I Didn’t Do it! Author: Issa Abbasi

Didnt do it

Ah yes, the famous catch phrase of Bart Simpson.  Many little children declare their innocence with this phrase whenever they’ve done something wrong.  Parents of these children who declare their innocence after possibly breaking something at home or causing an accident, venture to guess that their child most likely did what they said they did not.  Even if a child had not said “I didn’t do it” verbally, parents know through non verbal communication that their children must have just been up to something.  Don’t believe me?  Here’s an example: When my sister and I were younger, we knew where our Mom hid the candy that we would receive with our lunch for school.  The only problem was, one day, we wanted candy and it wasn’t a school day.  So my sister and I sneaked into our parents’ room and being both vertically challenged at the time, we both grabbed a chair.  She spotted me as I stood on the chair and reached into our parents’ closet to try and pull out two pieces of fun sized candy for us.  kid with candy

Success! I grabbed two pieces of candy and climbed off the chair.  We put everything back so as to seem as if we have just committed a victimless crime.  We were leaving my parents’ room and had just put our piece of candy in our respective pockets.  Just as we arrived at the doorway of our parents’ room, none other than our Mom was in front of us.  She stood in the doorway and my sister and I didn’t say a word.  Our Mom knew we were up to something.  But how could she tell?  Was it the look on our faces?  My Mom put her hand on our hearts and found they were both racing.  Our adrenaline was rushing at the time.  Did we get caught?  What happens if she caught us?  What if we got away with it? Would we get to have our piece of candy?  My Mom did indeed catch us.  We reached into our pocket and took out the pieces of candy we stole.  Hey, we tried to say I didn’t do it, but we were only lying to ourselves once that phrase or dumbfounded look on our face was gone.  We really did it.  We took the candy without asking.

Satan, Explained

So what does this childhood story teach us?  People on a daily basis are put on trial with a defense attorney to advocate that they (the suspect in question) did not commit the crime they are being accused of.  If you’ve ever watched an episode of “Law and Order”, you know that the typical cliché of a suspect when first questioned by the Police is to deny, deny and deny some more their involvement in a crime.  Until DNA evidence is introduced or a solid and unbreakable link of the suspect to the crime, the perpetrator never confesses.  When you think about it, this happens to each of us every day.  How you ask?  Whenever we commit a sin, we all ask for forgiveness from Allah (s.w.t.).  Some of us may even say “I didn’t do it Allah, the Shaytan (Satan) made me do it!”  Since he disobeyed his Lord, Shaytan has sworn to take man as an enemy and bring him down.  Created out of fire, Satan refused to prostrate to Prophet Adam (a.s.) because of his arrogance.  Thinking that fire was greater than clay, what the Prophet Adam (a.s.) was made out of, he refused to prostrate to a “lesser” (in his view) being than he.  When Allah (s.w.t.) told the Angels to prostrate to the Prophet Adam (a.s.) they did.  Shaytan could have stayed quiet and done nothing wrong because well, he’s not an angel.  But out of his arrogance, Shaytan instead revolted against The Lord of the Universe’s command and outwardly refused with his twisted reasoning.  In fact, one of Shaytan’s names, Iblis, comes from the Arabic word “Ablasa” meaning lost hope in acquiring Allah’s mercy.

Behold! We said to the angels: “Prostrate unto Adam”: They prostrated except Iblis (Satan): He said, “Shall I prostrate to one whom Thou didst create from clay?” He said: “Seest Thou? This is the one whom Thou hast honored above me! If Thou wilt but respite me to the Day of Judgment, I will surely bring his descendants under my sway – all but a few!” (Qur’an 17: 61–62) conflagration

In a lecture last year, I was informed that Shaytan is actually the number one faqih (most knowledgeable being of law).  Yes, it’s true.  Think about it.  The Shaytan knows every ruling in Islam.  If he didn’t, how would he know what you were ordained not to do? Remember, it is Shaytan’s job (what else was he set out to do after he fell out of favor with Allah (s.w.t.)?) to make sure you don’t worship the Lord of the Universe.  He will do anything and everything to lead you astray.  That’s right, he will lead you astray.  Leading someone to do something doesn’t mean you told them what to do.  If I lead you to a well of water, I didn’t necessarily, or at all, make you drink the water.  This is exactly what Shaytan does.  He leads you to a sin through waswasa (whispering) and then right before you commit that sin,  BAM!, he lets go or stops whispering to you and the sin is now on your record with your name being listed as the only conspirator.  After committing any given sin, you now feel bad (if you don’t feel bad, then you didn’t or don’t realize that you’ve just sinned and need your moral compass checked).  So does Shaytan clock out and call it a day at this point? We all wish he did, but he doesn’t.  He comes back to work and belittles you by telling you not to bother seeking forgiveness from your Lord because you’re a sinner!  Here comes the breakdown.  Shaytan, like the worst companion you can ever have, belittles you, ridicules you and tells you that you’re hopeless.  That’s not a friend, that’s an enemy. And oh by the way, you so did do it.

