Originally written by Farzana Hussain.
Feeling annoyed at someone?
Never want to see them again?
Not sure why they did what they did?
Not able to get over the hurt and the pain? Upset? Confused?
SubhanAllah, we all have these moments and we all feel hurt and upset by people we love; sometimes by people we don’t love, but it’s the people that we love that can hurt us the most. For they have the keys to our hearts, and they know which buttons to press.
Often times we may get hurt and upset and never want to see those people ever again; but what if I told you that when the person you love annoys you, hurts you, or upsets you, that it is actually Shaytaan who is trying to cause a rift between you?
What if I told you that it’s not your mum, dad, spouse, children, siblings, teacher or whoever else that may have upset you, that is your enemy; it’s actually Shaytaan!
“O you who have believed, enter into Islam completely [and perfectly] and do not follow the footsteps of Shaytaan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy.” (Qur’an 2: 208)
Would that change the way you reacted when someone upset you?
Would that make you feel any better?
Would that help alleviate the pain and hurt?
The Prophet sallalahu aalyhi wa sallam informed us that, “The Shaytaan has despaired of being worshipped in the Arabian Peninsula, but he will sow seeds of discord among them.’ (Saheeh Muslim)
This is especially the case with righteous people; he knows he cannot get them to worship him, so instead he causes separation between the Muslims, and he makes righteous company hateful to them, so much so that they prefer to be in isolation. And who is your companion when you are in isolation?
“There are no three men in a town or in the desert among whom prayer is not established, but the shaytaan has taken control of them, so you must adhere to the jamaa’ah, for the wolf only eats the sheep that wanders away on its own.’ (Abu Daawood and an-Nasaa’i)
Before we decide to separate ourselves from our fellow Muslims we should pay heed to the life of Yusuf aalyhi sallam; what was his response when his family was reunited with him many years later?
‘O my father! This is the interpretation of my dream aforetime! My Lord has made it come true! He was indeed good to me, when He took me out of prison, and brought you (all here) out of the Bedouin life, after Shaytaan had sown enmity between me and my brothers. Certainly, my Lord is the Most Courteous and Kind to whom He wills. Truly He! Only He is the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.’ (Qur’an 12: 100)
SubhanAllah, he recognized his true enemy despite what his brothers had done to him.
So next time you feel hurt and upset by someone, just think; they haven’t plotted to kill you, they didn’t throw you into a well, and they weren’t the reason you were enslaved and separated from your father.
The tests of Yusuf aalyhi sallam were great and we only need to turn to the Qur’an to see how he dealt with them. The story of his life truly reflects the wisdom in acknowledging one’s true enemy, for once we recognize our enemy and his plots we are able to defeat him with the help of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.
I ask Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala to unite the Muslim Ummah and help us to defeat our enemies; the human and jinn shayaateen – aameen!
I pray that you benefited from this reminder; please share with others. Please make du’a for the one who wrote it and the one who shared it with you.
Was-salaamu alaykum wa rahmat-Ullaah