How can you protect yourself from the plots of shaitan?
This is the name of the book which I am currently studying online and I think that it is a very important topic for us to understand… because even though we might be full of faith and great ideas to serve Allah but we cannot succeed unless we know how to protect ourselves against this unseen enemy, the Shaitan, who is always plotting and planning to deceive and distract us away from our goals. So if we know that there is some enemy lurking around us then how can we just ignore this fact and not take any protective measures against him?
For defeating an enemy first of all we need to know who is he? What are his strengths and weaknesses? What are his tactics? How does he work? Who are his assistants? Etc.
Indeed the devil is the enemy of mankind… an enemy who rejects the truth, and is ever ready to attack human beings, and never gives up plotting against them, from the time of their birth till their death. He constantly beautifies evil for them, through various methods of deception, so that they might follow these, and remain far away from the paths of guidance and steadfastness.
In this book we will find the description of the various tricks of shaitan and the way he deceives mankind. And then there are about 21 authentic methods through which we can protect ourselves from the shaitan… all of which are from the Quran and Sunnah of our Prophet (s.a.w).
To understand the seriousness of our situation we can recall the incident of how Adam(a.s.) and Hawwa(a.s.) became the victims of his illusions and disobeyed Allah even though there were no other factors to distract them from the truth… no bad company… no money… no stress… no world… no glamour… no desires of entertainment etc etc etc… Only the whispers of the devil, putting false ideas into their hearts… making Allah’s disobedience seem to be harmless and innocent…
So how can we take him lightly when we have so many other things to pull us away from Allah?
Who is he?
The Arabic literary definition of the word “shaitan” is every “resident” jinn who is evil, powerful and disobedient, whether from the jinn, or men, or animals.
And the shaitan about which Allah has warned us lots of times in the Quran is Iblees… the evil jinn whom Allah created with fire… the one who disobeyed and was arrogant against his creator and so he started plotting against man, to misguide him and mislead him and to corrupt his life… by getting him trapped in a never ending cycle of desires and temptations which will take him far away from the dignity of Allah’s obedience towards the degradation of sins…
When did it start?
It was the time when Allah created Adam and ordered the angels to prostrate in front of Adam… but Iblees (who was a jinn but due to his worship he used to keep the company of angels) refused to bow down… and so he was rejected and removed from the mercy of Allah. The reason for his disobedience was arrogance… he thought he was better than Adam… and also he thought he did not need to obey Allah if it didn’t suit him…
But when he had to face the consequences… he didn’t like that either… so the hatred and jealousy in his heart for Adam increased and he requested Allah that he should be given life till the day of Qiyamah… NOT so that he could repent from his sin but so that he could take revenge from the children of Adam… by misguiding them and deceiving them into becoming his supporters and slaves … so he could use them in his war against man!
So this is the shaitan… and this is his enmity which will not end until the end of the world… since that day he has started planning and executing his corrupt actions against the generations of Adam… on one hand he drives away the muslims from their religion and on the other hand he keeps the non-muslims away from it… by spreading sins and indecency and vulgarity everywhere… It is as if he wants to prove that he was right in not prostrating to Adam… look at his children… they kill one another… curse one another… and even though he disobeyed only once but the human beings disobey Allah hundreds of times every day!
But he, the evil one, forgets that indeed he has insisted upon his sin and never felt guilty for it… and objected to the order of his Rabb… displaying arrogance against Allah… and thus he has been cursed and rejected from the mercy of Allah.
As for the children of Adam… Allah has kept open for them the doors of repentance… and so they have no cause to be hopeless from his mercy and forgiveness… whosoever seeks forgiveness, Allah forgives him… the verses of Quran are testimony to this fact.
It has been reported by Abu Saeed (R.A) that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w) said:
Indeed the shaitan said: “I swear by your power O Rabb, I will never cease to misguide your servants as long as there are souls in their bodies… and so The Rabb said: “And I swear by my power and majesty, that I will always keep forgiving them as long as they ask forgiveness from me.”
So do not give in to shaitan because his obedience leads to fire…
And be among the faithful slaves of Ar-Rahman… you will achieve success in the gardens of pleasure… being with the Prophet (s.a.w)
Most people think that they don’t have any power against the shaitan so if ever they come across him they will surely lose the battle because of his power to mislead them and his capability to beautify the evil.
But the fact is that the shaitan does not have any power over the slaves of Allah… so when the slave takes hold of Allah’s book and takes guidance from the Sunnah of his Messenger (s.a.w) and remains conscious of Allah as much as he can, then surely the shaitan cannot get hold of him nor can he misguide him.
Indeed, over My [believing] servants there is for you no authority. And sufficient is your Lord as Disposer of affairs. (al-isra,65)
Indeed, My servants – no authority will you have over them, except those who follow you of the deviators. (Al-Hijr,42)
And he had over them no authority except [it was decreed] that We might make evident who believes in the Hereafter from who is thereof in doubt. And your Lord, over all things, is Guardian. (saba, 21)
And the shaitan himself knows that he has no power over the true believers and so he has accepted his weakness…
[Iblees] said, “My Lord, because You have put me in error, I will surely make [disobedience] attractive to them on earth, and I will mislead them all Except, among them, Your chosen servants.” (Al-Hijr: 39,40)
And on the day of Qiyamah he will openly declare the same:
And Satan will say when the matter has been concluded, “Indeed, Allah had promised you the promise of truth. And I promised you, but I betrayed you. But I had no authority over you except that I invited you, and you responded to me. So do not blame me; but blame yourselves. I cannot be called to your aid, nor can you be called to my aid. Indeed, I deny your association of me [with Allah ] before. Indeed, for the wrongdoers is a painful punishment.” (Ibrahim:22)
And that is why Allah has informed about his weak status and his flimsy tricks…
So fight against the allies of Satan. Indeed, the plot of Satan has ever been weak. (An-Nisa:76)
(More to follow… tomorrow inshaAllah)