When and When Not to Plot

26 August by Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil Ar-Rabbani


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A’ūdhu bi-Llāhi mina sh-shayṭāni r-rajīm.

Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥīm:
وَمَكَرُوا وَمَكَرَ اللَّهُ ۖ وَاللَّهُ خَيْرُ الْمَاكِرِينَ
(Qur’ān 03:54). ‘Wa Makarū Wa Makara Allāhu ۖ Wa Allāhu Khayru Al-Mākirīn’, ‘And the disbelievers planned, but Allah planned. And Allah is the best of planners.’ Sadaqa Llāhu l-‘Aẓīm.

Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla is the one who knows everything. Some people think they are cheating Allah ﷻ. Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla cannot be cheated. Cheated are the people. Those who make plots and tricks do them to themselves.

Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla knows both the open and secret. Therefore, Muslims must be upon the straight path. They must not go awry but straight. They must not think they are cheating Allah ﷻ. Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla cannot be cheated. Whoever thinks he has cheated Him ﷻ is cheated himself.

Don’t go astray from the right way. The right way is the way beloved by Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla and our Holy Prophet ﷺ. We should walk on his ﷺ beloved way. We should not walk on ways disliked by him ﷺ. The ways he ﷻ dislikes are dangerous ways. They are useless ways. Those who think they cheat people and attain something cheat themselves. They harm themselves. They do things that are totally useless. There is nothing but loss in them.

Therefore, Muslims must be clever. They must be in their senses. Plots and tricks are wrong. When are they right? When you make them against the enemy. Because the enemy is getting ready to do all kinds of evil to you. If you tell them what you know and what you do, they have no shame and no humaneness, they will harm you. Our Holy Prophet salla Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam said, “الْحَرْبُ خُدَعَةٌ”, “War is deception.” Plots can be a tactic used in battlefield. But if you make plots and tricks against Muslims, that is not acceptable. Allah ﷻ does not accept that.

‘إِنَّ كَيْدَ الشَّيْطَانِ كَانَ ضَعِيفًا’, ‘Inna kayda l-shayṭāni kana dha‘īfā’, ‘Indeed, the plot of Satan has ever been weak.’ (Qur’ān 04:76). The plots of shaytan are weak. They will be destroyed and ruined. But as believers have no plots and tricks, their way is the beautiful way. Their way is the way of Allah attention to that.

You cannot treat everyone equally. You must treat an enemy differently and treat a friend differently. The enemy wants to see your weak side to hit you from there. Don’t give him a chance. Don’t trust him. Don’t be cheated by what he says. And the biggest enemy is shaytan and our ego. Don’t be cheated by their plots. You make plots against them instead and ruin their plots insha’Allah. ‘وَاللَّهُ خَيْرُ الْمَاكِرِينَ’, ‘Wa Allāhu Khayru Al-Mākirīn’, ‘And Allah is the best of planners.’ (Qur’ān 03:54). Makir means a plot. Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla is the one who ruins the plots and knows them the best. Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla says that Himself in Qur’an ‘Azimu sh-Shan.

Therefore, Muslims must be alert. There are many groups who call themselves Muslims but their lives are full of lies. They think they are doing something. And who are cheated by them deserve that. Allah ﷻ certainly knows the man from inside and outside. Therefore, may Allah ﷻ protect us. May He ﷻ protect us from plots and those who make plots. And may He ﷻ keep them away from us. May we not be cheated by our ego and shaytan insha’Allah.

Wa min Allah at-Tawfiq. Al-Fatiha.


Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil ar-Rabbani

26 August 2023/10 Safar 1445

Akbaba Dergah, Istanbul

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