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.

WAR AGAINST SHAYTAAN (3 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.

Beware! Arrogance makes Man become Shaytaan Commandant

Arrogance is a blameworthy characteristic which is the feature of Iblees and his cohorts in this world, those on whose hearts Allaah has placed a seal. The first one who showed arrogance towards Allaah and His creation was the accursed Iblees, when Allaah commanded him to prostrate to Adam and he refused and was arrogant, and said, “I am better than him (Adam), You created me from fire, and him You created from clay.” Q7:11-12. Arrogance is one of the characteristics of Iblees, so whoever wants to be arrogant should realize that he is acquiring a characteristic of the devils, and that he is not acquiring a characteristic of the noble angels who obeyed their Lord and fell down prostrate.

What is arrogance?

Arrogance means rejecting the truth and looking down on people or when a person does not accept the truth and produces false arguments against it – Muslim, 91. Shaytaan is the source of all evil because he would prefer to disobey simple instruction. So as arrogant people be, they produce false argument against verse of Quran and Hadith or try to proof wrong or create doubt about shari’ah evidence(s).  Moreover, arrogance may be the cause of a person being deprived of Paradise and may mean that the Lord of Glory will not even look at him, as it says in the following ahaadeeth:

  • No one who has an atom’s-weight of arrogance in his heart will enter Paradise.” A man said, “O Messenger of Allaah, what if a man likes his clothes and his shoes to look good?” He said, “Allaah is Beautiful and loves beauty. Arrogance means rejecting the truth and looking down on people.” Muslim, 91.
  • On the Day of Resurrection, the arrogant will be gathered like ants in the form of men. Humiliation will overwhelm them from all sides. They will be driven to a prison in Hell called Bawlas, with the hottest fire rising over them, and they will be given to drink of the juice of the inhabitants of Hell, which is teenat al-khabaal.” al-Tirmidhi, 2492; classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 2025.
  • When a person admires himself for his beauty or handsomeness, or the fineness of his food or clothing, so he feels proud and arrogant and feels superior to people. Q18:34 al-Bukhaari, 3297, Muslim, 91, Muslim, 2088

One of the remedies for arrogance is to think of yourself as being just like other people and realize that they are like you, they were born from a mother and a father just as you were, and that taqwa (piety, fear of Allaah) is the true criterion of superiority. Q49:13. The arrogant Muslim should realize that no matter what he achieves, he is still too weak to attain a stature like the mountains in height or rend nor penetrate the earth Q 17:37, Q 31:18-19Tafseer al-Qurtubi, 10/260. Man, and urine came out of the same place; that he began as a despised drop of sperm and he will end up as a rotten corpse, and that in between he is a vessel for faeces.  So, why arrogance?!

Arrogant people are hated by other people just as they are hated by Allaah; people love humble, tolerant and gentle people, and they hate those who are harsh and cruel to people.  On the Day of Resurrection arrogant people will be gathered in a small form like an ant which will be trampled underfoot, so, remember the end!

To be cont….inshaa Allaah

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

WAR AGAINST SHAYTAAN (2 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.

