CounterStrike:Identifying the real ENEMY!

Quick notes from my last lecture at Youth Club Lahore. The lecture can be downloaded from here. [1: Follow for rectification of a mistake]
The lecture started with a scenario that everyone had to imagine. Everyone was asked to close their eyes and listen to the words carefully.

Activity:

  • Let everyone close their eyes.
  • Imagine a scenario when you are subconscious
  • All you hear is bombs and gun shots but because of subconsciousness you can’t open your eyes
  • You are panicking inside what’s going on and where are you
  • Finally you manage to open up your eyes and find yourself in the middle of a war. A war that you never know when it started and why it started
  • You only wake up to find dead people all around yourself and at the edge of it you find your relatives, your friends, your family and so many others you know from your life, whom you love so much, who were so dear to you
  • You are extremely frightened and with it angry and enraged as well due to the loss of your relatives and your belongings in this world
  • Only if in reality who would like to know how to survive and how to identify your enemy, open your eyes.
Counterstrike enemy

What will you do now?

What do you think you will do if you find yourself in such a scenario? In my opinion, you will, first of all, would want to have a hiding place and then from there, find your enemy to stop this war in order to survive. This is the most typical things that we do when we play CounterStrike, don’t we? Secure safe position, get heavily loaded with most appropriate guns, find your enemy and win the game by executing them all.

How will you know who is your enemy?

You wake up in this deadly scenario to find that things are a little different here from the world that you are familiar with. The enemy is not in front of you rather he is hidden in somewhere to protect himself. So you are struggling how to identify him. Its difficult to win an enemy who is invisible but not impossible. Don’t worry, i‘ll make your task easy. I’ll tell you who your enemy is and will also tell you the ways you can win this war, insha’Allah.

The real ENEMY:

The CounterStrike scenario maps exactly on our own lives. The war was waged on us as soon as we were born. The world in its worst condition surrounded us and Satan has been the real enemy. In this scenario, most of our friends and family have not survived and have fallen prey to the bomb striking attacks of Satan, while some of them have already been recruited in SSF (Satan’s special force) who are busy in making this world even worse. Let me give you a small introduction of Satan.
  • Real name: Iblees
  • Age: before the creation of Adam and Eve AS
  • Previous occupation: Allah’s slavery
  • Current and final occupation: Securing the path to Hell for all human beings in the Akhirah with him
  • Kind: Jin, made up of smokeless fire
  • He is invisible to the eye of the human beings
  • He can whisper directly into the human brain [There are other attributes of him as well, however we discussed only these two in this lecture. More to come insha’Allah]

1. You can’t see him but he (Satan) can see you:

يَا بَنِي آدَمَ لَا يَفْتِنَنَّكُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ كَمَا أَخْرَجَ أَبَوَيْكُم مِّنَ الْجَنَّةِ يَنزِعُ عَنْهُمَا لِبَاسَهُمَا لِيُرِيَهُمَا سَوْآتِهِمَا ۗ إِنَّهُ يَرَاكُمْ هُوَ وَقَبِيلُهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَا تَرَوْنَهُمْ

Dr. Mohsin Khan’s translation: O Children of Adam! Let not Shaitan (Satan) deceive you, as he got your parents [Adam and Hawwa (Eve)] out of Paradise, stripping them of their raiments, to show them their private parts. Verily, he and Qabiluhu (his soldiers from the jinns or his tribe) see you from where you cannot see them. [Surah Aarah 7: ayah 27]

The invisible being

  2. He whispers directly into our brains:

وَإِمَّا يَنزَغَنَّكَ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ نَزْغٌ فَاسْتَعِذْ بِاللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ

Dr. Mohsin Khan’s translation:

And if an evil whisper comes to you from Shaitan (Satan) then seek refuge with Allah. Verily, He is All-Hearer, All-Knower. [Surah Aaraf 7: ayah 200]

وَقُل رَّبِّ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ هَمَزَاتِ الشَّيَاطِينِ

Dr. Mohsin Khan’s translation:

And say: “My Lord! I seek refuge with You from the whisperings (suggestions) of the Shayatin (devils). [Surah Al-mominoon – 23: ayah 93]

Whisper

Why is Satan our enemy?

There has to be a reason for that, no? Read on the following ayah of Quran to know. [Surah Isra 17: ayah 61-65]

وَإِذْ قُلْنَا لِلْمَلَائِكَةِ اسْجُدُوا لِآدَمَ فَسَجَدُوا إِلَّا إِبْلِيسَ قَالَ أَأَسْجُدُ لِمَنْ خَلَقْتَ طِينًا

Dr. Mohsin Khan’s translation: And (remember) when We said to the angels: “Prostrate unto Adam.” They prostrated except Iblis (Satan). He said: “Shall I prostrate to one whom You created from clay?”

