In one of my earlier blog post satan entices people to indulge in drinking and other vice I had discussed about the characteristics and cunning tactics of Satan in an in-depth way. Through this blog I intend to explore one of the tools through which Satan deceives human beings, i.e. addiction.
Before I delve into this topic let me remind the readers about an important truth.
Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran:
“Surely, Satan is an enemy to you, so take (treat) him as an enemy. He only invites his Hizb (followers) that they may become the dwellers of the blazing Fire”. (TMQ-35:6).
This verse shows that Satan is an enemy of mankind and so he should be treated as one. Those who dare to follow him in this world will eventually be doomed on the Day of resurrection. On this day Satan will have nothing more to offer to his followers besides the following lame excuse:
“And Satan will say when the matter has been decided: “Verily, Allah promised you a promise of truth. And I promised you too 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 Allah (by obeying me in the life of the world. Verily, there is a painful torment for the polytheists, wrong-doers etc”. (TMQ-14:22)
This Quranic verse proves the futility of following Satan and getting enticed by him. Verse 35:6 has pointed out towards the truth that Satan is our adversary. In any kind of conflict it is highly important to know one’s enemy so that one can overpower him. Likewise we should also understand the ways of Satan so that it becomes easier for us to thwart his evil plans. The following Quranic verse describes the evil agenda of Satan:
“Satan wants only to excite enmity and hatred amongst you with intoxicants and gambling and hinder you from the remembrance of Allah and As-Salaat. So will you not then abstain? (TMQ-591)
This verse shows that Satan primarily wants to distract us from the remembrance of Allah (swt) by leading us astray. In order to lead us astray Satan uses certain cunning tricks such as enticement and deception. Another trick which is used by Satan for distracting people from remembrance of Allah (swt) is to lead them into addictions or cravings for things which are harmful and thereby, prohibited by Allah (swt).
In the subsequent posts, I shall discuss about the tool of addiction used by Satan to distract mankind from the very purpose of their creation, i.e. worshipping Allah (swt). Inshallah, I shall also offer solutions for getting rid of the addictions if by chance some one has fallen prey to them.
Keep Me In Your Prayers.