Shaytan Enemy Number 1
إِنَّ الْحَمْدَ لِلَّهِ نَحْمَدُهُ وَنَسْتَعِينُهُ ونستغفره ونعوذ بالله من شرور أنفسنا ومن سيئات أعمالنا مَنْ يَهْدِهِ اللَّهُ فَلَا مُضِلَّ لَهُ وَمَنْ يُضْلِلْ فَلَا هَادِيَ لَهُ وَأَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ وَأَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ
قال الله تعالى يَاأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِ وَلا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلا وَأَنْتُمْ مُسْلِمُونَ
وقال تعالى يَاأَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اتَّقُوا رَبَّكُمُ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُمْ مِنْ نَفْسٍ وَاحِدَةٍ وَخَلَقَ مِنْهَا زَوْجَهَا وَبَثَّ مِنْهُمَا رِجَالا كَثِيرًا وَنِسَاءً وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ الَّذِي تَسَاءَلُونَ بِهِ وَالأَرْحَامَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلَيْكُمْ رَقِيبًا
وقال تعالى يَاأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَقُولُوا قَوْلا سَدِيدًا يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَالَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَمَنْ يُطِعِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزًا عَظِيمًا
فإن أَصْدَقُ الْحَدِيثِ كِتَابُ اللَّهِ تَعَالَى وَأَحْسَنُ الْهَدْيِ هَدْيُ مُحَمَّدٍ صلى الله عليه وسلم وَشَرُّ الأُمُورِ مُحْدَثَاتُهَا وَكُلُّ مُحْدَثَةٍ بِدْعَةٌ وَكُلُّ بِدْعَةٍ ضَلالَةٌ وَكُلُّ ضَلالَةٍ فِي النَّارِ
All thanks and praise is due to Allah, we seek His help and forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil within ourselves and the consequences of our evil deeds. Whoever Allah guides will never be led astray, and whoever Allah leads astray will never find guidance. I bear witness there is no God but Allah, alone without any partners, and I bear witness that Muhammad ﷺ is His servant and His Messenger.
Allah the Exalted said, “O you who have believed, fear Allah as He should be feared and do not die except as Muslims in submission to Him.” (3:102)
And the Exalted said, “O mankind, fear your Lord, who created you from one soul and created from it its mate and dispersed from both of them many men and women. And fear Allah, through whom you ask one another, and the wombs. Verily, Allah is ever watching over you.” (4:1).
And the Exalted said, “O you who have believed, fear Allah and speak words of appropriate justice. He will then amend for you your deeds and forgive your sins, and whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly attained a great attainment.” (33:70-71)
Verily, the most truthful speech is the Book of Allah, the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad ﷺ, and the worst affairs are newly invented matters. Every newly invented matter is a religious innovation, and every religious innovation is misguidance, and every misguidance is in the Hellfire.
Brothers in Islam, Insha Allah, the topic for todays khutbah will be about Shaytan.
Allah subahan wa taala, says in his glorious book, in His own words, and gives us the best Naseeha possible, in Qurah Baqarah ayat 208.
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا ادْخُلُوا فِي السِّلْمِ كَافَّةً وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا خُطُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ ۚ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُبِينٌ
O you who have believed, enter into Islam completely [and perfectly] and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy.
Do not under estimate this enemy, if you were doing the same job for 20 years, how good would you be, he the mardood, has been doing it since the creation of our Father Adam, imagine how good he is at misleading and misguiding us.
Allah has warned us about our number 1 enemy; and that is Shaytan.
Qaalallahu Ta A’la, fi Suratul Fatir, 35;6;
إِنَّ الشَّيْطَـنَ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ فَاتَّخِذُوهُ عَدُوّاً
Surely, Shaytan is an enemy to you, so take (treat) him as an enemy
إِنَّمَا يَدْعُو حِزْبَهُ لِيَكُونُواْ مِنْ أَصْحَـبِ السَّعِيرِ
He only invites his followers that they may become the dwellers of the blazing Fire.
The word Shaytan comes from the root word Shatana which means to be far away from something. Shaytan is far away from khayr (goodness) and far away from the mercy of Allah (swt).
Iblis comes from the root word balasa, which means despair, give up hope, become broken, perplexed, unable to see the right way or course.
Allah, because He is merciful, has told us abut Shaytan’s plan to mislead the children of Adam. Allah says in the Qur’an that the Shaytan said;
قَالَ فَبِمَآ أَغْوَيْتَنِى لأَقْعُدَنَّ لَهُمْ صِرَطَكَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ
- (Iblis) said: "Because You have `Aghwaytni', surely, I will sit in wait against them (human beings) on Your straight path.
