Review of chapter-114

Surah An-Naas

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ

In the world that we live in, we are aware of different dangers and we take safety measures against them; but ironically the biggest danger that threatens our life in this world as well as in the hereafter, is unrecognized by many… and that is the constant danger of being deceived by the devil… we think that we are making the right decisions in life not even analyzing whether we are really following the right way or are we blindly following the devil’s whispers? If we don’t recognize our biggest enemy then how can we protect ourselves against his activities? That is why at the end of our journey through Quran Allah is making us aware of this danger, and also giving us the assurance that we do have one big thing going in our favour… which is the most reliable protection and care of Allah… who is the Lord of all mankind:

قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ النَّاسِ {1}

Say: I seek refuge in the Rabb of mankind

In this world we are so impressed by those who have some authority and power… and we look towards them for help… often facing disappointment due to their carefree attitude or sometimes due to their inability to understand or solve our problems. Here Allah is reminding us that the real king is Allah… who can us everything.

مَلِكِ النَّاسِ {2}
إِلَٰهِ النَّاسِ {3}

King of mankind, the real God of mankind

Here Allah reveals to us that the most harmful thing which is constantly threatening our safety is not traffic accidents, or treachery of people, or loss of wealth or even life… but the real danger is to believe and follow the whispers of the devil…

مِنْ شَرِّ الْوَسْوَاسِ الْخَنَّاسِ {4}
الَّذِي يُوَسْوِسُ فِي صُدُورِ النَّاسِ {5}

From the mischief of the slinking whisperers (Shaitan and his workers)… who whisper into the hearts of people

The only purpose of the devil is to prevent the people from entering Paradise, so he keeps trying to deceive them by making sinful things look attractive… consequently the heart which should be full of Allah’s love, starts to love the forbidden things… and the person is willingly led into the ways which bring him utter destruction in both worlds. Therefore Allah is giving us the powerful weapon of this most effective dua which will protect us not only against the devil but also from the people who have become his partners in driving people away from the righteous path…

مِنَ الْجِنَّةِ وَالنَّاسِ {6}

Whether he be from among the jinn or from mankind.

Although this life is full of dangers and it is so because Allah made it like this… as a test of our faith and obedience… But the Quran is the most powerful shelter for us and the good news is that this journey has no end. If we really and truly want Allah’s guidance then He fills our hearts with a never ending love and attachment for His book which is the ultimate source of guidance for all mankind…

So my dua at the completion of this journey is that may this journey never end… may Allah always keep us joined to Him through His Book… may we understand its true spirit, may we act on its guidance and may we be among those who spread its message all over the world…ameen summa ameen.


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