Shaykh Maseehullah Khan(Rahmatullah Alaih) mentioned, “Just as you whisper amongst yourselves privately, similarly, Shaytaan from his side whispers. He instills doubts, scattered thoughts and anxieties in the mumin (believer). The objective is to cause him to fall into despondency and sorrow.” This is how Shaytaan mesmerises people. He inflicts sadness upon them. Naturally, a person who is unhappy will wander and seek happiness elsewhere. In this vulnerable state, he can easily fall into vice.
Shaykh Maseehullah (Rahmatullah Alaih) further states,”Shaytaan does not want a mumin (believer) to be happy, because Adam (A.S) was a mumin. Through him, Shaytaan developed enmity. This enmity turned to hostility (against believers).” It for this reason that a believer is encouraged to be happy. Nabi (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam) went through the greatest struggles, yet he was always smiling. We cannot avoid difficulties, but we can try and follow the example of Nabi (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam). Emerge happier and stronger, not sadder and weaker. This will defeat Shaytaan’s efforts to destroy us. May Allah grant us the ability to follow this Sunnah, aameen.
- Shaykh Dawood Seedat (Hafizullah)