Showing posts with label Qareen. Show all posts
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Friday 12 June 2020

What is a Qareen?

Allah has created two types of beings; the visible beings (that is us humans) and the invisible beings (that is jinn and devils). Of the invisible beings devils are the associates of Iblees or the Satan which are responsible for inciting all types of evil among the humans and create unrest in this world.

The devils have been associated with man right from his birth till he dies for Iblees or the Satan had promised Allah that he would do his best to mislead man from the righteous path, when Iblees was expelled from Jannah / Paradise for refusing to prostrate Adam. And in fact it was he who "whispered" to Adam to go near the tree which was forbidden for Adam and his wife Eve by Allah and caused their expulsion too from Jannah to earth.

The associate of the Iblees who are made companion of man upon his birth has been mentioned as Qareen in the Qur'an:

قَالَ قَآئِلٌ مِّنۡهُمۡ اِنِّىۡ كَانَ لِىۡ قَرِيۡنٌۙ‏ 
One of them will say: “I had a companion in the world (Surah 37. As-Saffat: 51)

Like Iblees "whispered" in the ears of Adam, this Qareen also continues to whisper in the ears of the man he is associated with to do wrong and evil so that he is doomed forever as promised by Iblees - the Satan. Whenever, the man decides to do something good, this Qareen does his utmost to mislead him by whispering to him and tries to draw the man away from good and lead him to evil things.

A Qareen (Arabic: قرين‎ qarīn literally meaning: 'constant companion') is a spiritual double of human, either part of the human himself or a complementary creature in a parallel dimension. Since this constant companion is devilish in nature, it is also known as the devil companion of the devil within,

When our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) told about Qareen to his companions, they asked: Do you have a Qareen too? To which the Prophet of Allah said yes, but for prophets, Allah has subdued them and given them under their controls, thus they cannot mean no harm to the prophets or whisper evil to them to mislead them.

In the last Surah 114 An Nas, the whispering of this Qareen has been mentioned in the fourth verse:
مِنۡ شَرِّ الۡوَسۡوَاسِ  ۙ الۡخَـنَّاسِ ۙ‏
from the mischief of the whispering, elusive prompter who returns again and again, 
In the above verse, man is seen asking Allah to save them from the evil whispers of the Qareen, who continues to prompt man, and jinn too, to do evil. Since, the Qareen can only whisper and "recommend" a evil course or deed, it has no power to let the man make a decision. The decision ultimately rests on the man and he alone will be responsible for his resultant evil deeds on the Day of Judgement. The same has been mentioned in Surah Qaf: 27, wherein on the Day f Judgement, the Qareen would say:

“His comrade saith: Our Lord! I did not cause him to rebel, but he was (himself) far gone in error.” i.e. the devil assigned to seduce him will say: “My lord! It was not me who seduced him at the beginning, but it was he himself who preferred blindness to guidance. So, I helped him achieve his goal through seduction.”
One can feel the machinations of the Qareen and if one is wise enough, he can beat back its tricks. Like for instance, when one is asleep and it is time for Fajr / the Dawn prayer, the Qareen would continue to whisper to the man to a have a little more sleep as there is still time and in doing so, many a times one misses his prayer. Likewise, music is favourite of devils and they would distract his man companion to listen to music and this skip his prayers. The Qareen also pampers man to see porn stuff and pollute his mind and commit evil deeds. That is why man and woman are advised not to meet in private as the third present with them is their Qareen pestering them for committing sin by being intimate.

So can we save ourselves from the misguidance of the Qareen? Whenever, one is inclined to do evil deed, he must know that he is being mislead by his Qareen. At that time he must start to recite Qur'an, specially the Ayat ul Qursi (verse 255 of Surah 2 al Baqarah), and also the last two verses of the same Surah.

Ibn Mas`ud, may Allah be pleased with him narrated: “ I was with the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) during the night in which he met the jinn at the presence of Gabriel. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was reciting the Qur’an while the devil was getting more closer to him. Gabriel said to the Prophet: “Would you like me to tell you some words that, when uttered, will make the devil walk prone (without seeing) on his face and will blow out his flame?… say: “ I seek refuge in the incomparable Glory of Allah that can not be violated by the righteous or the cunning from the evil of what goes into the earth and all that comes out thereof; all that comes down from the sky and all that ascends thereto and from the evil of night visitants except for good ones. You are the Most Merciful!” (when the Prophet uttered these words) the devil began groping his way and his flame got extinguished.”

You may watch a relevant video, though in Urdu but with English sub titles to understand the concept of Qareen:
May Allah help us overcome the treacheries and machinations of the Qareen and let us always be guided toward truth and path of righteous and cleanliness. Aameen

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