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NOTE: Allah warns us against the temptings of the shayton and one of those warning is about piercing and changing the creation of Allah.
Here is a reminder of what Allah tells us in His Book about listening to and following the inspirations of the shayton:
Surah Baqarah (the Cow) 2.168
O mankind! Eat of what is lawful and wholesome in the earth, and do not follow the footsteps of the devil. Absolutely - he is the open enemy to you.
For he (shayton) orders you to do what is evil and shameful, and that you should say things about Allah of which you have no knowledge.
Surah Al An'am (the cattle) 6.43
When the suffering reached them from Us (Allah), why didn't they learn humility? On the contrary their hearts became hardened, and shayton made their (sinful) acts seem attractive to them.
Surah (the Heights) 7.200
And if a false prompting from the devil (shayton) afflicts you, seek refuge in Allah; surely He is Hearing, Knowing.
For sure those who guard (against evil), when a visit from the devil (shayton) afflicts them they become aware, then for sure, they see.
And their 'brothers' increase them in error, then they don't stop.
Surah An-Nahl (the Bee) 16.063
By Allah, most certainly We sent (messengers) to nations before you, but the Shaitan made their deeds fair-seeming to them, so he is their guardian today, and they shall have a painful punishment.
Surah Al Israh (the Night Journey) 17.53
And say to My servants they should speak what is best! For sure the devil (shayton) plants dissensions among them! For sure the devil (shayton) is an open enemy to mankind.
Surah Ta Ha 20.120
But the devil (shayton) made an evil suggestion to him. He said, "O Adam! Shall I guide you to the tree of immortality and a kingdom that doesn't decay?"
And also in Surah Al Hajj (The Pilgrimage) 22.53
So that He may make what the devil (shayton) casts as a test for those in whose hearts is disease and those whose hearts are hard, and for sure, the unjust are in a great opposition,
Surah An-Nur (the Light) 24.21
O you who have faith! Do not follow the footsteps of the devil (shayton), and whoever follows the footsteps of the devil, then surely he calls you to indecency and evil; and if it wasn't for Allah's Grace upon you and His Mercy, then not one of you would have ever been pure - but Allah purifies whoever He pleases, and Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.
Surah Al Fatir (The Originator) 35.6
Surely the devil (shayton) is your enemy, so treat him as an enemy - he only invites his followers to be inmates of the burning (fire of Hell).
Surah Ya Seen 36.60
Didn't I order you, O children of Adam - that you should not serve the devil (shayton)? Certainly - he is your open enemy!
And that you should serve Me (Almighty God Allah), this is the right way.
Plain English: "But he mislead many of you. Don't you understand now?
Surah Al Fussilat (Explained in Detail) 41.36
And if an interference of the devil should cause you mischief, seek refuge in Allah; surely He is the Hearing, the Knowing.
Surah Az Zukhruf (Gold Ornaments) 43.36
And whoever turns himself away from the remembrance of the Beneficent Allah, We appoint for him a devil, so he becomes his "partner".
And most surely they turn them away from the path, and they think that they are guided aright:
Surah Al Mujadilah (the disputing woman) ( 58.19
The devil has gained the mastery over them, so he has made them forget the remembrance of Allah; they are the devil's party; now surely the devil's party are the losers.
Certainly, those who are in opposition to Allah and His Messenger; they shall be among the most destroyed.
These verses refer to the problems most of us deal with every day. We should be on our guard against the shayton and seek refuge in Allah against loosing everything over such foolish things as disobeying Allah and His messenger in seemingly 'harmless' matters.
My advise? - Tell the person to spend more time praying and less time hanging out with people who think that poking holes in your body is OK; and spend more money on charity and less money on damaging the creation of Allah.
Perhaps you should advise the person to leave this idea for the non-Muslims who don't have anything to do with their time or their money.
Muslims around the world are suffering in so many ways, and it seems as though we could find more to do with our resources than to poke holes in our bodies and mark ourselves with tattoos.
One young man we know about had heart problems since birth. He was born with heart defects and had open heart surgery when he was a baby (age 1 1/2).
Not too long ago, he got his tongue pierced. (authobillah)
His father was very upset, and tried to talk to him about this very foolish thing, but his son did it anyway and he refused to take out the thing out of his tongue even though it was causing some problems.
The boy couldn't eat or drink for a few days - finally he could drink, but only liquids.
The one who pierced him was not really a professional, and he got some type of infection from it all. After a few more days he began coughing. This increased and increased day after day.
Finally they went to the emergency room at a local hospital. Doctors recognized how close the boy was to death and immedieately put him on life support and ventilator for breathing.
He almost died. He was weeks in intensive care and some days in the hospital, and finally he survived.
But when he became well again, he showed no appreciation toward Almighty God - Allah, for saving him.
May Allah save us from being ungrateful to Him, ameen -
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