A Lesson from Satan

Shaitán has left us an exemplary lesson! He has not done anything for himself. Whatever transgression he committed is a different issue. However, he has left us a very huge lesson, in that he has proclaimed: “O you group of scholars (‘ulemá)! O you group of worshippers (‘ábeds)! Just look at me! Was I in any way deficient in knowledge (‘ilm)? Why do scholars become overawed with my knowledge? Why are they terrified? Did I lack in knowledge in any way? I had abundant ‘ilm! Did I lack in any way as far as ‘ibádat is concerned? My ‘ibádat was unlimited! You cannot possibly make as much ‘ibádat! Thousands of years I prostrated with my head in sajdah!”

Yes, he had even performed ‘ibádat for thousands of years. So, what was lacking? The answer is: There was no tarbiyet! And the factor that was an obstacle to tarbiyet was takabbur!

That is why I am saying that he has left us a lesson and has shown us that it is impossible that merely through teaching and learning (ta’lim and ta’allum) kibr will go away and that through more and more ‘ibádat, kibr will go away. This just cannot happen. “Just look at me!” is what Shaitan is telling us.

As more and more záhirí means arise for performing good, so too does takabbur increase: as there is progress in ‘ilm, so too does takabbur increase; as ‘ibádat increases, so too does takabbur increase; as the means of worldly progress increase, so too does takabbur increase. As long as the special and specific measures are not adopted to remove the intoxicating effects of the sins of the bátin, this intoxication will not disappear. This nisbat is weak. This nisbat is a feeble connection.

Alláh Ta’álá states: “O you believers! Do not be deficient in fulfilling the rights of Alláh ﷻ and His Rasul ﷺ!”

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Hadhrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Rahmatullahi Alaihi

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