Khutba Message:

" Every soul is a pledge to his deeds "

Surah 74:38

How does Shaitaan influence us?


We know shaitan (satan) exists, how, because it’s written in the Qur’an. And there’s no other way we know shaitan exist except through definite sources, e.g. Qur’an, ahadith. We also know that behind all evil there’s shaitan. So, here are some questions and answers:

How much control does man have over their actions if shaitan is influencing us all the time?

Well, we have full control. Shaitan can only suggest an idea or a thought, but he could never force us to do anything. E.g. An attractive woman might be passing by, and you are presented with two options; to look or to look away. It would be YOU who would decide to look or look away!

How does Shaitan whisper or plant a thought in our mind?

Simple, by the power of suggestion. It’s similiar to how, for example, the media prepares a whole nation to engage in war, in shedding blood of innocent. They use all their various assets to convince the masses. In the same way shaitan uses all his intellectual assets to influence the course of a person or a nation.

In the above example of an attractive woman passing by, shaitan might plant the following thought to get you to look (in different order of intensity):

  Wow, a beautiful woman.
  Just a quick glance, nothing more.
  No one is looking (!), no one will notice (not even her). Go on, take a quick glance.
  She’ll be gone in few seconds. Hurry! Don’t worry, Allah will forgive you because it’s just a small thing!


Are we really accountable for our actions then?

Yes. Allah (swt) saids, “Every soul is a pledge to his deeds”.

How do you fight shaitan?

It’s important to be clear about how shaitan fights us, i.e. intellectually. He plans ideas in our mind. So, we fight ideas with ideas. We counter bad thoughts with good thought.

Taking the previous example:

When when shaitan says:

  Wow, a beautiful woman.

We say:

  Yes, maybe, by Allah (swt) forbade me.

When shaitan saids:

  Just a quick glance, nothing more.

We say:

  A quick glance might amount to sin that could shift the balance towards jahannam!

When shaitan saids:

  No one is looking (!), no one will notice (not even her). Go on, take a quick glance. She’ll be gone in few seconds. Hurry! Don’t worry, Allah will forgive you because it’s just a small thing!

We say:

  Allah(swt) is the All Seer and All Hearer. Allah (swt) will reward me for every little deed. Avoiding actions like these is what leads to a happy and purposefull life. Bilaal ibn Sa’d (an early scholar of Islam) said, “Don’t look at the meagerness of your sin, look at who it was that you disobeyed!” Indeed, life is short, and we shall return to our Lord very soon, when we’ll have to give account of all our deeds, even if it was an atom weight! I know Allah (swt) is the Most Merciful, but Allah (swt) is also the Most Severe in punishment!!