illusions and deceptions…(part-5)

Reading and writing about all the various strategies of shaitan through which he strives to deceive the human beings and mislead them towards the path of loss and regret… makes me wonder at our own level of sincerity and struggle to achieve the mission given to us by Allah… the mission of spreading Allah’s message to the mankind to lead them towards the path of everlasting success and happiness. How many strategies do we employ? How many tools do we use? How much time and effort do we put in this noble task of bringing Allah’s creation towards His love and obedience? Because shaitan is working so hard and in so many directions… so we cannot win this war if we become content with our half cooked efforts… rather we have to understand his strategies and counter them at every point…

In the previous articles we have covered eight points… and now let us move on to the next one:

9- Falsehood against Allah…

This is a most dangerous trick of the devil in which he leads some people to say false things about Allah… making statements without any knowledge or proof… attributing names or qualities to Allah which have not been revealed in Quran nor mentioned in Hadith… spreading self-created interpretation of Quran… spreading fabricated Hadith…

In other words it is the aim of the devil to present false and fabricated things as part of religion… so that the truth will get mixed up with lies and it will be so easy to make people do wrong things thinking that they are following the true religion.

10- Taking Judgement from the opponents of Allah…

Your enemy can never decide in your favour… so how can the enemies of Allah make decisions according to the teachings of Allah? But the shaitan uses the weakness of people when they are in doubt and confusion in some matter and leads them to take judgement from those who don’t believe in Allah… So that they will most likely make decisions not approved by Allah…

Therefore whenever there is some matter to be decided, we should seek Allah’s guidance and take judgement from Quran and Hadith… even though the shaitan will make it look very difficult but we have to fight the doubts which he puts in our minds at such times…

11- Beautification of falsehood and making it appear as truth…

Shaitan has taken oath that he will make bad things appear so beautiful to mankind that they will all be deceived and misguided…

[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. (Al-Hijr: 39)

Human beings have been created with an in-built sense of right and wrong and so they cannot be at peace if they do something bad… that is why shaitan makes utmost effort to make bad things look so beautiful so that people will not feel uncomfortable while doing them… rather they will enjoy the sins and think that they are just having a good time and that there is nothing wrong in it.

That is the reason why most people are so full of self praise… because shaitan has beautified for them even the most unpleasant aspects of their characters. Therefore we really need to ask Allah to make us see the true reality of things so that we can correct ourselves and not be fooled by Shaitan’s deceptions.

12- Inflicting pain and physical discomfort…

The shaitan can also irritate us physically and he loves to do so… because sickness and weakness makes it difficult for us to pray properly or read Quran or do other acts of goodness which energize and increase our faith. Thus it becomes easy for the devil to put doubts and uneasiness in our hearts… making everything look gloomy and depressing… and then this mental lethargy adds to the physical sickness making us victims of chronic fatigue and things like that… about which the medical science is still at a loss to find any root cause…

As Allah tells us about His Prophet, Ayub (peace be upon him) :

And remember Our servant Ayub, when he called to his Lord, “Indeed, Satan has touched me with hardship and torment.”(Saad: 41)

Sometimes shaitan even deludes people into inflicting pain upon themselves; like making them stick needles in their skin… or biting their nails and even the flesh of their finger tips… or making cuts in their arms… or pulling out hair… and they don’t even realize that their actions are controlled by the remote control which they have handed over to the devil…

Pain and suffering can also be psychological… like excessive fear, sadness, lethargy, worries, tension, depression, superiority or inferiority complexes… Shaitan uses these things like shackles which paralyze us and we are unable to use the wonderful talents which Allah blessed us with…

The cure is in seeking Allah’s help and putting barriers against all destructive habits… know yourself to defend yourself… and come out of the sufferings which are blocking your path to Jannah.

13- Anger and hasty impulsiveness…

An angry comment, a thoughtless act done in haste… can sometimes be a cause for a massive destruction… even loss of lives… and all of this is instigated by Shaitan… First he ignites our hearts with anger and that makes us take action without thinking… that is why we see that sometimes parents beat up their children so badly even though they cannot bear to see them in the smallest bit of pain or discomfort… but anger makes them crazy!

