Nature of Satanand his Methodof Seduction:
The Story of the Visit of the Devil
Surely, Satan is an enemy to you, so treat him as an enemy.He only
invites his "hizb" that they may become the dwellers of the Blazing
The following is a Hadith from Ibn Abbas , as related by Mu'dh Ibn
Jabal and contained in Muhyiddin 'Arabi's book, 'Shajarat al-Kawn', .
This is by information from another Hadith by Anas Ibn Malik .
Insh'Allah, this humble retelling will help us to do what Allah says
?do?, and stop where Allah says ?stop?.
One day, a congregation was gathered at the home of one of the Ansar
around the Prophet . . In the middle of a wonderful discourse, an ugly
voice from the outside was heard saying, "O Messenger of Allah would
you permit me to enter? I have business with you!"
All looked at the Prophet , who said to the ones present, "Do you
recognize the owner of this voice?" The companions answered, "Allah
and His Messenger know best" The Prophet said, "It is Shaytan, the
On hearing that, Umar , who was present, pulling his sword, asked, "O
Messenger of Allah, permit me to go and cut off his head. Let me smash
his skull and free the people from his trouble"
The Prophet replied, "No, Umar, don't you know that you cannot kill
him? He has permission to exist until Doomsday."
Then he added, "Open the door and admit him, as he did not come on his
own, but on Allah's orders". Otherwise, he would not come here.
Listen to what he says, and try to understand."
The Rawi , one of the companions, relates the tale. "They opened the
door and he appeared in front of us as an old man cross-eyed and scant
of beard, with only six or seven long hairs from his chin. He had a
very big head, his crossed eyes close to the top of his head, high on
his forehead, with big thick hanging lips, like those of a water
buffalo. He saluted the Prophet and the Companions, to which the
Prophet responded, 'O Accursed, the salaam and salutations belong to
Allah Most High. 'Then he said, 'I heard you are here on business.
What is it?
"Shaytan said, 'I did not wish to come here, I was forced to. An angel
came to me from your Lord, who honours whom He wishes, and said,
"Allah Most High orders you to Muhammad, but you will go to him in
humility and abasement, and be submissive and tractable. You will tell
him how you seduce and mislead humankind. You are going to answer all
his questions truthfully, without a single lie." And Allah said that
if I lied to you, He would turn me into ashes and blow me away in the
wind, and my enemies would laugh at me. I come with such orders, O
"Then the Prophet asked the Devil, 'Tell me, who in the creation do
you hate most?'
The Devil answered, 'You O Muhammad! <"And all the prophets."> There
is no one in the whole creation that I hate more than your or another
"The Messenger of Allah confirmed that the Devil was his greatest foe.
He asked, whom else do you detest, besides me?"
'The young ones who have given up their pleasures and themselves for
the men of knowledge who act upon their knowledge and who decline all
that is doubtful, the ones who are clean, so clean that they wash
thrice that which they wish to cleanse.
The patient poor, who neither ask from others the things they need,
The thankful rich, who give alms lawfully.
the knowledgeable who act on what they know,
the readers of the Qur'an who pattern themselves on it,
those who call to prayer on time,
advisors and reformers,
abstainers from unlawful food and sex and
those who place their trust in Allah,
benefactors of the poor,
the devout busy in Allah's service.
"Then, the Prophet asked, 'What happens to you, O Accursed One, when
my people do their prayers?'
"I shake and tremble as if stricken with malaria, because I see your
people raised in blessing and power each time they prostrate."
Q: "'What happens to you, O Accursed, when my people fast?"
A: 'I have my hands and feet tied until they break their fast..'
Q: 'What happens to you when they all meet on the Pilgrimage at the
house of their Lord?'
A: 'I lose my wits, I go mad."
Q: 'What happens to you when they recite the Holy Qur'an?'
A: 'I melt, like lead turning to hot liquid in the fire.'
Q: 'And when they pay alms?'
A: I am torn to pieces, as if the generous donors took a saw and
sawed me into four pieces, because there are four beatitudes which the
donor receives: the blessing of abundance, love and respect from
Allah's creatures, a shield from Hell fires, and relief from distress
Q: "Then the Messenger of Allah asked the Devil what he thought of
his beloved Companions.
A: About Abu Bakr he said, 'I hate him. Even before Islam, he refused
to obey, nay! Even to hear me. How can he now listen to me?'
About Umar Ibn Khattab he said, 'I run away whenever I see him.
And about Ali Ibn Abu Talib he said, 'Oh, if I could just be safe from
him, if he would just let me be, I would let him be. But he will not
leave me alone!'
"Having heard the answers of the accursed Shaytan, the Prophet thanked
Allah said, 'Praised be to Allah, who has blessed my people with such
felicity and cursed you with such negativity until that appointed
"When the Devil heard that, he said, 'Alas for you, what felicity for
your people? How can you feel there is safety for them as long as I
exist? I enter their very veins, their very flesh, and they cannot
even suspect, let along see or feel me. I swear by Allah Who has given
me time until Doomsday, that I will seduce them all, the intelligent
and the simpleminded, the learned as well as the ignorant, the devout
as well as the sinner. None will be safe from me, except the true
servants of Allah.'
