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Saturday, February 19, 2022

How Angels and Satan influence life of a Man

A man's life is full of pushes and pulls - or in other words it is a tug of war between man's ego and conscience that finally decides man's direction for life. The power of both is enormous and these two opposites are always at war with each other to win over the battle and control the heart and mind of the man.
Before we share a very informative video in our series of posts on Scholars' viewpoint, let us be very clear right from the outset about these two terms:
  • Ego, in psychoanalytic theory, that portion of the human personality which is experienced as the “self” or “I” and is in contact with the external world through perception. There is nothing wrong with having an ego - there is nothing wrong with feeling important - but the ego needs to be regulated. The problems arise when it affects your decision making, your mood, or it turns you into a victim, an underdog, or it makes you feel superior to others in order to justify your behaviour. And if one gives due weightage to his self and considers him above others in decision making and feel it beyond his dignity to consult others, he is likely to make erratic and wrong decisions. 
  • There are seven different Ego States, and six of those ego states are unhealthy. The unhealthy Ego States are: Selfish, Pleaser, Rebellious, Master Manipulator, Critical, and Enabling. Selfish – In the Selfish ego state, people are reckless and demanding.
  • Conscience is a cognitive process that elicits emotion and rational associations based on an individual's moral philosophy or value system. Conscience stands in contrast to elicited emotion or thought due to associations based on immediate sensory perceptions and reflexive responses, as in sympathetic central nervous system responses. In common terms, conscience is often described as leading to feelings of remorse when a person commits an act that conflicts with their moral values. The Islamic concept of Taqwa is closely related to conscience. In the Qur’ān verses 2:197 & 22:37 Taqwa refers to "right conduct" or "piety", "guarding of oneself" or "guarding against evil".
Knowing something about ego and conscience, we can safely assume that it is Satan who induces in a man and tries to downplay the conscience of the man which stops him from taking erratic decisions. Conscience thus is that faculty of man which makes him humble, rationale and sober - something good that only angels can persuade a man to be so.

I leave the premise here and take you to a very logical viewpoint of a scholar that will make you understand how angels and Satan are continuously at war between us to lead or mislead us.

Please watch the video below on the issue by Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, an Islamic scholar and peace activist known for having written a commentary on the Quran and having translated it into contemporary English and talking on issues related to Islam:
I hope we will give more space to angels than satan in our lives so as to be in peace and make rational decisions and be on the righteous path.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the video above are that of the concerned scholar . We have shared these view as added information in better understanding of Islam. The reader may or may not agree with the view owing to their own perception.   If someone has more material about the subject, he/she is most welcome to share in the comments box to make the post all encompassing.

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