The Whispers of the Shaytaan: Sunday 2nd Muharram 1436 (26th October 2014)
One of the most important goals we hope to attain when we attend study circles is forgiveness of sins and increase in faith.
إيمان includes believing in the Unseen News
If you believe in the information you receive in the study circles with certainty such that it affects your feelings and pushes you to take the correct action, then know that this is faith.
The beneficial knowledge is the one which affects your heart. You need to go home, review and repeat the information to yourself such that it affects your feelings. Did it affect your heart, change your way of thinking? Did it increase you in faith?
Many people may listen to the lecture but there is no effect on their faith. This is because of something in their heart.
The effect of the knowledge will be gradual. We need to continuously acquire it until death.
The Description of the Student of Knowledge:
The student of knowledge should be sincere when he comes, writes, reviews, seeking the pleasure of Allah alone.
He should be patient when he is writing, attending, reviewing, etc.
What helps a person be patient when acquiring knowledge?
a) Seeking the pleasure of Allah
b) Loving the Knowledge
How can I love knowledge?
-> Knowing that the Knowledge is the inheritance of the Prophets and Messengers.
-> Knowing that Allah, Al-‘Aleem, loves knowledge and the knowledgeable people
c) To know that Knowledge helps a person obey Allah
d) Knowing the virtues of knowledge, the seekers of knowledge, the assemblies of knowledge, the teachers of knowledge, etc.
The Student of Knowledge is never satisfied with the knowledge he has, he always wants to learn more.
Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Musa asked his Lord about 6 characteristics which were particular to him and the 7th of which he didn’t like.”
He said, ‘O Lord who is the most righteous amongst your Servants?’ Allah said, “The one who remembers and never forgets.”
He said, ‘O Lord who among your Slaves is the most guided?” Allah said, “The one who follows the guidance.”
He said, ‘O Lord who is the wisest among your slaves?” Allah said, “The one who judges for people as he judges for himself.”
He said, ‘O Lord who is the most learned amongst your slaves?” Allah replied, “He who is never satisfied with knowledge. He gathers the knowledge of people in addition to his knowledge.”
He asked, ‘O Lord who is the most honored amongst your servants?” Allah said, “He who if given the power, pardons.”
He said, ‘O Lord who is the richest amongst your Slaves?” Allah said, “He who is content with what he is given.”
The 7th Characteristic which Musa disliked, ‘O Lord who is the poorest amongst your Slaves?’ Allah said, ‘The owner of deficiency.”
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The richness is the richness of the soul, and If Allah wills to do good to His slave, He will make his richness in his self and taqwa in his heart, and if Allah wills to do evil to a slave, He will make his neediness between his two eyes”
(Al-Silsilah As-Saheeha #3350 Isnad Hasan)
Musa (‘alayhis salaam) was the most honored and learned person on earth at that time, yet he travelled to meet al-Khidr and seek knowledge from him.
Many students of knowledge think they have reached the utmost degree and they don’t need more knowledge.
Advices for the Student of Knowledge:
1) Lower your worldly hopes, wishes and desires.
2) Don’t run after everything you want and respond to the desires of your self all the time.
3) Don’t be the person who doesn’t know the resemblance the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) made of the Dunya: The food of the son of Adam, even though prepared very deliciously, look at its end.
When Allah mentions the descriptions of the believers in the Qur’an he mentions that the remembrance of the hereafter is in their hearts.
When the Sahabah performed good deeds the hereafter was in their hearts, but we do good deeds while the Dunya is in our hearts. This is why they excelled us. Don’t distract yourself with the worldly matters. Keep your vessel clean, don’t fill it with the occupations of the Dunya.
Guard the following three things:
1) Don’t respond to the worldly thoughts. Keep your mind busy with religious thoughts.
2) Take care of your acts of worship. Take care of your prayer. It will help you be patient when acquiring knowledge.
3) Take care of your companions. Are you accompanying a righteous person?
Your companion is very important in your life. Don’t be the one who comes on the Day of Judgement and says,
[Surat al-Furqan Verse 28]
A student of knowledge will encourage you to acquire knowledge. This is the good companion you should hold fast to.
The noblest knowledge that one should acquire while we are alive is the knowledge about Allah.
The Importance of knowing Allah:
-> Weak acts of worship are due to weak faith, which is to due to weak knowledge.
Learning about Allah affects our faith which in turn affects our worship.The core of our acts of worship is belief in the unseen. Perfect worship indicates perfect belief and perfect belief indicates correct knowledge.
-> It’s a healing for the sicknesses of the heart. One of the most common sicknesses is waswaas.
Many people don’t know that their sicknesses is due to the Shaytaan, this is why they don’t fight him.
Knowledge about Allah will make you repel the whispers of the Shaytaan
Waswasa = Self Talk/Hidden Voice in the heart of the person. It is the plot of the Shaytaan. He prompts evil thoughts in the heart of the person again and again.
Allah called it الوسواس الخناس in Surat An Naas.
Allah warned us about the plots of the Shaytaan in many verses in the Qur’an.
Surat Al- Baqarah Verse 208:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا ادْخُلُوا فِي السِّلْمِ كَافَّةً وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا خُطُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ ۚ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُبِينٌ
Allah is commanding us in this verse to obey all the Islamic Legislations. You don’t leave any commands because of your desires. Then he tells us not to follow the footsteps of the Shaytan.
The Shaytaan will prevent you from obeying Allah’s command. He has steps. He won’t immediately command you to disbelieve in Allah, he will take you step by step. We need to be aware of the plots of the Shaytaan. He is our enemy and we need to treat him as such. When we disobey Allah, we are obeying the Shaytaan.
