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Anger, Lust and Forgetfulness; The Traps of Shaytaan

Anger, Lust and Forgetfulness; The Traps of Shaytaan

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Anger, Lust and Forgetfulness; The Traps of Shaytaan
• January 10, 2011 • 
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Adapted from a talk by Ehsaan ibn Abdillaah
“…Shaytaan can persuade
a person to come and use one of these three doors to make a personslip. It is like he is ambushing them. So even the most complete of people can fall into momentsof anger, doing something based on anger, based on lust or based on forgetfulness.So when it comes to us, Shaytaan has far more chance because there are many other doors forhim to enter by. But the point here is that if the Shaytaan thinks that he has made you go throughone of those doors, and makes you think you have done such a terrible thing, that you will never
 be the same Muslim again. You shouldn‟t ever think that. You should know that Allah‟s
subhanahu wa ta'ala mercy is at hand. And it could be that Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala haswisdom behind the fact that you fell into that sin. Yes, sin leads to the hell-fire, but perhaps thatsin breaks you, makes you realize your other sins and that you cannot guide yourself.And remember that if Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala leaves you to guide yourself foe a twinkling of an eye then you would fall into the hands of Shaytaan. And you remind yourself that if Allahsubhanahu wa ta'ala freed you to follow yourself for the twinkling of an eye, or a fraction of a
 
second, that you cannot guide yourself because the self is a source, a well of evil prompts. Soevery time you walk and reflect, you should think to yourself, and hope that Allah subhanahu wata'ala is giving you the tawfiq, the ability to do good, and to stay on the sunnah of Rasoolullahsallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam in all aspects of religion. But at the same time, you have the fearthat you are left to follow yourself and that the rope of Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala, the rope fromthe heavens to the earth has been disconnected. The rope of Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala is theQur'an. Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala says:"
And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah, and be not divided amongstyourselves
..." [Surah al-i-Imran 103]The rope of Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala is interpreted by the Ulama to be the Qur'an. So if you letgo of the commandments of the Qur'an, and the commands of Rasoolullah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam, whom the Qur'an has commanded us to follow, as Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala says:"
And whatsoever the Messenger gives you take it, and what ever he forbids you thenabstain from it.
" [Surah al-Hashr 7]And He subhanahu wa ta'ala says:"
Say (O Muhammad sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam to mankind); if you truly love Allahsubhanahu wa ta'ala, then follow me, and Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala will love you, andAllah subhanahu wa ta'ala will forgive you your sins and Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala is theOft forgiving, Most merciful.
" [Surah Al Imran 31]Forgiveness, Mercy and the love of Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala are all dependent on how muchyou follow the Messenger sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam. Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala forgiveness,Allah's subhanahu wa ta'ala mercy and Allah's subhanahu wa ta'ala love are dependent on howmuch you follow the prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam.So it is important to bring up this issue now, which is that after the times of Rasoolullahsallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam many Hadeeth were fabricated and laid down in this Ummah todeviate people from the right path. As one of the heretics said as he was about to be executed,
“...what are you going to do when I have fa
bricated in this Ummah a hundred thousand
Hadeeth?”, to which the Amir replied, “What do you really think you have achieved when wehave the likes of Ahmad ibn Hanbal and Yahbi Maeen?”
 Ulama who had memorized hundreds of thousands of Hadeeth and would always be purifyingthe true Hadeeth form the false ones. It is a very important point that in our time we go back tothose books where the Hadeeth have been purified. Another thing, which can be falsely ascribedto Rasoolullah sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, is a wrong understanding, an understanding of apractice of Rasoolullah sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam which none of the companions had. Thatthere maybe a Hadeeth which speaks about the virtues of sitting together and remembering Allahsubhanahu wa ta'ala, but we know that there is not one evidence from the companions whichshows that they ever did this. This shows that the meaning of remembering Allah subhanahu wata'ala there is that every one remembers Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala is his own individual voice,
 
not in one voice, or in gatherings of knowledge. Things can be attributed to Rasoolullahsallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, which are fabricated textually or they have a fabricated meaningattached to them. The point here is the importance of obeying the commandments of Allahsubhanahu wa ta'ala and the commandments of Rasoolullah sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam. If youfall from that and you think you have done something really terrible then, whether it is with yourheart, your eyes and ears, your privates par
ts or limbs, don‟t let Shaytaan make you think that
you can never be the same Muslim again because Allah's subhanahu wa ta'ala mercy could bebehind all of that. It could be that Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala allowed you to fall into that sinbecause he knows that this will break you. Break you into to recognizing your sins and tothinking about the past. First of al think about your sins, secondly think about all the times youhave been ungrateful to Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala and then thirdly think about he good actionsthat you have done, but you do not know if they have been accepted or not. So it makes you
think to yourself, „O Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala if you leave me to myself then I cannot be guided
and I cannot achieve salvation, indeed, ultimately the o
ne I rely on is you.‟
 Do not let Shaytaan make you think that you are destroyed. When he takes you to a limit of thinking that you cannot be guided or that year by year you have been sinking and now you areat the lowest you have ever been at, since I have embraced Islam, how can I ever achieve thatascent again. Allah's subhanahu wa ta'ala mercy is at hand. That could be Allah's subhanahu wata'ala mercy in disguise.
Ibn al Qayyim mentions, “If Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala wants good for someone, he gives him
a
test which is going to break him.” To make him remember Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala and bow
down his neck and so he will become small once again to himself. The human being becomes
 proud and his ego starts to command him and he starts to say „I did this…‟
 
and „I did that…‟ and
you will notice it in the conversations of people, that all they see is themselves and not Allahsubhanahu wa ta'ala behind every good action. That person deserves to be broken. In fact heneeds to be broken, otherwise, step by step, he is being set-up for punishment. Outwardly he isdoing good, but his intention is evil and he or she ma not realize it. This shows the importance of correcting the intention and purifying whom you ascribe your actions to. If you ascribe them toyourself, that every good action you have done was because you were good or was it because
Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala didn‟t lave you to yourself, because Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala sentguidance from above the skies into your heart. And didn‟t allow anyone to remov
e that guidancefrom your heart and created the guidance in the your heart, and did nit allow that guidance to beremoved. So no matter how much you try, Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala is the one who gives theultimate will, and therefore with every good action, your love for Allah subhanahu wa ta'alaincreases because you have now witnessed that Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala has sent downguidance to you.The same way that when a person, when they witness rain, after periods of dryness, they feelrelieved and happy. And the person can see the rain coming down from the sky, from Allah(azawajul) to us. Likewise when Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala gives you mercy, a person shouldfeel happy. When you feel the mercy of Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala, guidance, you feel you havedone something good insha-Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala, then you feel that if it was good, then it isfrom Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala, and if there is evil in it then it is because he has left me to myself. With every aspect of worship, think to yourself, as you are praising and glorifying Allah

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