6/4/2012 - Religious - Article Ref: SW1206-5117
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By: Suhaib Webb
Iblees told Allah his plan:
|"Because You have put me in error, I will surely sit in wait for them on Your straight path. Then I will come to them from before them and from behind them and on their right and on their left, and You will not find most of them grateful [to You]." (Qur'an 7:16-17)|
In the time of Bani Israel (the people of Israel), a man lived with a roommate who didn't pray. When he encouraged his roommate to pray, the roommate just said he didn't feel like praying. The man went back later and tried to encourage his roommate again but received the same response. Finally, the third time the man came to his roommate and said, "If you don't pray, Allah will never forgive you."
The Prophet said that Allah will resurrect these two people and will bring forward the one who didn't pray and ask him, "Why didn't you pray?" The man will say, "Wallahi (I swear by Allah), I loved You but I was weak. I believed in You but I was weak." Allah will say, "I forgive you." Then Allah will bring forward the righteous man who was advising his friend and ask, "Why did you tell him I wouldn't forgive him?" Why does Allah ask him that? Because in our belief anyone who dies believing in Allah and the Prophet as the last Prophet insha'Allah (God willing) will go to Paradise (although some later than others). Allah can forgive any sin except shirk (associating partners with Him) for whomever He wants (Qur'an 4:116); this is part of our `aqidah (belief). We also know that if someone repents from shirk, Allah will forgive it. So, saying that Allah will never forgive someone is a mistake in our belief.
When Iblees said Allah misguided him, this was a mistake in his belief because he attributed misguidance to Allah . We don't find misguidance amongst the names or attributes of Allah . Allah doesn't misguide people; human beings choose to be misguided. Like Allah says in the Qur'an, "...and when they deviated, Allah caused their hearts to deviate," (Qur'an 61:5).
So, Iblees gives us his plan. Have anyone of you heard of the repo-man? The repo-man is a person who comes and takes your car if you don't make your car payment. Subhan'Allah (glory be to God) when I was in college, I received credit card offers all the time, with very high credit limits. Now that I'm married with children and a job, alhamdullilah (praise be to Allah), I haven't gotten one credit card offer. Why is that? Because they want to catch you when you're young; because they know that most college students can't control their desires. College students tend to spend money that they can't pay the bill for when it comes. People will come to your house and take your iPod, your laptop, and the best of whatever they can find. So the job of the repo-man is to take the most valuable commodity you have. Shaytan works the same way.
Iblees is coming for us, and when he comes to us, he's coming to take the most valuable commodity we have. We might be worried that Iblees is coming to take our Lexus, or our PS3, or our concert ticket. But Shaytan is not interested in taking all that. He will come to take our Islam. How many of us feel that we're lucky to be Muslim? When we hear this, we should think, subhan'Allah, my treasure is my deen (faith). If you want to know how valuable Islam is, go to Surah Al 'Araf (Qur'an 7). Even when the people enter Paradise, they realize their greatest blessing is Islam and they say:
|"Praise to Allah, who has guided us to this; and we would never have been guided if Allah had not guided us," (Qur'an 7:43).|
How do people treat the most valuable commodity that they have, like the Mona Lisa? How many of you have been to the Louvre before? If you visit museums, you see the "priceless antiquities" have lasers and other security devices. If you cross the wrong line, helicopters and police come after you. Do we protect our Islam the way these priceless commodities have been protected? Do we protect our Islam knowing that this enemy is constantly trying to take it from us? This is a very important point, because in the ayah (verse) Shaytan uses two forms of emphasis (laam at-tawkeed and nun at-tawkeed) to say, "Wallahi I will definitely take them off the straight path!"
What is the remedy for this in Surah Al Fatiha?
|"Ihdina as-siraat al-mustaqeem (guide us to the straight path)," (Qur'an 1:6)|
Then Shaytan continued. He said:
|"Then I will come to them from before them and from behind them and on their right and on their left, and You will not find most of them grateful [to You]." (Qur'an 7:17)|
|"And this is My path, which is straight, so follow it; and do not follow [other] ways, for you will be separated from His way. This has He instructed you that you may become righteous." (Qur'an 6:153)|
|"Allah is the protector of those who believe. He brings them out from darknesses into the light. And those who disbelieve - their allies are Taghut. They take them out of the light into the darknesses. Those are the companions of the Fire; they will abide eternally therein," (Qur'an 2:257)|
|"And is one who was dead and We gave him life and made for him light by which to walk among the people like one who is steeped in darknesses, never to emerge there from? Thus it has been made pleasing to the disbelievers that which they were doing," (Qur'an 6:122)|
|"Say, 'Indeed, the guidance of Allah is the [only] guidance; and we have been commanded to submit to the Lord of the worlds,'" (Qur'an 6:71)|
Source: SuhaibWebb - Lecture by Suhaib Webb, Transcribed by Fuseina Mohamad