# How the Shytaan decieved the Barsisa, the worshiper – Imam Ibn aj-Jawzee

Shytaan appears as a sincere advisor to humans

Source : Quoted in ibn al-Jauzi, Talbees Iblees, p.39

“And he swore unto them (saying): Lo! I am a sincere adviser unto you” (al-Araaf 21).

Wahb ibn Munabbih has related the following lengthy story from the people of the book.” We present it here to show the way of Shytan in his attempt to mislead mankind. The story warns humans about Shytan”s “sincere advice”. One must oppose the thing that Shytan is calling to. Wahb said,

There was a pious worshipper of the tribe of Israel. He was the most pious person of his time. During his time, there were three brothers who had a sister. She was a virgin. And they had no sister other than her. They were all about to leave the town to go to war. They did not know with whom to leave their sister and who they could trust to look after her. They all agreed to leave her with that pious person. They all trusted him. They went to him and asked if they could leave her with him. She would be in the building next to him until they return from the fighting. He refused their request and sought refuge in Allah from them and their sister. They persisted until he finally acquiesced. He said, “Put her in the house next to my place of worship.” So they put her in that house and they left, leaving her there. She remained living next to that pious person for some time. He would put food for her in front of his building of worship. Then he would lock the door and return to his place of worship. He would then tell her to come out of her house and take the food. Then Shytan approached him softly. He encouraged him to treat her kindly. He told him that it was not good to make the woman come out of her house during the day as someone may come upon her. If he took the food directly to her door that would mean a greater reward for him.

He continued for some time to go to her door and place the food at the front of her door without speaking to her. Then Iblees came again and encouraged him to do good and get more reward. He said, “If you took her the food and placed it in the house for her, you would get a greater reward.” He continued to encourage him. So he started to take the food into her house. He continued like that for some time.

Then Iblees came again and again encouraged him to do good. He said, “If you talk to her for a while she will be put to ease by your conversation as she is in a state of fear and she is all alone.” He then started talking to her from atop his place of worship.

Then Iblees came again. He said, “If you were to come down and talk to her while she sits at her door and talks to you, that would be even more comforting for her.” He continued to encourage him until he came down and sat at his door and would talk to her. The girl would come out of her building and sit at her door and they would talk for a while.

Then Iblees came again and encouraged him to get great rewards for treating her well. He said, “If you were to go from the door of your place of worship and sit close to her door, that would be even more comforting for her.” He continued exhorting him until he did so. He continued that act for a while. Then Iblees came again. This time he said, “If you enter her house and talk to her, and not make her show her face in public it would be even better for you.” He continued exhorting him until he entered her house and spent the whole day talking to her. Then when night fell, he returned to his place of worship.

Then Iblees came to him after that and continued to make her more appealing to him. Until the worshipper got upon her and kissed her. And Iblees continued to make her look nice in his eyes and desire her until he finally had sex with her. She got pregnant and gave birth to a boy. Then Iblees came and told the worshipper, “Do you not realize what the brothers of the girl will do to you when they see she has given birth to your son” You will not be safe if your matter becomes clear. You should go to the boy and kill it and bury it, that way you can conceal your affair and they will not do anything to you for what you did to her.” Then he said to him, “Do you think she will conceal from her brothers what you did to her and your killing of her son. Take her, kill her and bury her with her son.” He continued spurring him on until he killed her and threw her in the ditch with her son. Then he put a large rock over them and leveled it.

Then he returned to his place of worship and worshipped therein. He stayed in that state for as long as Allah willed until the brothers came back from the fighting. They came to him and asked him about their sister. He mourned her loss and started to cry. He said, “She was the best of women and that is her grave.” The brothers came to the grave and cried over their sister and asked Allah to have mercy on her. They stayed at her grave for a few days and then went to their families. When the night overtook them and they went to their beds, Shytan came to them in their sleep in the form of a traveler. He started with the eldest and asked him about their sister. The brother told him what the pious man had stated and how they were shown her grave. Shytan told him that the pious man had lied. He said, “He did not tell you the truth about your sister. He got her pregnant and she had his son and then he killed and buried her out of fear of you. Then he threw them in a ditch he dug behind the door of the house she was staying in, to the right of the entrance. Go and enter the house in which she stayed and on the right of the entrance you will find everything I told you about.” Then he went to the middle brother and did the same. Then he went to the youngest brother and did the same. When they woke, they were all surprised at what they had seen. When they met each other, they all said, “Isaw an amazing thing last night,” and they informed each other of what they had seen.

