Wednesday

Muhammad (pbuh) said...

I was receiving so many mails regarding the protest against the film, “Innocence of Muslims”, which speaks badly about our Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihe wassalm. People were asking my opinion about this shameful act and what Muslim should do about it. So, I felt like sharing my thoughts and response.

Here is my response.
http://www.muhammadsaid.org/

The best defense of our Prophet sallalahu 'alayhi wa sallam and the best way to honor him is to follow his teachings, apply them in our lives and instill them within others through our speech, actions, conduct and dealings and this is the sign of one who truly loves the Prophet sallalahu 'alayhi wa sallam.

Every day of our life is a test. Allah tests each one of us. Take it as a test. We need to take lessons from what we face. Indeed, we will get a lesson, if we ponder the meaning of the test!

We say ' I love Islam' ' I love Muhammad sallallahu alaihe wassallam, 'I love Allah' Alhamdlillah; it is in words; it is in our hearts. Is it in ACTION?

How many of us are really showing it in ACTION?

Very few!!

You don’t need to be a scholar or wait to finish your Islamic course, and you don’t have to go miles away to seek knowledge, Alhamdulillah everything is at your desktop.

I have been working on a project in defense of our beloved Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam and am very excited to share it with you today.

Our new project is “Muhammadsaid.org." We have put together the ahadith from authentic books of ahadith, in a series of posters about the teaching of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihe wassallam. Please share it on your Facebook pages, Google+, twitter and on your websites to spread the awareness about his sallallahu alahei wassallam’s character and teachings.

http://www.muhammadsaid.org

Our hearts are filled with love for our Prophet Muhammad may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him and this love of the Messenger of Allah is an asset for us. Love and respect for a person depends upon the benefits we get from him. As the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam is the greatest benefactor of humanity, every Muslim has the deepest love for him therefore, every deed during his life is to be followed by every individual of the Muslim Ummah by learing about it, acting upon it and spreading the knowledge to others.

Please share these posters with others and help us to spread the teaching of our beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu alaihe wassallam.

We ask Allah to give us strength and means to work on other projects in the cause of Islam. Amin!

Wassalam
Zakia Usmani
Founder, Believer’s Path Institute
http://www.muhammadsaid.org

“Muhammadsaid.org" is the project of Believer’s Path Institute.

Thursday

Positive and Negative Parental Behaviours - Part 2


Islam promotes respect in all relationships; it is very important part of the Muslim personality. However, our children are surrounded by a culture that does not promote respect. Our children are affected by this culture and may sometimes respond to their parents and to other elders in the community in a disrespectful way. Parents have to correct this behaviour. If they correct it in the proper way, using a positive parenting behaviours it will have a positive effect on their children.

Parenting takes a lot of patience and fortitude. We must make positive comments in response to positive behaviours or actions from our children. We should not simply praise our children continuously if the child has not made any effort. We must take advantage of specific events or actions that our children do.

If you want to work with your 4-12 year old child so that they become a happy, healthy, well-adjusted teenager or young adult, start early in their life to apply these parenting tips. It's never too late to start applying positive parenting techniques.  
  • Keep a positive attitude - When our children have behaved, spoken, or decided something that we did not like, we must check our attitude at that time. For example suppose your son is helping you set the table and he accidentally drops a glass, and you say, “You are always clumsy like that.” This is a negative behaviour. In order to have the greatest influence with our kids, we should be thinking good things about them in order to project our love and concern for them at all times (Yes, even when we have to hold them accountable, we want to make sure they know that we still love them).
  • Remember to say please and thank you - Treating our kids politely is the best way to encourage them to behave politely with us and others. Using "please" and "thank-you" with them will get them into habit of using these words with us, with each other, and with people outside the family. Remember modeling "good" behaviour is much better than just talking about it.
  • Talk about what you want rather than what you don't want - For example instead of saying: ‘Don't spill that milk!’ use ‘Please be careful with that glass’ or ‘Don't forget to do your homework.’ Replace it with ‘Remember to do your homework’.  ‘Don't slam the door!’ replace it with ‘Please close the door rather than slam it.’ Using positive statements get much better results.
  • Replace "but" with "and" -  Rather than say "You've done a great job with vacuuming the carpet, but you missed this spot." Try this: "You've done a great job vacuuming the carpet, and there's one little spot over here that needs some more attention." "But" negates everything before it, and it usually precedes a critical or negative comment. "And" ties two thoughts together without the negative connotation.  
  • Be clear about your real objective - Be careful to focus your disciplinary approach on teaching the lesson you want your child to learn and not on expressing the depth of your hurt or anger. If you focus too much on your feelings, you run a major risk of having them miss the whole point of your disciplinary choice. They might take your efforts as evidence of you "punishing" them rather than "holding them accountable" or "teaching them a valuable lesson."

Venting your hurt, fear, or anger can do relational damage that you'll have a difficult time overcoming.

Train your children frequently practice the correct behaviour in the proper way, with your guidance. Do not expect that, by following these steps once, the child will behave appropriately all the time and not repeat the mistake. You need to repeat the process each time the child repeats the mistakes or behaves in an unacceptable way. And remember training and practice make things perfect.

Wednesday

Effective Relationship with your children – Part 1

Most of us spend a lot of time talking only about a few things with" our children. "Wash your hands." "Stop teasing your sister." "Do your homework." "Stop that." "Go to bed."

Often our relationships with our children center on control and correction. When parents control their children, they are trying to get the children to do things the children don't want to do. Or they are trying to keep the children from doing things they want to do.

Parents generally have more power than children. We are bigger and stronger. But it's hard to force people to do something they don't want to do. We can spend all of our time yelling at children and trying to bribe, convince, or force them to do what we want them to do. That's the trouble with control. It takes over the relationship. It can be the only thing that parents and their children seem to talk about. And it's not a very good basis for a relationship.

Sometimes our relationships with our children are based on correction. As parents, we spend a lot of time telling our children what they do wrong. Sometimes our correction even becomes insulting. "How can you be so dumb?" "Why can't you do anything right?" "Can't you think?"

Insults are damaging. They do not give children useful information. They only make them feel bad. Even when we avoid insults, too much correction can be bad. Correction should not be the main part of our relationship with our children. There are better things to talk about.

Everyone realized that raising children is a very important task for many reasons.  Our children are a trust from Allah SWT. Allah entrusted us with them and we will be held accountable for how we carried out and whether we fulfilled this trust. The Prophet SAW sakid : “It is enough sin for a person to let those who depend on him go astray.”

Children are a product of the influence that their parents have on them and Allah is going to ask parents about that influence on Judgment Day. How do we influence our children so that they can possess certain important qualities that are essential to make them good Muslims?

