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Surah An-Nas 114:1-6

In The Name of God, The Most Gracious, The Dispenser of Grace.

114:1 Say, I seek refuge with the Sustainer of men. 


i.e., “Satan” in the widest meaning of this designation, as pointed out by Razi (quoted in surah 14, note 31).

114:2 The Sovereign of men. 


The above is perhaps the oldest Qur’anic mention of the term and concept of al-jinnah (synonymous with al-jinn), which has been tentatively explained in Appendix III. In the above context, the term probably denotes the intangible, mysterious forces of nature to which man’s psyche is exposed, and which sometimes make it difficult for us to discern between right and wrong, However, in the light of this last verse of the last surah of the Qur’an, it is also possible to conclude that the “invisible forces” from which we are told to seek refuge with God are the temptations to evil emanating from the blindness of our own hearts, from our gross appetites, and from the erroneous notions and false values that may have been handed down to us by our predecessors.

114:3 The God of men. 

114:4 From the evil of the whispering, elusive tempter. 

114:5 Who whispers in the hearts of men. 

114:6 From all [temptation to evil by] invisible forces as well as men.

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