Projection: A Strong Weapon of Shaytan

& The Power of Seeking Refuge With Allah

When we look around today it is clear to the one with sight that evil is prevailing in society.

There is a stark rise in violence - particularly murder suicides involving husband and wife, and sometimes even the children. We see children killing their parents, peers, and teachers. People going to their jobs and killing their supervisors and peers.

For those of us who are acquainted with the scriptures, we know that these are some of the signs of the end of times. However, we must ask ourselves...what are the intricacies of such evil things happening? What could drive a person to shed the blood of their family, others, and even kill themselves?

In order to understand, we must know that Shaytan is behind these evil works.

He whispers to all of Allah's slaves and there are some who harken to him. But why? Why would a person give into Shaytan, the enemy of mankind?

There are many answers to this question but today I will address one and that is ....projection.

What is projection?

This word "projection" has many meanings which include;

"the presentation or promotion of someone or something in a particular way."

"a mental image viewed as reality."

"the unconscious transfer of one's own desires or emotions to another person."

"a thing that extends outward from something else."

Shaytan's most grandest scheme to seduce mankind is through projection.

However, Allah has helped mankind by reducing his use of this scheme to mere "whispers".

Shaytan seduces mankind through a constant flow of "whisperings" or "waswas" of evil thoughts, imagery, and plans and the person who is unaware and unprotected may start to believe that these projected things are actually coming from themselves. However, they are not.

These evils are the desires coming from the evil wickedness of Shaytan that he wishes to cast onto the hearts of mankind.

The person who does not protect themselves from the whisperings of Shaytan may start to fantasize about those whisperings thereby allowing those falsehoods into the heart.

Once something is in the heart it is very dangerous as the mind and actions sometimes follow if Allah Wills.

Allah, The Exalted, says in The Qur'an:

وَقَالَ ٱلشَّيْطَـٰنُ لَمَّا قُضِىَ ٱلْأَمْرُ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ وَعَدَكُمْ وَعْدَ ٱلْحَقِّ وَوَعَدتُّكُمْ فَأَخْلَفْتُكُمْ ۖ وَمَا كَانَ لِىَ عَلَيْكُم مِّن سُلْطَـٰنٍ إِلَّآ أَن دَعَوْتُكُمْ فَٱسْتَجَبْتُمْ لِى ۖ فَلَا تَلُومُونِى وَلُومُوٓا۟ أَنفُسَكُم ۖ مَّآ أَنَا۠ بِمُصْرِخِكُمْ وَمَآ أَنتُم بِمُصْرِخِىَّ ۖ إِنِّى كَفَرْتُ بِمَآ أَشْرَكْتُمُونِ مِن قَبْلُ ۗ إِنَّ ٱلظَّـٰلِمِينَ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ

"And Satan will say when the matter has been concluded, "Indeed, Allah had promised you the promise of truth. And I promised you, but I betrayed you. But I had no authority over you except that I invited you, and you responded to me. So do not blame me; but blame yourselves. I cannot be called to your aid, nor can you be called to my aid. Indeed, I deny your association of me [with Allah] before.1 Indeed, for the wrongdoers is a painful punishment." 14:22


وَإِمَّا يَنزَغَنَّكَ مِنَ ٱلشَّيْطَـٰنِ نَزْغٌ فَٱسْتَعِذْ بِٱللَّهِ ۖ إِنَّهُۥ هُوَ ٱلسَّمِيعُ ٱلْعَلِيمُ

"And if a whisper from the devil reach thee (O Muhammad) then seek refuge in Allah. Lo! He is the Hearer, the Knower." 4136

We must know that Shaytan is weak and Allah is always ready to respond to those who call upon Him and Him alone.

We are living in times where people have joined Shaytan's army and they also use this evil tool of projection to place their evil ideas, feelings, etc. onto others to hide the evil within themselves.

These people are often relentless in attempting to provoke evil from others. They often do this to try to justify the state of their heart. Many people do this subconsciously, thus they are not fully aware they are mischief makers in truth. They walk upon the Earth in sin believing themselves to be rightly guided.

Allah, The Exalted, says about them in The Qur'an:

وَإِذَا قِيلَ لَهُمْ لَا تُفْسِدُوا۟ فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ قَالُوٓا۟ إِنَّمَا نَحْنُ مُصْلِحُونَ

"And when it is said unto them: Make not mischief in the earth, they say: We are peacemakers only. " 2:11

In this ayah Allah is speaking of the hypocrites, those who claim righteousness and true belief yet they do not truly believe.

With the believers the pretend as if they are sincere but when they are with their Shaytan (devils, unbelieving folk) they swear allegiance with them and mock at the believers behind their backs.

They are forever working against those who are upon goodness and they accuse innocent people of what actually applies to them.

Their mischief can cause severe mental distress and misguidance to those trust and follow them.