The first step is to evaluate our actions and deeds. Umar Ibn Khattab radiallahu anhu used to say, “Review, evaluate, and assess yourself before you are assessed. Weight your deeds before they are weighted against you, and prepare yourself for the day where you will be fully exposed.”

Ask yourself the following questions with ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and acknowledge your findings and categorized them as either positive or negative behaviours.  Acknowledging our strengths and weaknesses is the first step in improving our parental behaviour.  After that put your trust in Allah SWT and make a commitment to positive change. Changing unhealthy habits is the key to success.

Here are the questions and be truthful when you answer them.

1.       I feel that I had little experience with my first child. This causes me to be too strict or too lenient with him or her.

2.       I expect perfection of myself when I am with my children and I often feel like a failure when I can’t do the perfect thing.

3.       I feel that cleaning the house and preparing the food is more important than playing with my children or taking them to the park.

4.       I don’t often let my children try certain things that I think are difficult, because I wasn’t able to do them when I was a child.

5.       I feel that I’m raising my children in the same way that my parents raised me, despite the difference in time and place. This is because I don’t know of a better way to raise them.

6.       The way I treat my children shows that I don’t have confidence in their ability to do things.

7.       I let my children make simple decisions that are specific to them and reasonable for their age.

Reinforce the positive parental behaviours and keep practicing them with your children. Change the negative behaviours and replace them with the positive ones.

Wassalam

Zakia Usmani

Source: Parenting skills

Tuesday

Let's do the right thing!

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  • discharge outstanding obligatory duties
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  • recognize your shortcomings in acts of worship
  • recognize your shortcomings in persisting sins, whims, and desires
  • avoid major and minor sins
  • effectively make yourself aware of your shortcomings
  • set goals and learn how to achieve your personal and spiritual goals
  • make your life more goal directed
  • develop good habits

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Sunday

Not a curse but perhaps a blessing in disguise – Part 9

"No leaf falls except that He knows of it, and no rain drop forms except that He has willed it."

It could have been other illnesses or calamities instead of magic. All these are a variety of trials from Allah, to test who a suffering person turn to in times of need. Allah chooses for the person a means of trial that He knows the person is better able to deal with, for a given test.

This trial may well be a ‘blessing in disguise’ as sins are wiped off with patience in face of any trial and adversity. If it persists long, it is good in terms of the sins erased and good deeds earned with patience and obedience of Allah. But if the ailment ceases in short time, the person is grateful and able to continue with other means of seeking reward and forgiveness for sins without the suffering. Moreover, after recovery, the experience may leave the person with an unshakable iman, reliance and trust (tawakkul) in Allah.

A curse, according to Islamic understanding, is to be distanced from the mercy of Allah. But far from being a curse, this may become a blessed experience for a believer with an increase in temporal and eternal good in so many ways, as described above. Day after day, for as long as the ailment persists, the Muslim does not put his life on hold and, instead, perseveres patiently, earning reward all the while, doing other good deeds all the more, feeling reassured and confident of the promise of Allah in Quran for times of trials and adversities that, “Surely, the help of Allah is near.” [Quran Surah Baqarah 2:214]

So, this is the end of our series and it's time to decide.

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Wishing you the best,
Zakia Usmani
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Friday

Warning against going to the magicians - Part 8

Magic is emphatically forbidden. To learn it is forbidden, and to practice it is considered similar to disbelief in Allah. According to Islam, practicing any sort of magic is said to be one of the vilest sins in Islam. Abu Huraira Narrated: The Prophet (p.b.u.h) said, "Avoid the seven great destructive sins." The companions inquired, "O Allah's Apostle! What are they? "He said, "To join others in worship along with Allah, to practice sorcery, unlawfully take a life, eat Riba (usury), eat the property of an orphan, run away from the battlefield, and falsely accuse chaste women ..." Sahih Muslim

The whole point here is to warn Muslims against falling into disbelief by going to magicians or learning magic or being pleased with it. One of the examples of it is a series of books about Harry Potter. If you think about it when you read books like that you are actually pleased with magic and its effects. If you think back to each book release, hordes of children and adults alike lined up to get their copy. They would read it with a passion and be so excited to hear the next steps of the young wizard. They actually root for him as the 'hero' of the series. In this way, we are becoming pleased with magic. Also watching movies with magic and playing video games with magic is just as bad. Unknowingly we are sucking ourselves in to thinking it’s cool.

If we practice magic or are pleased with it in any way that it is pure disbelief, and that it is a form of shirk. We are giving power to others than Allah.

In today's life magic is considered as entertaining but the truth of it is very scary and it’s such that it could lead a person to committing shirk and be destined for destruction … forever.

Unfortunately many people do not understand the evils associated with some of these issues, and the Muslim world has become afflicted with some of these practices.

Evidently, there is urgent need to spread the knowledge about magic, protection against black magic and jinn possession and benefit of treatment with legal Ruqyas, for they have had a great impact on curing a lot of psychological and other diseases that modem medicine has failed to treat.

Therefore I have come up with this course explained in a very unique way. I know you'll love the course we have for you. We are good to go in sha Allah! Here's the registration link for the Unchained: Believer’s Weapon Against Dark Forces course.
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If you've been thinking about being a part of this course - now is your time to begin this important journey. :)

With warm wishes,
Zakia Usmani
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Wednesday

Are you the victim? Part 7

The tragedy lies in the fact that such practices of magic are widespread in the world, and the ones who are doing such evil, the saahir (magician) has gone beyond the bounds of Islaam and is clearly a Kaafir. However, the one who approaches the magician is also doing an act of kufr, by asking the magician to assist him/her to favour his/her affairs.

This subject is a topic in its own right, especially as more people than assumed are actually affected by this, and everyone should really try to at least learn something about this. Sometimes the sihr comes in such a disguised form that the person affected doesn’t realise it and thinks that an illness he/she suffers from is a natural illness, but in fact turns out to be the result of magic. There are many cases where this has happened ... And Allaah knows best.

If you think you are the victim of sihr then first and foremost you need to ascertain whether it is, in fact, magic that you are affected by, or evil eye or it is a physical illness.

To determine whether one is affected by magic, a series of specific questions need to be asked with regards to the one’s behaviour, feelings, emotions and even dreams one may be having.

If you are the victim of magic then you may ask what the remedy is. Make du'aa to Allaah (SWT) and treatment from Qur’an is the short answer. The cure for magic, without a doubt, lies in the book of Allah. The best thing is for the person who has been affected to recite Qur’aan on himself/herself. No doubt this is the best cure. There are certain chapters that are more effective for this treatment than others. For example, Surah al-Baqarah, Soorah Ikhlaas, Soorah al-Falaq, Soorah an-Naas, and other selected verses from various chapters.

