Shaytaan’s Syrup

Shaytaan approached a pious person and asked him what the reason was that he is blamed for all the evils and wrongs in the world.

Shaytaan pleaded that he be not accused.

He informed the pious person that he (Shaytaan) was prepared to prove his innocence. Accordingly he requested the pious person to accompany him to the Bazaar.

Shaytaan went to the shop of a sweetmeat seller. He took a drop of syrup and put in on the wall.

“Did I do anything wrong? He asked the pious person.

“Nothing much,” replied the pious person.

“Now sit and watch the fun,” said Shaytaan.

A fly came and sat on the syrup. A lizard watched the fly from a corner of the roof. “There’s my lunch” – it thought to itself.

The shopkeeper had a beautiful cat. It happened that the cat spotted the lizard. “My. My, I have not tasted a lizard for some time now” – it thought.

A policeman came to purchased some sweetmeat. He has his beloved dog with him. When the dog saw the juicy fat cat, its tongue dripped with delight.

Just then the fly decided to move. The lizard dashed towards it. The cat, sensing that its meal was slipping away lunged at the lizard. The police dog lapped at the cat and got hold of its leg. The cat screamed its head off. The shopkeeper took a stick and beat the dog. The policeman became angry and smacked the shopkeeper. The shopkeeper cried out for help. Other shopkeepers ran and beat up the policeman. Just before passing out the policeman managed radioing headquarters for help. The riot squad arrived. Stones were flying. Guns were drawn. The sound of bullets and gun shots rang out. People were screaming. Women and children came running. Someone was wounded. Others were dying.

Only one was smiling. Shaytaan!

Said he to the pious person: “What is my crime of putting a little syrup on the wall compared to what you humans are doing? Look at how many orphans, how many widows, you have produced. Look at how many court cases, how much bitterness and how much revenge is now going to be planned. You humans are a strange, merciless lot. And then you have the nerve to blame me.!”

Says Allah Ta’ala: “Verily Shaytaan is an open enemy unto mankind.”

Enemy. Now that’s a word that sends shivers down the spine of any human being.

Enemy. The word is enough to deprive one of comfort, enjoying luxuries and pleasures such as sleep and delicious food.

We are alert. We are careful. We inconvenience ourselves. The enemy seeks to inflict harm. Our lives are in danger. Our family is in danger. Our wealth is in danger. Our honour is in danger.  The enemy is around. He is outside the house. He is determined.

Safety first is the rule. We take the necessary precautions. We get information about our enemies through friends and well wishers. Sometimes the information is right; at other times it is wrong.

But Allah is always right. He never errs and has no self-interest or ulterior motives when He informs us of an enemy. And this enemy is unlike any other enemy.

Other enemies may get caught. This one no one catches him. Other enemies are visible. This one is invisible. Other enemies can take pity. This one knows no pity whatsoever. Other enemies move on to other targets. This one continuously targets us until Maut. Other enemies may reform and repent. Reform? Repent? What a joke, laughs Maut.

We glorify Allah, Most High. We praise Him with every breath. We shall, Insha-Allah, proclaim his Greatness whilst we are in our Kafns and Qabrs.

Actually, there at first was no enemy and no problem. All Sovereignty belongs to Allah; but Shaytaan was unhappy with this. He wanted a share in The Greatness of Allah. He wanted to be made a partner. Thus he refused to comply to Allah’s commands. Did he not imagine himself to be unworthy of Allah’s Command. Did he not question Allah’s Wisdom in issuing The Command? And when he was expelled from The Mercy of Allah, did he not spitefully with vengeance vow to be mankind’s enemy?

Let it not be said on the Day of Qiyamah that Allah did not warn us about the habits, the weapons and aims and objectives of Shaytaan. Let Allah not be blamed.

For Allah and The Shariah has warned and informed us about the tricks, plots and schemes of Shaytaan.

1) Shaytaan loves strife and anarchy. He loves to see people are arguing and fighting. Did he not influence the brothers of Yasuf alayhi Salaam to hurt and harm and to throw him in the well? Better than brothers to Shaytaan is when he causes couples to fight. That makes him dizzy with delight. It’s just a matter of time before his plot will lead to divorce. That in turn opens dozens of doors for further mischief.

