Deception (Study of Shayṭān)
- Course Outline
“I am better than him.”
And so it began. Shayṭān’s (Iblīs, the Devil) animosity for mankind erupted from merely a few words…and it didn’t end there. In fact, it sparked a perpetual conflict between truth and falsehood that will last until the Day of Judgment.
“[Iblīs] said, ‘Do You see this one whom You have honored above me? If You reprieve me until the Day of Resurrection, I will surely destroy his descendants, except for a few.’”
Except for a few? It’s time to get serious.
He is skilled, determined, and relentless. He will never be satisfied until mankind is embroiled in a state of misguidance and vileness. His number one target: the believers!
“Then I will come at them, from in front of them and behind them,
from their right and from their left.”
But it’s not as bad you think. The way of Allāh is to not leave His servants in their heated conflict with Shayṭān without any aid or support from Him. From His Mercy is to provide for the believers those who would remind and educate them how to remain steadfast upon the truth in this lifelong struggle.
AlMaghrib Institute is pleased to announce a new one-weekend seminar which offers a comprehensive study of Shayṭān. Is he the Islamic equivalent of the boogeyman? Is he simply a scapegoat for all of our problems and shortcomings? Who exactly is he?
Get your questions answered and much more as you will delve into:
- The Origins of Shayṭān
- His Description
- Is he a fallen angel?
- Do we know what he looks like?
- Can he take physical form?
- Can he see us?
- Where is he now?
Why does Shayṭān have a grudge against mankind? Was he wronged? What does he want from us?
During the seminar you will uncover:
- His Goals
- What motivates him?
- What makes him happy?
- His Capabilities
- Can he really possess people?
- Learn the meaning of the ‘Evil Eye’ (al-Naẓar, al-‘Ayn).
- His Psychology and Arsenal of Deceptions
- The means that fuel his influence: fear, jealousy, hatred, procrastination, greed, despair, and so on.
- How Shayṭān deceives people on different levels of religiosity.
- Shayṭān’s Cult/Army.
The battlefield is set. How can we equip ourselves to combat him and his army?
- Learn the guidance from the Qur’ān and Sunnah to protect yourself and your family from Shayṭān.
- Discover practical ways to subdue his influence.
Shaykh Saad Tasleem is one of AlMaghrib Institute’s latest additions to its instructor lineup. There’s probably no one better than him to understand the plight of Muslim youth in the face of today’s pop cultural pressures.
Here’s what some of our students have to say about him:
“Sh. Saad Tasleem had a phenomenal ability to engage students in the subject matter. It was very clear that he was passionate about the topic which translated into a rich & engaging teaching style.”
“The Shaykh, may Allāh reward him, gave us all so many practical pieces of advice and lessons that we can all implement in our lives, so when the seminar does end you know how you can improve as a Muslim and become closer to Allāh.”
Part of Shayṭān’s unceasing mission is to prevent or divert Muslims away from any form of goodness and obedience to Allāh. If there is one course that he would not want you to take, it would be this one as the entire weekend is dedicated to studying about him and his deceptions.
Shayṭān Seminar Outline
By Saad Tasleem
Satan is an established enemy for us, and his goal is to lead each and every one of us to the hellfire. We cannot win the battle against him without learning how to protect ourselves, and that is the major goal of seminar.This is not a seminar just about Satan; it is a seminar about us as individuals and Satan’s relation to us; it is aseminar about the role Satan plays in our lives.
By the end of this seminar the students will be able to recognize the reality and essence of Satan, understandexactly what roles he plays in their lives and how he affects their outcome in the afterlife. They will be ablemodify orin some cases completely change theirlives in order to incorporate ways to protect themselvesfrom him, in sha’ Allah.
Free Friday Topic: “Conversations from Heaven and Hell”
1. An Introduction to Satan
a.Etymology and origin of the term ‘Shayṭān’
b. Other names of Satan
c. The origin and creation of Satan
i. Creation of Satan
ii. Relationship between Satan and the Jinn
1. Who are the Jinn?
2. Is he a fallen angel?
2. “Most certainly Satan is an enemy for you!”
a. The story of how Satan became our enemy
b. Allah has warned us of Satan
c. Satan is our enemy from the moment we are born until the day we die
d. Wisdom in the creation of Satan
i. Why was Satan given respite until the day of resurrection?
3. Physical Description and Abilities of Satan
a. Can Satan be seen?
b. The physical appearance of Satan
c. The Abilities of Satan
i. The ability to take physical form
ii. The ability to flow in the descendants of Adam like blood flows through a vein
iii. The ability to see us
d. Does Satan eat and drink?
e. Where does Satan live?
i. Satan’s Throne
ii. Where do the shayaṭīn live?
iii. Where do the shayaṭīn gather?
f. Should We Be Afraid?
i. The only thing that gives Satan power over us is our sins
ii. He has no power over the pious
iii. Can Satan become afraid of us?
g. Blaming Satan for our sins
4. Fact or Fiction
[In this section we will separate fact from fiction]
a. Can Satan psychologically or physically harm us?
i. How does Satan whisper?
ii. Levels of whispering
f. Satanic dreams
5. The Psychology of Satan
a. Satan’s Goals
i. Satan’s longtermgoal: Lead everyone to the hellfire
ii. Satan’s short term goals: Lead people to:
1. Major Shirk and Kufr
3. The Major Sins
4. The Minor Sins
5. Keeping people occupied with permissible matters
6. Engaging people in the less virtuous things, when more virtuous things can easilybe done
7. Ruining acts of obedience to Allah
b. Satan’s Motivations
i. Why does Satan care if we go to heaven or hell?
c. An analysis of Satan’s speech
6. Satan’s Army
a. Soldiers from the Jinn
i. The Shayaṭīn?
1. Who are the Shayaṭīn?
2. What is the relationship between the shayaṭīn and the jinn?
3. What is the relationship between Satan and the shayaṭīn?
ii. The Qarīn
b. Soldiers from Mankind
i. Allies of Satan
1. Allies of Satan vs. the allies of Allah
a. The difference between the two parties
ii. Satan’s eventual abandonment of his allies
7. How Satan Deceives People at Different Levels of Religiosit
Strategies, tools, and tricks employed by Satan:
[We’re going to look at how each of the following effects people at different levels of religiosity. We are also going to provide practical solutions to each issue.]
a. Making evil look good/enticing
b. Giving nice names to bad things / Misrepresentation of Sins
i. Belittling sins
ii. Picking the lesser of two evils
c. Causing one to go into an extreme (extremism)
i. Excessiveness and negligence
d. Procrastination and laziness
e. False promises and distortion of reality
f. Satan comes as a sincere advisor
h. Coming at an individual through what they love or desire
i. Causing doubts
j. Alcohol, games of chance, idols and divining arrows
k. Taking advantage of weaknesses
l. Love of the worldly life
m. The step by step process
o. Delusions of grandeur Arrogance
p. Jealousy and envy
q. Assuming the worst
r. Self Reliance
8. How Satan Tries to Ruin Good Deeds
a. Before performing the action
b. During the action
c. After the action is performed
9. 24 Hour Security & Protection
a. How to protect yourself in every part of your day to day life
i. For example:
1. Before sleeping
a. During sleep
2. Waking up in the morning
3. Entering and exiting the bathroom
4. Getting dress
a. Wearing new clothes
5. Exiting and entering the house
6. Going to a new place
7. Marital relations
8. Eating and drinking
9. Praying and reciting the Quran