WAR AGAINST SHAYTAAN (6 of 6)

Shaytaan is a crafty enemy, he is keen to misguide people and to make them doubt. The more you seek the help of Allah, learn about your enemy and be prepared to face him, the more you will be victorious over him.

Ultimate Goal of Shaytaan

Iblis knows that his destination is the Fire, and he hopes to take everyone else with him to Hell, out of envy, hatred, kufr (disbelief) and stubbornness. To lead man to hell, he either:

  1. Try to make man disobey Allaah by committing shirk, devilish acts neglecting salaah etc. If he couldn’t succeed, then;
  2. He tries to make man’s obedience to Allaah fruitless through show off, not concentrating etc.

The Shaytaan declared his evil and his enmity towards the children of Adam, so he started to make sin attractive to them and to tempt them with haraam (unlawful) and evil things, (kufr (disbelief), murder, enmity, hatred, the spread of immorality and zina (adultery/fornication), the wanton display of women’s beauty, drinking alcohol, worshipping idols and other major sins Q5:90-91, 24:21, Q19:83 Q4:119 Q4:120-121, Q7:27 etc.) and to enjoin other to commit evil and immoral actions. Q 34:20. Sometimes he causes fear, procrastination, doubt, not having correct perception of oneself, false perfection, beautify innovation, incites discord and bad suspicion, among others, to distract man from the straight path.

Remember, the Shaytaan inspires man to evil and calls man to evil. There are times when he has control over man’s heart and can find out, by Allaah’s decree, what a person intends to do of good or evil. There are also times when the Angel has control over a person’s heart; he makes him incline towards good and calls him to good. So,

when he or she demand for sex before marriage or outside marriage = Shaytaan has overpowered him/her at that moment

When your sister asks you to accompany her to a disco party (she is your sister but) = Shaytaan has overpowered her at that moment

When your parent asks you to commit shirk (they are your parent but at that moment) = Shaytaan is in control

But when you hear; let us go and learn about our deen; let us go and listen to tafseer in the Mosque; let us go to the Madrasah; let us pay visit to hospital and graveyard; let us go and pray….the Angel is in control!

My brethren! Your mother is not your problem, your father is not your problem, your brother is not your enemy, …. your family member is not your problem; it is either SHAYTAAN has overpowered them or you to make you believe they are the source of your misfortunes… if you have dreamt, terrifying dreams is from Shaytaan! If Fortunetellers have advised you to stay away from them, remember, they (Fortunetellers) are Shaytaan’s Allies! I pity my brethren that asked Shaytaan’ Allies (Fortunetellers) about who to marry?! If they choose Shaytaan in human form for you who is to be blamed?! May Allaah forbid. Some have contracted their enemy (Shaytaan) through the use of charm, magic or hanged particles… to protect them, your enemy protecting you????! How on earth will that possible! It will only seem to be a protection but in reality, it is hell as it is an acceptance to disobey Allaah. Shaytaan is a crafty enemy, he is keen to misguide man and to make him doubt; makes man doubt himself, his parent, wife, children, family, friends, prayer…The more we seek the help of Allah, learn about our enemy and be prepared to face him, the more we will be victorious over him.

May Allaah grant us understanding and protect us from accursed Shaytaan and his allies.

WAR AGAINST SHAYTAAN (5 of 6)

Shaytaan is a crafty enemy, he is keen to misguide people and to make them doubt. The more you seek the help of Allah, learn about your enemy and be prepared to face him, the more you will be victorious over him.

Tips to Defeat Shaytaan

Whispers from the Shaytaan is a confirmed fitnah! One of the means that the Shaytaan uses to misguide people is by casting doubts and whispers (waswas) into their hearts. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) has warned us against some of these things. It says in the hadeeth: “The Shaytaan comes to any one of you and says, ‘Who created such and such? Who created such and such?’ until he says, ‘Who created your Lord?’ If that happens to you, seek refuge with Allah and give up these thoughts.” Narrated by al-Bukhari, no. 3277. In another Khanzab visit worshipper. Muslim, no. 2203, al-Bukhaari, Kitaab al-Sahw, Baab al-Sahw fi’l-Fard wa’l-Tatawwu’, (Reported by al-Tabaraani in alKabeer, no.11556, part 11, p. 222. He said in Majma’ al-Zawaa’id, 1/242, its men are the men of Saheeh). The Companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came to him complaining about the doubts and waswas that they were suffering. In Saheeh Muslim it is narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “Some of the Companions of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came to him and said, ‘We find in our hearts things that none of us dares utter.’ He said, ‘Do you really find that?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘That is clear faith.’” (2/153).  What is meant by his saying ‘That is clear faith’ is that their hatred of that waswasah and their rejecting it was a clear sign of faith. Remember, the Shaytaan prefer whispering to people of faith; as for the kafir (non-Muslim), he comes to them, he does not limit himself to waswas, rather he toys with them as he wishes. So, to get rid of waswas;

