De­mo­bi­liz­ing the devil

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In spite of how death has in re­cent times and more ever than be­fore be­come so un­pre­dictable, the ex­ces­sive and brazen man­ner in which many of us go af­ter wealth, power and other worldly as­sets of this life makes one to won­der if we re­mem­ber that there is end to this life. Man and woman, the young and the old, the very rich and the very poor, the leader and the led, all seem to be thought­lessly chas­ing the lux­u­ries of this life; by all means and at all cost. Fair in the eyes of nearly ev­ery­one to­day is the love of things they covet in­clud­ing hoards of heaped-up prop­erty such as jew­el­ries, dresses, elec­tron­ics, house, cars and all the ma­te­ri­als that pro­vide mo­men­tary com­forts and plea­sure to man.

Many of us to­day ap­pear blind­folded from re­al­iz­ing that death is real and res­ur­rec­tion is true. Most of our ac­tions nowa­days do not por­tray us as a peo­ple who are con­scious of the re­al­ity that the Day of Judg­ment is a re­al­ity. In­stead of de­mo­bi­liz­ing the devil who, as man’s fore­most en­emy, promised to dis­tract be­liev­ers away from the sin­cere wor­ship of Al­lah (SWT), most peo­ple to­day have al­lowed them­selves to be im­pris­oned by the malev­o­lence of the sneak­ing whis­perer and have con­se­quently be­come cap­tives in the king­dom of the devil. The things that con­tem­po­rary men and women covet are as though dear to them as if they were ob­jects of wor­ship. It is in the light of this obliv­ion into which man has plumed him­self that we seek to re­mind our­selves on this page that death is sure and ac­count­abil­ity is cer­tain. The con­se­quences that await those who fail or refuse to cage the sneak­ing whis­perer are also grave.

This life is but short. In Qur’an 2: 259, Al­lah (SWT) gives a simil­i­tude of one who passed by a ham­let, all in ru­ins to it proofs and thus doubted life af­ter death. But Al­lah (SWT) caused him to die for a hun­dred years, and then raised him up (again). Schol­ars dif­fer on the ex­act per­son­al­ity re­ferred to in this in­ci­dent. Ma­jor­ity of schol­ars how­ever opine that the char­ac­ter refers to Uzair (or Ezra in the bib­li­cal tra­di­tion). He was the scribe, priest, and re­former sent by the Per­sian king to Jerusalem, and about whom there are many Jewish leg­ends. When Uzair who was caused to taste of death was raised up by Al­lah`s will, he thought he had been dead or “tar­ried” for only a day or less; see­ing that the food and drink which he left be­hind re­mained in­tact, and fresh as it was when he left. But to clear prob­a­ble doubts on the mind of Uzair, the an­gel com­manded him to look at his don­key which was not only dead but noth­ing ex­cept bones where left of it. And be­fore Uzair`s eyes, the bones were once again re­united, clothed with flesh and blood, and re­stored to life. Uzair be­came fully con­vinced that death is real, and like life, is in the ab­so­lute con­trol and power of Al­lah (SWT). Like Uzair, this, hope­fully, should con­vince us all of the fact that ev­ery per­son shall not only test death but will also ac­count for his or her deeds.

It is not how os­ten­ta­tious or mis­er­able the life we live in his world that cer­tainly mat­ters. What re­ally mat­ters is how righ­teously we strive to al­low our speech and ac­tions to be guided by the teach­ings of the Qur`an and Sun­nah of the Prophet (SAW). What mat­ters to many peo­ple to­day is in­deed not the qual­ity of their faith but the quan­tity of the wealth they can amass. Peo­ple tend to have for­got­ten that no mat­ter how crudely they ap­ply the mod­ern busi­ness the­o­ries; they can­not be richer than or as rich as Qarun. No mat­ter how pow­er­ful too one thinks he should be­come to­day, he can­not be as pow­er­ful as Prophet Su­laiman (AS). No mat­ter how beau­ti­ful you strive to look as a woman; you can­not be more beau­ti­ful than Hauwau (Eve). No mat­ter how ar­ro­gant you think you could be, you can­not be more ar­ro­gant than Pharaoh who claimed he was god in his own right! With the wealth, power, in­flu­ence, and ar­ro­gance pos­sessed by th­ese peo­ple, where are they to­day? No mat­ter the great­ness or achieve­ment you at­tempt to at­tain, you can­not be greater than the great­est of mankind, Muham­mad (SAW). What then makes us think that the ephemeral com­forts of this life are worth pur­su­ing at the ex­pense of the eter­nal bliss in the here­after? Al­lah (SWT) states in the Qur`an 87: 16-17 “Nay (be­hold), ye pre­fer the life of this world but the here­after is bet­ter and more en­dur­ing”.

Let us strive to curb the ex­cesses of our in­stincts. We must strug­gle to de­mo­bi­lize the sneak­ing whis­perer (from among the jinn and men too) by sup­press­ing the reck­less de­sires of our heats. Let the pu­rifi­ca­tion of our hearts be an iron cage into which the devil will be con­fined and con­tent­ment as the pad­lock to the cage. May Al­lah (SWT) pro­tect us from be­com­ing slaves to our sixth sense and to the fraud­u­lent in­trigues of the devil, amin.

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