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Neglected

Bismillah.

The other day I came across an interesting piece of news that caught my attention. It said that it has been found that plants grow faster and thrive if you talk to them. I said to myself, whoa! This sounds humanistic. :D

I’m not sure of the credibility of this research but I do remember my childhood experiences and observations when my mother used to tend to her plants and say, “they grow so much better if they just feel cared for”. And it is indeed true. Anyone of you who has any familiarity with shrubs and flowers would vouch for this.

But this is not just about plants, the same holds true not only for animals but also for human beings. Ever seen a baby cry at the top of his voice resulting in the whole house freaking out, rushing to his side and picking him up, only to find that he needed nothing but attention? As soon as you pick him up, he smiles innocently, oblivious of the trouble he put you through.

Adults are no different, only they’re more subtle and complicated in their actions. Kids are, after all, the windows of human psyche. Adults crave attention. We often behave very weirdly just so people notice us. Many times, it is seen that relationships are at an end because “he/she ignores me”. And just like plants, we thrive and flourish when we feel cared for. In short, this is our shortcoming and we are scared of our weaknesses lest they overcome us and we feel defeated at a time when we need our strength the most.

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Someone ignores you for a few hours, you start going mad. Imagine being ignored for years and years. Imagine no one else being with you at that time to whom you can turn to. Imagine being in pain and suffering as well in addition to that loneliness. Even our imagination has its limits!

We find in Sahih Bukhari, 3266:

Narrated Yali:

That he heard the Prophet (ﷺ) on the pulpit reciting:– “They will cry: “O Malik!’ (43.77) (Malik is the gate-keeper (angel) of the (Hell) Fire.)

What is this being talked about?

We find in Az-Zukhraf 77:

And they will call, “O Malik, let your Lord put an end to us!” He will say, “Indeed, you will remain.”

This has been explained in more detail in Sahih At-Targheeb Wat-Tarheeb 3691:

 

عن عبد الله بن عمرو رضي الله عنهما قال إن أهل النار يدعون مالكا فلا يجيبهم أربعين عاما ثم يقول إنكم ماكثون ثم يدعون ربهم فيقولون ربنا أخرجنا منها فإن عدنا فإنا ظالمون فلا يجيبهم مثل الدنيا ثم يقول اخسؤوا فيها ولا تكلمون ثم ييأس القوم

Narrated Abdullah ibn ‘Umar RA, he said: the people of the fire will call upon Malik (the gatekeeper angel of hell-fire) but he will not respond to them for forty years, then he will say that indeed you will remain. Then they will call upon their Lord, and they will say, O our Lord! Take us out of this, if we turn back to what we did then indeed we are the wrongful. He will not respond to them like in this world, then He will say, remain despised therein and do not speak to Me. Then the people will lose hope. 

Imagine being ignored for 40 whole years! Being in torment, begging for mercy and getting no answer. Imagine being shunned even when responded to after 40 years. Imagine being in the dark and torturous fire forever, imagine being hopeless! Oh, the agony!

Hopeless! What a sad and depressing word. What do we live for in this life if not for our dreams and hopes? Hopelessness in this world leads us to depression which has led many to commit suicide. The worst form of punishment for criminals is solitary confinement. Take away someone’s hope and ignore them absolutely, and you have a dead person already! But there they won’t be able to die even! They have to live in that torment forever and ever!

But why? One asks why would this happen to them? Because they were given chances in this world again and again to reform themselves, to turn over a new leaf but they did not. They disobeyed Allah, their Creator and landed themselves in this mess. Remember, He is not unjust to anyone. We have been given time in this world. This is our chance! Let’s avail that and save ourselves from being ignored forever, not to mention other forms of torture in the hell-fire. We just can’t bear to be neglected, really!

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Accursed!

Bismillah.

There are some universally accepted principles and morals in this world, the adherence to which is considered good and nonconformity to them is considered bad. We know that according to a universal principle, being angry or hating someone is detestable. However, there are exceptions! Sometimes it is good to be angry and very good to hate someone. That is, if the subject really  requires it. And there is no entity that requires our hate and anger as much as Satan, the accursed.

