A Warning from following the Footsteps of Shaytaan

In the name of Allaah, The Most Beneficent, Betower of Mercy, and may peace and salutations be upon the Messenger, his family and companions and all those who follow their way. As for what follows; 

Sheikh Saalih al-Fouzaan, may Allah preserve him says:

“All praise is for Allaah for His vast bounties and benevolence. And may peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. To proceed:

Allaah, The Most High, says: “O you who believe! Do not follow the footsteps of the Shaytaan…..” 24:21.

Here Allaah addresses His believing slaves therefore He commands them (with certain things) and He prohibits them (from doing certain things). He commands them with that which will enter them into the Paradise and He prohibits them from that which will enter them into the Hell-fire.

Every single matter that Allaah, The Most High, has ordered with is certainly a means for entering into Paradise. And every single matter that He has prohibited from is certainly a cause for entering into the Hell-fire.

So, Allaah invites them with the fact that He is in no need of His slaves. He doesn’t invite them for His benefit or because He needs them. Rather He is Al-Ghany (All-Rich, Self Sufficient). If they all were to disbelieve that would not decrease the dominion of His in the least. And if all of them believed in Him that would not increase His dominion in the least! His dominion is perfect and complete without them (i.e. mankind).

However they are the ones who have a dire need towards (having) faith, and they are the ones who have a dire need towards performing righteous actions, and they are the ones who are harmed by disbelief, shirk (polytheism) and sins.

So He invites them to that which is beneficial for them. He commands them to do that which is best for their ownselves. While at the same time He prohibits them from (all) that will harm them. And this is from His outstanding mercy, Glorified be He, Most High.

This is from the greatest of bounties; That Allah invites you (to all that which is good and beneficial for you and prohibits you from all that is harmful and bad for you) with the fact that He is totally in no need of you.

And you turn away from Him although you are in total need of Him. You remain distant from Allah despite that you can not do without Him the blinking of an eye. This is something very strange and astonishing! It is a (clear) sign of spoiled judgement, perverted reasoning and ruined intellects.

For indeed, if the minds were correct and sound, they would have comprehended the wisdom behind the commandments and prohibitions of Allah. And also that the benefit is for them.

So if they implement (the commandments and stay away from the prohibitions) they will attain prosperity in this world and the next.

But if they waste and disregard them, they will recieve harm and injury in this world and the next. So they are the ones who destroy themselves if they turn away from the obedience of Allah, ‘azza wa jall. They are the ones who benefit their ownselves if they act upon the obedience of Allah. So the benefit and harm returns back upon them. Therefore where are the minds of the people?!

And where are the intellects of the people?!

The intellects have been obliverated and as a result they cannot profit from them.

Allaah He says: They have hearts wherewith they understand not, and they have eyes wherewith they see not and they have ears wherewith they hear not (the truth). 7:179.

Meaning that they don’t comprehend that which will profit them, nor do they percieve that which is wholesome for them, neither do they listen to what will benefit them. And even if they can hear and see it is similar to that of cattle. They look yet they can’t distinguish between (the beneficial and the harmful).

An animal could possibly race towards it’s destruction because it doesn’t realize what it’s doing. Likewise the individual who doesn’t benefit from his intellect, hearing, or sight. He is more astray than cattle. The reason being is that cattle aren’t responsible (i.e. for performing righteous actions and staying away from sins) neither are they going to be held accountable for their deeds. However mankind is responsible and they are going to be accounted for their deeds. There is either a reward or punishment awaiting them in the afterlife.

They are like cattle, nay even more astray; It is they who are the heedless. 7:179.

And just as Allaah invites to the Paradise, Shaytaan and his supporters invite to the Hell-fire.

Allaah, The Most High, says: He only invites his followers that they may become dwellers of the Blazing fire. 35:6.

Thus, differentiate between the invitation of Allaah and the invitation of the Shaytaan and his helpers. Being that they invite to the Hell-fire. It doesn’t mean that they say to the people “come on, come to the fire”, of course not. If they were to say this no one would respond to them. Rather what they do is invite the people to evil lusts, desires and forbidden pleasures. They beautify indecencies to them in a manner that seems as though they are good. They decieve and trick them. They forge false hopes and wishes to them! They (i.e. the devils) display themselves to them as though they are sincere advisers and full of pity for them. But in reality they are their worst enemies.

Hence, you are in between two invitations. Between the invitation of Allaah, The Most High, to Paradise and the invitation of the Accursed Devil and his party that leads to the Blazing fire. Look and see which one you respond to! This is something that is clear and evident.

If you are upon obedience, steadfastness, love for good, one who safegaurds and preserves all the obligations, diligent in that which is easy for you to perform from the optional acts of worship (i.e. praying, fasting, sadaqah, etc.) then know! That you have answered the invitation of Allaah, The Most High.

But if you are on the contrary; You are inclined to sins and disobedience, have no regard for the obligatory matters, constantly perpertate that which is forbidden all the while you have no regard for what you are doing then (know) you have answered the invitation of the Shaytaan and you are from the party of the Shaytaan.

It is incumbent upon you to repent to Allah, The Mighty and Majestic, and free yourself from the Shaytaan as long as you are alive. This is what is mandatory upon every Muslim; To contemplate and focus on himself (firstly).

And Allaah is the Possessor of success. And may peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions.”

Source: Majaalis Shahr Ramadaan al-Mubaarak [pg.43-45]

Translated by:

Abu Fouzaan Qaasim

Islaamic University of Medinah

Al-Medinah An-Nabawiyyah, KSA

Dhul-Qi’dah 14,1432-October 12,2011


About Abu Fouzaan Qaasim
American student studying in the Islaamic University of Medinah from Chester,PA.

7 Responses to A Warning from following the Footsteps of Shaytaan

  1. Abu Maryam says:

    Mashaa Allah, Tabaarak Allah indeed this is a very benificial posting, May Allah reward you brothers for your efforts, Ameen!!

  2. Ameen, and may Allaah grant you success in that which He loves and is pleased with!

  3. Barakallah Feekum Akhee. Nice Post.

  4. Wa feekum baarik. Jazaakallaah khayran!

  5. ABU JANNAH says:


  6. Aameen yaa Rabb! May Allaah accept our righteous actions.

  7. Pingback: A Warning from following the Footsteps of Shaytaan « Jinn and Shayaateen (Devils)

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