Shaitan, referred to as the devil or Satan, is seen as a source of evil in many cultures. Defeating Shaitan involves resisting temptations, performing good deeds, and finding strength in faith and spirituality. Through the practice of self-discipline, prayer, and righteous actions, individuals can shield themselves from Shaitan’s influence and strengthen their bond with goodness and positivity. Rejecting negativity and embracing positive values are key steps in overcoming Shaitan’s pull.
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Creation of Adam and the Opposition of Shaitan
Allah created the Jinn before Adam, and they lived on Earth. However, when the Jinn committed evil deeds, shed blood, and killed each other, Allah sent angels and Iblis to fight them. As a result, the Jinn were killed.
Allah created Adam from clay and shaped him with His own hands. Adam was granted knowledge and taught the names of all things by Allah. Allah commanded the angels to bow down to him as a sign of respect. All the angels obeyed Allah and prostrated themselves to Adam except Iblis, who, out of arrogance, declared, ‘I am better than him; You created me from fire and made him from clay.’
Shaitan refused to obey Allah’s command to bow to Adam. Consequently, he was expelled from Paradise and became an eternal enemy of humanity. Driven by jealousy and an inflated sense of self-importance, he sought to dishonor himself by rejecting the authority granted by Allah, ultimately leading to his humiliation. His cunning mind led him to hell. Then he asked for respite until the Day of Judgement. He promised to mislead and lead astray all the servants of Allah.
How Shaitan Traps People
Satan is the enemy of God and humanity. He uses various strategies to deceive, tempt, and accuse people of sin. Some of his traps are:
Shaitan can trap people using pride by making them feel better than others. This might lead them to act arrogantly and resist listening to different ideas. When people become too proud, they often fail to see their own mistakes. This leads them to do bad things and stops them from growing spiritually or becoming better.
Shaitan tricks people with anger by intensifying their emotions. When someone gets angry, they might not think clearly and act impulsively. He achieves this by fueling people’s anger, leading them to lose control and engage in harmful behavior. Anger prevents individuals from realizing how their actions can hurt others and themselves.
3. Neglecting Obligatory Deeds
Neglecting obligatory deeds is a serious matter that can have grave consequences in this life and the hereafter. Obligatory deeds are those that Allah has commanded us to do, such as praying, fasting, paying zakat, and performing hajj. They are the pillars of Islam and the means of attaining Allah’s pleasure and mercy. Neglecting them is a form of disobedience and ingratitude that can lead to Allah’s wrath and punishment. Therefore, we should strive to fulfill our obligations with sincerity, diligence, and love and seek Allah’s forgiveness for any shortcomings.
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4. Wasting Time
If the devil cannot trap someone into sinning, he keeps them engaged in trivial activities that offer no benefit. Instead of using our time wisely, fulfilling our priorities, and striving for higher goals, he occupies us with useless actions.
5 Ways to Defeat Shaitan
Satan is the enemy of God and humanity, seeking to destroy everything that is good and Holy. Although a powerful and cunning adversary, he is not invincible. There are ways to resist his temptations and overcome his attacks by relying on God’s grace and truth. Here are five ways to defeat Shaitan in your life.
Taqwa is an Arabic word that means piety, mindfulness, or God-consciousness. It is often used to describe the attitude and behavior of a Muslim who strives to follow the commands of Allah and avoid what He has forbidden. When people practice Taqwa, they try to stay away from bad things by being careful about what they do and why they do it. They aim to do good stuff and avoid what they’re not supposed to do according to their beliefs. This helps to stay strong and defeat Shaitan.
As for the one who is charitable, mindful of Allah, and firmly believes in the finest reward, We will facilitate for them the Way of Ease. [Surah Lail verse 5-7]
2. Praying Salah
Praying Salah is one of the most important acts of worship in Islam. It is a way of communicating with Allah, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. Salaah consists of five daily prayers that are performed at specific times throughout the day. The prayers are composed of recitations from the Quran, praises of Allah, and supplications for oneself and others. Salaah helps Muslims to remember Allah, to seek His guidance, and to purify their hearts and minds. Salat prevents us from major sins and works as the main way to defeat Shaitan.
Recite what has been revealed to you of the Book and establish prayer. Indeed, genuine prayer should deter one from indecency and wickedness. The remembrance of Allah is an even greater deterrent. And Allah fully knows what you all do. [Surah Ankabut verse 45]
3. Joining the Masjid Activities
Participating in mosque activities is a great way to strengthen your Faith, connect with other Muslims, and contribute to the community. Being involved in mosque activities means actively participating in various events, such as praying together, learning about faith, helping the community, or doing good deeds.
The mosques of Allah are only to be maintained by those who believe in Allāh and the Last Day and establish prayer and give zakāh and do not fear except Allāh, for it is expected that those will be of the [rightly] guided. [Surah At-Tawbah: 18]
4. Acquiring Islamic Knowledge
Acquiring Islamic knowledge is a noble and rewarding pursuit for Muslims of all ages and backgrounds. Islam is a religion that encourages learning and seeking the truth, as well as applying it in one’s daily life. There are many sources of Islamic knowledge, such as the Quran, the Sunnah, the Hadith, the Fiqh, the Quran Tafsir, the Seerah, and the history of Islam. Wise people in Islam can distinguish between right and wrong. And it is not easy for Satan to deceive them.
Just as people, living beings, and cattle are of various colors as well. Of all of Allah’s servants, only the knowledgeable of His might are truly in awe of Him. Allah is indeed Almighty, All-Forgiving. [Surah Fatir verse 28]
You want to seek forgiveness by doing Istighfar.
5. Reciting the Holy Quran
Reciting the Holy Quran is a sacred practice for Muslims, who believe that it is the word of Allah revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The Quran contains guidance, wisdom, and stories of the prophets and their nations. Reciting the Quran has many benefits, such as increasing one’s faith, knowledge, and eloquence. It also brings peace, tranquillity, and protection to the reciter. Muslims are encouraged to recite the Quran regularly, especially during Ramadan, when it was first revealed. The Holy Quran is a powerful way to defeat Shaitan and protect oneself. It’s believed that the words of the Quran have a spiritually uplifting and protective effect.
In our other blog, we discuss the benefits of reciting the Quran.
Abu Hurairah (RA) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “Do not turn your houses into graveyards. Satan runs away from the house in which Surat Al-Baqarah is recited.”[Riyad as-Salihin 1018]
Dua’s to seek protection from Satan
And say, My Lord! I seek refuge in You from the temptations of the devils. And I seek refuge in You, my Lord, that they even come near me. [Surah Al-Muminoon 97-98]
I seek refuge with Allah against Satan, the outcast.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
In surah Al-Kahf Iblis is mentioned.
In Islamic tradition, there isn’t a specific mention of Iblis having a wife.
Pride and disobedience are the sins of Iblis.
The original name of Shaitan is Iblis.
Yes, Iblis and Shaitan are the same entity.
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