ثُمَّ لآتِيَنَّهُم مِّن بَيْنِ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمِنْ خَلْفِهِمْ وَعَنْ أَيْمَـنِهِمْ وَعَن شَمَآئِلِهِمْ
- "Then I will come to them from before them and behind them, from their right and from their left
وَلاَ تَجِدُ أَكْثَرَهُمْ شَـكِرِينَ
and You will not find most of them to be thankful.
Ibn Abbas (ra), the cousin of Prophet Muhammad, and the scholar of the Ummah of his time has explained the threat of the Shaytan. He has explained how Shaytan will come to us from our front, back , left and right, lets look at each in more details, as understood by Ibn Abbas
From the Front
ثُمَّ لآتِيَنَّهُم مِّن بَيْنِ أَيْدِيهِمْ
Then I will come to them from before them
Ibn Abbas (ra) said this means raising doubts in them concerning their Hereafter.
Shaytan makes us heedless of the Hereafter. He makes it seem as if it is so far away. It seems like another place, another world.
**Qaalallahu Ta A’la, fii Suratul Fatir, 35:5
- O mankind! Verily, the promise of Allah is true. So, let not this present life deceive you, and let not the chief deceiver deceive you about Allah
‘O mankind! Verily, the promise of Allah is true.’ Meaning the Resurrection will undoubtedly come to pass.
Allah has warned us that Yawmul Qiyaama is the reality, and He has warned us not to let Shaytan make us heedless of this. Right now, all of us are enjoying the life of this world; the Dunya. The Dunya is something that we can all see, hear, taste, feel, enjoy. By comparison, the Hereafter is something that is abstract, it’s in our heads, it’s a thought back of our heads. We can’t see, hear, or touch it, and because of this, the Shaytan makes us forget about it. Shaytan makes us careless about preparing for it.
Allah has warned us about this attitude in the Qur’an.
** Qaalallahu Ta A’la, fii Suratul Qiyaamah, 75:
كَلاَّ بَلْ تُحِبُّونَ الْعَاجِلَةَ - وَتَذَرُونَ الاٌّخِرَةَ
But no! Rather you love the present life of this world. And neglect the Hereafter
Imam Ahmad recorded from Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari that the Messenger of Allah said, “Whoever loves his worldly life, will suffer in his Hereafter, and whoever loves his Hereafter, will suffer in his worldly life. Therefore, choose that which is everlasting over that which is temporary.”
From the Back
and (from) behind them), making them more eager for this life,
“When Iblees comes to you from the back, he will cause you to have hope in the dunya (worldly life). Dunya comes from the word adnaa which has two meanings: something close and also something debased and low.”
Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (ra) said, ‘This Dunyaa is only taken as a home by those who will have no real home in Jannah, and it is the wealth of those who will have no real wealth, and it is gathered and collected by those who have no real intelligence.’
Imams Ahmad, At-Tirmidhi, and Ibn Majah and Al-Hakim have all recorded, The Messenger of Allah described the importance that he placed on this temporary life when he said,
“What have I to do with this life? The example (parable) of me and this life is the example (parable) of a rider who rested in the shade of a tree and then departed.”
Al-Hasan Al Basri (raa) said about this life, “I am amazed at those who were ordered to take provisions (fear from Allah) and were told that the journey will begin soon (to the Hereafter), yet they play.”
Shaytan makes us busy collecting the provisions for this dunya that is almost over! And the end result is that we’ll go into the Hereafter having packed too lightly, not with the correct things that we know for sure we will need on this journey.
From the Right
from their right), causing them confusion in the religion,
Ibn Abbas continues to say that the attack from the right is to cause people to have doubt in regard to their religion, to make problems in the religion, and to give you a hard time and cause you to question the religion.
This attack from the right will also be an attack on our good deeds.
Iman Ibn Ziyad Ibn An'um said: 'While [Prophet] Musa (as) was in a gathering, Iblis came wearing a burnoose (a hooded cape) that changed in colors. When the devil came
nearer he took off the cape and set it down and came to Musa saying: 'Peace be upon you. Musa replied: 'Who are you?' He said: 'I am Iblis. ' Musa responded: 'No greetings from Allah
to you, what brought you here?'
The devil said: 'I came to greet you because of your high status with Allah. Musa said: 'What have I seen you wearing?' Iblis replied: 'I use it (the cape) to capture the hearts of the sons of Adam.' Musa asked: 'What is it, that if a human does, will enable you to take him over?' He replied: 'When he becomes pleased with himself, and regards his deeds as too many, and forgets his sins.'
