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Interview Shaitaan by Hazrat Muhammad

Interview with Shaitaan by the Hazrat Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.w)
Iblees, most commonly referred to as 'Shaitaan', is one of the greatest enemies of mankind. He is not only a great obstacle in man's path towards eternal bliss and salvation but is also known to be the root cause of all evil and moral corruption in human society. The following verses from the Holy Quran clearly illustrate this fact;
  • "O you who believe, do not follow in the footsteps of Shaitaan, for he who follows in footsteps of Shaitaan, then he enjoins (on him) filth and evil. Had it not been for the grace of Allah and His mercy on you, not one of you would ever have been clean, but Allah cleans one whom He pleases. Allah is all-hearing, all-knowing". (AN-NUR/21)
  • "He (Shaitaan) makes (false) promises, and stirs up (vain) desires in them; and Shaitaan promises nothing but deception". (AN-NISA/120)
  • "Verily those who turn their backs after the guidance has become manifest to them. Shaitaan has beguiled them and given them false hopes". (MUHAMMAD/25)
In order to safeguard oneself, it. is always wise for man to recognise his enemies particularly those who pose great threats. The Holy Quran has in many verses forewarned us of our greatest enemy 'Shaitaan'.
  • "Verily Shaitaan is your enemy, so hold him as a foe. He only invites his party so that they may become the dwellers of the flaming fire". (AL-FATIA/6)
  • "Did I not enjoin on you O children of Adam that you should not worship Shaitaan. Verify he is your avowed enemy. And that you should worship Me? This is the right path". (YASEEN/60-61)
It gives me great pleasure to republish an interview with Shaitaan by the Holy Prophet (s.a.w). The esteemed readers will observe from this interview those ways and methods which Shaitaan uses to misguide people and cause moral corruption in human society.
This article has been extracted from Kitab al-Awaa'il and reprinted from Ad-Dawa al-Islamiya - 1st Quarter of 1992 - being edited to a small degree. I hope and pray that it enlightens us all — Amin. Walla hu Waliyyut Tawfeeque M.A.R. Sheriff P.O. Box 33304 Nairobi Rajab 1413A.H.

Once, our beloved Prophet Muhammad (S) 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-salamu Alaikum ya Rasool Allah" (Oh Prophet of Allah, may peace be upon you) to our beloved Prophet (S). The Prophet (S) did not reply to his salaam. This old man knew very well why our Prophet (S) did not return his salaam. After all, this old man was not like any other man, he was Shaitan - the cursed one. Then Shaitan said "Salaamullahi Alalkum Ya Rasool-Allah" (Allah's peace be upon you Oh Prophet of AlIah). Then our Prophet (S) accepted his salaam. Now the companions of Prophet (S) understood that this was the cursed one - Shaitan, and they were all surprised to see the cursed one personally. Without any fruitful results, Shaitan attempted to misguide even the Prophets and Imams (A). Shaitan - the cursed one use to meet with the Prophets (A) to answer their questions. In fact, it was obligatory on him (the cursed Shaitan) to answer the questions of the Messengers of Allah.
Our beloved Prophet (S). though he possessed full knowledge, asked Shaitan the following questions for the sake of his companions:
Prophet (S): Oh Shaitan, people are interested in your hat. Tell me, what is this hat? Shaitan: Oh Prophet of Allah, my colorful hat is this world. I present this world with all the 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 (S): Shaitan, what is this belt you are wearing with gold and diamonds around your waist? Shaitan: Oh Prophet, this is my second weapon which keeps my back bone strong. Oh Prophet, when believers do not fall into my trap by my hat then I use this weapon.
Prophet (S): But what is it? Shaitan: Oh Prophet, these are the materialistic unveiled women of this world. Through these woman I deceive the believers.
Prophet (S): Shaitan, what is this bell you are holding in your left hand? Shaitan: This is a bell through which I destroy the faith (Imaan) of the believers.
Prophet (S): How do you do that? Shaitan: Whenever 1 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 accusation, or using bad language), due to which their own faith disappears from their hearts.
Prophet (S): What Is this net you are holding? Shaitan: 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 (S): But what is this net? Shaitan: Oh Prophet of Allah, this is Riya' (performing good deads 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 goods deeds to others and think that they have done a favor 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 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 goods deeds go to waste.