The eldest said, “That dream has nothing to it so just ignore it.” The youngest said, “I will not leave it until I go and look at that place.” They all went until they reached the door of the place where there sister stayed. They opened the door and looked for the place that was described to them in their dreams. They found their sister and her son buried in a ditch, as they were told. They asked the worshipper about it and he confirmed what Iblees had told them. They then took him and were about to crucify him. When they had him on the wooden cross, Shytan said to him, “You know that I am your companion who tempted you by the woman until you got her pregnant and you killed her and her son. If you obey me today and deny Allah, who formed and shaped you, I will rescue you from your predicament.” The worshipper then belied Allah. When he belied Allah, Shytan left from being between him and the others and they were able to crucify him.”

Many scholars related this story in their commentary to the following verse,

“Or the likeness of Shytan when he tells man to disbelieve, then, when he disbelieves, says to him,  “Lo! I am innocent of you. Lo! I fear Allah, the Lord of the Worlds” ” (Surah al-Hasr 16).

They mention that this verse refers to this worshipper and to others similar to him. Allah knows best.

This story, and others similar to it, are from the Israaeeliyaat or stories which have their source in the books or tales of the Jews and Christians. We do not say it is true nor do we say it is false, but it is allowed to narrate them as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Narrate stories about the Tribe of Israel if there is no harm in that.

# Whisperings of Shaytan – an advice from Shaykh al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah)

Question asked to Shaykh al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah):

There is a man who suffers from the whisperings of Shaytan. [Shaytan] whispers things to him that are great sins, concerning Allaah, the Almighty, the All-Powerful and [the man] is very much afraid of this; what is the advice of your eminence?

Answer by Shaykh al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah):

Regarding what has been mentioned concerning the problem of the questioner, which is that he fears the result of it, I say to him: Rejoice at the good news that there will be no result from it except a good result. This is the whispering by which Shaytan assails the believers in order to upset the sound belief in their hearts and to cause them sprirtual and mental agitation and disturb the serenity of their faith, indeed the serenity of their lives, if they are believers.

He is not the first among the people of faith to be confronted by this situation, nor is he the last, for it will continue as long as there is a believer in the world; and this same situation confronted the companions (radiAllaahu ‘anhum), for it was reported on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (radiAllaahu ‘anhu) that he said:

“Some people from among the companions of the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) came to the Messenger and said to him, ‘Verily we perceive in our minds that which every one of us considers too grave to express.’

He (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: ‘Do you really perceive it?

They said: ‘Yes.’ Upon this he (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: ‘That is true faith.'”

[It was reported by Muslim in the Book of Faith, in the Chapter of Explanation of the (evil) whispering regarding Faith (132)]

In the Two Sahihs, it is also narrated from Abu Hurayrah (radiAllaahu ‘anhu) that the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:

“Satan may come to anyone of you and say: ‘Who created such and such? Who created such and such?’ until he says, ‘Who created your Lord?’ So, when he inspires such a question, one should seek refuge with Allaah and give up such thoughts.”

[Reported by Bukhari in the Book of Beginning of Creation, in the Chapter: The description of Iblis and his Legions (3276) and it was reported by Muslim in the Book of Faith, in the Chapter on the Description of the (evil) Whispering regarding Faith (134).]

It is reported on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbas (radiAllaahu anhuma) that a man came to the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) and said: “Oh, Messenger of Allaah! One of us has thoughts of such a nature that he would rather be reduced to charcoal than speak about them.” The Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “All praise and thanks be to Allaah, Who has reduced his matter (shaytan’s guile) to (evil) whispering.”

[It was reported by Abu Dawud in the Book of Good Manners, in the Chapter: Regarding the response to (evil) Whispering (5112) and by Imam Ahmed in Al-Musnad (1:340)]

Shaykh-ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) said in the Book of Faith:

“The believer is put to trial by the whispering of Satan, the whispering of kufr which causes him distress, as the companions (radiAllaahu ‘anhum) said: “Oh Messenger of Allah! One of us has thoughts within himself of such a nature that he would rather fall down from the heaven than speak of them.” The Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:

“That is true faith”

And in another narration: “he considers it too grave to express.” He (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:

“All praise and thanks are Allaah’s, Who has reduced his (shaytan) intrigue to (evil) whispering).”

