Who Is The Devil?!!!


Who is the devil? A question that always crosses our minds, finding no answer to it. The devil is unseen to us, he sees us but we cannot see him. He whispers in our ears and insinuates evil (thoughts, doubts, fears, suggestions..) into our minds without knowing where is he? Or what does he do? And the question persists, who is the devil?

Allah, all praise and glory is to Him, out of mercifulness to our minds told us who the devil is, and the story of his enmity against mankind and how can we confront him and defeat him and defeat all the seen and the unseen powers in the entire universe.

Allah, Blessed and Exalted is He, orders us to seek refuge with Him from the devil because Allah, Whose Majesty reigns supreme, is The Omnipotent, highly above all His creatures, whether believers or disbelievers, obedient or disobedient, those given free choice or those without power of free choice. All are subjected to Almighty Allah as nothing in the Universe of Allah is beyond His Will, Word or Command. Allah, all praise and glory is to Him, says (what means):

“And He is the subjugator over His servants. And He is the Wise, the Acquainted [with all].” (Al-An‘âm, 6: 18)

Nothing in the universe is beyond the Decree of Allah, but those whom Allah, The Exalted and Ever-Majestic, has given the power of free choice may violate the Law of Allah, that of ‘Do and Do Not Do.’ But their transgression against His Divine Law is nonetheless by the Choice of Allah because He is the One Who created mankind capable to obey and disobey. Had Allah, Blessed and Exalted is He, wanted to create them all compelled to obey, He would have easily done it. A meaning that we perceive in the glorious Ayah saying (what means):

“Perhaps, [O Muhammad], you would kill yourself with grief that they will not be believers. If We willed, We could send down to them from the sky a sign for which their necks would remain humbled.” (Ash-Shu‘arâ’, 26: 3-4)

This glorious Ayah addresses the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless and grant him peace) who was deeply grieved over those who rejected Islam. The reason behind his killing grief and sorrow was that he perfectly knew the mortifying eternal torment awaiting them in the Hereafter, and being a mercy sent to all that exists he wished to save them from such an end awaiting them.

In this glorious Ayah Allah, all praise and glory is to Him, is telling us that if these rejecters of faith have violated the Divine Law which dictates their belief in Him and their adoption of His Course, they certainly did not violate His Will, because if He wants He can easily compel them all to obey. But Allah, be ever gloried His Majesty and Might, willed that they should have freedom of choice, to believe or not to believe, to obey or disobey. Thus, He gave them the free will of whether ‘to do or not to do’, a freedom willed by Allah, all praise and glory is to Him. Were it not for this Divine Will these rejecters would not have a choice whether to obey or disobey. Indeed, nothing in the Universe of Allah happens against His Will, all glory is to Him.

From the book:
Mankind And Satan
By Muhammad Mitwaly Ash-Sha‘râwy


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