Do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy. – (2:168) Oct12

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Do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy. – (2:168)

Have you ever felt that you committed some misdeed when actually you were not intending to do anything like that at all, when you know that it is something bad, yet for a moment your actions betrayed you and you ended up with that bad deed? Well. You were attracted by Satan towards obeying a sin.

Being the worst enemy of Muslims, Satan is on the sole mission to deviate Muslims from the right path and to ruin their Imaan. It is Satan, due to whom we earn Allah’s wrath and are subject to the fire of Hell. It is said that the dawn of evil started with the arrogance and rebellious nature of Satan. He astray believers by various schemes in accordance to the victim’s interest. He uses piety to attack the pious; scholarly disciplines to attack scholars and ignorance to attack the ignorant. The real goal of Satan is, to distract you from remembering Allah and inculcate animosity in you.

Satan penetrates in our mind and injects its evil ideas in our heart which we so blindly follow, because Satan is aware that our ruination lies in being cut off from Allah. The Devil promises you poverty in hereafter. He whispers in your heart to rush into disobedience towards your religion.

The Holy Quran states “Oh you who believe, Come, all of you, into submission (unto Him); and follow not the footsteps of Satan. Lo! He is an open enemy for you” (al-Baqara 208). The believers should stand as soldiers to defy Satan’s sinister stratagems. However, in our war against Satan we must examine and comprehend the malevolent methods employed by Satan in his war against the Believer. To take refuge from Satan, we have to take counter moves against it. But first, it is imperative to understand and accept that its life long mission is to destroy us. Because how can you push hard against something if you don’t even believe it to be harmful or destructive?

So what is going to save us? It is our faith and knowledge… increase both!

The following are the weapons we should employ in our battle against Satan.

  • Practice the teachings of Holy Quran and Sunnah meticulously. This will help in expelling Satan from your heart. Hazrat Abu Hurayrah narrated “When the son of Adam recites a verse of sajdah (prostration) and prostrates, the Satan withdraws weeping, saying, ‘Woe to me, the son of Adam was commanded to prostrate, and he prostrated, so Paradise will be his; I was commanded to prostrate and I disobeyed, so Hell will be mine.’”
  • Seek haven from Allah against all kinds of evil. Saying dua before starting any of your actions will avert you from all evils.
  • Keep yourself constantly busy in remembering Allah. This is known as Zikr. Moreover, keeping yourself engrossed in doing good deeds will prevent your heart from being poisoned with various evils. Allah will keep you on the right path.
  • Adhere to the good company of Muslims. Don’t be friends with hypocrites or who involve themselves in misdeeds, yet still call themselves Muslims. Their company will appeal you to your heart’s nefarious desires.
  • Be strong. Whenever it tries to misguide you, confront him and tell that he is wrong and what you are doing is right and what will please Allah. Make sure all his attempts to divert you are doomed to failure.
  • Constantly seek forgiveness from Allah. Cultivating the spirit of repentance in your heart is very important. Allah sees your intentions and if they are pure He will condone your minor sins.

These tricks are bound to benefit you and destined you toParadise. Allah has promised huge rewards for Muslims for such acts of obedience. A staunch believer will never touch the fire of Hell.

To sum up, devil is an enemy of Muslims, he is a rebel to Allah, and he provokes us to indulge in sins. But the good news is deprived of any independent power. All powers belong to Allah Almighty. Satan cannot force us in committing evils. Therefore, it is up to us whether we fall pre to his attempts and temptations or he wards him off by our strong belief. Therefore my brothers, wake up! It is as He said. So seek the aid of Allah alone and seek refuge with Him. All matters are in His hands and from Him alone is success. And there is no power with anyone except with Allah the Exalted the Great.