This is just a brief outline of what needs to be done. The scholars have mentioned that this treatment is a science of its own, and one needs to know what he/she is doing. Please check my course “Unchained: Believers’ Weapon Against Dark Forces”
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I have spoken in lengths on this subject since it is actually a deep topic.

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Monday

Protection from Ta'weez - Part 6

The biggest problem in our society is to believe that the taweez can get us what we desire. People often forget that their reliance is and always should be on Allah alone. Allah will leave a person to the protection of the taweez and, of course, we know it has no power or authority to be able to harm or benefit anyone in any way.

Sometimes a person has been wearing a pendant or taweez around his/her neck for years, having been given it at a young age by someone seen as "religious" without knowing what it really contains. Some of them when opened contained ayaat and others had bits of paper which contained names of Shayateen invoked by the one who made the amulet.

So, the first step is to educate ourselves and our loved ones. The next step is to find any amulets or charms or taweez that we have in our homes.

After finding the taweez, these should be given to someone who knows what they are doing and are experienced in dealing with sihr. It is not recommended that any one start opening them because if they really are artifacts of sihr, then it is possible that they will have a secondary sihr in place that will go off if it is tampered with. Also there is the possibility of making things even worse if it isn't dealt with correctly. This leads to the third point: Who to turn to when helping someone who has been afflicted with Sihr/Possession? What to do when we find such taweez in our homes? Where to get help?

It’s often hard to get hold of someone who is knowledgeable and experienced in this field. It’s just like a medical emergency. Should you go to your local imam. Will he even know what to do?

I would highly recommend that you take 'Unchained: Believers' Weapon Against Dark Forces' course . I have helped others with similar situation before, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive (you can read a couple of the comments below).

"Unchained is a course compiled in the light of Quran and Sunnah for the darkest times in our lives. The times where many go astray, due to lack of knowledge and guidance. One cannot find such an authentic, comprehensive and a complete package of information anywhere else. Alhamdulillah this course has enlightened our lives and I pray that it will benefit many more. Jazzak Allah o Khairan Sister Zakia". Sahar Nawaz Sheikh

This course is amazing – Subhan Allah. It benefited me by all means, as I am suffering from this situation and by the Grace and Command of Allah, this course of yours was really useful for me. The Ruqiyas are wonderful, I only heard them once (all of them) and it worked wonders – believe me my situation has started changing and so many issues are getting settled now and the best thing is that I don’t need a Raqi to perform Ruqyah on me and my family, I did it myself, with full belief in Allah that anyone who recites the Qur’an will definitely benefited, and it worked amazingly. The modules are very informative and at the same time beneficial too. The Ruqyah e-books, Fatwas and other documents are very informative and useful as well.
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Friday

Symptoms of Sihr– Part 5


The physical symptoms of Sihr can be summarised as:

          Headache

          Tiredness

          Muscle aches and stiffness

          Weight on the shoulders

          Tightness in back muscles

          Shortness of breath while reciting the Quran

          Palpitation in the middle of the chest

          Feeling something is stuck in the middle of the chest

          Extreme feeling of fearfulness

·               Belching and burping

          Either loss of appetite or extreme increase of appetite 

          Pain in the kidneys

          Pain in the ear

          Heaviness and weight on the heart and constriction in the throat.

There are many other symptoms of black magic.

 
These problems can last for years while doctors find nothing wrong, or diagnose the symptoms. In magical terms the victim is being drained of energy.

 
These symptoms are very similar to flu, which lasts around a week. If your experiences last for a few days, then it is likely you have flu. However, if these symptoms continue, or come and go on a daily or weekly basis, then you may be suffering from black magic.

 
The signs to recognize when Jinn enters one’s body?
  •  Feeling of something entering in the body.
  •  A whistling sound in the left ear.
  • Feeling of presence of the evil inside the body.
  • Feeling of the heaviness on the shoulder
  • Goose bumps and slight shivering on the body

 
How does it affect one mentally?
Black magic puts a block to a person’s wisdom and intelligence and makes all his efforts to solve the problems fruitless.
  •  The victim feels a mental block
  • Gets disturbed sleep with bad dreams
  • Negative thinking 
  • Feels suffocated and restless
  • Difficult to feel at peace
  • Feels depressed, with lack of enthusiasm or desire to live
  • Gets angry and irritated over trivial matters and gets pleasure after relieving the anger
  • Confusion over small matters
  • Laziness associated with the body pain
  • Irritation with the recitation of the Quran

 
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Wednesday

Why is this happening to me? Part 4

The problem of magic done on others has intensified a lot in the last few years, and many are suffering all over the world. Many prosperous and happy families are ruined by black magic.

With this as the basis, it can often make us wonder, “Why has Allah willed this on me? Why is this happening to me”, you may ask.

The why questions of our lives are endless, and this one question and the pain associated with this suffering can truly make us doubt whether Allah loves us or not. But the answer is simple: it is happening to bring you closer to Allah. "And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me." [Quran 51:56]
You must believe firmly that no one, however great his powers may be, can benefit or harm you unless Allah wills it. If you find yourself a victim of black magic, then it is a test of your faith and your strength, and Allah is testing you. We have been given free will, so you have the choice of how you will behave.

Do not seek hateful means to survive it. Do not wish ill onto the one who did black magic on you. Find love in your heart and try to forgive them. They do not realize what they are doing. Try to see all events in your life, including magic, as being a test from Allah and you will see that Allah is only trying to bring you closer to Him and purifying you from the sins.

When you can't see any logic in what's going on and your heart asks why this is happening, recall Nooh alayhi salaam who built the biggest ship without questioning.

You have to practice patience, willingly or unwillingly. The wise person is he who practices patience willingly and from the beginning because he understands the benefits of patience. He knows that he will be rewarded for his patience and will be criticized if he panics. You should also be aware of the fact that impatience and despair can neither bring back missed opportunities nor change the Decree of Allah.

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Monday

What does magic do? - Part 3

Magic can be used to harm or hurt another person by performing certain acts even in a faraway place – the effect of this technique can be experienced thousands of miles away. With the increase of jealousy, frustration, and selfishness, the use of the black magic has become the most common way to take out one’s malice and get an evil kind of satisfaction from the turmoil of others.

Magic puts a block on a person’s wisdom and intelligence and all efforts to solve the problems go fruitless. One feels a mental block, gets disturbed sleep with bad dreams, and negative thoughts. The person also feels the heaviness and weight on the heart and constriction in the throat.

If a human being is overpowered by the jinn, it can affect the body of the victim, his heart and/or mind, without even coming into contact with the person initiating the magic.

