Among God’s names included in “ Gracious Names of God,” “Settar (Veiler) refers to God’s veiling attribute.


Ye who believe! He will grant you a Criterion (to judge between right and wrong), remove from you (all) evil (that may afflict) you, For God is the Lord of grace unabounded

VERSE 29, SPOILS OF WAR (Anfal), Sura 8


The  Arabic word “settar” means that which veils and hides sin. The Arabic words “tesettur” (veiling) and “settar” both  originate from the root “setr”.


Sometimes there are things which we don’t want others to know. Because they are things we would be ashamed of in the view of others. This is why we hide them.


Whereas, nowadays people are almost competing  to interfere with the private life  of others  and disclose their shortcomings to the public to humiliate them.


In the media this is called tabloids.. What is bizarre is that people, who do not want their own shortcomings and  bad deeds to be known by others, watch those of others with pleasure. So do the tabloids.

Such t.v. programs as tele-vole disclose the private life of celebrities to the public and receive high rating.


Actually, in daily life one of the things we like to do the best is to  become involved with  the private life of others, foist  their wares to the public and to humiliate them .


To foist one’s wares to the public is an indispensable practice in politics.

With the pretext of being the opposition, part of the game is to find the shortcomings of their rivals and to expose them  to the public.


In the business world this is done more legally.

To eliminate our rivals we look for their mistakes and disclose them to their superiors, to humiliate them and exalt ourselves. In view of our interests, we consider this as fair competition.


This inert curiosity makes us think that what we have done is justifiable.  This is why when we look for the mistakes of others and  expose them we are not even aware of what a disdainful thing we are doing.


The prophet –commend and salute him- says: If a human veils the shame of another human, God will veil his shame on Judgment Day. (Muslim, Birr 72)


All right, while we look for the bad deeds of others and expose them, how can we be sure that one day our own bad deeds will not be exposed?


The Day that he assembles you (all) for a Day of Assembly,- that will be a Day of mutual loss and gain (among you). And those who believe in God and work righteousness,- He will remove from them their ills, and He will admit them to gardens beneath which rivers flow, to dwell therein for ever:  that will be the Supreme Achievement. VERSE 9, MUTUAL LOSS AND GAIN (TEGABUN), SURA 64


Don’t forget: Yesterday you were a manager.  . .Today you are retired. And on the morrow your title will be deceased.


May God be your beloved and your companion.



(AKIN ÖRSMEN 2.23..2008)


 * The Coranic verses have been taken from the Holy Qu’ran, A. Yusuf Ali, 1975 publication, Pitman Press, Great Britain