Verily Satan is an enemy to you: so treat him as an enemy. He only invites his adherents, that they may become Companions of the Blazing Fire. (Qur’an 35: 6)

And with this enemy of yours, if you don’t repent to the Lord of the Heavens and the Universe, you’re just going to continue to be led astray.  So if we all stayed away from the bad, we’d all be good right?  Again, we all wish it was that easy.  The better a person you are, the harder the Shaytan will try to bring you down.  Why though? Well, let’s think about this for a second.  Let’s say Shaytan is a boxer and he’s looking for an opponent.  Does he fight the weakest fighter who he would knockout in the first ten seconds? No way! Shaytan goes after the strongest person and plays mind games with them.  He wants the headlines, not the back page of the sports section.

But I don’t want to be Led Astray! fire-exstinguisher

Now I know you don’t want to be led astray and neither do I.  So, let us take advice from the best place to seek advice:

“If a suggestion from Satan assail thy (mind), seek refuge with God; for He hears and knows (all things). Those who fear God, when a thought of evil from Satan assaults them, bring God to remembrance, when lo! They see (aright)! But their brethren (the evil ones) plunge them deeper into error, and never relax (their efforts). (Qur’an 7: 200–02)”

Shaytan gets to people even in their salah.  When the athan is made, Shaytan runs away very quickly from the area that people are about to pray in.  But as soon as the iqamah ends and the rows are complete, he returns after the first Allahu Akbar to begin prodding you with questions.  “Psst, do you have your keys?” “Hey, what else do you have to do after salah?”  Questions and questions keep coming to your mind such that by the time you’ve tried to focus on your salah the Imam is saying “asalamu alaikum wa rahamatullah” both times to end the salah.  Poof, there went your salah.  Your salah is so gone that the Angels throw it back at you in disgust like a professor throws a poorly written paper back at a student.  As a reminder to me first and then the rest of us, we are better than this.  We work way too hard at being Muslims, especially in this day and age to have our salah thrown back at us.

Allah (s.w.t.) also reminds us in the Quran that “Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest. (Qur’an 13:28).”  So the next time you get tempted to do anything you know you’re not supposed to do, make it a test of your will.  Fight back and remember your Lord.  In Ramadan, we were all so pious.  Shaytan was shackled (restrained) for the believers who were fasting.  Everything was so easy.  Restraining from food, arguing, back biting, vain speech, and focusing on salah was all so easy!  What happened?  Shaytan came back and he’s out to destroy me and you and everything we did in Ramadan and want to do now that Ramadan is over.  For every dollar you donated as sadaqah or towards Zakah, I am sure he wants you to take the equivalent of that money and buy something you don’t need.  For every hour you spent reading the Book of Allah (s.w.t.), he wants you to waste double, no triple, that amount of time.

Ramadan barely left us and it is never too late to repent for anything.  We must pick ourselves up and race towards good deeds.  Let us all inshaAllah renew our goals and intentions that we set in Ramadan to be continually seek the pleasure of our Lord and become better Muslims every day. Ameen, thuma Ameen.

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~ by Yousaf on October 9, 2009.

3 Responses to “I Didn’t Do it! Author: Issa Abbasi”

  1. ASA,
    Jazak Allah for sharing. I really like the way you keep reminding us of Ramadan…reminds me of when I read something like the true believer spends 1/2 the year after Ramadan praying that his/her fast was accepted and the other 1/2 praying to see another Ramadan. mA, you and your writing has inspired me. I pray that (iA) Allah gives us the courage to strengthen our iman, grow closer to Him, and seek His forgiveness. I pray that we realize early on when shaitan is whispering us and have the faith to realize our mistake before committing it. (It is said that when we think of comitting a sin, but don’t do it, we gain a blessing. When we think of doing something good, but don’t do it, we gain a blessing. When we think of doing something good and we do it, we gain 10 blessings…but when we think of doing something bad and we follow it with a wrong action, then we only get 1 bad deed…Truly Allah is the most Merciful, the most Kind!)Ameen and wassalam!

  2. When there is an enemy who can see us but we do not see them, as humans, we are more vulnerable. That is the shaytan. The shaytan can see us 24/7 — while we are sleeping, while we are upset, while we are happy, when we are alone, when we are with family or friends etc. The shaytan studies us very intensely so the shaytan knows exactly how to get to us and what will get to us. I even heard in a lecture that shaytans hold meetings on how to get to human beings. Never the less, the best Muslim is the Muslim who repents for his/her mistakes and becomes stronger after a bad experience. Allah (swt) is the most merciful and only Allah knows best.

  3. You know that the most important target for satan is to wreck our homes. I was touched by what the Prophet (SAWS) told us about satan, who asked his subjects about the most hideous thing they did on that day so that he would reward that satan and bring him to sit next to him on his own throne. Each satan then boasted about their most wicked accomplishments. Some said they drove people to kill, steal, etc, but these actions did not satisfy Satan enough, until one told him that he managed to break up a marriage, than satan praises him, told him that he is the one, and let him sit on his throne. Satan’s main goal is to wreck our homes strike their very foundations, so that the whole society would fall apart.

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