As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 11


Shaitaan enters a persons heart through its weaknesses

 As mentioned earlier, Shaytan gradually misguides mankind through waswaas but he does not use the same approach for everyone. People differ in their nature, personality and ways of thinking, so what appeals to someone, may not appeal to another. Shaytan may seek to conquer someone by exploiting his love for money, while he may subdue another by his lust for fame, or might delude another by emotion. So, Shaytan has different ways to enter a man's soul and misguide it - these doorways to a person's heart are referred to as, 'weakness of man.'

Ignorance, Ingratitude, Argumentativeness, Overstepping the limits, Carelessness, Pride, Doubt, Suspicion, Despair, Hopelessness, Recklessness, Haste, Inappropriate joy, Self-admiration, Wrong-doings, Oppression, Negligence, Miserliness, Stinginess, Covetousness, Going to extreme hostility in cases of disputes, Panic, Fear, Rebellion, Tyranny,
Love of wealth
are doorways of Shaytan into a man's heart.

Ibn Jareer mentioned that Yazid bin Qusayt said, 'The Prophets used to have Masjids outside their cities, and if a Prophet wanted to consult with his Lord about something, he would go out to his place of worship and pray as Allah decreed. Then he would ask Him about whatever was concerning him. Once while a Prophet was in his place of worship, the enemy of Allah - meaning Iblees - came and sat between him and the Qiblah (direction of prayer). The Prophet said, 'I seek refuge with Allah from the accursed Shaytan.' The enemy of Allah said, 'Do you know the one you are seeking refuge from, Here he is!' The Prophet said, 'I seek refuge with Allah from the accursed Shaytan' and he repeated that three times. Then the enemy of Allah said, 'Tell me about anything by which you will be saved from me.' The Prophet twice said, 'No, you tell me about something in which you can overpower the son of Adam.' Each of them was insisting that the other answers first, then the Prophet said, 'Allah says, 'Certainly, you shall have no authority over My servants, except those of the astray who follow you. The enemy of Allah said, 'I heard this before you were even born.' The Prophet said, 'And Allah says, 'And if an evil whisper comes to you from Shaytan then seek refuge with Allah. Verily, He is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.' [(7): 200] By Allah, I never sense that you are near but I seek refuge with Allah from you.' The enemy of Allah said, 'You have spoken the truth. In this way you will be saved from me.' The Prophet said, 'Tell me in what ways you overpower the son of Adam.' He said, 'I seize him at times of anger and times of desire.' [See, Tafseer Ibn Katheer for the verse (15): 42]

Imam Ibnul-Qayyim said in Igaathat al-Lahfaam (1/32), 'The Shaytan flows through the son of Adam like blood, until it is as if he becomes part of him, so he finds out what he likes and prefers; once he knows that, he uses it against a person and enters into him through this door. He also passes this information on to his brothers and allies among mankind, so that when they want to achieve their nefarious aims against one another they do so through means of that which people love and desire. Whoever tries to enter through this door will gain entry, and whoever tries to enter through any other way will find that the door is barred to him and he will not get what he wants.'

Imam Ibnul-Qayyim further explained how Shaytan used this trick to mislead our father Adam (alaihis-salaam) by appearing sincere towards him, he said, 'So, the enemy of Allah sensed what our parents liked, and felt that they wanted to live forever in that abode of joy. He knew that he could not reach them in any other way, so he swore to them by Allah that he was one of the sincere ones and said, 'Your Lord did not forbid you this tree save you should become angels or become of the immortals.' And he (Shaytan) swore by Allah to them both (saying), 'Verily, I am one of the sincere well-wishers for you both.' [Soorah al-A'raf (7): 21]

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