Weekly Reminder #4
Updated: Jul 20, 2019
Shaytaan will try to get us to follow him in any way that he can (i.e., the footsteps of Shaytaan mentioned in the ayah above). He does this in three main ways:
1. Minimizing sins to make them look like they are small, cannot be avoided, or will actually lead to something good that we want.
For example a person may say, "I have to go to the company Christmas party because my job depends on it and I might get a bonus that will help my family", or "It's not so bad to watch this PG-13 movie because other people are watching R rated movies."
2. Taking advantage of strong emotions to make us forget our deen (i.e., extreme happiness, hate/anger, passionate love, or intense sorrow).
For example people may say, "This is my only daughter's wedding! We must have dancing and music because I want to show my happiness and it is a part of my culture," or "I have suffered so much trial in life that taking drugs and alcohol will help me deal with the pain."
3. Encouraging bad company (i.e., friends, family, coworkers, etc.) which will lead us to do Haraam things because everyone else is doing them.
For example people may say, "I have to hang out with my friends, even if they smoke and date, because I will not be popular or well-liked in my community if I don't," or "I have to buy a huge house using a mortgage (Riba) because my wife is comparing me to her friends' husbands."
So what can we do about this?
Ad-Duha "Stop Shaytaan in His Tracks" Challenge!
This week, look at all aspects of your life, your emotions, the people around you, and your own daily habits, to find ways in which Shaytaan may be using these things to lead you astray. Try to identify one thing that you can change to stop Shaytaan in his tracks. For example, maybe you have bad friends that you need to spend less time with. Maybe you need to seek professional help for an addiction. Or, maybe you can re-evaluate your daily habits and try to be more mindful of the small sins that add up each day. Insha-Allah by next week, you should feel a big difference, Be-ithnillah!