Allah, The Exalted says in The Qur'an:

ٱلْخَبِيثَـٰتُ لِلْخَبِيثِينَ وَٱلْخَبِيثُونَ لِلْخَبِيثَـٰتِ ۖ وَٱلطَّيِّبَـٰتُ لِلطَّيِّبِينَ وَٱلطَّيِّبُونَ لِلطَّيِّبَـٰتِ ۚ أُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ مُبَرَّءُونَ مِمَّا يَقُولُونَ ۖ لَهُم مَّغْفِرَةٌ وَرِزْقٌ كَرِيمٌ

Corrupt women are for corrupt men, and corrupt men are for corrupt women; good women are for good men and good men are for good women. The good are innocent of what has been said against them; they will have forgiveness and a generous provision. 24:26


وَمَن يَكْسِبْ خَطِيٓـَٔةً أَوْ إِثْمًا ثُمَّ يَرْمِ بِهِۦ بَرِيٓـًٔا فَقَدِ ٱحْتَمَلَ بُهْتَـٰنًا وَإِثْمًا مُّبِينًا

"And whoso committeth a delinquency or crime, then throweth (the blame) thereof upon the innocent, hath burdened himself with falsehood and a flagrant crime." 4:112

We must recognize that we are living in an evil time, where Shaytan has successfully sown discord within the homes of nearly all people. Consequently, those who are oppressed shall have to seek refuge with Allah often and resolve to patience in all their affairs.

What we see by way of these crimes in society is a prevalence of people who are ignorant of Allah and unaware of the plots and tricks of Shaytan. As a result, they oppress themselves with disbelief, oppress others, and seek vengeance which is not their right.

For we all must know that the help of Allah is always near and nothing in the heavens or Earth is hidden from Him. He sees the wrongs that are being committed and he gives respite to whom He wills.

It is not upon any human to oppress others or take vengeance (for a personal wrong) in their own hands. We should leave these things to Allah, bear harm, and know that the reward is for those who persevere and remain patient for His sake.

Allah, The Exalted, says in The Qur'an:

فَإِنَّ مَعَ ٱلْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا

So, undoubtedly, along with the hardship there is ease. 94:5


كُلُّ نَفْسٍ ذَآئِقَةُ ٱلْمَوْتِ ۗ وَإِنَّمَا تُوَفَّوْنَ أُجُورَكُمْ يَوْمَ ٱلْقِيَـٰمَةِ ۖ فَمَن زُحْزِحَ عَنِ ٱلنَّارِ وَأُدْخِلَ ٱلْجَنَّةَ فَقَدْ فَازَ ۗ وَمَا ٱلْحَيَوٰةُ ٱلدُّنْيَآ إِلَّا مَتَـٰعُ ٱلْغُرُورِ

Every soul will taste of death. And ye will be paid on the Day of Resurrection only that which ye have fairly earned. Whoso is removed from the Fire and is made to enter paradise, he indeed is triumphant. The life of this world is but comfort of illusion. 3:185

The Muslim should thank Allah, The Exalted, for the understanding of religious knowledge (Islam) and seek it (knowledge) more than he/she seeks material gains during these evil times.

For knowledge and fear of Allah is much more valuable than gold. Those who are oppressed should forgo anger, for it is another tool Shaytan uses to lead to immoral conduct. They should instead store up for themselves good deeds by acting righteously and not behaving like the oppressor.

Allah, The Exalted, says in The Qur'an:

يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ ٱصْبِرُوا۟ وَصَابِرُوا۟ وَرَابِطُوا۟ وَٱتَّقُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ

"You who believe, be steadfast, more steadfast than others; be ready; always be mindful of God, so that you may prosper." 3:200


وَلَا تَسْتَوِى ٱلْحَسَنَةُ وَلَا ٱلسَّيِّئَةُ ۚ ٱدْفَعْ بِٱلَّتِى هِىَ أَحْسَنُ فَإِذَا ٱلَّذِى بَيْنَكَ وَبَيْنَهُۥ عَدَٰوَةٌ كَأَنَّهُۥ وَلِىٌّ حَمِيمٌ

Good and evil are not equal. Repel (evil) with what is best, and you will see that the one you had mutual enmity with him will turn as if he were a close friend. 41:34

Tools to Fight the Projections of Shaytan:

  1. Reciting Qur'an

  2. Seeking refuge in Allah when an evil suggestion occurs to you.

  3. Making Duaa: "Oh Allah, Originator of the heavens and the Earth, Lord of everything and its sovern. I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped besides you. I seek refuge in you from the evil within myself, from the evil of Shaytan and his associatism, and from anything which would bring evil to me or any other Muslim. Ameen."

  4. Reciting Surah Al Fatiha often.

  5. Reciting the 3 Quls in the morning and before bed (Surah Iklas, Surah An Nas, Surah Al Falaq).

  6. Reciting Ayatul Kursi before bed. 2:255

  7. Fasting Monday and Thursdays and on the 13th, 14th, and 15th days of the month (Islamic Calendar).

  8. Praying Tahajjud.

  9. Praying Doha

  10. Studying Tafsir and Hadith

May Allah grant us success. Ameen.

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