The temptation of shaitaan

From the Book: “Tanmbihul Ghafeleen”
ADMONITION FOR THE NEGLECTFUL  by Faqih Abu Lais Samarqandi (A.R) Page: 59

A person was once infuriated when he noticed people worshipping a tree. He grabbed an axe and proceeded to chop it down.

En route he met the accursed Iblees, who asked  him where  he was  headed.  He informed Iblees that he  intended to chop the tree.  Iblees bade him to leave the tree alone and  let the worshippers suffer the consequences. An argument ensued and the two eventually wrestled thrice,  Iblees being defeated each time. When  Iblees finally  realized that he will  never defeat the person,  he adopted another approach.

He told the person that if he left the tree to be, he would find four dirhams beneath his  bed every morning. When  the person hesitated,  Iblees solemnly promised this for him. The person accepted  the proposal and  returned home.

As  promised,  he found the four dirhams on the promised place each morning for several mornings. However,  when  he  did  not  find  anything  for  two consecutive mornings,  he grabbed his axe  in a fit of anger and again proceeded to the tree.

Again  he met the  accursed Iblees on the road. When Iblees asked him where he was going,  he replied that he was on his way  to cut down the tree that people were worshiping.  Iblees then told him to back off because he would not allow Him to proceed.  Iblees said,  “On  the first occasion you wanted to cut the tree down for Allah’s  pleasure and  I  would never been able to stop you despite my hardest efforts. Now you intend to chop it up on account of four dirhams. If  you just take another step I  will sever your head from your body!” The person was  thus obliged  to return home.

This shows  that when  actions are done  for Allah’s pleasures,  shaitaan is humbled. When actions are done for  worldly  benefit,  even  shaitaan  gets  bold.

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