The reality of magic is that there are some types that can cause one to fall ill or even kill. It can act as an obstacle against a husband having sexual intercourse with his wife and can even separate spouses.

Some types of magic can affect people’s hearts in matters of love and hate, casting good and bad thoughts into their minds, and on their bodies, causing pain and sickness.

It can cause psychological and nervous diseases such as insanity, depression, anxiety, tension, epilepsy, whispers from Shaytan, and personality disorders.
Some physical diseases which do not improve when given medical treatment are caused by magic.

It can cause hallucinations, stir up hatred between people, cause enmity and division between them.

It can cause female diseases such as infertility, heavy bleeding and menstrual irregularities, infections and/or sexual problems such as impotency, premature ejaculation and lack of sexual response in either spouse.

Insha Allah you will learn more on this topic and other issues of sickness in upcoming post and in our course "Unchained: Believer's Weapon Against Dark Forces".

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Saturday

What is Sihr? Part 2

Sihr is the negative use of Jinn powered by jealous and malicious human beings, whose main objective is to harm or deprive others of something, or influence them to do something wrong or negative. Magic is the use of certain devices or tactics or materials to affect people’s minds so as to see what is unreal and believe it to be reality.

Sihr actually is an agreement set up between a magician and Satan which requires that the magician commit certain illegal or polytheistic acts, such as swearing to seek refuge in shaytan or slaughtering in his name, writing Qur’an with filth, rewriting the words of one of the surah of the Qur’an backwards and so on. In return for this great disbelief in Allah SWT, Satan gives his assistance in fulfilling the magician’s request.

Black magic is one of the most horrible, tragic sufferings one can experience in life. But it is important to remember that magic and Jinn possession only occur if it is Allah's will. "But they could not harm anyone except by Allah's permission." [Quran 2:102]

The one who wants sihr performed goes to the magician and asks him to perform magic on someone. At this point the magician asks him for the name of the person on whom he wants him to perform witchcraft, and the name of his/her mother, and for something that belongs to him, such as some hair, nails, clothing or his picture or even their home address.

But why does the witch ask about mother’s name, and not the father’s name as he should? And how does a magician use these belongings? What if the victim is righteous and pious, fearing Allah, and he recite the Qur’an and Dhikr daily? Does the magic still affect him?

We will be discussing this issue and much more in our course Unchained: Believer’s Weapon Against Dark Forces and in our upcoming posts insha Allah.

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Thursday

Unchained - Believer's Weapon Against Dark Forces - Part 1

Jinns and magic are two topics that fascinate both Muslims and non-Muslims. In this series of posts, I will speak about the Islamic perspective on these mystical and hidden realities, insha Allah.

The epidemic of Sihr in our communities is reaching epic proportions. The presence of this evil is found commonly among Muslims. For many people, at the first instance of a dispute, they turn to a magician to help them overcome their adversary and this has led to the spread of much evil, corruption and sheer injustice to many innocent people.

The spread of this disease has touched many families, often without them all realizing it. The question is what to do about the eradication of this disease. The first most obvious step is education on how sahir perform sihr and the effect on the person on whom the sihr is being done. People normally think that they just have to go to a “religious” person, pay him some money, and in return get the ta’weez which will get them their dream job, love of their spouse, marriage to the person they love most or even business partnerships. Some people do it with good intentions, and some people do it with evil intention. But really, do you think there is a difference? How should we deal with the type of situation?

Insha Allah in the next post I will explain the right steps to take in order to solve this problem. The first step we should take is educating ourselves, our friends, and family.

Jazakum Allah Khayr!!
Zakia Usmani

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Wednesday

THE WEAPONS OF THE BELIEVER IN HIS WAR AGAINST SHAYTAN – part 8

Adhering to the Straight Path means adhering to the Qur’aan and the Sunnah in words and deeds is the greatest means of protection against Shaytan. Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal recorded that Abdullah bin Mas’ood said, “The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihe wassallam drew a line with his hand (in the sand) and said, ‘This is Allah’s Path, leading straight.’ He then drew lines to the right and left of that line and said, ‘These are the other paths, on each path there is a Shaytan who calls to it.’ He then recited, ‘And verily, this is My straight path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His path.’” [Soorah al-An’am (6): 153]

1. Caution and care: This evil enemy of the human is always anxious to mislead mankind. He does this through a number of means, many of which we have discussed in the previous emails. One must beware of this enemy. One must be aware of his goals and his stratagem in order to be victorious over him. If man is heedless about these affairs, then Satan can attack him through any means that he pleases.

2. Sticking to the Book and the Sunnah: The greatest thing that can be used as a defense against the devils is sticking to the Book and the Sunnah, by one’s knowledge and by one’s actions.

3. Taking refuge and shelter in Allah : The best way to take shelter from Satan and his soldiers is to seek refuge and aid in Allah from the accursed Satan. Allah has power over Satan. If the slave seeks refuge in Him, how can Satan get to him? Allah has instructed us to seek refuge with Allah from the Shaytan and his evils in the Qur’an, “And if an evil whisper comes to you from Shaytan, then seek refuge with Allah.” Surah al-A’raf 7:200. Indeed, only Allah is able to prevent the evil of Shaytan from touching the son of Adam. Allah required us to seek refuge with Him from the evil of Shaytan because he neither accepts bribe nor does kindness affect him because he is pure evil. Thus, only He, Who created Shaytan, is ableto stop his evil.”

4. Being busy with the remembrance of Allah - Remembrance of Allah is one of the greatest acts that will save the person from Shaytan. The person does not protect himself from his enemy except through the remembrance of Allah. Satan does not enter unless one becomes neglectful and falls into his ambush. But if he remembers Allah again, Satan will be defeated, humiliated and made small like a small sparrow or a small fly. The Qareen of a believer, who keeps his tongue wet with the remembrance of Allah, is very lean, weak and hungry because the more the believer remembers his Lord, the more Shaytan suffers and is tormented. Whereas the Shaytan accompanying an evil doer who does not remember his Lord, rests in peace and is therefore strong and powerful and thus more capable of overcoming him. Narrated Abu Hurayrah , “the Shaytan of a believer met the Shaytan of a disbeliever. The latter was fat and well clothed, while the former was weak, lean, disheveled, dust colored (covered with dust), hungry and naked. The Shaytan of the disbelievers asked the Shaytan of the believer, ‘Why are you so lean?’ The Shaytan replied, ‘I am accompanying a man who, when he eats, mentions Allah’s Name, so I remain hungry. When he drinks, he mentions Allah, so I remain thirsty. When he wears his clothes, he mentions Allah’s Name, so I remain naked. When he puts oil in his hair, he mentions Allah’s Name and I remain disheveled.’ Then the Shaytan of the disbeliever said, ‘But I am accompanying a man who never does any of the deeds which you mentioned and I share with him his food, his drink, his clothing, etc.”

