Ramadan Challenge: Chapter #10 – Satan, friend or foe?
“And [remember] when Satan made their deeds pleasing to them and said, “No one can overcome you today from among the people, and indeed, I am your protector.” But when the two armies sighted each other, he turned on his heels and said, “Indeed, I am disassociated from you. Indeed, I see what you do not see; indeed I fear God. And God is severe in penalty.”[8:48][Sahih International]
Even though this verse is speaking about the battle of Badr, it is still relatable to anything we do. Satan is devious. He will make us think that what we are doing is the right thing to do, that it’s a good idea, and that he will back us up on it. But in reality, he is as cowardly as anyone could get. When the time comes to face God for what we have done, he will be the first to leave us hanging out to dry.
He will tell us, “You did this all on your own, no one made you do anything.”
He will be sure to say, “I merely told you it was a good idea, but I never forced you to do anything; it was all your own doing.”
And the sad part is, he’s right. We are given a brain and a conscience to help us make the right decisions. We must hold ourselves accountable.