Prophet (S): Shaitan. tell me one more thing. Now that you have spent so much of your time In this life with your bad deads, do you have any friends? Shaitan: 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, 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 (S): Shaitan, tell me who are your friends and who are your enemies? Shaitan: Oh Prophet of Allah, first I have 15 enemies:
  1. Oh Prophet of Allah, my First enemy is you and your Ahlul Bait; if it were not for you and your Ahlul-Bait, my mission would have been quite successful. There would not have been even a single believer. But you brought the religion of Allah (al-Islam) to this world and you made people believers of Allah's communication.
  2. Oh Prophet of Allah, my second enemy is that just ruler who rules a nation with complete justice.
  3. Oh Prophet of Allah, my third enemy is that rich person who does not have any ego nor feels superior to poor people around him. 
  4. Oh Prophet of Allah, my fourth enemy is that businessman who conducts his business with justice.
  5. Oh Prophet of Allah, my fifth enemy is that scholar (Aalim) who fears Allah and practices what he preaches.
  6. Oh Prophet of Allah, my sixth enemy is that specific believer who works to show others the path of truth. Who offers the knowledge of obligatory (Wajibaat) duties and forbidden (Haraam) things. This person is undoing all of my hard work.
  7. Oh Prophet of Allah, my seventh enemy is that person who doesn't listen to what is forbidden, doesn't took at what is forbidden and doesn't eat what is forbidden.
  8. Oh Prophet of Allah, 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, 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, my tenth enemy is that person who gives charity (Sadaqah) only in the name of Allah.
  11. Oh Prophet of Allah, my eleventh enemy is that person who reads, memorizes and acts according to the Quran.
  12. Oh Prophet of Allah, my twelfth enemy is that person who recites Salaat Al lail (prayers recited after midnight and before the Salaat of Faj'r). I am always afraid of this person.
  13. Oh Prophet of Allah, my thirteenth enemy is that person who pays his khums, Zakaat, and other obligatory Sadaqah.
  14. Oh Prophet of Allah, my fourteenth enemy is that woman who observes Hijaab (veil), and safeguards her Hijaab.
  15. Oh Prophet of Allah, my fifteenth enemy is he who performs his worship (ibaadat) without having any thoughts except for the thoughts of Allah
Prophet (S): Shaitan, and who are your eleven friends? Shaitan: Oh Prophet of Allah, my friends are:
  1. First is that leader who is an oppressor.
  2. My second friend is that businessman who does his business by deceiving his 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 belonging 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. The friend of mine prefers to perform those deeds which he knows will bring benefits in this world, out in the hereafter, such deeds wilt bring loss.
  10. My tenth friend is that person who keeps long hopes and delays in asking for forgiveness for 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.
Prophet (S): Shaitan, tell us why you stop my followers from offering their prayers? What benefit do you get out of it? Shaitan: Whenever your follower recites prayers, my body gets feverish and it starts to shiver, and with a sick body I can not deceive your followers from obeying Allah.
Prophet (S): Why do you stop my followers from observing their fasts during the month of Ramadhan? Shaitan: I can't deceive them during the time they fast because I'm thrown into prison and I can't misguide them.
Prophet (S): When my follwers prepare to fight In Allah's way, why do you stop them? Shaitan: When they go to fight for Allah's sake, my hands are tied to my neck, and I can't deceive them by having my hands tied to my neck.
Prophet (S): Why do you prevent my followers from performing Hajj? Shaitan: When they go for Hajj, their movements of going towards Hajj ties my legs. And with my legs tied, (cannot misguide your followers from obeying Allah's commands.
Prophet (S): Why do you prevent my followers from reciting the Holy Quran? Shaitan: When they recite the Holy Quran, my existence turns into non-existence. And without having any existence, how can I deceive your followers from living according to the will of Allah?
Prophet (S): Why do you prevent my followers from offering Dua (supplication)? Shaitan: When they recite Dua I become deaf and dumb. How can I deceive your followers without having the ability to speak and the ability to listen?
Prophet (S): Shaitan, tell me why do you prevent my followers from paying Sadaqah? Shaitan: Oh Prophet of Allah, when your followers pay Sadaqah (giving money in charity), It is as if I am being cut in two with a saw, and one piece is thrown to the East and the other piece to the West.
Prophet (S): Why do you get such a strong blow when my followers pay Sadaqah? Why do you get cut into two pieces? Shailan: Whenever a person gives his money in charily, that person receives three benefits from Allah. The first benefit such a person receives is that Allah becomes his borrower. The second benefit is that Allah makes heaven his inheritance (such that he will be called an owner of heaven). And the third benefit is that Allah increases his wealth 700 times, which in turn this person uses (the increased wealth) for charity.
