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Wednesday, August 25, 2004  

The First Method of Knowing Satan's Deception If Satan infuses into the heart an idea to do good, it is generally to instigate man to some vice. Pointing out its signs, my Shaikh has said that it is a Satanic idea which must be rejected and avoided if action on it creates in the self pleasure and satisfaction and no fear is felt in the heart in doing that; if it leads to haste and hurry and does not lead to patience and perseverance and it creates carelessness in respect of the Hereafter, and does not create any spiritual insight. If the state of the self is otherwise then what has been mentioned above, viz., there is fear in heart, there is neither haste nor pleasure and there is a sense to think of the final outcome of all this, then it should be understood that the idea is due to Exalted Allah. I mean here by pleasure that a man does something unwillingly and the idea of reaping reward and recompense does not exhort him to good deeds. Further, peace, tranquility and a gentle course are better on all occasions, excepting a few. The Holy Prophet has said in a Hadith: It is a devil's work to make haste except in five matters: (1) to marry a girl as soon as she comes to age; (2) to repay a debt as soon as it falls due for payment, (3) to arrange the funeral of a dead body as early as possible, (4) to entertain a guest as soon as possible on his arrival and (5) to repent for a sin as soon as it is committed. Fear means that the servant of Allah should be feeling an apprehension in his heart whether he can do all these things satisfactorily or not. To think about the final fate is that he should feel sure that the work is quite good. It may also be a possible meaning that the servant should have hope to receive reward and recompense in the Hereafter. These are three basic and very important points which a man must know. The ideas and the notions arising in the heart should be grasped very well in order to understand their details, categories and the differences and distinctions among them, because these are very fine and rare points of knowledge and research. _____________________________________________________________________________________ The Second Method of Knowing Satan's Deception It may be borne in mind that there are seven methods to know the cheatings and deceptions of Satan with which he snares mankind. Firstly Satan stops man from worship altogether. If Allah's mercy overtakes that man and he does not listen to Satan's reduction and insists on his worship for the sake of the Hereafter, Satan beguiles him to postpone his worship for sometime. This is his second attack on the man. If the man saves himself from this attack by Allah's mercy and by his own arguments in favour of his insistence on worship, Satan launches against him third attack. He instigates the man to expedite and complete such and such job in order to gain full freedom for sincere worship. If Exalted Allah saves His servant from this attack also and he does not succumb to Satan's deception, the latter makes his fourth attack on the man by involving him in show business and ostentation by suggesting that the worship should be offered very nicely and attentively, so that the people may take him to be a devout worshipper. If the man somehow saves himself, by the mercy of Allah from this attack also, Satan launches on him the fifth attack by involving him in Pride and arrogance that he is a great worshipper and a very righteous being. With the help of Allah the man tries to save himself by arguing that he is a very sinful man and his worship and devotion are due only to Allah's mercy, despite his sins. In this way he gets out of Satan's clutches. Now Satan makes on the man the sixth attack and this is a very dangerous attack from which only very wise and cautious men can remain safe. Satan very cunningly suggests to the man that however secretly he may worship Allah will make his worship and devotion known to the public and he will thus become renowned automatically. In this way Satan tries to involve the man in show and ostentation. If by Allah's help and mercy the man is able to protect himself from this attack also by arguing that, being a servant of Allah he has to submit himself to Allah's will who has the power to disclose or conceal his deeds and his worship. He therefore does not care at all for a Satan's misleading whispering. Being frustrated in his efforts so far, now Satan directs his seventh attack towards the man. Satan suggests that those good or bad deeds have no effects on man's fate, because everything has been finally settled and decreed in the very beginning of creation. So a man's being good or bad has no effect at all. If, with the help of Allah, the man saves himself from this attack also by saying that being a servant of Allah he has to be obedient and submissive irrespective of what has been decreed for him. If he has been ordained as an unfortunate person, he is more in need of good deeds. He must continue his righteous deeds, because it is much better to appear before Allah as a devout servant than as a disobedient servant. Again these are all only possibilities and probabilities. Allah has promised to reward those who will go to Him with Iman (Faith) and good deeds. Allah does not break His promise. Allah will, by His infinite mercy admit into Paradise all who are obedient, God-fearing devout and righteous. Allah has said in the Holy Qur'an: Praise be to Allah who has fulfilled His promise to us... (39:74) May Exalted Allah have mercy on all of us. You should be careful to remain safe from the attacks and cheatings of this accursed Satan. This is indeed a very serious and risky situation. You must always seek Allah's help and refuge. He alone is All-Powerful. All help comes from Him only. -Hujjatul Islam, Imam Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazzali, The Best Way for the Worshippers (Minhajul 'Abideen)

posted by Abubak'r | 8/25/2004 06:05:00 AM |
As for him who fears to stand before his Lord and restrains the ego its desires, the Garden is shelter.
(The Snatchers:40)
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "The Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked, undesirable things."
Whoever does good at night is rewarded during the day and whoever does good during the day is rewarded at night. Whoever is sincere in abandoning a desire is saved from catering to it. God is too noble to punish a heart that has abandoned a desire for His sake.
(Abu Sulayman ad-Darani)
Beware of your ego, and trust not its mischief;
The ego is worse than seventy devils.
(Arabic Poem)
Abu Bakar Balkhi
Md Mubaraq
Md Firdaus

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