Meaning of the words ‘لا يستجرينكم الشيطان’

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What is the meaning of the words ‘لا يستجرينكم الشيطان’ in the following Hadith:

عن أبي نضرة، عن مطرف، قال: قال أبي: انطلقت في وفد بني عامر إلى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: فقلنا: أنت سيدنا، فقال: السيد الله تبارك وتعالى قلنا: وأفضلنا فضلا وأعظمنا طولا، فقال: قولوا بقولكم، أو بعض قولكم، ولا يستجرينكم الشيطان



This Hadith is recorded in Sunan Abi Dawud and other Hadith collections.

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 4773)


The translation of the words in question is ‘And do not let Shaytan use you as his agent/representative.’ [by excessively praising someone as alluded to by this Hadith]

(Refer: Badhlul Majhud, Hadith: 4806. Also see: Mirqat, Hadith: 4900)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

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