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The Tricks of Shaytaan Against You

1. He obstructs you from doing acts of obedience. Repel him, by realizing that you are in need of these acts of obedience in order to gather them from this life to the next, which will have no ending.

2. He commands you to procrastinate in acts of obedience. Repel him, by realizing that your appointed time is not in your hands and that you could die at any moment.

3. He commands you to rush in acts of obedience by suggesting to you, "Hurry! In order that you can do so-and-so!" Repel him, by realizing that few acts of obedience done with perfection is better than many done incompletely.

4. He commands you to perfect your worship in order to be seen of men. Repel him, by realizing that the sight of Allah is enough for you over the sight of men.

5. He whispers arrogance and pride in your heart by saying, "Who is greater and more precise than your obedience?" Repel him, by realizing that your acts of obedience to Allah is a blessing from Allah, not from yourself. If it were not for the bounty of Allah, you would not be able to establish any act of obedience.

6. This is the greatest of his tricks. He says to you, "Make strenuous effort in keeping your obedience of Allah secret. Soon He will make your acts manifest before the world!" Repel him, by remembering that you are a slave of Allah and that He alone is your Master. If He wills, He will manifest you and if He wills, He will keep you concealed. If He wills, He will make you important, and if He wills, He will make you insignificant. That is for Him to decide, and you should not care whether He manifests your good deeds to people or not, because there is nothing in their hands worth seeking after.

7. He suggests in your heart, "There is no need for you to perform acts of obedience to Allah. Truly, if you were created and destined to be among the people of bliss, then there is no danger in you neglecting the acts of worship. And if you were created and destined to be among the people of wretchedness, then there is no benefit in doing them." Repel him, by realizing that you are a servant of Allah. And that it is the duty of a Muslim to obey the command of Allah.

Also see: If You Want to Disobey Allah...


The Islamic Bulletin
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December 2000
Ramadan 1421
Note from the Editor
Letters to the Editor
Islamic World News
Negative Affects
on Our Heart
Ten Sicknesses
of the Heart
She's My Sister
A True Story
Stories of the Sahaba
Women in Islam
How to Lower
our Gaze
Ten Things We Waste
Cultivating Your Spiritual Life
Excellence of
Some Surahs
Du'aas / Prayers
99 Names of Allah
Quran & Science
The Quran
Ramadan Diet
Why I Embraced Islam
Yemeni Coffee
Kid's Corner
The Tricks of Shaytaan