Another cunning trick that Satan likes to play on people and usually wins is the guilt factor. He would tell you that you are beyond repair. You have done sin that Allah SWT would never forgive you so that you may spiral out of control – because without hope, we are worst than animals. However Allah SWT says in Surat Ghafir (repentance):
غَافِرِ الذَّنبِ وَقَابِلِ التَّوْبِ شَدِيدِ الْعِقَابِ ذِي الطَّوْلِ ۖ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ۖ إِلَيْهِ الْمَصِيرُ – 40:3
The forgiver of sin, [the one that] accepts of repentance, severe in punishment, owner of abundance. There is no deity except Him; to Him is the destination.
الَّذِينَ يَحْمِلُونَ الْعَرْشَ وَمَنْ حَوْلَهُ يُسَبِّحُونَ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّهِمْ وَيُؤْمِنُونَ بِهِ وَيَسْتَغْفِرُونَ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا رَبَّنَا وَسِعْتَ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ رَّحْمَةً وَعِلْمًا فَاغْفِرْ لِلَّذِينَ تَابُوا وَاتَّبَعُوا سَبِيلَكَ وَقِهِمْ عَذَابَ الْجَحِيمِ – 40:7
Those [angels] who carry the Throne and those around it exalt [ Allah ] with praise of their Lord and believe in Him and ask forgiveness for those who have believed, [saying], “Our Lord, You have encompassed all things in mercy and knowledge, so forgive those who have repented and followed Your way and protect them from the punishment of Hellfire.
رَبَّنَا وَأَدْخِلْهُمْ جَنَّاتِ عَدْنٍ الَّتِي وَعَدتَّهُمْ وَمَن صَلَحَ مِنْ آبَائِهِمْ وَأَزْوَاجِهِمْ وَذُرِّيَّاتِهِمْ ۚ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ – 40:8
Our Lord, and admit them to gardens of perpetual residence which You have promised them and whoever was righteous among their fathers, their spouses and their offspring. Indeed, it is You who is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.
However if one should repent with sincerity, they should not go back to the sin again and keep that cycle going.
عَسَىٰ رَبُّكُمْ أَن يَرْحَمَكُمْ ۚ وَإِنْ عُدتُّمْ عُدْنَا ۘ وَجَعَلْنَا جَهَنَّمَ لِلْكَافِرِينَ حَصِيرًا – 17:8
[Then Allah said], “It is expected, [if you repent], that your Lord will have mercy upon you. But if you return [to sin], We will return [to punishment]. And We have made Hell, for the disbelievers, a prison-bed.”
A person is most vulnerable when they are angry and easier to be controlled by satan. You find yourselves doing things or saying things that you don’t mean to, leading you to regret.
It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that a man said to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “Advise me.” He said: “Do not get angry.” He repeated his question several times and he said: “Do not get angry.”
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5765.
‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: It may be known whether a person is really patient at the time of anger. And he used to say that the beginning of anger is madness and the end of it is regret, and anger cannot be justified by offering a humble apology. Calamities may come because of anger. It was said to al-Shu’bi: Why is a person who is quick to get angry also quick to calm down, and the one who is slow to get angry is slow to clam down. He said: Because anger is like fire; that which is easier to start is easier to extinguish.
Al-Adaab al-Shar’iyyah, 1/183
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And if an evil whisper comes to you from Shaytaan (Satan), then seek refuge with Allaah”
The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to us: “If one of you gets angry when he is standing, let him sit down, and if that does not take away his anger, then let him lie down.” Narrated by Abu Dawood, 4782; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.
What makes you angry? What brings you closer to sin and away from the deen? Do you have a weakness for women? Do you have bad friends? All of these questions when answered are variables that affect you. You must note that Satan doesn’t need the ones who are already astray – he could even influence them to get close to the ones who are trying to follow the Qur’an and Sunnah. Those are the ones he needs the most, the best of people who are really trying hard to be one of the few who do most of what Allah SWT has ordained. For them, the trials are hardest. However Allah SWT says that if you take one step towards him, he takes ten steps towards you. In that you may find solace.
وَإِذْ قُلْنَا لِلْمَلَائِكَةِ اسْجُدُوا لِآدَمَ فَسَجَدُوا إِلَّا إِبْلِيسَ قَالَ أَأَسْجُدُ لِمَنْ خَلَقْتَ طِينًا – 17:61
And [mention] when We said to the angles, “Prostrate to Adam,” and they prostrated, except for Iblees. He said, “Should I prostrate to one You created from clay?”
قَالَ أَرَأَيْتَكَ هَٰذَا الَّذِي كَرَّمْتَ عَلَيَّ لَئِنْ أَخَّرْتَنِ إِلَىٰ يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ لَأَحْتَنِكَنَّ ذُرِّيَّتَهُ إِلَّا قَلِيلًا – 17:62
[Iblees] said, “Do You see this one whom You have honored above me? If You delay me until the Day of Resurrection, I will surely destroy his descendants, except for a few.”
Personally, I can tell you that my weakness is that I hate to be wrongly accused or cheated. That always plants a little seed of anger in me which is the catalyst that Iblis needs to influence you. One can’t always win against the master of whisperers, and the closer you get to Allah SWT, the harder your tests are. It’s like going to school, the tests get harder as you keep going up in class. Finally you will reach your graduation (death) and your results will be given to you (judgment). If you were patient when people mocked you for your beard, or provoked you for praying etc then surely Allah SWT is all seeing and In Shaa Allaah you will be rewarded for avoiding confrontation. If you find yourself angry then remember the teachings of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ:
#1. Make a dua saying “I seek refuge in Allah from Satan”.
#2. Walk away from the cause of anger.
#3. Always have wudu and always pray fajr in congregation.
To be continued………….