The Shaytan continued and said, ‘I warn you from three things: First, never be alone with a woman that is not lawful to you. Because whenever someone does so, I personally accompany him and use her to seduce him.
Second, never promise Allah something except that you fulfill your promise. Whenever
someone promises Allah something, I personally accompany him to prevent him from fulfilling his promise.
And third, never take an amount of money to give charity except that you make sure you give it to that charity. Whenever someone takes an amount of money to give to charity, I personally accompany him to persuade him not to give it.
Then Iblis walked away saying: 'Woe to me, thrice, I have taught [Prophet] Musa from what to warn the sons of Adam.'
One of the modern-day tragedies is that shaytan has so many tools to keep us amused, sometimes we take our phone with intention of reading the Quran, but rather because of a message or a Facebook update on our phone, we may spend the next hour wasting out time doing nothing and missing out on the Mercy of Allah swt.
Or we find ourselves debating and discussing matters of Fiqh with different sects of Islam, but missing the important stuff in islam, which is being good, speaking in a good manner, not talking about issues of Iktilaaf, another waste of time.
On Shaitan has helped man to add so many inventions (bidaats) in our deen, that it is no longer possible for the average Muslim to differentiate between the must, the sunnah, the mubah, the maqrooh and the Haram.
From the Left
and from their left,
Ibn Abbas said this means luring them to commit sins.'' This is meant to cover all paths of good and evil. Shaytan discourages the people from the path of good and lures them to the path of evil.
** Qaalallahu Ta A’la, fi Suratul Baqarah, 2:168;
وَلاَ تَتَّبِعُواْ خُطُوَتِ الشَّيْطَـنِ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُّبِينٌ
and follow not the footsteps of Shaytan (Satan). Verily, he is to you an open enemy
إِنَّمَا يَأْمُرُكُم بِالسُّوء وَالْفَحْشَآء وَأَن تَقُولُواْ عَلَى اللَّهِ مَا لاَ تَعْلَمُونَ
He (Satan) commands you only what is evil and Fahsha' (sinful), and that you should say about Allah what you know not.
Brothers in Islam, realize that the Shaytan’s main mission in life is to derail us from Siratal Mustaqeem.
Abu Musa Al-Ash'arI (radi-Allahu anhu) said: 'Every morning, Iblis dispatches his soldiers saying: 'Whoever of you mislead a Muslim then I will make him wear the crown.' One devil
responds: 'I continued to persuade so and so until he divorced his wife.' Iblis replies: '(fhis is not significant) He will eventually remarry. ' Another devil says: 'I continued to persuade so
and so until he disobeyed his parents.' Iblis replies: 'He will eventually become dutiful to his parents.' A third devil says: 'I continued to persuade so and so until he fornicated.' lblis says:
'You are the one.' The Shaytan asks another devil, What about you? He answers him, ‘I stayed with so and so, until he drank the wine. Another devil says: 'I continued to persuade so and so until he committed murder.' Iblis says: 'You are the one, you are the one.'
Brothers, we need to be aware of the attacks of this enemy, who will stop at nothing to try to get us to join him in the Hellfire.
I ask Allah to give us clear vision, so that we can see the enemy coming at us. And I ask Allah to help us against the attack of the Shaytan.
أَقُولُ قَوْلِي هذَا وَأَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ لِي وَلَكُم
Alhumdulillahi Rabbil Alamin, was salaatu wa salaamu ala Muhammad, wa ali alihi, wa ashabihi, ajamiin, ama’baad.
** Ibn Kathir has related in his tafsir; `Ikrimah narrated from Ibn `Abbas concerning the Ayah,
ثُمَّ لآتِيَنَّهُم مِّن بَيْنِ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمِنْ خَلْفِهِمْ وَعَنْ أَيْمَـنِهِمْ وَعَن شَمَآئِلِهِمْ
Then I will come to them from before them and behind them, from their right and from their left,)
"He (the Shaytan) did not say that he will come from above them, because the mercy descends from above.''
Brothers and Sisters in Islam, it is from the mercy of Allah that He blessed us with Islam. It is from the mercy of Allah that He blessed us with the knowledge about this enemy that we cannot even see.
And it is from the mercy of Allah that He has left the doorway back to the mercy of our Creator open for us.
All of us commit sins, and all of us fall for the traps of the Shaytan from time to time. Our Creator is well aware of this and He has revealed to us what we should do when we oppress ourselves by committing the sins.
