Satan and his Ways of Approaching the Believers (Part-2)

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3- Ways of Approaching Mankind
Satan infusessuspicion and doubt in the hearts of Muslims, thus making them think badly of one another. The Prophet (salla Allah (SWT)u alayhi wa sallam) is reported to have said: "Satan has lost hope of ever getting worshipped by the righteous believers; however, he seeks to provoke them against one another

Suspicion and doubt often lead to evil thinking, especially when amplified by Satan's whispering into one's heart. 'Um Al -Mu'mineen (Mother of Believers), Safiyya Bint Hayiyy (May Allah (SWT) be pleased with her) is reportedto have said that one night when Allah (SWT)'s Messenger (salla Allah (SWT) alayhi wa sallam) retired to the mosque for devotion, I went to him. We talked and I wanted to go back home. He got up to escort me. We were walking side by side in the dark when two men sawus and recognized Allah (SWT)'s Messenger (salla Allah (SWT)u alayhi wa sallam)

They walked away from us as fast as they could, but Allah (SWT)'s Messenger (salla Allah (SWT) alayhi wa sallam) stopped them and said: 'Wait you two, this is Safiyya Bint Hayiyy.' The two men said: 'Glory be to Allah (SWT), O Messenger!'. He (salla Allah (SWT) alayhi wa sallam) added: 'Verily, Satan runs into man's body as bloodstream does, and he might have cast evil thoughts into your minds "

A man walking side by side with a woman at night; a situation tha t could have incurred hasty judgments. But the Prophet (salla Allah (SWT) alayhi wa sallam) wanted to clarify the matter and remove any evil doubts that might have occurred to the two men, and so he stopped them and explained to them that he was escorting his wife home

This is a lesson that we all have to learn. We should not leave a doubtful matter unexplained so that there would be no room for facts being skewed or rumors being spread

Satan also provokes people against one another, filling them with hostile feelings. Sulayman Ibn Al -Sard (May Allah (SWT) be pleased with him) narrated: "I was sitting with the Prophet (salla Allah   (SWT) alayhi wa sallam) when we heard two men calling each other bad names. The Prophet (salla Allah (SWT) alayhi wa sallam) said: 'I know an invoca tion that, when uttered, can drive their anger away. This is to say 'I take refuge in Allah (SWT) from the cursed Satan

One of Satan's strategies is to push the believer to extremes: either utter negligence or over zealousness. If he finds that his target is of the sort that looks for loopholes and excuses, he deals with him from that vantage. He strikes him with laziness and lethargy. He opens for him the door to subjective interpretations of stable rulings and commandments. He gives evil actions such pleasing names as to appeal to those who can be easily influenced. In this way, he dupes his victim, thus making him believe that forbidden things are lawful

And if he finds that his target is keen on performing his obligatory duties, he tries to convince him t o strive even harder. He convinces him that what he is doing is not enough and that his ambition is to be greater. He must work harder than the others do; he should not sleep when the others do; he should not break his fast at the assigned time. If the other wash their hands and face three times when doing ablutions, he should wash them seven times, and so on and so forth

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Satan and his Ways of Approaching the Believers - Abdullah Al-Khater

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