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


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.

-Zakia Usmani