A Muslim is warned against Shaitan for he is our openly declared enemy. Many verses in the Quran inform us of this reality and many more Hadith tell us how to protect ourselves against the accursed Iblees and his many agents and progeny. A Muslim must be aware of the tricks of Shaitan in order to guard against them.
We shouldn’t be too impressed with ourselves if we are able to stay away from major sins such as zinā[extra marital sex], gambling, drinking alcohol and so on. Many people are good at avoiding such sins, but they’re not so good at protecting their tongues from backbiting, swearing, cursing, belittling people, and so forth. Nor are they good at protecting their hearts from materialism, worldly desires, jealousy, holding grudges, arrogance, pride and so on. Many more may neglect obligations such as earning a halal income, taking care of one’s family, praying on time, paying the zakat, fasting ramadan, going for hajj and being good to our parents, fulfilling the rights of others among other obligations that Allah has put upon us.
We must remember that if Shaytan is not able to get us to commit sins, he will try to get us to waste time, procrastinate and delay doing good deeds, such as seeking knowledge, reading and studying the Quran, learning Arabic, doing dawah, daily azkaar, seeking forgiveness through istighfar, giving charity, making tawbah and other good deeds that will benefit us in the Ākhirah[hereafter]. He will also try to convince us that we don’t have the time for such things, even though we’re able to make time to watch movies, social media, TV, chit chat, consuming news and entertainment, box sets, or go out with friends and more.
Shaitan is an open enemy for all of us. He is determined to take as many human beings to the hellfire as he can. We cannot afford to let down our guard against him. May Allah protect us all.
And Allah knows best.