That is, the occurence of his whispering along with this great hatred for it and repelling it from the heart is a part of true faith, like the warrior in Allaah’s Cause who met the enemy and fought him until he overcame him, for that is a great Jihad up to his words.

This is why the seekers of knowledge and worship are assailed by whispering and uncertainty which do not afflict another, because he (the other) does not follow the Law of Allaah and His way; rather, he follows his own desires, heedless of the rememberance of his Lord and this is the goal of Shaytan, as opposed to those who turn towards their Lord with knowledge and (acts of) worship, for he is their enemy and he seeks to prevent them from (worshipping) Allaah, the Most High.

So, I say to this questioner: once it is clear to you that this whispering is from Shaytan, then you must struggle and stand against it, know that it will never harm you as long as you undertake the necessary struggle, reject it and cease thinking about it. The Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:

“Allaah has forgiven what is whispered in the hearts of my followers, unless they put it into action or utter it.” [(Reported by Bukhari in the Book of Manumission, in the Chapter: Error and Forgetfulness in Manumission and Divorce (2528) and by Muslim in the Book of Faith, in the Chapter: Allah has forgiven what is whispered in heart (127)]

And if it is said to you:

Do you believe what is whispered to you? And do you think it is the truth? And is it possible to describe Allaah, the Most Glorified by it? You would say: It is not for us to speak of this; Glorified are You (Oh Allaah), this is a great lie! You would reject it with your heart and by your words; and of the people, you would flee further than any of them from it. Then it is, only whispering and perils displayed to your heart, and a window to polythesim from Shaytan, who courses throughout the human body as blood courses through it, in order to destroy and obscure your deen for you.

This is why you find that Shaytan does not place doubt or rejection about trivial things in your heart, so you hear for example, of the existence of large and important cities filled with residents and buildings in the east and west and yet doubt their existence never once crossed your mind, nor regarding their faults, such as that their buildings are destroyed or are unfit for habitation or that there are no occupants in them and so on. There is no goal for Shaytan in making mankind doubt such things. But Shaytan’s important great goal is destroying the faith of the believer, so he strives by his horse, and on foot, to extinguish the light of knowledge and guidance in one’s heart and to cause him to fall into the darkness of doubt and uncertainty.

The Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) explained the beneficial medicine which contains a cure for this:

“Then let him seek refuge with Allah and cease doing it.”

If a person ceases doing that and continues to worship Allah, seeking & desiring that which is with Allaah, it will stop troubling him, by Allaah’s Power. So, avoid all suppositions which pass through your heart on this subject and worship Allaah, supplicate to Him and glorfiy Him, and if you heard anyone describing Him with what was whispered to him, you would kill him if you could. Therefore, what is whispered is not a fact; rather it is simply thoughts and whisperings which have no basis. Like in the case of someone wearing a clean garment which he has just washed and then he is assailed by thoughts that “maybe it is impure,” and “maybe it is not permissble to pray in it,” but he should pay no heed to this.

And my advice may be summarized as follows:

1. Seek protection with Allaah and completely stop these suppositions as the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) ordered us to do.

2. Mention Allaah, the Most High and restrain yourself from this whisperings.

3. Wholehearted dedication to worship and acting in accordance with the Command of Allaah and seeking His Pleasure, for when you give worship your undivided attention with earnestness and striving, you will forget about occupying yourself with this whispering, InshaAllaah.

4. Seeking refuge with Allaah much and asking Him to protect you from this thing.And I ask Allaah, the Most High for protection for you and safety from every evil and every destable thing.

Source: Fatawa Arkanul Islam, Pgs 55-60.

# Summoning the spirits of the Dead : A Contemporary Experience

A modern day experience

This experiment took place with the author Ahmad Izzuddin al-Bayanuni. He mentioned it in his book Kitab al-Iman bil-Malaaika. I eagerly decided to quote the complete text of what he wrote:

The people of the East and the West have preoccupied themselves with the claim of making the spirits appear. There have been many articles written about it, written in different languages, published in Arabic as well as non-Arabic magazines. Books have been written about it. Much research has been done lately on this topic. Many experiments have been performed. After all of that, the intelligent people have concluded that the raising of the spirits is nothing but falsehood and forgery, a call to disbelief and wickedness.

