SHAFAQNA- Hypnosis is a trance-like condition characterized by an altered state of consciousness, diminished will power, and an increased responsiveness to suggestion. People differ in their suggestibility to hypnosis. A person cannot be hypnotized against his will; he must obey the suggestions of a hypnotist. Hypnosis has been employed to help people with physical and psychological diseases, as well as for harmful purposes. An effective hypnotist is skilled in gaining the confidence of his clients. He knows that `it takes two’, the client and himself, to produce the desired effects. Our concern here is with the Master Hypnotist who misleads humanity en masse. The Master Hypnotist also gains the trust of his subjects. But, unlike human hypnotists, he is invisible.
…He (Satan) and his tribe can see you, while YOU DO NOT SEE THEM. We appoint the devils as companions of those who do not believe. [7:27]
Satan meets and even exceeds the qualifications of a hypnotist because he knows when and how to make his suggestions, according to a person’s mind, character, desires and habits. He has considerable knowledge of human nature, and he has thoroughly succeeded in rendering millions of humans unable to use their minds.
(Satan said,) “I will come to them from before them, and from behind them, and from their right, and from their left, and You will find less millions of people say, “I believe in God,” when in fact their hearts do not mean it. Their utterance is no more than lip service to go along with parents, friends, or the society at large. Whenever they have opportunities to break away from deception and doubt, they cling to fabricated falsehoods. This leaves them susceptible to Satan’s hypnosis. For the Master Hypnotist is given access to the person’s true intentions and innermost beliefs, not outward appearances and lip-service utterances. By going against their God-given instinct to worship God alone and uphold His word alone, people enable the Master Hypnotist to set them up for self-destruction behind an invisible barrier.
Recall that your Lord summoned all the descendants of Adam, and had them bear witness for themselves: “Am I not your Lord?” They all said, “Yes. We bear witness.” Thus, you cannot say on the Day of Resurrection, “We were not aware of this.” [7:172]
Some followers of the scripture wish to lead you astray, but they only lead themselves astray, without perceiving. [3:69]
They repel others from this (Quran), as they themselves stay away from it, and thus, they only destroy themselves with-out perceiving. [6:26]
As for those who reject our revelations, we lead them on without them ever realizing it. I will even encourage them; My scheming is formidable. [7:182-183]
Satan gradually instills his suggestions into the minds of his subjects; ideas counter to the worship God alone. Satan hypnotizes his subjects into doing anything that reflects disbelief, idol-worship, or hypocrisy.
They are like the devil: he says to the human being, “Disbelieve,” then as soon as he disbelieves, he says, “I disown you. I fear God, Lord of the universe.” [59:16]
A trained hypnotist slowly infuses his directives into the subject’s mind because this “drop by drop” approach helps the subject understand the instructions. But, in Satan’s case, it is a matter of making a person feel at home with negative prompts. God protects His sincere servants from the Master Hypnotist’s obvious and subtle attempts to hypnotize them.
Say, “My Lord, I seek refuge in You from the whispers of the devils. And I seek refuge in You, my Lord, lest they come near me.” [23:97-98]
And the devil will say, after the judgment had been issued, “God has promised you the truthful promise, and I promised you, but I broke my promise. I had no power over you; I simply invited you, and you accepted my invitation. Therefore, do not blame me, and blame only yourselves. My complaining cannot help you, nor can your complaining help me. I have disbelieved in your idolizing me. The transgressors have incurred a painful retribution.” [14:22]
When you read the Quran, you shall seek refuge in God from Satan the rejected. He has no power over those who believe and trust in their Lord. His power is limited to those who choose him as their master, those who choose him as their god. [16:98-100]
(O Satan,) “You have no power over My servants. You only have power over the strayers who follow you.” [15:42]
“You may entice them with your voice, and mobilize all your forces and all your men against them, and share in their money and children, and promise them. Anything the devil promises is no more than an illusion. As for My servants, you have no power over them.” Your Lord suffices as an advocate. [17:64-65]