By Christal Williams
And Satan will say when the matter has been concluded, “Indeed, Allah had promised you the promise of truth. And I promised you, but I betrayed you. But I had no authority over you except that I invited you, and you responded to me. So do not blame me; but blame yourselves. I cannot be called to your aid, nor can you be called to my aid. Indeed, I deny your association of me [with Allah ] before. Indeed, for the wrongdoers is a painful punishment.”
How frustrating would it be to hear these words being directed at you?
To hear Shaytaan passing the buck back to you and absolving himself of all guilt?
Telling you that for the wrongdoers there is a painful punishment when he is the greatest wrongdoer of all! Is this not enough reason to hate him?
We’re at war and we don’t even know it. Shaytaan is constantly at us on a daily basis, whispering to us, leading us astray but do we really hate him the way we should?
Are we taking precautions against this open enemy or letting him walk all over us? Overcoming the traps of Shaytaan should be one of our top priorities. He has the ability to make the sweetest of deeds into the sourest of actions with one whisper leaving us on the Day of Judgement to explain to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى)how we fell foul to his tricks.
‘Did I not command you, O Children of Adam, that you should not worship Shaytaan (Satan). Verily, he is a plain enemy to you’
PRACTICAL TIP#1: Know your enemy
In The Art of War, Sun Tzu famously quoted “Know thy self, know thy enemy.” Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has made our job easy by identifying Shaytaan as our open enemy. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) provided us with Shaytaan’s detailed battle plan to come for us from the front, back and both sides, subhanAllah.
(Iblees) said: ‘Because You have sent me astray, surely, I will sit in wait against them (human beings) on Your straight path. Then I will come to them from before them and behind them, from their right and from their left, and You will not find most of them as thankful ones (i.e. they will not be dutiful to You)’
But Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) didn’t leave us defenceless. He has equipped us with all the knowledge we need about Shaytaan to defeat him. Study him, study his tricks, and make yourself aware before you’re taken by surprise.
PRACTICAL TIP#2: Get a dua app/ book
Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has given us all the armour we need in our war against Shaytaan but how many of us ‘lock and load’ first thing in the morning, and give him the knockout blow at the end of the day?
Whether you’re reading the Fortress of a Muslim or using an app, there’s no excuse for us to not seek divine protection. Don’t even give him a chance to lead you astray. Hate him so much that when your feet hit the floor in the morning he flees knowing you’re awake.
PRACTICAL TIP#3: Do what he couldn’t do – seek forgiveness
Adam (عليه السلام) made true repentance after going against the command of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). He didn’t blame Allah, he didn’t blame Hawwa, he didn’t even blame Shaytaan. He took responsibility and asked Allah for forgiveness.
“Our Lord! We have wronged ourselves. If You forgive us not, and bestow not upon us Your Mercy, we shall certainly be of the losers.”
One of the biggest tricks of Shaytaan is to convince you that you’re such a sinner, Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) would never forgive you. Don’t listen! Shame him by showing him that you know your Lord is All Forgiving and Most Merciful to those who seek His forgiveness.
So ask yourself again: how much do I really hate Shaytaan? For everything that he’s sworn to afflict us with, this should be a lot more than we do right now. InshaAllah these 3 practical tips can be the first steps to you defeating your open enemy.