Tuesday 13 December 2022

Untying Satanic Knots (Hadith Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)

Sleep is by far the most soothing blessing a man has from his Lord. When one comes back from a hard day's work, he only wants to hit the bed and sleep to take care of tiredness from his body and be ready for yet another day of hard work, the next day. 

But a true believer is also cognizant of his responsibilities to his Creator who blessed him with means of sustenance, a family and a bed to sleep. So, he, despite his tiredness, gets up at night to offer prayer, and thank his Lord for all that he has been blessed with. It is at this time that the dirty tricks of Satan (The Iblis) start to play and try to compel the man to sleep a little more and if the man gives in to the satanic machinations, he loses his prayers by not getting up in time.

There is a Hadith attributed to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ which talks of knots that Satan ties around a believer while he is asleep in order to make him skip his night prayer. This Hadith is mentioned in Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī  (Book 59 Beginning of Creation كتاب بدء الخلق/ Chapter 11: The characteristics of Iblis (Satan) and his soldiers باب صِفَةِ إِبْلِيسَ وَجُنُودِهِ) as Hadith 3269, given herein under:

Narrated by Abu Huraira:

حَدَّثَنَا إِسْمَاعِيلُ بْنُ أَبِي أُوَيْسٍ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنِي أَخِي، عَنْ سُلَيْمَانَ بْنِ بِلاَلٍ، عَنْ يَحْيَى بْنِ سَعِيدٍ، عَنْ سَعِيدِ بْنِ الْمُسَيَّبِ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ "‏ يَعْقِدُ الشَّيْطَانُ عَلَى قَافِيَةِ رَأْسِ أَحَدِكُمْ إِذَا هُوَ نَامَ ثَلاَثَ عُقَدٍ، يَضْرِبُ كُلَّ عُقْدَةٍ مَكَانَهَا عَلَيْكَ لَيْلٌ طَوِيلٌ فَارْقُدْ‏.‏ فَإِنِ اسْتَيْقَظَ فَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ انْحَلَّتْ عُقْدَةٌ، فَإِنْ تَوَضَّأَ انْحَلَّتْ عُقْدَةٌ، فَإِنْ صَلَّى انْحَلَّتْ عُقَدُهُ كُلُّهَا، فَأَصْبَحَ نَشِيطًا طَيِّبَ النَّفْسِ، وَإِلاَّ أَصْبَحَ خَبِيثَ النَّفْسِ كَسْلاَنَ ‏"‏‏.‏

Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "During your sleep, Satan knots three knots at the back of the head of each of you, and he breathes the following words at each knot, 'The night is, long, so keep on sleeping,' If that person wakes up and celebrates the praises of Allah, then one knot is undone, and when he performs ablution the second knot is undone, and when he prays, all the knots are undone, and he gets up in the morning lively and in good spirits, otherwise he gets up in low spirits and lethargic."

Many of us have felt this feeling of being over powered by the Evil and blessed are those who undo the Satanic efforts and still get up, even in cold winter night, perform ablution with cold water and stand before their Creator, thanking him for not falling prey to the Evil. 
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door.  
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

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