Praise be to Allaah.
By Allaah, we do not know which of your two issues we find
stranger, that you have gone along with the whispers of the Shaytaan to such
an extent that brought you to the brink of the abyss and nearly made you
fall in, or that you find this question difficult and are not able to find
an answer to it.
What do you know of your religion, if you do not know this?
What do you think of your Lord, if you are asking about
When her freed slave asked her: O my mother, did Muhammad
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) see his Lord? ‘Aa’ishah,
the Mother of the Believers (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: My hair
stood on end at what you said.
If the hair of the Mother of the Believers stood on end
because of alarm for the one who asked her this question: Did Muhammad
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) see his Lord, i.e., in this
world – although the believers will see Him in Paradise and that will be the
greatest of their joys (may Allaah not deprive us of it) – then how should
one react to your question?
Have you left your heart empty to such an extent that the
Shaytaan can toy with it and cause it to end up like this?
Have you heard of the report narrated by Muslim in his
Saheeh (2268) from Jaabir who said: A man came to the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and said: O Messenger of Allaah,
I saw in a dream as if my head was cut off. The Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him) smiled and said: If the Shaytaan toys with
one of you in his sleep, he should not tell the people about it.”
If a dream such as this is regarded as the Shaytaan toying
with a person, then what would the Prophet’s response be to one who saw what
you have seen in a dream? What would he say if the Shaytaan toyed with him
when he was awake, and not in a dream?
It is natural that you should feel ashamed and you should
weep for yourself if the Shaytaan has gained so much power over you.
Yes, we understand that the Shaytaan may toy with a person in
such ways, but he should not go along with the ideas instilled by the
shaytaan and ry to discuss it and look for evidence for it. Rather his
deeply rooted faith should protect him, for the shaytaan is evil and his
plot is weak: “ever feeble indeed is the plot of Shaytaan (Satan)”
It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah said:
The Messenger of Allaah
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
said: “The Shaytaan comes to some
of you and says, ‘Who created such and such? Who created such and such?’ –
until he says, ‘Who created your Lord?’ If that happens, then let him seek
refuge with Allaah and stop thinking about that.”
What do you think the Prophet’s answer would be to this
“difficult” question posed by the accursed enemy?
One should seek refuge with Allaah from this waswaas, and
stop thinking about it or getting carried away with it, because the accursed
one does not need an answer to this question. He knows that his question is
pure fallacy, for it is not befitting that the Creator should have a
creator, otherwise He would be another created being.
Rather his aim is to stir up doubts until he gains control
over one who dies in such a state, if he can. Al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar (may
Allaah have mercy on him) said in his commentary on the hadeeth quoted
“‘Who created your Lord?’ If that
happens, then let him seek refuge with Allaah and stop thinking about that”
i.e., let him stop getting carried away with that, and turn to Allaah in
warding it off; he should realize that he (shaytaan) wants to corrupt his
religious commitment and his reasoning with these whispers, so he should
strive to ward them off by thinking of something else.
Al-Khattaabi said: The point of this hadeeth is that if the
Shaytaan whispers such thoughts, one should seek refuge with Allaah from him
and stop debating with the shaytaan about it, then this waswaas will
diminish. … There is no end to the shaytaan’s whispers, rather every time
proof is produced to silence him, he moves on to something else until he
finally makes one confused. We seek refuge with Allaah from that. … But his
saying ‘Who created your Lord?” is contradictory and is a flawed argument,
because it is impossible for the Creator to be created.
Al-Teebi said: Rather he enjoined seeking refuge with Allaah
and distracting oneself with something else; he did not tell us to ponder
and look for evidence, because the knowledge that Allaah does not need a
creator is a basic fact that is not open to debate, and because getting
carried away in thinking about that will only make a person more confused.
If a person is in such a state, he has no option except to turn to Allaah
and seek His protection.
The hadeeth also implies criticism of asking too much about
that which does not concern one and that which one has no need to ask about.
It is also one of the signs of Prophethood, namely his foretelling something
that was going to happen and then it happened. End quote.
As the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon
him) enjoined putting an end to such whispers and not indulging in them,
then the believer, if he is overwhelmed by any such thing, and if the
accursed enemy instills such a thing in his heart, then he will regard this
waswaas as something serious that has befallen him.
It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: Some of the
companions of the Prophet (S) came and asked him: We find in ourselves
something that is too awful for any of us to speak of it. He said: “Do you
really find that?” They said: Yes. He said: “That is clear faith.” Narrated
by Muslim (132).
Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: What this
means is: the fact that you
think of this waswaas as something terrible is a clear sign of faith, for if
you dare not utter it and you are so afraid of it and of speaking of it, let
alone believing it, this is the sign of one who has achieved perfect faith
and who is free of doubt
O slave of Allaah, the man of dignity who has some standing
among people would refrain from lying and would hate lies to be attributed
to him. The story of Abu Sufyaan with Heraclius concerning this matter is
well known, so how about if this noble and dignified man is a believer? For
lying is incompatible with faith.
How about if one imagines the Messenger of Allaah (peace
and blessings of Allaah be upon him) telling lies when he is the truthful
one? This is an idea that would make the skin crawl and the hair stand on
It seems most likely that there are two reasons why the
Shaytaan has gained control over you:
You have turned away from
focusing on remembrance (dhikr) of the Most Merciful, studying His verses
and what it says in His Book of His most beautiful names and sublime
attributes, and acknowledging His greatness, majesty, beauty and perfection
that are mentioned in His Book and in the Sunnah of His Prophet (peace
and blessings of Allaah be upon him).
Perhaps it is a punishment from
Allaah because of the first reason, which is your keeping company with the
devils among men, who have been supported by the devils among the jinn and
helped by them against you.
Those companions were not necessarily friends of yours who
come and go with you, rather that may have been via the internet as idle
curiosity may have led you to go to some atheist and anti-religion chat
rooms, where one of them stated his specious argument and it settled in your
heart and led to the problem that you are now suffering. Allaah says
(interpretation of the meaning):
“And whosoever turns away blindly from the remembrance of
the Most Gracious (Allaah) (i.e. this Qur’aan and worship of Allaah), We
appoint for him Shaytaan (Satan ‑ devil) to be a Qareen (a companion) to
37. And verily, they (Satans / devils) hinder them from
the path (of Allaah), but they think that they are guided aright!
38. Till, when (such a one) comes to Us, he says [to his
Qareen (Satan/devil companion)] ‘Would that between me and you were the
distance of the two easts (or the east and west’ __a worst (type of) companion (indeed)!
39. It will profit you not this Day (O you who turn away
from Allaah’s remembrance and His worship) as you did wrong, (and) that you
will be sharers (you and your Qareen) in the punishment”
Set your heart straight and turn to your Lord, and
acknowledge Him as He has told you in His Book. Turn to His Book and read it
and ponder it, and keep your tongue busy with remembrance of Him (dhikr),
for that will protect you:
“I command you to remember Allaah,
for the likeness of that is that of a man who enemy comes after him, until
he comes to a strong fortress where he protects himself from him. Similarly,
a person cannot protect himself against the Shaytaan except by remembering
Allaah.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (2863) and
classed as saheeh by al-Albaani.
And Allaah knows best.