Prophet (S): Shaitan, now telI me when does a person who is my follower get under your total control? Shaitan: Oh Prophet of Allah, your follower gets under my total control when they perfrom three things.
  1. The first thing is that when your follower becomes stingy he gets under my total control. Stinginess is the root of all sin, which makes a person perform all types of other sins.
  2. The second thing is that when a person starts forgiving his own sins. This person performs deeds which are against the will of Allah. Then he does not remember them nor does he ask for forgiveness. At that time he comes under my absolute control.
  3. And the third thing is that when a person gambles. Oh Prophet of Allah, any person who performs these three deeds falls under my absolute control.
Prophet (S): Shaitan, you know that Allah has given my followers the strong weapon of repentance. Whenever my followers ask for true forgiveness with an intention of not repeating that sin. Allah forgives them. How do you deal with this problem? Shaitan: I know Oh Prophet, Allah has given them this strong weapon, but I have prepared myself to confront your followers with their strong weapon.
Prophet (S): What method do you have through which you prevent my followers from asking for forgiveness? Shaitan: Oh Prophet of Allah, to deal with this problem I have created four different units. Each unit deals with a drfferent age group of your followers. In each group I make your followers perform such deeds which makes their repentance invalid.
Prophet (S): What are these units? Shaitan:
  1. In the first unit I occupy your old men in four sins. I make them lie, I make them accuse someone of something which they have not done, I make them testify falsely and I make them perform prayers without having the complete knowledge of the laws of performing prayers. Oh Prophet of Allah, your old men will be offering duas and reciting obligatory prayers; but if you talk to them you will hear them talking bad about other people, falsely attributing bad deeds to other people without having any knowledge about those people, and reciting obligatory prayers without knowing all the laws of prayers. Your old men will not try to learn the laws of prayers because of their pride (ego). Whenever some young men from your Ummah try to explain the right way of performing Wudhu, your old men will get mad and say, "You have just entered Islam, and now you are trying to teach us how to perform Wudhu?"
  2. Oh Prophet of Allah, my second unit is that which lakes care of your young men. I do not prevent them from reciting prayers, performing Hajj or anything else, except that I lure them into two things. First, I make them took at things which are forbidden for them; and secondly, I make them listen to those things which are forbidden for them.
  3. Oh Prophet of Allah, my third unit is that which deceives your old women. I entice them to backbite, to falsely accuse others, to destroy the character of men and women and to perform magic on the people.
  4. Oh Prophet of Allah, my fourth unit is not active because it is supposed to take care of the young women of your Ummah. Since all of your young girls are already my soldiers and I have a strong hold over them, I do not have a hard time deceiving them. However, sometimes I may find one girl in a thousand that is following your way of life and I will not be able to do anything to deceive her.
Prophet (S): Shaitan, tell me do you get upset when you see any of your soldiers fleeing from you and following Allah's commands? Shaitan: Oh Prophet of Allah, I do not get upset. I wait until that person performs any good deed, then I go to that person again and deceive him to believe that he has done a favor for Allah by performing that good deed.
Prophet (S) You make that person feel that he has done a favor for Allah? Shaitan: Yes, Oh Prophet of Allah. That person goes around after performing a good deed telling people what he has done. Such as, he recited prayers, observed fasts, paid so much money in charity, or helped someone in their time of need.
Prophet (S): Shaitan, how do you deceive those followers of mine who try their best not to be deceived by you? Shaitan: Allah made one deed, which if your fof lowers perform with the right intention and at the right time, then they can never he deceived by me. And that deed is obligatory prayers. But to solve this problem, what I did was that with every one of your followers I have assigned to them one of my soldiers, whose name is Mutawaqee. And his job is to make your followers procrastinate and to preoccupy them in such activities due to which they recite it in such a manner that their prayers are not acceptable to Allah.
Prophet (S): Shaitan, since you know so much about Islam and its followers, why don't you ask Allah for forgiveness? Shaitan: Oh Prophet of Allah, Allah does not want me to ask for forgiveness, so what can I do?
Prophet (S): Shaitan, I heard that sometimes you feel as if someone has thrown a heavy stone on your head, which breaks your head into several pieces. Shaitan: Oh Prophet of Allah, yes it is true. Whenever your follower truly repents to Allah, I feel like that.
Prophet (S): Shaitan, I heard that sometimes you feel as if your body is being cut into several pieces. Shaitan: Yes, when your followers go out to fight for the sake of Allah, I feel like that.
Prophet (S): I heard that sometimes you feel as if someone is slapping you. Shaitan: Yes, when your followers recite the Quran with correct pronounciation.
