A great question that made me rethink about myself the question was : “When the devil(Shaitan) decided to disobey Allah who whispered to him? Who was his devil?” We all know that it was his own self no one betrayed him and made him do his action, it was the evil within him that caused him to commit such a huge SIN!

Ramadan is the month in which one of our greatest enemies is chained up! The devil (Shaitan) is chained up, so he can no longer whisper to us and make us do things that we would regret forever. As our prophet said in this hadith:

Al-Bukhaari  and Muslim (1079) narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When Ramadaan comes, the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained up.” 

ما جاء في ” الصحيحين ” ، من حديث أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: ( إِذَا دَخَلَ رَمَضَانُ فُتِّحَتْ أَبْوَابُ الجَنَّةِ ، وَغُلِّقَتْ أَبْوَابُ جَهَنَّمَ ، وَسُلْسِلَتِ الشَّيَاطِينُ ) رواه البخاري ، ومسلم  1079

We pray, fast, worship Allah by doing dhkr and we make duaa and yet sometimes we fall in making sins! Why is that? even though the devil is not there anymore? The reason is we forgot the bigger enemy(our nafs)  and focused on the smaller one (the shaitan) as Allah mentioned in this verse of the Qur’an:

إِنَّ كَيْدَ الشَّيْطَانِ كَانَ ضَعِيفًا (76) سورة النساء

Indeed, the plot of Satan has ever been weak. (76) Surah Al-Nisa

So, whatever we do during this month is just our own self that’s doing it! It’s not the whispers of the devil that is not allowing us to wake up for fajr prayer or to pray more rakat of Qiyam it’s our own SELF! It is really scary to know that all along it wasn’t the shaitan which was making us lazy when it comes to worship it was actually our nafs!

In the Qur’an the nafs have been mentioned in many verses:

كُلُّ نَفْسٍ بِمَا كَسَبَتْ رَهِينَةٌ (38) سورة المدثر

Every soul is held in pledge for what it earns (38) Surah Al-Muddaththir 

وَأَمَّا مَنْ خَافَ مَقَامَ رَبِّهِ وَنَهَى النَّفْسَ عَنِ الْهَوَى (40) سورة النازعات

But as for he who feared the position of his Lord and prevented the soul from [unlawful] inclination,(40) Surah An-Naziat

 عَلِمَتْ نَفْسٌ مَّا أَحْضَرَتْ (14) سورة التكوير

A soul will [then] know what it has brought [with it].(14) Surah At-Takwir 

Another verse of the Qur’an where Allah states that the Messenger of Allah Yusuf عليه السلام said:

وَمَا أُبَرِّئُ نَفْسِي إِنَّ النَّفْسَ لأَمَّارَةٌ بِالسُّوءِ إِلا مَا رَحِمَ رَبِّي إِنَّ رَبِّي غَفُورٌ رَحِيمٌ (53) سورة يوسف

And I do not acquit myself. Indeed, the soul is a persistent enjoiner of evil, except those upon which my Lord has mercy. Indeed, my Lord is Forgiving and Merciful (53) Surah Yusuf

If Allah’s pure and righteous messenger himself said this, who are we compared to him! There is a problem that we aren’t aware of, we always pinpoint all of our actions towards the shaitan, we sometimes never stop to think and reflect about the actual reason behind our actions, we keep feeding our inner self with so many bad deeds throughout the year that when Ramadan reaches the shaitan doesn’t need to whisper to us, our own self is already trained and it does what it used to do the entire year!

Allah Subhanhu wa taala said in the Qur’an:

أَرَأَيْتَ مَنِ اتَّخَذَ إِلَهَهُ هَوَاهُ أَفَأَنْتَ تَكُونُ عَلَيْهِ وَكِيلًا  (43) سورة الفرقان

Have you seen the one who takes as his god his own desire? Then would you be responsible for him? (43) Surah Al-Furqaan

Can you believe that? that a person follows his desires to the point that they start to worship their own desires? this is so scary! Worship it in a sense that the person follows all the orders that our his own self gives him, and does whatever he desires even if it’s haram, he just doesn’t care anymore!

This is something worth reflecting about, we should train our nafs to be good and never give it everything it desires by showing it who is in-charge, it’s a fight that we have to win in order to gain Allah’s mercy to enter jannah!

May Allah give us the strength to fight our nafs and to make our intentions clean.

May Allah have mercy upon us and guide us throughout our life.

(Ameen)