Once, our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was walking out with his companions from the back-side of Jannatul Baqi (Medina). As he was stepping out, he saw a very old man with a colorful hat on his head, a colorful belt with diamonds around his waist, a bell in his left hand and a net in his right hand.
This old man said, “As-Salaamu alaykum Ya Rasulu-llah” (O Prophet of Allah, may the peace of Allah be upon you) to our beloved Prophet (pbuh). The Prophet (pbuh) did not reply to his salaam. This old man knew very well why our Prophet (pbuh) did not return his salaam. After all, this old man was not like any other man, he was Satan, the cursed one. Then Satan said, “Salaamu-llahi Alaykum Ya Rasulu-llah” (Allah’s peace be upon you Oh Prophet of Allah). Then our Prophet (pbuh) accepted his salaam. Now the companions of the Prophet (pbuh) understood that this was the cursed one, Satan. And they were all surprised to see the cursed one personally.
Without any fruitful results, Satan attempted to misguide even the Prophets and Imams (AS). Satan, the cursed one, used to meet with the Prophets (AS) to answer their questions. In fact, it was obligatory on him (the cursed Satan) to answer the questions of the Messengers of Allah.
Our beloved Prophet (pbuh), though he possessed full knowledge, asked Satan the following questions for the sake of his companions:
Our beloved Prophet (pbuh) asked:
Oh Satan, what is this hat?
Satan, the cursed one: “Oh Prophet of Allah (pbuh), My colorful hat is this world. I present this world with all transient materialistic goods, perishable benefits, and temporary enjoyments. Once a person gets caught by this colorful hat of mine, then that person stays in my control and forgets all about the Hereafter.
Prophet (pbuh): Satan, what is this belt you are wearing with gold and diamonds around your waist?
Satan, the cursed one: “Oh Prophet (pbuh), this is my second weapon which keeps my back bone strong. Oh Prophet (pbuh), when believers do not fall into my trap by my hat then I use this weapon.
Prophet (pbuh): But what is it?
Satan, the cursed one: “Oh Prophet (pbuh), These are the materialistic unveiled(non- hijab) women of this world. Through these women I deceive the believers.
Remember: The full hijab is the covering of the whole body.(besides the hands & the face)
Prophet (pbuh): Satan, what is this bell you are holding in your left hand?
Satan, the cursed one: This is a bell through which I destroy the faith (Imaan) of the believers.
Prophet (pbuh): How do you do that?
Satan, the cursed one: Whenever I see believers arguing, getting into minor verbal antagonisms or disagreements with each other, then I ring this bell. As I ring this bell, these believers get into major verbal fights and start saying things to each other (such as backbiting, false accusations, or using bad language), due to which their own faith disappears from their hearts.
Prophet (pbuh): What is this net you are holding?
Satan, the cursed one: When I see the believers not getting trapped by any of my weapons, then I throw this net at them as my last weapon.
Prophet (pbuh): But what is this net?
Satan, the cursed one: Oh Prophet of Allah (pbuh), this is Riya! (performing good deeds only to show people). Whenever I see that your believers are performing all the good deeds and that they are not getting caught by my weapons, then I throw this net at them. By stepping into this net their good deeds, which they performed for Allah, become invalid. Because the believers gradually develop an ego in themselves while performing their Prayers, observing Fasts, performing Hajj, paying Zakat and Khums, and several other duties towards Allah. They perform all these and other good deeds; but after they get caught by my net, they show their good deeds to others and think that they have done a favour for Allah by performing such good deeds. They tell people when they perform night prayers. They tell people when they fast. They tell people when they go to Hajj. They give money in charity but only to show off or for their own personal interest. This is how they eventually feel superior to those people whom they know are not performing these good deeds. All these actions, which take place after they step into my net, makes their good deeds go to waste.
Prophet (pbuh): Satan, tell me one more thing. Now that you have spent so much of your time in this life with your bad deeds, do you have any friends?