Similarly most marital breakups are a consequence of anger. People kill each other due to anger… even their own brothers…

A great scholar, Ibnul Jawzi, says that anger is the easiest tool of the devil with which he plays with man like a child plays with a ball… kicking it in whatever direction he wants.

Haste is another tool… to make people do things without thinking or analysing… thus often we end up saying things which we never meant to say… and this doesn’t necessarily happen in anger but also in happiness. So we should be alert never to react unthinkingly… look before you leap!

14- Trial at the time of death

Our enemy continues to strive against us till our last breath… and this is not just a literal expression rather it is a fact that shaitan becomes desperately active for our failure when we reach the end of our life… because he knows that if a person says or does something bad in his final moments then it can make him lose Jannah… and it is easy for him to mislead us at that time because death is a time of great pain and weakness… even if apparently there are no signs of distress, we don’t see the unseen act of the soul leaving the body and therefore we don’t know what pain the dying person is going through…

Therefore we should keep on doing the most beautiful deeds for Allah in this life so that Allah might save us from being overpowered by the devil when we die…

Also it is a fact that a person dies upon the same path on which he walked in his life… so if he walked on the path of Taqwa and righteousness then he will die upon the same… and if he walked on the path of carelessness and wasted his life then the shaitan gets powerful over him at the time of his death and turns him away from a good end.

15- Recruitment of women to cause damage…

Shaitan does not work alone but has armies… not only of jinn and men but also of women… immodest women… whom he uses to provoke men into losing their minds and their faith… Since his greatest strategy is to make women lose their sense of modesty and lures them towards exposing their beauty everywhere, his next step is to instigate men to look at them and be attracted to them. Once they fall into this trap then they will forget all their responsibilities and even break up their families, destroying the future of their children… just because of the temptations of such women.

The world-wide-web (www) of the internet has made his task even easier than before because now men don’t even have to go out of their homes to commit indecent acts… they are glued to these indecent websites and ruining their marriages and their lives because of the stuff they are addicted to…

Therefore we must recognize the danger of our times and protect our faith and our destiny by protecting our modesty and protecting our eyes from watching what Allah has forbidden to us.

16- Causing separation between husband and wife…

Making other women look attractive to a man, other than his wife, is one of the tools which shaitan uses to break apart a marriage… but there are countless other measures which he used to achieve this end… why? Because this is the destruction of not just two people and their children… rather the pain and suffering caused by this wound affects even their coming generations.

Sometimes the devil does not succeed in actually separating the spouses, but his constant whispers of evil thoughts keep building inside the hearts and if they are not stopped, then it becomes a sort of emotional cancer which continues to kill all good feelings among the husband and wife… so you will see a couple living together, raising children, keeping a good home… but in their hearts there is no happiness because of the constant grudges and resentments which the shaitan keeps putting in them.

We must understand that the shaitan can only spread the seeds of animosity… but they can grow into thorny bushes only if we water them constantly… with our words! Without this water of negative talks… the seeds have no chance to grow… and the shaitan cannot even throw these seeds if you don’t leave the ground of your heart empty… but grow a beautiful garden of beautiful thoughts… of love and mercy and forgiveness and gratitude… and build around this garden a shield of Allah’s zikr… Growing a garden is a tough job and needs constant care against all sorts of things that might harm it but if you really make it your goal then in sha Allah you will achieve it…

(next I will be writing on the prevention techniques against the plots of shaitan… so stay tuned and in sha Allah I will be back with a complete protection-kit in a few days time…)

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8 thoughts on “illusions and deceptions…(part-5)

  1. Assalamualaikum wb!

    Reading about all the tools that the satan deploys against the believer makes the acquiring of knowledge of Quran and Sunnah, all the more essential! Because that’s the “noor with which one can see through all this. Hence we need to learn, implement and spread the word of Allah and may Allah keep giving you “barakah” in your ways to spread His word. Ameen.

    • Dear sis you r doing a wonderful job . Keep it up.
      May we pls have this bk on plots of shaytaan in pdf form to print.
      May Allah bless you.

      • JazakAllah khairan for your kind words!!
        So far I don’t really know how to convert these articles in pdf… but I will try and learn in-sha-Allah… after I complete this series about shaitan.
        wassalam

      • InshaAllah ask me for whatever help will try to help.
        Once completed give it to me in an usb or snd on dropbox.

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