Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh,
[Transcribed from “A commentary on Ibn Taymiyyah’s Essy on the Heart” translated by Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips]
4. Oppression (Zulm)
“[That is] so He may make what Satan throws in a trial for those within whose hearts is disease and those hard of heart. And indeed, the wrongdoers are in extreme dissension.” [22:53]
The greatest form of oppression is shirk, as the sage, Luqmaan, told his son: “Indeed shirk is the gravest form of oppression”. One who is accustomed to calling on others besides Allah and finds his needs fulfilled will have great difficulty giving this practise up. His heart becomes hardened to the message of the prophets; to worship God alone. In defence of idolatry, Satan has prepared many excuses that become a trial for both disbelievers and believers.