Satan, the cursed one: Although I visit all the houses and people in general, there are 11 types of people that are my best friends and companions. And there are 15 types of people that I hate the most. Oh Prophet (pbuh), keep in mind that a person who is my friend is an enemy of Allah, and a person who is my enemy is a friend of Allah.
Prophet (pbuh): Satan, tell me who are your friends, and who are your enemies?
Satan, the cursed one: Oh Prophet of Allah (pbuh), first I have 15 enemies:
1) Oh Prophet of Allah (pbuh), my first enemy is you and your Ahlul Bayt; if it were not for you and your Ahlul-Bayt, my mission would have been quite successful. There would not have been even a single believer. But you brought the religion of Allah (Islam) to this world and you made people believers of Allah’s communication.
2) Oh Prophet of Allah (pbuh), my second enemy is that just ruler who rules a nation with complete justice.
3) Oh Prophet of Allah (pbuh). My third enemy is that rich person who does not have any ego nor feels super to poor people around him.
4) Oh Prophet of Allah (pbuh), my fourth enemy is that businessman who conducts his business with justice.
5) Oh Prophet of Allah (pbuh), My fifth enemy is that scholar (Aalim) who fears Allah and practices what he preaches.
6) Oh Prophet of Allah (pbuh), my sixth enemy is that specific believer who works to show others the path of truth. Who offers the knowledge of obligatory (Wajibaat) and forbidden (Haraam) duties of Allah. This Person is undoing, all of my hard work.
7) Oh Prophet of Allah (pbuh), my seventh enemy is that person who doesn’t listen to what is forbidden, doesn’t look at what is forbidden, and doesn’t eat what is forbidden.
8) Oh Prophet of Allah (pbuh), my eighth enemy is that believer who keeps himself clean all the time. A person who remains in Wudhu and who wears clean clothes.
9) Oh Prophet of Allah (pbuh), my ninth enemy is that person who has a big heart, who spends his money for the sake of Allah.
10) Oh Prophet of Allah (pbuh), my tenth enemy is that person who gives charity (Sadaqah) only in the name of Allah.
11) Oh Prophet of Allah (pbuh), my eleventh enemy is that person who reads, memorizes and acts according to Qur’an.
12) Oh Prophet of Allah (pbuh), my twelfth enemy is that person who recites Salaat Al Lail (prayers recited after midnight and before the Salaat of Fajr). I am always afraid of this person.
13) Oh Prophet of Allah (pbuh), my thirteenth enemy is that person who pays his Khums, Zakaat, and other obligatory Sadaqah.
14) Oh Prophet of Allah (pbuh), my fourteenth enemy is that person who observes Hijaab (veil), and safeguards her Hijaab.
15) Oh Prophet of Allah (pbuh), my fifteenth enemy is he who performs his worship (Ibaadat) without having any thoughts except for the thoughts of Allah.
Prophet (pbuh): Satan, and who are your eleven friends?
Satan, the cursed one: Oh Prophet of Allah (pbuh), my friends are:
1) First, is that leader who is an oppressor (causes distress).
2) My second friend is that businessman who does his business by deceivinghis customers.
3) My third friend is that believer who drinks alcohol.
4) My fourth friend is that rich person who is proud of his wealth and who angrily refuses to give money in charity to the poor and needy.
5) My fifth friend is that person who does backbiting, who talks in such a way that enmity increases between the people, and who reveals the defects of people.
6) My sixth friend is that person who kills another human being for any reason other than for Allah.
7) My seventh friend is that person who snatches away the belongings of an orphan.
8) My eighth friend is that person whose livelihood is based on collecting interest.
9) My ninth friend is that person who gives more importance to his worldly life rather than giving importance to his life after death. This friend of mine prefers to perform those deeds which he knows will bring benefits in this world, but in the hereafter, such deeds will bring loss.
10) My tenth friend is that person who keeps long hopes and delays in asking for forgiveness from Allah.
11) My eleventh friend is that person who helps women increase their interest in performing magic on people.
These are my eleven friends who are the worst enemies of ALLAH.
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