Q: 'Who are the true servants of Allah, according to you?'
A: 'You know well, O Muhammad, that whoever loves his money and his
property, Allah does not count among His servants. Whenever I see
someone who does not say "mine" and me, who does not love either money
or flattery, I know he is truly a servant of Allah and I run away from
him. As long as one loves money, property, flattery, he obeys me, he
is my servant. I need many servants and I have servants. I am not
alone. I have 70,000 children, each of them with his assigned duties.
Each of my 70,000 children has 70,000 shaytans serving under him, all
assigned to different posts. Many are with the young, and the older
women, and with the theologians and preachers and shaykhs. There are
almost no difference of opinion between your young children. And some
of the devout and some of the pious get along very well with my
people! My devils lead the imagination of the sincerity of their
devotions. Soon, they fight with each other and they don't even know
what is happening to them. Then, I whisper to them, "Disbelieve", but
when they disbelieve, I say,
"I am free of you. Surely I fear Allah, the Lord of the Worlds."
"Then, the accursed Devil told how he profited from habits of man,
which he liked. About lying, he said, 'Do you know, O Muhammad, that
lying is from me and that I am the first liar: Whoever lies is my
best friend, whoever swears to the truth of Allah and lied to Adam and
I swore to them both, "Surely I am a sincere advisor to you." .
I also detest loving families. If they think of rejecting each other
once, the marriage bond in Allah's view is dissolved. The wife will be
unlawful to the husband. When they sleep together, they will be
adulterers. If they have a child, he will be a bastard. I love that.'
'O Muhammad, let me tell you about my friends who abandon prayers or
delay them. When it is time for prayer, I make them imagine that there
is still time, that they are busy. They should enjoy what they are
doing, they can always pray later! I hope they will die before doing
their next prayer. If I don't succeed again, I enter into their
prayers. I tell them, "Look to the right, look to the left! Think of
the past, plan your future!" And when they do, I caress their cheeks
and kiss their foreheads and take the peace from their hearts. You
know, O Muhammad, that the prayers of those whose attention is outside
of them or who are imaginings things which do not belong in the
presence of Allah are also rejected and thrown in their faces. And,
if I am not successful in that, I order them to do their prayers fast
and they look like hens picking at grain. If I still don't succeed, I
follow them to the congregational prayers and put bridles on their
heads. I pull, and lift their heads from the prostration before the
Imam, and I push their heads down before the Imam touches his head to
the ground and I am overjoyed to remember that Allah will turn those
unruly heads into donkeys heads on the Last Day of Judgment. If I am
still not successful, I try at least to make them crack their fingers
while they are making prayers. Then, they will be among those who make
my tasbih, instead of Allah's ta'bih. Or at least I will blow into
their noses and make them yawn and, if they open their mouths, a
little devil will enter into them through their mouths and increase
their love and ambition of this world. The one who loves and is
ambitious for this world becomes my soldiers, he obeys me and does as
he is ordered.
'O Muhammad, how can you hope and be serene about your people's
salvation and felicity? I have a trap at every corner for them. I go
to the poor and tell them, "What has Allah done for you? Why do you
pray to Him? Prayer is for those to whom He has given in abundance."
Then, I go the ones who are sick and tell them to stop praying, and
remind them that even Allah said,
"There is no blame on the sick"
I hope that they will die having abandoned their prayers, so that
Allah will meet them with anger in the Hereafter.
'O Muhammad, if I have told a single lie, may scorpions bite me, and
ask from Allah that He turn me into ashes. O Muhammad, do not be sure
of your people. I have already converted a sixth of them, who have
left their religion.'
Q: 'O Accursed One, with whom do you most like to spend your time?'
A: 'The usurer.
Q: 'And your best friend?'
A: 'The adulterer.'
Q: With whom do you share your bed?'
A: 'The drunkard.'
Q: 'Who are your guests?'
A: 'The thieves.'
Q: 'Who are your representatives?'
A: The magicians and soothsayers.'
Q: 'What pleases you most?'
Q: 'Whom do you love most?'
A: 'Those who abandon their Friday prayers.'
The ten friends of Shaytan are, tyrants and oppressors, the arrogant,
servile scholars who hide the truth for the benefit of tyrants,
dishonest tradesmen, drinkers of alcohol, dealers in fraud,
slanderers, those who stir up trouble among friends.
Q: "What breaks your heart, o Accursed One?
A: 'The determination and the firm footsteps of those who march
against the enemies of Allah for Allah's sake.'
Q: 'What gives you pain?'
A: 'The repentance of the penitent.'
Q: 'What makes you grimace?'
