The Essence of the Holy Qur’an
Dear brothers and sister,
Satan always comes to the believer from his weak side in order to lead him astray. If Satan finds a person rigorous in a particular act, he comes to him from another direction. For example, if a student is careful in his study, then Satan will attempt to sway him regarding a girlfriend or a boyfriend. Satan continually attempts to prevent us from making the right choice. But Allah wants us to purify and distance ourselves from Satan.
We cannot see Satan, and we might not even be aware of his presence, but he can see us. We are often careless in taking any precautions. But we should keep in mind that Satan does not compel any person to do what he or she does not want. In fact, Satan does not have any power or authority over any human being. Authority is of two types: first, forcing one to do an act he or she does not want to do, this is known as the power of compulsion. Second, convincing a person to voluntarily do an act while he or she is content; this is known as the power of persuasion. Satan does not have the authority of compulsion neither have the power of persuasion. Sadly, the whisper of Satan often finds a desire within ourselves and thus we make the wrong choice.
Here, you may wonder: Why did Allah create Satan and gave him the ability to entice humans? The answer is that if obedience existed without any obstacles or temptations, then one’s true faith and commitment will not become clear. Just like the honesty of an employee cannot be judged unless he or she is tempted by a bribe. Similarly, Allah gave us the freedom of choice between good and bad in order to know who is right or who is wrong. However, we should always keep in mind that when we remain cautious and seek refuge in Allah would Satan fail and his whispers become exposed.
Jobayer Al Mahmud
Student, Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey.