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.

-Zakia Usmani

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