Facts about Shaytaan

  • Shaytaan has offspring. Q 18:50
  • He shares with man wealth and children. Q17:64 Q55:56, Tafseer al-Qurtubi, 10/289. Some of the scholars said that Allaah created a penis on his right thigh and a vagina on his left thigh, so he impregnates himself in this manner and ten eggs are laid every day, from each of which emerge seventy male and female devils. Adwaa’ al-Bayaan, 4/133-135. Many of the mufassireen said that also included in the Shaytaan’s share of wealth and children is neglecting to say Bismillaah when eating, drinking or having intercourse; if one does not say Bismillaah when doing those things, the Shaytaan has a share in them, as was mentioned in the hadeeth. Tayseer al-Kareem al-Rahmaan, p. 414, Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, 13/333-337
  • Iblees is the father of all of the jinn, both the believing and disbelieving ones among them. He is their origin and they are his offspring. Q55:15, Q7:12, Q18:50. This view was narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas, Mujaahid, Qataadah, al-Hasan al-Basri and others.  Tafseer al-Tabari (1/507) and al-Durr al-Manthoor (5/402), Majmoo’ al-Fataawa by ibn Taymia, 4/346, 235, Fath al-Baari(6/369), Majmoo’ al-Fataawa by Ibn Baz (9/370-371), Fataawa Noor ‘ala al-Darb by Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (al-Jinn wa’l-Shayaateen, question no. 2)
  • Allah commanded Iblis to prostrate to Adam (peace be upon him), but he refused and was arrogant, and was one of the kafirs (disbelievers). So, Allah expelled him from His mercy, and cursed him until the Day of Judgement. Q2:34, Q15:30-35
  • Then Iblees asked for a respite until the Day of Resurrection, and Allah granted him that. Q15:36-38
  • When Iblis was certain that he is one of those who are doomed, as well as his being arrogant and being ungrateful to his Lord, he resolved to mislead whomever he could of the slaves of Allah, so that they would be with him in Hell. Q15:39, 40
  • He is eager to mislead and corrupt, so as to increase the numbers of his followers and worshippers among the doomed who will share his fate. He will not leave any way of filling Hell with the progeny of Adam (peace be upon him) but he will pursue it. Q7:16-17, Muslim (2033).
  • Iblees 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.
  • He hates mankind, who are the children of Adam (peace be upon him), and he is hostile towards them because he is cursed and has been banished from the mercy of Allah because of his refusal to prostrate to their father Adam (peace be upon him).
  • Allah and His Messenger warned us against him: “Indeed, Shaytaan is to you an enemy, so take him as an enemy.”Q 35:6. “Shaytaan threatens you with poverty and commands you with evil and obscene deeds.” Q 2:267. “Indeed, Shaytaan is an open and manifest enemy to mankind.” Q12:5. “If any does follow the footsteps of Shaytaan he will but command the evil and obscene.” Q 24:21. “Shaytaan has made their actions alluring to them and has prevented them from the path.” Q 27:24. ‘Did I not command you, O Children of Adam, that you should not worship Shaytaan (Satan). Verily, he is a plain enemy to you’ Q36:6. ‘O mankind! Eat of that which is lawful and good on the earth, and follow not the footsteps of Shaytaan (Satan). Verily, he is to you an open enemy’ Q2:168‘O you who believe! Follow not the footsteps of Shaytaan (Satan). And whosoever follows the footsteps of Shaytaan (Satan), then, verily, he commands Al-Fahsha’ [i.e. to commit indecency (illegal sexual intercourse)], and Al-Munkar [disbelief and polytheism (i.e. to do evil and wicked deeds; and to speak or to do what is forbidden in Islam)]’ Q24:21 etc
  • Shaytaan is present with one of you in all of his affairs until he is present with him while he takes his food. Muslim. There is none amongst you except that there has been appointed to him a Qareen (companion) from among the jinn (in another narration “Shaytaan”) and a Qareen from the angels. Sahih al-Jami’, no 5676, Sahih al-Jami’, no.5677. Iblis has placed his throne above the water and then he sends his detachments. The closest of them to him are those who cause the greatest trial. One of them comes back to him and says: ‘I did such and such.’ Shaytaan replies: ‘You have not done anything.’ Then another comes to him and says: ‘I did not leave him alone until I caused division between him and his wife.’ So Shaytaan brings him closer to himself and says: ‘You did well.’ ” Muslim. Indeed, Shaytaan flows in the son of ‘Adam like blood.”  Bukhari, Muslim and others. Take a nap / siesta as Shaytaan does not take a rest. at-Tabarani in al-Awsat and Abu Na’im in at-TibbShaykhal-Albani declared it hasan in Sahih al-Jami’, no. 4307
  • Iblees does not need anyone to whisper to him, because he is the source of all evil.
  • He has no power over those who believe Q16:98-100
  • He was present at the battle of Badr, he appeared in the form of Suraaqah ibn Maalik. But when he saw angels he turned and fled. Q8:48, at-Tabaraani in his Tafseer (13/7), al-Mu‘jam al-Kabeer (5/47), Majma‘ az-Zawaa’id (6/82), Maalik in al-Muwatta’ (944)
  • Iblees is never seen on any day smaller, more humiliated, more defeated and angrier than on the day of ‘Arafah, because of what he sees of the descent of mercy and forgiveness for sins, except what he saw on the day of Badr.
  • In Ramadan, the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed, and every Shaytaan mareed is chained up. al-Bukhari 3277, Muslim 1079.An-Nasaa’i (2108), classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh an-Nasaa’i , Sharh az-Zarqaani ‘ala Muwatta’ al-Imam Maalik (3/137), Majmoo‘ al-Fataawa (25/246).
  • Iblees, other Jinns and humans, have free will and freedom of choice, to obey Allah or to disobey Him Q18:29, Q76:3
  • The devils (shayaateen plural of Shaytaan) are the kuffaar (disbelievers) of the jinn. Shayaateen are from among the jinn. They are the rebellious ones and the evilest among them, just as the evil doers and kaafir among mankind are the rebellious ones Q6:112, Q18:50
  • Every person has a Shaytaan and an angel with him as constant companions (Qareen). Muslim 2814.
  • 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.
  • The believer suppresses his Shaytaan by obeying Allaah and adhering steadfastly to His religion, so he humiliates his Shaytaan until he becomes weak and unable to stop the believer doing good or make him fall into evil, except what Allaah wills.
  • The sinner, by his disobedience and evil actions, gives his Shaytaan the strength to make him do evil and encourages him to do evil, and discourage him from doing good.
  • The believer has to fear Allaah and strive against his Shaytaan by obeying Allaah and His Messenger and seeking refuge with Allaah from the Shaytaan. And he should strive to defeat Shaytaan by obeying Allaah and His Messenger and heeding the commands of Allaah.
  • Muslims help their brothers among the Jinn to obey Allaah and His Messenger just as they help their human brothers by teaching and reminding other humans, for the jinn may attend the lessons of humans in the mosques and elsewhere and benefit from them. Q 46:29-30, Q72:1
  • A Jinn may make himself visible in human form to some people when pointing them towards something good or something evil.
  • The fate of the Shaytaan on the Day of Resurrection will be the worst and most horrible of fates Q38:82-85, Q58:19
  • Shaytaan will disown his followers on the Day of Resurrection and everyone who followed him will regret it, when regret will be of no avail. Q14:22 Usool al-Deen al-Islami by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem al-Tuwaijri

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To be cont….inshaa Allaah

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