The Shaytaan comes to the person and mixes all matters such that the person cannot recognize the truth (except the person whom Allah protected). Whenever the person intends to do good the Shaytaan comes to them.
As it is mentioned in the Musnad: ‘If a man intends to become Muslim, Shaytaan will come to him and say, “Are you going to forsake the religion of your forefathers?” And the man disobeys him and embraces Islam.
Then he will come to him when he intends to immigrate and says, “Are you going to leave your land, etc.” and he disobeys him and emigrates. And when the Slave intends to go for Jihad he will come and say, “Are you going to kill yourself and then your wife will marry another man…” And the man disobeys him and goes for Jihad.’
Surat Al- ‘A’raf Verse 17:
ثُمَّ لَآتِيَنَّهُمْ مِنْ بَيْنِ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمِنْ خَلْفِهِمْ وَعَنْ أَيْمَانِهِمْ وَعَنْ شَمَائِلِهِمْ ۖ وَلَا تَجِدُ أَكْثَرَهُمْ شَاكِرِينَ
As Allah is above us and the Shaytaan, he cannot come from above, he has no power over the believers and those who put their trust in Allah. He has power over those who listen and surrender to his whisper. They take the Shaytaan as a Wali.
Some attributes of the people Shaytaan can overpower easily:
3) Excessively Self-Reproaching
4) Tough Personality
6) Intelligent people who don’t behave properly in certain situations
This is either an inborn quality, due to experiencing incidents that made them like that, or are brought up by parents with these sicknesses.
The different kinds of the waswaas of the Shaytaan:
1) Obsessional Thoughts
The same reoccuring thought. This is either due to excessive attachment or fear.
A woman who is scared her husband will take a another wife and is obsessed with that thought. The Shaytaan knows your weak point and will use that to whisper.
Sometimes he takes the form of an advisor. He’ll bring evidence from the Qur’an and Sunnah to stop you.
The teenagers are the ones whom the Shaytan works on the most. They want to do good but the Shaytan wants to fill their records with evil deeds.
Give more love to the teenagers because if they don’t find love with you they will go find it outside the house.
2) Whispering of Images وسواس الصور
There is only one particular image always coming in front of your eyes. This is either due to a personal horrifying experience or his imagination. Because his personality is weak and there is no faith, this image will make him scared.
Ex. A person who had a sick relative and was with him in all the stages until death. If his personality is weak, the Shaytaan may remind him of this situation all the time.
You should say الحمد لله Allah protected me in this, He will protect me later. If you don’t, you are surrendering to these whispers and the Shaytaan is overpowering you.
3) وسواس الاجترار Excessive Rumination
A reoccurring doubt that the person can’t find the answer to.
Ex. We don’t know the reality of Allah’s attributes. The Shaytaan will come to a person and say, ‘Allah created everything, who created Allah?’
Allah is the first and there is nothing before Him. If a child asks this question you need to answer the doubt, not tell them not to ask questions because this may cause the doubt to grow.
4) Whisper of Impulsion
Ex. A person may get impulses to throw themselves from the window, etc.
some people are obsessed by these thoughts until they commit suicide.
5) Whispers of the Actions
This is the most common.
Ex. A person is making ablution and the Shaytaan makes them forget that they washed a certain part of their body, etc.
The Shaytaan plots against us and we have to be alert and aware of his whispers in order to fight back.
1) The most important means of remedy is Isti’aadha. It is an act of worship and it will not be effective unless you really know who Allah is by His Names and Attributes.
You need the three names in Surat An-Naas particularly in order to repel the whispers of the Shaytan: رب، ملك ، اله
2) Guard the morning and evening supplications and say them with understanding.
3) Immediately repel the whispers of the Shaytaan.
4) Accompanying Good people.
5) Invoke Allah profusely. Know that Allah will not let you down and will help you against the Shaytaan.
6) Recite, understand, and ponder over the verses in the Qur’an.
When Allah talks about the Shaytaan, He uses His name الوكيل.
Surat ‘Āli `Imrān Verse 173:
الَّذِينَ قَالَ لَهُمُ النَّاسُ إِنَّ النَّاسَ قَدْ جَمَعُوا لَكُمْ فَاخْشَوْهُمْ فَزَادَهُمْ إِيمَانًا وَقَالُوا حَسْبُنَا اللَّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ
Those to whom hypocrites said, “Indeed, the people have gathered against you, so fear them.” But it [merely] increased them in faith, and they said, “Sufficient for us is Allah , and [He is] the best Disposer of affairs.”
Allah is telling us about the event that happened after the battle of Uhud where many Muslims were injured and killed. They were told that Abu Sufyan was gathering his soldiers and going to fight them again. They increased in faith and said حسبنا الله و نعم الوكيل
When the Shaytaan puts fear in your heart then say this.
If you say this, what will happen?
فَانْقَلَبُوا بِنِعْمَةٍ مِنَ اللَّهِ وَفَضْلٍ لَمْ يَمْسَسْهُمْ سُوءٌ وَاتَّبَعُوا رِضْوَانَ اللَّهِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ ذُو فَضْلٍ عَظِيمٍ
Al Waswaas is a test from Allah. Allah is afflicting us with the Shaytan to see where we will run to when we are afraid. Is Allah enough for you?
إِنَّمَا ذَٰلِكُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ يُخَوِّفُ أَوْلِيَاءَهُ فَلَا تَخَافُوهُمْ وَخَافُونِ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ مُؤْمِنِينَ
As soon as the whisper of Shaytaan comes to them, only they will run to Allah. They know Allah, their رب، ملك، اله. The believers will take their fear as a means of seeking nearness to Allah. They will be rewarded by Allah.