قَالَ أَرَأَيْتَكَ هَٰذَا الَّذِي كَرَّمْتَ عَلَيَّ لَئِنْ أَخَّرْتَنِ إِلَىٰ يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ لَأَحْتَنِكَنَّ ذُرِّيَّتَهُ إِلَّا قَلِيلًا

Dr. Mohsin Khan’s translation:

[Iblis (Satan)] said: “See? This one whom You have honoured above me, if You give me respite (keep me alive) to the Day of Resurrection, I will surely seize and mislead his offspring (by sending them astray) all but a few!”

قَالَ اذْهَبْ فَمَن تَبِعَكَ مِنْهُمْ فَإِنَّ جَهَنَّمَ جَزَاؤُكُمْ جَزَاءً مَّوْفُورًا

Dr. Mohsin Khan’s translation:

(Allah) said: “Go, and whosoever of them follows you, surely! Hell will be the recompense of you (all) an ample recompense.

وَاسْتَفْزِزْ مَنِ اسْتَطَعْتَ مِنْهُم بِصَوْتِكَ وَأَجْلِبْ عَلَيْهِم بِخَيْلِكَ وَرَجِلِكَ وَشَارِكْهُمْ فِي الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَوْلَادِ وَعِدْهُمْ ۚ وَمَا يَعِدُهُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ إِلَّا غُرُورًا

Dr. Mohsin Khan’s translation:

“And Istafziz [literally means: befool them gradually] those whom you can among them with your voice (i.e. songs, music, and any other call for Allah’s disobedience), make assaults on them with your cavalry and your infantry, mutually share with them wealth and children (by tempting them to earn money by illegal ways usury, etc., or by committing illegal sexual intercourse, etc.), and make promises to them.” But Satan promises them nothing but deceit.

إِنَّ عِبَادِي لَيْسَ لَكَ عَلَيْهِمْ سُلْطَانٌ ۚ وَكَفَىٰ بِرَبِّكَ وَكِيلًا

Dr. Mohsin Khan’s translation:

Verily! My slaves (i.e the true believers of Islamic Monotheism), you have no authority over them. And All-Sufficient is your Lord as a Guardian.”

The bullets in the scenario are satan’s attacks and traps that are constantly being fired on us since our birth. The shelter that we need to seek is the company of people who have taqwa in their hearts who live and die Islam, and our ammunitions is our knowledge of Quran, Sunnah, Fiqh, biographies of the Sahabah and early generations and whatever the Deen offers. Remember, you would need the shelter as well as bullets to win the game. If you have a machine gun with nothing protect you, the enemy will kill you. If you have shelter and no bullets or guns, the enemy will kill you. 
my_own_worst_enemy

What do you have to do then?

  1. Know exactly what does Allah wants from you when you walk the way of Islam, remember the habit of gaining knowledge of Deen. Click here to know the 7 habits of Truely Successful people 
  2. Know what different tricks Satan has been using throughout history to create illusions with mankind, for that we dedicate this month to study Satan inshaAllah. You may start with these  (1) Six Attacks by Shaytaan – Ten Defenses and an excellent book The Devils Deception by Ibn e Jauzi for those who would have good study of Deen.
  3. Whenever you think something, try to analyze it and then differentiate it from your thinking and waswasa from Satan. Once you are in a regular practice of it, you’ll know how exactly satan attacks at so many different levels. insha’Allah

QUICK BONUS TIPS to get rid of Satan the accursed:

1)  Seeking refuge with Allaah from him;

2)  Reading al Mu’awathatain [Surat an Nas and Surat al Falaq];

3)  Reading Ayatul Kursi;

4)  Reading Surat al Baqarah;

5)  Reading the ending of Surat al Baqarah [last two verses];

6)  Practicing the remembrance of Allaah a lot;

7)  Performing ablution along with prayers;

8)  Refraining from supernumerary (extra) looking around, talking, eating and mixing with people.

9) Praying on time

10) Controlling yourself in anger

We pray to Allah SWT to guide us all to the straight path and give us the strength to win over this enemy so that we attain Jannah easily. Verily, this would be a great success. For more, stay tuned with the blog with my upcoming lecture this sunday at Dewan e Khas Mosque, Qaddafi Stadium Lahore on the topic, CounterStrike: 7 deadly traps insha’Allah. Click here to follow the event page. 

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[1] : There is a mistake in the lecture about Satan trapping Eve first to convince him to eat out of the forbidden tree. The true concept is both of them were trapped by Satan as mentioned in the Quran as follows:

فَأَزَلَّهُمَا الشَّيْطَانُ
عَنْهَا فَأَخْرَجَهُمَا مِمَّا كَانَا فِيهِ ۖ وَقُلْنَا اهْبِطُوا بَعْضُكُمْ لِبَعْضٍ عَدُوٌّ ۖ وَلَكُمْ فِي الْأَرْضِ مُسْتَقَرٌّ وَمَتَاعٌ إِلَىٰ حِينٍ

“But the Shaitan made “them both” fall from it, and caused them to depart from that (state) in which they were; and We said: Get forth, some of you being the enemies of others, and there is for you in the earth an abode and a provision for a time.”
[Surah Al-Baqarah 2 – Ayah -36]

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