Allah describes the believers in Suratul Al Imran, (3:135-136)
وَالَّذِينَ إِذَا فَعَلُواْ فَـحِشَةً أَوْ ظَلَمُواْ أَنْفُسَهُمْ ذَكَرُواْ اللَّهَ فَاسْتَغْفَرُواْ لِذُنُوبِهِمْ
“And those who, when they have committed Fahishah or wronged themselves with evil, remember Allah and ask forgiveness for their sins,”
Anas bin Malik (ra) said, "I was told that when this Ayah, was revealed, Iblis (Shayatan) cried.” And Shaytan hates it for us if we ask Allah for forgiveness because he knows that Allah is ever ready to forgive us.
I ask Allah to make us from those who always turn to Allah with repentance and I ask Allah to always forgive us.
Brothers in Islam, realize that we can’t fight the Shaytan all by ourselves. In order to fight the Shaytan, and overcome his plots and schemes, we need to call upon our Creator.
One of the Salaf asked his student: 'What do you do when the devil whispers to you?' He replied: 'I fight him back.' The teacher asked: 'What if he returns?' He replied: 'I fight him.' The teacher asked again: 'What if he returns?' The student repeated again: 'I fight him.' The teacher said: 'This will take too long.
Do you see if you try to pass by some sheep and the shepherd's dog barks at you to prevent you from passing, what would you do?' He replied: 'I would struggle to fight and repel him.' The teacher replied: 'This would take too long. Instead, seek the assistance of the sheep's owner, he would suffice you from him . '
Brothers, Allah is the Creator and the Owner of everything, including us and the Shaytan, so seek His help against this enemy of ours. And Allah is all we need.
** Brothers, our Islam is the most valuable thing that we have, and this is why the Shaytan works so hard to derail us from it.
Allah reminds us about the true value of our Islam, of being muslim in this life.
Allah sayd in Surah Al ‘Araf that when the people enter Paradise, may Allah make us from them, they will realize their greatest blessing is Islam. They will say;
وَقَالُواْ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِى هَدَانَا لِهَـذَا وَمَا كُنَّا لِنَهْتَدِىَ لَوْلا أَنْ هَدَانَا اللَّهُ
and they will say: "All the praises and thanks be to Allah, Who has guided us to this, and never could we have found guidance, were it not that Allah had guided us!
And I ask Allah to turn to us with Forgiveness and Mercy on the day that we meet Him, and to exchange our places in Hellfire, for places in Jannah.
I have said my words and I seek forgiveness from Allah for me and for all of you. If there is any good in this, then its from Allah, and if there is anything wrong in this, then its from me, and I seek refuge in Allah for my mistakes.
Qal Allah ho tala.
اَللّٰھُمَّ صَلِّ عَلٰی مُحَمَّدٍ وَّعَلٰٓی اٰلِ مُحَمَّدٍ کَمَا صَلَّیْتَ عَلٰٓی اِبْرَاھِیْمَ وَعَلٰٓی اٰلِ اِبْرَاھِیْمَ اِنَّکَ حَمِیْدٌ مَّجِیْدٌ اَللّٰھُمَّ بَارِکْ عَلٰی مُحَمَّدٍ وَّعَلٰٓی اٰلِ مُحَمَّدٍ کَمَا بَارَکْتَ عَلٰٓی اِبْرَاھِیْمَ وَعَلٰٓی اٰلِ اِبْرَاھِیْمَ اِنَّکَ حَمِیْدٌ مَّجِیْدٌ
رَبَّنَا تَقَبَّلْ مِنَّآ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ
رَبَّنَآ ءَاتِنَا فِى الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الاٌّخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ
رَبَّنَا لاَ تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْوَهَّابُ
رَبَّنَا أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْنَا صَبْراً وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا وَانصُرْنَا عَلَى القَوْمِ الكَافِرِينَ
رَبَّنَا لاَ تُؤَاخِذْنَا إِن نَّسِينَا أَوْ أَخْطَأْنَا
رَبَّنَا وَلاَ تَحْمِلْ عَلَيْنَا إِصْرًا كَمَا حَمَلْتَهُ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِنَا
رَبَّنَا وَلاَ تُحَمِّلْنَا مَا لاَ طَاقَةَ لَنَا بِهِ وَاعْفُ عَنَّا وَاغْفِرْ لَنَا وَارْحَمْنَا أَنتَ مَوْلاَنَا فَانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ
عِبَادَ اللهِ إِنَّ اللهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالإِحْسَانِ وَإِيتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَى وَيَنْهَى عَنِ
الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنْكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ وَلَذِكْرُ اللهِ تَعَالَى أَعْلَى وَأَوْلَى
وَأَعَزُّ وَأَجَلُّ وَأَتَمُّ وّأَهَمُّ وَأَكْبَرُ
Credit and Allah’s reward to Br Khalil Moya for this beautiful reminder.