Prophet (S): When are you thrown to the lowest pit of hell? Shaitan: When your followers perform good deeds towards their parents or relatives.
Prophet (S): I heard that sometimes you feel a great pain in your whole body. Shaitan: Yes, when your followers give charily without showing off.
Prophet (S): I heard that sometimes you feel as if someone is whipping you. Shaitan: Yes, when your follower sees a non Mehram (a girl with whom a man can marry), and then he immediately casts his eyes down.
Prophet (S): Whom do you like the best among my followers? Shaitan That person who does business by deceiving people.
Prophet (S): When do you get hurt the most? Shaitan: When your followers remember Allah day and night.
Prophet (S): Whom do you fear the most? Shaitan: I fear those men who recite prayers in the first row of congregation (Jama'at)
Prophet (S): Which people among my followers have you chosen to be your permanent soldiers? Shaitan: Any of your followers who use any type of intoxicating beverages.
Prophet (S): Which person makes you laugh? Shaitan: That person who encourages others to commit sins.
Prophet (S): With whom do you speak the most? Shaitan: A person who lies the most.
Prophet (S): Who is the most pleasing to you? Shaitan: Any man who divorces an innocent woman.
Prophet (S): Do you have any more friends? Shaitan: Yes, that person who delays in offering his obligatory prayers.
Prophet (S): Shaitan, where do you stay the most? Shaitan: A place where non Mehram men and women get together without any separation or observing Hijaab, that is my place of stay.
Prophet (S): Where do you meet people? Shaitan: Bazaars (shopping malls); I try to make buyers deceive sellers and sellers deceive buyers. I also encourage men to do their business with women and women to do business with men. I persuade people to all types of sins in bazaars.
Prophet (S): What do your read? Shaitan: I read songs.
Prophet (S): What is your way of calling people towards committing sins? Shaitan: Music and songs; whenever your followers listen to music they come towards me.
Prophet (S): What is your book? Shaitan: Playing cards is my book.
Prophet (S): Who Is your helper? Shaitan: Any person who contributes to the defeat of your Muslims.
Prophet (S) What do you eat? Shaitan: I eat everylhing that is obtained by forbidden earnings or by not paving khums.
Prophet (S): What do you drink? Shailan: I drink alcohol.
Prophet (S): What is your dessert? Shaitan: Backbiting.
Prophet (S): Do you have any desires? Shaitan: Every false commitment is my desire.
Prophet (S): Are you thankful for anything? Shailan: Yes I am thankful to those men and women who indulge in sins after asking Allah for forgiveness.
Prophet (S): Do you relax? Shaitan: Yes, when your followers miss Fajr (morning) prayers.
Prophet (S): Do you get rewards from my followers Shaitan: Yes, whenever your followers break their relationships with relatives or neighbours.
Prophet (S): Do you have any companions? Shaitan: Yes, that person who has intercourse with his wife without saying "Bismillahlr Ratimanir Raheem" and that person whose earnings are through un Islamic means.
Prophet (S): What deed of my follower makes you angry? Shaitan: When a mother tries to make her son (or daughter) fast or offer prayers.
Prophet (S): Is there any man among my followers whom you cannot possibly misguide? Shaitan: Yes, any man who does not intentionally iook at a non Mehram.
Prophet (S): Is there any woman among my followers wham you can't misguide? Shaitan: Yes, that woman who observes Hijaab and who listens to her husband.
Prophet (S): Shaitan, out of the men and women you have described, do you have any special men or women that you love the most? Shaitan: Yes, among women I love those women who do not observe Hijaab. And among men, those who are proud and those who are sinful Ulama (religious scholars).
Prophet (S): Which men do you hate the most? Shaitan: Four men: The first are humble rich men. The second are Ulama who practice what they preach. The third are young men who ask for forgiveness. And the fourth are old men who fear Allah.
Prophet (S): Are you alone or do you have any companions? Shaitan: Yes, I have some companions who gather at the mosques in order to deceive its visitors. My companions make the visitors talk about things which gives them bad deeds instead of good deeds. Other companions make your wise followers think of their bad deeds as few and their good deeds as many. And other companions, when they see someone giving money in charity or helping someone for the sake of Allah, they entice that person to tell others of his charity and good deeds.
Then Shaitan said, "Oh Prophet of Allah, I have talked to you in much detail. I would like to tell you that you are working towards taking people to heaven and I am working towards taking people to hell". After this, Shaitan gave Salaams to our beloved Prophet (S) and disappeared.

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