had no warrant whatsoever against them, save that We would know him who believes in the Hereafter from him who is in doubt thereof” (Saba 20-21).

The meaning is that Satan has no means of mastery over them, either through proofs against them or through any power over them. And Satan, himself, recognizes that fact as one can see in the following verse,

“Lo! As for My slaves, you have no power over any except such as the froward as follow you” (Al-Hijr 42).

On the Day of Resurrection, Satan will say to those who followed him in this world to misguidance and destruction,

“[Lo! Allah promised you a promise of truth; and I promised you, then failed you.] And I had no power over you save that I called unto you and you obeyed me. I cannot help you, nor can you help me” (Ibrahim 22).

And another verse says:

“His power is only over those who make him an ally and those who ascribe partners to Allah” (An-Nahl 100).

His mastery over them is through seduction and misguidance. He agitates and stirs them and leads them to disbelief and polytheism. He harasses them until they enter into it. And he never leaves them alone. Allah says in the Quran,

“Do you not see that We have sent devils on the disbelievers to confound them with confusion” (Maryam 83).

His power over them is not due to any proofs or arguments but is simply because the actions that he calls them to are in accordance with their own desires and wishes. They have themselves. They allow their true enemy, Satan, to become their friend and master because they are in agreement with what he wants from them. When they stretch their hands to him, they become his prisoner as a type of punishment for their own acts. Allah did not give Satan power over any His slaves until the slave himself opened the way for Satan by obeying him and associating him with Allah. Then Allah allows Satan to subjugate the slave and have power over him.



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