In the art of war, you have to know your enemy’s “playbook” in order to create your own strategy. The best asset you can have is to have a spy. However we do not need that when it comes to Islam. Allah SWT has already given us all the information we need to know in the Qur’an and through the examples of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ . In this case who is our enemy? What is his objective? How do we identify where the attacks are coming from? How do we guard and protect ourselves?
The reason why I talk in terms of war and battle is because it actually is a battle! You should not take it lightly, that’s the mistake most people do and it makes it very easy to return to sin. You are battling your urges and fantasies every minute and every day of your life because Iblis has waged war against us.
“And deceive whoever you can among them with your voice, and assault them with your horses, and foot soldiers, and become a partner in their wealth, and their children, and promise them. But Satan doesn’t promise them except delusion”(Al-Isra’-17: 64).
Thus we must also acknowledge this assault with his army upon us and make the necessary preparations daily. I must point out that in cases where someone gives into their desires and walks around with pride as he follows every rebellious devil, then that in fact could be considered as worshiping Satan.
“Did I not enjoined upon you, O Children of Adam that you not worship Satan, indeed he is to you a clear enemy”(Ya Sin-36: 60),
“O My father don’t worship Satan, indeed Satan has ever been to the most merciful disobedient”(Maryam- 19:44).
“It has been decreed for him, that whoever turns to him, meaning Satan, he will misguide him and will lead him to the punishment of the blaze”(Al-Hajj- 22: 4).
Even when trying to do good, Satan can also infiltrate your plans and influence you to do one of the most grevious sins – innovation or saying something about Allah SWT that you do not know:
“And do not follow the footsteps of Satan, indeed he is to you a clear enemy. He only orders you to evil and immorality, and to say about Allah what you do not know”(Al-Baqarah- 2:168-169).
“Shall I inform you upon whom the devils descends, they descend upon every sinful liar and they will not be calling for guidance, nor be commanding to piety, nor will they guide to the truth”(Ash-Shu’ara- 42:221-222).
The Prophet ﷺ said as reported by Anas Ibn Malik “Patience is from Allah and hastiness is from Satan”.
Fear of Poverty
Sufiyan Al-Thoury says regarding that, “Satan doesn’t have a weapon against mankind, like fear of poverty”. This is one trap that a lot of people fall into. There are so many scenarios that I wouldn’t know where to begin. Instead, in the aim of cutting this article short, I would appreciate if you can share some of your experiences in the comments section below.
“He (Satan) promises them and arouses desire in them, but Satan doesn’t promise them except delusions”(An-Nisa’-4:120).
You may have had a big life changing deal that you were working on, and you thought it was a “done-deal” only for the whole thing to come crashing down. If you are not strong, your Imaan will crash along with it. But one must always trust in the wisdom of Allah SWT that He knows best. That deal could have been the worst thing for you here or most importantly – in the after-life. Do you know if you would have dived head first into sin with all that money? Some people’s faith is so strong that they are unswayed by riches. Instead they use that wealth to please Allah SWT by doing good deeds, helping people, feeding the poor, aiding the sick, taking care of the orphans whilst they themselves remain humble and pious.
To be continued…………………