  1. Turn to Allah and seek His protection, and to beseech Him, for He is the most Generous: Q7:200
  2. Put a stop to this matter and turn away from it, and to keep ourselves busy with other, useful things.
  3. Occupy yourself with worship and doing good deeds, in obedience to the command of Allah and seeking to please Him. When you devote yourself completely and seriously to worship, you will forget about these whispers, in sha Allah.
  4. Frequently seek refuge with Allah and make du’a (supplicate) to free you from these whispers. Majmoo’ Fatawa wa Rasail Fadeelat al-Shaykh Muhammad ibn Salih al-‘Uthaymeen, vol. 1, p.57-60
  • Walk or move with pious friend that will always remind you of Allaah.
  • Adherence to the Quran and Sunnah in word and deed, and keeping away from the paths of misguidance, for on every path there is a devil calling people to it. Q2:208
  • Adhering to the Quran and Sunnah in word and deed expels the Shaytaan and annoys him greatly. Muslim narrated from Abu Hurayrah: “When the son of Adam recites a verse of sajdah (prostration) and prostrates, the Shaytaan withdraws weeping, saying, ‘Woe to me, the son of Adam was commanded to prostrate, and he prostrated, so Paradise will be his; I was commanded to prostrate and I disobeyed, so Hell will be mine.’” Muslim, no. 133.
  • Seeking refuge with Allah from all kinds of evil and turning to Him. Muslim, 814.
  • Always busy with dhikr (the remembrance of Allah), for this is the greatest thing that may protect a person. In the hadeeth regarding Yahya (peace be upon him) to enjoin five things upon the Children of Israel. al-Hafiz Abu Moosa al-Madani in al-Targheeb fi’l-Khisal al-Hameedah wa’l-Tarheeb min al-Khilal al-Murdiyyah. Ibn al-Qayyim said: Shaykh al-Islam used to regard this hadeeth highly, and I heard that he used to say: “The evidence for its being sound is quite clear.” al-Wabil al-Sayyib, 60.
  • Adhering to the main body of the Muslims (the jama’ah) by living in a Muslim land and choosing righteous friends who will help him to do good. Shaytaan is with the one who is alone. al-Tirmidhi, 2254. Al-Qari said: its isnad (chain of narrators) is saheeh (authentic). Al-Mubarakfoori said: The entire hadeeth is either saheeh or hasan (sound). Tuhfat al-Ahwadhi, 6/320.
  • Opposing the Shaytaan, for he may come in the form of someone offering sincere advice, so we must go against him, even in ever affairs. For example: “Take a siesta for the devils do not take a siesta.” Narrated by Abu Na’eem with a saheeh isnad. Saheeh al-Jami’, 4/147.
  • Do not feed Shaytaan; try voluntary fasting, say Bismillaah before eating, eat with right hand, pick piece of food that falls to the ground do not leave it for the Shaytaan…” Muslim, 12, al-Adab.
  • Repenting and seeking Allah’s forgiveness. Ahmad in al-Musnad and classed as saheeh by al-Albani in Saheeh al-Jami’, 2/32 Q7:23
  • Let Shaytaan cry. Abu Hurayrah said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘When the son of Adam recites a sajdah, the Shaytaan goes away weeping, saying, “Woe to him! He was commanded to prostrate and he prostrated, so Paradise is his; I was ordered to prostrate and I disobeyed, so Hell is my fate!” (Reported by Imaam Muslim in his Saheeh, no. 133).
  • Defeat Shaytaan by reconciling with our brother. Jabir narrated that the Messenger of Allah said: “Indeed Ash-Shaitan has despaired of getting those who perform Salat to worship him. But he is engaged in sowing hatred among them.” Jami` at-Tirmidhi 1937
  • Chase him away by calling to prayer. Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: When the Mu’adhdhin calls to prayer, Satan runs back vehemently. Sahih Muslim 389, Sahih Muslim 389 a
  • Safeguard your Salaah (Prayer) as Shaytaan steals prayer. Al-Bukhaari (751) narrated that ‘Aa’ishah said: I asked the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) about looking around whilst praying, and he said: “That is something that the Shaytaan steals from a person’s prayer.”
  • Punish Shaytaan by pointing with the forefinger during the Tashahhud. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “It is more powerful against the Shaytaan than iron” (reported by Imaam Ahmad, 2/119, with a hasan isnaad, as stated in Sifat al-Salaah, p. 159), i.e., pointing with the forefinger during the Tashahhud is more painful to the Shaytaan than being beaten with a rod of iron, because it reminds the slave of the Unity of Allaah and to be sincere in his worship of Him alone, and this is what the Shaytaan hates most; we seek refuge with Allaah from him.” (al-Fath al-Rabbani by al-Saa’idi, 4/15).
  • Defend your prayer by putting sutrah in front. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When any one of you prays facing a sutrah, let him get close to it so that the Shaytaan cannot interrupt his prayer.” (Reported by Abu Dawood, no. 695, 1/446; Saheeh al-Jaami’, no. 650).
  • etc