Once you get to know about him, you wish you could skin him alive. Fortunately, there are ways in which you can torture him for real. But the issue is we don’t hate him that much, because we don’t know about him. Understandably, we can’t see him in our physical world and so it seems like a thing of faraway. However, he does not feel like that. He feels very much close to us and is always plotting against us, and by ‘always’ I mean 24/7 literally.

Whether you hate him or not, he definitely hates you. And he wishes nothing but destruction upon you. He despises us so much that he’s prepared to mislead us from the day we come into this world. Actually he prepares the ground even before that. By misleading our parents. Imagine the worst enemy you can, and think what he would wish upon you. That nothing goes right in your life, you acheive nothing good and that you be tortured to death by being burnt or something. But guess what? Satan hates us even more, he doesn’t want you to die but to live in the worst torture ever imaginable, the hell-fire! The Fire which is 69 times more severe than the fire of this world. And he wants you to remain there forever! Sadly ever after!

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If by this time, you’ve started feeling hatred in your heart for him, then read on! Allah is our Creator and the Creator of Satan as well. He knows us best. So He has told us precautionary measures which can save us from his plots and tricks. Of those is saving your children from his malice even before they’re born, or to make it exact, even before they start existing (inside the womb).

We find in Sahih Bukhari, 3271:

Narrated Ibn `Abbas:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “If anyone of you, when having sexual relation with his wife, say: ‘In the name of Allah. O Allah! Protect us from Satan and prevent Satan from approaching our offspring you are going to give us,’ and if he begets a child (as a result of that relation) Satan will not harm it.”

Not only will this protect your kids from Satan, but will also make the act a good deed, because you’re remembering Allah and therefore it shows you’re conscious of Him even while being intimate.

There was one woman who was so wise that not only her own kid but her grandchild was also saved from Satan. It was the mother of Mary and the grandmother of Jesus.

We find in Sahih Bukhari, 4548 (Arabic reference):

Narrated Sa`id bin Al-Musaiyab:
Abu Huraira said, “The Prophet (ﷺ) said, ‘No child is born but that, Satan touches it when it is born whereupon it starts crying loudly because of being touched by Satan, except Mary and her son.” Abu Huraira then said, “Recite, if you wish: “And I seek Refuge with You (Allah) for her and her offspring from Satan, the outcast.” (3.36)

Be insightful and secure the future of your children. Remember, knowing your enemy gives you advantage over him. Get to know about him. You’ll be amazed how much he interferes in your life. He tries to share your food by making you forget taking Allah’s Name over it, He distracts you during your prayer, He brings evil thoughts in your mind, He makes you forget things. The list is very long. Do your own research and know his traps because his traps are no joke. He promised to lead us astray in whatever way he can.

He said: Then I will come to them from before them and from behind them and on their right and on their left, and You will not find most of them grateful [to You].” (7:17)

Save yourself before it’s too late! Hating him is not enough, you have to fight him with the right weapons. The weapons given to us by Allah and His Prophet ﷺ.

The good news is there are ways in which you can make him cry and writhe in misery. Allah has taught us those ways in His Book and in the hadith of His Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Do you know of any? Share in the comments section below (with reference).

[Iblees] said, “Do You see this one whom You have honored above me? If You delay me until the Day of Resurrection, I will surely destroy his descendants, except for a few.” [Allah] said, “Go, for whoever of them follows you, indeed Hell will be the recompense of you – an ample recompense. And incite [to senselessness] whoever you can among them with your voice and assault them with your horses and foot soldiers and become a partner in their wealth and their children and promise them.” But Satan does not promise them except delusion. Indeed, over My [believing] servants there is for you no authority. And sufficient is your Lord as Disposer of affairs. (17:62-65)

Here’s an interesting take on the subject:
https://knowinghearts.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/know-thy-enemy/

P.S. Always read your duas of protection. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ has taught us those extensively.

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