The Problems That Persist In The Heart Of The Youths – Shaik ibn Uthaymeen
by Shaikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen [d.1421H]
Thoughts and whispers that contradict the religion do not frequent the dead heart, on account of its being lifeless and a destroyed organ. Shaytaan does not want more than with what he is charged. For that reason, it was said to Ibn Mas’ud radiyallahu anhu or Ibn Abbas radiyallahu anhu that the Jews say: “They do not get any whispers while they pray.” In other words uneasiness does not afflict them. He said: “They have spoken the truth and what can Shaytaan do with a heart that is already ruined.”
However, as for the heart that is alive, which contains a portion of faith, Shaytaan attacks it. There is not any leniency or pause in his assault. Shaytaan casts misgivings contradicting his religion. If the servant submits to these misgivings and doubts, they serve as the most severe means of destruction. Eventually, he casts doubts on this youth about his Lord, religion, and belief. Whenever Shaytaan finds weakness and frustration in the heart, he occupies it until he separates this adolescent from his religion. In contrast, whenever Shaytaan finds a heart that is strong and steadfast he succumbs to defeat. His scheme is feeble and as a result he is made miserable.
The whispers that Shaytaan hurls into the heart do not affect the person if he uses the cure mentioned by the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam).
Ibn Abbas (radiyallahu anhu) narrated that a person came to the Prophet (sallallahu alahyi wa sallam) and said: “I have a certain feeling within myself which being a burning ember is more desirable to me than my uttering it.” The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa salaam) said: “All praise is due to Allah who has rejected his scheme [i.e driven away Shaytaan's evil thoughts]. [Collected by Abu Dawood in his Sunnan #5122 and graded Sahih by Al-Albaani]
Some people from the Companions came and said, “O Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) we find within ourselves (such a feeling) which overwhelms each one of us from speaking about it (i.e he feels it imposing to speak about it).” The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) asked: “Do you also experience it?” The Companions replied, “Yes.” The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) replied “That is true Imaan (faith)”. [Collected by Muslim in his Saheeh #132]
The meaning of having true faith is the evil thoughts that you face – and your rejection of them – does not harm your faith a single bit. In fact, rejecting these thoughts is a proof that your faith is sincere and has not been affected by any loss.
The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “Shaytaan comes to one of you and says, “Who has created this? Who has created that?” until he says: “Who has created your Lord?” When he reaches this limit, then seek refuge in Allah and in His Compassion.” [Sahih: Agreed upon. On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (radiyallaahu anhu).
And in a similar Hadeeth in Abu Dawood (#4722) with a Hasan isnad (chain of narration), the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said:
“So! Say Allah is One, Allah is Independent (as-Samad), He does not give birth nor was He given birth to, then spit towards the left three times and seek refuge from the Accursed Shaytaan.”
In these ahadeeth the Companions described illnesses to the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam). He (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) in turn prescribed four things for them as a remedy:
- Abstain from these temptations. This means to completely turn away from it then act as though it never existed. Then occupy yourself with the remembrance of Allah (i.e. recitation of the Quran and dhikr from the Sunnah).
- Seek refuge in Allah from the whispers of the Accursed Shaytaan.
- Say I believe in Allah and His Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
- Recite Surah Al-Ikhlaas. Then spit to your left side three times and say I seek refuge in Allah from the Accursed Shaytaan.
Taken From the Book Islaams Solution For The problems Facing Today’s Youth By Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen pg 49-51
- What would Shaytan do with a ruined house?
- “What to do about the frequent bad thoughts …” – Shaykh Saalih al Fawzaan
- Praise be to Allaah Who has diminished Shaytan’s evil thoughts to just a whisper
- Shaytan cast doubts into heart regarding the sincerity of one’s Tawbah
- Satan whispers : “You are doing that ostentatiously, to be seen of men and for a good reputation.”
- Whosoever turns away blindly from the remembrance of the Most Gracious, We appoint for him Shaytan to be a Qarin