When I started with the first part of this article it was with the intention of reminding myself and the ummah about the simple things in life which we often neglect, that eventually become our undoing. The second part was to follow after a couple of other article posts – giving me time to think how I wanted to end this article. Alas, procrastination is the work of shaitan, and so as not to let shaitan win, I decided to continue with the concluding section of this two-part post.

(The author is equally grateful to his blogging team for reminding each other to stay on the true path.)

Allah says in Surah Al-Mu’minun:

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Surah Al-Mu’minun, Ayah 99 and 100

“Until, when death comes to one of them (those who join partners with Allah), he says: ‘My Lord! Send me back, so that I may do good in that which I have left behind!’ No! It is but a word that he speaks, and behind them is Barzakh (a barrier) until the Day when they will be resurrected.”

 

Interpretation of this Surah (Ayah 99 and 100)

Al-Imam al-Qurtubi says, The request of returning (to this world) is not specific to the disbelievers rather a believer may also wish for it. (Jaami’ li Ahkaam al-Qur’an)

Qataadah said, He does not desire to return to his family or kindred nor to gather (wealth of) the world or act according to desires. But rather to return so he could obey Allah. (Ma’alim at-Tanzil)

Notice how the person is regretful and remorseful for not obeying Allah. See how shaitan deceives a person to desire and work hard for this dunya; procrastinating against actions that will reward a person with a place in jannah in the hereafter.

 

Winning starts with the simple things

Me writing this blog is a simple example of how we can win against shaitan. It is not difficult. We just need to take it one step at a time, making little, lasting changes. These changes will go a long way in ensuring that one (and the ummah) is successful in the battle with shaitan.

Another example which probably relates to all of us is praying or salah. We strive veSave water Its sunnah 1ry hard to ensure that we pray the five obligatory prayers, but (some of us) judge those who don’t. We strive even harder to pray the sunnah prayers, but (some of us) judge those who don’t. In our effort to pray (and to judge), how many of us can confidently say that we do not practice wastage? Seems like a weird thing to say in the same breath as prayer; but yes, we do practice wastage, or more specifically excessive use of water (I have seen some who turn on the tap until water gushes out of it akin to Niagara Falls) to purify ourselves before presenting ourselves before Allah. It is understandable that we want to do a good thing. BUT Islam teaches us to do something even better – to do the RIGHT thing. A video shown by our Sheikh (Isam Rajab) on how Prophet (saw) took wudu’ was a mind-blowing experience for me. I encourage you to have a look – see by clicking on the link below (and if you are impatient you can fast forward to 1:34; that is when the actual demonstration starts) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtUhUeWNdtc.

 

By making this small change now, Insya Allah we will be guided in our war against shaitan. Allah’s Greatness knows no boundaries, and to end this blog post, I would like to share two incidences today that relates to this topic.

Incident 1

My wife had a day excursion to IKEA – believe it or not, as part of our quest to lead a minimalist life by replacing existing, ineffective storage space. One thing she loves the most, and never misses whenever we are at IKEA, is the trip to the cafeteria for their meatball sauce. Today was no different, well not totally. As she was enjoying her dish two muslimahs sat down at the table beside hers with their own plate of meatballs. They had a couple of bites and then left. Islam teaches us not to pass judgments without knowing the facts, but unfortunately Islam is judged based on the akhlaq of a Muslim.

Incident 2

Euro 2016 is around the corner. It is a time wannabe pundits take a punt on the outcome of each game, stage or even the whole championship. Some take it a step further by introducing wagers – to spice things up they say – but (whether realizing or not) they are conducting a sin. To make matters worse Euro 2016 will start just before the Holy Month of Ramadhan and continue until just before Eid. Will Muslims who indulge in this activity gain any benefit from their fasting? Allahu Alam.

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Surah Al-Maidah, Ayah 90

O you who believe! Intoxicants (all kinds of alcoholic drinks), gambling, Al-Ansab, and Al-Azlam (arrows for seeking luck or decision) are an abomination of Shaitan’s (Satan) handiwork. So avoid (strictly all) that (abomination) in order that you may be successful.

 

It is not my intention to share these incidences to draw any conclusion; that is best for you (as a reader) to muse (and conclude as your heart and mind desires).

The author found an interesting video for those who have time to spare (and for those in a rush go to minute 13 of the video)… https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1VXCBUoIudc

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Sources:

https://tsmufortruth.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/procrastination-in-islam/

http://designmolvi.com

http://www.al-islam.org/greater-sins-volume-1-ayatullah-sayyid-abdul-husayn-dastghaib-shirazi/fourteenth-greater-sin