 To be cont…. inshaa Allaah

May Allaah grant us understanding and protect us from accursed Shaytaan and his allies.

WAR AGAINST SHAYTAAN (4 of 6)

Shaytaan is a crafty enemy, he is keen to misguide people and to make them doubt. The more you seek the help of Allah, learn about your enemy and be prepared to face him, the more you will be victorious over him.

Shaytaan tries to exploit on Weak Point

Shaytaan has vowed and said: I shall come to them (man) from all directions, from the direction of truth and the direction of falsehood; I shall bar them from the truth and I shall make falsehood fair-seeming to them. Therefore, he tries to exploit weak points. If he finds that a calamity has overwhelmed a believer and that distress has overtaken him, he will interfere in order to spoil his faith, so that he will become one of the people of Hell.  It was narrated from Abu Sa‘eed al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Iblees said: ‘By Your Glory, I shall strive to lead Your slaves astray so long as their souls are in their bodies.’ Allah said: ‘By My Glory and Majesty, I shall continue to forgive them so long as they ask Me for forgiveness.’” Ahmad (10974); classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh at-Targheeb (1617), Ibn Jareer at-Tabari said in Jaami‘ al-Bayaan (5/445)

The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) used to ask Allah, may He be exalted not to allow the Shaytaan to gain power over him at the time of death, so as to teach the Muslims to strive to be safe from the fitnah of the Shaytaan. It was narrated from Abu’l-Yusr that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) used to say in his supplication: “O Allah, I seek refuge in You from being crushed; and I seek refuge in You from falling from a height, drowning, being burned and from senility; and I seek refuge in You lest the Shaytaan gain control over me and confuse me at the time of death; and I seek refuge in You lest I die having turned my back whilst fighting for Your sake; and I seek refuge in You lest I die from a venomous sting or bite.” Ahmad (3/427); Abu Dawood (1552) – he did not comment on its soundness or otherwise; an-Nasaa’i (5531). Al-Haakim said in al-Mustadrak (1/713): Its isnaad is saheeh although they [al-Bukhaari and Muslim] did not narrate it. It was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.

Shaytaan is never more eager to harm the son of Adam than at the time of his death. He says to his helpers: Go after this one, for if he gets away from you today, you will never catch up with him after today. The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) used to seek refuge with Allah from that in his supplication in every prayer. It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “When any one of you says the tashahhud, let him seek refuge with Allah from four things. Let him say: O Allah, I seek refuge with You from the punishment of Hell, from the punishment of the grave, from the trials of life and death, and from the evil of the tribulation of the Dajjaal.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (1377) and Muslim (588). Ibn Hajar said in Fath al-Baari (2/319), Al-Qurtubi said in at-Tadhkirah fi Ahwaal al-Mawtaa wa Umoor al-Aakhirah (29-30), Majmoo‘ al-Fataawa, 4/255) al-Bukhaari (3208) and Muslim (2643), at-Tadhkirah (30)

To be cont….inshaa Allaah

May Allaah grant us understanding and protect us from accursed Shaytaan and his allies.