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The Devil’s Deceptions

A Complete Translation of the Classic Text Tablīs Iblīs

Author: Imām Ibn al-Jawzī

The author, Ibn al-Jawzī (d. 597 AH), was a learned scholar possessing extensive knowledge. While still young, he became known as someone who was religious and given to learning. He would not waste his time in idle activities and would scrupulously avoid any food whose source was doubtful. He was great preacher and his fame was widespread; many people repented and accepted Islām at his hands. He was a prolific writer and authored over one thousand works encompassing a multitude of Isāmic disciplines and sciences.

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The Devil’s Deceptions

It is from enmity and hopelessness of the devil that his endeavour to misguide mankind from the Path of Allah will persist. This misguidance takes many shades and forms; be it from planting seeds of doubt, or giving rise to deviant ideas antithetical to the sacred teachings of Islām, and essentially becoming entangled within regressive intellectual and rhetorical discourses. The Muslim community has suffered varying levels of deviation, some of which remain prevalent today, while more continue to be uncovered – and such is the impact of delusive plottings of the devil and his allies.

This book is the sixth instalment from Dār as-Sunnah Of the illustrious Imām Abū’l-Faraj Ibn al-Jawzī. Being a complete translation of his well-known and prized work, Ibn Jawzī enumerates within it, many of the mechanisms and modus operandi used by the devil in deceiving and leading mankind away from the Straight Path. It is of particular value and importance because only by unearthing and accentuating some of the traps of the devil, can mankind avoid them as well as navigate others away from falling prey to his harm.

Speaking about the devil and his plotting, the author wrote that, “he was only able to do so while creeping during the night of ignorance. Had the dawn of knowledge shone on him, he would have been exposed. Thus I decided to warn from his plots… for identifying evil is a form of warning from it.”

This translation of Tablīs Iblīs will provide important analysis in developing self-awareness and critical thinking to ward off many deceptions of the devil, which have plagued mankind from the time of Ādam. For such reasons alone, this work is a valuable addition to the scholarly discourse it presents to the English speaking world.


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