# Innovations Are More Beloved To Shaytan Than Sinning

Sufyaan ath-Thawri said,

 “Innovations are more beloved to shaytaan than sin, since a sin may be repented from but an innovation is not repented from.” [Sharh Usool I’tiqaad of al-Laalikaaee (d. 414h) no.238, the great 4th century Imaam who wrote on the belief of Ahl usSunnah.]

This is because the innovator believes he is doing something good and therefore sees no need to repent.  He also said, “…so cling to the original state of affairs,” [al-Hilya 6/376] meaning the way of the Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam and his companions.

# Qur’aan of the Shaytan – Imam Ibnul-Qayyim

Imam Ibnul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) writes in Igaathat al-Lahfaan (1/242),

“Among the plots and traps of the enemy of Allah, with which he seeks to trap those who posses little knowledge, reasoning and religious commitment and trap the ignorant is the listening to whistling and clapping of hands and singing accompanied by forbidden musical instruments, which closes people’s hearts to the Qur’aan and makes them devoted to immorality and sin. This is the ‘qur’an’ of the Shaytan, an impenetrable barrier which blocks them from the Most Merciful. This is the means that leads to sodomy and fornication, by means of which the Shaytan ensnares the hearts of those who follow falsehood and makes it appear attractive to them by way of deceit and trickery. He inspires them by means of specious arguments to regard it as something good, so they accept this idea, and for the sake of singing they forsake the Qur’aan…”

# Ibn al Jawzi’s brilliant depiction of conflict between Mankind and Shaytan

Ibn al-Jawzi made an exceptionable parable about this battle between man and Shytaan. He said in Talbees Iblees,

The heart is like a fort that is surrounded by a wall and the wall has gates from which it can be torn down. In it lies the mind. The angels frequent that fort and next to that fort are places where the desires lie. And the devils enter into this surrounding area without being prevented from doing so. And the war exists between the inhabitants of the fort and the inhabitants of the surrounding areas. The devils never stop circling the fort and looking for an opening where the guard is heedless and from where he can tear down the fort.

It is obligatory for the guards to be completely aware of all of the gates of the fort that must be guarded as well as all of its weak points from which destruction can come. The guard cannot take a break because the enemy never takes a break. A man sai al-Hasan al-Basri, “Does Iblees sleep?” He answered, “If he were to sleep we could then have a rest.”

The fort is lit by the remembrance of Allah and faith in Him. In it is a polished looking glass through which [the guardians] can then see anything that passes by. The first thing that Shytaan does is to blow smoke into the fort to make its walls black. This causes rust and damage in the fort. Sound thought repels Shytaan and remembrance of Allah cleans the looking glass. The enemy has carriages and sometimes they are able to enter the fort. The guards may come upon them and force them to leave. Perhaps they may enter due to the heedlessness or carelessness of the guards. Perhaps, due to the smoke and the rust, Shytaan enters through any way and he is not perceived. Perhaps the guard is injured by the heedlessness or is taken prisoner and led to the following of the desires. ‘

Source : The world of Jinn and Devils – by Umar S. al-Ashqar

# Flagged for Follow-Up – Hadith

Maytham, a Companion of Allâh’s Messenger – peace and blessings be upon him – said:

It has reached me that an angel goes out, holding his flag, with the first person to go to the masjid and stays holding his flag with him until he returns and then enters his home with it. And Shaytân goes out, holding his flag, with the first person to go to the market and stays holding his flag with him until he returns and puts it in his home.

Al-Mundhirî states in Al-Targhîb wa Al-Tarhîb, “Reported by Ibn Abî ‘Âsim amd Abû Nu’aym in Ma’rifatu Al-Sahâbah and other works.” Graded sahîh by Al-Albâni in Sahîh Al-Targhîb wa Al-Tarhîb 1:101.

Source: http://www.sayingsofthesalaf.net/index.php/category/shaytan/#ixzz1W359P9O8

Iblees Rebels and Deceives – Dr . Saleh As-Saleh (rahimahullah) [Audio|En]

Iblees Rebels and Deceives – Al Baqarah – 033 – 036 – Dr . Saleh As-Saleh

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