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Re.TiReD
08-10-2008, 08:33 PM
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Shaytaan Hinders the Slave from Acting
by Means of Procrastination and Laziness...



Dr. `Umar Al-Ashqar


Chapter: From the Ways of Satan in Leading Humans Astray

The World of the Jinn and Devils

© 1998 al-Basheer Publications and Translations

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Concerning this point, Shaytaan has many ways and means. It is recorded in Sahih al-Bukhari that the Prophet said,


"During your sleep, Satan ties three knots at the back of your Decks. He breathes the following into them, 'The night is long so keep on sleeping.' If the person wakes and praises Allah, then one of the knots is unfastened. And if he performs ablution, the second knot is unfastened. When he prays, all of the knots are unfastened. After that he will be energetic and happy in the morning. Otherwise he would get up listless and grouchy."



It is also recorded in Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim that he said,

"When one of you rises from your sleep he should make ablution. He should rinse his nose three times. For Shaytaan stays in the upper part of one's nose during the night."

Al-Bukhari also records that the Prophet was asked about a man who sleeps until the morning comes, that is, after the time of the dawn prayer. He said,

"That is a man whom Shaytaan has urinated into his two ears."

What we have mentioned is from among the ways that Shaytan hinders the human from doing some actions. He also whispers into the human a love for laziness, postponing or procrastinating actions and thinking about what a long period of time one has for such and such action or work. Ibn al-Jauzi has written on this topic, stating,
How many of the Jews or Christians have considered in their hearts love for Islam. But Iblees always hinders them. He says to them, "Do not be hasty. Look closer into the matter."And they postpone their conversion until they die as unbelievers. In the same way the one who is disobedient to Allah postpones his repentance. He sets his sights on his desires and he hopes he will repent later. But, as the poet said, "Do not rush to perform the sins you desire and think about the period of repentance beforehand.

How many are determined to do something and then they postpone it. Perhaps a scholar is determined to return to his study. Shaytaan says:

"Rest for a while."

Or a servant is alerted to the prayer at night and he says to him, "You have plenty of time." He will not stop making people love laziness and postponing of actions and he makes the person rely on hopes and dreams.
It is necessary for the energetic person to take matters into his own hand and act upon his energy. The energetic finds the time to do things and does not procrastinate and he turns away from just dreaming. The one who has a real fear of Allah does not feel safe of punishment. The soul never stops in its dispute about evil and facing the good.

But it always expects that it will have plenty of time to complete the good. One of the early scholars said, "Beware of procrastinating. It is the greatest of the soldiers of Shaytaan." The serious, non-procrastinating person and the one who rests on his hopes and puts off working are like two who are passing through a city while journeying. The serious, energetic one buys his provisions early and waits for his traveling out of the city.
The procrastinator says,"I will wait, as perhaps we will stay here a month,"and continues to put off buying his provisions and preparing for his departure, until the last minute wherein he becomes rushed and mistake prone. This is how people are in this world. Some of them are prepared and alert. When the angel of death comes, he is not sorrowful. Others are deceived by thinking they can procrastinate and they will despair when the time to move on comes. It is part of one’s nature to love laziness and dreams but then Iblees comes and builds upon that. This makes it difficult to struggle against him in that matter. But the one who is alert knows that he is in the middle of a battle. He knows that his enemy does not rest. And if it seems that he is resting, it is actually just part of his strategy…
Ibn al-Jauzi, Talbees Iblees, p. 458

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P.S JazakAllah khayr to a sis from Ummah forums for this post :thumbs_up
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Sahabiyaat
08-10-2008, 09:46 PM
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:thumbs_up JazakAllah Khair

im a alot like that
ive got the olypmics gold medal in postponing things :-[
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Re.TiReD
08-11-2008, 05:13 PM
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Wa Iyaaki sis...I think maybe we got joint position huh? :-[
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Re.TiReD
08-11-2008, 05:14 PM
edit :-[ mod delte plz
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Sahabiyaat
08-11-2008, 07:46 PM
sis jolie

you dont postpone
you just repeat things ^ :D

postponing is the worst thing you can do, its one of shaytaans most powerful tools, fooling you into thinking you have plenty of time, but SubhanAllah, reminds me of Surah Asr :cry:
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Na7lah
08-11-2008, 07:51 PM


hahaha :D
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Re.TiReD
08-11-2008, 07:56 PM
Lol I repeated by mistake.....darn it :-[

But yeah....thats what I do....think I'll do such and such tomorrow...without realising that tomorrow may never come....SubhanAllah
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Patience7
08-11-2008, 09:15 PM
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Jazakallah khair sis for this...i need to stop delaying things too:-[ what a great problem! though don't know how to:-\
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