5. Dispelling the Shaytan any time of the day or night - The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihe wassallam said, “Whoever says in the morning, “None has the right to be worshiped except Allah alone. He has no partners. To Him belongs the Dominion, to Him belongs all praise and He is over all things Omnipotent.” ...has indeed gained the reward of freeing ten slaves from the children of Isma’eel and ten of his sins are wiped away and he is raised ten degrees and he has found a safe retreat from the Shaytan until evening. Similarly, if he says in the evening, he will be protected until the morning.” [Saheeh Ibn Majah]


6. Dispelling Shaytan from the house - Abu Hurayrah reports that Allah’s Messenger said, “Do not turn your houses into graves. Indeed, Shaytan flees from a house in which Soorah al-Baqarah is recited.” [Saheeh Muslim]

7. Dispelling Shaytan at the time of anger - Sulayman ibn Sard said, “I was sitting with Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alaihe wassallam and two men were abusing each other. The face of one of them became red (out of anger) and his veins had become inflated. Allah’s Messenger said, “I know a word which, if he was to say, his anger would leave him. If he said, “I seek refuge in Allah from Shaytan - the Accursed,” his anger would leave him.” [Agreed upon]

8. Dispelling Shaytan before food, drink and entering the house - Jabir said, “I heard the Prophet say, “When a man enters his house and remembers Allah, the Exalted, upon entering and before eating, Shaytan says, ‘There is no place for you to spend the night and there is no supper for you.’ When he enters the house and does not remember Allah, Shaytan says, ‘You have found a place to spend the night’ and when he does not remember Allah upon eating his food, Shaytan says, ‘You have found a place to stay and some supper.’” [Saheeh Muslim]

9. Dispelling Shaytan before going to bed - The Prophet said, “When you are about to sleep recite ayat alkursi (Soorah 2: 255) till the end of the verse for there will remain over you a protection from Allah and no Shaytan will draw near to you until morning.” [Saheeh al-Bukharee]
Narrated Aisha (radhi allahu anha), “When the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam went to bed every night, he would cup his palms together and blow in them after reciting the last three chapters of the Qur’aan (Soorah al-Ikhlas, Soorah al-Falaq and Soorah al-Nas) and then wipe over his entire body as much as possible with his hands, beginning with his head and face and front part of his body. He used to do this three times.” [Saheeh al-Bukharee] and he also advised Uqbah ibn Amir to recite these after each obligatory prayer.” [An-Nisaee]

10. Dispelling Shaytan when approaching one’s wife - Ibn Abbas reports that the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam said, “If one of you says, when approaching his wife (for intercourse), “In the Name of Allah. O Allah! Make us distant from Shaytan and make Shaytan distant from what you bestow upon us.” …then if it is decreed that they should have a child as a result of that, the Shaytan will never be able to harm it (i.e. the offspring).” [Agreed upon]

11. Opposing the Shaytan - when we know that doing something or doing it in a specific way is from the characteristics of the Shaytan, we should oppose him by doing it differently and follow the Sunnah. For example, the Prophet said, “When any one of you eats, let him eat with his right hand and when he drinks, let him drink with his right hand, for Shaytan eats with his left hand and drinks with his left hand.” [Saheeh Muslim] and, “Take a midday nap because the Shayateen do not take a nap.” [Saheeh al-Jamee (4/147)]

12. Repenting and seeking Allah’s forgiveness - When, “Shaytan said to the Lord of Glory, ‘By Your Glory, O Lord, I will keep trying to misguide Your slaves so long as their souls are in their bodies.’ The Lord said, ‘By My Glory and Majesty, I will continue to forgive them so long as they ask My forgiveness.’” [Saheeh al-Jamee (2/32)] Thus, prompt repentance and turning to Allah whenever one falls into one of Shaytan’s enticements is sure to destroy the plan of Shaytan.

I would like to end this topic with a hadith which shows that remembering Allah in every affair will make Satan despised, belittled, disparaged and defeated. Imam Ahmad related that Tameema heard from one of the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam who related that he was riding behind the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam and the Prophet’s donkey stumbled. The companion said, Perish Satan! The Prophet said, ‘Do not say, Perish Satan, for in that case you give him some honor and he said, By my strength it fell down. If you said, In the name of Allah, Satan would have been belittled until he became like a fly.’”

A MISCONCEPTION

Some people say, ‘We seek refuge in Allah but we still feel Shaytan coming to us and urging us to evil or preoccupying us while we are in the prayers.’ The reply to this is that seeking refuge in Allah is like a sword that is in the hands of a warrior. If his arm is strong, he is able to penetrate and kill his enemy. If his arm is weak, he may leave no mark at all on his opponent, even if it is a very sharp sword. The same is the case with seeking refuge from Shaytan. If one is pious and God-frearing, this invocation becomes like a fire that burns Shaytan. If the person is of weak faith, one whose faith is mixed with evil, then this weapon hardly harms Satan whatsoever. Therefore, the Muslim who wants safety in Allah from Satan and his plots must work to increase his faith and he must turn to Allah for help and security. And there is no power or strength except Allah.

Wishing you the best,

Wassalam
-Zakia Usmani
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Sunday

You can defeat shaytan – PART 7

Shaytan is given power over the believers because of their sins for example Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alaihe wassallam said about a Judge, “Allah is with the Qadhi so long as he is not unfair. If he judges unfairly, then He forsakes him and lets the Shaytan be with him.”

If a person is strong in his faith and observes the limits of Allah, he can defeat Shaytan. Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alaihe wassallam said, “The believer can seize the forelock of his Shaytan as one of you seizes the forelock of his camel whilst traveling.” Ahmad

Imam Ibn Katheer explained, “What is meant by seizing his forelock is defeating him and overwhelming him, as one does with a camel when it runs away, then you seize it and overpower it.”

Moreover, Shaytan is afraid of and flees from the strong believers. For example, the Prophet said about Umar Ibn Khattab radiallahu anhu, “the Shaytan is certainly afraid of you, O Umar.” He also said, “I can see the Shayateen among the jinn and mankind running away from Umar.”

So, although Shaytan has no power over the strong believers, he is able to gain control over those who accept his ideas and follow him willingly. Allah said to Iblees when he avowed to mislead the children of Adam, “Certainly, you shall have no authority over My slaves, except those who follow you of the Ghaawoon (those who go astray; criminals, polytheist and evildoers).” [Soorah al-Hijr (15): 39-42]

And it is mentioned in Soorah an-Nahl, “Verily! He (Shaytan) has no power over those who believe and put their trust only in their Lord (Allah). His power is only over those who obey and follow him (Shaytan), and those who join partners with Him (Allah).”