2) Shaytaan has a special circle of inner friends. The Holy Qur’aan informs us: “Shall I not tell you about those upon whom the Shayaateen descend? They descend upon every liar and sinful person”.

3) Shaytaan’s objective is to prevent us from performing Salaah. The Athaan sends him fleeing. O, how he hates Salaah. He cannot stand seeing someone in Sajdah. He gets angry – very, very angry and tries his utmost to stop a person from performing his Salaah. If he is unsuccessful, well a delay is better than nothing. Let him miss a Rak’aat today, tomorrow he will be riper for the picking.

4) Shaytaan’s objective is to stop us remembering Allah. The auspicious Name should not upon anyone’s tongue. No one must even whisper the Word “Allah”. Allah must be totally erased from the minds and hearts of people. Not a single act of obedience should be displayed to Allah. No one must accept Allah’s Authority. Question and question and question The Divine Commands – this is a tried and tested manner in which he has first class experience.

5) Sweet talk. Wild promises. Lengthy hopes. “And Shaytaan beautified for them their deeds” – thus has Allah warned us.

6) Shaytaan has plenty of patience. He is a “wise” investor. Some people are trapped after many years.

7) Shaytaan’s throne is the careless negligent heart which forgets Allah. In Hadith it comes that when a person forgets Allah, then Shaytaan sits on his heart.

8) Shaytaan works in stages. Once Moulana Maseehullah Rahmatullahi alayh took hold of a persons ginger tip. He then said: “Shaytaan does this first. When you don’t fight back, then Shaytaan gets emboldened and grabs you by the wrist.” (Hadhrat then grabbed the wrist of the person). When you still don’t resist, then he grabs you by your elbow. (Hadhrat then grabbed the person by his elbow). Then you are a goner.

Against such a cunning and sly enemy, who can protect us but Allah? Allah Ta’ala created the Shariah. This is our fort. It secures us from Shaytaan’s assaults and attacks.

Story:

Shaytaan approached a pious person and asked him what the reason was that he is blamed for all the evils and wrongs in the world. He pleaded that he be not accused.

He informed the pious person that he (Shaytaan) was prepared to prove his innocence. Accordingly he requested the pious person to accompany him to the Bazaar.

Shaytaan went to the shop of a sweetmeat seller. He took a drop of syrup and put in on the wall.

“Did I do anything wrong? He asked the pious person.

“Nothing much,” replied the pious person.

“Now sit and watch the fun,” said Shaytaan.

A fly came and sat on the syrup. A lizard watched the fly from a corner of the roof. “There’s my lunch” – it thought to itself.

The shopkeeper had a beautiful cat. It happened that the cat spotted the lizard. “My. My, I have not tasted a lizard for some time now” – it thought.

A policeman came to purchased some sweetmeat. He has his beloved dog with him. When the dog saw the juicy fat cat, its tongue dripped with delight.

Just then the fly decided to move. The lizard dashed towards it. The cat, sensing that its meal was slipping away lunged at the lizard. The police dog lapped at the cat and got hold of its leg. The cat screamed its head off. The shopkeeper took a stick and beat the dog. The policeman became angry and smacked the shopkeeper. The shopkeeper cried out for help. Other shopkeepers ran and beat up the policeman. Just before passing out the policeman managed radioing headquarters for help. The riot squad arrived. Stones were flying. Guns were drawn. The sound of bullets and gun shots rang out. People were screaming. Women and children came running. Someone was wounded. Others were dying.

Only one was smiling. Shaytaan!

Said he to the pious person: “What is my crime of putting a little syrup on the wall compared to what you humans are doing? Look at how many orphans, how many widows, you have produced. Look at how many court cases, how much bitterness and how much revenge is now going to be planned. You humans are a strange, merciless lot. And then you have the nerve to blame me.!”

Lesson: Shaytaan will take any and every opportunity to put a “little syrup” on the wall. Sometimes it is in the form of anger, sometimes greed, sometimes jealousy.

Learn to recognise this, make Du’a and Insha-Allah, we will be saved.