A Conversation with Shaytan
Surah Ibrahim, 22
وَقَالَ ٱلشَّيۡطَـٰنُ لَمَّا قُضِىَ ٱلۡأَمۡرُ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ وَعَدَڪُمۡ وَعۡدَ ٱلۡحَقِّ وَوَعَدتُّكُمۡ فَأَخۡلَفۡتُڪُمۡۖ وَمَا كَانَ لِىَ عَلَيۡكُم مِّن سُلۡطَـٰنٍ إِلَّآ أَن دَعَوۡتُكُمۡ فَٱسۡتَجَبۡتُمۡ لِىۖ فَلَا تَلُومُونِى وَلُومُوٓاْ أَنفُسَڪُمۖ مَّآ أَنَا۟ بِمُصۡرِخِڪُمۡ وَمَآ أَنتُم بِمُصۡرِخِىَّۖ إِنِّى ڪَفَرۡتُ بِمَآ أَشۡرَڪۡتُمُونِ مِن قَبۡلُۗ إِنَّ ٱلظَّـٰلِمِينَ لَهُمۡ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ۬
And Shaitân (Satan) will say when the matter has been decided: “Verily, Allâh promised you a promise of truth. And I too promised you, but I betrayed you. I had no authority over you except that I called you, so you responded to me. So blame me not, but blame yourselves. I cannot help you, nor can you help me. I deny your former act in associating me (Satan) as a partner with Allâh (by obeying me in the life of the world). Verily, there is a painful torment for the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers).”
- Related here a discussion, dialogue that will take place after the decision has been passed on DOJ about the final abode for the people
- Al Hasan Al Basri explains the situation – Shaytan will stand like a khateeb on a mimbar made of fire and he will address the people. Allah swt relates to us what Shaytaan will say to ‘his’ people – the people who listened to him and followed his footsteps.
- He says Allah made a promise to you – He commanded certain things – and this was the truth. People will realize that by now. There is a Paradise, Hell, accountability, etc.
- Shaytaan also made a promise but he broke his promise. People will be mad – say that he ruined them.
- All Shaytaan did was give you da’wah – inviting you in the other direction – you were the ones who responded to me. You don’t have to accept – but you did.
- We have to be strong – set priorities right and not fall prey to his tricks.
- Follow the Sunnah of RasulAllah and you will be fine inshaAllah.
- Shaytan says don’t curse me but blame yourself! Beauty of the Qur’an – that Allah is telling us now what will happen later. Learn from this – blame yourself for your shortcomings. It’s always somebody else’s fault. Hold yourself accountable. Even the state of the Ummah – stop blaming others. How much is our fault?
- Surkha – means to scream very loudly when someone is in a very difficult situation. They scream like that whne they require some urgent help.
- Says he completely rejects any association with people who followed him – leaves them at the time of need.
- Our Eman – good deeds – that is what will remain with us on that day. Stick with those!
- Finally, the extremely painful punishment comes for the people.
- Dhulm – misappropriation – that is why dhulm is also oppression. Shirk is the greatest form of dhulm – because you’re giving worship somewhere else. Our obedience, loyalty, is due to Allah and when we give it to someone else – that is dhulm.
- In Ramadan, the shayateen are chained up but we still see Muslims doing evil. Why? Blame yourselves – evil manifests itself in the people. Who is to blame there if there is no shayateen? Only ourselves. Ramadan shows us this.