Shaytan can thus, do no more than call people to misguidance and make it look attractive to them. He has no power over them to force them into doing what he wants. People who respond to his call do so because it suits their whims and desires. So blame is attached only to those who respond to him.
Fate of Shaytan and those who follow him will be the worst and most horrible. Allah tells us that His Curse is upon Shaytan until the Day of Resurrection, and that He will fill Hell with him and his followers.

Adhering to the Straight Path in words and deeds is the greatest means of protection against Shaytan. In the next email we will insha Allah learn the means prescribed in the Qur’an and Sunnah to dispel Shaytan.

Wassalam
-Zakia Usmani
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Thursday

Meet Your Enemy - Part 6

“He (Shaytan) makes promises to them (i.e., mankind), and arouses in them false desires; and Shaytan's promises are nothing but deceptions. The dwelling of such (people) is Hell, and they will find no way of escape from it” [Soorah an-Nisa (4): 120]

The story of Shaytan's false promises and his deceit is narrated from the People of the Book and is reported by Ibn Jareer in the Tafseer of Soorah al-Hashr. We quote it here to learn some lessons from it and to show the way of Shaytan in his attempt to mislead mankind. The story warns us about Shaytan’s “sincere advice.” We must oppose the thing that Shaytan is calling to.

There was a pious worshipper of the tribe of Israel. He was the most pious person of his time. During his time, there were three brothers who had a sister. She was a virgin. And they had no sister other than her. They were all about to leave the town to go to war. They did not know with whom to leave their sister and who they could trust to look after her. They all agreed to leave her with that pious person. They all trusted him. They went to him and asked if they could leave her with him. She would be in the building next to him until they return from the fighting. He refused their request and sought refuge in Allah from them and their sister. They persisted until he finally acquiesced. He said, “Put her in the house next to my place of worship.” So they put her in that house and they left, leaving her there. She remained living next to that pious person for some time. He would put food for her in front of his building of worship. Then he would lock the door and return to his place of worship. He would then tell her to come out of her house and take the food.

Then Satan approached him softly. He encouraged him to treat her kindly. He told him that it was not good to make the woman come out of her house during the day as someone may come upon her. If he took the food directly to her door that would mean a greater reward for him, He continued for some time to go to her door and place the food at the front of her door without speaking to her.

Then Iblees came again and encouraged him to do good and get more reward. He said, “If you took her the food and placed it in the house for her, you would get a greater reward.” He continued to encourage him. So he started to take the food into her house. He continued like that for some time.

Then Iblees came again and again encouraged him to do good. He said, “If you talk to her for a while she will be put to ease by your conversation as she is in a state of fear and she is all alone.” He then started talking to her from atop his place of worship.

Then Iblees came again. He said, “If you were to come down and talk to her while she sits at her door and talks to you, that would be even more comforting for her.” He continued to encourage him until he came down and sat at his door and would talk to her. The girl would come out of
her building and sit at her door and they would talk for a while.

Then Iblees came again and encouraged him to get great rewards for treating her well. He said, “If you were to go from the door of your place of worship and sit close to her door, that would be even more comforting for her.” He continued exhorting him until he did so. He continued that act for a while. Then Iblees came again. This time he said, “If you enter her house and talk to her, and not make her show her face in public it would be even better for you. He continued exhorting him until he entered her house and spent the whole day talking to her.

Then when night fell, he returned to his place of worship. Then Iblees came to him after that and continued to make her more appealing to him. Until the worshipper got upon her and kissed her. And Iblees continued to make her look nice in his eyes and desire her until he finally fulfilled his desires
with her. She got pregnant and gave birth to a boy.

Then Iblees came and told the worshipper, “Do you not realize what the brothers of the girl will do to you when they see she has given birth to your son? You will not be safe if your matter becomes clear. You should go to the boy and kill it and bury it, that way you can conceal your affair and they will not do anything to you for what you did to her.” Then he said to him, “Do you think she will conceal from her brothers what you did to her and your killing of her son. Take her, kill her and bury her with her son.” He continued spurring him on until he killed her and threw her in the ditch with her son. Then he put a large rock over them and leveled it. Then he returned to his place of worship and worshipped therein. He stayed in that state for as long as Allah willed until the brothers came back from the fighting.

They came to him and asked him about their sister. He mourned her loss and started to cry. He said, “She was the best of women and that is her grave. The brothers came to the grave and cried over their sister and asked Allah to have mercy on her. They stayed at her grave for a few days and then went to their families.

When the night overtook them and they went to their beds, Satan came to them in their sleep in the form of a traveler. He started with the eldest and asked him about their sister. The brother told him what the pious man had stated and how they were shown her grave. Satan told him that the pious man had lied. He said, He did not tell you the truth about your sister. He got her pregnant and she had his son and then he killed and buried her out of fear of you. Then he threw them in a ditch he dug behind the door of the house she was staying in, to the right of the entrance. Go and enter the house in which she stayed and on the right of the entrance you will find everything I told you about.” Then he went to the middle brother and did the same. Then he went to the youngest brother and did the same. When they woke, they were all surprised at what they had seen. When they met each other, they all said, I saw an amazing thing last night, and they informed each other of what they had seen.

The eldest said, “That dream has nothing to it so just ignore it. The youngest said, I will not leave it until I go and look at that place.” They all went until they reached the door of the place where there sister stayed. They opened the door and looked for the place that was described to them in their dreams. They found their sister and her son buried in a ditch, as they were told. They asked the worshipper about it and he confirmed what Iblees had told them. They then took him and were about to crucify him. When they had him on the wooden cross, Satan said to him, “You know that I am your companion who tempted you by the woman until you got her pregnant and you killed her and her son. If you obey me today and deny Allah, who formed and shaped you, I will rescue you
from your predicament.” The worshipper then belied Allah. When he belied Allah, Satan left from being between him and the others and they were able to crucify him.’

From this story we can note one of the methods that Satan uses to mislead mankind. He takes the human step by step, not all at one time, to misguidance. He neither over does it nor does he bore the person. Every time the person is pleased by a step, he takes the human to a greater act of disobedience. This continues until he can take him to the greatest sin and the person’s destruction. This is Allah’s pattern with respect to His slaves. If they deviate from Allah’s path, He allows Satan to gain control over them.

“So when they went astray, Allah sent their hearts astray” al-Saff 5.

I ask Allaah to keep us safe and sound, and protect us from all evils.