A: 'The alms given in secret.'
Q: 'What makes your eyes blind?'
A: 'The tahajjud prayer in the middle of the night.'
Q: 'What makes you bow your head?'
A: 'Prayer done in congregation.'
'Q: 'O Shaytan, according to you, who are the happiest among people?'
A: 'The ones who purposefully abandon their prayers.'
Q: 'And the best among people?'
A: 'The miser.'
Q: 'What prevents you from doing your job?'
A: 'The gathering of men of knowledge and their discourses.'
Q: 'How do you eat your food?'
A: 'With my left hand and the tips of my fingers.'
Q: 'When the sun is hot, where do you seek shade?'
A: 'Under people's dirty fingernails.'
??I asked Allah to give me a house, and He gave me the public baths.
I asked Allah to give me a temple, and he gave me the marketplace as my temple.
I asked Allah to give me a book. He gave me the book of poetry as my book.
I asked for a call to prayer, and He gave me the dancing music.
I asked for someone to share my bed, and He gave me the drunkard.
I asked Allah for helpers. Allah gave me those who believe in free will.
I asked Allah to give me brothers and sisters, and Allah gave me the
squanders who spend their money on evil things. Allah said,
"Surely the squanders are the Devil's brethren" .
Then I asked Allah to be able to see the children of Adam while they
are unable to see me, and He accorded that to me. I wished that the
very veins of the children of Adam be my routes, and it was given to
me. So, I flow in their veins as I wish and enter their flesh. All
these were given to me, and I am proud of what I have received. And,
let me add, O Muhammad, that there are more with me than there are
??Then the Prophet said, 'If you had not proven what you said with the
verses of Allah's Book, it would have been hard for me to confirm what
??The Devil continued, 'Do you know, O Muhammad, that I have a son
whose name is Atam? He urinates in the ear of the people who go to
sleep without performing their night prayers. His urine puts them to
sleep, otherwise, no one could have gone to bed without finishing
Then, I have a son whose name is Mutaqadi. His duty is to publicize
the prayers, the devotions, the good deeds done in secret a hundred
fold. When deeds are publicized and receive credit and praise from the
creatures of Allah, Allah takes away 99 of the promised one hundred
Then, I have a son whose name is Kuhayl. His duty is to put kohl on
the eyes of those in the presence of wise men or preachers. The ones
whose eyes he has touched start falling asleep. They are, thus,
prevented from hearing the words of Allah or receiving any benefits
" 'The Devil talked about women. He said, 'Whenever a woman leaves her
seat, a Devil sits in her place. On the lap of every woman sits a
shaytan who makes her desirable to whoever looks at her. Then, he
orders the woman to open and show her arms, her legs, and her breast
and with his claws, tears her veil of shame and decency.'
" 'Then the Devil started to complain. He said, 'O Muhammad, inspite
of all this, I have no strength to take away the faith of the
faithful. I only take away their faith when they throw it away. If I
were able, there would be no one on the face of this world who could
say: LA ILAHA ILLALLAH, MUHAMMAD RASULULLAH, ?There is no Creator by
Allah, Muhammad is His Messenger." I would not leave a single one to
pray or fast. All I can do is to give the children of Adam
imaginations, illusions and delusions, make the ugly appear beautiful,
the wrong, right, and the bad, good. Neither do you have the power to
give faith. You are only a proof of the Truth, because I know that, if
you were given the power to give true faith, you would not leave a
single non-believer on the face of this world. The fortunate one who
is a believer is fortunate in his mother's womb, and the rebellious
sinner is a rebel in his mother's womb. As you are the guide of the
fortunate, I am only the cause of sin of the ones who are destined to
sin. Allah is He who renders one fortunate and another rebellious.'
Then he recited from Surah Hud,
"And if thy Lord had pleased He would have made people a single
nation, and they cease not to differ, except those upon whom thy Lord
has mercy, and for this did He create them. And the word of them
He recited from Surah Ahzab, Ayat 38: ' "And the command of Allah is a
decree that is made absolute.' "
Then, the Mercy upon the Universe told the Devil, 'O Father of All
Bitterness, I wonder if it is at all possible for you to repent and
return to your Lord. I promise I would intercede for you.'
"The Accursed One answered, 'O Messenger of Allah, it is Allah's
justice. The ink on the pen which wrote the judgment is dry. What will
happen until Doomsday. The One who made the master of all prophets,
the speaker for the inhabitants of Paradise, the One who chose you to
be the beloved amongst His creation, chose me to be the master of
sinners and the speaker of the inhabitants of Hell. He is Allah. O
Muhammad, this which I have told you is my last word to you, and I
have told nothing but the truth.' "
All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds. Allah says in Qur'an:
Surely Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet: O ye that
believe: Send ye blessing and salute him with all respect. 33:53
May Allah's blessing be upon Muhammad, the Beloved of Allah, and upon
his household and Companions and upon those who love him. Amin.