NOTE: The picture above DOES NOT depict Satan, it depicts a JEDI.
Asalaam Aleykum Brothers and sisters,
Before we get into the subtle mind tricks Satan uses to play with us like puppets on strings, I believe it is useful to first take a look at who Satan is.
First off a few characteristics of Satan we should keep in mind;
Number one, Satan is extremely patient, very very patient, he will take his time to get you, and even after he fails the first time, he will try again and try again, even after you repent and your slate is wiped clean he will keep trying and keep trying till the second you die.
Which brings us to the second point; leading us astray is his job, he is with you full-time!!! 24/7, it’s no nine to five job, this is the seven-eleven. And he would do over-time with you if he could. If there were 25 hours in a day he would be with you on the 25th one too.
Number three, he knows you very well, his whispers won’t sound like a foreign idea; they will sound like your own logic. The only way to know it is from Satan is to see whether it leads to good or bad. It’s that simple.
Number four, this is more about us than Satan but it works to his favor so it’s worth mentioning. And that is our nafs, it’s inclined to Satan’s whispers, it is inclined to fulfill our desires and hunger the halal way or haram way it’s indifferent to the method used. We can’t destroy or part with our nafs but we can control it. So think of it as the little beast inside, the baby who wants everything right NOW!! And Satan is consistently talking to it. And your conscious self is the final decision-maker.
And last but not least, Satan is the true enemy. You thought you met enemies??? This is guy is the real deal, Satan HATES humans to the very core, his misguided sense of greatness over humans which led him to disobey Allah’s command to bow down to Adam. Has led him to ask Allah to give him a long life till judgment day just so he can lead mankind astray, it is his only aim and purpose in life, NOTHING ELSE, there is no weekends and holidays for him, everyday it’s about finding more ways to lead humans astray and into the Hell-fire with him.
Surah Al-‘A`rāf 7: 12
“[ Allah ] said, “What prevented you from prostrating when I commanded you?” [Satan] said, “I am better than him. You created me from fire and created him from clay.”
Surah Fatir 35:6
“Indeed, Satan is an enemy to you; so take him as an enemy. He only invites his party to be among the companions of the Blaze.”
So now, how does he go about this? Well you see, Satan is a puppeteer of sorts, a genius in his field to be honest… and what does every puppeteer need?
YES! You guessed it, Puppets and Strings… If you don’t want to be a puppet then beware of Satan’s strings, he uses them to make us do what he wills.
Strings such as Music, pornography, alcohol, Haraam relationships, shisha, smoking, laziness, arrogance, selfishness, backbiting, not lowering your gaze, and the list goes on.
Every sin you can think of is a string and he uses these to get us to do bigger and bigger sins. Satan will start with reducing our good deeds, then get us to small sins, then get us to do them repeatedly thinking they are small, while they corrode our Imaan, then eventually to bigger and bigger sins.
Because we all know, Satan can’t just come to you while you pray five times a day and say “heyyy lets go do this great sin and go to hell together, sound good?”
It won’t work; he needs to pull us out slowly, so slowly that we don’t even notice that we are being pulled.
But if we cut all these strings what can he do??
Surah Al- Hijr 15:39 – 42
“[Iblees] said, “My Lord, because You have put me in error, I will surely make [disobedience] attractive to them on earth, and I will mislead them all
Except, among them, Your chosen servants.
[ Allah ] said, “This is a path [of return] to Me [that is] straight.
Indeed, My servants – no authority will you have over them, except those who follow you of the deviators.”
Surah An-Naĥl 16: 98 – 100
“So when you recite the Qur’an, [first] seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the expelled [from His mercy].
Indeed, there is for him no authority over those who have believed and rely upon their Lord.
His authority is only over those who take him as an ally and those who through him associate others with Allah .”
I love you all for the sake of Allah