Wassalam
-Zakia Usmani
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Tuesday

DOORWAYS OF SHAYTAN INTO A MAN’S HEART – PART 5

Shaytan does not come to the human and say, ‘Leave this good deed and do this evil deed in order to make your life in this world and the next a miserable one.’ If he behaved in that manner no one would follow him. Instead, he uses many ways to deceive the slaves of Allah, including:

1. Making evil look good – He makes the false appear in the form of truth. And he makes what is true appearing like falsehood. He always bewitches the mind until he can deceive the person. No one is safe from his bewitching except whomsoever Allah wills. He makes good looking to him what harms him the most, until he imagines that it is the most beneficial act for himself. And he makes him flee from the most beneficial act until he thinks it is something harmful to him.

2. Going to extremes – Allah never orders anything except that Shaytan takes two contradictory stance towards it; either shortcoming and negligence or overzealousness and exaggeration. It does not matter [to him] by which of these two mistakes he becomes victorious over the slave. He comes to the heart of the slave and examines it. If he finds in it listlessness and looking for loopholes, he deals with him from that vantage. He strikes him with laziness, listlessness and lethargy. He opens for him the door to reinterpretations hopes and so forth until the slave may not fulfill anything of what he is commanded. If he finds in the slave’s heart alertness, seriousness, desire to work and potential, Satan despairs from attacking him through the above means. Instead, he orders him to strive even harder. He convinces him that what he is doing is not sufficient for him. His ambition is to be greater than that. He must work more than the other workers. He should not sleep when they sleep. He should not break his fast when they break their fasts. He should not rest when they rest. If one of them washes his hands and face three times, he should wash them seven times. If one makes wudu for prayer, he must make ghusl. [He orders him to] similar other acts of exaggeration and extremism. He makes him go to extremes and beyond the limits. He makes him stray from the straight path in the same way that he makes the first person fall short of the straight path and not approach it. Satans intention for both is to keep them from the straight path: the first by making him not come close or near to it and the second by making him pass it and go beyond it. Many of creation are misled by these two strategies. There is no escape from them except deep knowledge, faith and the strength to fight Satan and stay along the middle path.’

If you feel that you are being affected by this waswaas, say, “Aamantu Billaahi wa Rasoolihi (I believe in Allaah and His Messenger).”
Try to stop thinking about that waswas as much as possible, and keep busy with things that will distract you from it.

Keep on turning to Allah in all situations, and ask Him for help, and beseech Him, and ask Him to make you steadfast until death, and cause you to die doing righteous deeds.

Wassalam
-Zakia Usmani
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Saturday

SHAYTAN ENTERS A PERSON’S HEART THROUGH HIS WEAKNESSES – PART 4

We know that Shaytan gradually misguides mankind through waswaas (whisperings to commit acts of disobedience to Allah) but he does not use the same approach for everyone. People differ in their nature, personality and ways of thinking; what appeals to one, may not appeal to another. So 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. 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.’

Imam Ibnul-Qayyim said, “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 wicked 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.”

It is thus not the way of Shaytan to openly call one to disobedience. He will encourage negligence in prayers by whispering to the person to complete his worldly work before he leaves for prayers. After he has completed his work, Shaytan will remind him of food, and after that he will remind him of something else until the time of prayer has perished.

Similarly, if a person runs a business, Shaytan whispers to him that if he goes for prayer, he might miss some customers. However, if Shaytan finds man to be zealous in performing Salaat, he comes to him through different means in which he is weak. He whispers to him concerning his wealth and encourages him to unlawfully usurp the wealth of others and forbids him from paying Zakaat while telling him that this will bring him poverty and so on.

Ignorance, Ingratitude, Argumentativeness, Overstepping the limits, Carelessness, Pride, Doubt, Suspicion, Despair, Hopelessness, Recklessness, Haste, Inappropriate joy, Self-admiration, Wrong-doings, Oppression, Negligence, Miserliness, Covetousness, Extreme hostility in cases of dispute, Panic, Fear, Rebellion, Tyranny, Love of wealth are DOORWAYS OF SHAYTAN INTO A MAN’S HEART.

I ask Allaah to protect us and increase us in faith, righteousness and piety.

Wassalam
-Zakia Usmani
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Thursday

STRATEGY OF SHAYTAN – PART 3

In order to ease the path of hell for the people, Shaytan tempts mankind little by little; beginning with a few steps and eventually leading them to the final downfall.

Shaytan had persuaded Adam and Hawa into eating the forbidden fruit. Allah commanded, “O Adam! Dwell you and your wife in Paradise and eat both of you freely with pleasure and delight of things therein as wherever you will, but come not near this tree or you both will be of the Dhalimoon (wrong-doers).” [Soorah al-Baqarah (2): 35]

It is worth pondering that Allah did not say, ‘Do not eat the fruit of this tree,’ rather He commanded them to stay away from the tree itself saying “but come not near this tree.” If they strolled near the tree or sat in its shade there was a greater possibility of them being tempted into eating its fruit. So Allah commanded them to keep away from the tree absolutely!

This is the Sunnah of Allah in all matters. He closes all doors that lead to evil by forbidding the means that can lead His slaves into committing greater sin or evil.

Knowing that Allah prohibited Adam and Hawa from approaching the forbidden tree; Shaytan first enticed them to come near the tree. He then beautified for them its fruits, their color and fragrance, and finally caused Adam and Hawa to eat from it. So, Shaytan enticed them into disobeying Allah in a gradual way.

Shaytan uses the same ploy with the children of Adam and this necessitates extra precaution on our part. We not only have to refrain from committing sins but it is also necessary to keep away from every path that may lead to disobeying Allah, including visiting places and gatherings where the limits of Allah are not respected, keeping bad company or participating in innovated celebrations etc.

May Allah protect us from the traps of Shaytan.

Wassalam
-Zakia Usmani
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Tuesday

SHAYTAN NEVER TIRES – PART 2

Satan has one long term goal. This is his ultimate ambition. This goal is to see humans thrown into the hellfire and prevented from entering paradise. To achieve his goal, Shaytan first lures mankind into committing Shirk and Kufr through invoking dead, practicing magic etc., because Shirk is the greatest sin. Anyone who dies upon Shirk will not be forgiven, nor will he ever be taken out of Hell-fire.

If he cannot manage to deceive people into committing Shirk and Kufr, he does not give up. He causes people to follow bidah (innovations in the religion). One who sins, knows that he is disobeying Allah and some time, he may turn to Allah and seek forgiveness and be pardoned. But he, who practices Bidah, deems his action to be a form of worship to Allah and thus, never even thinks of repentance!

