So far I have discussed about the meaning and the various types of addictions. Generally speaking, there seem to be several apparent reasons why people tend to get addicted. However, if we analyze this topic in the light of Islam, we will definitely zero in on the single and main cause behind addictions, i.e. Satan. Yes, Satan is the mastermind behind every evil happening which takes place in this world, including addictions.
Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran:
“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)
It is Satan who is responsible for turning normal people into incorrigible addicts. Now the question arises that how can we protect ourselves from Satanic addictions.
As I have discussed in my previous post, we need to keep our faith in Allah (swt) intact all the time by remembering Him and by fulfilling our religious obligations. A mind which is focused on Allah (swt) can never be lead astray from the right path by Satan.
Satan usually takes advantage of our weaknesses and he attacks on our weak spots. So we should be quite vigilant in order to prevent him from befooling us and tricking us. For example, a man who might have made several unsuccessful attempts to get a good job might be feeling frustrated and depressed. He might have prayed a lot but still he could not succeed in getting a good job. Such a person might have been put to test by Allah (swt) to see whether he remains patient and steadfast during his ordeal. However, Satan, who is an enemy of the mankind, will try to take advantage of such a person’s weak state by whispering into his ears- ‘Alas! All your prayers have gone unanswered and your Lord has turned you into a laughing stock amongst your peers. Why do you bear so much gloom and humiliation, silently? You can escape from this bitter situation by taking a peg of wine or by inhaling drugs. You will feel much better and relaxed. So go on and try it.’
In case this unsuccessful man has a strong will power or else if he understands the tactics of Satan, then he will ignore the Satanic whispers. However, if the man is so frustrated, weak and depressed that he cannot distinguish between right and wrong then there are ample chances that he will go astray. Once Satan succeeds in misguiding the person then getting that person hooked on to an addiction will be a cakewalk for Satan. Therefore, whenever we feel blue we should remember that Satan is always on the prowl. He is on the lookout for those who are vulnerable amongst us so that he can pounce on us and instigate us against our Creator.
Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran:
‘Verily, those who are pious, when an evil thought comes to them from Satan, they remember Allah and at once they have insight’. (TMQ-7:201).
So those who are intelligent enough to understand Satan’s clever plans can easily avert his attacks. But what about those who have already been pulled neck deep into Satan’s quicksand?
Addictions, like ailments also tend to become severe over time. If a person has turned into an addict, this implies that Satan has gained control over his mind, totally. Such a person is like a man who is getting drowned but who does not know how to swim. Such a person does not understand the tactics of Satan, nor does he have enough strength to overcome his addiction. Just like a critically ill patient needs immediate medical help in order to survive likewise a severely addicted person also needs spiritual healing.
A spiritual healer can do wonders in curing even the severely addicted people by utilizing their spiritual powers. So if a person feels that he is unable to overcome his addiction problem then it is the right time for him to seek spiritual help. Medical treatment can help an addict to some extent only. This is because the underlying cause of all addictions is Satan and only a spiritual healer is adept in averting Satan through amulets with Quranic verses and amals.
Keep Me In Your Prayers,