Sincerity (Al-Ikhlaas) - Repelling the Shaytaan
From Protection Against the Plots of Shaytaan
By: Shaikh Saleem ibn 'Eed Al-Hilaalee
Translated By: Bint Manzur Elahi Bhatti
© Dar-us-Sunnah Publications
Allaah the Most High says in a story / narration about Iblees,
"(Iblees) said: O my Lord! Because you mislead me, I shall indeed adorn the path of error for them (mankind) on the earth, and I shall mislead them all. Except Your chosen (guided) slaves"
[Soorah Al-Hijr 15:39-40]
He - the Exalted also says this in another story,
"(Iblees) said: By your Might, then I will surely mislead them all, except your chosen slaves amongst them."
[Soorah Al-Sad 38:82-83]
Allah selects for Himself those of His servants who purify and devote themselves for Him, ridding their souls of desire for His sake. they worship Allaah as if they see him, and although they do not see Allaah, He does indeed see them. Shaytaan has no power or authority over them.
This is the condition that iblees clearly understands - may Allaah's Curse be upon him. He knows that there is no way but his because the sunnah of Allaah is for whoever wants to benefit himself, so take precaution against him and protect yourselves from him.
The Divine response to the disobedient rebel is:
"This is the Way that will lead straight to Me. Certainly, you shall have no authority over My slaves, except those who follow you of the (ghaween) the worong doers. And surely hell is the promised place for them all. It (Hell) has seven gates, for each of those gates is a (special) class (of sinners) assigned."
[Soorah Al-Hijr 15:41-44]
This is the path, the law and the way which Allaah is pleased with. There will never be found any change or alteration of any type in this way.
Indeed Shaytaan has no authority over the sincere slaves of Allaah. He cannot influence them for they are out of his reach. They are well protected against him because the entrance to their souls is blocked for him. They are such who turn their faces towards Allaah by day and by night.
Shaytaan only has authority over his misled and misguided followers and even they are an exception because the misguided are not amongst the sincere slaves of Allaah.
Shaytaan does not hunt the lean and slender ones who cut off from the caravan of the sincere people, just as the wolf devours the lone sheep.
So as for those who purify their religion for Allaah and don't abandon their truthful friends for the ones in error and loss, then indeed his mercy is vast for them. If they were to fall behind, they would soon realize their shortcoming and redress their mistake as their Lord informs us about them in the clear noble Qur'aan.
"Verily, those who are pious, when an evil thought comes to them from Shaytaan, they remember (Allaah), and indeed they then see (aright)."
[Soorah Al-araf 7:201]
When Shaytaan inflicts a person with his touch it is blinding, and it obstructs the vision, but fear of Allaah along with contemplation and submission to Him enables the heart to become connected with Allaah. This state arouses the heart from neglecting His guidance so that those with taqwaa remember, and when they make remembrance of Allaah their vision is opened and covering is removed so that they become clear sighted.
While the touch of Shaytaan is certainly blinding the remembrance of Allaah is enlightening. Darkness lies in Shaytaan's touch and there is light in the direction towards Allaah which manifests the garb of this enemy of Allaah, and he has no control over the mutaqoon [Those of Allaah's slaves who have taqwaa] .