DAILY ISLAMIC REMINDERS. Yaum Al-Khamis, 18th day of Shaw’waal. (Thursday, 19th of May, 2022).
*_TRAPS OF SHEITAN_*. BismilLah.
Our beloved Messenger to Mankind, Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahualaihiwasallam) explained to us how idol worship originated, which highlights the gradual and patient approach of Satan. After a group of righteous people died, Satan inspired those around them to erect statues in their honour and as reminder of their righteousness. When that generation passed away and the people had forgotten why the statues were erected, Satan deceived them into believing that their forefathers used to worship them, and that through them, the rains were brought forth. People then began worshipping these statues. This gradual deception is used in many ways. For example, Satan tricks people into committing forbidden sexual acts: it begins with a look, which leads to a thought, then a smile, then a seemingly innocent conversation, then seclusion and eventually, the sin itself. Similarly, in desiring to make people cease their obligatory religious acts, Satan initially convinces people to give up their optional acts of worship, which leads them to become lazy with the obligatory ones. He also tries to trivialise small sins, which eventually leads them down a slippery slope to major sins.
*To be continued tomorrow in shaa ALLAH*. *_May ALLAH protect us from any satanic influences_*. Aameen.