As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 10


To what extent will Shaytan achieve his goal

When Allah cursed Shaytan, expelled him from Paradise and gave him respite until the appointed day, 'he (Shaytan) said, 'I will take an appointed portion of your slaves; Verily, I will mislead them…' [(4): 118-9] '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).' [(7): 16-17] Ibn Abbas explained that the word thankfulness in the verse, 'and You will not find most of them to be thankful,' refers to Tawheed, he said, ‘(it) means, those who single Him out (in worship).’ When Shaytan said this, it was a guess and an assumption on his part. Yet, the truth turned out to be the same, for Allah says in Soorah Saba, 'And indeed Iblees did prove true his thought about them, and they followed him, all except a group of true believers. And he had no authority over them, except that We might test him who believes in the Hereafter, from him who is in doubt about it. And your Lord is Watchful over everything…’ [Soorah Saba (34): 20-21] [See, Tafseer Ibn Katheer]

The extent to which Shaytan will succeed in achieving his goal is indicated in the hadeeth of Allah's Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) which mentions that on the Day of Resurrection, Allah will command Adam to send forth from among his descendents those who are destined for Hell. When he asks how many this includes, Allah will tell him, 'Ninety-nine out of every hundred to Hell and one to Paradise.' And according to another report, 'Nine hundred and ninety-nine out of every thousand to hell, and one to Paradise.' [Saheeh al-Bukharee]

The fact that Shaytan will largely succeed in his evil plan should not cause dejection, rather a believer should become vigilant and more cautious of his enemy and his tricks and strive harder to defeat him and safeguard his Eeman and righteous actions. Remember that Shaytan is weak before the truth and, 'ever feeble indeed is the plot of Shaytan.' [Soorah an-Nisa (4): 76] Moreover, large numbers do not count for anything before Allah; rather what counts is the truth, even if the number of its followers is small. So, be among the followers of the truth, who are content with Allah as their Lord, Islam as their religion and Muhammad as their Messenger, those who know their enemy and fight him and turn to Allah, the Most-Merciful for Protection from the accursed one, Allah says in the Qur'aan, 'O you who believe! Enter perfectly in Islam (by obeying all the rules and regulations of the Islamic religion) and follow not the footsteps of Shaytan. Verily! He is to you a plain enemy.' [Soorah al-Baqarah (2): 208-209]

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