It is a known fact to every Muslim that Shaytan is an open enemy. His aim is to sow seeds of discord amongst the believers. He achieves this by whispering negative assumptions which will give rise to social misunderstanding and disunity and in turn promotes enmity, lying, scandals, assumptions, envy, betrayal of trust to mention but few.
By whispering into the heart he tries to sow a seed of discord amongst muslims and cause them to hate one another rather than promote peace.
How then can we defeat him and live in peace as expected with one another?
First, we need to know that Lying in every sphere is the root of all vices. The best way to cleanse the world from evil is for everyone to cultivate the habit of speaking the truth regardless of the outcome. By saying no to cheating, deceit, falsehood and false promises is to live a life with clean conscience. The best way out of trouble is to be truthful and by so doing, we earn people’s “love, trust and respect”. Imam Ahmad narrates through Ibn Omar that the Prophet of Allah (Peace be upon Him) said
“There are four things, which if you possess then you should not regret whatever you miss from this world: speaking the truth, fulfilling trusts, good manners and lawful source of provision.”
Second is to know that whenever we are bitter or wish for deprivation in our brother’s happiness and success, we need to seek Allah’s help from the whispers of Shaytan as we are nursing envy which is one of the deadliest diseases of the heart.
Envy reduces faith and darkens the heart. It makes one lose focus by venturing strength into something unproductive. Rather than being positive in creating our own path to success and happiness, we count other people’s eggs and wants to compete with them in a destructive way.
Thirdly, we need to desist from being a scandal published monger who enjoys spreading false issues in the name of gist; uttering statements that are untrue as juicy thinking it is something light, whereas it is a serious case in the sight of Allah. If we are someone that enjoy spreading tales about our brothers, we need to seek help from Allah against the whispers of Shaytaan. We need to understand well that we all would be held accountable for all utterances we utter to scandalize the personality of a person directly or indirectly. Spreading rumor is a serious issue in Islam. We then must be watchful of our utterances. Allah says in Suratul-Al-Nur verse 15:
“When you were propagating (spreading) it with your tongues, and uttering with your mouths that whereof you had no knowledge, you considered it light, in the sight of Allah it is very great.”
Fourthly, we have to open our hearts to friendly thoughts and discard any negativity running through our minds unconsciously about our brothers. we should think well of others and make excuses for them whenever they wrong us. we are not to find faults in anyone or judge anyone’s actions or intentions. We are allowed to make corrections on what is apparent in a constructive way
Our Noble Prophet (Peace be upon Him) said:
“Beware of suspicion ,for it’s the worst of false tales and don’t look for the others faults and don’t spy and hate each other, and don’t desert (cut your relations with) one another. Oh Allah’s slaves, be brothers!” Sahih Al-Bukhari.
Fifth, we are neither to spy on them nor suspect them of committing crime. Allah says in Suratul Hujurat verse 12,
“O you who have believed, avoid much [negative] assumption. Indeed, some assumption is sin. And do not spy or backbite each other. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his brother when dead? You would detest it. And fear Allah ; indeed, Allah is Accepting of repentance and Merciful.”
Also in verse 6 of Surah Hujurat Allah says,
“O you who believe! If a Faasiq (liar – evil person) comes to you with any news, verify it, lest you should harm people in ignorance, and afterwards you become regretful for what you have done.”
To sum up all that has been stated above, we are to appreciate ourselves and our uniqueness, respecting our differences with others while bearing in mind that God gives to them and that has not stopped Him from giving you. We are to work towards our own goals; not to prove to anyone our skills; but to feel good about doing something great for ourselves. We are to protect our tongues and watch what we say behind. We are to protect the image of our brothers and try to make clarification by asking rather than assuming.
We are to be a good ambassador of Islam.
The prophet of Allah (Peace of Allah be upon Him) said:
“Beware! Do not bear enmity with the blessings of Allah” when asked about the people who bear enmity with the blessings of Allah, he replied: those who are envious.”(Al- Mu’ tazah, Sharh Nahj al- Balagha Vol1, p. 315).
May Allah guard our hearts from whispers and deceit of Shaytan. Ameen