Q: What are the most important books that discuss the secrets of the souls and the treatment of wild whims, and who are the most important authors in this respect?
A: One of the best books in this respect is the one written by Ibn Al-Jawzy (may Allah be merciful to him). He was a preacher who thoroughly explored the souls. He wrote a book entitled “Talbis Iblis” (Entanglements of the Devil) in which he discussed the ways that the devil uses to entangle humans in whims and suspicions. Ibn Al-Jawzy (may Allah be merciful to him) really excelled in this book.
Moreover, there is a book entitled “Ighathat-ul-Lahfan min Maka’id Al-Shaytan (Relieving the Distressed from the Stratagems of the Devil) by Ibn Al-Qayyim (may Allah be merciful to him), which discusses a valuable subject. It is summarized by Shaykh `Abdullah ibn `Abdul-Rahman Ababtin in “Mukhtasar Al-Ighathah (The Summary of the Relief of the Distressed)” and many other books.
May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!
Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’
Member Deputy Chairman Chairman
`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan `Abdul-Razzaq `Afify `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz