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Lesson 14 – Aaah The Original Sin February 20, 2010

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Rabi Al-Awwal 6, 1431

“But shaitaan seduced him by saying: “O Adam! Should I inform you of a tree that gives eternal life and a never decaying kingdom?”

Surah Taha (Surah 20), verse 120


A lot of people would like to live forever, or longer. There’s so much to do, such little time and it takes so much before you reach the point when you CAN do what you want to do. If you’re lucky. Travel, learn, research, discover, party, create, run a business… how much CAN you do? You’re always short on time if you’re the kind who truly feels like there’s a need to do everything that’s possible for you… which is why so much research goes on to prolong an average person’s life, to find out what keeps one younger regardless of the years, to make clones, to improve an average person’s lifestyle so he can achieve things at a younger age thus allowing him to live his dreams more.

I might be in the same category of people one day. Until then I’ll base my monologue on the stories I hear and see.

Here shaitaan taps on this apparently inherent desire man has for an eternal life. First man on earth, has everything he could ask for, was asked to stay away from just this ONE tree, has everything else at his disposal… so shaitaan does what he knows best: pounce at the opportunity of a curious mind. shaitaan asks very cleverly as he pulls Adam in, into his idea of an “exciting” adventure. he asks Adam if he wants to know about the tree that’s already been described to him. Interesting… Manipulative.

Two things are working here: shaitaan’s manipulation and Adam’s curiosity. Forbidden sins are made to look especially exciting by shaitaan and so was this one back when only two humans existed. The glaring message here is to think through all that’s going through your mind when you’re beginning to waver towards decisions you feel are wrong or have the potential to be wrong.

I must have said this several times already and I say it again: watch out for stupid shaitaan’s whisperings. he knows our psyche (individual and collective); presently, he probably works by making us think that our thoughts are our own, that our minds are superior with higher ability and logic, that his existence has little to do with how we live our lives. Don’t let him seduce you, like this verse mentions and don’t let the glitter and excitement of this life delude you about the real eternal life of the Hereafter. Read Surah Al-naas over and over if you must but work proactively in keeping yourself AWAY from his tricks. It gets tough to do so as the years add on but it’s something you and I must struggle with everyday and because we now have the knowledge of his mission, we can work on it a bit more strategically. A bit more concsiously.


3 Responses to “Lesson 14 – Aaah The Original Sin”

  1. Nuskam Says:

    Was it not part of God’s plan to have something to laugh at!
    As said by an Urdu poet, and I translate:
    On His interesting creation of the Universe
    God would have been laughing at times

  2. A Says:

    I really doubt that a forbidden sin has to be made exciting to entice humans to commit it. It is the ‘forbidden’ element that makes it inherently exciting by itself.
    Take the case of alcohol versus pork and estimate numbers as to which one draws more sinners. The numbers are highly partial towards alcohol and the reason is simple. There are a lot of alternatives to pork such as chicken, mutton, beef etc. and so the prohibition isn’t that luring.
    Now run the numbers again with the assumption that pork is the only meat. Would your inferences be different ?
    I think alcohol would still be a leader but the gap in margin would most probably be diminished.

  3. livingbyit Says:

    A: I totally agree. One’s need to touch a bench that says “Caution: Wet Paint” explains the enigmatic desire humans have to try things for themselves. It’s all about deciding which desires need to be suppressed and which ones are trivial.
    I only mentioned sins because I was writing about shaitaan. 🙂

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