If Shaytan fails at causing people to follow innovations, he will move on to calling them to major sins. If the believer keeps steadfast, Shaytan is still not discouraged, he calls them to minor sins.

Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alaihe wassallam warned us concerning minor sins by giving an example of how a great fire can be kindled by means of small wooden sticks collected in a place. Similarly, minor sins if allowed to accumulate, might destroy the sinner.

If the believer still emerges safe from his traps, Shaytan seeks to keep him occupied with permissible matters, like sleeping, eating, pursuing worldly affairs, etc. Spending time and effort in these will neither earn him reward nor bring punishment. He will, however, miss the rewards he would have gained if he had spent his time in performing good deeds.

If the believing slave is still not deceived and manages his time well, Shaytan keeps him busy with less virtuous deeds instead of what is more preferable and rewarding in order for him to miss the reward of the best and most virtuous deed.

If after employing all kinds of temptations and deceptive arguments, Shaytan still does not succeed in diverting the son of Adam from his religious commitments, he resorts to corrupt his acts of worship and deprive him from the rewards. He stirs up doubts and makes the person anxious and uncertain.
If the person still remains undefeated, Shaytan’s next step is to harm the person, for example, by causing him to be persecuted, or by distorting his reputation. By this trick Shaytan intends to discourage the person from his religious commitment.

What we can conclude is that if Satan fails at one stage, he does not give up and keeps trying, and lies in wait along the path of goodness as he had avowed, “… surely I will sit and wait against them 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.” Surah al-A’raf 16-17.

Wassalamu alaikum wa rahamtullahe wabarakatuhu
-Zakia Usmani
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Sunday

Meet Your Enemy - Part 1

It is upon the Muslim to discover the way of Satan in misleading mankind and to uncover Satan’s ways and to show them to the rest of mankind. The Quran does this, as did the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam. They did so in the best manner possible. The Quran showed us the way in which Satan deceived Adam. And the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam informed his companions about how the devils listened to the news of the skies and passed that on to the diviners and soothsayers along with a hundred lies to go with it. He clarified that for them in order for them not to be deceived by something similar to it. He also explained to them how Satan whispers to them in order to ruin their prayers and worship. He also explained to them how Satan makes them think that their ablutions had become invalid when that was not really the case. He also described to them how the devils separate a man from his wife. He also told them how Satan makes one think about who created this and that until he thinks about who created Allah.

So here is some information about your arch enemy, may the curse of Allah be upon him:

Name: Iblees
Place: The hearts of the negligent, heedless, careless, …
Clan: Tawagheet (any enemy of Allah)
Eternal residence: Hell
Status: Fasiq of first degree
Regions: Places where the Name of Allah is not mentioned
The route of his journey: Deviated
His capital: Wishes and desires
The place of his gathering: The markets
The enemies of his journey: Muslims
His sign: Sewage
The device of his work: Hypocrisy in his ethics
The color of his work: Any color, according to the place
His spouses in the world: The half-naked women of mankind
His favourite people: Those who are negligent of remembering Allah
What disturbs him: Seeking forgiveness
His writings: Tatoos
His home: Bathrooms/toilets
His first appearance: The day when he refuse to prostrate to Adam
His friends: Hypocrites
The source of his provision: Unlawful wealth
His operations rooms: Impure and defiled places, and places of sin.
His services: Enjoining evil and calling people to it
His commands: To follow sins and vice
Religion: Kufr
His profession: The general manager of those who have earned the Anger of Allah, and those who have gone astray.
The period of his service: Until the Day of Resurrection
The destination of his journey: Hell
The trade revenue: End in smoke
His companions on the journey: The devils among Jinn and mankind
His colleagues at work: Those people who stay silent about the truth (does not reveal the truth)
His mode of transport: Telling lies
His wage: Him and his followers are well supported
His means of communication: Slander, lie, and spying
His favorite dish: The flesh of corpses (i.e slandered people)
Whom he fear: A believer who is fearful and mindful of Allah
His most hated people: Those males and females who remember Allah
His defence: The scheming of Satan is feeble
His allurements: Women
His hobbies: Misguidance and deception
His wish: To make all mankind disbelievers
His end: The Day of Reckoning
His most favorite activity: To see homosexuality spread among people
The secret of his followers: "I” the term of proud and haughty people
His entertainers: Male and female artists
His promises: Poverty
The things makes him cry: Numerous prostrations

I ask Allah to guard us and protect us, and keep us in His care, for He is Able to do that.

Wassalam
-Zakia Usmani
http://www.facebook.com/zakiaaftabusmani

Tuesday

THOSE WHO DO NOT SAY THEIR PRAYERS

We are praying that the following message would reach at least FIVE MILLION Muslims all over the world, InshaAllah.

Please forward this message TODAY to your friends and relatives and earn abundant Rewards from Allah Subhanahu Watala. And reblogging is much appreciated. Thank you, JazakAllah.


FAJR : the glow of their face is taken away.

ZUHR : the blessing of their income is taken away.

ASR : the strength of their body is taken away.

MAGHRIB : they are not benefited by their children.

 ISHA : the peace of their sleep is taken away.

SAYINGS (HADITH) OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD (Sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam)

The one who disdains prayers (Salat) will receive Fifteen punishments from Allah..
Six punishments in this lifetime
Three while dying
Three in the grave &
Three on the Day of Judgment.

THE SIX PUNISHMENTS OF LIFE :

1. Allah takes away blessings from his age (makes his life misfortunate)

2. Allah does not accept his plea (Dua’s)

3. Allah erases the features of good people from his face.

4. He will be detested by all creatures on earth.

5. Allah does not reward him for his good deeds. (No thawab)

6. He will not be included in the Dua’s of good people.

THE THREE PUNISHMENTS WHILE DYING :

1. He dies humiliated.

2. He dies hungry.

3. He dies thirsty. Even if he drinks the water of all seas he will still be thirsty.

THE THREE PUNISHMENTS IN THE GRAVE :

1. Allah tightens his grave until his chest ribs come over each other.

2. Allah pours on him fire with embers.

3. Allah sets on him a snake called ‘the brave’, ‘the bold’ which hits him from morning until afternoon for leaving Fajr prayer, from the afternoon until Asr for leaving Dhuhr prayer and so on. With each strike he sinks 70 yards under the ground.

THE THREE PUNISHMENTS ON THE DAY OF JUDGMENT :

1. Allah sends who would accompany him to hell pulling him on the face.

2. Allah gives him an angry look that makes the flesh of his face fall down.

3. Allah judges him strictly and orders him to be thrown in hell.

Note: Please make copies of it and distribute them among all Muslims. You will be earning a Reward as well as helping to show your brother the Right Path. May Allah give guidance to all of us. Ameen.